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Delaware River Waterfront Corporation Transforming Delaware River Waterfront With Free Events Every Week

2012 Summer Program Season Announced (May 01, 2012)

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/01/12 -- The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation sets sail with a summer season schedule of events from May through September, including outstanding free concerts, eleven different multicultural festivals, large screen outdoor movies, fabulous fireworks displays, signature family programming and marquee talent. This season also offers spectacular concerts on the RiverStage at Penn's Landing featuring smooth jazz, gospel, doo wop, another Free Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood concert, and the return of the Global Fusion Festival and the WHYY Connections Festival, which has expanded to a week-long schedule. The 2012 Summer Program season will also include programming, events and activities on Race Street Pier which will include a series called First Friday, Park After Dark which will be held on the first Friday on each month in connection with the Old City First Friday celebrations. Summer 2012 program highlights include:

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 2012 PECO Multicultural Series festival includes:

MAY May 20 Israel Independence Day 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Great Plaza JUNE June 3 Irish American Festival 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Great Plaza June 9 Islamic Heritage Festival 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Great Plaza June 17 Portuguese Festival 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Great Plaza JULY July 14 & 15 Hispanic Fiesta 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Great Plaza July 21 Global Fusion 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Great Plaza AUGUST August 4 ACANA African Festival 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Great Plaza August 11 Southeast Asian Dragon 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Great Plaza Boat Festival August 18 Festival of India 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Great Plaza August 21 Caribbean Festival 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Great Plaza SEPTEMBER September 16 Mexican Independence Day 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Great Plaza

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

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns for the fifth time to the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing on Friday, July 27, at 8:00 PM for a FREE Neighborhood Concert, sponsored by Wells Fargo. Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor Cristian Macelaru and the Orchestra perform a festive summertime program. The 2012 Neighborhood Concert Series continues The Philadelphia Orchestra's commitment to celebrating the vitality of neighborhoods throughout the Philadelphia region, bringing the Orchestra and the gift of music into communities in a variety of settings, and introducing the world renowned ensemble to new audiences.

Friday Night Lights
Visitors to Penn's Landing this summer will have more opportunities to enjoy fireworks than ever before! In addition to the traditional display the Saturday prior to the July 4th celebration (this year will be Saturday, June 30th during Taste of Philadelphia). The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will be presenting FREE fireworks on six consecutive Fridays debuting Friday, July 27th through Friday, August 31st. The fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. and be launched landside from the quay in the Penn's Landing Marina, near the new RiverStage at Penn's Landing. The Friday Light Lights displays will be a chance to experience fireworks in a more intimate way, providing a perfect end (or start) to a summer evening on the waterfront.

This August will mark the 15th season for the Smooth Jazz Summer Nights Concert Series on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. This year's series will be a celebration of women in music. Oleta Adams, Patrice Rushen and Sheila E 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 for the schedule of performers.

Inspiring and uplifting music comes to the waterfront when the "Sounds of Gospel Concert" takes place on Saturday, August 25 from 3:00-9:00 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 artists, the Bryant Pugh and Treena Ferebee. This year will include a new partnership with Praise 103.9 and Radio One in which they will search for an inspirational artist to open this concert.

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 Sunday, September 9th, from 12:00-6:00 p.m., as part of the WHYY Connections Festival, celebrate this classic genre in its birthplace at the Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival. 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.

WHYY Connections Festival
Starting Sunday, September 2 on the Camden Waterfront, this week long festival, hosted by WHYY, features live music, film, live performances, kids activities' and more. Past headliners included Dr. Dog and the Baseball Project while this year's event will include First Friday on the Race Street Pier on Friday, September 7, a live concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza on Saturday, September 8th, and the Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival on Sunday, September 9th, and more! Visit for more information.

Stay in touch with Penn's Landing on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for up-to-the-minute event information all summer long! Follow to gain insider access to activities, festivals and live performances at Festival Pier, Race Street Pier and the Great Plaza. Visit or follow

Public Programming at Penn's Landing would not be possible without the continued support of corporate partners such as PECO, Verizon, 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 2012 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 RiverStage on the Great Plaza, Philadelphia's premier waterfront entertainment destination, and at Philadelphia's newest park, the Race Street Pier.

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 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.

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Laurie Heinerichs
Delaware River Waterfront Corp.
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