15+ Things to Do This Summer
Spend your summer in Bucks County at any number of these hot, hot, hot happenings! How many can you check off your list?
- Bucks County River Tubing
The sun is shining and the heat is here. Rent a solo or two-person tube at Bucks County River Country and sign up for a two, three or four hour tubing experience down the Delaware River! Pack snacks and sunscreen for an adventurous day. (Pro tip: going with friends? Bring a long rope to tie your tubes together so you don't float away from each other!).
- Movies at the Mercer Museum
Join the County Theater of Doylestown on the third Thursday of each month on the green of the Mercer Museum for a family-friendly series of outdoor film screenings. The Mercer Museum and The County Theater, in partnership with The Moving Picture Cinema, bring outdoor movies to the community, with the 2022 Movies at the Mercer Museum series. The line-up is: The Mummy (June 16), Mamma Mia (July 21), The Karate Kid (August 18) and Legally Blonde (September 16).
WHEN: Every third Thursday of the month
WHERE: Mercer Museum
- Bristol Summer Music Fest
Join Bristol Riverside Theater at their outdoor amphitheater all summer long! See acts like the Golden Oldies (June 16-26), The Commodores (July 15) and the Indigo Girls (August 25). Grab a bite to eat at nearby dining before or after!
WHEN: June 16 - September 10
WHERE: William Penn Bank Arena
- Wine & Art Trail
The Bucks County Wine & Art Trail is a new partnership between Visit Bucks County (VBC) and the Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County (A&C). Artists working in all mediums and styles are invited to visit participating wineries throughout Bucks County between April 1 – July 1, 2022 to create works for the Bucks County Wine & Art Trail. Artists are working on site en plein air or visiting wineries to photograph and/or sketch in preparation for works to be created in their studios. The final, curated works will be displayed at the wineries on professionally printed weatherproof display panels and at an in-person exhibition, sale, and community reception at Freeman Hall in Doylestown in July 2023. Similar to VBC’s Bucks County Ale Trail, the Wine & Art Trail will have a mobile passport component where participants must check-in digitally at 3 or more participating wineries to get a FREE set of limited edition Bucks County fine art notecards featuring works of art created at the wineries. Each notecard will have the artist’s contact information printed on the back. The passport will go live in October.
WHEN: Through July 1, 2022
WHERE: Sand Castle Winery, Crossing Vineyards & Winery, Bishop Estate Vineyard & Winery, Buckingham Valley Vineyards, Rose Bank Winery, Wycombe Vineyards & Rushland Ridge Winery
- Sand Sculpture Peddler's Village
Celebrate summer vibes with larger-than-life sand sculptures and play-all-day sandboxes designed for family fun! This event will showcase six 12-foot-tall sculptures and two smaller ones created by four world-renowned master sand sculptors. The spectacular sculptures, all of which are due to be completed by June 8 (weather depending), will pay homage to Bucks County’s rich history, landmarks, and scenery. Sandboxes designed for family play will also be placed throughout the property. The event is one of many planned during Peddler’s Village’s celebratory 60th anniversary year.
WHEN: June 1 - August 31
WHERE: Peddler’s Village
- Sesame Place | Splash Mountain
Find tons of family-friendly events all summer long at Sesame Place® Philadelphia in Langhorne! Stop by for Elmo's Spring Spectacular (through June 19), July 4th Fest (June 29 - July 4), Christmas in July (July 21-25), and the Back to School Bash (August 29 - September 2). There will fireworks Memorial Day Weekend, July 4 and Labor Day.
- Doylestown Pride Festival
A festival of films, celebrations and events, the month kicks off with the Pride flag raising on June 1 at the Bucks County Administration Building at 6:00 pm. Hurry up and book your reservation for a fun-filled Drag Brunch at Genevieve's Kitchen on June 12 at either 11 am or 1:30 pm! Finally on June 18, save the date for a Block Party.
WHEN: June 12 - 19
WHERE: Around Doylestown
- The Tileworks
Part of the Mercer Mile of museums in Doylestown, The Tileworks is Bucks County native Henry Chapman Mercer's still working tile factory and museum. Stop by this summer for some music and fun on the lawn. Of course, tours are always an option any day in summer, too.
