Carving of a rabbit outside of room 11 reminds us of spring

As winter melts away and the buds of spring begin to bloom, there’s no better time to explore the charming town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, and enjoy a spring festival. Nestled along the scenic banks of the Delaware River, this historic town is renowned for its artistic flair, vibrant community, and a calendar brimming with exciting events. As the temperatures rise, so does the anticipation for the plethora of festivals that celebrate everything from local culture to seasonal delights. Here’s a guide to some of the upcoming events that promise to add a burst of color and excitement to your calendar.

Shad Fest – April 20th & 21st

The much-anticipated Shad Fest kicks off the spring festival season in New Hope. This two-day extravaganza, scheduled for April 20th and 21st, celebrates the return of the shad fish to the Delaware River and the cultural heritage of the region. Visitors can expect a lively atmosphere filled with live music, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food trucks serving up local delicacies, and activities for the whole family.

One of the highlights of Shad Fest is the array of artisanal goods on display, showcasing the talents of local craftsmen and artists. From handmade jewelry and pottery to paintings and photography, there’s something to suit every taste and budget. Be sure to stroll along the scenic streets of New Hope, taking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant community celebration.

Peddlers Village Strawberry Festival – May 4th & 5th

As May rolls around, it’s time to indulge in one of spring’s sweetest pleasures at the Peddlers Village Strawberry Festival. Taking place on May 4th and 5th, this delightful event transforms the picturesque Peddlers Village into a strawberry lover’s paradise. From juicy ripe berries to mouthwatering strawberry-themed treats, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy this beloved fruit.

Visitors can sample strawberry-infused delights ranging from strawberry shortcake and pies to jams and cocktails. The festival also features live entertainment, children’s activities, and a variety of vendors offering unique crafts and gifts. Whether you’re a strawberry aficionado or simply looking for a fun-filled day out, the Peddlers Village Strawberry Festival is not to be missed.

PrideFest – May 11th- 19th

Rounding out the spring festival lineup is PrideFest, a celebration of diversity, equality, and love. Scheduled for May 19th to May 21st, this inclusive event brings together the LGBTQ+ community and allies for a weekend of festivities, advocacy, and empowerment. New Hope has long been known as a welcoming and inclusive destination, and PrideFest embodies the spirit of acceptance and unity that defines the town.

PrideFest features a diverse lineup of events, including live performances, drag shows, educational workshops, and a colorful parade through the streets of New Hope. Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or simply want to show your support for equality and inclusion, PrideFest offers a chance to come together with friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate love in all its forms.

Flowers outside of HollyHedge


With its scenic beauty, rich history, and vibrant community spirit, New Hope, PA, is the perfect destination for springtime adventures. Whether you’re exploring the arts and culture scene at Shad Fest, indulging in sweet treats at the Strawberry Festival, or celebrating diversity and inclusion at PrideFest, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this charming town along the Delaware River. So mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and get ready to embrace the spirit of spring in New Hope, with a stay at the enchanting HollyHedge Estate to make your experience even more magical. Take the time to explore the inn’s page to see what accomodations will work best for you.

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