2012 Summer Guide 2012-08-09T16:36:05+00:00

Who says you have to leave Bucks County to have some summer fun? Check out our ultimate list of spectacular summer events happening right here in Bucks!



Recurring Summertime Events
Annual Summertime Events
Summer Festivals and Fairs
Outdoor Family Fun
Summer Shopping
Outdoor Dining



Recurring Summertime Events

Rose Bank Wine Concert Series
Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

Who doesn’t love wine, food, and a concert? Shady Brook Farms is once again hosting the Rose Bank Wine Concert series on Friday nights from 6:00pm till 9:00pm until the end of August. Bring the whole family to hear great local bands, enjoy wine tasting by Rose Bank Winery, and relax on the beautifully landscaped E.P. Henry patio. crackers, cheeses, chips and dips from our Farm Market, and sandwiches from our full service Deli, or grab a burger or dog hot off the grill. There is a playground for the children, and Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream will be open for business.  Wine will be sold by the glass or by the bottle.


The Grapevine Express
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, 32 West Bridge Street, New Hope

Join them for a Romantic Wine and Cheese Excursion at 5:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays May 26th thru October 28th. Ride the rails in first class comfort in our beautifully restored, air conditioned Parlor Car for a 50 minute tour. Enjoying fine cheeses, toasted crackers and exclusive vintages from various regions. Each month a different region will be featured.


Evening Stars Dinner Trains
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, 32 West Bridge Street, New Hope

Passengers can ride the rails in first class comfort, enjoying dinner and cocktails while appreciating the strolling scene provided by the Bucks County countryside. Check out the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad website for more information.


Murder Mystery Dinner Trains
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, 32 West Bridge Street, New Hope

The New Hope & Ivyland Railroad and Act 1 Productions bring you another season of mystery on the rails. An edge-of-your-seat, whodunit evening of suspense and comedy! The wild 40’s cast of Act 1 Productions is at it again with a new act for 2012 called “Muriel’s Murder”. Another comedic murder mystery, sure to make you laugh and be on the edge of your seats with a whodunit murder mystery. Food, fun, great staff, rolling ride through the country and the antics of Act 1 Productions all combine to give you and your family a great night out. Check out the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad website for more information.


New Hope/Lambertville Friday Night Fireworks
New Hope/Lambertville Bridge

Friday Night Fireworks display of the wonderful Delaware River every night from Memorial Day weekend until the end of August. Orchestrated by Garden State Fireworks, a glittering ten-minute firework show will illuminate the sky over the Delaware River for the summer season. In addition, most retail businesses on both sides of the river will stay open late. Fireworks start at 9:30pm.


2012 Summer Wine & Music Series
Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Rd, Washington Crossing

Starting on Friday, June 8th, join Crossings Vineyards and Winery for their summer Wine & Music Series! They will be featuring 7 all-time favorite performances along with a brand new one! These events start at 7:00pm and is rain or shine. You should also bring a lawn chair for your comfort. Seating is available for buffet diners and there will also be wine and cheese available for purchase.


Sesame Street Concert Series
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

Come join your Sesame Street friends for a variety of concerts this summer! With a variety of family-friendly performances, there is something for everyone! Click on the link above to find out when all the these fantastic concerts are happening.



Doylestown Sounds of Summer Series
Lenape Middle School, 313 West State Street, Doylestown (rain location)

The Sounds of Summer Series returns yet again for another wonderful season of music. Performers both new and old are returning to play your favorite songs. Check out their Doylestown Summer Guide for more information about who is playing and exact times!


Cruise Nights 2012
Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

Rev your engines for Shady Brook Farm’s Cruise Night! ALL cruisers are welcome to participate or just come and check out all the cars every Tuesday from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. There will be 10 general trophies, 5 special theme night trophies weekly, free admission, 50/50, music, playground for kids, food, drinks, and ice cream available.



Summer Concert Series 2012
Falls Township Community Park, Phase I Pavilion, 9125 Miller Creek Rd, Levittown.

