20 Local Summertime Festivals and Carnivals
From music to arts to food, there are myriad festivals along the Main Line.
Turks Head Music Festival in Wester Chester, July 16
Rose Tree Summer Festival Series • Through Aug. 13
Free concerts in Rose Tree Park's scenic outdoor amphitheater take place Wednesdays through Sundays. Hear top-notch music, from classical to Cajun, Motown to Broadway, and everything in between. This popular local tradition is great for friends and family who are looking to enjoy the outdoors.
1671 N. Providence Road, Media, (610) 891-4663.
Chester County Balloon Festival • June 23 - 25
With far-reaching views of the Chester County countryside, it’s little wonder that this festival is described as “spell-binding” and “magical”. For those that like to keep their feet closer to the ground, there are tethered rides and a walk through an inflated balloon. Over 20 vibrant balloons will float the sky twice each day. There will also be live music, food vendors and a beer garden.
New Garden Air Field, 1235 Newark Road, Toughkenamon.
Chester County Balloon Festival in Toughkenamon, June 23 - 25
Phoenixville Creative Arts Festival • June 24
This family-friendly event is co-hosted by Arts Holding Hands and Hearts, Barnstone Art for Kids, PACS, Phoenixville Recreation Department and Safe Families for Children. Find arts and crafts, live music, dancing, food, raffles and more.
Reeves Park, 3rd Ave., Phoenixville, (610) 933 7728.
Chester County Homebrew Festival • June 24
Now in its seventh year, the Homebrew Festival raises money for David's Drive, a local non-profit benefitting homeless and hospitalized veterans. Attendees enjoy a buffet-style dinner, music and will be able to vote their favorite homebrewed beer.
American Helicopter Museum, 1220 American Blvd., West Chester.
28th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival • June 24 - 25
As the tri-state’s largest outdoor juried arts festival, the Manayunk Arts Festival will have a variety of fine arts and crafts from across the country. Nearly 200,000 collectors, buyers and designers are expected to attend, including nearly 300 artists. Artists are judged on quality, creation process, price point, booth display, and overall presentation of work.
Main Street, Manayunk.
28th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival, June 24 - 25
Chaddsford Winery’s Red, White & BBQ • July 1, 2 and 4
Enjoy delicious barbecue from local food trucks, live music and Pennsylvania-made wine, craft beer and cocktails. Admission is free, and all wine and food purchases will be pay-as-you-go.
632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-6221.
Good Neighbor Day • July 4
This dawn to dusk event is the perfect way to celebrate the Fourth of July with friends and family. The event kicks off with a 5K, 10K or 15K walk and run. Throughout the remainder of the day, there will be more than 80 craft exhibitors showcasing their work. To cap the day, there will be fireworks at dusk.
Kerr Park, 1 Park Lane, Downingtown.
West Chester’s Swingin’ Summer Thursdays • July 6
Between West Chester’s High and Matlack streets, families will find food, music, clowns, artists, magicians, jugglers and lots of other family fun. Food vendors, information booths and local artisans will be spread between these two blocks, closed to traffic for the day.
Downtown West Chester.
Linvilla Orchards’ Blueberry Festival • July 8
Pick your own blueberries, watch or take part in the blueberry pie-eating contest, and enjoy other games and activities at this tasty festival.
598 Linvilla Road, Media, (610) 876-7116.
Linvilla Orchards' Blueberry Festival in Media, July 8
Narberth Music and Arts Festival • July 9
This family event on Haverford Avenue features street food, drinks and free live music. It’s a perfect way to top off a summer weekend.
Forrest and Haverford avenues, Narberth.
Malvern Fire Company Carnival • July 11 - 15
Support the fire department at the Malvern Fire Company Carnival. This five-day fair includes rides, festival food, games, face painting, magicians, fireworks and more.
Monument Park, 50 Monument Ave., Malvern.
11th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival • July 15
This festival celebrates the “New Wave of Jazz”. The Producer’s Guild of Philadelphia has once again curated an ensemble of stellar performers highlighting acclaimed, emerging and next generation jazz musicians under the age of 40. Philadelphia’s Jaleel Shaw headlines the event. Food and craft vendors will also be on hand.
Saunders Park Greene, 39th and Powelton streets, Philadelphia.
Turks Head Music Festival • July 16
Turks Head Music Festival features live music, unique crafts and awesome food. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and settle in to enjoy the live performances. This year’s lineup include everything from soulful folk to rock to hip-hop.
Everhart Park, 100 S. Brandywine St., West Chester.
Kimberton Fair • July 24 - 29
Marking its 88th year, this community fair, supporting Kimberton Fire Department, isn’t just another carnival. In addition to food and rides, there are agricultural and home art exhibits and a livestock show. Admission is free; ride wristbands and game tickets are available for purchase.
762 Pike Springs Road, Phoenixville, (610) 935-1388.
Goshen Country Fair • July 31 – Aug. 5
With dozens of attractions and activities that families and friends can enjoy, attendees have six days to enjoy this fun event, now in its 68th year. Find carnival games, amusement rides, livestock competitions and carnival bites like pizza, cheesesteaks, hot dogs and fried pickles. Proceeds benefit the Goshen Fire Company.
1320 Park Ave., West Chester.
Chester County HomeBrew Festival in West Chester, June 24
Summer Food Truck Competition • Aug. 19 - 20
Food trucks take over Chaddsford Winery for a weekend throw down, and you get to be the judge. Explore a variety of food truck fare, sip local wines and enjoy live music. Admission is free and all wine and food purchases are pay-as-you-go. Each visitor will receive one ticket to vote for his or her favorite truck, and a winner will be announced at the end of each day.
Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-6221.
Kennett Square Mushroom Festival • Sept. 9 - 10
Now in its 32nd year, this festival features culinary events, growing exhibits, contests, entertainment and nearly 250 vendors celebrating the region’s favorite fungi. An estimated 100,000 visitors are expected. Proceeds are distributed to charities and organizations benefiting the residents of Kennett Square and surrounding communities.
101 S. Union St., Kennett Square, (610) 925-3373.
Malvern Harvest Oktoberfest • Sept. 10
The Flying Pig will be serving up local craft beer in Malvern's own Oktoberfest Beer Garden. In the Beer Garden, find live tunes from the ever-popular Polkadelphia. There will be additional musical performances at Beam’s School of Music. Stop by Burke Park for Bark in the Park, as well. Area food trucks are also great additions to this festival.
Woof & Hoof Music Festival • Sept. 16
This music festival for all ages benefits Lulu’s Animal Rescue Group and Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Association Foundation, who have teamed up together to host this fun-filled event. In addition to great music, attendees can nosh from local food trucks, sip craft brews and wines, and shop retail vendors.
Ludwig's Corner Horse Show Grounds, 1325 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore.
Chester County Restaurant Festival • Sept. 17
Stroll the streets of West Chester tasting food from over 65 participating restaurants. Live music by local bands and 110 artisan vendors add to this annual festival. Try delicious bites from favorite restaurants like Más Mexicali Cantina, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Saloon 151 and Rams Head Bar & Grill. Attendees can also vote for their favorite food. The People’s Choice winners will be announced at the end of the day. The Chester County Restaurant Festival is free to attend, but all food and beverages are pay-as-you-go.
S. Matlack St., West Chester.