anson b nixon events calendar

2016 Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events


Red Clay Clean Up | Saturday, March 19, 8:00 a.m.

Help us clean up the Red Clay Watershed! We are looking for volunteers to come out to assist at Anson B. Nixon Park. All necessary supplies (trash bags, gloves, reflective vests, etc.) will be provided. Large groups of five or more are encouraged to contact organizers at (610) 793-1090 or email for route assignments. Visit the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance website here for more information.


Fridays Walks at the Park / Caminata de los Viernes
Every Friday, Beginning April 8, 3:00 p.m.


Earth Day Concert Fundraiser at The Garage | Saturday, April 23, 5:00 p.m.

This concert fundraiser is a benefit event for the upcoming dog park at Anson B. Nixon Park.

*Please note: This event is being hosted by The Garage Community and Youth Center in Kennett Square and is not taking place in the Park.*


Trout Rodeo | Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance and the Kennett Area Park Authority. Ponds stocked with trout up to 22" for youth and adult fishing. Breakfast and lunch for sale. PA fishing license required for fishermen 16+.

Advance tickets are also sold at the Kennett Borough Office and at the Park on the day of the Trout Rodeo.

Kennett Run | Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m.
Easter egg hunt

The Kennett Run is a 5K & 10K Run, 5K & 10K PoweRun, School FundRun and 1 mile Run/Walk sponsored by the Kennett Run Charities and local businesses. This is the 27th year for the Kennett Run. The FundRun is a way for Kennett and Unionville School boards to generate funds based on number of entrants each school has. Teachers and students should register under their school "Team". $5 per entrant will go back to your school, with a further cash prices going to the school with the most participants. You can run any one of the races listed.

For more information email J.J. Simon (Race Director) or call 610-314-3677 or visit the Kennett Run website.

Sky Tour | Saturday, May 14, 8:30 p.m.

Members of the Chester County Astronomical Society will guide visitors of all ages through the night sky during a special observing session celebrating Astronomy Day at Anson Nixon Park! Bring a small flashlight (light pollution), dress for the weather, and meet at the Tino Leto Athletic Fields, North Walnut Street, about ¼ mile north of the main Nixon Park entrance. Several telescopes will be set up for viewing, and celestial wonders will be pointed out using a green laser light. Let’s discuss keeping the sky dark (reducing light pollution) for better viewing.

For more information, call Pete at 610-444-4479 or Don Knabb at 484-888-1831. Visit the Chester County Astronomical Society for more information about the host organization.


Progressive Appalachian Music | Wednesday, June 22, 7-9 p.m.

Ken and Brad Kolodner make up this dynamic father and son duo that pushes the boundaries of the Appalachian tradition by infusing their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs. Joining them for this appearance is Alex Lacquement. From Bluegrass Unlimited – April 2014: “The Kolodners and their collaborators play with impeccable chops and with great feeling.” This kick-off to the Anson B. Nixon Summer Concert Series will have you kicking off your shoes and dancing in the park. Click here to visit Ken and Brad's website.

Special thanks to the Hadley Fund for their sponsorship of this performance.

Local food vendor to be announced.

The Bullets Concert | Wednesday, June 29, 7-9 p.m.

Rockabilly / Early Rock-N-Roll / R&B

Michael "Kid" Davis and The Bullets are "Wilmington's rockabilly favorite...the best-known rockabilly band in the state [of Delaware]," according to The Bullets continue to play in venues up and down the East Coast and have continued performing in Wilmington for their loyal and enthusiastic fans every week for 10 years.

Local food and drink vendors to be announced.


Crossroads Concert | Wednesday, July 6, 7-9 p.m.

Regional Rock & Roll Collaboration

Crossroads is the collaboration of singers/musicians who have come together primarily because of The Flash. They have performed there, met each other there, some have experimented at The Flash Open Mic, and now are coming together at Anson B. Nixon Park. Billy Burger, singer-songwriter extraordinaire has opened for the Melton Brothers. Dennis and his son Michael have worked on songs and developed them with audience reaction at the Flash Open Mic. Tommy Geddes has played the Flash with Dan May where he got Dennis’ attention and played a concert at The Queen with the Melton Brothers Band. Bob Beach who is touring with David Jacob Strain and often plays with The Melton Brothers is also expressing some of his own thing with Crossroads.