WHEN: Danny Paisley and Southern Grass with Shelf Life String Band (June 26), Bluegrass at the Tileworks (July 17) and East Nash Grass with the Cirotti Trio (July 31),
WHERE: The Tileworks
- Fruit at Bluegrass & Blueberries in Peddlers Village
Keep the fruit fun going by celebrating National Blueberry Month at Peddler’s Village! Stop by for the freshest locally grown blueberries in the Peddler’s Village General Store selling blueberry pies, butters, jellies, and preserves. Dance along to live Bluegrass and Country bands playing live throughout the village. Also in July is Peddler's Village's Red, White & Blue BBQ Bash (July 2-4) and a Food Truck Thursday on July 28.
WHEN: July 1 - 31
WHERE: Peddler’s Village
- Peddler's Village balloon animal making
It’s a peach and shopping lover’s paradise with plenty of peachy treats, sizzling shopping deals, and scenic strolls through our summer gardens! Savor the flavors of all things peach from savory to sweet at the restaurants and weekend outdoor food tent. Satisfy your shopping desires as well as your tastebuds by checking out sizzling deals at the Annual Sidewalk Sale on August 5-7. On weekends, join us for live entertainment.
WHEN: August 1 - 31
WHERE: Peddler’s Village
- New Hope Auto Show
The New Hope Automobile Show is a Bucks County tradition and one of the oldest antique car shows in the country! This two-day show features the finest foreign and domestic classic and antique vehicles. Nationally recognized judging standards are employed for each marque. Proceeds benefit local scholarships and charities.
WHEN: August 13-14, 2022
WHERE: New Hope-Solebury High School
- Aristaeus Craft Brewing
All summer long, download or pick-up your Bucks County Ale Trail Passport, cross 5 breweries off your list and be eligible to win the limited-edition T-shirt! Look out for Visit Bucks County coll-beer-ations with participating breweries this summer, too. Taste the Ale Trail's seasonal brews as well!
- Peace Valley
Tis the season for lavender! This purple favorite that only blooms in the summer is fresh for the picking at the gorgeous flower farm in Doylestown overlooking Lake Galena. Pick up lavender-scented soaps, culinary lavender and more inside their gift shop while you’re there.
WHEN: June – August
WHERE: Peace Valley Lavender Farm
- Bucks County Playhouse summer
When Charlie Price's father suddenly dies, he inherits the family business - a shoe factory on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy, and with nowhere to turn, Charlie finds inspiration in Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to return the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible.
WHEN: June 24 – July 30
WHERE: Bucks County Playhouse
- Keith Haring
Keith Haring (1958-1990) was arguably the most accomplished and prominent American artist of the 1980s. Born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Kutztown, Haring developed an early love for drawing. A private collection of more than 100 works, the show contains unique and notable pieces, including two rare Subway drawings, complete suites (including Ludo, Free South Africa, The Story of Red and Blue, Apocalypse, Stones, Icons, White Icons, Bad Boys, Kalish), Medusa Head (the largest print in the artist’s oeuvre), Growing #2.
WHEN: Through July 31, 2022
WHERE: Michener Art Museum
The courses range in difficulty from beginner to advanced with skills and element challenges increasing in height and difficulty as guests progress. The courses all start at a centralized main platform, and after being harnessed and given a safety and training briefing, guests explore the park at their own speed and comfort level of difficulty. Both the adult and kids courses include zip lines, bridges made of cable and rope, and netted tunnels that are suspended between platforms built around trees and poles.
WHERE: TreeTrails Adventure Park
- Driftwood Paddle Adventures
Hit the water with a paddleboard, kayak or canoe. Driftwood Water Adventures operates out of Tyler State Park, as well as down near Bristol. Kayaks are also available for rent at Lake Nockamixon, Silver Lake Nature Center and more. Paddleboard and do yoga at the same time with Mill Melanie Yoga in Ottsville!
- Van Sant Airfield
Rides, instruction and rentals are available within this flying circus of Biplanes, Cubs, Champs, Taylorcrafts and Gliders. Many other makes and models of antique aircraft are based on or visit our field that it feels like we have our very own airshow every weekend while antique - classic cars & motorcycles are lining the parking lot. The picnic area provides a fantastic shaded spot to watch those magnificent men in their flying machines take to the sky on a calm sunny afternoon. During the week, if the time is right, you may want to stroll down to the shop "Old School Aviation" and see what restorations are being given to some old mechanical birds. Come, sit, ride, fly, tell stories, watch and enjoy being a part of our new and old comrades giving the gift of flight.
WHEN: Wednesday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Van Sant Historic Airfield