The Festival

General Information – The 32nd  Annual Mushroom Festival

DSC_0125Dates and Times

Saturday, September 9, 2017: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 10, 2017: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, September 8, 2017: Community Parade with  Dining and Dancing in the Streets (no shuttle bus service from Exelon or Kennett High School parking lots)

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.

We love animals too, but…. leave your pets at home. For the safety of your pet and others, pets are not allowed on the grounds of the Street Festival.

Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to browse the list of Frequently Asked Questions.  You may find a quick answer to your question.

$3 per person (ages 12 and up). Proceeds from the sale of the admission wristbands goes toward the Mushroom Festival’s grant program. In 2017,  the Mushroom Festival gave $81,200 to 50 non-profit organizations (click here to learn more).

Wristbands may be purchased in advance at The Mushroom Cap (114 West State Street, Kennett Square).
Purchase wristbands the days of the event at the Mushroom Festival parking lots (while waiting for the shuttle buses) or at the 11 various entrances to the Festival.

Getting here and getting around
Kennett Square Borough is located off Route 1 in southern Chester County (click here to learn more).

For GPS directions use 101 South Union Street, Kennett Square PA 19348.

During the Mushroom Festival many main roads are closed. Please follow posted detour signs. Expect delays in getting through town.

Satellite parking lots with shuttle bus service to the Festival are available. (click here to learn more).
There is limited street parking in Kennett Square during the Mushroom Festival. Finding a space can be difficult, which is why we recommend using the satellite parking lots.

handicapped smallHandicapped parking is available in the Genesis Parking garage at Linden Street and Union Street.


Mushroom Festival Information Booth
The Main Information Booth is located in the center of town, at the corner of North Union and East State Streets. Need help finding a particular event or have questions about Kennett Square, just ask our volunteers. They have the resources to get you an answer. Our volunteers at the main entrances and exits have detailed information that might just answer any questions or concerns you may have.


 DSC_0623Street Festival Vendors
The streets of Kennett Square will be lined with nearly 250 vendors for the Festival.


Mushrooms waiting to be judged.

Mushrooms waiting to be judged.

 Where to Buy Mushrooms
Take home some of the freshest mushrooms you’ll ever taste. Mushroom Sales Booths are located near the East and West Festival Entrances and in front of the Growers’ Exhibit. The Mushroom Sales Booths are marked on the Festival Map.

Your mushrooms will be kept cool and fresh in refrigerated To Jo Mushroom trucks until you’re ready to leave. Pick-up locations are near the East and West Main Entrances, and on North Broad Street, behind the Kennett Square Inn. Details here.


street-fair-souvenir-boothMushroom Festival Souvenir Booth
Show your Mushroom Festival spirit with a 31st Annual Mushroom Festival t-shirt—men’s, and women’s sizes available. The Souvenir Booth is a great place to pick up the popular Mushroom Lover’s Cookbook and there are still copies of the 30th Anniversary Mushroom Festival Cookbook available. These and many other unique Mushroom Festival souvenirs can be found at the booth near the corner of East State and Broad Streets (across the street from the Kennett Inn).


masonic lodge Mushroom Soup @ Masonic Lodge:
What would a mushroom celebration be without the opportunity to try one of Kennett Square’s mushroom growers family recipes for a traditional mushroom soup? Stop by the Masonic Lodge at the corner of Cypress and Center Streets for a bowl of piping hot soup overflowing with Kennett Square mushrooms. Times: Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm.


portabellas web Painted Mushrooms Silent Auction
Check out the creativity of local artists who have painted 3-foot, 108 lb. concrete mushrooms. They will be on display during the Festival at the Painted Mushroom Booth in front of the Kennett Square Inn (corner of Broad and State Streets). You’ll be able to take home one of these unique creations if yours is the winning bid in the silent auction!

nopets-smWe love animals too, but…. leave your pets at home. For the safety of your pet and others, pets are not allowed on the grounds of the Street Festival.

 The Mushroom Festival is a celebration of mushrooms, Southern Chester County, and fun. It is the Mushroom Festival’s policy to provide a safe, family-friendly atmosphere for all Festival patrons and volunteers. Enjoy your day!

Call the Mushroom Festival Office: 610-925-3373.


Scenes from the 30th Annual Mushroom Festival

Scenes from the 29th Annual Mushroom Festival

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First Place Mediium Agaricus

First Place Mediium Agaricus

Kathleen Harman's Mushroom Taquitos won 2014's Amateur Mushroom Appetizer Cook-Off

Kathleen Harman’s Mushroom Taquitos won 2014’s Amateur Mushroom Appetizer Cook-Off

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