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Best of the Main Line: Arts & Entertainment in 2023

 Featured photo by Tessa Marie Images

The Main Line area has lots to offer when it comes to arts and entertainment. Here are the top-rated picks for 2023.

Critics’ Choice: Breakout Artist

Molly Martin

Family-Friendly Event

West Chester Christmas Parade
West Chester, greaterwestchester.com

Gallery/ Art Center

Brandywine Museum of Art
1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

Girls’ Night Out

Cork & Candles
255 Main St., Suite 150, King of Prussia, (484) 704-7610, corkandcandles.com

Hiking/ Biking Trail

Chester Valley Trail
Chester County, (610) 344-5656, chesco.org


Wayne Hotel
139 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 687-5000, waynehotel.com

Hedgerow Theatre

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Best Intimate Theater for a Show

Hedgerow Theatre
64 Rose Valley Road, Media, (610) 565-4211, hedgerowtheatre.org

Karaoke Night

Split Rail Tavern
15 N. Walnut St., West Chester, (484) 999-8805, splitrailtavernwc.com

Flavor Wave

Photo by Tessa Marie Images

Best Live Band (Original Music)

Flavor Wave
West Chester, linktr.ee/flavorwaveband

Live Band (Covers)


Live Music Venue

Ardmore Music Hall
23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 649-8389, ardmoremusic.com

Local Parade

West Chester Christmas Parade
West Chester, greaterwestchester.com

Museum for Families

The Franklin Institute
271 N. 21st St., Philadelphia, (215) 448-1200, fi.edu

Mt. Joy

Courtesy of Mt. Joy

Critics’ Choice: National Band With Local Ties

Mt. Joy
It’s cool enough that Mt. Joy takes its name from a hiking trail in Valley Forge National Historical Park. Then, with its star on the rise in the national rock world, the quintet opted for a pair of intimate shows at Ardmore Music Hall this past October to benefit a local charity when it could’ve easily filled much larger venues in Philadelphia. Hometown pride doesn’t get any more authentic. Visit mtjoyband.com.

Critics’ Choice: New Museum

Otherworld is an adventure in technological immersion for the whole family. You can create an avatar, experience feelings in colored lights and make your way through the sensory experience of 40,000 square feet of “other worlds” where everyone fits in. Parents can even enjoy adult beverages while junior grabs a snack. 2500 Grant Ave., Philadelphia, otherworldphila.com.

Nonprofit Event

Unite For HER 5K
127 E. Chestnut St., West Chester, (610) 883-1177, uniteforher.org

Place to Take Kids On a Rainy Day

Jumpers Family Fun Zone
5117 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (610) 353-3377, funatjumpers.com

Pro Sports Celebrity

Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles

Pro Sports Coach

Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles

Pro Sports Team

Philadelphia Eagles

Pro Sports Team Mascot

Phillie Phanatic, Philadelphia Phillies

Radio Morning Show


Radio Music DJ

Pierre Robert, 93.3 WMMR

Radio Station for Music

93.3 WMMR

Radio Station for News/ Talk

KYW Newsradio

Terry Gross is an arts and entertainment winner

Photo by Jessica Kourkounis

Radio Talk Show Host

Terry Gross, WHYY


Merrill Reese, 94WIP

Theater Company

People’s Light
39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, (610) 644-3500, peopleslight.org

TV Meteorologist

Adam Joseph, 6abc

TV News Anchor

Jim Gardner, 6abc

TV Sportscaster

Jamie Apody, 6abc

Critics’ Choice: Zany Scare Fest

Phoenixville’s Blobfest has been an annual event for 24 years—so long now that it seems almost normal (heaven forbid). The evening of July 14, Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre will stage this year’s reenactment of The Blob’s infamous run-out scene, filmed at the very same movie house in 1958. The 350 people lucky enough to actually run screaming from the theater have already purchased their tickets. But you can still get in on the fun at the three-day event (July 14–16), which features a street fair, a 5K and sundry other tributes to all things horror and sci-fi. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 917-1228, thecolonialtheatre.com.

Related: Check out the Main Line’s Best Sports and Entertainment in 2022