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June 19, 2015

Twelve festivals to catch in the 'burbs this summer

From bees to beer, local towns are celebrating it all

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BUcksCoPlayhouse Anthony Sinagoga Photography/Visit Bucks County

The Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

When the weather gets warm Philadelphia fills up with festivals, and so does the Jersey shore. But the Philly suburbs will be popping with a variety of festivals, tournaments and celebrations, too. The surrounding counties are opening up their streets and their neighborhoods to celebrate Ukrainian culture, beads, volleyball, mushrooms and more. Use the list below as your excuse to get away from the concrete jungle.

The 24th Annual Pottstown Rumble

This four-day volleyball tournament brings in thousands of players and is the world's biggest grass doubles tournament. Spectators might even spot Olympians Misty May-Treanor and Dave McKienze wandering around; they're each teaching a clinic while in town.

Thursday, June 25 through Sunday, June 28
Play begins 9 a.m. Friday
Manatawny Park
61 West King St., Pottstown, PA
(610) 369-1717 

11th Annual Mercer County Freedom Festival

Gear up for Independence Day with a car show, children's activities, carnival rides and more. Local food vendors, a beer and wine garden, live music and crafts round out the day. Don't miss the fireworks on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28
Hours vary | Free admission
Mercer County Park
1638 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, NJ
(609) 989-6530

Bluegrass & Blueberries

Country music mixes with a classic summer treat for two days of live performances and artisan vendors. Eric Kahler and Luke Liddy, Madeline Smith and more will perform, Sum Pig and Local 215 will be selling food and handmade gifts will be on sale. 

Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12
10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Free admission
Peddler's Village
Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, PA
(215) 794-4000

Warwick Township's Ribs & Shoes Competition

Amateur barbecue cooks will be grilling and smoking up ribs for the Third Annual Amateur Rib Competition. For $5, spectators can try their dishes and vote on the people's choice. Live music will kick off at noon followed by a horseshoe competition.

Saturday, July 18
Noon-5 p.m. | Free for spectators, $5 for tasting
Warwick Township Community Park
1733 Township Greene, Jamison, PA
(215) 343-6100

Annual Beekeeping and Honey Festival

Learn about the importance of the honeybee to our food supply, try on a beekeeper's outfit, visit hives and help extract honey at this bee-utiful celebration. Registration for this family-friendly event is required.

Saturday, July 25
11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Free admission, registration required
Harriton House
500 Harriton Rd., Bryn Mawr, PA
(610) 525-0201

58th Annual New Hope Automobile Show

This year the car fest is celebrating the convertible. Over 500 convertibles, antiques and classic cars will be rolling into town with different cars showing each day. Don't forget to vote for your favorite; it could win the People's Choice Award.

Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9
9 a.m.-4 p.m. | $5
New Hope-Solebury High School
182 W. Bridge St., New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-5665

67th Middletown Grange Fair

Experience a classic country fair with five days of pig races, talent shows, cow chip poker, amusement park rides and live music. The fair's variety of exhibits includes flowers and crafts, dairy cattle and sheep, antique farm machinery and wine.  

Wednesday, August 12 through Sunday, August 16
Hours vary | $10 per day, per vehicle
Middletown Grange Fairgrounds
576 Penns Park Rd., Wrightstown, PA

Bead Fest Philadelphia

If you love creating jewelry (or just love wearing it) visit the largest bead show on the East Coast. Workshops will be available for all jewelry-making experience levels and the expo will feature bead, gem, tool and finished jewelry vendors. 

Wednesday, August 19 through Sunday, August 23
Hours vary | Expo admission $12, workshops $71-460
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA 
(215) 510-2864

24th Annual Ukrainian Independence Festival

Philadelphia's rich Ukrainian history comes alive. In addition to food, vendors and children's activities, the festival will host live performances from Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, The Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Prometheus Ukrainian Male Chorus of Philadelphia and more.

Sunday, August 23
Noon-8 p.m. | Free admission
Tryzub Ukrainian American Sport Center
Lower State and County Line Roads, North Wales, PA
(215) 343-5412

Upper Bucks Brewfest

Spend the day sampling beers from dozens of craft beer vendors at the historic Quakertown Train Station. Wine will be available, too, plus plenty of food from local establishments. Supra Ayers Killcoyne Shelly Quartet will provide the live entertainment.

Saturday, August 29
1-5 p.m. | General Admission $40, Designated Driver $10
Quakertown Train Station
15 Front St., Quakertown, PA
(215) 536-2273

Polish American Family Festival & Country Fair

Marking its 50th year, this celebration of Polish culture features multiple days of entertainment. A crafter's village, rides and games and live Polish musical acts add to the traditional Polish food vendors selling pierogi, placki and kielbasa.

Saturday, September 5-Monday, September 7; Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13
Noon-8 p.m. | $12
National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
654 Ferry Rd., Doylestown, PA
(215) 345-0600

30th Annual Mushroom Festival

Kennett Square is the mushroom capital of the world (yes, really) and each year it hosts a mile of culinary events, food samples, children's entertainment and 200 vendors. There's a mushroom fun-run, a mushroom baby photo contest and the National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship.

Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13
10 a.m. | Free admission
101 South Union St., Kennett Square, PA
(610) 925-3373