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2020

Brandywine Valley Events
This page contains events in and around the Brandywine Valley. We list major annual events and some special events for our advertisers. If you would like your annual event to be considered for inclusion on this page, email us.

Dates shown are for 2020 EVENTS if we have them. If the 2020 date is not yet available you will see (TBA) or the previous year's dates. We do our best to keep this calendar up-to-date, but we cannot guarantee complete accuracy due to changes by event operators and some who post dates closer to the event. We recommend that you check the event website for complete information.

New & Special Events
Free concerts, rallys, shows, fundraisers, and new special one-time events at Brandywine Valley venues.
Events at Attractions
Longwood Gardens, Winerthur, Delaware Art Museum, Brandywine River Museum, Hagley Museum, etc.


January
Annual Wilmington Coin Show
(January 16-18, 2020)
Free Admission and parking. US, World, Ancient, Currency, Tokens, and Medals - 50 Dealers - ANACS Grader in Attendance -Free Youth Program (ages 6-16) 1/16/2020 from 10 AM to 6 PM - Nur Shrine Temple 198 South DuPont Highway New Castle, DE 19720.
wilmingtoncoinclubofdelaware.

Orchid Extravaganza (January 18-March 22, 2020)
Escape the cold of winter during Longwood Gardens' Orchid Extravaganza. Explore a magical world of orchids where thousands of colorful blooms drape from walls, flow from baskets, and form captivating archways in artful displays. Free with garden admission.

(Sunday, January 26, 2020)
Fundraising competition benefitting United Way of Southern Chester County. Connoisseur Tickets ($25) - 1:00 & 1:30 PM Entry Times. General Admission ($10) - 2:00-4:00 PM. Unionvlle High School, Kennett Square PA 19348. Buy tickets online on their website.


February
Plein Air (TBA)
The Chadds Ford Historical Society hosts its 11th annual Plein Air art event on February 8th and 9th. Plein Air artists will be painting the Brandywine countryside. A wine and cheese reception with the artists will be held. Admission is $10 per person and can be purchased online or at the event. Paintings will be available for sale.
Purchase Tickets

Polar Plunge (2020 is Cancelled)
Brandywine Valley Association | (610) 793-1090
10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The Polar Plunge event is hosted by the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance to support their efforts to protect and conserve the natural resources of the Brandywine and Red Clay Valleys. Since 2008, nearly 1,200 people have taken the plunge to raise over $107,700 to protect and conserve our regions natural resources. Participants can register online or may register at the event.

(February 7-8, 2020)
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Enjoy the wintry beauty of the Brandywine Creek from the Brandywine River Museum's expansive atrium windows. Artists working in all media are invited to explore the vista from inside the Museum where they can sketch, paint, or photograph while staying warm. Participants may also enjoy sketching (with pencil) in the Museum's galleries. Participants are responsible for providing all art materials (including drop cloths).$10 Members; $20 Non-Members. Tickets available online.
Kennett Area Community Service Annual Empty Bowls Event (Feb. 27, 2020)
Red Clay Room, Kennett Square | 610.925.3556
"Empty Bowls" is an international, grassroots, crafts-based effort to end hunger. It's mission is to provide nutritional food to over 1,200 individuals in the community each month. Attendees will enjoy a simple meal of soup and salad and leave with a handmade bowl as a reminder of families in need. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction with over 100 items during both meals. Call 610-925-3556 for more information and tickets.
Tickets are available for $25.
Lunch from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Dinner from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Kennett Winterfest (Feb. 29, 2020)
Kennett Square | 610.444.8188
12:30 - 4:00 p.m. Tickets $30 on sale online.


Longwood Orchid Extravaganza ( Through March 22, 2020)
Escape the cold of winter during Longwood Gardens' Orchid Extravaganza. Explore a magical world of orchids where thousands of colorful blooms drape from walls, flow from baskets, and form captivating archways in artful displays.






March
Plein Air Inside Out (March 6-7, 2020)
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Enjoy the wintry beauty of the Brandywine Creek from the Brandywine River Museum's expansive atrium windows. Artists working in all media are invited to explore the vista from inside the Museum where they can sketch, paint, or photograph while staying warm. Participants may also enjoy sketching (with pencil) in the Museum's galleries. Participants are responsible for providing all art materials (including drop cloths).$10 Members; $20 Non-Members. Tickets available online.

Patriot's Day (March 8, 2020)
Chadds Ford, PA |  Brandywine Battlefield Park
12-4 PM. Celebrate William Penn's Charter for Pennsylvanic. Living history interpreters, demonstrations, and more. Free event open to the public.


(March 14-15, 2020)
Presented by the Chester County Historical Society at Church Farm School (1001 East Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA (Route 30 at Route 202)
The Show features fabulous finds from 42 antiques dealers. Hours are Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. & Sunday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Proceeds from the Antiques Show benefit the collections, conservation, and educational activities of CCHS. For more information, please contact Allison Snavely at 610-692-4800, ext. 267 or visit www.chestercohistorical.org.

