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June 28, 2016

Invisible River's aerial performance returns to the Schuylkill

Watch the show from the shore or by boat

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15-083115_INVISIBLERIVER_BAS.jpg Bastiaan Slabbers/for PhillyVoice

The evening sun lights the bright-colored suits of two aerialist as they hang upside down suspended from the Strawberry Mansion Bridge during the final performance of the 2015 Schuylkill River Arts Festival.

Invisible River will put on a two-night show, beginning on July 15. Aerial dancers will be suspended from the Strawberry Mansion Bridge to perform the show "Beck Epoch" above the Schuylkill River. 

Viewing the show from land is free, just bring a blanket or chair to sit along the bank, but there is another option to get closer to the action.

Those over fifteen can rent a kayak for $35, a tandem kayak for $70 or can reserve a seat in a dragon boat for $25. Anyone under fifteen must be accompanied by an adult.

Bastiaan Slabbers/for PhillyVoice

Peddlers move a Dragon Boat away from the dock. The boats offer spectators a close-up view of air-acrobatics being performed from the Strawberry Mansion Bridge, seen in the background, during the 2015 Schuylkill River Arts Festival.

If you already own a boat (under 26 feet and with no motor), you'll be able to save some money if you BYOB (bring your own boat). All BYOBers must arrive at the parking lot by the Grandstand on Kelly Drive by 6:45 p.m.

"Beck Epoch" begins at 7:30 p.m. on both nights. On the second night, however, there will also be a daytime festival along the Schuylkill River. Beginning at 10 a.m., dancers, drummers and singers will parade from Mander Playground to Kelly Drive. At the river, there will be free kayak lessons, free fishing lessons, science-based activities, performances and teambuilding challenges.

As for food, a menu created for the aerial show focuses on "The Color Spectrum." All of the foods available will be brightly colored and healthy. Choices include a strawberry soup and carrot skewers.

 Little Baby's Ice Cream will also be selling ice cream and non-dairy frozen treats. 

"Beck Epoch"

Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16
7:30 p.m. | Free admission
2200 Kelly Drive