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Our listing of events in and around the Brandywine Valley. We list major annual events and 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 2012 EVENTS.
If dates are not yet available - (TBA).



January
"CABIN FEVER" Wine & Cheese Tastings
(Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28: Sats 2 & 4 p.m. )
Chaddsford Winery. Tastings will be held in The Vintner's House, the country estate on the winery property. Wine educators will pair six Chaddsford wines including a variety of dry whites, dry reds, and sweet wines with six different locally available cheeses. Come out and have fun in this group setting! $20, Reservations Required at 610-388-6221.

Orchid Extravaganza
(January 20 - March 25, 2012)
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.


February
Wine & Chocolate Tastings
(Saturdays February 4, 11, 18, 25: 1:00, 2:30, 4:00 p.m. )
Chaddsford Winery. Held in The Vintner's House, the country estate on the winery property, wine educators will lead you through a sit-down tasting of premium Chaddsford wines paired with premium gourmet chocolates. $25; by reservation only. Call 610-388-6221 to reserve your space.

3rd Annual Plein Air Event (Saturday, Feb 3 & 4, 2012)
After a day of painting in Chaddsford and the Brandywine Valley, 30 juried artists from mid-Atlantic states return to the Chadds Ford Historical Society's Barn Visitors Center to frame and hang their paintings for a special exhibit and art sale. An "Exclusive Preview Party" will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2011 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm, $40 ticket admits up to two people to the preview party. Preview ticket holders are treated to a first look and sale of wet paintings, hors d'oeuvres and wine. The price of the ticket is refunded with a painting purchase and 20% of the painting price is tax deductible. From 6:00 - 8:00 enjoy a "Wine and Cheese Party" with the Artists. Admission is $5.00 per person donation. (FREE to preview ticket holders)  Artists must register in advance. More artist information and registration forms can be found at our website, www.chaddsfordhistory.org. Patrons can pre-purchase preview tickets by calling (610) 388-7376. Tickets will also be available at the door.
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Polar Plunge (Saturday, Feb 11, 2012)
Brandywine Valley Association | (610) 793-1090
The Brandywine Valley Association's will host it's Annual Brandywine Polar Plunge at the Brandywine Picnic Park in West Chester (Rts. 52 & 100) to raise awareness and support of their conservation work in the 330 square mile Brandywine Creek Watershed.

President's Day (Monday, February 21, 2012)
Chadds Ford Historical Society | Rt. 100 | Chadds Ford, PA | 610.388.7376
10AM - 2PM. Special Events including tours of the John Chads House, Beehive Oven Bread Baking, educational activities and more!

Orchid Extravaganza
(Through March 25, 2012)
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
2012 Barrels on the Brandywine
(Every Weekend in March)
Six premium wineries & vineyards in Southern Chester County, PA
Barrels on the Brandywine feature tastings of the new developing vintage in barrels, buckets, bottles and more! This Passport Event gives you a chance to venture into our cellars, see the new wines firsthand, and participate in pruning demonstrations, seminars, classes and more.
Passports ($30) are required for this event. Passports allow for tastings at each member winery and a commemorative wine glass. Valid each weekend in March and through the entire month of April. Passports will be available online for purchase and at all Brandywine Wine Trail wineries December 1, 2012. www.bvwinetrail.com

30th Annual Chester County Antiques Show (March 16, 17 & 18, 2012)
presented by the Chester County Historical Society at the Westtown School
975 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA
The 2012 theme, "Artists Throughout Chester County" will feature high quality American and Continental antiques, the event draws over 2,000 visitors to a collector-friendly atmosphere and wide range of items, from museum-quality furniture to pieces within the reach of the average visitor. The Show is returning to the beautiful, historic Westtown School - acclaimed in Maine Antiques Digest as "the best venue for an antiques show in the Delaware Valley". The opening night Preview Party will be held on March 16th and the Show will be open to the public March 17th and 18th. For ticket information call the Chester County Historical Society at (610) 692-4800 or click here for more information.

