TOP MAY EVENTS

Valley Forge & Montgomery County

May is an exciting time in Valley Forge and Montgomery County. It's the start of the outdoor festival season, with favorites like the Colonial Mayfair and the Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival highlighting the month. There's also fascinating history to discover, amazing concerts to see, and celebrations of mom. 

Here's 30+ reasons to #MakeItMontco this May:

Special Events 

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KENTUCKY DERBY RUN

May 4
Colebrookdale Railroad

The Colebrookdale Railroad has teamed up again with the Pottstown Carousel for the Kentucky Derby! 

An evening to remember with riding the rails to the carousel.  Sure to be a great time playing games, participating in contests, taking a spin on the carousel, having a great meal, delicious drinks and then coming back to Boyertown on the train!  Train departs Boyertown at 4pm for the festivities and then returns to Boyertown at approximately 9pm, leaving Pottstown at 8pm.

NARBERTH DAY

May 4
​Narberth Park

Calling all who want to celebrate and save our dear Earth! The 30th annual NarbEarth Day will be held on Saturday May 4th, from noon to 4 p.m. Come connect with the EPA, Clean Air Council, and Citizens Climate Lobby, as well as local groups such as GMO Free PA, Providence Animal Center, and Roughwood Seed Collection.

Presented by the Narberth Civic Association, the event will be held outdoors in Narberth Park, right next to the Narberth Community Library. Walk over or ride your bike. A free bike valet will be provided! The rain date is Sunday, May 5th.

TWILIGHT ON THE RIVER

May 8 - September 11
Bridgeport, Pa

Something for everyone! Make it a family night out! Open-air market in a lovely setting along the Schuylkill River in Bridgeport, PA. Open May through September. Second and Fourth Wednesdays. 4:30-8:00 pm. A mix of local vendors, food, music, and games.

THE TEMPTATIONS & THE FOUR TOPS

May 10
​Keswick Theatre

For more than forty years, the Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world. Now in the new millennium, their latest release, Awesome, is being called the hottest in Temptation history. 

The history of the Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, the Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn't until 1964, however, that the Smokey Robinsin written-and-produced The Way You Do the Things You Do turned the guys into stars. An avalanche of hits followed, many of which - My Girl, for instance-attained immortality. It's Growing, Since I Lost My Baby, Get Ready, Too Proud to Beg, Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, I Wish It Would Rain - the hits kept coming.

PHOENIXVILLE BEER & WINE FESTIVAL

May 11
Kimberton Fairgrounds

The Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival has quickly become the premier beer and wine festival in Southeast Pennsylvania. Started in 2017, the event has featured sell-out crowds in its first two years.  Now in its third year, the festival attracts 3,000 attendees to the Phoenixville area on Mother’s Day weekend.

During the festival, attendees will sample craft beers, wines, meads, ciders & spirits. Guests will enjoy live music and browse among local artisans. Tasty food will be available from local restaurants and food trucks.

Offering a full weekend of activities, the festival works with local bars and restaurants, which will be offering food and drink specials, live music and a local after-party.

A signature event for local nonprofit Building Better Neighborhoods, the festival will highlight the region’s outstanding breweries, distilleries, restaurants, live music and artisans. In 2018, attendees came from 24 states, Washington D.C. and two foreign countries to participate in the festival and experience Phoenixville. 

SKIPPACK SPRING FEST

May 11 - May 12
Skippack Village

Spend a day at this craft show with family entertainment, food, and much more!

COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL MEMORIAL SALUTE WITH THE PHILLY POPS

May 25
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

The Philly POPS presents the fourth annual Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute at the Mann, a community concert honoring the American tradition of service on Saturday, May 25 over Memorial Day weekend.

In celebration of those who serve, all tickets to the concert will be provided FREE of charge. Particular blocks of seats will be provided for veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers, and firefighters – plus local students and Boy and Girl Scouts.

Led by Maestro Todd Ellison, Memorial Salute features the 65-piece POPS orchestra, internationally-recognized Philly-native Justin Hopkins, The Philly POPS Festival Chorus, The Voices of the POPS, and local student choirs in a stirring line-up of patriotic anthems, Great American Songbook classics, and showtunes.

To request your free tickets to this concert simply register on EventBrite and you will receive a ticket voucher as confirmation. Please bring this voucher with you (or have available on your mobile device) to the Mann Center day of event. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Great Lawn, the Terrace, and under cover in the Main section. For groups of 20 or more, please call 215-253-6980.
 

SUMMER SOIREE AT THE MUSEUM

May 31
Bryn Athyn Historic District

Celebrate the beginning of summer with an evening in Glencairn Museum’s cloister garden! Enjoy music, dessert, beer, white wine, access to the collections on the first floor of the Museum, and the sunset view from the tower.

