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Friday Night Lights

July 12, 2024 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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It’s no wonder our annual Friday Night Lights event sells out every year! Live music, wine and beer, s’mores toasting, star gazing, and sunset socializing at one of the most beautiful settings in all of Chester County… What’s not to love?

Two Rocking Bands: The Big Takeover and Pawnshop Roses

Photo courtesy of the Pawnshop Roses

Natural Beauty: Immerse yourself in the stunning natural surroundings of the preserve. Feel the gentle breeze, watch the sunset, and connect with the beauty of the great outdoors.

Cozy Seating: Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs to create a comfy space to kick back and enjoy the music.

Weather: The event will take place rain or shine, so be sure to check the weather forecast and come prepared for any conditions.

Happy Feeling: Supporting a great cause.

Food and Drink: Local craft beer and wine, and yummy food truck fare to purchase:

Star gazing with local astronomy clubs: ChesMont Astronomical SocietyChester County Astronomical Society, and Delaware Astronomical Society.

It’s music without walls, y’all! Don’t miss the fun.

Ticket sales are limited so purchase in advance! Online sales will close Friday, July 12, at 12:00 pm. General admission walk-in tickets may be available for $55 (plus processing fees) if the event is not sold out.

Gates open at 6:00 pm

In your 20s, 30s, or 40s? Check out our NextGen ticket options. 

Premium Tickets
Click here to buy.

Premium ticket holders enjoy all the perks of the regular ticket experience plus the following:

  • Premium Parking
  • Express Entry
  • Drink ticket

Friday Night Lights is one of our music. without walls series. Check out the other ones here:

New date: June 22 – Field Jam at Stroud Preserve
July – Friday Night Lights at ChesLen Preserve
September – Beats & Brews at Binky Lee Preserve


ChesLen Preserve
1199 Cannery Road
Coatesville , PA 19320


July 12, 2024
7:00pm - 10:00pm

ChesLen Preserve is the largest privately owned nature preserve open to the public in Chester County. Miles of marked hiking trails lead visitors through shady woodlands, flower-filled meadows, farm fields, and stream valleys.

Visitors can also explore Ollie Owl’s NaturePlayGround, where young explorers can climb logs, build stick tee-pees, hunt for bugs, explore small streams, and get a little dirty, tired, and inspired. Free play is encouraged and is a great way for kids to gain an appreciation for nature.



Do I need to print my confirmation?

No. We will not be sending paper tickets out (we love trees, after all). Your name will be on a list at admission. We also suggest having your email confirmation accessible on your smart device.

Can I get my ticket at the gate?
Tickets are limited and may sell out. We strongly recommend purchasing online ahead of time. Online ticket sales will close at 12:00 pm the day before the event. Event websites will be updated.If an event does not sell out, a limited number of same-day tickets may be available, but are on a first-come, first-served basis and will be an additional $10. Same-day tickets are not guaranteed. Please check the event website for updates.

Online tickets are sold out, but I’m a Member. Are there additional tickets for Members?
If advance tickets are sold out online, they’re sold out for both Members and the general public.

Are my tickets refundable or transferrable?
We cannot offer refunds or transfers but rest assured that your donation will help us in our work to save open space, care for nature, and connect people to the outdoors.

What happens if it rains?
All Music Without Walls music events are rain or shine. Refunds and exchanges will not be offered in the event of rain. 


Is this event family friendly?
All events in the Music Without Walls series are geared toward adults but children are welcome. Some shows may have content that may not be suitable for all ages. Parents must use their best judgement and supervise children at all times.

Are children required to have tickets to enter?
Children ages 10 and under are free and do not need a ticket. Children ages 11 and up will need to purchase a ticket.

What time do gates open?
Gates open one hour before event begins.

  • Field Jam: Gates open at 5:00pm
  • Friday Night Lights: Gates open at 6:00pm
  • Beats & Brews: Gates open at 5:00pm

Can I bring food or drink into the event?
No outside food or drinks are permitted. There will be a variety of vendors to choose from.

Can I bring my dog?
No, please leave your four-legged friends at home.

What should I bring?
Please bring a lawn chair and/or blanket to sit on.

Friday Night Light’s VIPs will have exclusive access to limited seating in the VIP section and are first come, first served.

Each Music Without Walls event venue offers free field parking. Handicap accessible parking is available at each event.

Friday Night Light’s VIPs enjoy premium parking close to the event entrance.


  • Parking
    Parking for guests with a valid handicap license plate or other authorized identification is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests may also be dropped off near the entry gate.
  • Wheelchair accessibility
    All Music Without Walls events are held on lawn and/or field surfaces. Please contact Martha if assistance is needed. Requests for assistance should be made at the time of ticket purchase.
  • Service animals
    Service animals are welcome as required by law. Pets are not permitted.
  • Restrooms
    There will be an accessible portable restroom available at each of the Music Without Walls events.
    Friday Night Lights will have an accessible portable restroom in the general admission and VIP sections.