63rd Chadds Ford Art Show & Sale (March 23-24, 2012)
Chadds Ford Elementary School
3 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Friday, March 23rd, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Preview, Complimentary Reception & Sale
Saturday, March 24th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Exhibit & Sale
This popular art show features works by over 70 local and regional professional artists from the Brandywine Valley and beyond. Artists display and sell their art in an array of mediums to satisfy every taste and budget.  This year's "Featured Artist" is Paul Scarborough, a popular, award-winning Brandywine Valley artist whose work is featured in private and public collections throughout the country including a commission by NASA currently hanging in the National Air and Space Museum. The "Donating Artist," Stephen Brehm, was featured in Philadelphia Style Magazine and has received numerous honors for his talents. Brehm's paintings reside in homes and businesses from California to Florida, throughout the Northeast and Europe. Special guest will be local author Catherine Quillman author of 100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley, which serves as a comprehensive guide to the artistic history of this scenic region, birthplace of an important realist tradition known as the Brandywine Tradition. Quillman will lead a talk on Brandywine Valley art and offer a book signing at the show.   

Admission is free. 30% of all purchases are tax deductible. Proceeds are put towards school educational enrichment programs in foreign language, science and the arts. Please click here for further details.

International Orchid Show and Sale 2012
(March 23-25, 2012, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm)
Stunning exhibits fill the Conservatory and a wide array of orchids are for sale. Enjoy the American Orchid Society-judged show, guided tours, informative talks and a sales pavilion like no other.

Red Clay Valley Clean-up (Saturday, March 24, 2012)



April
70th Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point Horse Races (April 1, 2012)
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.
Opening Day - Trout Fishing in the Newlin Grist Mill Stream (April, 2012)
Newlin Grist Mill, 219 South Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, PA | 610.459.2359
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.
Trout fishing in the Newlin Grist Mill ponds is open weekends March through October from 9AM - 4PM. To fish, you must bring a valid driver's license to register in the office. Fees are $3/person, $3/trout. Bait is available for $1. All trout must be kept and paid for. No releasing.


Chadds Ford Classic Motorcycle Auction (April 14-15, 2012)
This will be the 9th Annual Chadds Ford Classic Motorcycle Auction. Photographs and descriptions of pre-entered bikes will be online at www.williambunchauctions.com.

Fairville Fun Fair (Saturday April 21, 2012)
Annual spring Fun Fair. Connect with the local community, enjoy fun family activities, and take a chance on the silent auction. Activities include moon bounces, pony rides, face painting, games, arts & crafts, live music, great food and more! The silent auction will once again be a highlight as we have received many amazing donations. You won't want to miss it!  Best of all, admission is free! Some of the activities require purchased tickets. The fair is held on the beautiful Fairville Friends School grounds, Route 52 in the Ponds of Woodward, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is Sunday April 22, 2012

8th West Chester Film Festival (April 27-29, 2012)
info@westchesterfilmfestival.com | 484-639-9237
The West Chester International Short Film Festival celebrates its seventh 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.

Mt. Cuba's Annual Wildflower Celebration (April 29, 2012. 10 AM - 4 PM)
Mt Cuba, Delaware

Stroll the gardens at your leisure during this fun and festive celebration of Spring! Enjoy live music, learning stations, and activities for the whole Family. Plus participate in special presentations on blueberries, pruning, drought tolerant plants, cutting propagation, our latest research, and much more! All parking for this event will be at Red Clay Reservation on Old Wilmington Road, just east of Brackenville Road. Proceed to the parking area where shuttle buses and a foot path to Mt. Cuba Center are located. Mt. Cuba Center's gardens are not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Pets are not permitted. Parking closes at 3:30PM.