MOTHER'S DAY

white lace cloth near mum tag

MOTHER'S DAY

May 13
Throughout Montgomery County

Celebrate Montco with a Mother's Day brunch or dinner in Montgomery County, Pa. Our restaurants and attractions are preparing memorable meals for moms and their loved ones that you won't want to miss.

MOTHER'S DAY DINNER

May 10 - May 11
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

Bring dear ol’ mum as we journey through the Secret Valley. It will be an experience not to be missed. The Edwardian splendor of our century-old coach is the perfect setting for a memorable Mother's Day weekend.

MOTHER'S DAY TEA

May 12
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

Tea in the finest English tradition for dear ol’ mum as we journey through the Secret Valley. It will be an experience not to be missed. The Edwardian splendor of our century-old coach is the perfect setting for a memorable Mother's Day weekend.

MOTHER'S DAY IN THE MAKERSPACE

May 11
Independence Seaport Museum

Show the mom in your life some love this year with a handmade gift from Independence Seaport Museum!  Create a custom laser cut wood picture frame in our MakerSpace, complete with your own springtime design.  

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH

May 12
1750 Bistro (at the Holiday Inn Lansdale)

If you love Mom, you won't make her Cook! Bring in Mothers Day this year with Brunch at the Holiday Inn Lansdale - Hatfield

Price:

  • Adults - $24.95
  • Kids - $12.95 (10 Years and younger) 
  • Tax and gratuity not included

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH

May 12
Manatawny Still Works

Want to find something unique and fun for MOM this Mother's Day?

Then come on out to Manatawny Still Works (320 Circle of Progress, Pottstown) and enjoy a delightful brunch menu by Grumpy's Handcarved Sandwiches!

Includes Capt. Crunch French Toast, Quiche, Bacon, Sausage, Fresh Fruit, A Special Grilled Cheese for Mom, Spinach & Cheese Raviolis, Chef Carved Ham, a Dessert Table and more! Unique Drinks from the CASH Bar. 

 

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH

May 12
Valley Forge Casino Resort

Mother's Day Brunch at Revolution Chop House Sunday, May 12 from 10am-2pm.

$45 per person (tax and gratuity not included)

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH

May 12
Iron Abbey Gastro Pub

Join us for our $29.99 all inclusive Mother's Day Brunch served buffet style on Sunday, May 12th from 9am-2pm! Also offering a complimentary bonus card with all $50 gift card purchases. Offer is valid until June 6th, 2019. Hope to see you stop by!

Montco Makers

Beer, Wine & Spirits Events

potato chips on plate

FOOD TRUCK CRAZE CINCO BASH!

May 4 - May 5
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks 

Join Food Truck Craze for our Cinco De Mayo Bash on May 4th and 5th, located OUTSIDE at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA!

Your ticket gives you access to a wide variety of pay-as-you-go food trucks and vendors, live music, adult beverage tents, larger-than-life oversized inflatable games, sponsor activation's, table and seating areas and MORE! Other onsite activities available for additional cost on the day of event, including zip line and axe throwing! This is a rain or shine event, with a limited number of tickets available for each session.

CINCO DE MAYO

May 5
El Sarape

Cinco De Mayo

May 5th 11am-close
FREE Tastings
FREE Giveaways
Great food
Refreshing cocktails

DRAG BRUNCH: GALS OF GLENSIDE

May 5
Glenside Ale House

Join the Gals as they return to Glenside for the Brunch of your life! They will put on a great show, and leave you wanting more! your host Fanci DisMount Stratton is ready to show you what her and her gals are made of. Brunch starts at 1 PM and the show begins at 2 PM. Purchase your tickets now at https://squareup.com/store/Fanci

BEER SCHOOL: AGED BEER

May 13
Glenside Ale House

Join our Head Brew Master Scott Rudich as he discusses the pros, cons, and fun facts about the oldest beers around. Tickets include sampling examples of this style. Purchase tickets at: https://glenside-ale-house-by-round-guys-brewing-company.ticketleap.com/beer-school-aged-beer/

SKIPPACK SPRING WINE FEST

May 18
Skippack Village

The Food and Wine Festival features spectacular food trucks and a multitude of vendors to browse. There will be live music and plenty of shopping options. To top it off we will be featuring wine from the Pennsylvania area wine growers and distilleries. So if you need an excuse to call the babysitter, this would be the one!

About the Venue Skippack is a beautiful, classic American small-town located in the heart of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  Offering a vibrant selection of boutique retail shopping, services and 5-star dining, the classic look and feel of historic Skippack Village has something for everyone!

Share and post your pictures using #WinetoberFest throughout the day!
 

