Technically speaking, Chadds Ford Days is an annual commemoration of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Brandywine. The historical effect is achieved somewhat surreptitiously through a spattering of colonial crafters, folk music, and volunteers dressed in traditional garb. Yes, three-cornered hats are the norm here, as are bonnets for ladies. But the history surrounding the festival (though present) is hardly intensive. Just as well it not be drilled too hard, because the historical vibe is certainly achieved.
On the surface, Chadds Ford Days is just a really great craft fair. Vendors specialize in a variety of rustic arts and crafts. Keeping to its historically-minded theme, there are a few colonial-themed art and craft vendors. Namely, colonial-style decorations, traditional basket weaving, and red clay pottery. Volunteers and crafters take this opportunity to exhibit the very time-tested skills required to make their wares. A wide selection of fine fabrics include everything from brightly colored caps to expertly knit shawls. Dolls, antiques, and home décor are not uncommon, nor are more rustic wares like pine cone wreaths, potpourris, and handmade furniture. There are also a lot of visual arts like photography, oil paintings and watercolors.
When it comes to fun things for children to experience and do, Chadds Ford Days really shines. There is a glut of fun games and activities for families. Tug-o-war, bounce house rides, and skee ball are just a sampling of the neat things to do. There is also a hay bale maze for little kids, pony rides too, and cut outs in the form of people and objects serve double duty as toss games and photo opportunities. During the weekend there is a car show that is truly an antique car show. Tours of the historical John Chadds House go through the festival and are very highly recommended. Live entertainment in the form of local and regional bands performs at the main stage.
Admission is free and parking is free. Pet Friendly