Wednesday, July 10 2019 2:48

Events Blog—July 11–17

Written by Mercedes Thomas

Here’s another great week of events handpicked by our resident Events Experts. Concerts, fundraisers, community days and more—your week just got more exciting.

For more events, check out the Events Page on this site.


Friday Night Lights at ChesLen Preserve—July 12

Star gaze and enjoy live music as you sip wine and beer, toast marshmallows and socialize at one of the most beautiful settings in Chester County. Enjoy music from folk rock band Hoots & Hellmouth and 5-time Blues Music Awards nominee Vanessa Collier.

Food and drink vendors include 2SP Brewing Company, Baked Cookies and Dough, Dressler Estate Cider, The Happy Pita Food Truck, Sum Pig Food Truck and Victory Brewing Company. BYO lawn chairs or blanket. Benefits Natural Lands. This popular event sells out. Tickets $35–$100. More at

ChesLen Preserve, 1199 Cannery Rd., Coatesville. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., event runs 8 to 11 p.m.


Blobfest at the Colonial Theatre—July 12–14

Kick off the 20th annual Blobfest weekend by running out of the Colonial Theatre to reenact the famous scene from the 1958 sci-fi film, The Blob. On Saturday, come down Bridge Street for the Street Fair. Enjoy free activities like a fire extinguisher parade, costume contest, pet parade, music and more. Bring cash for shopping the vendors.

And there’s more fun! Enjoy double features all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Watch The Blob, Forbidden Planet, Teenagers from Outer Space and short films for Shorty’s Contest. Street Fair activities Saturday, free. $11–$15 for film double features. More at

227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. See full schedule online.


Tip-A-Canoe and Barbecue, Too!—July 13

Canoe down the Brandywine to a true backyard BBQ, then relax for an evening under the stars with live music and ice cream. Rain or shine, enjoy the beauty of the Brandywine Valley as you float down the river. When you arrive at the backyard BBQ, enjoy delicious food and fresh ice cream from Woodside Farms Creamery.

End the evening dancing to music by local Philadelphia band Crazy in Stereo. A great summer night that will leave you with memories for years to come. Benefits the Brandywine Conservancy. Tickets $50–$110. More at

Brandywine River Museum, Rt. 1, Chadds Ford. Noon to 10 p.m.


Exton Park Community Day—July 13

Bring the whole family to celebrate at Exton Park this Saturday. Kids activities run throughout the evening, including a rock wall, face painting, inflatables, touch-a-truck, petting zoo, pony rides—the list goes on! And if you’re feeling hungry, grab dinner from over 15 food trucks, like loaded French fries from Philly Fry, pizza from Sabatino’s Mobile Pizzeria, or gelato treats from Gotta Lotta Gelata.

A live concert featuring Deja Blue, a versatile Philadelphia band, starts at 6:30. End the evening with fireworks at dusk. Admission and parking free. Bring money for food. More at

132 Church Farm Ln., Exton. Fun starts at 4 p.m.


Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center—July 13–27

In addition to hosting shows by the Resident Theatre Company, Uptown! is also a home for live performances, films and education. Concerts, improv, comedians and more, Uptown has a great list for fun this July. On July 13, rock out to hits by The Who with Magic Bus: Tribute to The Who; July 19, get ready for a night of on-the-spot fun with Better Than Bacon Improv Comedy; July 20, hear the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra; and July 27, laugh to Comedy Central-featured comedian, Jim McCue.

Tickets and show times online, plus a full list of Uptown’s performances. More at

226 N. High St., West Chester.

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