Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Delaware River waterfront reopens for the season on Friday, May 12, and for the first time there will be a weekend-long festival to kick off the summer. But the big news is it might be a little easier to snag the best seat in the house: 25 more hammocks were added this year, bringing the total up to 50.
The drinks you’ll be sipping — while, hopefully, cocooned in one of those new hammocks — will come from eight new draft lines installed in the beer garden, with two lines dedicated to a rotating selection of on-tap cocktails.
Yards Brewing Company is again collaborating with Spruce Street Harbor Park on a summery brew named Lazy Hammock. This year’s version is a blood orange wheat; release date TBA. The park will have beer-themed events during Philly Beer Week, June 1-11, but those aren’t set just yet.
To eat, there’s a new player in town: Star chef Jose Garces (Amada, Buena Onda, Village Whiskey) is taking a cue from his new 24 and adding pizza to his Spruce Street Harbor Park lineup. Harborside Pizza will be selling boardwalk-style slices and 16-inch pies (margherita, pepperoni, four cheese, and meatball), plus an Italian chopped salad with romaine, peppers, feta, soppressata, chickpeas, pepperoncini, and oregano vinaigrette. For dessert, there’s fried dough with Nutella caramel.
Garces’ Distrito Taco, serving Mexican street food, and Froman’s and Village Burger, with burgers, hot dogs, sausages, and fries, are all returning for the 2017 season.
Port FedNuts, from the Federal Donuts crew, will also be back, with cold-brewed iced coffee, fried chicken sandwiches, and mini-doughnuts.
Chickie’s and Pete’s is returning, too, with crab fries, crab pretzels, and cheesesteaks.
On the sweet side, Franklin Fountain has two Spruce Street Harbor Park outposts for all your ice cream, custard, and milkshake needs. The S.S. Franklin Foundation is located in one of the shipping containers on the waterfront, while Franklin Sugar Shack has its own island-styled hut, with fruit ices and tropical drinks made with fresh-pressed sugar cane.
Daniel Rivera’s Frozen Delights concessions are coming back, with boardwalk staples like funnel cake, water ice, and hot dogs in multiple locations on the waterfront.
The park will be open through October 1, Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The Barge Bar has the same hours. The beer garden is open Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Check the website for the hours of individual food stands.