All Summer Concerts are held at the Falls Township Community Park, Phase I Pavilion, 9125 Miller Creek Road in Levittown from 6:00pm – 8:00PM. Bring your own chair


Movies in the Park
Linton Park, South Lincoln & Penn, Newtown

Live music will be performed before each movie. Music starts around 8 p.m. and the movies begin at dark. These events are sponsored. Here’s the 2012 schedule:
June 20: “The Muppets” (PG), music: Evan King
June 27: “Scooby Doo” (PG), music: Cowpals
July 11: “Beetlejuice” (PG), music: Peter Joseph
July 18: “Rear Window” (PG), music:Brianna Nelson/Katie Marshall
July 25: “The Wizard of Oz” (G), music: Trevor Leonard
August 1: “Tangled” (PG), music: Keith Monacchio

Annual Summertime Events

May & June

Annual Civil War Encampment
Mercer Museum, 84 South Pine Street, Doylestown
Saturday, May 26th (10:00m – 4:00pm); Sunday, May 27th (12:00pm – 4:00pm)

Visit with military engineers and map makers, join the ranks of new recruits answering the President’s call for troops to defend the Union, learn about Civil War era medicine, and interact with local civilians. Various demonstrations and activities scheduled throughout the day. Rain or Shine. Program helps mark the American Civil War Sesquicentennial – five years of programming and exhibits commemorating the 150th anniversary of the War. Presented in collaboration with the 50th Pennsylvania Volunteers – an historical interpretation and re-enacting unit. Included with museum admission.


Antique Appraisal Night
Craven Hall, Street Rd & Newtown Rd, Warminster
June 1st (6:30pm – 9:00pm)

Professional appraisers will review your items at $8 each or $20 for 3 items (maximum). This successful event can be considered a mini Bucks County Antiques Road Show. Find what your treasure is worth! Barry S. Slosberg, Inc, Auctioneers / Appraisers of Philadelphia have been in business for four generations and have generously given of their time & talent to support Craven Hall Historical Society, Inc. for this memorable event.


Tyler Tasting Party
Tyler Mansion, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown
June 1st (6:30pm – 10:00pm)

Join Bucks County Community College for their annual Tyler Tasting Party, a premier food and wine tasting event. This event raises funds for students enrolled in the College’s Historic Preservation Program, and to restore and maintain Tyler Hall, the French-Norman style mansion on the National Register of Historic Places and cornerstone of the Newtown campus. The growth of this event over the years, which annually attracts more than 500 people, remains a source of pride to the Foundation.


Little Girl’s Tea
Craven Hall, corner of Street and Newtown Roads, Warminster
June 2nd (1:00pm – 3:00pm)

Craven Hall will host a special tea, just for young ladies aged 6-11. Their favorite dolls are also invited! Cookies, pastries, finger sandwiches, and tea will be served in the splendor of this gracious mansion. Presentations by period-dressed guides will add to this fun event. Youngsters can design their own hat, provided by Craven Hall, to wear to the tea. Colonial games and a craft project are also planned. The cost of the tea is $20 per child. Dolls are admitted for free. An adult must accompany all children. Light refreshments will be served to mom or dad who must remain at Craven Hall for the duration of the tea.


2012 Fine Art & Contemporary Crafts Show
Peddler’s Village , Lahaska
June 2nd – 3rd (10:00am – 6:00pm)

This juried outdoor exhibition features a variety of original artwork including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, and contemporary crafts. Cash prizes awarded in three categories; “Fine Art”, Contemporary Crafts”, and “Photography”. Live entertainment and children’s activities.



