Summer on the Waterfront Dates & Programming #MyPhillyWaterfront

Are you getting excited about summer and putting together summer plans with the family?  The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation {DRWC} has announced its summer programs this season. There are some fun events coming up around the Philadelphia area {many are free}; make sure you add them to your spring/summer calendar.

Credit: Matt Stanley
On Friday, May 10th, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Spruce Street Harbor Park Sustained by Univest Financial Corporation, the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, and Cherry Street Pier re-open to the public to kick off the 2019 summer season of programming on the Delaware River Waterfront. 

Opening weekend features a variety of events and activities, including the Art Star Craft Bazaar at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing; the Dream Philly Children’s Festival at Cherry Street Pier; a roller skating party with Really Philly Collective at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest; competitions, prizes, live music, DJs and more. 

The fun continues the following weekend (May 17th - May 19th) before all of the parks open seven-days a week on Friday, May 24th. 

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing will close for the season on Sunday, September 1. Spruce Street Harbor Park will open seven days a week starting on Friday, May 10, and close on Sunday, September 29. Cherry Street Pier is open year-round.

This year, DRWC is launching an exciting social media campaign called #MyPhillyWaterfront to promote the sights, sounds, and experiences along the Central Delaware. Visitors can follow all DRWC social channels for familiar faces and new friends who are sharing their adventures. The best images and stories using the #MyPhillyWaterfront hashtag will be featured on DRWC’s social media accounts throughout the summer. 
Midway Games
Credit: Matt Stanley
The Midway at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest features the city’s only outdoor roller skating rink, a Ferris wheel, carousel, miniature golf, carnival games, and Philly’s own boardwalk for the whole family to enjoy. Entrance to Summerfest is free and open to the public. Roller-skating, mini-golf, rides and concessions are pay-as-you-go.
Credit: Matt Stanley

Spruce Street Harbor Park  (SSHP) Sustained by Univest makes for cool, summertime memories, with colorful hammocks, floating gardens, local craft beers, and delicious food from some of Philadelphia’s most popular restaurants, including Chickie’s & Pete’s, Franklin Fountain, Garces, and HipCityVeg. Whether you want to chill with friends under the illuminated trees or enjoy a free concert in the park, SSHP has it all. 

Waterfront events Philadelphia
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This popular event series, XPN Waterfront Sessions, returns with free musical performances by a variety of acclaimed local talent, including hip hop artists, glam rockers, indie bands, and other surprise guests. 
Boardwalk Games, Giant Connect 4
Credit: Chris Kendig

Additionally, the Boardwalk at SSHP offers traditional boardwalk games like skeeball, air hockey, claw crane games, Ms. Pacman, Basket Fever, and more. Univestival returns for Memorial Day Weekend (May 25th, 26th, 27th) for three free days of performances, make-and-take activities, fireworks, and opportunities to win special prizes each day.

This summer, the Waterfront hosts three interactive events of the Whitman 200 Celebration honoring the birth of celebrated American writer, Walt Whitman, who frequently traveled between the Camden and Philadelphia waterfronts via ferry. 

Cherry Street Pier
Credit: Maria Young

On May 25th, a multimedia, sensory experience debuts aboard the RiverLink Ferry; the Bearded Ladies host Contradict This!, a festive celebration at Cherry Street Pier on May 31st, June 1st, and June 2nd; and on June 4th and 5th, installation artists present a multifaceted interpretation of Whitman’s famous “Song of the Open Road” on a floating barge on the Delaware River. 

Summer 2019 offers a long and diverse list of free events throughout the season. Some of the highlights include:

·       The PECO Multicultural Series – Throughout the summer on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. This year, the PECO Multicultural Series celebrates its 25th Anniversary of presenting fun events that highlight Philadelphia’s diverse culture. The series kicks off with the Philadelphia Irish Festival on Sunday, June 2nd and wraps up the season with the Mexican Independence Day Festival on Sunday, September 15th.  “For twenty-five years, we have supported the distinct cultural communities in Philadelphia through the Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing,” says, Mike Innocenzo, PECO President and CEO.
The series consists of the following celebrations: 
o  Philadelphia Irish Festival: Sunday, June 2nd, 12pm-7 pm
o  Juneteenth Festival: Saturday, June 15th, 2pm-9pm 
o  Concilio’s Hispanic Fiesta: Saturday, July 6th - Sunday, July 7th, 2pm-8 pm (both days)
o  Islamic Heritage Festival: Saturday, July 13th, 2pm-8pm
o  ACANA African Festival: Saturday, August 4th, 2pm-8pm 
o  Festival of India: Saturday, August 17th, 12pm-7pm 
o  Caribbean Festival: Sunday, August 18th, 12pm-8pm 
o  Blue Corn Organic and Green Festival: Sunday, September 1st, 12pm-5pm
o  Brazilian Day Philadelphia: Sunday, September 8th, 1pm-7pm 
o  Mexican Independence Day: Sunday, September 15th, 2-8pm
     Art Star Craft Bazaar – SaturdayMay 11th and Sunday, May 12th, from 11am-6pm on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. This outdoor retail/art craft show is organized by Philadelphia's premier indie craft shop and gallery, Art Star. Over 125 local and national artists will sell their wares right along the Delaware River.
     Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concert –Friday, June 28, 8pm-9:30pm. The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra returns for its 10th season to present another Free Neighborhood Concert presented by Wells Fargo, set against one of the city’s most dramatic backdrops at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.
     The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” Concert and Fireworks– Saturday, June 29th; concert at 8PM, fireworks at 9:30PM. Get into the Independence Day spirit early with a patriotic, all-star concert and spectacular fireworks. Part of the Wawa Welcome America! celebration.

