Events Blog—June 6–12
Our Events Experts have rounded up another great list of hits for the best Chester County area happenings. Do you have your calendar handy?
For more events, check out the Events Page on this website.
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival—Through June 30
Franklin Square is aglow with colorful and dynamic lanterns that light up with color-changing displays. During June, head to Franklin Square to learn more about Chinese culture through live performances, art by Chinese folk artists, the Dragon Beer Garden and more.
And for the kids—take a ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel or play at round at Philly Mini Golf. Benefits Historic Philadelphia’s support for operating and managing Franklin Square and its many free events. Tickets $12–$20. More at HistoricPhiladelphia.org.
6th & Race Sts., Philadelphia. Grounds open at 6 a.m., attractions open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., festival daily 6 to 11 p.m.
Beautiful crafts, a kids’ crafting studio, live music, great food, local wine and craft beer tastings—Crafted is festival you don’t want to miss. Browse the work of over 60 artists, craftspeople and makers across all mediums—jewelry, pottery, photography, textiles and more. The kiddos can look forward to gem mining, face painting, sand art, crafts, crafty chef academy and a collaborative art project.
If music is more your style, check out local musicians on the songwriter’s stage, including Philly-based jazz vocalist Laura Lizcano. Free admission; costs for artwork and crafts vary. More at Crafted-Eagleview.com.
Eagleview Town Center, 565 Wellington Square, Exton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chester County Hospital Polo Cup—June 9
For a posh outing, watch thundering horses and their riders play the Sport of Kings as you enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction, beer garden, delicious food and kids’ activities. Join the traditional divot stomping at half time and the annual Hats Off to Health Contest.
VIP ticket-holders enjoy beverages and the culinary delights of Limoncello Ristorante and Sweet Caroline’s Cupcakes in the VIP tent. Benefits Ob/Gyn Clinic and The Women’s Auxiliary’s NICU Pledge. Tickets $30–$35; VIP (includes open bar and food) $105. More at ChesterCountyHospital.org.
Brandywine Polo Club, 260 Polo Rd., Toughkenamon. Festivities begin at 1:30 and the match at 3.
Chester County Mac & Cheese Cook-Off—June 9
Local restaurants, businesses and hometown cooks compete for “Best Mac-n-Cheese in Chester County” at this annual cook off. Your entrance fee lets you sample each participant’s dish and gets you tokens to vote for your favorite dishes. Also look for the La Cabra Brewing beer garden and an artwork raffle.
Remember your well-behave furry friend—pets are allowed and welcomed at the cook-off. Nine awards will be presented, including People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice awards. Benefits the Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown. Tickets $5–$10. More at MacNCheeseCookOff.com.
Across from Kerr Park, 1 Park Ln., Downingtown. Noon to 4.
St. Anthony’s Italian Festival—June 9–16
Authentic Italian dining, rides, entertainment, vendors, concerts—experience a virtual tour of Italy at the St. Anthony’s Italian Festival. Enjoy the concert that opens the festival with a variety of the best classical musicians from around the region, including St. Anthony’s own talented players. Grab grilled sausages with peppers and onions at Caffe Nona Strada, seafood entrées from Caffe La Piazza, traditional Italian dinners at La Casa Pasta and plenty more.
Kids will love Kiddie Land, a full city block of rides and games with family-friendly fun for children of all ages. Tickets $5. More at StAnthonysFestival.com.
St. Anthony of Padua Church, 9th & DuPont Sts., Wilmington. Check website for times.
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