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First Fridays on the Delaware 2017: May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1
Free Family Entertainment, Live Music, Shopping, Food & More!
Every first Friday May to September from 5 to 8 pm, the quaint and historic riverfront town of Bristol Borough hosts First Fridays on the Delaware. Organized to highlight our main business district along Mill Street, the 2017 season includes:
*FAMILY-FUN AMUSEMENTS and entertainment by local performance-oriented groups
*CREATIVE ARTS in all forms including inter-active displays and demos
*SHOPS, MERCHANTS & VENDORS for your shopping pleasure
*LIVE MUSIC from local bands
*CHILDREN’S ART CLASSES for kids of all ages
*CULINARY PLEASURES from our fabulous eating establishments and specialty food vendors
*COMMUNITY ART PROJECT where everyone can help create a one-of-a-kind piece of art
New this season is our themed months of Carnival Fun in June, Christmas in July, and Pirate Fest in August.
Our previous seasons have been hugely successful, drawing upwards of 1500 people per event. Bristol Borough’s First Fridays was voted as ‘One of the Best’ in Bucks County Courier Times 2016 Best of Bucks contest in the following categories: Family Event, Summer Event, Outdoor Event, and Business Event, as well voted as the Winner of the 2017 Bucks Happening List in the Business/Chamber Event category.
Bristol Borough Business Association thanks our Event Sponsors:
Thank you to our other sponsors including: Streamline Payroll, LLC as an Entertainment Sponsor and CBM, Chet DeMarchis & Sons, The Golden Eagle Diner, J.P. Mascaro & Sons, Maureen M. Scanlin Real Estate, and Mill Street Pharmacy as Participant Sponsors.
Location: Historic Bristol Shopping District: Mill Street from the Mill Street Crossing to the Bristol Wharf
More information on VENDORS (Merchandise, Food, Artists, Craftsmen) can be found here.
39th Annual Bristol Antique Auto Show 2017: Sunday, May 7
LONGEST RUNNING FREE EXHIBITION AUTO SHOW IN BUCKS COUNTY
Photos courtesy of Jess Graves Photography, Cate Murway, Dave Brews, Joseph Nocito & phillyburbs.com
On the first Sunday of May (5/7/2017*), the Bristol Borough Business Association hosts the longest running antique auto show in Bucks County. Held since 1978, a bevy of custom and classic American and foreign cars are proudly displayed while professional judges award trophies in various categories. (*Rain date May 21).
Sponsored by: Sponsorship opportunities available . Find more information here.
Location: Historic Mill and Radcliffe Streets
(Registration fees apply for auto entry. Properly insured classic cars only. No cars newer than 1997 may participate. For more information, call Rich @ 215-788-3131.
Annual Historic Bristol Day 2017: Saturday, Oct. 21
A DAY TO CELEBRATE & EXPLORE HISTORIC BRISTOL!
Held annually on the third Saturday of October, this family-friendly street fair has merchants lining both sides of Historic Radcliffe Street and throughout Bristol Lions Park. Arts and crafts, food vendors, entertainers, exhibits, and walking tours are just some of the activities offered. Children’s activities, a sailing regatta, a car show and tours of private homes are often part of the festivities. Please check out bristolhistory.org for more information.
Location: Historic Radcliffe Street (and various locations throughout Bristol Borough)
Cost: FREE (Specific events, tours, & activities may charge a fee.)
Sponsored by: the Bristol Cultural & Historical Foundation (bristolhistory.org)
65th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting 2017: Friday, November 24
A HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE!
Photos courtesy of Shea Cialella, Barbara Matthews, David Dzubinski, & Joseph Nocito
Historic Bristol Borough has welcomed all ages to the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting since 1952. Held the Friday after Thanksgiving at the corner of Mill & Radcliffe Streets, this community event has the makings of a Norman Rockwell painting. Festivities often include live music, entertainment, refreshments, and caroling along the decorated waterfront. As the guest of honor, Santa Claus lights the tree thus signaling the official start of the holiday season. In support of the ‘Keep It Local’ campaign, many stores along the Historic Bristol Shopping District have extended hours during the holiday season.
Sponsored by: the Bristol Borough Council
Location: the corner of Mill and Radcliffe Streets
Holiday Parade 2017: Saturday, November 25
GAZE, CHEER, AND REVEL IN THE BEST HOMETOWN PARADE EVER!
Photos courtesy of Shea Cialella,and the Bristol Borough Parade Committee
You’ll be hard pressed to find another parade loved by more by its spectators or its organizers. This annual holiday tradition always has a little something for everyone - fire trucks, Mummers, classic cars, furry character friends, Superheroes, scout troops, marching bands, dancers, community groups, and more. Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the parade traverses through Historic Bristol Borough from Farragut Avenue to Pond Street to Old Route 13 ending up on Mill Street.
Sponsored by: the Bristol Borough Parade Committee
Location: From Farragut Ave. through Pond St. ending on Mill St.
Santa is Coming to Mill Street 2017
KEEP THE TRADITION ALIVE WITH PICTURES WITH SANTA!
Kids 1 to 100 can visit with Santa Claus in Historic Bristol Borough during this annual event, held since the 1950’s. Bring Fido, too! (Pets are welcome.) Enjoy a candy cane, mail a letter to the North Pole, get your picture taken, or just spend a few minutes sharing your Christmas list with good ole' St. Nick!
Sponsored by: The Bristol Borough Business Association
Location: Trainpops Attic, 400 Mill Street, Bristol, PA
(Mark Carter Photography will offer 5x7" photos for purchase at $10 a piece. Additional picture packages available.)
2017 Dates TBD
50th Annual Mill Street Run 2017: Saturday, September 9
LOWER BUCKS COUNTY LONGEST RUNNING ROAD RACE
What is now the running tradition that kicks off the cross country season for area schools began in 1967 as the brainchild of a 20-something year old athlete and educator, John V. Mundy. This 5K foot race is run on the streets of Historic Bristol Borough in Bucks County and is a highly-anticipated competition for local athletes. Held annually the Saturday after Labor Day, the day typically includes a girls’ varsity high school race followed by a boys’ varsity high school race with an open race saved for last. Now in its 50th year, this year's event will include special races, awards and surprises.
Each year, spectators line historic Mill Street in anticipation of the declared winner(s). “At the end of the day, it is about creating a positive experience in Bristol,” Mundy says. The top high school male and female finishers receive medals for their accomplishment. The open race front-runners also receive awards according to the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.
Many of the runners making up the bulk of the open race runners have been through the Mill Street Run as high school students before. “It means something to them, to come back and take part in this,” explained Mundy of the returning runners. It also means something to the men and women of the Bucks County Rescue Squad, as the proceeds each year go to support the non-profit organization.
Location: Historic Mill Street
Cost, Time & Registration Info:
Awards Ceremony: 11:00 am @ gazebo in Bristol Lions Park
Sponsored by: the Bristol Borough Business Association in conjunction with:
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For more information, call John Mundy at 215-801-0342.
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Antique Auto Show
Historic Bristol Day
Holiday Tree Lighting
Santa on Mill Street
Mill Street Run