Annual Rare Plant Auction (April 28, 2012 at Longwood Gardens)
6:30 p.m., East Conservatory | Kennett Square, PA | 

Hundreds of plant lovers from across the nation plan their calendars around this annual event that is acclaimed for it's premier selection of unusual, newly-introduced or difficult to propagate specimens. 600+ plants donated by more than 100 nurseries and individuals from across the country. Proceeds of this event benefit Delaware Center for Horticulture's Community Greening Program, which uses horticulture to beautify Delaware and to improve the quality of life for residents in urban neighborhoods. Click for more information.



May
Annual Trout Rodeo at Anson B. Nixon Park ( Saturday, May 5, 2012)
Kennett Square, PA
For some outdoor fun join anglers and casual fishermen at the Trout Rodeo rain or shine at the Anson B. Nixon Park. The ponds will bespecially-stocked with trout ranging in length from 12 to 24 inches. Also featured at the event will be tagged fish, a fly-tying demonstration, bait and fishing supplies, a raffle as well as grilled sandwiches and more. Prizes and trophies will be awarded. Tickets may be purchased at Buck's Hunting and Dog Training Supplies or day of event. The Rodeo is sponsored by the Kennett Area Park Authority and the Red Clay Valley Association. Proceeds benefit the maintenance of the AnsonB. Nixon Park. For information, call 610-444-0792.

John Chad's House Opens (2012 Dates TBA)
Chadds Ford Historical Society | Rt. 100 | Chadds Ford, PA | 610.388.7376

1 - 5PM. A day of educational activities geared to all ages including baking and papermaking demonstrations and more. Weekend tours all summmer.

64th Wilmington Garden Day (Saturday, May 5, 2012, 10AM-4PM rain or shine)
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 $30 in advance, $35 on Garden Day.

Historic Autos at Winterthur (May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012)
Winterthur Museum | 5105 Kennett Pike | Winterthur, DE  19735
In May enjoy a series of displays of magnificent historic automobiles. Step back in time to see elegant automobiles of the country-estate era. Each Saturday will feature a different thematic display. Weather permitting. Members free. Included with admission ($6.00-$18.00). 

34th Winterthur Point-To-Point Races (Sunday, May 6, 2012)
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. For this year's Point-to-Point the culinary arts will come hoof to hoof with the elite horse racing as celebrity chefs Dana Herbert and Jennifer Behm serve up cooking demonstrations and tastings, and raise a glass to toast to Winterthur's new exhibition Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition at the Hunt Brunch Tent and the Tasting Tent.  10:30am-4:00pm. Adult-$30.00,12-20-$15.00, Under 12-Free. Tickets go on sale starting March 1, 2012.

Wilmington Flower Market (May 10, 11, & 12, 2012 10am-7pm)
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.

Stateline Loop 9K/5K Trail Race (May 12, 2012)
The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) will be holding the annual Stateline Loop 9K/5K Trail Race on the Stateline Woods Preserve located at 814 Merrybell Lane, Kennett Square, PA 19348.  The 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 www.tlcforscc.org. 

31st Annual Wildflower, Native Plant and Seed Sale (May 12 & 13, 2012 )
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 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 (Sunday, May 13, 2012)
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.

The Kennett Run (May 19th, 2012)
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 (May 19, 2012)
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
New Castle's Historic Buildings

82nd Radnor Hunt Races (May 20, 2012)
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 for purses totaling $160,000. Proceeds benefit the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, PA.

Barns-Brinton House Opens Weekends (2012 Dates TBA)
Chadds Ford Historical Society | Rt. 100 | Chadds Ford, PA | 610.388.7376

1-5PM. A day of educational activities geared to all ages.
Weekend tours all summmer.

Brandywine River Museum Antiques Show (May 26 - 28, 2012)
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 $12.

Longwood Gardens Fireworks and Fountains (Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 9:15PM)
Longwood Gardens | Kennett Square, PA | 
Spectacular show set to music. Absolutely breathtaking. Special ticket required and should be purchased in advance.

