Old City Seaport Festival Activities

Parade of Boats

Come down to Penn's Landing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10 to watch the majestic Parade of Boats as they arrive up the Delaware River. Visitors can watch the Parade of Boats for free on the Landing. 

Pirate Battle

On Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, at 4:00 p.m., pirates will take over the landing for a Pirate Battle featuring swashbuckling fun. With mock cannons firing and family-friendly insults hurled, the much-anticipated pirate battle is always a crowd-pleaser. Pirate attire is encouraged, but not required. Please leave real weapons at home. After the battle, visitors can purchase a River Tour ticket to enjoy a sunset sail. 





MetroKids Pirate's Lair

Located inside the Museum, the MetroKids Pirate's Lair is filled with swashbucklin fun! 


Powder Monkey Kids Pub

Grab the kids and head over to the kids lounge located in the Education Center on the Museum's second floor. There will be Pirate Improve and root beer for the kiddos! 

Craft Village

Be sure to leave some time for shopping. Throughout the Festival grounds craft vendors will be selling hand-crafted items. Additionally, non-profit organizations will have information booths, creating awareness for their mission.

Tall Ship Deck Tours

See how ship crews live and work aboard. During Festival hours, climb aboard the Tall Ships for deck tours and enjoy talking with ship crews. 






Antique and Classic Boat Society Wooden Boat Show

The Antique and Classic Boat Society Philadelphia Chapter (ACBS) will display a Wooden Boat Show outside of the Seaport Museum on Saturday and Sunday.  ACBS is the world's largest group devoted to antique boating. Since its beginnings in 1975, the ACBS has helped introduce thousands to the hobby of antique boating.

Philadelphia Ship Model Society Model Show

The Philadelphia Ship Model Society will hold their Model Show outside the Museum. The ship models that the members have built include static ships of every era, radio controlled ships of every era, square rigged sailing vessels, paddle wheeled ships, Military ships, submarines and aircraft carriers. The Philadelphia Ship Model Society was founded in 1931, making it one of the oldest continuously active ship model clubs in the United States. They are devoted to the building of both radio controlled and static ship models and to the study of Naval and Maritime history.

Fanfare on the Fantail: A Night in Old Havana

Join us for a Havana-themed evening aboard the cruiser Olympia, the sole surviving naval ship of the Spanish-American War. Enjoy live Latin music, Salsa dancing and instruction, historical reenactments, beer, wine, cocktails, and a lavish buffet. Click here for more information. 

Rowboat Races

Out in the basin, there will be various boats for racing!