As the weeks of August begin to slip away, reality sets in that there isn't much time left to complete those Summer Bucket Lists. Whether it is visiting a farm for a Pick Your Own event or listening to an outdoor musical performance, Philly families can turn to our Events Calendar and its line-up of fun to help complete every last activity on the checklist.
Peaches are in season and no matter where you live in the Delaware Valley, there is an orchard celebrating this sweet summer fruit. After picking peaches and eating peach cobbler or peach pie, find a spot to listen to some summertime music. There are concerts, picnics and festivals that all feature live musical entertainment this weekend. And, if that isn't enough, the Academy of Natural Sciences hosts Bug Fest and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed features its Butterfly Festival.
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The Dinosaur Musical- Swarthmore, PA
The story of a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Quincy comes to life on stage at The Players Club of Swarthmore.
Bug Fest- Philadelphia, PA
During the Academy of Natural Sciences' Bug Fest, visitors can learn about bugs through hands-on activities and scientist demonstrations. Dress like a bug to receive $2 off regular admission.
Peach Festival- Lahaska, PA
Peddler's Village hosts its annual Peach Festival featuring peach pie eating contests, children's activities and live musical entertainment.
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Weekend- Philadelphia, PA
Engines from the Island of Sodor arrive at Morris Arboretum for a weekend and are ready to delight young engineers.
Saturday, August 8
Montgomery County 4-H Fair- Collegeville, PA
It's the last day of the Montgomery County 4-H Fair so stop by the 4-H Center to see all of the members' accomplishments on display.
Sculpture Zoo- Philadelphia, PA
Rittenhouse Square hosts a free, family-friendly event in which a Sculpture Zoo is the main attraction. Along with the display of animal sculptures, visitors can expect to see real animals too.
Watershed Butterfly Festival- Pennington, NJ
Take a trip to Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed for a day filled with family fun. Visitors can expect children's activities, hay rides, hot air balloon rides, an insect zoo and its famous Butterfly and Bug parade.
Pennsylvania Dutch Festival- Philadelphia, PA
Shop for homemade breads, pies, pretzels and more at the Pennsylvania Dutch Festival held at Reading Terminal. In addition, visitors can enjoy a horse and buggy ride, a farm petting zoo and live music.
Family Creek Exploration- Ambler, PA
Grab a net or bucket and be ready to explore the inhabitants of the creek at Four Mills Reserve.
Homegrown Festival- Philadelphia, PA
Pack a blanket and picnic lunch and head to Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm. Families can expect a variety of children's activities, food demonstrations and live music at this free event.
Chester County Annual Old Fiddlers' Picnic- Coatesville, PA
Visit Hibernia County Park for a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family. Guests can expect live music, tours of the Hibernia Mansion and kids' activities.
Zydeco-a-Go-Go Concert- Green Lane, PA
Experience the lively beat of Cajun and Creole music at Green Lane Park's Amphitheater.
Sunday, August 9
Sunday School of Rock- Philadelphia, PA
Every Sunday throughout the month of August, Morgan's Pier offers a brunch accompanied by music the whole family will love. Musical performances star School of Rock musicians and feature set lists of classic rock that grown ups yearn to share with their kids.
Peach, Princess & Pirate Celebration- Camden, NJ
A treasure hunt, planting activity and craft projects await visitors to Camden Children's Garden.
S'mores and More- Gladwyne, PA
Enjoy roasted marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers at Riverbend Environmental Education Center. In addition, visitors can sit by the campfire, play games and explore the grounds.
Photo credit: Shady Brook Farm