Arts & Antiques

10 Things to do in the Brandywine Valley this May

From the region’s premiere steeplechase events to flower markets to the Devon Horse Show, here are this month’s can’t-miss events.

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Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers’ Festival

May 4, Media, Pa.

Now in its 19th year, Iron Hill in Media will host this festival, which brings together over 20 local breweries. Participants include 2SP Brewing Company, Conshohocken Brewing, Levante Brewing, Locust Lane Craft Brewery and Sterling Pig Brewery.

 

Wilmington Garden Day

May 4, Wilmington, Del.

Get a peek at some of the finest and most beautiful gardens in the area during Wilmington Garden Day. Celebrating 72 years, attendees take a tour of houses and gardens with gorgeous spring blooms.

 

Photo by Bob Leitch. Courtesy of Winterthur.
Photo by Bob Leitch. Courtesy of Winterthur.

 

Point-to-Point at Winterthur

May 5, Winterthur, Del.

The 41st running of Point-to-Point at Winterthur brings together some of the region’s finest steeplechase racing, plus tailgating and fashion.

Read more about Point-to-Point here and check out the race day schedule here.

 

Wilmington Flower Market

May 9-11, Wilmington, Del.

In case you have a dose of spring fever and can’t get enough blooms, head to the Wilmington Flower Market at Rockford Park, which features thousands of flowers.

 

Willowdale Steeplechase

May 12, Kennett Square, Pa.

Skip traditional Mother’s Day brunch and treat mom to a day of excitement at Willowdale Steeplechase. Or, partake in Willowdale in White, a Diner en Blanc-like event on May 10.

Read more about Willowdale Steeplechase here and check out the race day schedule here.

 

Cinderella

May 17-19, West Chester, Pa.

The Brandywine Ballet performs classic fairytale, Cinderella, at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in West Chester, Pa.

 

Radnor Hunt Races.
Radnor Hunt Races.

 

89th Radnor Hunt Races

May 18, Malvern, Pa.

Now in its 89th year, Radnor Hunt Races benefits open land preservation throughout the region. Tailgating and hat competitions highlight non-equestrian events.

Read more about Radnor Hunt Races here and check out the race day schedule here.

 

Chester County Studio Tour

May 18-19, Various locations

Ever wonder where local artists work? Get a glimpse behind the scenes during the Chester County Studio Tour.

 

Photo courtesy of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
Photo courtesy of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.

 

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

May 23 – June 2, Devon, Pa.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair returns this spring, bringing with it top-notch eventing, shopping at some of the area’s best boutiques, rides and games, plus tasty cuisine. For an extra dose of family fun, be sure to visit during the dog show (May 23). For those who want to put their fashion to the test, Ladies Day (May 22) is a must.

 

48th Annual Antiques Show

May 25-27, Chadds Ford, Pa.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art’s 48th Annual Antiques Show features antique furniture, needlework, porcelain, rugs and more from 26 dealers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Local dealders include Flourtown, Pa.’s Priscilla Boyd Angelos, Chadds Ford, Pa.’s Elizabeth Ayscough Antiques, Greenville, Del.’s James M. Kilvington, Inc., and Malvern, Pa.’s Ruth Van Tassel American Antiques.