26th Annual Mushroom Festival

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Fun(gi) for All at the 26th Annual Mushroom Festival Street Fair

September 9th, 10th and 11th

State Street will be filled with the energy of thousands of guests eating, playing, dancing and having a grand ole time in Kennett Square. If you are a fan of all things mushroom or just want to enjoy a fun(gi) time in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania join us in the Mushroom Capital of the World for the 26th Annual Mushroom Festival!

The festival is trying to conserve resources. Therefore, very limited quantities of maps will be available. You can download the brochure available on the festival’s website and bring it with you if you want a schedule of events and/or map.

The Mushroom Festival is a rain or shine event.  In severe weather some events may be canceled or rescheduled. Updates, when possible, will be made to the website: http://www.mushroomfestival.org/

MasterChef Jennifer Behm is coming too!

 After defeating her “arch rival” with the assigned ingredient, mushrooms, in the finale of Fox Network’s MasterChef, amateur cook Jennifer Behm, of Wilmington, Delaware, is excited to be included as a chef in this year’s festival. She’ll be cooking in the Special Events Tent (Willow and E. State street) on Saturday, September 10 at 2:45 pm. Jennifer will also be a judge in the Amateur Mushroom Soup Cook-off (Saturday, 5 pm) and in our in our Community Parade on Friday, September 9 (kicks-off 6 pm).

Fungi Philly Style

The Mushroom Festival announces our 2011 Celebrity Chefs: Jose Garces and Kevin Sbraga!

On Saturday Jose Garces, Philadelphia restaurateur and Food Network Iron Chef gives a special demonstration followed by a book signing in the Special Events Tent at 1:30 pm. Tickets go on sale August 1. Guapos Tacos, Garces’ food truck will be at the Festival both days, too!

On Sunday, Kevin Sbraga, Bravo TV’s Top Chef D. C. (Season 7) winner will cook a mushroom dish or two in the Culinary Tent at 1:30 pm.

An Outdoor Concert with IVA and Dirk Quinn Band

Keeping things hopping in Kennett Square Saturday evening (September 10, 7 p.m.), Kennett Flash presents: An Outdoor Concert with IVA and the Dirk Quinn Band in the Special Events Tent. Advance tickets now on sale!

General Information:

Friday, September 9: Community Parade kicks off at South and Broad, 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 10: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 11: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Old Fashioned Carnival Hours @ 600 Broad Street
Friday, September 9: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, September 10: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, September 11: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission:  $2 per person (ages 12 and up). Proceeds from the sale of the admission wristbands goes toward the Mushroom Festival’s grant program.

Last year the Mushroom Festival gave $70,000 to 31 non-profit organizations!

Wristbands may be purchased in advance at The Mushroom Cap (114 West State Street, Kennett Square)

Directions and Parking


The Mushroom Festival offers three parking lots with shuttle buses to take you to the Street Fair. Lawn signs direct visitors to the parking lots as they near town. Parking: $5/car

   1. Coming from the east of town: Exelon Parking Lot entered from Route 1 South.
   2. Coming from the south of town: Kennett High School at the corner of South Street and South Union Street (Route 82).
   3. Coming from the west of town: Mill and Cypress Lot, entered from East Cypress Street.

The Genesis Parking Garage at the corner of Linden and North Union Streets has reserved spaces for handicapped parking.

Shuttle buses run  to specific parking lots. Guests should make note of where the bus drops them off and return to that location to go back to the parking lots.

Street parking is available on streets around the Festival, but fills quickly.


From Route 1 South
Follow Route 1 south past Longwood Gardens. Stay in right lane and pass the Longwood Shopping Center and the Hilton Garden Inn and take the Kennett Square exit to the right.
Follow signs to EXELON WAY for shuttle parking.

From Philadelphia (Route 1 South)
Follow I-95 South to Route 322 West to Route 1 South. Follow directions above.

From Northeastern Pennsylvania (Route 1 South)
Take I-476 (PA Turnpike’s Northeast Extension) to US Route 1 South. Follow directions above.

From New York and New Jersey (Route 1 South)
Follow New Jersey Turnpike South. Take Exit 2 onto 322 West to the Commodore Barry Bridge. Cross the bridge to I-95. Follow I-95 South to Route 322 West to Route 1 South.
Follow directions above.

From Route 1 North
Follow Route 1 North to the Toughkenamon Exit. Turn right onto Newark Road. Turn left at traffic light onto Old Baltimore Pike. Shuttle bus parking will be on your right as you near Kennett Square.

From Baltimore
Follow I-95 to Route 222 (Perryville exit). Turn right onto Route 222 which become Route 275.
Follow to Route 276, turn right onto 276 and drive 5 miles to Route 1 North. Follow directions above.

From Western Pennsylvania
Take I-76 (PA Turnpike) east to Harrisburg and take I-283 SE to Lancaster. Stay on I-283 to Route 30 East. Take Route 30 East around Lancaster and turn right onto Route 41. Follow Route 41 to Route 1 North. Follow directions above.


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