The ultimate sign of warm weather in Philadelphia is the arrival of Spruce Street Harbor Park, which — drumroll, please! — opens for the season on Friday, May 12 with a fun-filled opening weekend party.
The park returns with everything you know and love, including food and drinks from local purveyors, plenty of space for lounging, games and a regular schedule of special events. Plus, due to high demand, 25 new colorful hammocks have been added to the park for the 2017 season, doubling the total number of the (very) popular hammocks.
SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK FAST FACTS
- Spruce Street Harbor Park opens for the season on Friday, May 12.
- The season runs through Sunday, October 1.
- The park debuts a fun-filled festival, May 19-20.
- Admission to Spruce Street Harbor Park is free; all food and drinks are pay as you go.
The park is open daily from May 12 to October 1, with hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Not only is Spruce Street Harbor Park home to food, drinks, games and space to lounge, but it also welcomes special events throughout its season, including festivals, shopping markets, concerts and more.
Returning this year is Art Star’s curated Saturday pop-up market at Spruce Street Harbor Park and R5 Productions’ Sunday Punk Rock Flea Market pop up.
On Thursday nights, music fans can gather at the park for the weekly Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series, which features different local bands every Thursday from June to September.
For the fitness-inclined folks, paddle board yoga and paddle board fitness will also return to the waterfront starting on June 10.
Debuting this year is a Sunday cinema series. On the second Sunday of the month, the park screens one classic TV show followed by a classic movie. The new series starts on Sunday, May 14 with The Patty Duke Show and On the Waterfront.
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Food & Drink
Many of the eats and drinks that draw crowds near and far return to Spruce Street Harbor Park this season.
Some of the city’s most celebrated chefs set up shop at this warm-weather attraction, including Jose Garces and Michael Solomonov. Garces Group brings Distrito Taco, Froman’s, Village Burger and the brand-new Harborside Pizza to Spruce Street this summer. Revelers can visit Distrito Taco for its namesake, in addition to chips and guacamole; Froman’s and Village Burger for quintessential summer barbecue fare (burgers, fries, hot dogs); and Harborside Pizza for slices or entire pies.
Recipient of a 2017 James Beard Award, Michael Solomonov returns with Port FedNuts (a boardwalk-version of Federal Donuts), offering the ever-popular fried chicken sandwich, cold-brewed coffee and delicious donuts.
Also returning this year is Chickie’s and Pete’s with crab fries, cheesesteaks and more. For dessert, Franklin Fountain brings its frozen treats (ice cream, custard, milkshakes, floats and more!) back to the waterfront.
To every drink fan’s delight, beer, wine and spirits will also be flowing at the park, and The Lazy Hammock, the park’s exclusive Yards Brewing Company beer, will be available throughout the summer. Plus, this year will bring an even larger draft beer selection thanks to the addition of new draft lines. Rotating draft cocktails will also debut this season to complement the existing wine and cocktail selections.
Getting There and Staying Over
All of the Delaware River waterfront and Penn’s Landing is super accessible via public transportation, bike and by foot.
To arrive by foot, head to Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street (just past the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial) and you’ve arrived.
By SEPTA, take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street, or numerous SEPTA buses stop at or near Penn’s Landing. By car, look for parking lots located at Lombard Circle, Walnut and Market Streets at Columbus Boulevard. We highly recommend that visitors arrive on foot, by bike (try Indego!) or by public transportation via SEPTA.
Those who want to turn the festival into a getaway (or a staycation!) should book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package featuring more than $200 in free perks, including free hotel parking, free Indego bike share passes, a free Uber ride and more.