Festive Fall Fun Awaits You at Hellerick’s Family Farm

The air is getting crisp and the leaves are starting to fall, which means it’s the perfect time to gather the family together and head to Hellerick’s Family Farm in Doylestown for fall-inspired fun.

From picking out the perfect pumpkin to enjoying a wide array of activities at the Fall Festival, there’s something for everyone this season at Hellerick’s Family Farm.

Here are a few things you can do when you visit Hellerick’s Family Farm:

  • Sign up for a reservation and attend the Fall Festival. Hellerick’s is offering time slot reservations to ensure proper social distancing. Some of the Fall Festival activities include hayrides, walks through the five-acre corn maze, access to the pumpkin fields, 100-foot slide, tractor tire climb, and so much more.
  • Shop at the Hellerick’s Family Farm Market and peruse the large selection of pumpkins, gourds, fall decor, and fall-inspired food items.
  • View the friendly goats from outside their enclosure or sign up for Goat Yoga or a Goat Experience session.
  • Embrace your adventurous side by reserving a time to try the Aerial Adventure Park, where you can climb, zipline, and more.

Whether you’re looking for a fun fall activity to enjoy or want a spot to pick up some pumpkins to decorate your home, Hellerick’s Family Farm has it all!

CB Cares Pumpkinfest Features Creative Pumpkins for a Great Cause

CB Cares Pumpkinfest, an annual family-friendly fundraiser, returns this year on Saturday, October 19, beginning at 4 p.m.

The event will take place at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works and feature creative pumpkin carvings by 18 talented carvers to benefit the CB Cares Educational Foundation. Attendees will view the extraordinary pumpkin creations crafted by master carvers and marvel at the Youth Pumpkin Gallery filled with pumpkin carvings by National Art Honor Society students from the three Central Bucks School District high schools.

The pumpkins you’ll find in the Main Pumpkin Gallery have some well-known names attached to them, including Jeff Brown of Food Network’s Halloween Wars and Bri Kozior from MasterChef Season 4. You’ll also find Tim, Kieran, and Ronan Petrosky carving to defend their three-year winning streak for the prestigious Malloy Award. Pumpkins for the 2019 CB Cares Pumpkinfest are provided by Trauger’s Family Farm of Kintnersville.

CB Cares Pumpkinfest Credit Mike Maney

In between perusing the pumpkin displays, festival-goers can enjoy the following:

Proceeds from the event will benefit CB Cares Educational Foundation’s programs for students and parents that include innovative learning grants for educators with a focus on STEM, the arts, leadership, career readiness, and student wellness. CB Cares Educational Foundation operates on the mission of promoting resilient and responsible youth.

The cost to attend this fabulous fundraising event is $20 per carload. A rain date of Sunday, October 20, is on the calendar should inclement weather occur.

Show your support for the CB Cares Educational Foundation while enjoying a fun evening out with the entire family!

Photo credit: Mike Maney

Celebrate 28 Years of Art at the Doylestown Arts Festival (Sept. 7–8)

The annual Doylestown Arts Festival is quickly approaching and now is the time to mark this popular event down on your calendar.

This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on both days. Guests who attend this free event will be able to stroll through Doylestown borough and explore the creative offerings of more than 160 juried artists. But, that’s not all that this extraordinary local event offers to those who come from near and far to enjoy the festival weekend.

Doylestown Arts Festival crowd

In addition to shopping at the various artist and artisan vendor tents, festival-goers can enjoy the following:

  • Live music on five stages
  • Local food vendors
  • Live art
  • Interactive demos
  • And so much more!

In addition to the local restaurants offering meals and dining specials, there will also be food offerings from the following establishments at the food court on Hamilton Street (between State and Oakland Streets):

Don’t miss this annual weekend of fun in Doylestown where shopping, dining, and live entertainment fill the roster!

 

Sunflower Festival at Hellerick’s Family Farm (August 21–September 2)

Hellerick’s Family Farm in Doylestown will be hosting its not-to-be-missed Sunflower Festival August 21–September 2, from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. each day.