(March 20-21, 2020)
Chadds Ford Elementary School
3 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Founded in 1949 by Betsy Wyeth, the popular Chadds Ford Art Sale & Show features works by over 70 professional artists from the Brandywine Valley and beyond. Artists showcase a variety of works to satisfy every taste and budget.

Orchid Extravaganza (Through March 22, 2020)
Escape the cold of winter during Longwood Gardens' Orchid Extravaganza. Explore a magical world of orchids where thousands of colorful blooms drape from walls, flow from baskets, and form captivating archways in artful displays.

Red Clay Creek Cleanup (March 28, 2020- 8:00am-12:00pm)
Join the crowd at Ashland Nature Center for the Red Clay Valley Cleanup. This event brings over 500 enthusiastic volunteers together to clear litter from 65 miles of roads and waterways. This fun event is a fantastic opportunity for volunteers of all ages!






April
Trout Fishing (April 4, 2020)
Newlin Grist Mill, 219 South Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, PA | 610.459.2359
Fishing privileges in the stream are limited to fly fishing members for a seasonal fee. The season ends December 31st. All trout must be kept and paid for. No releasing.
In order to fish in the stream, you need a Pennsylvania fishing license and a Park fly fishing membership. E-mail the Mill at info@newlingristmill.org to request membership information be mailed to you. Fishing privileges in the stream are limited to a list of approved membership numbering no more than 100.

Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point Races (April 5, 2020)
The racing and family oriented festivities take place on the rolling countryside of the Brandywine Valley Association's 318-acre Myrick Conservation Center on Route 842 approximately six miles west of West Chester and three miles east of Unionville.


(April 20-25, 2020)
A week of Prix-Fixe dining at Wilmington's premier restaurants.

Brandywine Valley Roubaix V(April 11, 2020)
This Gravel Grinder / Gran Fondo will take riders through the scenic country-side and rolling hills of Landenberg, PA. Choose a 50K or 100K ride over road, gravel, single track, double track and fields. Click for more info.

Stateline Loop 5K/10K Trail Run for Conservation(April 19, 2020)
Stateline Woods Preserve, 814 Merrybell Lane, Kennett Square, PA

Registration opens at 8:00am, Start time: 10am. This annual trail run traverses two nature preserves and some of the most amazing scenery in southern Chester County. Runners will see first-hand why we strive to protect such beautiful woodlands, meadows, and agricultural lands. Support conservation and land preservation in southern Chester County while enjoying great competition. More information available at Registration.

West Chester Film Festival(April 24 - 26, 2020)
info@westchesterfilmfestival.com | 484-639-9237
The West Chester International Short Film Festival celebrates its 11th year with an exciting mix of independent short film from amateur and highly regarded filmmakers from all over the United States and Canada, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and of course, from right here in Pennsylvania.

Hagley 5K Along the Brandywine (April 25, 2020)
Hagley Museum Visitor Center, Wilmington, DE
Run/Walk to benefit Hagley's Scholarship Fund. Participants can run or walk along the beautiful Brandywine through Hagley's 235-acre property.

Brandywine BBQ Festival (April 26, 2020)
New Garden Township Park. 8938 Gap Newport Pike, Landenberg, PA
12-5PM. $5 entry fee. Two live bands. Food trucks. Victory Brewing Co. and Harvest Ridge Winery. 22 BBQ. Swamptown BBQ. Uncle John's BBQ and more in competition. Activities for kids and teens. Buy wristbands online.

Here We Go 5K & Family Fun Day (April 26, 2020)
Nemours Estate | (302) 651-6839

The Annual "Hear We Go" 5K Run/Walk portion takes place throughout the beautifully blooming grounds of Nemours Estate, arguably the largest formal French garden in North America. The event concludes with refreshments and an educational fair for families and children on the grounds of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.





May
(May 2, 2020)
Kennett Square, PA
Sponsored by the Red Clay Valley Association and the Kennett Area Park Authority. Advance tickets sold at Bucks Hunting & Dog Supplies (484-720-8317) or day of at Park. Ponds stocked with trout up to 22" for youth and adult fishing. Breakfast and lunch for sale. PA fishing license required for fishermen 16+. Pre-ticket prices: $10 adults (over 16), $5 children, under 6 free.

Winterthur Point-To-Point Steeplechase Races (May 3, 2020)
Del. Rt. 52 | Wilmington, DE |  302.888.4600 / 800.448.3883
A highlight of the local social calendar, Point-to-Point is an old-fashioned country race featuring horse racing, antique carriages and elegant tailgate picnicking. Adult-$30.00,12-20-$15.00, Under 12-Free. Tickets go on sale starting March 1.

Wilmington Flower Market (May 7-8, 2020)
Rockford Park | Riverview Ave. | Wilmington, DE |  302.995.5699
If it's spring in the Valley that means the Wilmington Flower Market. A three-day annual ritual that benefits charity. Featured are plant and flower sales, distinctive boutiques and a midway featuring rides and games for the entire family.

