23 Spring Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families

Carnivals, Festivals, and Fairs in Philadelphia and the suburbs in spring, springtime

Spring is here and so is festival season. Philly families look forward to a springtime season filled with festivals, fairs, and carnivals. Whether you're in the city or the 'burbs, it is definitely worthwhile to put some of these events on your family's calendar. The variety is remarkable- from science to art, from nature to culture, from food to fitness, there is truly something for everyone. Bad weather can impact some of these outdoor events so be sure to check directly with the venue if the weather seems questionable. 

For more fun things to do this season, check out our Spring Fun Guide for Philly Families. Now, browse through our list below and get ready for a great spring!

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival- Philadelphia, PA
April 7 and 14, 2018
Witness the delicate beauty of the Japanese Cherry Blossoms at Morris Arboretum. Families can also enjoy tea demonstrations, origami workshops, and kimono dressing demonstrations.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival- Philadelphia, PA
April 7-15, 2018
The Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia celebrates this rich culture with martial arts, flower arranging, and music.

Spring StrEAT Food Festival- Manayunk, PA
April 15, 2018
Explore the food vendors along Manayunk's Main Street for a delicious variety of cuisine. In addition to food, enjoy family-friendly live music.

Philadelphia Science Festival- Philadelphia, PA
April 20-28, 2018
Throughout the Delaware Valley, families can participate in events such as Neighborhood Science Afternoon and Star Party. The excitement concludes with the Science Carnival at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.

International Spring Festival- Lansdale, PA
April 21, 2018
Families can learn about a variety of different cultures at The Lansdale International Spring Festival held at North Penn High School. Guests can expect cultural demonstrations, food tastings, music, raffles, a health fair, and more.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival- Philadelphia, PA
May 1- June 30, 2018
Franklin Square celebrates light and culture during this springtime festival that features beautifully illuminated artwork using the traditional Chinese method of wrapping steel with silk. A 200 foot Chinese dragon, lanterns, pandas, and a shark tunnel are just some of the creations guests can expect.

Fairville Fun Fair- Chadds Ford, PA
May 5, 2018
Toddlers, preschoolers, and young kids can enjoy cookie decorating, games, pony rides, moonbounces, and treasure hunts at Fairville Friends School. The rain date is May 6th.

South Street Spring Festival- Philadelphia, PA
May 5, 2018
Families can enjoy starting the season off with this family-friendly event held on South Street between Front and 8th Streets. Be sure to check out the Kids' Zone for free children's fun.

Annual Colonial May Fair- Pottstown, PA
May 5, 2018
Guests to Pottsgrove Manor can expect a maypole, historical demonstrations, magic shows, puppet theater performances, hands-on activities, and more at this annual colonial celebration.

May Day Festival of the Arts- West Chester, PA
May 6, 2018
Art, crafts, live music, and a variety of food vendors are set to welcome the month of May at Everhart Park.

Cinco de Mayo Festival- Kennett Square, PA
May 6, 2018
Downtown Kennett Square is bustling with activity to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This multicultural event features music, food and a Kids' Corner.

Annual May Fair- Philadelphia, PA
May 12, 2018
Get ready for great music, obstacle courses, and bounce houses for the kids, as well as a $1 book sale at Spruce Hill Community Association's May Fair held at Clark Park.

The Philadelphia Fleadh- Bensalem, PA
May 12, 2018
The luck of the Irish is at this rain or shine event held at Parx Casino Picnic Grove. The festival features 13 different Irish bands which perform on three different stages along with dancers, food, and live racing.

Philadelphia Taco Festival- Philadelphia, PA
May 12-13, 2018
All weekend long, get ready for tacos, carnival rides, children's games, and live entertainment at SugarHouse Casino.

Philadelphia International Children's Festival- Philadelphia, PA
May 17-19, 2018
Annenberg Center Live hosts a variety of fun activities for children including circus tricks, storytelling, theater, and musical performances.

Country Fair and Auction- Souderton, PA
May 18-19, 2018
A helicopter candy drop, inflatables, face-painting, and pony rides await children at the 57th annual County Fair and Auction. Don't miss the delicious chicken barbecue!

Pan-Asian Festival- Philadelphia, PA
May 19, 2018
The Pan Asian Association of Greater Philadelphia sponsors this rain or shine event at Mifflin Square Park. Guests can expect cultural performances as well as a Children and Health Fair.

