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5 Spring Events Happening Throughout the Brandywine Valley

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A short film festival in West Chester, rare plant auction, national cycling event and more add color to the Brandywine Valley this spring. 

West Chester International Short Film Festival

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West Chester International Short Film Festival

April 26–28, West Chester

Now in its 18th year, this popular festival spotlights short films from around the world—all 30 minutes or less. Over 50 comedies, dramas and documentaries will be shown, with opportunities to meet the filmmakers on the second day of the event. An opening-night party on April 26 kicks things off in style. Visit westchesterfilmfestival.com.

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Dig It: A Rare Plant Auction

April 27, Wilmington

Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Delaware Center for Horticulture. The auction offers rare trees, shrubs, perennials, tropicals and houseplants, along with selections from local horticulturists’ gardens. Specialty food stations and an open bar round out the evening. Visit thedch.org.

Wilmington Grand Prix

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Wilmington Grand Prix

May 17–19, Wilmington

For this USA Cycling national event, races will take place throughout the weekend, attracting cyclists from across the country and a few international competitors. Saturday’s free street festival offers rides and attractions, food, a sidewalk sale, and more. Visit wilmgrandprix.com.

Wilmington Flower Market

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Wilmington Flower Market

May 9–11, Wilmington

This well-known three-day event is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition. Pick up a few natural beauties, find the perfect gift for Mom from one of many local vendors, or hop on a carnival ride to let off some steam after the long winter. Live music is scheduled, and funds benefit local organizations in need. Visit wilmingtonflowermarket.org.

Ladybug Music Festival

May 31, Wilmington

Celebrate women in music at this completely female-fronted spring festival for all ages. Expect a full slate of live music in a variety of genres. Tickets are free. Visit theladybugfestival.com.

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