Old City Seaport Festival Activities
Parade of Boats
Come down to Penn's Landing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11 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. To go on a sail during the Parade of Boats, purchase a ticket here.
On Saturday, October 12, there will be a Pirate Battle on the Delaware River. This is sure to rock the Landing as Tall Ships shoot cannons back and forth from one another. To go on a sail during the Pirate Battle, purchase a ticket here.
MetroKids Pirate's Lair
Located inside the Museum's 4th floor, the MetroKids Pirate's Lair Pirate's Lair is filled with swashbucklin fun! Kids can do a variety of activities including try on a real peg leg and see live animals from the Philadelphia Zoo.
Gosling's Dark 'n Stormy Tavern
Enjoy a sweeping view of the Festival from the outdoor Gosling's Dark 'n Stormy Tavern on the Museum's 2nd floor balcony. Must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages. No alcoholic beverages are permitted outside the tavern.
Throughout the Festival grounds will be a craft village with various crafters selling hand-crafted items and nonprofit organizations doing activities and creating awareness for their mission.
Tall Ship Deck Tours
During Festival hours, visitors can go aboard the Tall Ships for deck tours and enjoy talking with the ship's crew, as well as see how they live and work aboard. Please check the Festival program for scheduled river tours.
Antique and Classic Boat Society Wooden Boat Show
The Antique and Classic Boat Society Philadelphia Chapter (ACBS) will have their 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.
Run by the Delaware River Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association, the Rowboat Races will take place in the basin.