The Main Line's Best Events for Summer
Our annual Summer Fun Guide is here! Check out this year's best festivals, kids' activities and more in the western suburbs.
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Aug. 11-13: Reading Terminal Market’s 22nd annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival celebrates the traditions, foods and crafts of the state’s first settlers. The event takes place Thursday-Friday in the market’s Center Court, and then moves out to Arch Street on Saturday for an open-air country fair that features Amish buggy rides and live bluegrass music. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia. Call (215) 922-2317 or visit readingterminalmarket.org.
Aug. 13: The Chester County 83rd Old Fiddlers’ Picnic features some of the best acts you’ve never heard of. Banjoes, acoustic guitars and the eponymous fiddles make appearances as musicians strum folk and traditional tunes for hundreds of music lovers in Coatesville’s Hibernia County Park. The afternoon mansion tours make for a nice intermission, too. Parking $5. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (610) 344-6415 or visit dsf.chesco.org.
Aug. 14-15: Looking to get away in your own backyard? Indulge in Penns Woods Winery’s Brandywine Bounty, a two-day wine class where you can explore all that Brandywine Valley farms and wineries have to offer. After gathering fresh, local ingredients, students head back to Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast to prepare fabulous meals for Sunday evening and Monday morning. $225-$700. 115 Indian Springs Drive, Media. Call (610) 459-3000 or visit hamanassett.com.
Aug. 27: We may not always associate botanicals with beer, but a few experts would like to change your mind. The Botany of Beer Workshop at Swarthmore College covers everything that happens to beer before it meets your lips, plus how wheat, barley, spices and hops shape a flavor profile. Learn about the different styles of beer, from wheats to lambics, and get help picking just the right glass for savoring your favorite brew. $30-$40. 3-5 p.m. Wister Center at Scott Arboretum, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. Call (610) 328-8025 or visit swarthmore.edu.