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May 2018 Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

As warm weather and sunshine arrive, get ready for a May that ought to banish the disappointment of a winter that overstayed its welcome! There's no reason to stay cooped up inside when so many outdoor festivals and events are bursting into full bloom. Whether you’re unleashing your inner Picasso at an art show or getting down and dirty in the mountains, there’s an alfresco experience waiting to be captured by the Happy Traveler.

To see a full list of the events and festivals happening this month, check out visitPA.com.

1. Chinese Lantern Festival

Dragon lanterns at Chinese Lantern Festival
Chinese Lantern Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Dog at the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival. Prepare to be dazzled by the all-new, handcrafted lanterns that illuminate Franklin Square when the sun goes down, including a stunning lantern display of a 200-foot Chinese dragon. The festival also features acrobatics and folk dance performances, and an array of dining options that celebrate classic Asian cooking and American fare.

When: May 1-June 30

Where: Philadelphia

Cost: $18 for adults, $12 for youth, $15 for seniors and military

2. Herb & Garden Faire

Herb and Garden Faire
Herb & Garden Faire

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so why not treat her to a visit to the Landis Valley Herb & Garden Faire? With more than 80 vendors of heirlooms, natives, garden art, and jewelry, this event has plenty of intriguing spring wares to peruse. Visitors can grab a bite to eat at one of the many food vendors that will be onsite or take a garden tour while listening to beautiful music.

When: May 11-12

Where: Lancaster

Cost: $12 for adult, $10 for senior, $8 for youth (ages 6-11), Free for ages (5 and under)

3. Northeast Pennsylvania Spring Festival

Montage Mountain Spring Festival flyer
Northeast Pennsylvania Spring Festival

Wine, food, art, gifts —what more could you ask for? Montage Mountain Resorts will host the second annual “Northeast Pennsylvania Spring Festival.” Come and sample a taste of Pennsylvania. The festival will feature several PA wineries, live entertainment, retail vendors, and unique cuisines.

When: May 12

Where: Scranton

Cost: $19 in advance, $30 day-of event

4. Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival

Phoenixville Beer and Wine Festival
Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival

Time to get outside for the second annual Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival at Kimberton Fairgrounds. Last year, this event drew in visitors from 22 states and three countries! Come see what the hype is about and sample more than 150 craft beers, wines, meads, ciders, and spirits. Enjoy live music and taste some of the local fare from the food trucks and restaurants that will be onsite.

When: May 12

Where: Phoenixville

Cost: Costs vary

5. American Craft Beer Week

Lake Erie Ale Trail beer in Pint Glass
American Craft Beer Week

Pay tribute to the red, white, and brew on the Lake Erie Ale Trail during American Craft Beer Week®, a nationwide celebration of small and independent craft brewers presented by the Brewers Association. Join fellow craft beer fanatics to explore all things grain, hop, yeast, and water with the hoppiest of events, including brewery tours, and food and beer pairings.

When: May 14-May 20

Where: Erie

Cost: Costs vary

6. Edinboro Art & Music Festival

Band Performing at Edinboro Art and Music Festival
Edinboro Art & Music Festival

Discover the unique spirit of the Appalachian tradition though grassroots art and music at the annual Edinboro Art & Music Festival. Over four days, check out the art show gallery, catch an art-making demonstration, and join a spontaneous jam session. Don’t forget to bring the kids along for special sing-a-longs and craft activities!

When: May 17-May 20

Where: Edinboro

Cost: Free

7. Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Band Performing at Gettysburg Blue Grass Festival
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Check out the best of bluegrass at the internationally acclaimed Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, featuring world-class musicians like Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Flatt Lonesome, and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. Although most scheduled bands are firmly in the bluegrass camp, there will be performances from the New Grass, Old Tyme, Americana, and Singer/Songwriter genres. Enhance your festival experience by camping out the weekend at Granite Hill Campground.

When: May 17-May 20

Where: Gettysburg

Cost: Costs vary

8. Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia

Welcome to Wizard world
Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia

Iconic actors, writers, artists and other special guests are descending on the Pennsylvania Convention Center for another star-studded  Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia. Attend panels and workshops, meet your favorite comic book writers, enter a cosplay contest, peruse original artwork, and get autographs and photos with celebrities representing popular fandoms at this four-day event.

When: May 17-May 20

Where: Philadelphia

Cost: Costs vary

9. Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

women with her bike at Dirt Rag Dirt Fest
Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

Shred the Allegrippis trails and demo your bike at Dirt Rag Dirt Fest, a celebration of all things mountain biking. Held at Raystown Lake, this thrilling weekend festival features 36 miles of flow trails, primitive camping, craft beer, and fellow outdoor enthusiasts. New additions this year include a bike park, second expo area, and a kids-only fun zone. You also have the option to camp out under the stars when you stay over.

