From fireworks at Sesame Place to strawberries in Peddler's Village and Mother's Day brunch at Elmwood Zoo, there's so much to do in Philly and its suburbs this May! Get outside and play all day, or for rainy days, head indoors and check out some Philly museums for free.
Want more ideas? Read on for 14 family-friendly events, and then head over to our event calendar to see what fun May can bring. Festival and fairs, nature and playtime, there's something for everyone this month!
1. Chinese Lantern Festival- Philadelphia
May 1-June 30, 2018
Franklin Square hosts the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival, which features nearly 30 beautiful light displays, daily performances, culinary experiences, mini-golf, crafts, and more.
2. Philadelphia Renaissance Faire - Philadelphia
May 5 - May 13, 2018
Head down to Fort Mifflin and head back in time during the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire where costumed actors and performers engage with guests in games and music, activities, and food turn the fort's walls, moats, and underground barracks into a medieval setting.
3. South Street Spring Festival - Philadelphia
May 5, 2018
This free, all-day event kicks off Philadelphia's spring festival season. Live music, food, hands-on arts and crafts projects, face-painting, and dance and martial arts performances, plus the city's largest Maypole are found here.
4. Cinco de Mayo Festival - Kennett Square|
May 6, 2018
Join in the festivities at Kennett Square's multicultural festival, where families can experience Latino culture, along with music, food, and a Kids' Corner with crafts and activities.
5. #RISE Youth Summit - Philadelphia
May 11, 2018
For children aged 13 to 18 years, the third annual #RISE Youth Summit may be an interesting and important way to kick off the weekend. The event features workshops on media, youth empowerment, community advocacy, and policy free entry. Coupled with these mature topics are also free swag, giveaways, free meals, and more.
6. Storybook Weekend at Sister Cities Park - Philadelphia
May 12-14, 2018
Enjoy hearing stories read by special guests and local authors every 30 minutes, along with live music, make-and-take crafts, face painting, and balloon art at Sister Cities Park during this weekend long event.
7. Mother's Day at the Betsy Ross House - Philadelphia
May 12, 2018
During Mother's Day weekend, guests to the Betsy Ross House can meet three female entrepreneurs and learn how women and mothers played an active role during the American Revolution such as making flags and musket cartridges as well as choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea.
8. Philadelphia International Children's Festival - Philadelphia
May 17-19, 2018
From a circus to theater events, crafts and the outdoor FUN ZONE, the Annenberg Center Live's International Children's Festival is sure to please for kids aged 5 and up.
9. Strawberry Festival - Lahaska
May 19-20, 2018
Strawberry jam, strawberry pie and strawberry fritters await visitors to Peddler's Village's Strawberry Festival. In addition to a variety of foods that contain this delicious berry, there is live entertainment and a Strawberry Pie-Eating Contest.
10. South 9th Street Italian Market Festival - Philadelphia
May 19-20, 2018
South 9th Street's annual Italian Market Festival is ready to celebrate its 103rd year. The nation's oldest outdoor market, guests can expect live entertainment, family events, crafts and the Annual Procession of Saints. And, of course, this festival would not be complete with amazing Italian cuisine!
11. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair - Devon
May 24 - June 3, 2018
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is an annual Delaware Valley favorite. For families, there are two family days with specials on food and activities, as well as Children's Day on June 3, with cupcakes, story-telling, and a parade.
12. Sail Philadelphia Festival - Philadelphia
May 26-28, 2018
Families can spend Memorial Day Weekend with waterfront festivities, ship tours, and sailing excursions on the Delaware River as tall ships from U.S. and international ports make their way to Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing.
13. Fit & Fun Festival - Camden
May 27-28, 2018
This fun festival at Camden Children's Garden showcases easy and fun ideas for a healthy lifestyle, with a focus on simple physical activities and nutritious eating. Kids can enjoy educational activities in support of healthy living.
14. Memorial Day Weekend Fireworks - Langhorne
May 27, 2018
Celebrate the holiday weekend with a fireworks show with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, and the rest of the Sesame Street gang at Sesame Place in Langhorne. Be sure to watch Sesame turn the sky red (and green and blue) from inside the park.
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