Legacy Sweepstakes & Lawn Party
Mercer Museum, 84 South Pine Street, Doylestown
June 24th (4:30pm – 6:00pm)

Will you be the lucky winner of the 27th annual Mercer Legacy Sweepstakes? The lucky Grand Prize Winner will choose between a new car from Thompson BMW and $20,000. Our Second Prize Winner will receive a $750 VISA gift card from Monument Bank. Third prize is a $500 gift certificate to Bucks Country Gardens. Legacy Sweepstakes entries costs $100 and only 600 will be sold.  In addition, each entry entitles you and a guest to enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and a silent auction at the Legacy lawn party, sponsored by Thompson BMW and Monument Bank.  All proceeds from the sweepstakes support educational programs at the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle.


Concert Under the Stars
Tinicum Park, 963 River Road  Upper Black Eddy
June 30th (gates open at 6:00pm, concert begins at 8:00pm)

Happy Birthday America!  Join us and celebrate with an unforgettable evening of light classical, popular, and patriotic music under the stars at scenic Tinicum Park along the Delaware River. Over the years, the Concert Under the Stars has become an increasingly popular holiday tradition and quintessential Bucks County experience!  So bring a picnic, bring your family, bring your friends, and enjoy a spectacular Independence Day celebration! Purchase tickets for this Happening List finalist here!


July & August

Fonthill’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Fonthill Museum, East Court Street & Route 313 , Doylestown
July 4th (12:00pm – 5:00pm)

Experience “the good-old days” as Fonthill recreates an early 20th century July Fourth Celebration. Festivities include a decorated bike parade, a town ball game (19th-century baseball), a watermelon eating contest, free old-time games and live music. Food available. Gate tickets: $4 adults, $2 members, $1 youth (age 5-17) , Free children (4 and under).  For more information, call 215-348-9461 or email: [email protected]


32nd Annual Revoluntionary Run
Washington Crossing Historic Park
July 4th (Registration starts at 6:00am)

Join the Upper Makefield Business Association in conjunction with the Upper Makefield Township as they sponsor the 32nd Annual Revolutionary Run! This run begins in Washington Crossing Historic Park, out and back along the scenic Delaware River. Along with the 5k fitness run is a 1 mile fun run. Be aware of the weather because this run is rain or shine!


Discovery Day
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Road,  New Hope
July 14 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m)

Bowman’s Hill’s 13th annual Discovery Day is the perfect time for you, your family and friends to have your “Mind, Heart and Spirit Bloom” at the Preserve. This free community event is an opportunity for all ages to experience a sampling of what the Preserve has to offer. rain or shine. Guided wildflower walks offered throughout the event will take you on a stroll through the heart of our meadow, filled with brilliant native perennials and grasses and beautiful butterflies.


Kids Triathlon
Central Bucks Family YMCA, 2500 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA 18901
August 5 (6:30am – 12:00pm)

Registration is now open for our award winning (Bucks Happening List “Best Summer Event”) Kids Triathlon. Competitive categories begin at age 6 and modified divisions are available for age 3-5. Click here for Kids Tri webpage. Contact Rachel Mauer for details, 215-348-8131, x1143.


Farm to Table (Heritage Conservancy)
Lindsay Farm, Warminster
August 4th (5:00pm – 8:30pm)

Join Heritage Conservancy for the award winning, 4th Annual Farm to Table event held at the preserved Lindsay Farm. There will be locally grown food prepared by acclaimed chefs from Earl’s Bucks County & Jamie Hollander Gourmet served in a rustic and picturesque outdoor setting.


55th Annual New Hope Auto Show
New Hope-Soluebury High School
August 11th – 12th (9:00am – 4:00pm)

The New Hope Automobile Show has become a showplace for the magnificent antique and classic automobiles that compete. This year the show is limited to just 250 vehicles per day. So to ensure your place on the field, be sure to register early. Remember, all vehicles must register in advance. Admission to the show is $5.00 per person. $3.00 for Senior Citizens 62 and over, children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free. Active duty military and dependents are free. Parking is $5.00.