Brandywine Polo Club Season Opener (2012 Dates TBA)
232 Polo Road | Toughkennamon, PA 19374 | 610.268.8692
To celebrate the first day of the polo season at Brandywine Polo Club they're hosting an old fashioned BBQ picnic pig roast with complimentary craft beers, live music from regional favorites ALLIGATOR ZYDECO, and polo! First timers to polo are encourgaed to come out and learn about the sport Tickets are all -inclusive - complimentary beer, all-you-can eat BBQ from Carolina Pit Stop, free parking, access to the grounds, matches, live music, plus much more! 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
Friday Nights Under the Stars (June 1,8,15,22,29 )
232 Polo Road | Toughkennamon, PA 19374 | 610.292.0880
Spend a relaxing evening under the stars listening to live music, watching polo and sipping great regional wines. Pack a picnic or purchase delicious eats from Carolina Pit Stop Southern Bar-B-Que. Wine will be sold each night (by the glass and bottle) by one of our partner wineries. Gates open and intra-club polo matches begin at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Last call for wine purchases will be between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

Wine & Jazz Festival (Saturday, June 2, 2012 )
Longwood Gardens | Kennett Square, PA | 
12:00 to 5:30 pm rain or shine. Featuring Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves. Savor fine wines and sample fresh, local fare as you enjoy the sights and sounds of live jazz in our Gardens. Tickets are available online.

Annual Bonsai Show (June 2 & 3, 2012)
Brandywine River Museum | Chadds Ford, PA | 
An outstanding selection of bonsai (ornamental trees and shrubs whose growth is stunted using an ancient Asian craft) will be on display in the Brandywine River Museum Courtyard. Members of the Brandywine Bonsai Society will be present to demonstrate handling techniques and answer questions regarding special care of the trees. 

Brandywine Food & Wine Festival ( June 9, 2012, 12 - 6PM)
Join the wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail as we bring together the best of the Brandywine Valley area.  Local wineries, food vendors, local artisans and musicians come together for a day of fun at The Myrick Conservation Center. www.bvwinetrail.com

Chester County Mac-n-Cheese Cook-off (June 10, 2012, 12 - 4PM)
Rain or shine at 1 Park Lane in Downingtown. $10 per head to sample each participant's dish. All proceeds benefit Rotaryinitiatives. The event will include local restaurants, businesses, organizations and hometown cooks competing against each other for the title "BEST Mac-n-Cheese in Chester County".Facebook page.

6th Annual Chester County Hospital Polo Cup (June 10)
232 Polo Road | Toughkennamon, PA 19374 | 610.268.8692
Save the date for divot-stomping, tailgating, family-friendly fun. Visit the Auction/Raffle tent for exciting finds. Then check out the vendors and kids activities. Enter the "Hats Off to Health" contest. Festivities begin at 1:30/polo match at 3 PM at the Brandywine Polo Club in Toughkenamon.

St. Anthony's Italian Festival (June 10-17, 2012)
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.

Delaware Chamber Music Festival (Begins Friday, June 15, 2012)
Music School of Delaware |  4101 Washington Street, Wilmington, DE | (302) 442.0572
In the month of June, the Delaware Chamber Music Festival presents four outstanding chamber music performances featuring the area's best chamber players, musicians who have been heard from Vermont's Marlboro Festival to Salzburg's Mozarteum. Guest artists are blues guitarist, David Bromberg, Associate Principal Flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Cramer, Klezmatics clarinetist, David Krakauer, soprano Laura Heimes, and pianist, Marcantonio Barone. Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra make up the Festival String Quartet. Click for more information.

22nd Clifford Brown Jazz Fest (June 18-24, 2012)
Rodney Square & other venues | 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. Click for information.