     Latin Night at the Lodge– Thursday, June 6th and Thursday, August 22nd from 9pm-1am. Dance, drink, and listen to live bands and DJs at the late night, monthly Latin Night at The Lodge Series at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Dance Republic and Telemundo62 present festive evenings of dance lessons, performances with some of the city’s most skilled performers. All ages. Ticketed event.
     Silent Philly– Thursdays: June 20th, July 25th, and August 15th from 7pm-11pm at Blue Cross RiverRink. Join one of the most innovative, fun events in town and skate to top hits, EDM, and hip hop at this silent disco. Ticketed event.
     Screenings Under the Stars – Thursdays in July and August beginning July 11th on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. This popular series features blockbuster hits include Captain Marvel, Creed II, Clueless, and Crazy Rich Asians, among others.
     Sundays with PopUpPlay—Sundays, May 12th through September 29th at Spruce Street Harbor Park Sustained by Univest. Sunday mornings are the best time to bring children to SSHP for free play-and-learn events. Enjoy interactive activities through art, music, science, and physical movement that revolve around themes like water science, civic engagement, building, and more.
Cherry Street Pier
Credit: Maria Young

The newest public space along the Delaware River Waterfront, Cherry Street Pier, will host its first summer of programming with exciting events, including:

     Phila Flea Market
Saturday, May 18th, Sunday, July 14th, and Sunday, October 20th
     Whitman at 200: Contradict This! A Birthday Funeral for Heroes by the Bearded Ladies
Friday, May 31st, Saturday, June 1st, Sunday, June 2nd
     Who Got the Jazz: Visit Philly (Wednesdays)
June 5th, June 19th, July 3rd, July 17th, July 31, August 14th, and August 28th 
     Cherry Street Pier Artist & Artisans Market (Sundays)
May 26th, June 30th, July 26th, and August 25th
     I Love My Rowhouse Exhibition
Friday, June 7th - Sunday, June 30th
     All Fest Short Film Program
Thursday, June 13th
     Peace in the East, East African Celebration
Saturday, June 15th
     Movie Mondays (weekly)
Starting Monday, June 17th 
     Kids Sip n Paint (monthly)
Starting Sunday, July 7thTicketed event.

Free Yoga
Credit: Matt Stanley

One of Philadelphia’s favorite summer activities is Free Yoga on the Race Street Pier Presented by Independence Blue Cross. With the most exquisite views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Delaware River, there’s no better place to ‘get your Om on’. Seven days a week from Friday, April 19th through Tuesday, November 12th, fitness lovers and newbies alike can enjoy one--and sometimes even two--free yoga classes per day, including special sessions like Twilight Yoga.


o  Bus Routes 25, 21, 42, 17, 33, 48 and 12 
o  Market-Frankford Elevated Line stops at Second St and Market St and Spring Garden St
     RiverLink Ferry
     Bike parking on-site
     Ride Indego stations
o  Columbus Blvd and Race St
o  Columbus Blvd and Spruce St
o  2nd St at Market St
o  2nd St and Race St
     Philly Phlash
     Parking lots located at Market Street, Walnut Street, and Lombard Circle at Columbus Boulevard

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Instagram: @CherryStreetPier
Facebook: CherryStreetPier

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Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern
Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve 8 million people nationwide. For more than 80 years,
we have been enhancing the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve by
delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering
new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated,
quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more,
visit www.ibx.com. Connect with us on Facebook and on Twitter. Independence Blue Cross is an
independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation
(NYSE: EXC).  PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 497,000 natural gas customers in southeastern
Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region.  PECO delivered 76.5 billion cubic
feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2012.  Founded in 1881, PECO
is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership,
volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental,
economic development and community programs and organizations.

The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to
programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has
contributed more than $25.8 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free
transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and
PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-
time senior centers throughout the state.

Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (UVSP), including its wholly-owned subsidiary, Univest Bank
and Trust Co., has approximately $4.2 billion in assets and $3.2 billion in assets under
management and supervision through its Wealth Management lines of business. Headquartered
in Souderton, Pa. and founded in 1876, the Corporation and its subsidiaries provide a full range
of financial solutions for individuals, businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in
the Mid-Atlantic Region. Univest delivers these services through a network of more than 50
offices in southeastern Pennsylvania extending to the Lehigh Valley and Lancaster, in New Jersey
and Maryland, and online at www.univest.net.

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing
agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy. On
Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com,
visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages.
Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the
sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online
platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the
Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (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 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. For more information, visit delawareriverwaterfront.com.

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