When: May 18-20

Where: Hesston

Cost: Costs vary

10. National Road Festival

Become a part of living history and participate in a historic reenactment of the Wagon Train, the centerpiece of the National Road Festival. Travel anywhere along 90 miles of the Historic National Road and to explore toll houses and museums, visit National Park sites, discover antiques, taste ethnic foods, and engage with re-enactors.

When: May 18-20

Where: Uniontown

Cost: Free

11. Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest

Frosty Mugs of Thunder Mug with Beer
Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest

Enjoy a pint of your favorite brew while supporting the Historical & Genealogical Society of Somerset County at the Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest. The event features beer tasting, live music, food, and historical demonstrations. All proceeds from the event will go to benefitting the HGSSC and help with the daily operation of the Somerset Historical Center.

When: May 19

Where: Somerset

Cost: $30 for participants, $5 for designated drivers

12. 30th Annual Farm Animal Frolic

30th Annual Farm Animal Frolic

Need some added cuteness in your life? Come enjoy baby farm animals, a children’s show, games, hands-on activities, and refreshments at the Quiet Valley’s Farm Animal Frolic. Watch baby chicks hatching from their eggs and feel the soft fur of the baby bunnies. Enjoy draft-horse wagon rides, plant sales, and sheep shearing make this event a great time for all animal lovers.

When: May 19-20 & May 26-27

Where: Stroudsburg

Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12)

13. Blair County Arts Festival

Blair County Arts Festival

Experience the bustling atmosphere of the Blair County Arts Festival in a peaceful, beautiful park setting. The community event returns for its 51st year, and is perfect for an afternoon outing. Grab your family and friends to browse through fine art exhibits, listen to the impressive sound of local musicians, and admire artwork from local students.

When: May 19-20

Where: Altoona

Cost: Free

14. Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Festival
Strawberry Festival

Indulge in a weekend of berry sweet traditions at the Peddler’s Village 40th annual Strawberry Festival. The yearly event features plenty of ripe, plump berries on hand for you to devour. Sample your favorite strawberry treats from chocolate-dipped berries to strawberry pastries, cakes, and pies.

When: May 19-20

Where: Lahaska

Cost: Free

15. Devon Horse Show and County Fair

Participates riding their Chariot at Devon Horse show
Devon Horse Show and County Fair

Watch and admire the beauty and grace of horses at the Devon Horse Show, the oldest and largest multi-breed horseshow in the nation. Visit the beautifully restored barns on the grounds, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the back barn, and get personal with the four-legged stars as they rest in their stalls.

When: May 24-Jun. 3

Where: Devon

Cost: Costs vary

16. Gettysburg BBQ Festival

Gettysburg BBQ Festival

Smell that? That is the smell of BBQ filling the air. If you have a craving for BBQ, look no further. The Gettysburg BBQ Festival will be featuring a sampling of BBQ, a BBQ competition, BBQ food vendors, live music, a kid’s zone, and a craft beer garden by Appalachian Brewing Company. A perfect way to spend your Saturday afternoon.

When: May 26

Where: Gettysburg

Cost: Costs vary

17. Flickerfest

Wine bottles with Medals at Flickerfest

Enjoy the fresh spring air at the annual Flickerfest, a 2-day event celebrating the 18th anniversary of the Flickerwood Winery. Taste award winning wines, meet artisans and browse their artwork, jam out to live music, play lawn games, and experience a new wine release.

When: May 26-May 27

Where: Kane

Cost: Free

18. Family Fishing Day

Family Fishing Ohio river Pittsburgh downtown
Family Fishing Day

Learn how soldiers living at Fort Pitt fished more than 250 years ago at Fort Pitt Museum’s Family Fishing Day. Costumed interpreters from the 18th century will be onsite to assist with contemporary fishing technique and interact with visitors.

When: May 27

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: Free

19. Allegheny Mountain Region A.A.C.A. Car Show

Vintage Cars
Allegheny Mountain Region A.A.C.A. Car Show

Bask in the warm weather with a trip to the Regional Antique Automobile Club of America Chapter’s annual car show. Travel back into military history as you get up close and personal with various classics from the pre-war era to modern-day times.

When: May 28

Where: State College

Cost: Free

20. Erie’s Wild Rib Cook Off & Music Festival

Rib King
Erie’s Wild Rib Cook Off & Music Festival

Grab a slab of lip-smackin’ ribs at the upcoming Erie Wild Rib Cook Off & Music Festival, perfect for a family outing. Stroll the downtown streets and relish the enticing aroma of slow-cooked barbeque kissed with the right amount of secret sauces and specialty rubs.

When: May 30-June 2

Where: Erie

Cost: Free

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