Chester County Homebrew Festival (June 23, 2012)
West Chester Elks Lodge #853 | 401 West Washington Street | West Chester, PA
6pm-10pm. Sample and judge over 15 different beers from local home brewers at this one-of-a-kind event supporting Elks charities. Tickets are $35 online, $45 at the door, and include a roast beef dinner, live music, a souvenir pint glass, and tokens for casting your vote. Click for information.

Chester County Jazz Festival (June 29 - July 1, 2012)
Several venues | West Chester, PA | 610.365.1404
This three-day Jazz Festival is a family event that takes place over a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A diverse blend of jazz artist will be presented from straight ahead jazz to smooth jazz, from jam bands to poetry jazz, jazz vocalists, latin jazz, jazz funk, and nu-jazz. 
Click for more information.
Join us as we host a delicious Jazz Kick-off brunch on Sunday, June 24th (10AM - 2PM), at Faunbrook B&B in West Chester. Enjoy live outdoor patio music and classic American cuisine, with a taste of New Orleans.

7th Annual Brandywine "Big Bang" BBQ
(June 30 & July 1,  2012)
From Pig Pickin' to Chickin' Lickin' get ready for a fun BBQ & Wine outing. Beat the shore crowds and spend a rousing Fourth of July Weekend with great BBQ & Wine outings at the wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. The eight family owned and operated regional wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail will be offering a variety of wines, food, picnicking, and music to celebrate Independence Weekend. No Passports or Tickets required to attend. Come for wine, food, and fun! www.bvwinetrail.com



July
Longwood Gardens Fireworks and Fountains (Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 9:15PM)
Longwood Gardens | Kennett Square, PA | 
Spectacular show set to music. Absolutely breathtaking. Special ticket required and should be purchased in advance.

Friday Nights Under the Stars (July 6,13,20,27 )
232 Polo Road | Toughkennamon, PA 19374 | 610.292.0880
Spend a relaxing evening under the stars listening to live music, watching polo and sipping great regional wines. Pack a picnic or purchase delicious eats from Carolina Pit Stop Southern Bar-B-Que. Wine will be sold each night (by the glass and bottle) by one of our partner wineries. Gates open and intra-club polo matches begin at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Last call for wine purchases will be between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

Brandywine Polo (Sundays)
232 Polo Road | Toughkennamon, PA 19374 | 610.268.8692
$10.00 per person at the Gate. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are good for one Sunday match on any date throughout the season. Gates open at 1:30; Match starts 3 pm . Gates close at 6 pm.
About Polo

Iron Hill Twilight Criterium (July 7, 2012)
Annual Iron Hill Twilight Criterium; a 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 title sponsor Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant.

Ice Cream Festival (July 7 - 8, 2012)
Rockwood Park - 4671 Washington St. Extension, Wilmington, DE 19809
Delaware's longest running family picnic makes its triumphant return this Fourth of July Weekend. Experience family fun for children of all ages at the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood. 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! Sat. July 7 - 11am-6pm. Sun. July 8 - 11am-5pm. Adults: $5, Children 12 and Under: $1 (Includes FREE Scoop!) Tickets at the Gate Only

Delaware Shakespeare Festival (July 13-28, 2012)
Rockwood Mansion Park | Wilmington, DE | (302) 764-0113

Delaware Shakespeare Festival will present A Midsummer Night's Dream this 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 Beer Week (July 14 - 21, 2012)
Wilmington, DE - 15 Downtown Restaurants and Taverns
Tastings, beer dinners, tap takeovers, meet the brewer and more.

Longwood Gardens Fireworks and Fountains (Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 9:15PM)
Longwood Gardens | Kennett Square, PA | 
Spectacular show set to music. Absolutely breathtaking. Special ticket required and should be purchased in advance.

18th Annual Peoples' Festival (July 28, 2012)
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park | Wilmington, DE

A Tribute to Bob Marley. Appearing on The Festival's stages Bushman, Kinto Sol, Anthem Reggae Band and The Image Band. See site for ticket information. Web site.



