October First Friday at Cherry Street Pier

October 1
Location: Cherry Street Pier
Time: 4 pm to 9 pm

Hello, October! It’s officially autumn and there is no better place than to bask in a new season than on First Friday at Cherry Street Pier.

We are bringing you spectacular views, fascinating installations such as Arthur Jafa’s Big Wheel IV, and an outdoor dance party that will make you feel liberated thanks to Beardmobile: “Freedom is Non-Negotiable” with Dain Saint.

Review the full lineup!

Arthur Jafa’s “Big Wheel IV”
Don’t miss Arthur Jafa’s Big Wheel IV debuting at Cherry Street Pier through January 31, 2022. This powerful exhibition, which honors African American histories,  is part of the Monumental Tour, a traveling public art exhibit, empowering social change through the arts.

Beardmobile: “Freedom is Non-Negotiable” with Dain Saint
Artist and activist Dain Saint describes his recent collection of poetry, Freedom is Non-Negotiable as his “spells for liberation.” Bring your moves to the movement as Saint and host Brett Robinson throw an outdoor dance party in the spirit of resistance, resilience, and liberation. Register today!

StuhmerMeekins’ “Camera Obscura Machina”
The Stuhmer Meekins Studio presents Camera Obscura Machina, an multi-media installation of camera-based sculptures that will be displayed at Cherry Street Pier from through October 13. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Pier is open rain or shine.

Portside Family Art Night
6:30 pm to 8 pm
Enjoy a fun and creative night out with the entire family at our monthly Family Art Night! During this 1.5 hours long workshop on Friday nights, parents and kids will collaborate on art projects and work together to create something everyone can be proud of. Register today!

Artist and Artisans Market
Shop beautiful, handmade treasures from local creators. Every First Friday and Third Sunday of the Month

Open Studios
See the Pier’s resident artists at work in their studios and purchase an original piece of artwork, too.

Maker’s Happy Hour
5pm to 7pm
Come experience a Maker’s Happy Hour at Cherry Street Pier. Chat and chill with Maker’s Mark Diplomat Mai Jeans and enjoy a live painting demonstration by local artist Alloyius Mcilwaine. Enjoy the following specialty cocktails from the Garden Restaurants: The Makers Mark Gold Rush featuring Markers Mark Bourbon Whiskey, honey, and lemon or Makers Mark & Ginger (or any of the single mixers we have available). Must be 21-years-old or older to consume alcohol.

Find delectable seasonal fare and local brews at The Garden Restaurant. Stroll the Pier and enjoy this tasty selection of draft beers, wines, and cocktails. Plus, enjoy Philly favorites French Toast Bites, and Rita’s Italian Ice.

Learn about our safety enhancements before your next visit.

Review our parking and directions information before your next visit.

Delaware River Trail Construction: Construction for the exciting Delaware River Trail is happening along Columbus Boulevard. The project is making headway and will result in a stunning multi-use trail that will increase accessibility to the Waterfront. The trail is scheduled for completion in Fall 2021.