Over 35 Things to do this May Around Philadelphia’s Western Suburbs
From the Radnor Hunt Races to the Devon Horse Show to the return of Media’s Dining Under the Stars, these are your best bets this month.
Media's Dining Under the Stars kicks off May 1. Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia.
Spring Garden Walk at Brandywine River Museum of Art
May 1, Chadds Ford
Enjoy vibrant greenery and blooming flowers during a guided walk through Brandywine River Museum of Art’s grounds. As you reconnect with nature during this 45-60 minute walk, learn about the ways these native plants function in the ecosystem.
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
May 1 – June 30, Philadelphia
Historic Philadelphia and Franklin Square will celebrate the year of the pig with the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival, complete with a new 200-foot phoenix.
Dining Under the Stars
May 1-Sept. 29, Media
Every Wednesday night from May through September, Media’s bustling State Street closes down to traffic and transforms into an al fresco dining oasis, with more than a dozen local restaurants participating.
Breastcancer.org’s Baubles Shopping Event
May 2, Paoli
Support Breastcancer.org at this fun shopping event at the Van Cleve Pavilion, where 15 percent of proceeds go towards the nonprofit’s mission.
2019 Yellow Springs Art Show
May 3, Chester Springs
Yellow Springs will host a wine and cheese happy hour as part of its art show and sale, which exhibits over 3,000 original pieces by over 200 artists.
Trevor Noah’s “Loud and Clear” Tour
May 3-4, Philadelphia
Incisive social and political comedian and host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Trevor Noah brings his 28-city North American tour, “Loud and Clear,” to the Met for two nights. Expect a hefty dose of his clever, witty repertoire as he tackles everything from current events to life growing up in South Africa at the end of apartheid.
Art in Sharpe Park Family Festival
May 4, Haverford
Wander the beautiful garden paths at Sharpe Park Bird Sanctuary while shopping for original jewelry, crafts, garden ornaments and art to raise funds for the park’s perennials, shrubs and small trees. Also look for face painters, caricaturists, musicians, live demonstrations and an ice cream cart.
Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers’ Festival
May 4, Media
Now in its 19th year, Iron Hill in Media will host this festival, which brings together over 20 local breweries. Participants include 2SP Brewing Company, Conshohocken Brewing, Levante Brewing, Locust Lane Craft Brewery and Sterling Pig Brewery.
Food Truck Frenzy at Linvilla Orchards
May 4, Media
This festival highlights delightful dishes from food trucks like Dos Gringos, Deerhead Hot Dogs and Gotta Lotta Gelata. With hayrides, pony rides, face painting, live music, and drinks from Harvest Ridge Winery and Ship Bottom Brewery, this lively event has activities for the whole family.
Phoenixville Spring Food Truck Festival
May 4, Phoenixville
More than 30 food trucks from around the region will take over downtown Phoenixville for the borough’s spring food truck celebration.
May 5, Narberth
Celebrate the environment at the 30th annual NarbEarth Day at Narberth Park. Festivities include family-friendly activities, locally sourced foods, and artisan vendors.
Wyeth: The Director’s Cut at Colonial Theatre
May 5, Phoenixville
The Colonial Theatre hosts a screening of last year’s film, Wyeth, which delves into the life and challenges of renowned local artist Andrew Wyeth, whose work was deeply influenced by the landscapes and people of Chester County. The producer and director will answers audience questions at the end of the screening.
May 6, Blue Bell
Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania hosts its annual JA Cup at Blue Bell Country Club, where golfers compete on the 18-hold Arnold Palmer Signature course.
Orchestra Concordia Free Concert
May 10, Wayne
Head to Radnor Middle School for Orchestra Concordia’s final concert of the season, where it will perform pieces like Gabriel Fauré’s “Pavanne” and Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld.”
The Illusionists at Merriam Theater
May 10-11, Philadelphia
The world’s best-selling magic show is headed to Philadelphia for two nights. Catch the astonishing acts of these five illusionists.
Phoenixville Beer and Wine Festival
May 11, Phoenixville
Now in its third year, the Phoenixville Beer and Wine Festival returns to the Kimberton Fairgrounds. Participating vineyards include Grace Winery, Harvest Ridge Winery, Sand Castle Winery and many more.
Ship Bottom Brewery Beer Garden at Linvilla Orchards
May 11-12, Media
Beach Haven, N.J.’s Ship Bottom Brewery returns to Linvilla Orchards with limited-edition brews and classic favorites.
