May Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

May is making moves bringing warm weather, sunshine, and exciting events! Whether you’re getting your groove on at one of our music festivals or finding your inner Warhol or Wyeth at an art show, there’s an alfresco experience waiting to be captured by you!

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

1. Peddler's Village Strawberry Festival

Peddlers Village Strawberry Festival
Peddler's Village Strawberry Festival

Indulge in a weekend of berry sweet traditions at the Peddler’s Village 41st annual Strawberry Festival in Lahaska. Devour plenty of ripe, plump berries and sample your favorite strawberry treats, from chocolate-dipped berries to strawberry pastries, cakes, and pies.

When: May 18-19

Where: Lahaska

Cost: Free

2. South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

Everyone is Italian when they attend the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival in Philadelphia, one of the nation’s oldest outdoor markets. Fill your tummy with goodies from a dazzling array of homemade sausages, delicious cannoli, imported meats and cheeses, cappuccino, beef and poultry, specialty cookware, and fresh pasta. Additional highlights include live musical entertainment, the traditional Procession of Saints, the annual John Marzano Halfball Tournament and the famous Grease Pole competition.

When: May 18-19

Where: Philadelphia

Cost: Free

3. Flickerfest


Somebody grab the cake…and wine! Come out to celebrate Flickerwood Winery’s 19th birthday at Flickerfest in Kane. 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 25-26

Where: Kane

Cost: Free

4. Gettysburg BBQ Festival

Gettysburg BBQ Festival
Gettysburg BBQ Festival

Do you smell that? That is the smell of BBQ filling the air. If you have a craving for world-class barbeque, the Gettysburg BBQ Festival is back with food samples, a BBQ competition featuring Kansas City-certified professional teams, and live music.

When: May 25-26

Where: Gettysburg

Cost: $5-$15

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

california rib king
Erie’s Wild Rib Cook Off & Music Festival

Grab a slab of lip-smackin’ ribs at the 29th annual Erie's 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 29-Jun. 1

Where: Erie

Cost: Free

6. Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival

Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival
Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival

Sip your way through the 10th Anniversary Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival which offers a range of tastes and styles to please everyone’s palate. Enjoy the taste and smells of the finest wines from around the world, watch cooking demos, and take part in wine seminars from a roster of top restaurants and chefs.

When: Jun. 1- 2

Where: Bethlehem

Cost: $85-$115 for participants ages 21 and over; $50 for designated drivers

1. Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

band performing
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Check out the best of bluegrass at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. The four-day, the internationally acclaimed event will take the stage for bluegrass and Americana music. There will be plenty of bands throughout the weekend as well as informative workshops, an All-Star jam, Bluegrass Academy for kids, food, and vendors.

When: May 16-19

Where: Gettysburg

Cost: $30-$140

2. Edinboro Art & Music Festival

band performing
Edinboro Art & Music Festival

Discover the unique spirit of the Appalachian tradition though grassroots art and music at the annual Edinboro Art & Music Festival. For 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 16-19

Where: Edinboro

Cost: Free

3. Blair County Arts Festival

people looking at arts
Blair County Arts Festival

Experience the bustling atmosphere of the 52nd annual Blair County Arts Festival in a peaceful, beautiful park setting at Penn State Altoona. Grab your family and friends for a perfect afternoon outing browsing fine art exhibits, listening to the impressive sound of local musicians, and admiring artwork from area students.

When: May 18-19

Where: Altoona

Cost: Free

4. Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival

Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival
Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival

The only blues we acknowledge come with the sound of the guitar! Come on out to the 6th annual Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival in the heart of downtown Indiana to groove to music from a lineup that includes nationally and internationally known musicians and regional acts. New this year: visitors can enjoy children’s activities and vendors on Friday night.

When: May 24-25

Where: Indiana

Cost: Free

5. Mayfair Festival of the Arts

Mayfair Festival of the Arts
Mayfair Festival of the Arts

How much do you know about art? Learn about art’s different forms and get inspired to create your own work when you attend the Mayfair Festival of the Arts. Founded in 1987, the 32-year Lehigh Valley tradition features food and craft vendors, artists, music, and live performances.

