KENNETT SQUARE — Autumn is here, and the community is uniting with celebratory events across Chester County.
Every Thursday this fall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kennett Square is closing East and West State streets to vehicular traffic for outdoor dining, live music and shopping.
Thursday Evenings in the Square will take place in the heart of the borough through November as long as weather conditions continue to be feasible.
Historic Kennett Square hosts the event.
At 5 p.m. October 15 folks are invited to attend the Craft and Mercantile Fall Market in Eagleview at Eagleview Town Center, 565 Wellington Square in Exton.
The event shall feature live music, food and drinks and crafts available for purchase including works by local artists.
Community Day returns October 16 from noon to 4 p.m. at the New Garden Park, 8924 Gap Newport Pike in Landenberg.
This is a free event to celebrate the local community featuring an array of local food vendors, live music, emergency response displays, tables with local businesses, pumpkin painting, a bird show at 1 p.m., obstacles courses, and an opportunity for residents and visitors to meet with elected officials.
Event organizer John Corbett, chair of New Garden Parks and Recreation, said that the Community Day is a “fantastic opportunity for the community to get together and have some fun after two years of challenging times.”
Vendors and special guests include Harvest Ridge Winery, Be Here Brewing and a score of local food trucks. Avondale Fire Company and EMS will be on site. The community will have an opportunity to create scarecrows during the event, besides pumpkin painting activities. The event will also feature apple cider donuts in celebration of fall.
The Chadds Ford Pumpkin Carve will take place in person this year on Oct. 14 to Oct. 16. It is a tradition where over 70 giant pumpkins are carved by local artists on Thursday and will be lit and displayed on Friday and Saturday. All three nights enjoy a ‘kid friendly’ Haunted Trail, raffle prizes and live music from “Kenny & Friends”. Each night, “America’s Got Talent” contestant, Dylan Zangwill, will be singing on the stage 5:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m. Food, local craft beer and wine are available for purchase.
Dates: Thursday, October 14, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.;Friday, October 15, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
and Saturday, October 16, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 7 to 17. Tickets are purchased the day of event. Chadds ford Historical Society is located at 1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford.
Families are invited to partake in a Pumpkin Fest, beginning 10 a.m., October 16 at Ace Realty, 4333 Lincoln Highway, Downingtown. The event shall feature pumpkin painting, trick or treating, a costume contest. There will also be a pumpkin contest which requires a $5 entry fee.
At 4 p.m. October 16 the community is invited to attend the Food Truck and Music Festival at East Goshen Township Park, 1661 Paoli Pike, near the borough of West Chester. Tickets are required and a four-pack is available for $16.
There will be live music, an array of food trucks, local wine and craft beer at the festival. Locust Lane Brewery has created a custom beer for the event.
Music shall be performed by El Camino and Not Quitting Our Day Jobs.
Also on October 16, the annual Chrysanthemum Festival in the Peirce-du Pont House Conservatory at Longwood Gardens returns. The festival runs through November 14. Tickets into Longwood Gardens are required foor non-members.
“From our gigantic Thousand Bloom to our tiny bonsai, our horticultural expertise shines during Chrysanthemum Festival,” reads the event description by Longwood Gardens. “Big, bold colors and thousands of carefully nurtured and trained chrysanthemums abound during this imaginative display serving as the largest and oldest of its kind in North America.”
Beginning noon October 23, folks are invited to attend the West Chester Railroad Trick or Treat Special at 230 E. Market St. in the borough.
This event features 90-minute Halloween train rides, one beginning at noon and the other at 2 p.m. The cost is $20 per adult, $18 per child and $8 for toddlers.
Participants can wear costumes for the train ride along the heritage railway through Chester Creek Valley with a stop at the historic Glen Mills Station of the Thornbury Historical Society.
The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is hosting a two-day Family Fest event this fall on October 23 and October 24.
The museum is at 1220 American Boulevard in West Chester. The event is free to attend for members, $10 per person for one day and $15 per person to attend the Family Fest for both days.
On Saturday, October 23, the Family Fest will feature a car show. WMGK is scheduled to broadcast live from noon to 2 p.m.
The next day, Sunday, the Family Fest shall offer helicopter rides and static display of aircraft along with a presentation to the community of special exhibits.
Also on Sunday, October 24, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oktoberfest is set to return at East Bradford Park, 835 Kenmara Dr., in West Chester.
This event is free to the public.
Oktoberfest shall feature music, dancing and great opportunities to dine on local food while enjoying a wide range of beverages.
Some event highlights include Lukens German Band, Polkadelphia and GTV Edelweiss of Reading, which fosters Bavarian traditions stateside.
Also caricature artist Dan Freed will be in attendance.
Folks can also enjoy traditional German meals by regional vendors including The Flying Deutchman Mobile Eatery.
On October 26, Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is hosting Virtual Gallery Talk with Victoria Browning Wyeth: Halloween Edition from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. via Zoom.
Limited tickets are available and participants may submit questions in advance during the registration process.
Wyeth shall share her uniquely personal perspectives on the art of her grandfather, artist Andrew Wyeth and her uncle, Jamie Wyeth, the conservancy said. The event will also touch on spooky and seasonal works by both artists.
In West Chester, there are Lantern Guided Haunted Ghost Tours happening through the borough every Friday and Saturday night now through October 30.
The tours will highlight the history of paranormal occurrences in West Chester. Sleuthound is the event organizer. Tickets are required.
The Coatesville Youth Initiative is also joining in the festive fall fun this year. The nonprofit is hosting its first-ever Coatesville Fall Fest from noon to 3 p.m. October 30 at Abdala Park, 851 Olive St.
Coatesville Fall Fest shall feature a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, games, candy, face painting, among other activities. There will be fall snacks for sale.
Local small businesses and community-serving organizations will have tables at Coatesville Fall Fest to give out candy, offer resources and sell merchandise.
The festival is open to folks who live and work within the boundaries of the Coatesville Area School District.
And in Southern Chester County, community trick or treating is back for the Borough of Kennett Square.
Trick or treating will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 31. Kennett Square Mayor Matt Fetick is scheduled to attend.
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