Everything You Need to Know About the 30th Annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

From Friday, Sept. 11 to Sunday, Sept. 13, Kennett is your one-stop shop for all things mushroom.

Did you know that over 65 percent of the mushrooms consumed in the United States are grown in Kennett Square, Pa.? Also known as “The Mushroom Capital of the World,” Kennett Square has long honored its favorite crop with a weekend-long celebration. Now in its 30th year, The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival will unfold Sept. 11–13, when over 100,000 visitors will pay homage to their favorite fungi. Here, a look at some festival highlights:

The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival//All photos by Nina Lea Photography.


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Old-fashioned carnival (6–10 p.m.)

Community parade (6 p.m.)

Dancing in the streets with Good Foot (after parade–9:30 p.m.)


Street festival (10 a.m.–7 p.m.)

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Amateur mushroom appetizer cook-off (10:30 a.m.)

Antique and classic car show (11 a.m.–4 p.m.)

Culinary demo: Fabio Viviani from Bravo’s Top Chef (12:30 p.m.)

Fried mushroom eating world record contest (3 p.m.)

Old-fashioned carnival (3–10 p.m.)

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American Flair, Kennett Symphony’s Pops Concert (7:30 p.m.)


Mushroom 5K run/walk (8:30 a.m.)

Street festival (10 a.m.–5 p.m.)

Soup and Wine Fest (10 a.m.–4 p.m.)

Culinary demo: Brian Duffy from Spike TV’s Bar Rescue (12 p.m.)

Old-fashioned carnival (1–6 p.m.)

Admission to the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival is $3 per person (ages 12 and up), and proceeds from the admission wristbands will benefit the Mushroom Festival’s grant program. Wristbands may be purchased in advance at The Mushroom Cap (114 W. State St., Kennett Square), or at the festival, either in the parking lots or at entrances. Shuttle buses are available from the parking lots. 

For more information, visit www.mushroomfestival.org.

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