Historic Autos at Winterthur (Saturday, May 23, 2020 )
Winterthur Museum | 5105 Kennett Pike | Winterthur, DE 19735
10am-4pm. Automobiles of the Country House Era, 191550. Weather permitting. Members free. Included with admission

Delaware Nature Society's Native Plant Sale(April 30-May 2, 2020)
Coverdale Farm Preserve | Greenville, DE

FREE admission.

Annual Wildflower, Native Plant and Seed Sale(May 10, 2020)
Brandywine River Museum | Chadds Ford, PA | 

Gardeners can choose from a superb selection of low-maintenance, beautiful native plants that are suitable for sun or shade and all types of landscapes. Natives plants are a great way to "go green" because they are adapted to the local growing conditions and require less water and intensive care in the garden. Many varieties will attract songbirds, hummingbirds and butterflies and are as useful for strengthening the local ecosystem as they are low-maintenance additions to the garden. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Conservancy's diverse and beautiful Wildflower and Native Plant Gardens. Free admission.

Willowdale Steeplechase (May 9, 2020)
101 East State Road | Kennett Square, PA | 610.444.1582
A full day of pony races, Jack Russell terrier races, people watching along with a wide variety of dog breeds, vendor booths, children's activities, food and fun for the entire family. And the main event, the exciting steeplechase races. Admission $20 per person in advance, $25 day of race. Children under 12 are free. At the intersection of Rt. 926 & 82 behind the Landhope Farm store in Unionville, PA.

Wilmington Grand Prix Weekend(May 15-17, 2020)
"One of the premier cycling events in the nation", according to USA Cycling's VP of National Events, Micah Rice. Friday is the Monkey Hill Time Trial 4-8PM. Saturday is a downtown street festival with races. Sunday is the Governor's Ride & Gran Fondo 8AM. 15, 30 & 62-mile bike races through the Brandywine Valley finishing at the Delaware Art Museum with a Finish Line Party. All events are FREE. Click for more info.

Annual Kennett Run (May 16, 2020)
Kennett Square, PA | (610) 388-1556
5K and 10K races. Come watch the start in Kennett Square at 9 AM. Race finishes in the beautiful Anson B. Nixon Park.

 A Day in Old New Castle (Saturday, May 16, 2020)
Early American history comes to life in Old New Castle the third Saturday in May. 10am - 5pm. Private home and garden tours, colonial fife and drum corps. Buy tickets online. Click here for more information - New Castle's Historic Buildings

Radnor Hunt Races(Saturday, May 18, 2019)
826 Providence Road | Malvern, PA
A spring tradition of steeple chasing at the Radnor Hunt. Six races feature horses galloping over hurdles and timber fences. Proceeds benefit the environmental programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, PA.

Wilmington Garden Day (Saturday, May 24, 2020)
Wilmington, Delaware

Garden Day is a self-guided tour of Unique, Stylish and Distinctive Gardens and Homes - from City Miniatures to Country Estates - in the greater Wilmington area. 22 beautiful gardens - including 13 open homes. Tickets are available online.

Chester County Studio Tour (May 16-17, 2020)
All over Chester County
Chester County Studio Tour invites friends, families, art enthusiasts, and the curious to experience and meet 100 artists as they exhibit their works during this two-day event. You will have FREE, unlimited access to the artists and be able to get personal insight into their creative process.Visit the website for times and to preview the artists and download a map/catalogue. Follow the map through the winding roads and rolling hills until you reach the door of an artist's studio. Explore, discover and enjoy!

Longwood Gardens Fireworks and Fountains (May 24, 2020)
Longwood Gardens | Kennett Square, PA | 
Spectacular show set to music. Absolutely breathtaking. Special ticket required and should be purchased in advance.

Brandywine River Museum Antiques Show (May 23-25, 2020)
Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA  | (610) 388-2700
Outstanding antiques from across the nation are featured at the Brandywine River Museum Antiques Show. This event, hosted by the Museum Volunteers, presents a variety of American and English furniture, glass, metalware, ceramics, folk art, quilts, Oriental and European porcelain, rugs and other fine collectibles. Proceeds support the Museum Volunteers' Art Purchase Fund. Admission fee includes museum admission.

Barns-Brinton House Opens Weekends(Weekends 1 to 5 p.m. May through Labor Day)
Chadds Ford Historical Society | Rt. 100 | Chadds Ford, PA | 610.388.7376

Open summer weekends, 1 - 5 pm, through Labor Day Sunday. A day of educational activities geared to all ages. Weekend tours all summmer.

John Chad's House Opens(Weekends 1 to 5 p.m. May through Labor Day)
Chadds Ford Historical Society | Rt. 100 | Chadds Ford, PA | 610.388.7376

Open summer weekends, 1 - 5 pm, through Labor Day Sunday. A day of educational activities geared to all ages including baking and papermaking demonstrations and more. Weekend tours all summmer.

