Over 30 Things to Do Around the Main Line this August
From bike races to beer gardens to the inaugural Citadel Country Spirit USA festival, there’s no shortage of events this month.
The 57th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival returns Aug. 16-19. Flickr//Michael Stokes.
Flower Arranging Workshop at Burlap and Bean Roast House
Aug. 1, Media
Create your own decorative display with locally grown flowers, while learning about seasonal blooms at this workshop. Snacks and coffee will also be provided.
Narberth Strawberry Festival
Aug. 1, Narberth
Summer’s favorite fruit is the star of the Narberth Strawberry Festival, which includes live music, plus free ice cream and strawberry shortcake.
Elmwood Park Zoo Wine Safari
Aug. 3, Norristown
Elmwood Park Zoo’s third annual wine safari features a gourmet dinner from DiBruno Bros. and tastings from six local wineries.
Peach Festival at Linvilla Orchards
Aug. 4, Media
Celebrate National Peach Month at Linvilla Orchards. You can pick your own peaches, take a hayride, listen to live music from Michael Stephens, and more.
Yoga & Brew at Rec Room
Aug. 5, Phoenixville
Beginner and advanced yogis are welcomed at Conshohocken Brewing Co.’s Rec Room Yoga & Brew class. Led by Liz Reid Mott, the class includes an hour of yoga followed by a complimentary beer.
Concerts Under the Stars at Upper Merion Township Building
Aug. 5, King of Prussia
Enjoy the summer evening breeze with food vendors and a beer garden at Upper Merion’s free outside concert. Pefromers include Ils Sont Partis Band and Carly Pomerantz.
Week of August 6-12
Live Music Night at King of Prussia Town Center
Aug. 9, King of Prussia
The King of Prussia Town Center’s live music series continues with a free outdoor performance by Barefoot Bobby and the Breakers.
Glenn Miller Orchestra at Uptown!
Aug. 9, West Chester
One of the most popular big band groups in the world takes the stage at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.
Bravo Theater Company Presents Into the Woods
Aug. 9-11, West Chester
Stephen Sondheim’s classic fairytale mash up comes to life as Bravo Theater Company performs Into the Woods at West Chester University’s Madeleine Wing Adler Theater.
SALT Performing Arts Presents The World Goes Round
Aug. 10-12, 17-19, Chester Springs
Enjoy selections from Cabaret, Chicago, Funny Lady and more at SALT Performing Arts Center’s production of The World Goes Round, a musical revue featuring the songs of renowned songwriting team Kander and Ebb.
Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic
Aug. 11, West Chester
It’s not just the pros that have all the fun at downtown West Chester’s Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic. The annual event, which draws thousands of spectators to the borough, also features a kid’s race and community festival.
Fireworks & Fountains Show at Longwood Gardens
Aug. 11, Kennett Square
Watch the night sky come to life at Longwood Gardens’ 2018 Fireworks & Fountains show. This month’s spectacular celebrates American composer Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday and is complete with selections from some of his most famous works, including On the Town, West Side Story and Candide.
Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen at the Mann Center
Aug. 11, Philadelphia
Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen will take the stage at the Mann Center on Aug. 11. Mraz’s narratives and jokes before each soulful song will leave you mesmerized.
Old Fiddlers’ Picnic
Aug. 11, Coatesville
A longstanding Chester County tradition, the Old Fiddlers’ Picnic returns to Hibernia County Park with live music, mansion tours, food vendors, kid’s activities and more.
S’Mores & More at Riverbend Environmental Education Center
Aug. 11, Gladwyne
Bring your family to Riverbend for a fun afternoon of forest exploration and marshmallow roasting.
Main Line Bike Race
Aug. 12, Ardmore
More than 1,000 spectators are expected to attend the second annual Main Line Bike Race, which sends participants on a loop through Ardmore’s downtown district. Proceeds benefit the Narberth Ambulance.
Help Hope Live Crab Fest 2018
Aug. 12, Gladwyne
Steamed blue crabs, corn and fried chicken are on the menu at Help Hope Live's Crab Fest. Live music, games and face painting round out the event, which is held at St. Christopher's Church.
Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week
Aug. 12-17, Philadelphia
Restaurants around Chestnut Hill will offer prix fixe menus and specials throughout the event.
Week of August 13-19
Philadelphia Zoo Rock n’ Roar
Aug. 14, Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Zoo’s outdoor concert series, Rock n’ Roar, returns with a performance from children’s music band, Yosi and the Superdads.
Philadelphia Folk Festival
Aug. 16-19, Schwenksville
The 57th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival returns to Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville for four days of folk music, camping and family-friendly fun.
Suburban Square Summer Concert Series on the Lawn
Aug. 17, Ardmore
Suburban Square’s Summer Concert Series presents Philadelphia native Christine Havrilla, whose effortless guitar playing and jaw-dropping voice will leave you wanting more.
Rock the Park
Aug. 18, Kennett Square
Join the fun at Kennett Square’s Anson B. Nixon Park when Delaware Valley live music institution Love Seed Mama Jump headlines the fourth annual Rock the Park festival.
Brandywine in White
The suburbs’ take on Center City’s Diner en Blanc returns, complete with a secret location and all-white attire in benefit of Neighbors for Crebilly.
Chaddsford Winery Food Truck Throw Down
Aug. 18-19, Chadds Ford
At Chaddsford Winery’s weekend-long Food Truck Throw Down, visitors can expect tasty treats from more than 10 local food vendors, live music and wine.
Festival of Flight Air and Car Show
Aug. 18-19, Toughkenamon
New Garden Flying Field welcomes aviation and automobile enthusiasts for its Festival of Flight Air and Car Show.
The Oval +
Thru. Aug. 19, Philadelphia
The Oval+ at Eakins Oval returns this month, bringing with it an 800-square-foot sandbox, mural installations, beer garden, free fitness classes and more.
Week of August 20-26
Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema
Aug. 21, Kennett Square
Presented by Longwood Gardens and Bollywood Boulevard, audiences are invited to take a journey through the history of Hindi cinema during this immersive show that combines dance, live music and video.
Patti LaBelle at the Dell Music Center
Aug. 23, Philadelphia
Grammy Hall of Fame inductee and “Godmother of Soul,” Patti LaBelle, will bring her iconic sounds to the Dell Music Center with fellow Grammy Award-winner Gregory Porter.
La Paloma at Aqimero
Aug. 23, Philadelphia
Madrid’s La Paloma Festival heads to the Ritz Carlton’s Aqimero, showcasing authentic Latin street foods, live music and games, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Citadel Country Spirit USA
Aug. 24-26, Glenmoore
Some of country music’s biggest stars will be at the inaugural Citadel Country Spirit USA. Taking place at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show grounds, the three-day festival will feature headliners Alabama, Toby Keith and Brad Paisley, along with Dustin Lynch, Trace Adkins and Jake Owen.
Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga at Marsh Creek State Park
Aug. 24, Downingtown
Find your zen at Marsh Creek State Park’s stand up paddleboard yoga class, led by Paoli’s Purenergy Studios.
Colonial Gardens Butterfly Festival
Aug. 25, Phoenixville
Colonial Gardens’ annual Butterfly Festival celebrates the colorful pollinators with two releases of Monarch butterflies. There will also be food vendors, crafters, family-friendly activities and more.
East Goshen Township Food Truck & Music Fest
Aug. 25, West Chester
The second annual EGT Food Truck & Music Festival returns to East Goshen Township Park with even more food trucks and performers than last year.
Dog Day of Summer
Aug. 26, Manayunk
Manayunk’s Venice Island Amphitheater transforms into a veritable canine carnival for the neighborhood’s Dog Day of Summer festival. Pups and their humans can expect food trucks, dog-friendly boutiques, animal adoptions and a pet talent show. A portion of proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Canine Cancer Foundation.
Week of August 27-31
Pop-Up Biergarten at Historic Sugartown
Aug. 30, Malvern
Close out the summer at Historic Sugartown’s pop-up beer garden, featuring drinks from Locust Lane Craft Brewery and Chaddsford Winery, as well as treats from local food trucks.
Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Mann Center
Aug. 30, Philadelphia
Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short bring their An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life show to Mann Center for the Performing Arts.