August
Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair (August 4 & 5, 2012)
Chase Center on the Riverfront | Wilmington, DE | (215) 579-5997

Support American craftsmen as The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen presents its beloved Fine Craft Fair featuring premier contemporary and heritage crafts and fine art. Meet the craftsmen, watch a demonstration and find a gift perfect for the home, garden or you. Admission is $8 for adults. Children under 12 are free. Saturday: 10am-6pm & Sunday: 10am-5pm. Web site.

Friday Nights Under the Stars (August 3,10,17,24,31)
232 Polo Road | Toughkennamon, PA 19374 | 610.292.0880
Spend a relaxing evening under the stars listening to live music, watching polo and sipping great regional wines. Pack a picnic or purchase delicious eats from Carolina Pit Stop Southern Bar-B-Que. Wine will be sold each night (by the glass and bottle) by one of our partner wineries. Gates open and intra-club polo matches begin at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Last call for wine purchases will be between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

Wilmington Riverfront Blues Festival (August 3- 5, 2012)
Riverfront | Wilmington, DE | (302) 576-2136

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

Longwood Gardens Fireworks and Fountains (Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 9:15PM)
Longwood Gardens | Kennett Square, PA | 
Spectacular show set to music. Absolutely breathtaking. Special ticket required and should be purchased in advance.

Brandywine Family Film Festival (August 17, 18, & 19)
Delaware Museum of Natural History | Wilmington, DE |  (484) 775-0350
The Brandywine Family Film Festival aims to bring high quality international children and family-friendly films to the Brandywine area. This year's festival will be held in a unique setting under the stars at the Delaware Museum of Natural History! It's sure to be a fun setting for the whole family. Come join us for 3 nights of wonderful films. A different full-length feature will be screened each night. A delightful, short animated film will be screened prior to the feature film each night to entertain our very young viewers. This double-feature combination is sure to please the whole family. Buy tickets online

Brandywine Polo (Sundays)
232 Polo Road | Toughkennamon, PA 19374 | 610.268.8692
$10.00 per person at the Gate. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are good for one Sunday match on any date throughout the season. Gates open at 1:30; Match starts 3 pm . Gates close at 6 pm.
About Polo



September
Longwood Gardens Fireworks & Fountains (Sat., Sept. 1, 2012 - 8:15PM)
Longwood Gardens | Kennett Square, PA | 
Spectacular show set to music. Absolutely breathtaking. Special ticket required and should be purchased in advance.

The Mushroom Festival (September 8 & 9, 2012)
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.

Chadds Ford Days (Sept. 8 & 9, 2012- 10AM-5PM)
Rt. 100  | Chadds Ford, PA
The event features colonial crafts demonstrations, Brandywine Valley art and artisans, children's rides and games, antique cars, dog photos, dog relay contests and dog obedience demonstrations. Fairgoers can also relax in an outdoor colonial tavern, sample dishes from three area restaurants, which includes, Pace One, Brandywine Prime, and joining us this year, Jimmy Johns. Sit back and listen to great music, including the return of Charlie Zahm and Steve Liberace along with our featured artist, Keith Hoffman. Check out the museum store offerings, tours of the John Chads house and more. The Chadds Ford Days Colonial Fair, held in the meadow just steps from the Brandywine River, commemorates the anniversary of the Revolutionary War Battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777. Free parking.

Brandywine Festival of the Arts (Sept. 8 & 9, 2012)
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.

Revolutionary War living history event (September 15-16, 2012)
Brandywine Creek State Park | 41 Adams Dam Rd, Wilmington, DE 19805
To commemorate the 235th anniversary of the Philadelphia Campaign, the 2d Virginia Regiment is hosting a Revolutionary War living history event at Brandywine Creek State Park on September 15-16, 2012. Brandywine Creek State Park, located three miles north of Wilmington at the intersection of Delaware Routes 100 and 92. For more information

Hagley Museum Antique Car Show (Sept. 16, 2012, 10AM to 4PM )
Wilmington, DE
Hundreds of cars on the general show field will reflect the variety of makes and models that are a part of automotive history. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission was $12 for a family, $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 14, free for children under 6. This year they are reduced but they aren't publishing them. Parking for the show is at the DuPont Company's Barley Mill Plaza at the intersection of Routes 141 and 48 with shuttle bus service to Hagley.
For more information

Kennett Brewfest (September 29, 2012)
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.