Brandywine Polo Club Season Opener (May 31, 2020)
232 Polo Road | Toughkennamon, PA 19374 | 610.268.8692
Celebrate the first day of the polo season at Brandywine Polo Club. This event is family and pet friendly. Tickets start at $10. Gates open at 1 p.m.; match begins at 3 p.m. For more information on tickets:brandywinepolo.com




June
Brandywine Polo Weekends
232 Polo Road | Toughkennamon, PA 19374 | 610.292.0880
Pack a picnic basket and bring family and friends for a fun filled afternoon of polo spectating at the Brandywine Polo Club. Gates open at 1:30 pm. Polo Match starts at 3 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Children under 12 are free. Parking is free. VIP parking is $10. Cash or check preferred. You can purchase tickets online at brandwinepolo.com and at Landhope Farms, 101 E. Street, Kennett Square, PA. Tailgates available. Contact tailgates by email at tailgaters@brandywinepolo.com or call 610-268-8692. It's advisable to call the polo hotline prior to attending, since weather may occasionally cancel games. Brandywine Polo Hotline 610 268.8692

Turks Head Music Festival (June 7, 2020)
Everhart Park | 501-599 W. Union St., West Chester, PA 19382
12 -8pm. Featuring 11 popular regional bands performing on two stages, with a park full of vendors and artisan booths. Bring a blanket, your lawn chairs, and friends and enjoy this West Chester Tradition. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation.

St. Anthony's Italian Festival (June 7-14, 2020)
St Anthony's of Padua | 901 N. DuPont St. | Wilmington, DE | 302.421.3790
One of the largest ethnic festivals on the East Coast, this popular local event features Italian food, music and entertainment, along with family activities, a midway and outdoor dining spread over dozens of city blocks.

Annual Chester County Hospital Polo Cup (June 7, 2020)
Brandywine Polo Club at Toughkenamon, 260 Polo Road | Toughkennamon, PA 19374 | 610.268.8692
Tailgating and festivities begin at 1:30 pm, and the match starts at 3 pm. Wear your best hat and enter our "Hats Off for Health" Contest. Pack a picnic for tailgating, buy a Beer Garden ticket or purchase a VIP ticket for entrance into our VIP tent and enjoy beverages and the culinary delights of Limoncello Restaurant and Cakes & Candies by Mary Ellen. $25 general admission includes parking and admission. Children 16 and under are free. Buy tickets online. Tickets purchased after June 2 will be held at the gate. Brandywine Polo Club in Toughkenamon. The Turks Head branch of The Women's Auxiliary to Chester County Hospital organizes this event.

New Garden Summerfest Air Show(June 12-14, 2020)
New Garden Flying Field | 1235 Newark Rd., Toughkenamon, PA | 610.268.2619
Giant scale Warbird & Jet Rally. Food trucks and craft vendors. Famly Fun. Saturday Night Fireworks. Day and night air show performances.

(June 26-28, 2020)
New Garden Flying Field | Toughkenemon, PA
A family-centered event. A weekend of spectacular hot air balloons, and non-stop activities! Dramatic hot air balloon ascensions, special shapes and magical balloon glows in the evening dusk over the rolling hills of Chester County. Saturday Night Fireworks. Admission is $12.50 per adult, $5 per child ages 6-12 and children under 6 are free. Buy online or at the gate. Pre-purchase balloon flight tickets your admission is free.

Clifford Brown Jazz Fest( June 17- 20, 2020.)
Rodney Square +  | Wilmington, DE | Events Hotline: (302) 576-3095
Experience the greatest in jazz music by the premiere performers - all here to celebrate the legendary talent of Clifford Brown, the Wilmington native who left an incredible mark on musical history - performing with a virtuosity that has never been paralleled. All events are FREE, open to the public and rain or shine. Click for information.

Historic Autos at Winterthur (Saturday, June 20, 2020 )
Winterthur Museum | 5105 Kennett Pike | Winterthur, DE 19735
10am-4pm. 1920s and 1930s Vogue: Luxury, Innovation, Speed, 1920-1940. Weather permitting. Members free. Included with admission

Rockwood's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival (June 27, 2020)
Rockwood Museum | 610 Shipley Rd. | Wilmington, DE | 302.761.4340

Experience family fun for children of all ages featuring vendors, live music, local restaurants, eco-crafters and local creameries serving the region's best ice creams, you won't want to miss this! Bring your own blanket. Tickets at the Gate Only

Charity Garden Tour (June 27, 2020)
Chester County, PA

A self-guided tour event with printed map giving brief descriptions of each location; 9-5 each day. Ticket price $48 each and helps support the Chester County Food Bank. Children 14 and under are free. Tickets will be on sale online at www.BrandywinePondTour.com.





July
Brandywine Polo Weekends
232 Polo Road | Toughkennamon, PA 19374 | 610.292.0880
Pack a picnic basket and bring family and friends for a fun filled afternoon of polo spectating at the Brandywine Polo Club. Gates open at 1:30 pm. Polo Match starts at 3 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Children under 12 are free. Parking is free. VIP parking is $10. Cash or check preferred. You can purchase tickets online at brandwinepolo.com and at Landhope Farms, 101 E. Street, Kennett Square, PA. Tailgates available. Contact tailgates by email at tailgaters@brandywinepolo.com or call 610-268-8692. It's advisable to call the polo hotline prior to attending, since weather may occasionally cancel games. Brandywine Polo Hotline 610 268.8692

(July 2, 2020)
Longwood Gardens | Kennett Square, PA | 
Spectacular show set to music. Absolutely breathtaking. Special ticket required and should be purchased in advance.

