10 must-attend festivals to add to your blossoming spring calendar of events

(Bucks County, PA) - Shrug off the winter chill and welcome warmer weather as Bucks County "springs" into fair and festival season. Located only 25 miles from Philadelphia and 75 miles from New York City, Bucks County's countryside is the ideal destination for a spring getaway. Plan a countryside escape with the blossoming calendar of events Bucks County has to offer.

Opening Day at Sesame Place, May 3 - Sesame Place, the only amusement park based on the award-winning children's television show, Sesame Street, kicks off the season with its Opening Day. Enjoy a day of fun with the family on thrilling rides and big water slides with Elmo, Big Bird and all your favorite Sesame Street characters. Cookie's Monster Land is now open to visitors. This brand new section of the park features five exciting rides, a three-story net climb, a soft play area for the park's youngest fans and Cookie's Sometimes Anytime Food Market.

Washington Crossing Brewfest, May 3 - Raise a toast at the 4th Annual Brewfest during a day of beer-tasting, live music food and fun. Sip on some of the best-tasting beers from more than 65 breweries around the country. Make a day of it and see all the historic attractions Washington Crossing Historic Park has to offer including the 19th-century village of Taylorsville and Bowman's Hill Tower which stands 380 feet above sea level and offers a 14-mile view of the picturesque land below. All proceeds from the Brewfest benefit the park-the site where George Washington made history when he crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776.

Strawberry Festival at Peddler's Village, May 3-4 - Enjoy the fruits of spring any way you like them at the annual Strawberry Festival in Peddler's Village. Guests can try strawberries dipped in chocolate, baked in pastries, preserved in jams or just as they are! Bring the whole family to watch live entertainment and even participate in a pie-eating contest during this traditional spring celebration. With rooms sprinkled throughout the 42-acre, 18th-century-style village, book a stay at the Golden Plough Inn to make a weekend of this popular festival.

4th Annual Spring Winery Tour, May 4 & 18 - Comprised of nine unique, family-owned wineries, the Bucks County Wine Trail joins together to celebrate the season! This two-part wine tour takes visitors through five wineries in the Southern portion of Bucks County on May 4 and through four more wineries in the Northern portion of Bucks County on May 18. Save the dates so you can sip and savor your way into summer!

New Hope Pride Week and Parade, May 11-18 - Follow the rainbow to New Hope and celebrate the 11th Annual Pride Week & Parade. Witness the area's largest parade where a mile-long rainbow flag is carried down Main Street and take part in other great LGBT events including a block party and vendor fair. Stay for the weekend at one of the quaint B&Bs in and around New Hope.

Moravian Pottery and Tile Works Festival, May 17-18 - Admire the splendor and individuality of the handmade historic and contemporary ceramic tiles featured at this festival from more than 50 artists, dealers and collectors. A free tour of the Tile Works - a "working history" museum built by archaeologist and art collector Henry Mercer between 1911 and 1912 that still produces handmade tiles today - is included with admission and rare handcrafted tiles will be available for purchase.

New Hope Liberty Festival, June 20-22 - Make history at the inaugural New Hope Liberty Festival hosted by the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce and the Coryell's Ferry Militia. This three-day Revolutionary War era reenactment of General Washington's 1778 encampment and Delaware River crossing includes live artillery cannon firing and rifle demonstrations, a veterans and military parade, colonial period crafts and a treasure hunt for children, a 5K run, Patriots' Ball and much more.

57th Annual New Hope Automobile Show, August 9-10 - A long-standing tradition for car aficionados throughout the region, mark your calendar for the 57th Annual New Hope Auto Show. With hundreds of vehicles from the 1920's through the 1980's, including Chevy Corvettes, Lincoln Continentals, and even fire trucks, there's something to get everyone's motor running.

Peach Festival at Peddler's Village, August 9-10 - Peaches, peddlers and performers are the highlights of the annual Peach Festival at Peddler's Village. Enjoy delicious peach-filled dishes, shop for bargains at the sidewalk sales, and enjoy live musical performances throughout the village during this two-day summer festival.

66th Middletown Grange Fair, August 13-17 - Experience Bucks County's rich tradition of agriculture at this beloved county fair. Visitors are invited to walk through three large barns full of arts and crafts, browse the floral exhibits and much more. Alongside an antique tractor display and several hundred commercial vendors, enjoy family-friendly rides, live entertainment and visit with more than 500 live farm animals.

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About Visit Bucks County

Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 450 tourism/hospitality partners throughout Bucks County, promotes all there is to see and do to potential visitors and residents. In addition to consumer travel, Visit Bucks County targets sports tournaments, motorcoach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.