Over 35 Things to do Around the Main Line this September

From fall festivals to a dahlia show to a prestigious PGA tournament, there’s no shortage of entertainment this month.


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Week of September 1-9 | Week of September 10-16 | Week of September 17-23 | Week of September 24-30

Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show and Country Fair
Sept. 1-3, Glenmoore

This horse show and country fair combines eventing with family-friendly events.

PGA BMW Championship
Sept. 4-9, Newtown Square

Cap the summer with a bit of golf—spectating, that is. Aronimink Golf Club plays host to the prestigious PGA BMW Championship from Sept. 4-9. This year’s event marks its first return to Pennsylvania in nearly 60 years.

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NFL Kickoff Experience
Sept. 6, Philadelphia

Celebrate the beginning of football season at this free festival at Penn’s Landing, featuring appearances by Philadelphia Eagles legends, Super Bowl LIII ticket giveaways and a performance by Shawn Mendes.

Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance
Sept. 7-9, Malvern

Now in its 22nd year, the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance is a three-day event featuring a barbecue, antique car shows, a black tie gala and more.

Bryn Mawr Day
Sept. 8, Bryn Mawr

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A longstanding tradition, Bryn Mawr Day celebrates the borough with history tours, entertainment and more.

Haverford Music Festival
Sept. 8, Haverford

The 8th annual Haverford Music Festival features 30 live performances from John Paul White, Pi Power Trio, Lily and Madeleine and more, across four stages.

Newlin Grist Mill Archaeology Festival
Sept. 8, Glen Mills

Stoke your curiosity for what lies beneath at Newlin Girst Mill Archaeology Festival, complete with excavations.

Philadelphia Pizza Festival
Sept. 8, Philadelphia

Citizens Bank Park will be transformed into a veritable pizza paradise for this foodie festival, which features more than 200 varieties of pizza from more than 60 restaurants and food trucks. There will also be a beer garden, live entertainment and carnival games.

Phoenixville Blues Festival
Sept. 8, Phoenixville

Head to the 9th annual Phoenixville Blues Festival to catch acts like the Charlie Wheeler Band, Chris Antonik and Dave Fields.

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival
Sept. 8-9, Kennett Square

Kennett Square once again celebrates its favorite fungi at the Mushroom Festival. Check out the community parade on Sept. 7.

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Week of September 10-16

Wayne Art Center Fall Members Exhibition 2018
Sept. 11 – Oct. 6

Take a look at locally made artwork at this juried exhibition. Art sold during the exhibition will benefit Wayne Art Center.

Dishman Springs at Hedgerow Theatre Company
Sept. 13-30, Rosemont

Hedgerow, an intimate gem of a theater helmed by Jared Reed, takes audiences to the South for its performance of Dishman Springs, in which the lead character, Ida, celebrates her 75th birthday while rediscovering her younger self.


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Swarthmore CO-OP Food Truckathon
Sept. 14, Swarthmore

More than 20 local food trucks and vendors are headed to the Swarthmore CO-OP for this tasty community celebration.

Guys and Dolls at Players Club of Swarthmore
Sept. 14-19, Swarthmore

Players Club of Swarthmore, a 300-seat theater, is serving up stage classics this season, beginning with Frank Loesser’s musical, based on the book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls.

South Wayne PorchFest
Sept. 15, Wayne

The second annual South Wayne PorchFest returns, bringing more than 50 live performances to porches along Midland Avenue, St. Davids Road and Windermere Avenue.

Chester County Restaurant Festival
Sept. 16, West Chester

Get a taste of some of the area’s best restaurants, all conveniently congregated in West Chester, at the Chester County Restaurant Festival.

Radnor Fall Festival
Sept. 16, Wayne

Now in its 26th year, this family-friendly festival returns, highlighting local retailers, services and restaurants. Expect live performances from bands and dancers, plus kid-friendly activities like carnival rides and face painting.

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Week of September 17-23

Carnival for a Cure Phoenixville
Sept. 20-23, Phoenixville

Help raise money for the fight against childhood cancer at the annual Carnival for a Cure in Reeves Park, featuring rides, games, food vendors and live entertainment.

