10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in May

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Looking for something to do in Pennsylvania in May? You’ve come to the right place. As I do every month, I’ve scoured the internet to uncover 10 great things to do throughout PA during May 2019.

Whether you want to sip some wine, race your mountain bike, or uncover PA history, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to start planning your travels in Pennsylvania in May.

Article updated April 8, 2019 to reflect events and dates in May 2019.

Due to current conditions, this article is not being updated for 2021 as most events are cancelled. All dates below are from 2019. DO NOT use this article to plan May 2021 travels. We will update this article in the future for 2022.

Chinese Lantern Festival in Philadelphia – May 1 – June 30

Dragon at the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
The 200-foot dragon was a highlight of the 2018 Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival.

If you’ve never been to a Chinese lantern festival, you won’t want to miss this great event coming to Philadelphia in May and June. Franklin Square in Philly’s Old City will come alive after dark as the park is filled with more than two dozen illuminated lanterns. Stroll the grounds and enjoy the beauty of this Chinese tradition, and keep your eyes out for the 200-foot-long phoenix.

In addition to the lanterns, there will be authentic crafts and performances. Get your tickets and find out more information in our full article about the Chinese Lantern Festival in Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh Wine Festival in Pittsburgh – May 1

Now in its 17th year, the Pittsburgh Wine Festival will be returning this May to the delight of wine lovers in western PA. Held at Heinz Field, the festival will feature hundreds of different wines to taste from all over the world. 

In addition to tasting wines, the event also includes seminars about wine and foods to sample. Find out more and get tickets on the festival’s website.

VeloFest in Trexlertown – May 4

If you love cycling, you won’t want to miss the Spring VeloFest being held in Trexlertown, near Allentown, on Saturday, May 4. One of the largest cycling sales in the country, visitors can browse new and used gear from over 150 vendors.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Opening Day at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park – May 5

Things to do in Pennsylvania in May: Opening day of DelGrosso's in Altoona.
DelGrosso’s Amusement Park opens for the season in early May.

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park will open for the season on Saturday, May 5. Take advantage of free rides between 11am and 1pm with buy one, get one free passes for the rest of the day.

DelGrosso’s is one of PA’s best free admission parks and is open throughout the summer months. There are more than 30 rides and a great water park at this family-friendly park.

Find out more on the park’s website.

Phoenixville Beer and Wine Festival in Phoenixville – May 11

The 2nd annual Phoenixville Beer and Wine Festival will be held at the Kimberton Fair Grounds on Saturday, May 11. Over 150 beers, wines, ciders, meads, and spirits will be available for tasting by attendees.

In addition to a great variety of samples, visitors can browse wares from local artisans, listen to live music, and get food from a variety of food trucks and other vendors.

Find out more and get tickets on their website.

Dirt Rag Dirt Fest in Huntingdon – May 17-19

Things to do in PA in May: Dirt Rag Dirt Fest
Head to Huntingdon County for Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

Pennsylvania’s largest mountain biking festival returns to the Allegripis Trails around Raystown Lake in May. Thousands visit PA’s largest lake to ride the 36 miles of mountain biking trails, bike demos, and the chance to spend time with other bike enthusiasts.

The whole time, you’ll be along the shores of one of PA’s most beautiful bodies of water and have the chance to enjoy biking, live music, and much more. For more information, visit the event’s website.

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair in Devon – May 23 – June 2

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has been held since its inception in 1896. By 1914, this festival was the largest outdoor horse show in the country, a distinction it still holds. So, needless to say, if you love horses and equestrian activities, you won’t want to miss this great festival.

A variety of equestrian events will happen throughout each day of the event. There will also be vendors, a dog show, and much more. For more information, visit the event’s website.

18th Century Military History Weekend in Ligonier – May 25-26

Things to do in Pennsylvania in May: Fort Ligonier
Fort Ligonier will be hosting an 18th Century Military History Weekend in May.

Learn about military life during the French and Indian War during 18th Century Military History Weekend at Fort Ligonier in PA’s Laurel Highlands. During the event, visitors can see reenactors and learn what life was like for soldiers during this little-known time period.

For more information, click here.

Artsfest in Harrisburg – May 25-27

Now in its 52nd year, Artsfest brings tens of thousands of people to downtown Harrisburg over Memorial Day Weekend. The event features more than 250 juried artists selling their creations along the banks of the Susquehanna River. The event also features live music, a variety of food, and much more.

For more information on the festival, head over to ArtsfestHBG.com.

Fish for Free Day throughout Pennsylvania – May 27

Things to do in Pennsylvania in May: Fish for Free Day
No fishing license is required in PA on Fish for Free Days.

If you want to try your hand at fishing, but don’t have a fishing license, you’re in luck. Sunday, May 26, is one of two Fish for Free Days in 2019 (the other being July 4th). Anyone can toss a line into the water and try their hand at fishing Pennsylvania’s many great waterways.

Keep in mind, while you don’t need a fishing license to fish, all other rules and regulations still apply. For more information on this event, visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s website.

Looking for other things to do in Pennsylvania? Check out our list of things to do in April and things to do in PA in June.

Do you know of a great event happening in Pennsylvania in May? Let us know in the comments section below!

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9 thoughts on “10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in May”

  1. When you venture Fayette County stop by Big Mike’s Smokin BBQ. address
    238 Mount Braddock Rd
    Lemont Furnace , Pa 15456

    Very near to Penn State Fayette Campus.

  2. Have you ever done an article on Rock Run? If you are not familiar with this, it is a tributary of Lycoming Creek in Lycoming County in Ralston. A very special, beautiful place.

  3. You might want to seek out the Benscreek Canoe and Kayak Rendezvous at Greenhouse Park just south of Johnstown on May 17-19. People come from all over the country to kayak, learn river stand up paddleboarding, race, eat, commune, listen to music and generally have a great time. It’s a family friendly event the first manmade river surfing wave in PA. Now it features 3 waves. Non boaters welcomed with open arms.

  4. Thanks for including the Phoenixville Beer and Wine Festival. We also have the annual Dogwood Festival in May (5/13-5/18) and always ends on Armed Forces Day with a parade through town. There are typically one or two string bands and local high school bands. There is a very popular talent Pageant to crown a local high school student, rides and fair food

  5. Again, love this newsletter. I would have forgotten about Raccoon Creek State Park–but I am planning to visit. The “comments” section are so helpful too! Keep it coming!! Happy Spring.


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