The Ladybug Music  Festival (July 16-17, 2020)
Wilmington, Delaware.

All female, all fun, all free. The Ladybug Festival is an annual event celebrating women in music. The event was created in 2012 by Gable Music Ventures as a block party for the residents of the 2nd & Loma neighborhood in downtown Wilmington, Delaware.
2017 Ladybug Festival photo by Joe del Tufo Moonloop Photography

Delaware Shakespeare Festival (July 17-August 2, 2020)
Rockwood Mansion Park | Wilmington, DE | (302) 764-0113

Delaware Shakespeare Festival presents The Tempest in the summer under the stars in Rockwood Mansion Park. You are encouraged to arrive an hour prior to dine and enjoy pre-show activities. Tickets can be purchased at the door for general admission or online.

Longwood Gardens Fireworks and Fountains (July 18, 2020)
Longwood Gardens | Kennett Square, PA | 
Spectacular show set to music. Absolutely breathtaking. Special ticket required and should be purchased in advance.

Historic Autos at Winterthur (Saturday, July 25, 2020 )
Winterthur Museum | 5105 Kennett Pike | Winterthur, DE 19735
10am-4pm. The Post War Years, 1947-1969. Weather permitting. Members free. Included with admission

Annual Peoples' Festival (July 25-26, 2020)
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park | Wilmington, DE

A Tribute to Bob Marley. Live reggae music on 2 stages plus dancing, food, arts and crafts, childrens village & more! See site for event and ticket information. Web site.

Charity Water Garden Weekend Tour (July 25-26, 2020)
Chester County, PA

Self Guided Tour $45 with printed map giving brief descriptions of each location; 9-5 each day. Ticket include the touors and Saturday BBQ 6-8pm. Help support the Chester County Food Bank. Children 14 and under are free. Tickets will be on sale online at www.BrandywinePondTour.com.

Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair (July 25-26, 2020)
Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St. | Wilmington, DE | (215) 579-5997

The largest premier fine craft fair in the Brandywine Valley returns for its 8th year with more craftsmen than ever before. The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will host 192 creators at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, July 26 & 27. This indoor shopping experience is unique forthe array of beautiful items that are all handmade in America, ranging from one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, ceramics, glass, sculpture, artisan furniture, and more. Website.



August
Longwood Gardens Fireworks and Fountains (August 8, 2020)
Longwood Gardens | Kennett Square, PA | 
Spectacular show set to music. Absolutely breathtaking. Special ticket required and should be purchased in advance.

Delaware Shakespeare Festival (August 2, 2020)
Rockwood Mansion Park | Wilmington, DE | (302) 764-0113

Delaware Shakespeare Festival presents The Tempest in the summer under the stars in Rockwood Mansion Park. You are encouraged to arrive an hour prior to dine and enjoy pre-show activities. Tickets can be purchased at the door for general admission or online.

Wilmington Riverfront Blues Festival ( August 1- 2, 2020)
Riverfront | Wilmington, DE | (302) 576-2136

For information about the event, artists, schedule, tickets, etc., click to the Festival Web site.

Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic(Saturday, August 8, 2020)
An annual professional cycling race in historic West Chester. One hundred professional and USCF licensed cyclist's race 60 laps around a 1 mile downtown circuit at speeds of 35 mph. Racers will jockey for position while navigating narrow streets and tight corners. All the action begins at the intersection of Gay and High Streets, the home of Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant the founding sponsor of the event.

Brandywine Polo Weekends
232 Polo Road | Toughkennamon, PA 19374 | 610.292.0880
Pack a picnic basket and bring family and friends for a fun filled afternoon of polo spectating at the Brandywine Polo Club. Gates open at 1:30 pm. Polo Match starts at 3 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Children under 12 are free. Parking is free. VIP parking is $10. Cash or check preferred. You can purchase tickets online at brandwinepolo.com and at Landhope Farms, 101 E. Street, Kennett Square, PA. Tailgates available. Contact tailgates by email at tailgaters@brandywinepolo.com or call 610-268-8692. It's advisable to call the polo hotline prior to attending, since weather may occasionally cancel games. Brandywine Polo Hotline 610 268.8692

(TBA)
Cauffiel House grounds | 1016 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE | 
Tickets $45 and up. Enjoy burger samples, beer and wine included in the ticket price. Event Proceeds Benefit the Food Bank of Delaware and Delaware ProStart.



September
Longwood Gardens Fireworks and Fountains (September 6, 2020)
Longwood Gardens | Kennett Square, PA | 
Spectacular show set to music. Absolutely breathtaking. Special ticket required and should be purchased in advance.

