10 Things to do in the Brandywine Valley this July
From a Shakespeare festival to professional tennis, you won’t want to miss these events.
Through Sept. 8, Chadds Ford, Pa.
Renowned artist N.C. Wyeth takes center stage at the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s latest exhibit, which features a curated collection of his work and related items, which have been carefully assembled by Douglas Allen over the years.
July 3, Kennett Square, Pa.
In celebration of America’s Independence Day, Longwood Gardens’ Fireworks and Fountains Show is themed accordingly, featuring patriotic tunes like Stars and Stripes, The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America.
July 12-28, Wilmington, Del.
Now in its 17th year, Delaware Shakespeare brings its summer festival back to Rockwood Park for open-air theater. This year’s presentation is classic comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor.
July 13, Wilmington, Del.
The inaugural Delaware Beer Fest will take place at the Barn at Bellevue State Park and features over 25 breweries serving over 60 beer selections to sample. Participants include local favorites like Big Oyster Brewery, Crooked Hammock Brewery, Conshohocken Brewing Company, Fordham and Dominion Brewing Company, Iron Hill Brewery and Bellefonte Brewing Company.
July 14, Toughkanamon, Pa.
The Brandywine Polo Club will host the second in its summer concert series, which features polo, food trucks, live music and exotic cars, all in benefit of the Believe and Achieve Foundation.
July 19, Newtown Square, Pa.
The historic Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park will celebrate the anniversary of Peter Carnes’ hot air balloon flight from Philadelphia in 1784 with live music, food trucks, a wine and beer garden, games, and, of course, tethered hot air balloon rides.
July 19, Hockessin, Del.
Returning for a third season, Mt. Cuba Center’s Twilight on the Terrace gives attendees a chance to enjoy the garden after hours, complete with lawn games, live music and food and drink.
July 21, West Chester, Pa.
West Chester’s Everhart Park once again plays host to Turks Head Music Festival, which features live local music, food and drink, plus artisan vendors. This year’s performers include Lisa Jeanette, Five Minute Major, Plastic Shrines, Georgie Bonds, ReddPandaand Perpetuals.
July 26, Philadelphia, Pa.
Make the short trip to Saint Joseph’s University to see great live tennis as the Philadelphia Freedoms take on the Washington Kastles. Former world number one and seven-time singles grand slam champion Venus Williams will be the evening’s marquee player.
July 27-28, Wilmington, Del.
A curated selection of some of the area’s finest craftspeople will be on display at the Chase Center for the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s annual Fine Craft Fair.