Get ready to celebrate the Fishtown neighborhood in a big way this weekend at the sixth annual RiverCity Festival, presented by the Fishtown Neighbors Association at gorgeous and historic Penn Treaty Park on Saturday, October 5.
The free, afternoon-long festival showcases local music, draws focus to the tight-knit community, promotes up-and-coming local businesses and highlights all that makes Fishtown the fantastic and vibrant neighborhood that it is today.
The festivities begin with the RiverCity Fun Run, followed by a lineup of local live music and a park full of food and craft vendors.
And for all of the Twitter-happy festivalgoers snapping Instagrams, posting to Facebook and Tweeting be sure to use the hashtag #Fishtown and then stop by the Visit Philly booth to pick up your free Fishtown beer boot! Check out more details below.
Read on for our guide to food, music and good times of the RiverCity Festival.
The Food and Drink
Penn Treaty Park will be filled with festival-appropriate food and plenty of beer.
Returning for another year, the festival’s beer garden will keep the good times flowing by serving up local brews. Admission to the beer garden is via a $20 donation, and includes craft beer from nearby Philadelphia Brewing Company, Neshaminy Creek Brewing and other local breweries.
With that $20 donation, you’ll gain entry into the private tent with seating, and prime views of the mainstage and a bottomless cup for beer.
Plus, if get your ticket now, you can jump the lines on Saturday and also get a $2 discount on entry. To make your donation for a wristband now, check online.
The Music and Entertainment
The festivities begin with the RiverCity Fun Run, a 5K dash through the streets of Fishtown hosted by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. Day-of registration for the run begins at 11 a.m. and includes a free t-shirt (for the first 100 participants) and free admission to the festival’s beer garden.
No need to race to enjoy this fest, though. Most simply turn up to spend time in the scenic and historic park, shop a wide array of goods peddled by more than 40 local vendors, rock to live music and enjoy food and drink.
On the mainstage, catch tunes from headliner Vactioner, as well as American Babies, Cheers Elephant, John Francis and the Midnight Choir and The Fractals. For the complete schedule, check here.
Families will want to report directly to the family fun area, with the Philadelphia Zoo-on-Wheels, an inflatable rock wall and obstacle course, moon bounce, magic shows and plenty of games.
For more on the RiverCity Festival, see below.
Tweet Your #Fishtown Experience A Get A Free Beer Boot From #VisitPhilly
The RiverCity Festival is a very social event, so while you’re out there on Saturday be sure to Tweet, Facebook or Instagram the scene, tag your posts with the hashtag #Fishtown and #VisitPhilly and score a free Fishtown beer boot.
To participate, simply share a Fishtown photo on Instagram or write a Tweet or Facebook post about the fun happenings at the festival. Tag the post #Fishtown and #VisitPhilly, then find the Visit Philly booth and show the post to the on-site folks. Voila! A beer boot is yours. It’s that easy.
Penn Treaty Park is right on the Delaware River Waterfront, and easily accessible via public transportation. For travel on the Market-Frankford line, the best stop is Girard Avenue.
From the stop, it’s about a 15-minute walk to the park. Just walk east towards Frankford Avenue, then hang a right on East Columbia Avenue, which will lead you right to Beach Street and the park’s entrance.
For the bicyclists, the festival has an on-site bike valet to park your two wheels.
Or you could ride in style to the RiverCity Festival. Thanks to our friends at Uber Philadelphia, new users can sign up for Uber service with promo code “VISITPHILLY” to get $20 towards your first ride to or from the RiverCity Festival. For more information and to sign up for Uber, check here.
For travel by SEPTA, check out the trip planner here.
Want to keep exploring Fishtown after RiverCity ends? The neighborhood has a ton of great restaurants and bars to check out after you wrap up your visit.
See ya in Fishtown!
2013 RiverCity Festival
When: Saturday, October 5, noon-5 p.m.
Where: Penn Treaty Park, 1341 N. Delaware Avenue
More info: www.rivercityfestival.org