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Mar 6 2015

Philly Region Festivals Celebrate Art, Music, Mushrooms & More

In The Towns Of The Philadelphia Countryside, There’s Always Something To Celebrate In 2015

With just the turn of the ignition key and within less than an hour, visitors to Philadelphia can explore the region’s quaint towns and charming settings. And what better way to discover them than with the homegrown festivals and events that celebrate their distinct personalities. Some festivities are quirky—think tens of thousands of folks coming together to pay tribute to the mushroom. Others honor the culinary talents of their hometown chefs or the creative handiwork of local artisans. While still others harken back to the town’s proud role in American history. Whatever the topic or the time of year, local festivals are a great way to get to know the Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside. Here’s a look at some event highlights for 2015:

BUCKS COUNTY

Bristol:

  • Throughout the season, generations of families come together to enjoy the Celtic Heritage Festival (June 28), Puerto Rican Day Festival (July 25), Afro-American Festival (August 15) and the Italian Festival (September 12). These events feature traditional music, costumes, dances and cuisines that celebrate the cultures of their ancestors. Bristol Lions Waterfront Park, Mill & Radcliffe Streets
  • The era of bobby socks and poodle skirts is alive, well and jitterbugging at Doo Wop In The Park. Thousands turn out for the daylong 50s flashback with top-name groups performing the tight harmonies that topped the charts. September 19. Bristol Lions Waterfront Park, Mill & Radcliffe Streets, (215) 788-1600
  • Historic Bristol Day brings a family-friendly street fair packed with arts and crafts, food vendors, entertainers, children’s games, a sailing regatta and Colonial characters, all celebrating the town’s connection to the Delaware River. October 17. Bristol Lion Waterfront Park, Mill & Radcliffe Streets, (215) 826-8532, bristolhistory.org

Doylestown:

  • It doesn’t get any more hometown than Fonthill Castle’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. On the grounds of Henry Mercer’s landmark castle, families enjoy Independence Day festivities such as watermelon-eating contests, sack races, bucket-brigade relays and live musical performances. July 4. E. Court Street & Route 313, (215) 348-9461, fonthillmuseum.org
  • A major proponent of the Arts & Crafts movement, Henry Mercer would cheer for the annual Moravian Pottery and Tile Works Festival at his working-history factory. The event attracts more than four dozen artisans and dealers selling hand-made tiles and pottery. Festivalgoers can also tour Mercer’s factory, which still produces hand-made tiles and pottery. May 16-17. 130 E. Swamp Road, (215) 348-6098, buckscounty.org

New Hope:

  • Rainbows rule during Pride Week when the LGBT community and their friends gather for a week of lively and colorful festivities that include a block party, live entertainment and a parade so big it winds through two towns. May 10-17. Various locations. newhopecelebrates.com

CHESTER COUNTY

Kennett Square:

  • The mushroom is elevated to rock-star status during the annual Mushroom Festival. The Mushroom Capital of the World puts the fun in fungi with a weekend of culinary events, children’s entertainment, a street fair, entertainment, an antique car show, the Grower’s Exhibit, the National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship, the Mushroom Run and the Fun Gus Walk. September 12-13. 114 W. State Street, (610) 925-3373, mushroomfestival.org
  • There are suds, suds and more suds for consumption at the Kennett Brewfest. Throughout the afternoon festival, the over-21 set can sample brews from 100 regional and national craft breweries while noshing on nibbles and enjoying the live entertainment. October 10. 600 S. Broad Street, (610) 444-8188, kennettbrewfest.com

Phoenixville:

  • The town where segments of the campy 1950s horror-sci fi flick The Blob were filmed invites humans and aliens to join in the wacky Blobfest, a three-day horror extravaganza complete with screenings, themed competitions, a street fair and the recreation of a pivotal scene where hundreds of scared townspeople flee the Colonial Theatre. July 10-12. 227 Bridge Street, (610) 917-1228, thecolonialtheatre.com
  • Visitors arrive early to snag a seat or bring their own lawn chairs to the Phoenixville Blues Festival, a daylong celebration of some of the region’s most popular bands and food by local restaurants and food trucks. September 12. Reeves Park, between Main & Starr Streets and 2nd & 3rd Avenues, (215) 421-6759, pvilleblues.org
  • Lighting up a winter night, the Firebird Festival celebrates the town’s namesake, the Phoenix. After a full day of music, dancing, storytelling, crafting, parades and other arts-related activities, the festival culminates in the lighting of an enormous wooden phoenix, turning it into a real firebird. December (exact date TBD). Various locations. firebirdfestival.com

West Chester:

  • On Super Sunday, downtown West Chester takes on a circus-like atmosphere, with two stages of live entertainment, food, craft booths, amusement rides, antique cars, magic shows and meet and greets with Dora the Explorer and Clifford the Red Dog. June 7. Gay Street between Matlack & Darlington Streets, (610) 738-3350, downtownwestchester.com
  • Whether on two wheels or two feet, the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium is all about speed. Bikers of all ages and abilities participate in a variety of races all leading up to the marquee event in which nationally ranked pro cyclists compete to qualify for the USA CRITS invitational. No bike, no problem. Just enjoy the accompanying street fair. August 8. Gay & High Streets, (610) 696-4046, ironhilltwilightcriterium.com