Hootenanny Hoedown (September 29, 2012)
Plantation Fields- 387 Green Valley Road, Coatesville PA
The day will start with a 5K Trail Race with optional obstacles.  Runners will have the opportunity to run on privately owned land while experiencing bucolic views.  The trail race will be followed by a Human Tractor Pull Competition, and a Children's Mutton Busting Competition.  The evening will be the Hootenanny Hoedown Wild West Saloon complete with live music and table games. Support conservation and land preservation in southern Chester County while enjoying great competition, and food.

Longwood Gardens Fireworks & Fountains (Sat., Sept. 29, 2012 - 7:15PM)
Longwood Gardens | Kennett Square, PA | 
Spectacular show set to music. Absolutely breathtaking. Special ticket required and should be purchased in advance.

Brandywine Valley Wine Trail Harvest Festival
(September 29 & 30 and October 6 & 7, 2012)
Experience the sights and smells of harvest and have a grape stompin' good time as the eight wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail celebrate the 2011 vintage! You'll find grapes galore as the vineyards commence harvest activities. Enjoy pastoral settings for picnicking, live music to "sit n' sip" or dance by, grape stomping competitions, hayrides through the vineyards, BBQs, wine tastings, tours, and the opportunity to learn about the region where Pennsylvania's most stellar wines are being grown. www.bvwinetrail.com





October
87th Unionville Community Fair (October 5-7, 2012)
Fairgrounds behind Landhope Farms at the intersection of Routes 82 & 926 in Kennett Square, PA. The Fair showcases the largest display of community and agricultural products in Chester County. Come by and see the more than 3,000 contest exhibits submitted by community residents, enjoy delicious treats from a variety of food vendors, listen to live music on the outdoor stage, become a "Farmer For a Day", laugh through the Lip Sync and Look Like Your Pet Contests, experience the grandeur of a First Rate Horse Show Sunday at 10:00am, and enjoy many other family friendly events and exhibits like a travelling petting zoo and pumpkin stacking contests! Check their website for updates. www.ucfairinc.org

Chester County Day - Historic House Tour (October 6, 2012)
701 E. Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19720 | 610.431.5301
64th Annual tour, benefits The Chester County Hospital in W. Chester. Houses are open from 10AM to 5PM. Tickets in advance - $30. Send checks to address above. Tickets on the day - $35. Tickets will be limited.

Newlin Grist Mill Harvest Festival (October 6, 2012)
219 South Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, PA | 610.459.2359
Historic demonstrators and craftsmen will be on hand to bring to life the sights, sounds and smells of 18th century life. Experience open hearth cooking, silhouette making, weaving, spinning, lace making, heritage sheep, and blacksmith demonstrations. Interact with the Maryland Infantry Regiment re-enactors. Enjoy the sounds of period harp and mandolin music or catch a performance of the Other Fall Harvest Festival activities include: hay rides weather dependent, pumpkin painting, colonial toys and games, and face painting. Admission is free!