Brandywine Polo Weekends
232 Polo Road | Toughkennamon, PA 19374 | 610.292.0880
Pack a picnic basket and bring family and friends for a fun filled afternoon of polo spectating at the Brandywine Polo Club. Gates open at 1:30 pm. Polo Match starts at 3 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Children under 12 are free. Parking is free. VIP parking is $10. Cash or check preferred. You can purchase tickets online at brandwinepolo.com and at Landhope Farms, 101 E. Street, Kennett Square, PA. Tailgates available. Contact tailgates by email at tailgaters@brandywinepolo.com or call 610-268-8692. It's advisable to call the polo hotline prior to attending, since weather may occasionally cancel games. Brandywine Polo Hotline 610 268.8692

Newlin  Grist Mill Archaeology Festival (Sept. 12, 2020)
219 South Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, PA | 610.459.2359
10:00am - 3:00pm. A free event featuring a full day of hands-on activities. Visitors will be able to work with professional archaeologists and assist with three different excavations; sift, clean and process artifacts; and see artifact displays from around Delaware County. There will also be a variety of activities designed for kids.

(Sept. 12-13, 2020)
Kennett Square, PA | 1.888.440.9920 / 610.925.3373
www.mushroomfestival.org
The Annual Mushroom Festival is a two-day, weekend event in historic Kennett Square, right in the heart of mushroom country. The Festival celebrates the mushroom as well and offers a lot of entertainment, food and fun. Click the icon for a listing of the events over the weekend.

Brandywine Festival of the Arts (Sept. 12-13, 2020)
Brandywine Park, Wilmington, DE | 302-690-5555
www.brandywinearts.com
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The Brandywine Festival of the Arts is an annual arts festival in Wilmington, Delaware. Featuring hundreds of juried artists exhibiting one-of-a-kind art, the festival is a Delaware tradition spanning 51 years. Now regionally popular and nationally recognized, the Brandywine Festival of the Arts boasts participants from across the United States and perennially ranks in the top 100 shows in the country. Up to 20,000 visitors flock to Brandywine Park's Josephine Gardens for this end-of-summer celebration. Admission $5, Children under 12 free.

Chadds Ford Days Festival (Sept. 12-13, 2020)
Rt. 100  | Chadds Ford, PA
Come relive history with your family and friends right in Chadds Ford on Saturday and Sunday. The event runs from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Chadds Ford Days includes over 50 of the area's finest artisans and demonstrators. Chadds Ford Days offers something for everyone. Live bands, a free plein air art show and sale, see cooking demonstrations in the c. 1725 Chads House and much more.

Chadds Ford Days is held on the grounds of Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 N. Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA. Free parking is available adjacent to the festival grounds. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend, but must be on a leash. Admission is $10 for adults 18 and older and free for children 17 and under. CFHS members are free with membership card. Visit our website for additional information.

Hagley Museum Antique Car Show (Sept. 20, 2020 - 10am-4pm)
Wilmington, DE
Browse through more than 500 antique and restored cars that date from the early 1900s-1980s. The show features vehicle parades, motoring music, video and pedal car racing, and a festival food court. Activities are on Hagley's upper property. Admission charged. Advanced ticket sales begin in mid to late August. Free for Hagley members and children five and under.
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Chester County Restaurant Festival(Sept. 20, 2020)
Downtown West Chester, PA
Noon - 5:30pm. The Brandywine Valley's biggest food festival- Gay street from Matlack Street to Darlington Street - Market Street from Darlington to High St. More than 65 restaurants, caterers and food vendors are participating, with nearly 110 arts & crafts vendors and information booths, three stage areas for live music and the "Church Street Café," where patrons can sit and relax with a pint of refreshing brew. Beer & Wine Garden, Live Music. Parking in all Borough of West Chester garages is $5.00 for all day NO PETS ALLOWED IN EVENT GROUNDS. We love them too, but anyone accompanied by a pet will be asked to leave.

 Plantation Field International Horse Trials
The Plantation Field International Horse Trials
(TBA)
Green Valley Rd, two miles north of Village of Unionville off Rt. 82.
The Plantation Field International Horse Trials is a super opportunity for the whole family to enjoya thrill packed weekend. Filled with action, some of the best riders and horses will be there. Come out and see what it is all about. $20/car general admission. For more information - plantationfieldhorsetrials.com

Bike the Brandywine(Saturday, September 26, 2020)
Celebrate the scenery, history and lure of Brandywine Creek. There are three loops available to riders - approximately 25, 50 and 100 miles long including some of the most picturesque roads in Chester County. Routes are well marked and cue sheets are provided to all riders. There are also fully stocked rest-stops every 10-15 miles offering nutrition and hydration. Register online. There's a free t-shirt in it for you. Get all the details online.

(September 26, 2020)
Longwood Gardens | Kennett Square, PA | 
Spectacular show set to music. Absolutely breathtaking. Special ticket required and should be purchased in advance.

Paoli Blues Fest (Sept. 26, 2020)
Paoli Presbyterian Church is on South Valley Road
11am-6pm. Blues, Brews, Browsing and Munching! Admission to the Blues Fest is a donation of non-perishable food for Chester County Food Bank. A Street Fair for family fun with food, pop-up restaurants, kids' activities, street entertainers, over 100 vendors, motorcycles, massages and dancing, beer garden and more.