This flower-filled festival features fun for the entire family to enjoy. Guests are invited to walk or take a hayride out to Hellerick’s two-acre sunflower field to get a close-up look at these beautiful flowers, take pictures and embrace the scenery of the farm.

Hellerick's Family Farm Sunflower Field

Also included in the admission fee is the Adventure Farm area at Hellerick’s. At the Adventure Farm area, you’ll find 40 different family-friendly activities to take part in as you enjoy the day at Hellerick’s Family Farm.

Reservations are required to attend and can be made online. The cost to attend is $12.99 per person and the price includes three-hour combined access to the sunflower fields and Adventure Farm, access to the Sunflower Festival tent, one sunflower to take home with you (additional sunflowers are $2 per stem), and educational sessions about sunflowers.

Reserve your spot today to attend the Sunflower Festival and explore these beautiful flower fields at Hellerick’s Family Farm.

Photos credit: Hellerick’s Family Farm

The Inaugural Doylestown Pride Festival Unfolds June 20–23

This year, the inaugural Doylestown Pride Festival will unfold Thursday, June 20, through Sunday, June 23, with a wide array of festivities taking place throughout Doylestown.

This new event, sponsored by Discover Doylestown and supported by the Borough of Doylestown, will include a multi-faceted roster of activities taking place during the four-day festival. From movie showings at the County Theater to panel discussions to a block party in the center of town, the weekend will be filled with fabulous events for the entire community to enjoy.

Doylestown Pride Festival

 

Here are just a few of the events taking place June 20–23:

Thursday, June 20:

  • Kickoff Party at The Zen Den at 6 p.m. (21+; Advance tickets required)
  • Wild Nights with Emily at The County Theater from 7–9 p.m.

Saturday, June 22: 

  • To The Stars at The County Theater from 1–3 p.m.
  • Doylestown Pride Block Party from 2–6 p.m. The Doylestown Pride Block Party will take place along East State Street in the center of town and offer a wide array of live music and events, including the following:

Drag Queen Storytime: 2:15–2:45 p.m.

Plant a Rainbow: 2:45–3:30 p.m.

Paint the Rainbow Crosswalk: 3 p.m.

Posies for Pride: 3:30–4:15 p.m.

Rainbow Watercolor: 4:15–5 p.m.

Sunday, June 23: 

  • Booty Shakin Brunch at MOM’s: 11:30 a.m.
  • Stonewall Uprising at The County Theater at 1 p.m.
  • Cabaret at The Other Side at 2 p.m.

View the entire list of events on the Doylestown Pride Festival website and Facebook page and see which events you’ll be attending this weekend!

 

 

 

 

This Weekend in Doylestown: Doylestown Farmers Market, Pumpkin Festival and Michener Member Appreciation Day (Oct. 20-21)

Button up those jackets and head out in Doylestown this weekend for farmers market shopping, an evening filled with fabulously-fashioned jack-o’-lanterns for a great cause and Michener Member Appreciation Day!

Doylestown Farmers Market (Oct. 20)

Every Saturday this fall, through November 17, head to Hamilton Street in Doylestown Borough for the Doylestown Farmers Market, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. In addition to shopping at the wide array of vendor tables filled with farm-fresh produce, delicious baked goods, specialty artisan products and much more, attendees will enjoy special activities and live entertainment. This week’s special attractions include a photo scavenger hunt for the kids and live music from Toby Mochel.

CB Cares Pumpkinfest (Oct. 20)

CB Cares Educational Foundation will be hosting its annual Pumpkinfest on Saturday, October 20, from 2–10 p.m., at the Moravian Tile Works. This festive fall fundraising event is one of CB Cares Educational Foundation’s main annual fundraisers, helping to raise money to support the extraordinary work which they do for the community’s youth. This popular event will feature pumpkin carving by master pumpkin carvers and National Art Honor Society students from Central Bucks School District, live music, vendors, kid’s activities, pay-as-you-go food truck fare and so much more. The cost to attend this exciting fall festival is $20 per carload. It promises to be a wonderful evening for a great cause!

