PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2011) - This summer season features a jam-packed schedule of events from May through October, including outstanding free concerts, eleven different multicultural festivals, large screen outdoor movies, fabulous fireworks displays, signature family programming and marquee talent. Independence Blast Weekend on the Waterfront will be the centerpiece of the season celebrating Independence Weekend in two cities that share one waterfront. This season also offers spectacular concerts on the RiverStage at Penn's Landing featuring smooth jazz, gospel, doo wop, the return of Fam Jams!, a concert event especially for families and children and a another Free Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood concert, presented by Wells Fargo, on October 9, which will be the grand finale to summer season.
Summer 2011 program highlights include:
PECO MULTICULTURAL SERIES
The annual PECO Multicultural Series offers rich cultural outings with the chance to explore the world right here in Philadelphia. These festivals celebrate the diverse ethnic heritage that makes our city great. Admission is FREE for all PECO Multicultural Series events. KYW Newsradio and NBC 10 are proud media partners for this series. The 2011 PECO Multicultural Series festival includes:
|May 22||Israel Independence Day||12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.||Great Plaza|
|June 5||Irish American Festival||12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.||Great Plaza|
|June 11||Islamic Heritage Festival||2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.||Great Plaza|
|June 19||Portuguese Festival||1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.||Great Plaza|
|July 9, 10||Hispanic Fiesta||2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.||Great Plaza|
|July 16||Global Fusion||12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.||Great Plaza|
|August 6||ACANA African Festival||2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.||Great Plaza|
|August 14||Festival of India||12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.||Great Plaza|
|August 21||Caribbean Festival||2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.||Great Plaza|
|September 10||Southeastern Asian Dragon Boat Festival||12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.||Great Plaza|
|September 11||Mexican Independence Day||1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.||Great Plaza|
SCREENINGS UNDER THE STARS
The FREE outdoor film series, Screenings Under the Stars, continues to delight movie lovers this summer. Seeing a spectacular film on the waterfront under the stars is the perfect family outing or a unique and memorable summer date. Plan a dinner-and-a-movie night by visiting one of the many restaurants on South Street or in Old City, both just a short walk from Penn's Landing.
Screenings Under the Stars is held every Thursday night in July and August. All screenings will begin at dusk or approximately 8:30 p.m. in July and 8:00 p.m. in August at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, located on Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street. The screenings are sponsored by media partners NBC 10 and B101.1 FM. As with all events at Penn's Landing, the screening is FREE. For the list of featured presentations, please visit www.delawareriverevents.com.
Fam Jams!, the "I Can't Believe It's FREE, Can't Miss Concert for All Ages" returns to Penn's Landing for a fourth season. This exciting, all-ages concert features some of the hottest rising stars. This year's headliner is EMILY OSMENT. Known for her role as Lily Truscott on Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana," Emily has made a name for herself both as an actress and a musician. Austrailian artist, CODY SIMPSON will also perform. In December, Cody released the "4U" EP which is highlighted by the track "All Day," currently a Top 10 smash at Radio Disney.
Also appearing is former American Idol contestant TIM URBAN. The concert takes place on Sunday, July 3 from1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the RiverStage at Penn's Landing. Fam Jams! will feature fun activities for kids in a family-friendly atmosphere. This is an exclusive opportunity to see some of the best rising young artists in the business for FREE!
SMOOTH JAZZ SUMMER NIGHTS
This August will mark the 14th season for the Smooth Jazz Summer Nights Concert Series on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. Kevin Eubanks, Raul Midon and the famous Sax Pack are a few of the exciting performers of this year's series which promises to be one of the most captivating and musically exhilarating concert events of the summer. Smooth Jazz aficionados will enjoy Smooth Jazz Summer Nights concerts every Friday night in August beginning at 7:30 pm. Smooth Jazz Summer Nights is sponsored in part by WDAS-FM, along with CW Philly 57 and CBS 3. Visit www.delawareriverevents.com for the schedule of performers.
SOUNDS OF GOSPEL CONCERT
Inspiring and uplifting music comes to the waterfront when the "Sounds of Gospel Concert" takes place on Saturday, August 27 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. on the RiverStage at Penn's Landing. This year features Stellar, Dove and Grammy award winning recording artist Israel Houghton as well as local groups, the Bryant Pugh Band and Henry Hall and New Dimension.
PHILADELPHIA DOO WOP FESTIVAL
In the mid 1950s, the Doo Wop music scene thrived in the streets of Philadelphia. Talented city youth used their own instruments -- their voices -- to make music, and their playful yet passionate style delivered some of the most popular hits of its time. On Saturday, September 17thfrom 1:00-7:00 p.m., Delaware River Waterfront Corporation proudly celebrates this classic genre in its birthplace at the Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival, featuring Speedo and the Cadillacs. The concert will be held on the RiverStage at Penn's Landing, and offers the rare opportunity to hear some of the greatest names in Doo Wop for FREE during this fabulous event produced by the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Education Center.
Public Programming at Penn's Landing would not be possible without the continued support of corporate partners such as PECO, Verizon, Wells Fargo, Pennsylvania Lottery, Coca-Cola Refreshments of Philadelphia, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, all of whom are committed to serving the Greater Philadelphia community.
The 2011 Summer Program of Free Events at Penn's Landing is funded and produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC). All events produced by DRWC are FREE to the public on the Great Plaza, the heart of Penn's Landing, Philadelphia's premier Delaware River waterfront entertainment destination.
The DRWC is a nonprofit corporation created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop and manage the central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia. DRWC is transforming the waterfront into a vibrant destination location for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia.
For more information and event details, please call (215) 922-2FUN or visit www.delawareriverevents.com. This website is a virtual resource for the waterfront which can help visitors plan to easily park, play and stay all day at Penn's Landing.