Who’s ready for roller-skating, hammock-hanging, and beer-drinking amid beautiful waterfront views? On May 10, two of Philly’s most popular seasonal attractions, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park, will reopen with plenty of al fresco fun. This year also will bring the first summer of warm temps for hanging outdoors at nearby Cherry Street Pier.
Visitors can look forward to a robust lineup of programming at all three destinations, and at the adjacent Penn’s Landing, too.
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This will be the first summer that Philadelphians can enjoy the freshly reworked maritime warehouse on Cherry Street Pier, which opened to the public last October. Besides food and drinks from Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Birdie’s Biscuits, Hardena, and Cooperage, pier-goers can enjoy sweeping views of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge from the end of the pier’s patio. Several shipping containers have been repurposed to house artist studios and gardens.
Cherry Street Pier’s food vendors will be open 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The Cherry Street Pier bar is open 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
This “urban beach” has been a perennial hit since it opened in 2014. You can kick back in a hammock under neon-illuminated trees, grab a beer, and nosh on treats from such vendors as Chickie’s & Pete’s, Franklin Fountain, and HipCityVeg. Plus, there’s a waterfront boardwalk and a floating barge beer garden.
From May 10 to May 23, Summerfest will be open Friday through Sunday. From May 24 to Sept. 29, the park will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; vendor and beer garden hours can be found here.
Anchored by its full-size skating rink, Summerfest also features a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, carnival games, and a nine-hole mini-golf course. Visitors can enjoy eats and drinks from the air-conditioned Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack, and such treats as milkshakes and ice cream floats from an outdoor Franklin Fountain booth.
From May 10 to May 23, Summerfest will be open Friday through Sunday; 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Between May 24 and Sept. 3, Summerfest’s grounds will be open 1 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Skating, mini-golf and rides stop 30 minutes before the close. Bars and food vendors stop serving an hour before close. Summerfest will close after Labor Day weekend.
Named after the 1682 landing of Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn, Penn’s Landing is the oldest staple of the Delaware River waterfront, offering programming for more than 25 years. Its main public space, the Great Plaza, hosts an array of seasonal events that draw hundreds to the area every spring, summer, and fall.
Open daily year-round