Michener Member Appreciation Day (Oct. 21)

On Sunday, October 21, the Michener Art Museum will be applauding its members during Michener Member Appreciation Day. This special day will feature member-only events and discounts, such as exclusive programming and a 20% Museum Store discount all day long. And, don’t miss the members-only free event, Coffee and Conversation with Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson, the Michener’s new executive director, from 2–3 p.m. The event will be hosted by Mayor Ron Strouse. Registration is required and space is limited, so be sure to get added to the list as soon as possible!

Make the most of your weekend and attend one (or all!) of these wonderful Doylestown events!

Pumpkin Carvings and Fundraising Combine at the CB Cares Pumpkinfest (Oct. 20)

The annual CB Cares Pumpkinfest, presented by the CB Cares Educational Foundation, is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, from 2–10 p.m., at the Moravian Tile Works.

Gather the family together and view the exquisite pumpkin carvings, placed perfectly throughout the Moravian Tile Works grounds. In addition to the opportunity to view the carved pumpkin creations, CB Cares Pumpkinfest will feature food truck fare, live music, vendors, a rock gym, a zombie obstacle course and more. The admission fee is $20 per carload and food offerings will be available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

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The pumpkin carvings are completed during the day within a six-hour time frame and then put on lighted display starting at dusk. The pumpkin carving artists will consist of 18 Master Carvers, plus National Art Honor Society students from Central Bucks School District who participate in the carving and showcase their talents via the Youth Gallery as they compete for the coveted Newfield Award ribbon.

As one of CB Cares Educational Foundation’s main annual fundraising events, Pumpkinfest provides a way for CB Cares to raise money to pursue its multifaceted goals, in keeping with its primary focus, stated as follows on the CB Cares website:

“CB Cares Educational Foundation, in partnership with Doylestown Health,
the Central Bucks School District, local businesses, and the community,
is dedicated to enriching the experience and education of students through
innovative learning grants and  Developmental Assets-based programs
that promote responsible and resilient youth.”

In addition, CB Cares Pumpkinfest is a drug and alcohol-free countywide event in keeping with October’s National Substance Abuse Prevention Month and supporting the message of ATOD (Alcohol, Drug and tobacco and other drugs) prevention. It is also at the beginning of Red Ribbon week, which is a national initiative that provides a message to students about the importance of being “drug-free.”

Don’t miss this fun and creative October event for an excellent cause! Learn more about CB Cares Pumpkinfest, including details about some of the Master Carvers and event updates, via the Pumpkinfest Facebook page and be sure to bring the whole family to Moravian Tile Works on October 20 to support CB Cares Educational Foundation while getting into the festive fall spirit!

Photo credit: Mike Maney

Bucks County Book Fest and Fire Prevention Open House Scheduled for Weekend of Oct. 13–14

During the weekend of October 13–14, the Borough of Doylestown will be filled with authors and book lovers, as well as fire prevention tip seekers and kids eager to visit the Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 firehouse.

Bucks County Book Fest

The Bucks County Book Fest will take place on Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14. Saturday’s events will unfold at the Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 firehouse, located at 68 Shewell Avenue, where attendees will be met with a day filled with children’s authors and illustrators from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Some events will be free to the public, whereas others will require a ticket to attend. The event schedule can be viewed online.

The Bucks County Book Fest will continue to draw in readers and authors on Sunday, but at a new location. The Hamilton Street Parking Lot will be transformed into a book lovers paradise with a wide array of tents set up where a variety of editor and author-led events will take place. Take a peek at the schedule and see which spots you’ll want to visit at the Bucks County Book Fest on Sunday, October 14.

Fire Prevention Open House

Doylestown Fire Co Truck

Not only will the Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 firehouse be the primary destination for the book-loving crowd on Saturday, October 13, but it will also be the location for the annual Fire Prevention Open House event. From 10 a.m.–2 p.m., firehouse visitors will get to explore the firehouse, speak with the firefighters and learn about safety and fire prevention. Other agencies which will be on hand to greet guests and activities currently scheduled for the day include the following:

  • Central Bucks Regional Police Department
  • Doylestown Borough Fire Marshal
  • Central Bucks EMS
  • Red Paw
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Paul Hashagen, Retired FDNY Rescue 1 Firefighter, will be selling and signing his book “Rescue Crew”
  • Special signed copies of “Let’s Go to the Firehouse” will be available for purchase
  • Kids firefighter challenge course
  • Fire trucks

Don’t miss these weekend events consisting of fabulous book-themed activities and fire prevention-themed fun!