DELAWARE COUNTY

Media:

  • Come hungry to Dining Under the Stars when local restaurateurs swing open the doors and set up service at tables smack in the middle of State Street. Cars are a no-no during the weekly alfresco event, featuring live entertainment, merchant specials and other treats. Wednesdays, May through September. State Street between Jackson & Orange Streets, (610) 566-5039, visitmediapa.com
  • Calling all music lovers. The annual State Street Blues Stroll is a tuneful evening of guitar-shredding, soul-stirring, rousing and hypnotic blues starring more than two dozen of the genre’s top regional and national performers, including Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials. June 13. Various locations, (610) 566-5039, statestreetblues.com
  • The Bastille Day celebration on State Street holds plenty of fun and surprises. Professional theater presentations, live music, dancing, art exhibits, plein-air painting activities and the storming of the Bastille make for a day of revelry. July 11. mediaartscouncil.org

Wayne:

  • The Radnor Fall Festival in downtown Wayne revels in the return of brisk autumn days during a daylong celebration that includes dance troupes, dog shows, marching bands, rides and, of course, food and music. September 20. N. Wayne Avenue, (610) 687-7698, radnorfallfestival.com

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Ambler:

  • Motorheads can’t wait to gear up for the Ambler Auto Show. Even those who don’t know a crank shaft from a gear box are drawn to the flashy display of polished chrome gleaming off of more than 200 antique, muscle and classic cars. May 16. Butler Avenue between Main Street & Lindenwold Avenue, amblerautoshow.org
  • There are art festivals and music festivals, but the Ambler Art & Music Festival combines both into one giant party. For two days, the town’s main drag is closed to traffic so fans can rock out to more than a dozen bands, shop for crafts from more than 70 artisans and relax in the beer garden. June 12-13. Butler Avenue between Bethlehem Pike & Morris Road, (215) 641-1070, amblerfest.org

Ardmore:

  • Budding Picassos can create their own masterpieces during two Interactive Art events. Under the guidance of a variety of professional artists specializing in different mediums, participants can hone their talents, learn new techniques and work with a variety of materials while developing their own individual work of art. Various locations. May 16, September 12. (610) 645-0540, allaboutardmore.com

Jenkintown:

  • Artists and art lovers come together for the annual Festival of the Arts. The juried show features handcrafted works by 60 artists from the tri-state area. The event takes over the heart of town with food stands, music on multiple stages, beer tents and activities for kids. September 20. Jenkintown Town Square, Greenwood Avenue & Leedom Street, (215) 758-2770, jenkintownfest.org

Skippack:

  • The usually laid-back town goes into full party mode for the 44th annual Skippack Days, the biggest event on the calendar. Thousands of visitors who appreciate handmade goods stroll the mile-long stretch where artisans offer original crafts, jewelry, art and other items. Music, food and family activities round out the festivities. October 3-4. Skippack Pike from Bridge Road to Collegeville Road, (610) 584-6004, iloveskippack.com

PHILADELPHIA COUNTY

Chestnut Hill:

  • Fido will woof with delight at the Dog Days of Summer, a day of canine-centric events and activities, including pet rescues, pet photos and more. Various locations on Germantown Avenue. July 12. (215) 247-6696, chestnuthillpa.com
  • It’s easy to fall for the Fall for the Arts Festival, the autumn extravaganza featuring hundreds of merchants and artisans offering unusual crafts and wares. Discover a new artist, nibble on restaurant and food-truck treats and dance to live music. October 4. 8000-8600 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-6696, chestnuthillpa.com
  • The wizards of Hogwarts take over the neighborhood for the Harry Potter Festival, a weekend- long event complete with a costume parade, Horcrux hunt, Dumbledore’s Powers Maze, Potter Pub Crawl and more. It all culminates with dozens of Quidditch teams competing for the Golden Snitch. Various locations. October 16-17. chestnuthillpa.com

Manayunk:

  • With so many restaurants, one food fest isn’t enough. That’s why twice a year, foodies descend on Main Street for the StrEAT Food Festival, which kick off the spring and fall Manayunk Restaurant Weeks. Attendees nosh on food-truck fare, sample restaurant offerings, shop sidewalk sales and enjoy live entertainment. April 12 and September (exact date TBD). Main Street, (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com
  • Cheering crowds pack the streets for the giant neighborhood party that accompanies the annual Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. This race brings some of the world’s best riders to take on “The Wall,” Manayunk’s steepest topographic challenge. In addition, recreational cyclists are invited to ride the closed course before the pros. June 7. Various locations, (215) 482-9565, philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com
  • Art lovers circle their calendars for the 26th annual Manayunk Arts Festival, which transforms Main Street into a giant outdoor art gallery. Juried works by more than 300 artisans from around the country, food, music and other entertainment add to the weekend festivities. June 20-21. Main Street, (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

Mt. Airy:

  • Foodies come out in big numbers for the annual Street Fare: Sip, Savor Stroll, featuring some of the city’s best restaurants and gourmet food trucks, artisans and entertainers—all turning Germantown Avenue into a giant party. September 17. 7000-7100 Germantown Avenue, (215) 844-6021, gomtairy.com

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