When: May 24-26

Where: Allentown

Cost: Free

1. Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

Prepare to be dazzled when 29 all-new culturally-inspired lanterns illuminate Franklin Square at the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival. Come for the lights and make sure you stick around for performances, handcrafted keepsakes by Chinese folk artists, and the Dragon Beer Garden.

When: May 1-Jun. 30

Where: Philadelphia

Cost: $18 for adults; $16 for seniors, military, and students; $12 for children ages 3-12

2. Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum’s Herb & Garden Faire

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum’s Herb and Garden Faire
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum’s Herb & Garden Faire

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so why not treat her to a visit to the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum’s 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. And don’t forget to 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 10-11

Where: Lancaster

Cost: $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, $8 for children ages 6-11; Free for children ages 5 and under

3. National Road Festival

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 in Uniontown. Travel anywhere along 90 miles of the Historic National Road and explore toll houses and museums, visit National Park sites, discover antiques, taste ethnic foods, and engage with reenactors.

When: May 17-19

Where: Uniontown

Cost: Free

4. Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

dirt biking
Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

Rip through some amazing trails as you shred the Allegrippis during 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 for all biking levels, primitive camping, craft beer, and fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Enhance your experience when spend the night camping out under the stars.

When: May 17-19

Where: Hesston

Cost: $80-$100

5. New Hope Pridefest 2019

pride flag
New Hope Pridefest 2019

Drawing in more than 15,000 people annually, New Hope celebrates the LGBTQ-friendly towns of New Hope, PA, and Lambertville, NJ for 2019 pridefest. Throughout the week, you can visit vendor booths, attend community gatherings, and enjoy a variety of drag shows, musical acts, and dance parties. Make sure you don’t miss the grand parade on May 18, which will feature a hundred-foot Rainbow Equality Flag in eight colors.

When: May 11-19

Where: New Hope

Cost: Free

6. Portersville Steam Show Spring Gas-up

steam engines at portersville steam show
Portersville Steam Show Spring Gas-up

Take a step back in time and embrace history and heritage at the Portersville Steam Show Spring Gas-up. Featuring a variety of 1920s agricultural equipment, this unique festival features tractor pulls, steam engines, train rides, crafts, a flea market, and live demonstrations in Portersville’s vintage village.

When: May 18-19

Where: Portersville

Cost: $5 for adults; Free for children ages 11 and under

7. Sheep & Fiber Festival

girl scrapping wool from goat
Sheep & Fiber Festival

Celebrate southwestern Pennsylvania’s rich heritage in lamb and wool production at the 16th annual Sheep & Fiber Festival. Watch the Fleece-to-Shawl competition or see contestants compete in the fiber arts and photography competitions. You can also catch live dog shepherding, shearing, and cooking demonstrations.

When: May 18-19

Where: Waynesburg

Cost: Free

8. Farm Animal Frolic

girl petting a lamb
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 31st annual Quiet Valley’s Farm Animal Frolic. Watch baby chicks hatching from their eggs and feel the soft fur of baby bunnies. Draft-horse wagon rides, plant sales, and sheep shearing make this event a great time for all animal lovers!

When: May 18-19 & May 25-26

Where: Stroudsburg

Cost: $8 for adults; $5 for children ages 3-12

9. Devon Horse Show and County Fair

participates riding horse chariot
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 23-Jun. 2

Where: Devon

Cost: Costs vary

10. Mars New Year

Mars New Year
Mars New Year

Three, two, one…blast off! Grab your Martian garb and come on out to join residents and representatives from NASA for the Mars New Year, a STEAM-focused festival that celebrates all things education and innovation. Hear from astrobotics speakers, enter the costume contest, and geek out at the onsite science exhibits.

When: May 31-Jun. 2

Where: Mars

Cost: Free

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