Chester County’s Brandywine Valley is the place to be this spring/summer season as the bright skies will sparkle by day and glow at night. Majestic hot-air balloons and helicopters take to the sky plus surreal lanterns and spectacular fountains & fireworks light up magical warm evenings.

Fountain performance

Longwood Gardens' Main Fountain Garden opens the spectacular season with a summer-long Festival of Fountains May 9 through September 29, 2024. Fountains dance and soar up to 175 feet and Illuminated Fountain Performances take center stage on Thursday through Saturday evenings. Special Fireworks & Fountain shows are scheduled:  July 3, July 20, August 10, September 1 and September 28. Tickets go on sale for Fireworks & Fountains April 9 at 10am. Evening events call for accommodations so plan ahead to not be disappointed as rooms and tickets go quickly. *New this year, all seating for Fireworks & Fountains Shows is reserved. Reserved seating allows you to select your seat, then arrive to your seat placed and waiting for you—no need to bring your own chair.

American Helicopter Museum

Bring the whole crew to The American Helicopter Museum’s Family Fest on Saturday, June 22, 2024. Savor refreshing local brews from Locust Lane Brewery and food truck fare; music and family fun (think bounce house!). For a special treat schedule helicopter rides for a bird’s-eye-view of the beautiful countryside.


Hot air balloons fill the skies at the Chester County Balloon Festival . During the festival the sky fills with colorful balloons of all shapes and sizes. The festival is held at  equestrian grounds - Willowdale Steeplechase.  The festivities start on Friday, June 14 with the Friday Night Glow. On Saturday and Sunday June 15 & 16, the festival will feature crafts, food vendors, fireworks, tethered balloon rides and live music.

Chester County Balloon Festival

The Lights Fest take place Saturday, May 4, 2024 at Plantation Field, a stunning open space hosting equestrian and other special events. Enjoy the spectacle of this enchanting sky lantern event as twilight descends. Event gates open earlier with food and drink available for purchase, vendors and live music to enjoy. Bring blankets and chairs to settle in and delight in the magical sky!


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