The Fairmount Water Works is a nearly 200-year-old site, and was one of Philadelphia’s very first top visitor attractions in the late 1800s.
Now, the site is home to a restaurant and an interpretive center, which houses exhibits that combine environmental education, architectural history and cultural heritage.
To celebrate its approaching 200th birthday and to offer a look at plans for the site’s future, the education center hosts its very first festival: For the Love Of Water (FLOW) Festival will showcase both art and science on the Schuylkill River during a daylong celebration of water this Sunday, September 21.
Starting at 1 p.m. and continuing through dusk (around 8 p.m.), the family-friendly fest will populate the gorgeous grounds of the Fairmount Water Works — the neoclassical buildings and grounds just beyond the Philadelphia Museum of Art — with interactive exhibits and activities.
Visitors can play with a “splash organ” installation by local artist Lee Tusman, who tapped simple technology to transform buckets of water into an instrument (think the famous piano scene from the movie Big).
Make more music with dripping ice and steel drums, play with fish puppets, build a water drop and more.
Around 7:45 p.m., the festival will culminate with a Schuylkill-inspired dance performance by Invisible River and a grand finale light show that will illuminate the Water Works.
Plus, the Philadelphia History Truck will also be on hand to record attendees’ “water stories.”
The festival is free and open to all ages. A complete schedule of events is available online.
For The Love Of Water (FLOW) Festival
When: Sunday, September 21, 1 p.m.-dusk
Where: Fairmount Water Works, 640 Water Works Drive
More info: www.fairmountworks.com