Annual Beer Event: A World of Beer
Fonthill Castle, East Court Street & Route 313 , Doylestown
August 17th (7:00pm – 10:00pm)

Celebrate and drink local! This year’s annual beer event will celelbrate a world of beer! Local breweries and homebrewers will provide a tasting of their creations inspired from brewing techniques used in many different areas of the world. Music and light fare included. The cost is $35 for non-members, $28 for members. Registration is required. To register for the event, you can call (215) 348-9461 or send an email [email protected]

Summer Festivals & Fairs

Sycamore Street Summerfest 2012
Sycamore Street, Newtown
June 2 (12:00pm – 9:00pm)

With the theme of “Takin’ It to the Street”, the Sycamore Street Summerfest is a family fun event to kick off the summer in Newtown with local vendors, great food, face painting, and more! This event will feature the Summerfest as well as the Corvette Show from 1:00pm – 7:00pm and the Strawberry Festival from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.


Strawberry Festival
Shady Brook Farms, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley
June 9th – 10th & 16th – 17th (11:00am – 4:00pm)

Take a wagon ride to the patch to pick-your-own strawberries. Inflatable attractions, samples, and more! FREE admission, berries sold by the pound.


Delaware Canal Festival
Bristol, New Hope, Yardley, and Morrisville
June 22nd through June 24th

A summer festival on the Delaware Canal including decorated boat parades, music, food, a Critter Race, cardboard boat building, and tons of good olde fashioned canal community fun! The Delaware Canal Festival is hosted to raise awareness of and to benefit the Delaware Canal and the adjoining boroughs of Bristol, Morrisville, New Hope and Yardley, PA. For more information on what is happening and when, check out the website listed above.


Celebration of Freedom
Peddler’s Village, Lahaska
June 30th (4:00pm – 10:00pm)

Join Peddler’s village in their annual “Celebration of Freedom.” Live entertainment, children’s acitivities, and picnic-style favorites await you are this patriotic event. Fireworks will be displayed at 9:15pm and will be accompanied by music courtesy of Signature DJs. Admission is free.


Southampton Days
1255 Second St. Pike, Southampton (between Tamanend Park and Klinger Middle School)
July 2nd – 7th

Events provide fun for the whole family. Games, rides and entertainment for small children. Rides and entertainment for teens. Bands for teens and adults along with food, crafts, children’s games and bingo for everyone. The event is organized so that other community organizations can raise funds and advertise their services. By providing our community organizations the opportunity to promote their organization, everyone in our community can benefit.


Tinicum Arts Festival
Tinicum Park, 963 River Road, Upper Black Eddy
July 14th (10:00am – 6:00pm), July 15th (11:00am – 5:00pm)

A Great Bucks County Tradition, the Tinicum Arts Festival returns to the shady grounds of Tinicum Park. Gather with friends and neighbors to enjoy the works of over 180 regional artists in the centerpiece Art Barn. Delight in the creations of over 130 artists and craft artisans displayed under the trees. Discover treasures at the White Elephant Tent. Choose from literally thousands of volumes at the Book Wagon. Place a bid at the Silent Auction. Enjoy outstanding live musical entertainment while savoring a fresh-squeezed lemonade, a tasty sandwich or a home-baked desert in the picnic grove. Special activities for children and summer fun for everyone at the Tinicum Arts Festival.


Peach Festival Featuring the Annual Sidewalk Sale
Peddler’s Village, Lahaska
August 11th – 12th (10:00am – 6:00pm)

Come enjoy various peach treats throughout the Village while taking advantage of sizzling savings in every shop. Enjoy musical entertainment  throughout the weekend. Parking and festival admission is free!


Peach Festival
Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley
August 12 (11:00am – 4:00pm)

Take a wagon ride to the orchard to pick-your-own peaches. Inflatable attractions, samples, and more! Free admission, peaches sold by the pound.
Middletown Grange #684 Fairgrounds, 576 Penns Park Road, Wrightstown
August 15th-16th (10:00am – 10:00pm), 17th-18th (10:00am – 11:00pm), 19th (10:00am – 5:00pm)

Since 1949, features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, entertainment, rides, music, commercial vendors, exhibit, plus a wide variety of food and attractions. Due to the weather during last year’s fair, there may be significant changes to the fair this year. Admittance to the fair is a $10 per vehicle per day. Sunday will be a $5 fee for the day per vehicle. There is also a 5 day pass available for $30. Check out the website for more information.