West Chester Rotary Chili Cookoff (October 14, 2012)
Downtown West Chester. PA Gay St. from High St. to New St. & Chestnut to Market Sts.
Over 60 teams will compete for the People's Choice Award and the acclaim of having the "Best Darn Chili in Chester County." Noon to 3pm, Gates open at 10:30. Rain or Shine event. Purchase your $10 All-You-Can-Eat Chili wristbands at the event's sales booths located on each corner of Gay Street during the event. Discounted 3/$25 wristbands online while supply lasts. 610-322-7213

6th Annual Camphill Challenge (October 14, 2012)
Kimberton Waldorf School. 410 West Seven Stars Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460
This year's routes will feature the famed fall foliage of Chester County, as well as the area's hilly terrain, horse farms, historic homes, covered bridges, and tours of the Camphill Communities in Chester County. 50, 35, 10, and family-friendly routes will be offered. Proceeds of the Camphill Challenge benefit Camphill Special School, Camphill Soltane, and Camphill Village Kimberton Hills: life sharing communities for children, youth, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Visit camphillchallenge.org or contact Courtney Coffman at ccoffman@camphillspecialschool.org or 610.469.9236 x132 for more info or to register.

Dansko Fairhill International (Oct. 17-21, 2012)
500 Gallaher Road, Elkton, MD. | 410.398.2111
Not in the Brandywine, but not that far afield. Dansko Fairhill International includes horse trials, dressage and a four day celebration of Maryland life style, featuring Chesapeake Bay area Food and Drink, Dog Agility Trials, President's Cup Pony Club Games, Kids' Corner, HorsePlay Pageant, Live Music, Miniature Horse Demonstrations, The Art and Sport of Falconry with Live Birds of Prey, Classic Cars, a Trade Fair filled with shopping opportunities, and much more.

Hagley Craft Fair (Oct. 15 & 16, 2012)
Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE
Opens both days at 10AM. 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.

The Great Pumpkin Carve (Oct. 25-27, 2012)
Rt. 100, Chadds Ford, PA |  610.388.7376
Watch local artists carve huge pumpkins (5-9PM). See candle-lit carved pumpkins Fri.-Sat (5-9PM). All Three nights of family fun, food, live music and hayrides! General Admission: $5 adults 18 & older, $3 for attendees 7-17, free for children 6 and under. Parking in the meadow just past the Chadds Ford Historical Society barn. The Carve is on the Historical Society grounds.



November
Winterthur's Delaware Antiques Show (2012 Dates TBA)
Riverfront Center, Wilmington DE  | (302) 425-3929  (888) 862-ARTS
One of the nation's most highly acclaimed and anticipated antiques shows with a spectacular 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 (2012 Dates 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. Preview Reception & Wine Tasting, Friday November 11th 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Patriots Day at Brandywine Battlefield Park (Saturday, Nov. 24)
Chadds Ford, PA |  Battlefield Park | more info
The Battlefield will come alive with military and civilian living historians. Step back in time to a small British outpost and see Redcoats & Royal Artillery encamped during the winter of 1777. Infantry & Artillery Firing Demos, 18th Century Baker with fresh Breads & Cookies, Military Fife & Drum Music, 18th Century Sutlers/Merchants, Open Fire Cooking, and a Military Medical Display & Demonstration.

Yuletide at Winterthur (Nov. 17, 2012 - Jan. 6, 2013)
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!



December
Brandywine Wine Trail Holiday Open House
( December 1 & 2,  8 & 9, 2012 )
Complete all  your holiday shopping as you relax at the wineries! The wineries will be decorated in their holiday finery and will be hosting carolers, holiday musicians, and offering special holiday sale pricing!  Forget fighting the crowds at the malls.  Wine always fits. www.bvwinetrail.com

Brandywine River Antique Market 15th Holiday Open House
( 1st Friday in December, 6PM )
Everyone is welcome says owner Michael Mclimans. "No reservations are required. No RSVP. Just come as you are and party with us," he says. www.brandywineriverantiques.com

Candlelight Christmas in December (2012 Dates TBA )
Several private homes from the Chadds Ford area will be on display along with the Barns-Brinton House. Advance tickets for the annual tour are $16, tickets are $20 the day of the event. For more information, call 610-388-7376 or visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org.

Yuletide at Winterthur (Nov. 17, 2012 - Jan. 6, 2013)
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!

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

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