Spruce Street Harbor Park’s 2017 Season To Officially Kick Off In May

The popular waterfront attraction returns with an opening weekend festival, food, drinks, games, hammocks and more...

Ready for a sign of spring and summer? Spruce Street Harbor Park at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River Waterfront will officially open for the 2017 season on Friday, May 12, bringing with it all of the al fresco fun from last year and then some. Yes!


  • Spruce Street Harbor Park opens for the season on Friday, May 12.
  • The season runs through Sunday, October 1.
  • The park opens with its first-ever opening weekend festival.
  • Admission to Spruce Street Harbor Park is free; all food and drinks are pay as you go.

Developed by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and sustained by Univest Bank & Trust Co., the temporary summertime village on Penn’s Landing is an essential Philadelphia summertime attraction with a floating restaurant, a beer garden, delicious food, hammocks, a boardwalk, colorful LED lights and entertainment schedule.

The floating barges with over-the-water seating, food and a bar will return with great dining offerings from a number of local restaurateurs. Garces Group, Chickie’s and Pete’s, Federal Donuts (yes, fried chicken sandwich!) and Franklin Fountain will return for the season with food and drink options ranging from tacos and burgers to pizza and ice cream.

Spruce Street Harbor Park
It's opening weekend for Spruce Street Harbor Park! Enjoy food, drinks, games and plenty of hammocks for lounging. (Spruce Street Harbor Park | Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for 2017 with…

  • An opening weekend festival
  • Food and drinks from Garces Group, Chickie’s and Pete’s, Federal Donuts and more
  • New draft cocktails
  • More hammocks

There will be an even larger draft beer selection this year thanks to the addition of new draft lines. Rotating draft cocktails will also debut this year to complement the existing wine and cocktail selections.

And when you need a place to sit back and enjoy the food and drinks (or just relax), check out the newly expanded selection of hammocks. Due to high demand, Spruce Street Harbor Park is adding 25 new colorful hammocks to the park for the 2017 season.

Opening Weekend Festival

This year, the park opens with the first-annual UNIVESTival, a three-day-long event with both on-the-water activities and off-the-water fun.

UNIVESTival runs from opening day, Friday, May 12, through Sunday, May 14, and promises a bevy of special events throughout the weekend. Guests can enjoy a tightrope and aerial show by Philly Circus, craft time with local arts companies, a magic show and live music. Each night of the festival, a different local musician will take the stage at the waterfront park — DJ King Britt on May 12, Son Little on May 13 and Trinidelphia on May 14.

(Photo by Matt Stanley)
Spruce Street Harbor Park’s 2017 season will run from Friday, May 12 to Sunday, October 1.

Spruce Street Harbor Park opens on Friday, May 12 and remains open until Sunday, October 1.

Stay tuned for more on this exciting outdoor attraction!

Spruce Street Harbor Park

When:May 12-October 1
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go



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