Outdoor Family Fun

Open Air Theatre
The Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre, produced by the Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville, New Jersey, features a full season of musicals, plays, children’s theatre and “First Monday Movies” from June through October. Shows and movies can be seen on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the first Monday of each month all summer long. For a full list of all the great shows they will be bringing to their outdoor stage this year, check out their website.



For anyone looking for a great hike or just to spend some time in the sunshine, Bucks County has a multitude of parks to visit. Along with our own park guide, there are many parks with family friendly fun, such as Central Park that has what is known as Kids Castle, an eight story wooden playground structure designed and named by children of Doylestown Township through an art contest. For the Bucks County super walkers, there is a Delaware Canal State Park with its canal trail.


Delaware River Tubing

Delaware River Tubing, the closest and most inexpensive river tubing, rafting, kayaking, and canoeing outfitter in the tri-state area. Each river rental includes a free BBQ meal at “The Famous River Hot Dog Man” while tubing, rafting, kayaking, or canoeing down the river.


Honey Hollow

Honey Hollow has several hiking trails (open daily from 9am-5pm), as well as an educational center, hosting various classes & field trips.


Summer Adventures

The flying trapeze, nighttime rafting, and more! Looking to do something a bit more adventurous than relaxing by a pool this summer? Lucky for you, Bucks County is chock-full of fun adventures! Check out six local activities to help you get your summer adventure fix.

Summer Shopping

Rice’s Market

6326 Greenhill Rd, New Hope

Rice’s Market is a 30 acre outdoor market open on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Vendors come from all around, as they have for over 100 years, to sell their goods. Some things you can expect to find are antiques and collectibles, jewelry, fresh fruits and vegetables, Amish meats and baked goods, clothing, and handbags. On a typical market day, Rice’s will host as many as 700 vendors!


263 Marketplace Indoor Shoppers Village
700 York Rd, Warminster

This indoor shopper’s village opened in November 2010 and features over 60 stores. Here are some of the products you can find here: antiques, apparel, awnings, eyewear, carpets and flooring, children’s boutique items, collectibles, cookware, flea market, jewelry, kitchenware, locksmith, local items, motorcycle apparel, sports memorabilia, and tee shirts. They also have a live auction.


Penn’s Purchase
5861 York Rd, Lahaska

Penn’s Purchase Factory Stores is not just a great shopping destination; it’s also a great place to spend the day. Whether with family, friends, or just by yourself, Penn’s Purchase Factory Stores is a great getaway and easy to get to from anywhere. Come for the shopping, stay for the day.


Peddler’s Village
Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska

Peddler’s Village has something for everyone from 70 specialty shops and six restaurants to the luxurious 70-room Golden Plough Inn and Giggleberry Fair family entertainment center. We invite you to celebrate favorite traditions at our 11 annual festivals and events.  The Hospitality Center is staffed and ready to serve you, whether you need maps, directions, reservations, gift certificates or other information. When visiting, stop at the Peddler’s Village Hospitality Center in the lobby of the Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant (#54).

Outdoor Dining

One of the best ways to maximize the summer sun is by finding the best restaurants with outdoor seating. Here are a few places with outdoor accommodations that we have reviewed with outdoor seating. Even if you are looking for a place to keep cool from the summer heat, you can check out Restaurant Guide for more selections!

Anton’s at the Swan
Bobby Simone’s
The Black Bass Hotel
Cross Cultures
Green Parrot
Hamilton Grill Room
It’s Nutts
Issac Newton’s
Lambertville Station
Martine’s River House

10 general trophies, 5 special theme night trophies weekly, free admission, 50/50, music, playground for kids, food, drinks, and ice cream available.