Portobello cheesesteaks, mushroom mac and cheese, crab-stuffed mushrooms … find it all (and more) at the 32nd annual Mushroom Festival, returning this weekend to Kennett Square, which is known as “the mushroom capital of the world.”
Come out September 9-10 to sample creative treats of all kinds (including mushroom ice cream!) and enjoy tons of entertainment, both fungi-related and not.
From culinary cook-offs to an antique and classic car show to a carnival filled with rides and games, this two-day, blockbuster festival is full of things to do.
FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
- The festival takes place on Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- On Friday, September 8, a community parade kicks off festivities at 6 p.m.
- Admission to the festival is $3 per person for those 12 years old and up.
- Nearly 250 vendors will fill the streets during the two-day street fair.
Parade and Carnival
On Friday, September 8, a community parade kicks off the annual mushroom amusements, starting at 6 p.m. at State and Willow streets and traveling to Meredith Street.
Afterward, stick around for music and dancing, with a live band set up at Union and State streets. Area restaurants will also set up tables outside for parade-goers to dine al fresco.
The old-fashioned carnival opens on Friday, too, for the start of a three-day run. Visitors can look forward to rides, games and classic carnival foods at the festive pop-up, located at 600 S. Broad Street in Kennett Square.
The carnival runs on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.
A one-day wristband to enjoy unlimited access to carnival rides can be purchased for $25 per person. Otherwise, tickets for rides are pay as you go.
2017 Mushroom Festival Street Fair
If you’re both a fungi fanatic and a shopping enthusiast, you’re bound to love the Mushroom Festival Street Fair.
The annual two-day event draws close to 250 vendors from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Stretching from Willow to Garfield streets on State Street, the massive block party fills the area with food, arts, crafts and more.
Scattered throughout the street fair, festival-goers will find signature activities and attractions, such as the Culinary Tent, featuring demos with a variety of regional and local chefs, and the Growers Exhibit, where expert cultivators explain how all sorts of mushrooms are grown.
For a breath of non-mushroom air, check out the Antique and Classic Car Show on Saturday, where flashy antique and classic cars will be on display, including a tribute car of Jungle Jim Liberman’s ’73 Vega Funny Car.
Click here to see the full lineup of events.
Getting There and Exploring Kennett Square
Kennett Square is located in Chester County, about 30 miles west of Philadelphia. Parking at the festival is $5 per car at two available lots, which includes free shuttle buses to transport you to the street fair.
State Street, the town’s main drag, showcases an array of locally owned businesses, charming shops, farm-fresh eateries and an abundance of small-town charm. A short drive down the road brings you to Longwood Gardens, one of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens which debuted its new Main Fountain Garden this summer after a two-year, $90 million restoration.
To discover more about Kennett Square and all there is to do in the area, check out the complete guide to the town right here.
Make room for some mushrooms in your weekend plans. We’ll see you out there!