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5 Things to Do Around the Brandywine Valley This Fall

Courtesy of Longwood Gardens

A mushroom festival, vintage vehicles, a popular craft fair, the Hunt Cup and more add to the excitement of autumn in the region.

38th Annual Mushroom Festival

Sept. 9–10, Kennett Square

Celebrate the renowned cash crop of the world’s mushroom capital. Guests of all ages can sample fungi-centric dishes and meet the hardworking growers who put Kennett Square on the map. Also look for food vendors, live music and more. Visit mushroomfestival.org.

Mushroom festival

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Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix

Sept. 14–16, Coatesville

Vintage vehicles take to the streets of Chester County’s only city. Get an up-close look at a variety of classic and unique cars parked along Lincoln Highway while you take in the races. Visit coatesvillegrandprix.com.

Photo by Jim Graham

Hagley Craft Fair

Oct. 21–22, Wilmington

All sorts of arts, crafts and gourmet items are available for purchase from talented regional artisans at this popular event. Shop the vast selection of pottery, jewelry, leather and other specialties, then break for a bite to eat from a local food truck. Visit hagley.org.

Longwood Gardens

Courtesy of Longwood Gardens

Chrysanthemum Festival

Sept. 30–Nov. 12, Kennett Square

Autumn blooms abound at this annual showcase of colorful mums. Peruse the displays, snap a few photos and take home some inspiration for your own garden. Visit longwoodgardens.org.

89th Running of the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup

Nov. 5, Kennett Square

A Brandywine Valley tradition, this four-mile steeplechase is a challenging test for horse and rider. Don your best hat for the occasion and keep an eye out for the famous running of the foxhounds in the afternoon. Visit pahuntcup.org.

Pennsylvania Hunt Cup

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