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A cool new summer arts venue opens in Philadelphia

An overview of the park
An overview of the park

The Penns Landing area in Philadelphia is usually rife with activities including concerts, art shows, visits by tall ships and movie screenings to name a few. This summer boasts a whole new multi-media experience at the foot of Spruce Street called Harbor Park.

According to the Delaware River Waterfront website, "This two-month summer program throughout July and August will bring a boardwalk, urban beach, fountains, and misting areas to the Delaware River Waterfront. The centerpiece of the project is a series of floating barges complete with lily pad water gardens, a pop-up restaurant and bar, and nets that will suspend visitors over the water. The full design of the project including the landscaping and programming will help evoke the maritime history of the area, and will celebrate the River’s industrial past and the bright future ahead for Philadelphia’s waterfront.

Visitors to the Delaware River Waterfront will be able to enjoy festivals, concerts and movies on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, and then stroll south to relax in one of the hammocks, cool off under the mist walk, lounge under an umbrella at the urban beach, or indulge in their favorite summer foods on floating barge. As noted by Tom Corcoran, President of DRWC, “Spruce Street Harbor Park, thanks in part to a grant from Art Place America, stands to substantially augment the already fantastic lineup of summer events at Penn’s Landing. By creating new spaces, we’re showing Philadelphia and the region just how beautiful and accessible the waterfront can be.”

As part of the goings on at Harbor Park, a series of art and craft festivals hosted by Art Star Gallery and Boutique will be held each weekend. The Art Star Pop Up Market will be a small, open air market featuring the work of 10-20 of the finest makers from Philadelphia and the surrounding region. The Pop Up Market will be held on Saturdays from June 28th – August 30th along a tree lined walkway within the Spruce Street Harbor Park. A variety of handmade goods mostly priced under $50 will be offered. The market will be open 11am and 3pm every sunny Saturday.

The market currently has opening for artists and crafters to display their wares. Interested artists should apply by emailing

More information and submission guidelines can be found at:

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