Festival Pier Renovations

June 3, 2014 | by Brooke Willmes

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The Festival Pier got a new makeover this season, bringing the beach to Philadelphia. The Pier is being described as “an urban beach summer time music venue”. The Festival Pier, which is known for showcasing many different bands and concerts all summer long, is trying to boost the experience of going to see live music with an artificial beach/boardwalk setting, complete with a beer garden.

Groundswell Design Group completed the renovations. Groundswell was responsible for the pop up Winterfest at the Blue Cross River Rink last Winter, the new Spruce Street Harbor Park, the upcoming Independence Beer Garden this summer and the highly popular Morgan’s Pier. Race Street Pier renovations a few years back has made the new park a widely successful location, just as the Morgans Pier bar and restaurant has brought life to the area as well.

To go along with the new beer garden, Chef Michael Schulson has created over a dozen new menu options for the upcoming concert season. The entrance to the Festival Pier will be in the same location: as you enter, there will be a host of food trucks, followed by the new beer garden, followed with another area for food and beverage. The stage will be in the same location as before with the backstage tent directly to the left of it. Along the same strip where the food and beverage area is located, there will be a preferred seating area that leads into a boardwalk area. Behind the boardwalk strip there will be a Cabana Lounge, a volleyball area to play some games in the sand with a public tent to hang out and get out from the sun for a little while. In the pass the public tent area would have drinks and stands in it and we should expect the same this season. In the back of the pier there will be some sand dunes areas to hang out and relax along the water front while enjoying live music this summer season.

Data collected from PlanPhilly.com

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