Strawberry Festival- Lahaska, PA
May 19-20, 2018
If you like strawberry pie, strawberry shortcake, and strawberry jam, this is the festival for you! Live entertainment and a strawberry pie-eating contest await visitors to Peddler's Village.

South 9th Street Italian Market Festival- Philadelphia, PA
May 19-20, 2018
Visit the nation's oldest outdoor market for live entertainment, family events, and delicious Italian cuisine. Make sure to see the Annual Procession of Saints at this rain or shine event!

Sail Philadelphia Festival- Philadelphia, PA
May 24-28, 2018
Head to Penn's Landing to see the Parade of Sail on Thursday. Festival activities follow from Friday to Monday and include ship tour opportunities and sailing excursions.

Fit & Fun Festival- Camden, NJ
May 26-27, 2018
Stay healthy with the help of Camden Children's Garden. Kids can participate in a veggie planting activity, learn about nutritional eating, and more.

Brandywine Strawberry Festival- Coatesville, PA
May 31- June 1, 2018
Enjoy rides, music, food, and fun at Brandywine Hospital's Strawberry Festival. Don't miss the fireworks scheduled for Friday night.

Fete Day- Philadelphia, PA
June 2, 2018
Walk down Elfreth's Alley and step back into colonial times by enjoying old-fashioned games, craft demonstrations, and music.

Photo courtesy of South Street Headhouse District.

Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
19118 Philadelphia , PA 40° 5' 17.2356" N, 75° 13' 19.0668" W
Downtown Manayunk
4312 Main Street
19127 Philadelphia , PA 40° 1' 29.0496" N, 75° 13' 20.8128" W
North Penn High School
1340 S. Valley Forge Road
19446 Lansdale , PA 40° 14' 5.9496" N, 75° 18' 55.404" W
Fairville Friends School
216 Pond View
Chadds Ford , PA 39° 51' 17.82" N, 75° 38' 48.606" W
South Street
South Street Between Front and 8th Streets
Philadelphia , PA
Pottsgrove Manor
100 West King Street
19464 Pottstown , PA 40° 14' 52.8972" N, 75° 39' 35.2728" W
Everhart Park
501-599 W Union Street
19382 West Chester , PA 39° 57' 12.8916" N, 75° 36' 36.792" W
Clark Park
43rd St. and Chester Ave
Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 54.2616" N, 75° 12' 32.5296" W
Annenberg Center Live
3680 Walnut Street
19104 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 10.836" N, 75° 11' 47.6016" W
Peddler's Village
Routes 202 & 263
18931 Lahaska , PA 40° 20' 53.4912" N, 75° 1' 57.8964" W
Downtown Kennett Square
100 West State Street
Kennett Square , PA 39° 50' 47.5332" N, 75° 42' 42.3396" W
South Philadelphia
South 9th Street
Philadelphia , PA 39° 55' 56.3988" N, 75° 9' 33.498" W
Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
08103 Camden , NJ 39° 56' 39.6888" N, 75° 7' 49.854" W
New Jersey
Brandywine Hospital
201 Reeceville Road
Coatesville , PA 40° 0' 35.2656" N, 75° 47' 10.1256" W
Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
101 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 50.82" N, 75° 8' 22.3368" W
Parx Casino Picnic Grove
2999 Street Road
19020 Bensalem , PA 40° 7' 6.78" N, 74° 57' 10.764" W
Downtown Wilmington
N Market Street
19802 Wilmington , DE 39° 45' 14.5872" N, 75° 32' 12.5808" W
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N Delaware Ave
19125 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 50.3784" N, 75° 7' 58.2096" W
Mifflin Square Park
South 6th and Ritner Street
19145 Philadelphia , PA 39° 55' 8.2524" N, 75° 9' 26.7588" W
Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia
4300 Avenue of the Republic
19102 Philadelphia , PA 39° 58' 44.9112" N, 75° 12' 46.9296" W
Dock Mennonite Academy’s Souderton Campus
420 Godshall Rd
18964 Souderton , PA 40° 18' 19.314" N, 75° 20' 59.9496" W
Penn's Landing
211 S. Columbus Blvd
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 44.8656" N, 75° 8' 26.0988" W
Elfreth’s Alley Museum
124-126 Elfreth's Alley
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 9.9612" N, 75° 8' 32.6292" W