TELFORD NIGHT MARKET

July 10
Telford Train Station

The Telford Night Market is a seasonal family-friendly open-air night market. TNM features independent vendors selling curated food, fresh produce, merchandise and art.

TNM works with surrounding nonprofits and businesses for community collaborations that celebrate the diversity and heritage of Telford, PA.

ADMIRAL'S TAVERN

May 10 - September 28
Independence Seaport Museum

Kick back on summer nights with stunning views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and a cold drink in hand, all while aboard the oldest steel warship afloat in the world.  The Admiral's Tavern beer garden (21+) is popping up again on Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum every Friday and Saturday from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.  

Gather your crew for drinks, snacks, fun, and games on the most historic ship in Philadelphia.  Food will be available for purchase.

Cover charge: $8 per person, includes on drink ticket. 

 

ADVENTURE MONTCO

Energizing Events 

man running on road near grass field

MVA SUPERHERO 5K

May 11
2626 Van Buren Avenue, Norristown, PA

Join Metropolitan Veterinary Associates for the 10th annual MVA 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Sign up for the annual 5K Run / Walk and be a hero to pet’s needs! Your participation helps raise funds for the Paws of Promise Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps needy families fund emergency care for their pets. Leashed dogs encouraged to attend!

Superhero costumes are welcome but not required!

PADDLE PENN'S LANDING

May 3 - September 29
Independence Seaport Museum

Paddle your way around the Penn's Landing basin in a kayak, rowboat, swan, or dragon for the perfect outdoor recreational activity.  Located near Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Hilton Penn's Landing, Paddle Penn's Landing is a unique afternoon adventure with family and friends or a memorable date with your sweetheart on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

SUBMERGENCE SATURDAYS

May 4 - September 7
Independence Seaport Museum

Patriot Trails

Historic Events

Pottsgrove Manor Maypole Dancing

ANNUAL COLONIAL MAYFAIR

May 4
Pottsgrove Manor

Dance, play, and be a part of colonial history at Pottsgrove Manor’s Annual Colonial Mayfair, on Saturday, May 4th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Start your spring season with the historic delights of Mayfair. Grab a ribbon and skip around the Maypole with the Amity Colonial Dancers and then take a lesson in 18th century dances. Discover the trades of the colonial life, from shoe making to tailoring, blacksmithing and woodworking. Kids can get into the spirit of the fair with make-and-take crafts and races around the Maypole. Gather the entire family and prepare to be amazed at the magic of Levram the Great. Sing and laugh with Tucker’s Tales Puppet Shows. Hear the wonders about Dr. Balthasar’s Magic Medicine and ponder if it can cure all your ails. Find the Ratcatcher roaming the grounds and stroll through the rows of vendors at the fair to discover local and handmade crafts and foods. Join the famous Dr. Benjamin Franklin in one of his historic science experiments. Indulge in a taste of history at the Tasting Tent, with beverage samples from Pottstown United Brewing Company, historic ciders from Pommel Cyder, sodas from Reading Soda Works, and historic hot chocolate, tea, and coffee. IDs will be check for samples of beer and cider. Snack on baked goods from The Georgian Kitchen or enjoy lunch options thanks to Boy Scouts Troop 7155 with baked goods from Troop 99. Entertainment shows, demonstrations, manor tours, and more are ongoing throughout the day, so be sure to listen for the Town Crier’s bell so you do not miss a moment of Mayfair!

9TH ANNUAL WORLD WAR II WEEKEND

May 6
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge

The Military Living History Association will present its 9th Annual WWII WeekendOpens a New Window. at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge on May 4-5.  The weekend will offer an exciting step back into the 1940s, with World War II encampments set up throughout the 42-acre Medal of Honor Grove, mock battles, period fashion shows and concerts, and more.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, followed by a flag-raising ceremony complete with a rendition of the National Anthem.

Battle reenactments will take place at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. (They are exciting, but can also be loud and scary so don’t bring your dog.) Other activities include a Fashion Show, performances by the Magnolia Sadies Dancers, and Rich DeSimone performing the hits of Frank Sinatra and other tunes.

JOHNNY PEREZ: THE CASE FOR ENDING SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

May 7
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Today about 80,000 American prisoners live in solitary confinement, locked in their cells for 22-24 hours a day with virtually no human contact. Drawing on his own experience living in solitary confinement, Johnny Perez will discuss his work to raise awareness around this issue and to end the practice.

Johnny Perez is the Director of U.S. Prison Programs for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, an organization committed to ending practices it deems cruel, inhuman, and degrading, including solitary confinement. He works to empower faith leaders and directly impacted communities to engage in advocacy for criminal justice reform.

This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required.

