Top 12 Philadelphia-Area Events in May

Local spring activities for the whole family
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Festival of Fountains photo courtesy of Longwood Gardens

The month of May brings outdoor fairs, Mother’s Day celebrations and festivals to the Philadelphia area. From a mineral and fossil fair to a food truck festival to a craft event, there is something for every family’s interests happening this month.

Love Your Mom, Love Your Library! Book and Plant Sale
May 1, 2021, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 West Chelten Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144

This outdoor book and plant sale hosted by the Friends of Joseph E. Coleman Library is the perfect way to buy gifts for Mother’s Day while supporting your local library. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the library.

Pottsgrove Manor’s Annual Colonial Mayfair
May 1, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W King St, Pottstown, PA 19464

Welcome spring at the Pottsgrove Manor colonial living history museum. Puppet shows, a Maypole dance, hands-on children’s activities, a craft marketplace and various 18th century-inspired performances make this a jam-packed event for the whole family.

Strawberry Month at Peddler’s Village
May 1 – May 31, 2021
Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Rd., New Hope, PA 18938

Every day in May, Peddler’s Village will have strawberry-themed food and drink specials at its restaurants and eateries. The colonial shopping village will also offer live entertainment and additional strawberry treats on the weekends.

Festival of Fountains
May 6 – September 26, 2021
1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348

Beginning in early May and lasting through the summer, the Longwood Gardens’ Festival of Fountains features an amazing array of dancing, spinning water displays. Check out the Illuminated Fountain Performances Thursday through Saturday evenings for remarkable light and water shows choreographed to music.

Night Skies at Home
May 6, 2021, 7:45 p.m.
The Franklin Institute’s Facebook Channel

The Franklin Institute science museum is hosting a virtual event with its chief astronomer Derrick Pitts. He will lead viewers all ages through a tour of the cosmos and answer questions about the stars and sky. The event will be streamed live on the museum’s Facebook page.

Philadelphia Mineral Treasures and Fossil Fair 
May 8, 2021, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
St. Michaels’ Grove, 400 Jacobs St., Mont Clare, PA 19453

The Philadelphia Mineralogical Society is hosting their annual family-friendly mineral and fossil show and sale outdoors for the first time this year. It will feature a Kids’ Mineral Corner with free specimens, a snack bar and 40 dealers. Free for anyone under 13 years old and uniformed scouts and leaders.

Mommy & Me: Celebrate
May 8, 2021, 1 – 2 p.m.
Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2030 Shearer Rd., Lansdale, PA 19446

Celebrate Mother’s Day learning about animal families, enjoying a nature walk and planting a surprise for mom at the historical Peter Wentz Farmstead.

Spring Food Truck Festival
May 8, 2021, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
85 Holly Dr., Levittown, PA 19055

Held at the historic Bolton Mansion, the Spring Food Truck Festival co-hosted by Mommy’s Lil’ Black Book, a website for families in Southeastern, Pennsylvania, will have 15 food trucks, many more vendors and a variety of children’s activities.

Mother’s Day Weekend Dines
May 8 & 9, 2021
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA 19047

Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend with Elmo & Friends at Sesame Place. The Sesame Street theme park will have a safe buffet, rides, shows and a rose available for every mom.

PECO Family Jams: Tuna Can Assemblages
May 9, 2021, 12 – 4 p.m.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Bring the family to create enchanting little worlds inside tuna cans using found objects at the newly re-opened Magic Gardens in Philadelphia. PECO Family Jams craft events are held every month and are free with admission tickets.

Naturally Awesome Days: Fine Feathered Friends
May 15, 2021, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Every month, Drexel University’s natural history museum hosts a different themed family-friendly science activity. This May, kids will investigate the feathered animals in the Academy dioramas and take home a craft kit to create their own feathered friend.

History Explorers Club: Meet the Makers 
May 22, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South Third Str., Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Museum of the American Revolution’s History Explorers Club invites kids to learn about the American Revolution through interactive activities. This month, visitors will get a peek into the 18th-century shops of Philadelphia, learn how everyday items were made and have a chance to try the art of “tin punching.”

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