Delaware Shakespeare Festival (September 30-October 25, 2020)
Rockwood Mansion Park | Wilmington, DE | (302) 764-0113

Delaware Shakespeare Festival presents Twelfth Night in Rockwood Mansion Park. You are encouraged to arrive an hour prior to dine and enjoy pre-show activities. Tickets can be purchased at the door for general admission or online.



October
Unionville Community Fair (October 2-4, 2020)
2-6PM. Fairgrounds behind Landhope Farms at the intersection of Routes 82 & 926 in Kennett Square, PA. The Unionville Community Fair and Farm Show has the largest display of community agricultural products, handcrafts and arts in Chester County Pennsylvania. Most exhibitors are local residents, competing for ribbons and awards as they are judged by PSACF guidelines. Family fun!! www.ucfairinc.org

Kennett Brewfest (Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m)
Broad Street between State and Cypress in Kennett Square, PA
This is a beer tasting extravaganza with live music and good company. Come sample beers from local and regional microbreweries! Along with the great-tasting beer there will be food and live music. Ticket sold online in advance only. Always a sell out.

Chester County Day - Historic House Tour (Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020)
701 E. Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19720 | 610.431.5301
The annual Chester County Day House Tour is the oldest house tour in the nation. This year, you will experience Chester County's finest examples of original, reclaimed, restored, new and historically significant homes. While you are enjoying "The Day," you will also be supporting The Chester County Hospital in its ongoing mission to bring world-class care close to home. If you love architecture, artistry and antiques, you won't want to miss this premier house tour. Houses are open from 10AM to 5PM. Tickets for Chester County Day will be available online in July 2018! Tickets in advance - $30. Send checks to address above. Tickets on the day - $35. Tickets will be limited.

Newlin  Grist Mill Fall Harvest Festival (Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020)
219 South Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, PA | 610.459.2359
10:00am - 4:00pm. Colonial demonstrators, crafts and tradesmen. Highlights each year include mill demonstrations, tours, pumkin painting, and hayrides (weather dependent.) Admission is free. Parking $5.

Harvest Moon Festival (Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020)
Delaware Nature Society's Annual Harvest Moon Festival is held on the scenic Coverdale Farm Preserve, 543 Way Road in Greenville, DE, 10 am - 5 pm. Rain date, October 6th. The Festival features fun activities for all ages. Enjoy artisan demonstrations, children's activities and crafts, raptor programs, pony rides, corn maze, farm animal experiences, hayrides, music, food trucks and much more. Admission is as follows. Members: FREE. Non-members age 0-5: FREE. Non-members age 6+: $7. Pay or become a Member at the gate.

The Great Pumpkin Carve (October 22-24, 2020)
Rt. 100, Chadds Ford, PA |  610.388.7376
Watch local artists carve huge pumpkins Thursday (4-9PM). See candle-lit carved pumpkins Fri.(4-9PM) -Sat (3-9PM). All Three nights of family fun, food, live music and hayrides! Admission: $15 for adults 18 and older, $5 for ages 7 to 17; Ages 6 and under are free. Free offsite parking and shuttle service. Dogs are not permitted to the Pumpkin Patch for safety reasons. The Carve is on the Historical Society grounds.

Fairhill International (October 15-18, 2020)
500 Gallaher Road, Elkton, MD. | 410.398.2111
Not in the Brandywine, but not that far afield. The Maryland 5Star at Fairhill is a three day event... dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping.

ChesLen Chase for Open Space(October 17, 2020)
11 AM. ChesLen Preserve- 1199 Cannery Road, Coatesville, PA 19320
Get ready to kick up your heels for nature at the ChesLen Chase for Open Space, with 10K, 5K, and 2-mile Fun Run-Walk!Thechallenging trail runsincludesteep hills, creek crossings, woodlands, and open fields. The fun continues after crossing the finish line! The post-race party features live music, craft beer, food, and an awards ceremony. Cost is $15 to $40 depending on which course runners pick
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Hagley Craft Fai (Saturday, October 17, 2020)
Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE
10AM-5PM. This artisans' marketplace brings talented artisans from the Mid-Atlantic area to display and sell fine arts and crafts. This premier show will feature works in wood, pottery, jewelry, fibers, metal, and other media. Admission is $5, free for members and children under six years old. Use Hagley's Buck Road East entrance off Route 100 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Delaware Shakespeare Festival ( ends October 25, 2020)
Rockwood Mansion Park | Wilmington, DE | (302) 764-0113

Delaware Shakespeare Festival presents Twelfth Night in Rockwood Mansion Park. You are encouraged to arrive an hour prior to dine and enjoy pre-show activities. Tickets can be purchased at the door for general admission or online.



