Our Guide To Opening Weekend Of Spruce Street Harbor Park With Week 4 Of The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series, A Photo Booth, Live Music, Stilt Walkers And More, June 27-June 29

Spruce Street Harbor Park will transform the Delaware River Waterfront into a magical summertime destination starting this Friday, June 27. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Who’s ready for another amazing summer weekend in Philadelphia?

This weekend, the Delaware River Waterfront will transform from an urban riverside into a lush oasis with the grand opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park, the new pop-up park at Spruce Street and Columbus Boulevard.

A packed lineup of activities will keep the new park buzzing for the entire opening weekend, June 27-29, and the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series will be right there in the mix to help raise a brew to opening day with $4 Summer Love Ale, a photo booth and summertime swag.

Penn’s Landing has long been an awesome hub of good times in the summer months, with annual programming like the PECO multicultural festival series, concerts at the RiverStage, Screenings Under the Stars and Smooth Jazz Summer Nights.

In 2014, though, all of those annual festivals and events will be enriched by what promises to be an amazing two-month-long placemaking installation.

We can’t wait to spend time at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Friday, June 27 with the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series

The brand-new Spruce Street Harbor Park is going to be the crucial addition to Philadelphia’s alfresco scene this summer.

And although not technically a beer garden, the floating restaurant and the adjoining waterfront park with a wave lawn and hammock garden (!) are a perfect match for the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series.

Running all summer long, the series pops up at one Philadelphia beer garden every Friday all the way through Friday, August 29. The pop-up happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m., and includes specials on food and local craft beer, as well fun and games led by the Visit Philly team.

The first Visit Philly happy hour at Spruce Street Harbor Park falls on opening weekend, this Friday, June 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. with $4 Victory Brewing Company Summer Love Ale and $4 short-rib cheddar fries from Garces’ The Blue Anchor.

Plus, the Visit Philly crew will be on-site with a Visit Philly pop-up Poseybooth photo booth and summertime giveaways (think sunglasses and koozies). Snap a shot while having a super time at the Harbor Park, tag your photos with #vistphilly and #phillybeer and share directly on your choice of social platforms.

Before happy hour, though, Spruce Street Harbor Park opens at 11 a.m. with tons of activities including face painting, hula hooping and the Philly Pan Stars Steel Orchestra from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m., look for stilt walkers, origami crafts and ArcheDream performers. From 4 to 8 p.m., the tunes of DJ Marty Geez will keep crowds grooving.

Made up of three barges, a floating water garden, colorful seating and a net lounge that extends out over the river, The Oasis puts visitors right over the Delaware’s waters and holds The Blue Anchor, the pop-up restaurant at Spruce Street Harbor Park. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

For more on Spruce Street Harbor Park opening weekend, see below.

Saturday, June 28

Though Spruce Street Harbor Park will primarily be a passive park — that is, not tons of daily activities beyond the boardwalk games — during opening week and weekend the entire area will be animated with parties and festivities.

For summer shopping, the crafty folks behind the Art Star Gallery & Boutique are curating an open-air retail experience with vendors housed inside repurposed shipping containers.

Like the annual Art Star Craft Bazaar, the Art Star Pop-Up Market will bring out handmade gifts by some of the best indie crafters from Philadelphia and beyond to the Delaware River waterfront.

The pop-up market will be held on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 28-August 30, along a walkway within the Harbor Park, weather permitting.

Also on Saturday, arrive for face painting and ArcheDream performances from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and an appearance by the Phillipian Folk Art Society until 1 p.m.

From 1 to 5 p.m., check out origami crafts, balloon artist, Candy Coated Screen Printing and DJ Marty Geez. Take Poseybooth photos from 2 – 6 p.m. and see Man About a Horse from 5 – 7 p.m.

Constructed of two shipping containers, The Blue Anchor consists of a walk-up window, with all-alfresco seating surrounding the converted serving spaces, including bright Adirondack chairs, picnic tables and bistro tables. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, June 29

Even on Sunday, opening weekend festivities continue.

Sunday afternoon will make a great time to check out the boardwalk area, which includes arcade and lawn games. Look out for bocce and shuffleboard, which can be reserved for a small cost, as well as free cornhole, ping pong, tetherball, Connect Four, giant Jenga and life-sized chess.

Plus, head out to catch Mummertime from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., make origami crafts, have fun with a balloon artist and Candy Coated Screen Printing from 1 to 5 p.m., and jam out to DJ Marty Geez from 4 to 8 p.m.

Stay tuned for even more on what promises to be a sensational summertime destination.

See you on the waterfront!

Visit Philly Beer Garden Series: Week 4
When: Friday, June 27, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.visitphilly.com

Spruce Street Harbor Park Opening Weekend
When: Friday, June 27-Sunday, June 29, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Where: 401 S. Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street
Cost: Free admission
More info: www.sprucestreetharborpark.com

Previously: Our Guide To The Opening Of Spruce Street Harbor Park On The Delaware River Waterfront With A Garces Group Pop-Up Restaurant, Hammock Grove And More, This Friday, June 27

Around the Columbus Monument, more than 50 colorful hammocks have been strung between trees and more than 800 feet of string lights have been hung to illuminate the space after dark. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Kick back in colorful Adirondack chairs aboard the Oasis and enjoy the summer at Spruce Street Harbor Park. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)


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  1. Wow all these activities sound really awesome!! Please keep us informed of continuing events. Any Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, sixers events?

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