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Delaware River Waterfront Fall-Fest Coming

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With summer coming to a close, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has packed in wallet-friendly events and activities to help you make the most of those final weeks of warm weather, plus details for this year’s exciting Fall Fest. 

PHILADELPHIA (September 9, 2022) – It has been a summer for the books along the Delaware River Waterfront, complete with hundreds of free events and markets, the PECO Multicultural Series, stunning fireworks displays, the introduction of the first ever Philly River Stroll, and the game-changing opening of the new Delaware River Trail, which has literally been the path that connects it all. With kids going back to school, summer travel, and beach days coming to a close, the Delaware River Waterfront has planned a robust lineup of events and activities to help soak up the great weather, fight the end-of-summer blues, and welcome in autumn with this year’s Fall Fest. 


DRWC brings you all the autumn feels with free activities, live music, giveaways, and a tasty fall beer and cocktail menu at Fall Fest at Spruce Street Harbor Park on September 16 through September 19. Admission and activities are free. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Review the lineup to plan your visit:

Friday 9/16

6-8pm                                    DJ Jay Tables*

8-10pm                                  DJ V-Free*

6-8pm                                    Prize wheel with free giveaways

*Music curated by Shekhinah B. 


Saturday 9/17

11am – 2pm                 Face Painting with iFacePaint - 3 face painters

12pm – 5pm                  Makers Market

12pm – 4pm                  Circus performers

3pm – 5pm                   Free Pumpkin Painting with Portside Arts Center             

6-8pm                                    DJ (Opener) – TBD*

8-8:45                                    Tanqueray Hayward (The Queen of Philadelphia)*

8:45 – 10pm                 DJ RocDaSpot (dance party)*

*Music curated by Shekhinah B. 


Sunday 9/18

11am – 2pm                  Face Painting with iFacePaint – two face painters

11 am - 3 pm                   El Mercado Cultural

12pm – 4pm                  Circus performers

3pm – 5pm                   Free Pumpkin Painting with Portside Arts Center             

3pm – 5pm                    Balloon Twisting with Scott Meyers



Inflation is real, but the Waterfront always has your back with free and budget-friendly events. 

Wednesday College Nights (through September 21) at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Every Wednesday through September 21, college students receive FREE roller skating admission (skate rental not included) when they purchase tickets in advance with promo code COLLEGENIGHTS2022. Reserve tickets here.

Throwback Thursday Skate Nights (through September 22) at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Take your skate experience to the next level with our ultimate throwback skate nights at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest every Thursday through September 22.

Come dressed to impress and ready to skate to throwback jams at Philly's favorite outdoor roller rink. Enjoy everything from ‘90s hits to ‘80s classics and beyond via a curated playlist. 

Guests who come dressed in the night’s theme will receive free skate admission with skating tickets purchased on-site. Plus, enjoy giveaways while supplies last; our amazing theme night, themed drink special at the Lodge bar; tasty eats from Chickie’s & Pete’s and Skelly’s Amusements; and pay-as-you-go boardwalk rides and games. Reserve tickets here.

Saturday Sounds at Summerfest (through September 24) at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Take your Saturday evenings from good to great with Saturday Sounds at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest featuring live DJ sets from 7 pm to 10 pm through September 24. General admission is free. Skate all evening to the hottest sounds by local mix masters while taking in stunning views of the Delaware River, and cool breezes, against the backdrop of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Reserve tickets here.


Game Day Family Fun Day September 11 at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Gather the family for a Family Fun Day Sunday - game day style! Celebrate the start of football season at the ultimate family viewing location - Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on Sunday, September 11. The game begins at 1 pm.

Sport your bird's swag and get free skate admission on-site (skate rental not included). Then show off your moves on the #RiverRink to our game-day playlist. 

Parents can kick back in the Lodge to view the big game on our jumbo screens while enjoying beer, Truly Hard Seltzer, and Twisted Tea drink specials, as well as our green cocktail "Swoop There It Is" with Truly Strawberry Lemonade from the Lodge bar. 

Feeling extra competitive? Go head to head on the miniature golf course, at our boardwalk games, or in our retro arcade. Win or lose, you’re always a winner at Summerfest.

Taco Tuesday through September 27 at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Every Tuesday through September enjoy a taco special at Philly Taco. Enjoy $3 off the chicken, Pastor, or veggie tacos (3 to an order). Plus, head to the barge bar for $6 Yard's Lazy Hammocks and $6 Love City Brewing Lime Lagers to satisfy all your cravings. 

 Saturday Makers Market through September 24 at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Shop local at our makers market featuring unique gift and craft items. Enjoy post-shopping refreshments with amazing food and drink from our boardwalk eateries or kick back in a colorful hammock under a canopy of trees.

Artist and Artisans Market on October 7, November 4, and December 2 at Cherry Street Pier

Support local artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs at the Artist and Artisans Market at Cherry Street Pier. Pick up one-of-a-kind finds at the Pier while you safely stroll our marketplace and enjoy stunning views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River. Afterward, stick around for light bites or sips from our concessions or walk the Gallery to explore the latest exhibitions.



Mexican Independence Day Festival, Sunday, September 18, Great Plaza, 2 pm to 8 pm

Taste of the Philippines, Friday, October 1, Cherry Street Pier, Times TBD


Bid farewell to summer at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park at Kick the Keg on September 23 through September 25.

Enjoy a selection of draft beer specials. Savor these local sips until each keg is ‘kicked.' Each person who kicks a keg will win a fun prize. Must be 21+ to consume alcohol.

Pair these brews with bites from Chickie’s & Pete’s and Skelly’s Amusements at Summerfest or Philly TacoFrozen DelightsFrench Toast Bites, and Chickie's & Pete's at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Plus, enjoy skating, boardwalk games, rides, and hammocks, too.



DRWC is a 501(c)(3) created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop, program and maintain public amenities such as permanent and seasonal parks, trails, and streetscape improvements to transform the waterfront into a vibrant destination for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia as is consistent with the goals of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware. Daily programming throughout the entire year is changing the way Philadelphians see and converse about the waterfront, and is helping to create spaces and communities that connect residents and visitors to the waterfront.