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599 W. Union St.
West Chester, PA 19382
Date: May 5, 2013
Out in the Philadelphia “countryside” in the town of West Chester is an annual fun-filled, family festival. This free spring festival will help kick off your May Day celebrations and is complete with children’s activities and a moon bounce. The festival also has arts and crafts, music and food booths.
The Broad Street Run
Broad St. and W. Fisher Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Date: May 5, 2013
The famous Broad Street Run is the unofficial kickoff of May celebrations in Philly. The race follows a 10-mile course throughout the city along Broad Street and goes through many neighborhoods and around City Hall. Runners sign up for a lottery in February and pay $40 if selected. Spectators come out to support the runners and there are various entertainment and cheerleaders spread throughout the race. Refreshments are also available. Kids’ activities will be held at the Philadelphia Naval Yard and consist of face painting, a moon bounce, petting zoo, rides and more. The cost is $5 per child with children under two admitted for free.
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Broad St. and 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Date: May 18, 2013
This annual festival attracts a large crowd of over 50,000 with live music, art, fashion and food. The edible offerings are similar to those at a food and wine festival in that vendors offer sample-size portions — so you can try many dishes for just small fees. This is a family-friendly festival with plenty of activities for children that is held rain or shine.
9th Street Italian Market Festival
Along 9th St. between Fitzwater St. and Federal St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Dates: May 18-19, 2013
The city’s largest open-air market turns into an Italian street festival of food and fun for the whole family (whether rain or shine). South Philly’s many restaurants will extend their seating to the outdoors. Enjoy all of the different variations of cuisine provided by vendors to keep you satiated throughout the festival. This festival isn’t just about food; there will also be staged entertainment. The market has a Visitor’s Center located at 919 South 9th Street that includes a gift shop for Italian treasures as well.
Brandywine River Blues Festival
632 Baltimore Pike
Chaddsford, PA 19317
Dates: May 25-26, 2013
Chaddsford Winery has been in business of over 20 years and is the largest winery in Pennsylvania. The festival will feature barrel aging and wine making demonstrations. Bring your picnic and relax in the sun for two live blues bands each day of the festival. This is one for true wine lovers, with the focus on the winery (though the music is a nice addition!).
4255 Pierceville Rd
Glen Rock, Pa. 17327
Dates: May 3, Noon – 6 p.m.; May 4 and 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
This weekend-long festival at Spoutwood Farm celebrates one of the pagan aspects of May Day: fairies! Grab the kids and enjoy more than 70 arts and crafts vendors, performances by musicians and dancers, storytellers, maypole dancing, fairie crafts such as wand and garland making (involves a small fee), food, fairie, fairie and gnome habitat tours, fairie tea parties and guest appearances from the Green Man, the Mossmen, Sweet Pea and others.
30 Local Gardens
Date: May 10
Celebrate our city’s status as “America’s Garden Capital” with National Garden Day celebrations at numerous area green spaces. Participants include Longwood, Bartram’s Garden, Chanticleer and more, and all guests will receive packets of seeds, gratis, upon entrance to any of the gardens.