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10 Things to do in the Brandywine Valley this April

From Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point to Costuming the Crown to City Restaurant Week, there’s no shortage of great events this month.

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Spring Blooms

Through May 5, Kennett Square, Pa.

As the season changes and the landscape reawakens, so do the grounds at Longwood Gardens. Visit over the next two months to see thousands of bulbs bursting with colors. Look for plant varieties like tulips, crocuses, wisteria and more.

 

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Through April 14, West Chester, Pa.

Resident Theatre Company presents Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which transports audiences to the French Riviera. The comedic show is a take on the 1988 Steve Martin film of the same name.

 

Costuming the Crown

Through Jan. 5, 2020, Winterthur, Del.

In one of the most anticipated exhibits of the year, Winterthur displays 40 iconic looks from the Emmy-winning Netflix series The Crown. Its first two seasons explore the early reign and life of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and other storied royals. Throwing a spotlight on the show’s beautiful and intricate costuming, it features the coronation robe, Princess Margaret’s wedding dress and more. 

Costuming the Crown. Photo courtesy of Winterthur Museum.
Costuming the Crown. Photo courtesy of Winterthur Museum.

 

Victory Gallop

April 6, Philadelphia, Pa.

Thorncroft Equestrian Center celebrates its 50th anniversary with its annual Victory Gallop at the Bellevue Hotel. The event benefits Thorncroft’s mission to help individuals with learning differences through equine therapy.

 

Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point

April 7, West Chester, Pa.

Now in its 77th year, Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point returns to the 318-acre Myrick Conservation Center for a day of steeplechase races, children’s activities and a parade of foxhounds. The gates open at 11 a.m.

 

City Restaurant Week

April 8-13, Wilmington, Del.

There are dozens of great eateries throughout Wilmington— and the list keeps growing. Get a taste of some of the newest and the best during City Restaurant Week, when select establishments—including Café Mezzanotte, Chelsea Tavern, Domaine Hudson, Merchant Bar and Mikimotos—offer special deals like a two-course lunch for $15 and a three-course dinner for $35. 

 

Anastasia

April 9-14, Philadelphia, Pa.

Childhood favorite Anastasia comes to the Academy of Music this spring, transporting audiences back to the tumultuous Romanov reign in Russia. The heartwarming story and fantastic music—scored by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens—make this a can’t-miss. 

 

West Chester International Short Film Festival

April 26-28, West Chester, Pa.

Celebrating its 15thyear, the West Chester Film Festival showcases over 60 films that are 30 minutes or shorter.

 

Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Fox Hounds Pony Club Paper Chase

April 27, Cochranville, Pa.

Watch or partake as area equestrians hit the trails for this annual paper chase, which traverses a 5-7 mile course through hunt country. Riders can opt for a leisurely or fox hunting pace. All horses will start at Irwin’s Gate in Cochranville.

 

Wildflower Celebration

April 28, Hockessin, Del.

During this annual event, Mt. Cuba Center welcomes visitors to stroll its grounds and experience the gardens in peak bloom. The day includes live music, story time, plant sales, games and pay-as-you-go food trucks.