Spruce Street Harbor Park Is Back For the Summer Season
The waterfront hot spot is better than ever, and open through October 1.
Spruce Street Harbor Park, one of Philly’s most popular summer destinations, reopened for the season May 12.
To kick off this year’s summer season, the beloved park has stepped up the game with the First Annual UNIVESTival for its opening weekend. Univest Bank and Trust Co. is this year’s lead sponsor for the park.
The festival will bring a variety of entertainment, including live music, food and drink specials, a petting zoo, and a circus performance over the water. The park is completely free to the public, and will be open through October 1 from 11 am — 11 pm Sunday — Thursday and 11 am — 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
In addition to UNIVESTival, the Art Star Craft Bazaar takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 11 am — 6 pm, with over 140 art vendors selling crafts for all ages, and “make and take” stations so the kids can get their hands on different art projects. Art Star Pop-Up Market will take place Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, in conjunction with vendors from the Punk Rock Flea Market selling their goods on Sundays.
Spruce Street Harbor Park has worked on becoming a destination spot in Philly since its conception, and will be hosting a variety of events throughout the summer. New for this year is the Second Sunday Cinema Series, which will feature screenings of classic television shows and movies. The Waterfront Live Music Series will bring free, live local music to the park every Thursday from June to September. More adventurous visitors can try paddle boating, paddle boarding, and even on-water fitness classes in the Delaware River.
In order to accommodate the growing number of visitors, 25 more of the park’s signature hammocks have been installed, so everyone can get a chance to swing this summer. Private rentals are available in two-hour blocks that will include hammocks, lounge chairs and tables, and games that can accommodate up to 20 people.
The park will continue to feature free games for all ages, including shuffleboard, life-sized chess, Connect Four, and giant Jenga, and a variety of arcade games along the boardwalk.
Food and drink remain a focus, with Franklin Fountain, Federal Donuts, Chickie’s and Pete’s, and Distrito returning with outposts again this season. Eight new drafts will be added to the Beer Garden, and will feature rotational, refreshing summer cocktails.
Spruce Street Harbor Park is at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street, along the Delaware River. For more information, visit the park’s website.
Photograph by Chris Kendig, courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront Corp.