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Summer Events in Chester County on a Budget & a Giveaway Gift Card!

From fairs to food to festivals, summer brings fun in a variety of forms along with warmer weather. While many of us make it a summer tradition to hit the beach at least once or twice throughout the summer season, there is plenty of summer fun to be had in Chester County. Better yet, there are a number of entertaining activities that you, your friends, or family can experience without breaking the bank.

Chester County offers a little something for everyone from the discriminating fair food connoisseur to music lovers who live for outdoor concerts. Here are just a few free or inexpensive events happening this summer that are sure to keep the fun factor fed and your wallet happy, too.

Chanticleer Garden

786 Church Road; Wayne, PA

Ongoing (Summer through November)

Wednesday through Sunday 10am to 5pm; Fridays 10am – 8pm through Labor Day.


Celebrating its 20th year as a public garden and having played host to the Rosegarten estate for 100 years, Chester County’s Chanticleer Garden offers a pleasant respite from more boisterous summer shenanigans. Brimming with beautiful flowers and offering an unspoiled look at carefully-cultivated blooms, Chanticleer has a number of lush floral exhibits including the Teacup Garden, a cut flower and vegetable garden, and more.

Children and garden professionals may visit the grounds for free and reduced rates are offered to PA Horticultural Society members and Radnor Library cardholders. The price of admission for adults 13+ is $10.00

Freedom Fest

Nottingham County Park

150 Park Rd.; Nottingham PA

Saturday July 6, 2013; 5pm to 11pm

Chester County’s annual Independence Weekend festival celebrates freedom and the birth of the U.S.A. with food, live music and entertainment, and activities for the kids. The festivities conclude with a fun-filled fireworks display sure to delight Chester County residents of all ages. Admission to the festival is free, although there is a small $10 parking fee.


A Vintage Garage Sale

Chestnut Street Parking Garage

14 East Chestnut St.; West Chester, PA

Every First Friday until September 7, 2013; 4pm to 9pm

Friday July 5, August 2, September 6


A garage sale actually held in a parking garage, the Vintage Garage Sale brings together a variety of vintage and antique finds, wine tasting, and live jazz music. Held each spring and summer First Friday in West Chester through September, the event is free to attend. Two-hour parking is free with the purchase of any of the antique or vintage-inspired items for sale. Best of all, there are no rain dates to worry about since the parking garage offers protection from the elements, allowing patrons to browse freely for unique vintage clothes, jewelry, home goods, and other items.

While summer is a wonderful time to enjoy local events with friends and family, there are a number of year-round, budget-friendly activities throughout Chester County that offer fun for all ages.

To make the summer a little brighter and breezier, Conestoga Bank, is giving away a $50 Sharing Card, which can be used like a standard Visa gift card. However, the nicest feature of the Sharing Card is that if there is a balance remaining after 18 months, it will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). One of the oldest and most respected Philadelphia banks, as well as a preferred SBA lender, serving the City of Brotherly Love and its surrounding areas, Conestoga believes in giving back to the community it has served for over 120 years.

To WIN the Gift Card, Comment below on what your FAVORITE summer activity in Chester County is on a budget! Get creative, be unique and help others plan their summer fun on a budget!

This article was provided by Holly Wolf, the Chief Marketing Officer at Conestoga Bank. A community bank with locations across southeast Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, Conestoga Bank provides banking services to both families and businesses.

This publication does not constitute legal, accounting or other professional advice. Although it is intended to be accurate, neither the publisher nor any other party assumes liability for loss or damage due to reliance on this material.

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  1. We look forward every year to the Uwchlan Community Days held in July at the LYA fields. The band, the food, and the wonderful fireworks all create a small-town atmosphere that we would not want to miss!

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