BECUNA'S 75TH BIRTHDAY BASH

May 23 - May 27
Independence Seaport Museum

Dust off your party hats and noisemakers, it's time to celebrate Submarine Becuna's 75th birthday all Memorial Day Weekend long!

Help Independence Seaport Museum make sure "Becky" has the best birthday yet by visiting the Museum to sign a birthday card, have some birthday cake (what's a birthday part without cake?), and much more!

Highlights include:

Special Becuna Birthday Bargains

  • $7.50 entry for Extended Historic Ships (last boarding at 6:15 p.m.), Thursday, May 23 - Sunday, May 26
  • $7.50 entry to Admiral's Tavern*, Friday, May 24 - Saturday, May 25 (*21 + over)
  • $7.50 paddling in Paddle Penn's Landing, Friday, May 24 - Monday, May 27

EXTENDED HISTORIC SHIPS HOURS

May 23 - September 8
Independence Seaport Museum

Unable to visit our two National Historic Landmark ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, during the day?  That's okay!  This summer you can visit both ships with our Extended Summer Hours on Thursdays-Sundays until 7 p.m. (last boarding is 6:15 p.m.).

ARTS MONTCO

SPECIAL EVENTS 

Concert

SON VOLT

May 1
Ardmore Music Hall

Son Volt is an americana rock outfit founded by Jay Farrar (of Uncle Tupelo) in 1994.

LARRY CAMPBELL AND TERESA WILLIAMS

May 5
Ardmore Music Hall

Larry Campbell is a lauded multi-instrumentalist that has played with Levon Helm, Phil Lesh, and many other players. Teresa Williams is a singer-guitarist who has also played in Levon Helm's band.

JUICE WRLD: DEATH RACE FOR LOVE TOUR WITH SKI MASK THE SLUMP GOD & THE LYRICAL LEMONADE ALL-STARS @ SKYLINE STAGE

May 15
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

One of the most commanding artists to emerge from the SoundCloud underground, Juice WRLD makes introspective hip-hop that’s emotionally raw but powerfully melodic. In 2018, the 20-year-old Chicago native earned such accolades as being named Apple Music’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Spotify’s Biggest Breakout Artist of 2018, partly due to the smash success of his four-times-platinum single “Lucid Dreams,” a genre-warping track that’s spent over 38 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at #2), in addition to hitting #1 on YouTube’s U.S. Top Songs Chart, #1 on Spotify’s Global Chart, and #2 on Billboard’s Streaming Songs Chart.

LIVE PERFORMANCES

ARTS MONTCO

ON THE STAGE

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THE ENCHANTED BOOKSHOP

May 3 - May 12
DCP Theatre

A Likely Story looks like any old bookstore, but at dusk, the story book characters residing on the shelves inside come to life! Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, SherlockHolmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer are determined to help the store owner, Margie, and protect their home from thieves in search of a necklace concealed inside a book.  However, being seen by a human could cause them to lose their magic and vanish. Together these beloved fictional characters will have to face this challenge and save the store! 

CONSTELLATIONS

May 3 - May 12
Steel River Playhouse

Can one word alter the course of your life? Through a dizzying fugue of vignettes, audiences watch as Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfolds across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory. Science and romance collide in this unusual love story that’s delighted audiences in New York and London.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED]

May 4 - May 12
Methacton Community Theater

Have a couple of hours to spare? Then why not take in the entirety of Shakespeare’s oeuvre in a single evening. This irreverent romp through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies leaves audiences breathless with laughter. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] employs a madcap pace and contemporary tropes to delight audiences and demystify some of the most fundamental pieces of English theater.

The hilarity begins with a cynically narrated version Romeo and Juliet, then veers farther off the rails as the actors present Titus Andronicus as a cooking show and Othello as a rap number. Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra get very short shrift and the players liven things up by presenting the historical plays as a football game. The players tackle the Sonnets in Act II followed by a famously brief production of Hamlet.

CAFE PUTTANESCA

May 14 - June 9
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.

Music and Lyrics by Michael Ogborn
Book by Terrence J. Nolan and Michael Ogborn

May 14-June 9

A riotous musical comedy! Three "ladies of the evening" hang out in post-war Amsterdam, singing songs and telling jokes.
"Great, grown-up fun!" -Courier-Post

YOUNG PEOPLE'S CONCERT SERIES: HAIRSPRAY

May 23
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

In partnership with The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and performed by students of Upper Darby High School, the Mann Center will present the musical Hairspray to kick off our Young People's Concert Series. This event is presented free of charge and is recommended for students grades 7 - 12.

DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

May 24 - June 9
Steel River Playhouse

Can one word alter the course of your life? Through a dizzying fugue of vignettes, audiences watch as Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfolds across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory. Science and romance collide in this unusual love story that’s delighted audiences in New York and London.

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