Over 20 Things to do in the Philadelphia Suburbs this September
Festivals of all kinds abound this month. Here are the ones you won’t want to miss.
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Sept. 5-22, Various locations
See over 200 artists, installations and performances throughout Philadelphia during the three-week long Fringe Fest.
Sept. 6-8, Malvern
First-class antique and rare cars, horses and hounds are among the highlights of the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, which also includes a barbecue and black tie gala.
Sept. 7, Haverford
The Haverford Music Festival returns for its ninth year, bringing with it over 30 performers on four stages, including Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams.
Sept. 7, Phoenixville
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Phoenixville Blues Festival highlights area talent at this free event.
Sept. 7, Kennett Square
Now in its fifth year, Rockin’ for the Park returns to Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square, featuring music from Love Seed Mama Jump.
Sept. 7-8, Kennett Square
The Mushroom Capital of the World celebrates everyone’s favorite fungi with the annual Mushroom Festival, which is complete with a parade and carnival.
Sept. 12, Wayne
Over 20 years after her book of essays was published and years after the iconic HBO series came to an end, author Candace Bushnell recently released Is There Still Sex in the City? (Grove Press, 272 pages). Bushnell will discuss her latest release at the Saturday Club and give a glimpse into how it came to be.
Sept. 12-15, Devon
See world class equestrian eventing at the Devon Fall Classic. The four-day event features children’s, junior’s and professional equestrians, plus many of the vendors so popular at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
Sept. 13, Philadelphia
Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery and the Philadelphia Film Society are teaming up for a Cinespia-inspired evening on, fittingly, Friday the 13th. This iteration of Cinema in the Cemetery will feature a screening of 80s cult classic, Gremlins.
Sept. 14, Glen Mills
Historic Newlin Grist Mill’s Archaeology Festival gives visitors a hands-on experience and glimpse into the past.
Sept. 14, Wayne
Now in its third year, South Wayne’s PorchFest features a range of musicians performing around town, including Rick’s Office Band, Barry Brothers and more.
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Sept. 14-15, Chadds Ford
Celebrate the region’s history, dating back to the Revolutionary War, at Chadds Ford Days. The two-day event features reenactments, craft vendors, kids activities and more.
Sept. 15, Wayne
Now in its 27th year, the Radnor Fall Festival celebrates the township with a day of family fun, including live music, food, moon bounces and a dog contest, all taking over North Wayne Avenue.
Sept. 18, Bryn Mawr
Shop, dine and stroll Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr. Fourteen restaurants will offer specials, including international cuisine, and a number of participating restaurants will also sample the Bryn Mawrtini.
Sept. 19-22, Unionville
Plantation Field International returns to Unionville, bringing with it world-class equestrians and family fun. This year’s events also include a fun run and an antique car show.
Sept. 21, Newtown Square
Now in its fourth year, Pints in the Square includes a 5k run/walk through Newtown Square followed by a well-deserved beer festival.
Sept. 21-28, Bryn Athyn
On select dates this September, the Bryn Athyn Community Theater will perform one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.
Sept. 21-28, Various locations
This inaugural weeklong event features gallery exhibitions, art loops, studio tours, plein air painters, live music and dance, plus workshops at over 25 different venues throughout Delaware County.
Sept. 25-28, Philadelphia
Featuring only local bands, Philly Music Fest will rove the city, setting up at three different venues over four days. The festivities kick off at Milkboy, continue at Johnny Brenda’s, and wrap up at World Café Live. Headliners include Ceramic Animal, Man Man, Speedy Ortiz and Vacationer.
Sept. 26, West Chester
Now in its 39th year, the Chester County Restaurant Festival takes over Gay Street once more. Over 65 restaurants, plus 110 vendors, will gather in West Chester to celebrate the region’s culinary prowess. There will also be live music and a beer and wine garden
Sept. 26, Gladwyne
Sip and celebrate some of the world’s most innovative winemakers at the Main Line Wine Gala. Held at Philadelphia Country Club, the event benefits various Resources for Human Development initiatives.
Sept. 26, Wayne
Hit the links at St. Davids Golf Club, which benefits the Tredyffrin Township Library Foundation.
Sept. 28, Kennett Square
Celebrate Oktoberfest Kennett Square style with this annual event in which over 100 breweries will converge on the borough. In addition to rare and seasonal suds, there will also be food, live music and vendors.
Sept. 28, Paoli
Jam to live tunes as the Paoli Blues Fest and Street Fair takes over the town. This year’s festival features six bands, including Little Buddy and The Fraction.