Kennett Square Mushroom Festival
All things mushroom celebrated in “The Mushroom Capital of the World”
September 10-11, 2016
Mushroom lovers across the nation converge in historic Kennett Square each year on the weekend after Labor Day. They come to celebrate the humble fungi known as the mushroom at the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, a two-day festival of food and family fun.
Now in its 31st year, the annual fest is expected to attract more than 100,000 mushroom aficionados. Highlights of this year’s festival include the National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship, an Antique and Classic Car Show, a Mushroom 5k Run/2-mile Walk winding past local mushroom farms, an Amateur Mushroom Cook-off and more.
Read on for our complete guide to the festival.
On September 10, a parade starts the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival. The community parade rolls through town starting at 6 p.m. at State and Willow streets.
Following the parade, stay in town for live music, dining and dancing in the streets. Local band Good Foot is set to play at the corner of Union and State streets, and the restaurants along State Street will set up special outside tables for dining in the street.
Carnival and Street Fair
Though mushrooms are the centerpiece of the festival, the prime attractions are certainly the three-day carnival and two-day street fair.
Take part in an old-fashioned carnival featuring rides, games and all your favorite carnival foods. The carnival takes place at the Genesis Parking Lot on the corner of South Union and South streets on September 9-11.
On Saturday and Sunday (September 10-11), nearly 200 vendors from all over the country will line the streets of downtown Kennett Square with arts, crafts, food and more.
Year after year, the festival promises a variety of mushroom-centric and non-mushroom-centric events. From juggling acts to photo contests to cook-offs, different events unfold at all times of the day throughout the festival.
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Getting There and Parking
Kennett Square is located in Chester County, about 30 miles west of Philadelphia.
Parking is $5 per car in any of the two available lots and includes free shuttle bus to the street fair.
Lawn signs direct visitors to the parking lots in the vicinity.
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In the neighborhood
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1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
- Longwood Gardens
- Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience at Longwood Gardens
- Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival
- Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens
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