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:
KENTUCKY DERBY RUN
"On the Rail" takes on a whole new meaning during the Colebrookdale Railroad's Kentucky Derby Run. Ride the Secret Valley Line from Boyertown to Pottstown where the party kicks into high gear at the Carousel at Pottstown with a dinner buffet, cash bar, bonnet contest for the ladies, and the big race on the big screen.
INNER ENGINEERING WITH SADHGURU
May 5 - 6
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
Internationally recognized yogi Sadhguru will be hosting a two-day event at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center May 5 and 6. This is a unique opportunity to learn the life transforming Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya directly from Sadhguru.
Laugh and dance around the Maypole on Saturday, May 5, at the annual Colonial Mayfair at Pottsgrove Manor. The event features vendors, living history, kids activities, a tasting tent with Pottstown United Brewing Company, and great barbecue.
Gardeners, history buffs, and shoppers alike will not want to miss the annual Herb Festival from the Heckler Plains Folklife Society and Lower Salford Historical Society. The event includes craft vendors with unique handmade items, a wide variety of herb plants, annuals, and perennials for sale, tours of the German four-square kitchen garden, and homemade baked goods from the outdoor bake oven.
Kids aged 3-9 will be enchanted by the Highlands Mansion fairy-themed garden walk, music and dance. Children should arrive (accompanied by an adult) dressed to receive faerie wings and wand. They will build faerie houses, dress a faerie doll, help solve a faerie mystery and enjoy faerie refreshments. Reservations are requested.
PHOENIXVILLE BEER & WINE FESTIVAL
More than 125 craft beers, 80 wines, meads, spirits and ciders are on tap at the Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival. The event, held at the Kimberton Fairgrounds, also inlcudes live music and food from local restaurants and food trucks.
PENN DRY GOODS MARKET
May 18 - 19
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
This annual market at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center is the place to browse some of the finest artistry in needlework, linens, baskets, clothing, textiles and quilts. The day includes demonstrations, lectures and classes, led by patient artisans who are eager to share their skills with future generations.
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.
WORLD WAR II WEEKEND
May 5 - 6
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge
World War II Weekend returns to the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge this May. On May 5 and 6, visitors can walk through historic encampments, see authentic military vehicles, watch live battle reenactments, and more. Don't miss out on Saturday night's Swing Dance event.
SPRING CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS
May 5 - 26
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Saturday nights in May, join Valley Forge park rangers for conversation around the campfire. Topics include "The Revolution Beyond America," "Von Steuben's Training 101," and "Military Justice at Valley Forge."
LIVING HISTORY SUNDAY: HEARTH COOKING
Graeme Park presents a day of cooking and conversation about the use of plants as food, medicine, and fixes around the colonial home. Cooking demonstrations will be held throughout the day in Graeme Park's reproduction kitchen.
BROTHERS AT ARMS
The Paoli Battlefield Historical Park's Revolutionary Lecture Series continues on May 14 with a talk from Larrie D. Ferreiro, author of the new book Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain who Saved It.
HAPPY HOUR WITH THE HISTORIAN
Enjoy a glass of cold brew on the grounds of Graeme Park during Happy Hour with the Historian. The event features a cash bar and food with a 30-40 minute talk on a topic of historical interest.
LIVE THEATER AND PERFORMING ARTS
The Haverford School
The Academy of Vocal Arts presents a performance of the Giuseppe Verde-penned opera La Traviata. La Traviata tells the story of Violetta and the love of her life Alfredo, and the betrayal that tears them apart. The Haverford School hosts the only Montgomery County performance of this 160-year-old classic on May 1.
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
April 19 - May 5
Playcrafters of Skippack
Grandpa Vanderhof presides over a hilarious family of would-be artists, dancers, writers, and firecracker makers. Granddaughter Alice is proposed to by the boss' son. When the Kirbys arrive for dinner on the wrong night...well, side-splitting humor ensues.
SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL
April 27 - May 6
Methacton Community Theater
With its irresistible blend of hip swiveling hits , eye-popping fashions and outrageous dance moves, Shout! The Mod Musical takes audiences back to the music, style, and freedom of the 1960's. Created by Phillip George and david Lowenstein, Shout! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as "To Sir with Love," "Downtown," "Son of a Preacher Man," and "Goldfinger."
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS
April 27 - May 12
The Dramateurs, Inc. at the Barn Playhouse
Based on the 1992 hit film Honeymoon in Vegas, this musical comedy tells the story of a man who promised his dying mother he would never get married. Now that he has met the love of his life, plans change when they head to Las Vegas to elope, only for our hero to get cold feet. Honeymoon in Vegas will be performed on select dates between April 27 and May 12.
April 27 - May 13
Steel River Playhouse
In Proof, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn, we follow the life of Catherine, a young woman grieving over the loss of her father, a famous mathematician while dealing with a manipulative sister and a long-buried family secret. See Proof on stage between April 27 and May 13.
TREASURE ISLAND: A MUSICAL PANTO
May 11 - 13
World Premier: John O'Hara has reimagined the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale, Treasure Island, into a hilarious comedy panto. Follow Charlie, a modern-day CPA who finds himself in a tavern with pirates including Davey Jones and Long John Silvers. This is only the beginning of his deep seas adventure. DCP Theatre hosts Treasure Island: A Musical Panto May 11 to 13.
May 16 - June 10
Act II Playhouse
Act II Playhouse brings the Broadway classic Camelot to its stage in Ambler starting May 16. Relive the timeless story of King Arthur, Guenevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. Catch Camelot between May 16 and June 10.
SHE LOVES ME
May 25 - June 10
Steel River Playhouse
The Tony Award-nominated musical She Loves Me arrives on stage at Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown on May 25. Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me tells the story of Amalia and Georg, two coworkers who are often at odds, and the romance that unfolds when they both respond to a "lonely hearts" ad in the newspaper. She Loves Me runs from May 25 to June 10.
May 31 - June 16
Playcrafters of Skippack
When a mystery writer gets involved in a real murder (or so he thinks), things start to unravel quickly in this classic comedy. The show opens May 31 and runs through June 16 at Playcrafters of Skippack.
LIVE MUSIC AND COMEDY
THE PRINCE EXPERIENCE
The look, the sound, the essence of Prince takes over the Valley Forge Casino Resort on May 5. The Prince Experience brings to life the "Purple Rain" era of Prince through an unforgettable performance.
ABBA: THE CONCERT
Abba: The Concert is a musical tribute to one of the greatest pop groups of all time. It's as close to ABBA as you will ever see again on stage.
May is a busy month at the Keswick Theatre, with appearances from Garrison Keillor, Eric Burdon & The Animals, and stage productions of Charlotte's Web, Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas, and more.
SONGS OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY
Take a musical journey through the 20th Century at The Underground in Lansdale with vocalists Beth Reid and Bill Gottshall. Hear the sounds of Gershwin, Sinatra, Fitzgerald and more.
The Underground at Round Guys Brewing Company has a busy calendar in May that includes hard rock, singer-songwriters, broadway revues, and more.
THE MADS ARE BACK
Join Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu of Mystery Science Theater 3000 as they screen some of the worst movies ever made with all of the hilarious commentary that made MST3K famous.
LES CANARDS CHANTANTS
The Glencairn Museum's vocal ensemble in residence, Les Canards Chantants, presents "Transcendence to Transparency," a musical journey through Europe during the Reformation.