Summer fun in the city meets its match this weekend as Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest opens for its 2016 season. Starting this Friday, May 27, residents and visitors alike can visit this popular waterfront spot for its second year of fun in the sun.
The pop-up is back and better than ever with even more things to do, eat and see for 2016. This year, guests can look forward to a seafood shack-themed restaurant that seats 200 people,
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is opening to complement Spruce Street Harbor Park. Located at 101 S. Columbus Boulevard, the park is just a few blocks north of Spruce Street Harbor Park — it’s located at Penn’s Landing and Chestnut Street.
In the summer months, the rink transforms into a full-blown roller skating rink surrounded by warm weather-themed food and drink options, outdoor seating, games, an urban beach, mini-golf (new this year!) and more.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Developed by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Spruce Street Harbor Park returns this summer with an expanded footprint — more hammocks, more bars, more food options, more seating, more tables and tons of colorful LED lights. This year, the seasonal village promises drinking and dining options from Federal Donuts, chef Jose Garces, chef Kevin Sbraga, Franklin Fountain and more.
Opening Weekend Events
In celebration of Summerfest’s return, the attraction presents a slew of special events on both Friday and Saturday.
From 9 to 11 p.m. on Friday night, local legend DJ Jazzy Jeff will jump behind the DJ booth and spin an assortment of music for guests to skate along to. On Saturday starting at 11 a.m., summertime vibes take over with summery music playing in the background for skaters and diners to enjoy, a number of special performances, face painting, crafts, a prize wheel and more.
If you’re checking out RiverRink Summerfest during its opening weekend, see if you can spot Visit Philly’s #historicphilly Snapchat filter — although we don’t recommend snapping while roller skating.
What To Eat and Drink
Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack
New this year is Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack, a summertime-only, 200 seat bar and restaurant, will take over the lodge at Summerfest.
The restaurant will serve many of the Chickie’s and Pete’s staples you know and love — crab fries, wings, cheesesteaks and more — in addition to seafood-centric menu items. The seafood options include fried shrimp, hard shell crabs, steamers and a seafood feast for two (clams, crabs, hot shrimp and more).
Beyond food, the crabshack will serve Chickie’s and Pete’s exclusive collaboration IPA with Sly Fox Brewing Company, other craft beers and tasty cocktails.
In addition to its pop up at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Franklin Fountain will serve frozen treats to the masses at RiverRink Summerfest.
Franklin Fountain will offer a variety of milkshakes, floats, ice cream cups and cones, custard, lemonade, limeade and more.
What To Do
The giant outdoor roller skating rink will return to RiverRink Summerfest throughout the entire summer. The rink will be open daily for roller skating with roller skate and in-line skate rental available, too. Those who have their own skates are welcome to bring them to Summerfest.
Admission to the rink is $3 and skate rental is $10 per person. Admission to the rink is free for Independence Blue Cross cardholders.
This year, RiverRink Summerfest debuts a nine-hole mini-golf course that will be located right next to the roller skating rink. Each of the nine holes have been designed by a local artist with recycled materials.
Mini-golf costs just $5 per person for each game.
This year, an urban beach area will overlook the Delaware River, complete with lounge chairs and picnic tables. There will be plenty of shaded seating thanks to beach umbrellas, and also plenty of sun-soaked seats for those looking to catch some rays.