COVID-19 Help us all stay safe:

  • If you are sick or feeling unwell, please stay home.
  • Masking is optional. Participants may choose to mask at any time.

Questions or Need More Info?

  • General Event & Vendor Info: Martha
  • Event Sponsorship: Lisa
  • Registration/Tickets: Martha
  • Media Inquiries: Mae

Sponsorship is your opportunity to stand with other regional business, civic, and philanthropic leaders in ensuring nature for all. Event proceeds advance Natural Lands’ priorities for saving open space, caring for nature, and connecting people to the outdoors.

Contact Lisa  for more information.


Registration required to reserve your spot. Please complete and submit the secure, on-line registration form below.

  • $35 Natural Lands member + processing fee
  • $45 non-member + processing fee
  • $2 ACCESS Cardholders
  • free for children 10 and under

Buy your premium ticket here.

Not already a member, or you need to renew? Purchase membership AND event tickets below!

  • $85 become-a-member ticket includes event ticket and one year of Natural Lands membership. As a thanks for your member support, members are able to purchase 2 additional tickets at member price.

ACCESS Cardholder

  • We offer discounted tickets for registrants who are ACCESS Cardholders for $2 per person (limited to 4 tickets).

Thank you to our sponsors!

Shreiner Tree Care
REI Cooperative Action Fund

Aqua, Essential
Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects, Inc.
GreenWeaver Landscapes

Kimberton Whole Foods
Terraphase Engineering

Events may be cancelled due to inclement weather or low registration. In that case, we will make every effort to update our website and contact registrants. Note that we cannot offer refunds of paid registrations or ticket purchases, but rest assured that your donation will help us in our work to save open space, care for nature, and connect people to the outdoors.

Natural Lands (and our co-host if applicable) will use the email address you provided here to let you know details about this event and to keep you up-to-date on other news and happenings. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Photography policy:
Attendance at Natural Lands programs and events constitutes consent to be photographed for use in print and electronic media. Images will not be identified using full names without written approval from the individual. Please notify Natural Lands staff if you would prefer that your photo not be used.

Participant Waiver:
By registering for this event, I, as the participant, and/or parent or legal guardian of a minor participant, do hereby understand and acknowledge that by participating, in this, or any, Natural Lands’ event or activity, I am agreeing to indemnify and hold harmless Natural Lands, their respective administrators, directors, agents, officers, members, volunteers, employees, other participants, any sponsors, advertisers, and, if applicable, owners and lessors of premises on which the Activity takes place, (each considered one of the “RELEASEES” herein).

I further acknowledge, agree, and represent that I understand the nature of the Program and related Activities and my and/or the Minor’s experience and capabilities, and believe that I and/or the minor are qualified, in good health, and in proper physical condition to participate in such activity. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions of participation.

I fully understand that: (a) the Program and related Activities involve risks and dangers of damage to personal property and serious bodily injury, including permanent disability, paralysis, and death (“risks”); (b) these Risks and dangers may be caused by my and/or the Minor’s own actions or inactions, the actions or inactions of others participating in the Activity, the condition in which the Activity takes place, or the negligence of the “releasees” as aforementioned; (c) there may be other risks and social and economic losses either not known to me or not readily foreseeable at this time; and I fully accept and assume all such risks and all responsibility for losses, costs, and damages I and/or the minor incur as a result of my participation or that of the Minor in the Activity.

I hereby release, discharge, and covenant not to sue Natural Lands or any of their “releasees” from all liability, claims, demands, losses, injuries, damage to property, or other damages on my and/or the minor’s account caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the “releasees” or otherwise, including negligent rescue operations; and I further agree that if, despite this release and waiver of liability, assumption of risk, and indemnity agreement I, the Minor, or anyone on the Minor’s behalf makes a claim against any of the Releasees, I will indemnify, save, and hold harmless each of the releasees from any litigation expenses, attorney fees, loss, liability, damage, or cost which any may incur as the result of such claim.

I have read this Agreement, fully understand its terms, understand that I have given up substantial rights by registering for this event, and have done so freely and without any inducement or assurance of any nature and intend it to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law and agree that if any portion of this agreement is held to be invalid, the balance, notwithstanding, shall continue in full force and effect.

Find Yourself Outside

Are you up to the challenge? Explore all 20 of our featured preserves and Stoneleigh: a natural garden, and collect all the code words to receive a Natural Lands “Find Yourself Outside” t-shirt.

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East Branch Brewing Company will be pouring suds on select Saturdays, beginning at 2:00pm. Enjoy refreshments with a take-your-breath-away view.


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