Thursday, May 16 2019 9:18

Events Blog—May 16–22

Written by County Lines Staff

We’re back with another weekly events blog, where our Events Experts bring you the best events in Chester County and beyond.

Arts and music, steeplechases and horse shows—this week’s list of hits is sure to satisfy. Grab your calendar and plan some fun!

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


12th Annual Wilmington Grand Prix & Gran Fondo—May 17–19

Take a ride this weekend at the Wilmington Grand Prix & Gran Fondo! Start the weekend at Monkey Hill in Brandywine Park for the Time Trial and Kick-Off Party with food trucks, craft beer, live music and free admission.

Saturday is the men’s and women’s Criterium Races, a bike parade, street festival, vendors and more. And on Sunday, the Governor’s Ride, Medio Fondo and Gran Fondo offer spectacular views of the rolling hills of Chateau country. Tickets $35–$55. More at

Locations and race starting points on website. Fri., 5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


89th Radnor Hunt Races—May 18

Photo Courtesy of Jim Graham

Race day is about steeplechase racing, fashion and tradition. Celebrate 89 years of horseracing with everything from stylish tailgates, fancy hats and bow ties to the parade of antique carriages and thoroughbred racing. The Radnor Hunt Races attract a crowd for over 20,000 fans and offer six exciting races featuring horses galloping over hurdles and timber fences for purses totaling $190,000.

This race for open space benefits the Brandywine Conservancy. More at

Radnor Hunt Grounds, 826 Providence Rd., Malvern. Grounds open at 9 a.m.


Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Valley Jamboree—May 18–19

Get outside and bring the kiddos to the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Valley Jamboree. Listen and jam to live bands throughout each day and sample food, wine and beer from local vendors. The kids can enjoy a petting zoo, crafts tent, lawn games, scavenger hunt and a giant 60-foot Titan Obstacle Challenge.

There will also be a section containing local crafters, artisans and merchants to satisfy your shopping needs. Tickets $5–$15, children under 6 free. More at

Barn Visitors Center, 1736 Creek Rd., Chadds Ford. Sat., 11 to 7; Sun., 11 to 5.


Chester County Studio Tour—May 18–19

Go on an art tour this weekend as you travel from studio to studio to enjoy artwork from local Chester County artists. Photography, oil paintings, mosaics, sculptures, beads and jewelry, and more—the Chester County Studio Tour features art from 144 artists at 62 different studios.

Vote for your favorite artist online for a chance to win $50 towards buying a piece of local art—and to give your favorite artist a chance to win $500! Find participating artists and a map on the website. Free. More at

Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair—May 23–June 2

See Olympic-caliber riders, the best local riders, junior classes and munchkins on the Lead Line or come for the fun at the Country Fair—like the Ladies Hat contest on Wednesday. There’s plenty more fun at the country’s oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse show, inside and outside the ring. Visit the Country Fair’s midway attractions and boutiques.

The Devon Horse Show is more than just another equestrian event—for many it’s a great family generation spanning generations marking the start of summer. With 11 days, the show provides an experience like no other horse show. Benefits Bryn Mawr Hospital. More at

23 Dorset Rd., Devon.

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