Spring Art Craft Bazaar
May 11-12, Philadelphia
This Mother’s Day weekend, treat mom to a day of shopping at the Spring Art Craft Bazaar, which features over 120 vendors gathered at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.
Gateways to Nature at Tyler Arboretum
May 11-Sept. 2, Media
Throughout the summer, Tyler Arboretum visitors can explore original sculptural works made by regional artists.
May 12, Kennett Square
Skip traditional Mother’s Day brunch and treat mom to a day of excitement at Willowdale Steeplechase. Or, partake in Willowdale in White, a Diner en Blanc-like event on May 10.
Read more about Willowdale Steeplechase in our 2019 Steeplechase Lookbook.
Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival
May 13 – June 29, Wayne
The Wayne Art Center will host its 13th annual Plein Air Festival, which features 32 juried artists.
Devereux PA Golf Classic
May 14, Various locations
Hit a few rounds for charity during the Devereux PA Golf Classic, which will host the event at the Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Wissahickon and Militia Hill courses, plus Sunnybrook Golf Club.
May 15, Glenside
Perhaps the most ubiquitous children’s story ever, E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web will come to life at the Keswick Theatre. This 60-minute show is perfect for young ones to engage with Wilbur and Charlotte.
Dinos After Dark at the Academy of Natural Sciences
May 17, Philadelphia
Head to the Academy of Natural Sciences for a unique experience as it provide visitors with late-night, pop-up Dino Drafts and a beer garden, along with hands-on activities and animal presentations.
May 17-19, West Chester
The Brandywine Ballet performs classic fairytale, Cinderella, choreographed by Nancy Page.
89th Radnor Hunt Races
May 18, Malvern
Now in its 89th year, Radnor Hunt Races benefits open land preservation throughout the region.
Read more about Radnor Hunt Races in our 2019 Steeplechase Lookbook.
Skippack Spring Wine Fest
May 18, Skippack
Catch up with friends and family at Skippack’s annual wine fest, where food trucks provide delicious plates, vendors offer an array of shopping options, and regional vineyards offer their best wines.
Sly Fox Brewing Fox Trot 5k
May 18, Pottstown
Sly Fox Brewing Company’s sixth annual 5k race takes runners through the rolling hills of Montgomery County in benefit of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Runners can expect free beer, lawn games, live music, food trucks and more after crossing the finish line.
Chester County Studio Tour
May 18-19, Various locations
Ever wonder where local artists work? Get a glimpse behind the scenes during the Chester County Studio Tour.
May 18-19, Chadds Ford
The Chadds Ford Historical Society’s inaugural music festival will include food, beer and wine, plus family-friendly activities like a 60-foot bounce house, petting zoo and lawn games. Green Eggs and Jam, WaveRadio, Doors-y, Special Delivery, Sin Brothers and AfroBear are among the performers.
Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival
May 19, Chestnut Hill
Now in its 23rd year, Chestnut Hill’s Home and Garden Festival features more than 150 vendors and artists, food, live music and stunning garden displays.
May 19, Bryn Mawr
The traveling Clover Market makes a stop in Bryn Mawr this month, bringing more than 100 craft vendors, food trucks and live music to Bryn Mawr Avenue.
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
May 23 – June 2, Devon
One of the region’s premiere equestrian events, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair returns this spring, bringing with it top-notch eventing, shopping at some of the area’s best boutiques, rides and games, plus tasty cuisine. For an extra dose of family fun, be sure to visit during the dog show (May 23). Or for those who want to put their fashion to the test, Ladies Day (May 22) is a must.
48th Annual Brandywine River Museum of Art Antiques Show
May 25-27, Chadds Ford
Explore antique rugs, porcelain, decorative arts and furniture from prominent dealers at Brandywine River Museum of Art’s annual event.
Fireworks & Fountains at Longwood Gardens
May 26, Kennett Square
Longwood Gardens’ Fireworks & Fountains series kicks off for the season with To Philly, With Love, a spectacular light and water show inspired by musicians tied to Philadelphia.
Stroll the Street Manayunk
May 30-Aug. 29, Manayunk
Every Thursday night throughout the summer, this quaint Philadelphia neighborhood brings food trucks, vendors, live music and more to Main Street for an evening of family-friendly fun. The theme for the first stroll is Meet Your Neighbor Night.
Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship
May 31-June 2, Chester
Some of the best female and male rugby players from around the country will go head-to-head at Talen Energy Stadium during the largest annual collegiate rugby sevens event in the world.