Mushroom cultivation in the United States first began in Kennett Square (of course!) in 1896 when two local florists wanted to make more efficient use of their greenhouses by utilizing the area underneath the shelves used to grow ornamental plants. 
Now in its 32nd year, Kennett Square's Annual Mushroom Festival draws more than 100,000 visitors from all over the country, many staying a local B&Bs, Hotels and Inns while enjoying one of the most interesting and unique late summer festivals on the East Coast!

From Friday, September 7th through Sunday, the 9th - there are Parades, Contests, Dancing, Farm Tours, Shopping, and lots of EATING! 

  • Friday, September 7, 2018: Community Parade with  Dining and Dancing in the Streets. Parade kicks-off from State and Willow at 6 pm.
  • Saturday, September 8, 2018: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 9, 2018: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The streets of Kennett Square will be lined with nearly 250 vendors for the Festival.

Take home some of the freshest mushrooms you’ll ever taste. Mushroom Sales Booths are located near the Willow Street entrance and in front of the Growers’ Exhibit. The Mushroom Sales Booths are marked on the Festival Map.

Admission:  $3 per person (ages 12 and up). Proceeds benefit the Mushroom Festival’s grant program. In 2018,  the Mushroom Festival gave $114,000 to 52 non-profit organizations (click here to learn more).
Community Parade
Check out the creativity of local artists who have painted 3-foot,
108 lb. concrete mushrooms. They will be on display during the
Festival at the Painted Mushroom Booth  (corner of Broad and State Streets).
 You’ll be able to take home one of these unique creations
if yours is the winning bid in the silent auction!

Check out these pages on their website: 
  • Dine & Dance in the Streets
  • Old Fashioned Carnival
  • Competitions
  • Shows & Exhibits
  • Kiddie Street Rides
  • Schedule of Events:
    • The National Fried Mushroom Eating Contest
    • Mushroom Amateur cook-off
    • Cute-as-a-Button Baby Photo Contest
    • Culinary Tent Welcomes Famous Foodies like Food Network’s Melissa D’Arabian plus Jennifer Dashevich, Barry Crumlich, and Eric Theiss.  Plus there are a couple of more still to be announced. 
LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
For GPS directions use 101 South Union Street, Kennett Square PA 19348.
The Mushroom Festival Website
Mushroom Festival Office: 610-925-3373.