Plantation Field International Horse Trials
Sept. 20-23, Unionville

Get a look at some of the best eventers, along with vendors and entertainment at the Plantation Field International Horse Trials.

Once at Arden Theatre Company
Sept. 20 – Oct. 21, Philadelphia

This September, Arden Theatre Company brings the lighthearted story of love from the streets of Dublin to Philadelphia for its performance of Tony Award-winning musical, Once.

Bike the Brandywine
Sept. 22, Various locations

Now in its third year, Bike the Brandywine riders can ride 25, 45 or 80 miles around the Brandywine Creek Greenway, in benefit of the Brandywine Conservancy and its clear water programs.

Community Arts Center Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
Sept. 22, Swarthmore

Swarthmore brings together artisans, children’s activities, live music and more for its Fine Arts and Crafts Festival.


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Pints in the Square Brew Fest & 5k
Sept. 22, Newtown Square

Take a couple of loops around Ellis Preserve and then grab a beer as part of Pints in the Square.

Linvilla Orchards Apple Festival
Sept. 22-23, Media

Celebrate September’s bounty of apples at Linvilla’s annual festival, where visitors can pick their own apples and compete in an apple pie eating contest.

Longwood Gardens Dahlia Show
Sept. 22-23, Kennett Square

See more than 2,000 gorgeous, colorful dahlia blooms in Longwood Garden’s conservatory.

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Week of September 24-30

Sept. 27, Philadelphia

Standout chefs and restaurateurs Nick Elmi (Laurel, Royal Boucherie), Michael Solomonov (Zahav, Federal Donuts), Stephen Starr (Continental, Buddakan) and Audrey Claire Taichman (COOK) host this year Feastville, which brings together dozens of local restaurant samplings in support of FringeArts. This year’s participants include Main Line area favorites Eclat Chocolate, the Farm at Doe Run, and many more.

Main Line Wine Gala
Sept. 27, Gladwyne

This year’s Main Line Wine Gala, hosted by Resources for Human Development, will be held at Philadelphia Country Club and features Joseph Phelps Vineyards’ Elizabeth Neuman as honorary chair. Proceeds from the event benefit Healing Ajax, La Casa and Center for Creative Works.

Christine Havrilla and Gypsy Fuzz at 118 North
Sept. 28, Wayne

Catch former Women on the Move honoree and local musician, Christine Havrilla, along with Gypsy Fuzz at Wayne’s newest music venue, 118 North.

Wanda Sykes at Keswick Theatre
Sept. 28, Glenside

Catch the queen of comedy, Wanda Skyes, when she brings her stand-up comedy tour to the Keswick Theatre this September. Bonus: A portion of proceeds benefit local charities.


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Sly Fox Can Jam Music Festival
Sept. 29, Pottstown

Sly Fox Brewing Company’s free Can Jam Music Festival returns with performances from The Wailers, Splintered Sunlight and more.

Pints and Plots: Laurel Hill’s Buried Brewers
Sept. 30, Philadelphia

Experience Laurel Hill Cemetery like never before during this autumn walking tour, which focuses on suds lovers. The tour will be led by Mike Lewandowski, an award-winning homebrewer, and will be capped with a tasting.

Downingtown Fall Fest
Sept. 30, Downingtown

Celebrate the turn of the season at Downingtown’s annual Fall Fest, featuring a Victory Brewing beer garden, food vendors, live music and more.

Throughout the Month

Biloxi Blues at Act II Playhouse
Thru Sept. 23, Ambler

Act II Playhouse’s hilarious ensemble of actors, led by artistic director Tony Braithwaite, tackles Tony Award-winning play, Biloxi Blues, an autobiographical look at Neil Simon’s coming of age at boot camp.

Longwood Gardens Festival of Fountains
Thru. Sept. 30, Kennett Square

Summer at Longwood Gardens means the Festival of Fountains. Be sure to catch a show this month before the festival ends for the season.

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