Kennett Square and the entire Brandywine Valley really comes alive in the Summer. There’s so much to do, and we thought we’d put together some highlights of things not to miss this summer season.

1. Farmer’s Markets-

The Farmer’s Market in Kennett Square is located in the center of town at the Creamery on Birch Street. It’s open every Friday starting at 3 pm to about 6 pm. There’s always a great selection of local produce and other local food vendors- don’t miss it!  

We also are fond of the daily produce stand called S1W, run by H.G. Haskell.  His stand is located at 4317 Creek Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. HG grows an amazing selection of heirloom tomatoes, has some of the best sweet corn around, and even gets cheese from diBruno Brothers in Philadelphia, so there’s always something amazing available at S1W. They are open from Memorial Day through Halloween.

2. First Friday Art Stroll:

Kennett Square hosts an art stroll on the first Friday of every month, organized by Historic Kennett Square now known as Kennett Collaborative).  There’s free parking after 5 pm at the main garage and on street meters, and it’s a great opportunity to come into town, check out local businesses that stay open later on these nights, enjoy the art and grab some dinner!  

Historic Kennett Square is also sponsoring other great events during the summer including a food Truck festival on June 3, and the Clover Market artisan market on June 10th. To find out more, check out Historic Kennett Square’s community calendar here.

3. Longwood Gardens

Always has something going on! One summer, Martha Stewart came to Longwood for a presentation of new tips and tricks from her latest book, Martha’s Flowers: a Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering and Enjoying. You can find out more by clicking here.

Longwood also has their impressive Fireworks and Fountains displays.  Each event coordinates the fountains, fireworks and music, and tickets in advance are advised. Click here to find out more about individual programs.  

Longwood also is featuring live music in their beer garden on weekend nights, so be sure to enjoy some time on the patio, and check out all the other concerts, shows and performances available this summer.

4. The Brandywine River Museum

This wonderful museum has some great events this summer, including a unique opportunity to take an art class with Karl J. Keurner, grandson of two of Andrew Wyeth’s favorite subjects and student of Carolyn Wyeth. Click here to find out more

5. The Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County

has wonderful nature preserves and trails to enjoy, and also has great events in the summer, including  Paddle Trip at Blackbird Creek reserve, and their Dog days of summer event, where you can bring your dog to State Line Woods Preserve,  see demonstrations, get doggie treats, agility play area, giveaways and more.

6. Chadds Ford Winery

Located nearby on Rt.1 , the CHadds Ford Winery offers tours, tastings, and has numerous events over the summer, often including food trucks and music, so be sure to check out what they have going on!

7.  Brandywine Polo Club:  

Chester County can look a lot like the English Countryside, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that you can see polo matches on Fridays and Sundays throughout the summer at Brandywine Polo club- see their website for details!

8. Chester County Hot Air Balloon Festival

This fun event takes place in June.  It’s truly an event you don’t want to miss- bring your camera!

And There’s More!

This is just a sampling of all the fantastic things happening in the area. You can take a look at The Brandywine Valley tourism site or the Wilmington and Brandywine Valley site to find out more about the Italian Festival, Jazz Festival, Ice Cream Festival in Rockford Park, The Riverfront Beer Garden and more!