Local food and drink vendors to be announced.

Jane Lee Hooker Concert
Wednesday, July 13, 7-9 p.m.

All Female / Maximum R&B / Rock & Roll

Jane Lee Hooker is a band of five women from New York City who infuse the grit and attitude of their hometown into the blues. With double lead guitars, a hard-driving rhythm section, and soul-scouring vocals, Jane Lee Hooker honors the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Winter, Big Mama Thornton, and other blues greats. Few bands today deliver the goods with as much raw soul as JLH.

Local food and drink vendors to be announced.

Mercury Radio Theater Concert | Wednesday, July 20, 7-9 p.m.

Gypsy Punk / Klezmer / Balkan

Mercury Radio Theater combines exotica-punk, bizarre radio plays, and iconic animations to the joy of audiences far and wide. Their spectacle often draws from love, loss, and alienation using classic science fiction themes. Mercury Radio Theater takes old world gypsy melodies, injects the strange instrumentation of a group of north philly side-walk sale refugees, and slathers on a glaze of dance hall punk, to dazzle audiences with a show that will ultimately result in a migraine of catchy songs and red raw vocal cords from shout choruses. The grand experiment first began 14 years ago as a small three piece outfit and has since grown into a colossal nine piece orchestra that thrills drunken rabbler-rousers with a danceable oeuvre.

Local food and drink vendors to be announced.

Angelee Concert | Wednesday, July 27, 7-9 p.m.

Folk / Pop

Philadelphia-born and based, Angelee is a passionate and memorable singer and songwriter. His clear, strong voice draws you in, and his insightful songwriting compels you to stay. His music makes you think and inevitably feel something powerful. Angelee, who is a veterinarian by day, has received international acclaim for his hit song "Blue" which was inspired by his yearly travels to Greece. Originally playing out of Blacksburg, Virginia, Angelee has played up and down the East Coast as well as Europe.

Local food and drink vendors to be announced.


West Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert | Wednesday, August 3, 7-9 p.m.

Balkan Brass / European Folk Music / Jazz

With a diverse line-up of professional Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical world. They began playing Romanian ballads, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and Klezmer in late 2006, and have continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music. The band also plays original tunes which blend other sounds, like jazz and classical, together with traditional Balkan sounds. As much a community as a band, WPO’s performances are celebratory events. With blistering beats and walls of brass, they inspire audiences to hold hands, gyrate, howl, and otherwise slip the yoke of the homogenized culture industry.

Local food and drink vendors to be announced.

Shytown | Wednesday, August 10, 7-9 p.m.

Delaware Based / Pop Rock

From Ralph McKinney’s Memory Lane to the Stone Balloon to the New Jersey shore and back again SHYTOWN has been a crowd favorite locally since the mid-seventies. They are back with 6 outstanding original songs working and sounding better than ever. Come out and get to know them all over again and be sure to visit to hear the latest tunes.

Shytown is Jimmy McFadden, Kevin Walsh, Tony Cappella, Ritchie Rubini and Jack Taylor.

Local food and drink vendors to be announced.


Rock the Park with LOVE SEED MAMA JUMP | Sunday, September 18, 4-7 p.m.

Read about last year's ROCK THE PARK:
Enjoy local live music sensation "Love Seed Mama Jump" while chowing down on fare from local food trucks - Nomadic Pies, El Ranchero and Punk'd Pineapple Ice Cream - and drinking Victory Beer and Root Beer, all while surrounded by a great view and the Park we love! 100% of proceeds benefit the tree replanting effort around the stage and throughout the Park.


In 2016, we're adding more food trucks, local wine, and more!

Adult Tickets are $15 in Advance, $20 at the Gate
FREE for children 12 and under

Doors open at 3pm. ID required for those drinking Victory Beer. Attendees must be 21+ years to consume alcohol.
**This event is a ticketed fundraiser for Anson B. Nixon Park. All proceeds go directly to the Park.**

Please NO:
- Outside Food or Drink
- Dogs in the Concert Area


Online sales will be available in Summer, 2016.

** All activities are free unless ticket information is listed.

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