Doylestown Arts Festival Is Going On Now: 8 Great Reasons to Attend

The Doylestown Arts Festival is under way and this cool, fall-like weather provides the perfect setting for shopping the day away in Doylestown. The festival takes place today, Saturday, September 8, and tomorrow, Sunday, September 9, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Here are eight excellent reasons to head over to the Doylestown Arts Festival this weekend:

160 Juried Artist Tables

As the name suggests, the Doylestown Arts Festival revolves around the arts. More than 160 juried artists are lining the streets of Doylestown, displaying their creative works of art and selling their unique items to the masses.

Fantastic Food Trucks and Food Vendors

In between shopping, be sure to stop by one or more of the enticing food trucks and food vendor tables which are serving up delicious bites to festival-goers this weekend. The Hamilton Street food court is the place to go for a wide array of festival-inspired food and beverages.

Beer Garden

For the first time in the history of the Doylestown Arts Festival, there is a beer garden in operation! Doylestown Brewing Company is serving up cold brews in the Donaldson parking lot for the 21+ crowd to enjoy.

Live Art Demos

In addition to selling their art creations, certain vendors and festival participants are offering live art demos to inform and impress the crowds as they visit the demo areas.

Kids Zone

The little ones of the family will also have a great time at this year’s Doylestown Arts Festival with all of the Kids Zone activities which are available at the State and Pine Streets location. A moon bounce, life-sized games and jewelry stations are a few of the fun items which await the young ones at the Kids Zone.

Live Music

A festival really isn’t complete without live music adding to it. Fortunately, Doylestown Arts Festival has it all, including 32 live music acts throughout the weekend, taking place on 5 separate stages around town.

Informational Booths from Various Charities and Organizations

The Doylestown Arts Festival is also a great place to gather information on a wide array of local charities and organizations. Be on the lookout for the various informational booths at different locations throughout the festival.

Deals at Local Shops and Restaurants

In addition to fabulous finds at the 160 artist tables and food vendor area, local shops and restaurants also play a large part in making this festival an extraordinary event. Stop into the stores and restaurants around town and support the local businesses, too!

Don’t miss this popular arts and entertainment festival in Doylestown! It’s the perfect event for the entire family to enjoy.

Happening This Weekend: Doylestown Arts Festival and Bucks County Classic (Sept. 8 and 9)

Kicking off the event season post-Labor Day are two Doylestown events you won’t want to miss: Doylestown Arts Festival and Bucks County Classic. These two popular events are held on the same weekend each year and draw a large crowd into the borough for art, entertainment, food, shopping and exciting bike racing action!

Doylestown Arts Festival (Sept. 8 and 9)

In its 27th year, the Doylestown Arts Festival returns, bringing the extraordinary creative offerings of more than 160 artists to the streets of the borough. Held on Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. each day, the Doylestown Arts Festival offers family-friendly fun in the form of art appreciation, vendor shopping, live music, fantastic food offerings, interactive demos and more. This highly-anticipated rain-or-shine event attracts attendees from the local area and beyond.

Bucks County Classic (Sept. 9)

Also part of this weekend’s festivities is the Bucks County Classic, an exhilarating bicycle race through the streets of Doylestown borough. View the various races, sponsored by Thompson, including professional, amateur and children bike races, as they take place throughout town and make you marvel at the speed and agility involved in it all. The races will take place at different times throughout the day and the race event times and categories can be viewed online.

Whether you enjoy viewing and purchasing art in all forms or can’t wait to see the bike races take place, Doylestown is the place to be this weekend as the Doylestown Arts Festival and Bucks County Classic unfold.