Visitor FAQ

Is there a rain date for the Festival?

No. The Brandywine Festival of the Arts will be a rain or shine event! This decision is based on feedback we have received from many traveling artists who have a very tight schedule. Besides, a little rain never hurt anybody!

What do I get for the price of admission?

You get, not one, but TWO days of art, music, food and fun! That’s right – your $5 will get you an attractive hand stamp, which can be used to come and go all weekend. That means you can do your initial shopping on Saturday, talk yourself into that piece you loved on Saturday night, and return on Sunday to purchase it…without paying twice for entry! With all that money you saved, go ahead an reward yourself with another cupcake/burger/beer!

Don’t forget, your magical hand stamp also gets you $1 admission to the Brandywine Zoo. Stop by and say howdy – llamas are art lovers too!

Are dogs allowed at the Festival?

Yes! Dogs are allowed on the festival grounds as long as they are on a leash and interact well in a large crowd. Please be aware that you are responsible for any damage your four-legged friend may cause.

Where can I park?

Unfortunately, parking is hard to come by in Brandywine Park. We reserve the spots directly across from the zoo for our guests with special needs. However, if your only special need is for a whimsical garden sculpture, fear not! There is a plethora of free parking at Salesianum School and Baynard Stadium off W. 18th Street, and Papastavros Associates on Augustine Cutoff. From each location, you can enjoy a worry-free, cost-free shuttle to take you to and from the Festival, every 15 minutes.

What’s there to eat around here?

You’ll find food in a couple places on the park grounds. This way, you’re never far from a refueling station. Traditional carnival noshes are under the red-and-white striped tent near the fountain, and local restaurants will offer festival specials in a food court at the south end of the park.

Will ATMs be available?

Yes! Our fabulous sponsor, WSFS Bank, has provided a mobile ATM truck for all your paper-money needs. Look for the big green balloon – the ATM is located near the striped carnival food tent.

Uh-oh…no cash. Can I still pay with a credit card?

Due to credit processing fees, artists may prefer that you bring them a check. However, if the vendors do not take cards at their booth (and many do!), they may choose to fill out a receipt for you to take to a designated cash register.

Can I smoke?

No. Don’t even think about it.

Is the Festival kid friendly?

The BFA is equal opportunity to all art lovers – even if the beloved art is finger paintings and play-dough. In fact, there’s a special tent just for kids where they can get their faces painted, do crafts, and be otherwise distracted while mom or dad goes shopping.

Is it too early to start my holiday shopping?

Of course not! The BFA is the perfect place to find gifts as unique as your loved ones.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!