November
Pennsylvania Hunt Cup (November 1, 2020)
Unionville, PA | 484-888-6619
The Pennsylvania Hunt Cup is a Timber steeplechase race with a distance of four miles and 22 fences, over fair hunting country. It is a substantial test of both horse and rider, and is one of just three 4-mile steeplechase races sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association. First run in 1921 the race moved to Unionville in 1964. Race meeting includes three sanctioned timber races, and the Pennsylvania Pony Hunt Cup for children.

Newlin Grist Mill Tavern Night (Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 7pm to 9:30pm)
219 South Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, PA | 610.459.2359
7-9:30PM, A one-of-a-kind evening of 18th-century food, drink, and music. Participants will enjoy the warmth of the fire as they delight in a selection of flavors and aromas representative of those found in a colonial America tavern. Live period music and games will provide entertainment for the evening. Cost: $60.00/person. You must be 21 years or older to attend. For more information, pleaseemail info@newlingristmill.org or call 610.459.2359.

Annual Delaware Antiques Show( November 6-8, 2020)
Riverfront Center, Wilmington DE  | (302) 425-3929  (888) 862-ARTS
One of the nation's most highly acclaimed and anticipated antiques shows... a showcase of art, antiques, and design. Featuring the finest offerings from more than 60 of the country's most distinguished dealers, the Delaware Antiques Show highlights American antiques and decorative arts, including furniture, paintings, rugs, ceramics, silver, jewelry, and more. Proceeds benefit Winterthur's education programs. Admission $12; members, $9.

Annual Artisans Show (TBA)
Center for the Creative Arts, Yorklyn, DE  | (302) 239-2434
Find unique, original fine crafts for holiday gifts or yourself. Something for the whole family. Show Hours: 10am-5pm. Admission: $5
A Longwood Christmas (November 20, 2020 - January 3, 2021)
A half million twinkling lights and thousands of poinsettias and magnificent Christmas trees. Come on at 3:30 pm every day! Timed Admission Tickets Required Tickets are Limited. Check the calendar.

Yuletide at Winterthur(Late November - early January)
Winterthur, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19735  | 800.448.3883
Take a magical tour that will transport you to Christmases of old. Experience Winterthur's most beloved holiday displays from past Yuletides, and discover holiday traditions of Americans from the colonial period through World War II, including the introduction of the first Christmas trees decorated with goodies for children by Pennsylvania Germans in the 1800s. Enjoy special displays recalling du Pont family holiday traditions and winter festivities. Be inspired and amazed by an array of fanciful decorated trees throughout the tour-including the magnificent dried-flower tree. For the first time, the Yuletide tour is free to Winterthur Members and is included in general admission for nonmembers!
Yuletide Jazz & Wine(TBA)
Winterthur, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19735  | 800.448.3883
Wednesday evenings.
Patriot's Day (November 30, 2020)
Chadds Ford, PA |  Battlefield Park
10 AM-4 PM. Living history demonstrations, musket drills, blacksmith, house tours, 18th-century medical "experts" many activities for children and adults.


Brandywine Christmas
A Brandywine Christmas at the River Museum
(Late November - Early January)
Something for every family member to enjoy. Check the Museum website for events throughout the holiday season.

Nemours Mansion Holiday Tours (December)
Visitors are greeted by a 12-foot tree in the marble-floored central hall, vintage Christmas ornaments and toys. Self guided tours.



December
Click to see performances and displays planned for the holidays at Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, etc.

Brandywine Christmas
A Brandywine Christmas at the River Museum
(Late November - early January)
Something for every family member to enjoy. Check the Museum website for events throughout the holiday season.

(Late November - early January)
A half million twinkling lights and thousands of poinsettias and magnificent Christmas trees. Come on at 3:30 pm every day! Timed Admission Tickets Required Tickets are Limited. Check the calendar.

Candlelight Christmas (TBA)
A Chadds Ford Historical Society event held at three historical properties including the Visitor Center, the Springhouse, John Chads house and the Barns-Brinton House. Tickets are $15, $10 for CFHS members. For more information, call 610-388-7376 or click to buy tickets online beginning Nov 16.
Holidays at Hagley - Twilight Tours of Eleutherian Mills Residence (December 12, 2020, 4:30-7pm)
The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French holiday traditions. Small groups will be guided through the house and get an intimate glimpse of the holiday season as the du Ponts would have experienced it after a day of shopping, gift-making, calling, and merry-making. Tours begin at 4:30 p.m. and depart every half hour until 7. Admission is $10 for non-members and free for members Use Hagley's main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware
Yuletide at Winterthur (Through January 7, 2020)
Winterthur, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19735  | 800.448.3883
Take a magical tour that will transport you to Christmases of old. Experience Winterthur's most beloved holiday displays from past Yuletides, and discover holiday traditions of Americans from the colonial period through World War II, including the introduction of the first Christmas trees decorated with goodies for children by Pennsylvania Germans in the 1800s. Enjoy special displays recalling du Pont family holiday traditions and winter festivities. Be inspired and amazed by an array of fanciful decorated trees throughout the tour-including the magnificent dried-flower tree. For the first time, the Yuletide tour is free to Winterthur Members and is included in general admission for nonmembers!

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