Posted: 03/10/2020

Top 10 Things to do this May in Lancaster, PA

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Top 10 Things to do this May in Lancaster, PA

The flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer. With the longer days come exciting events and things to do in May in Lancaster County. Here are some of our top recommendations for things to try while you are in town.

1. Step back in time at a Sheep Shearing Day

On both May 1 and May 8 you can watch live, professional sheep shearing at The Amish Farm and House, as well as see demonstrations from spinners and weavers who use the wool to make crafts. Learn how to make a horse shoe, take a buggy ride, sample Amish baked goods, and visit the petting zoo to complete your sheep-shearing day.

2. Have a Very Merry Market Day

Spring brings the beginning of the fruit and vegetable harvest to markets around the county. Whether you’re checking out one of the fantastic, fresh year-round markets, or hopping over to a seasonal community market, like the Lititz Farmers Market, you’re sure to fill your basket with lots of tasty goodies and fresh finds to nosh on.

3. Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Catch 9 innings of great baseball at Clipper Magazine, as the Lancaster Barnstormers kick-off their season with 15 home games in May. Grab dinner at the concession stands, featuring ballpark favorites, and enjoy the game!

4. Twist it up

Stroll through the shops of downtown Lititz and taste tantalizing treats along the way at the Lititz Pretzel Fest on Saturday, May 2. The festival will feature 10+ delicious pretzel treats, minute-to-win-it games, local musicians, and lots of small-town charm. While you are in town be sure to stop in at Julius Sturgis, the nation’s oldest commercial pretzel bakery. For more places to get pretzels in Lancaster check out this list.

5. Attend Two Tasty “Fests”

Mount Hope Estate & Winery hosts two tasty events in May – Brewfest (May 9) and Flavorfest (May 23-24). Brewfest features over 50 breweries to sample, live music, and complimentary food – perfect for the craft beer lover. If you prefer wine, check out Flavorfest for sampling from 30 wineries, live entertainment, and plenty of tasty food.

6. Get your Green-Thumb on

The Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum will host their annual Herb & Garden Faire on May 8-9. With more than 80 vendors of plants garden art and more you are sure to find something to give your garden a healthy start this spring. Plus, tours of the gardens will be run by the museum’s Heirloom Seed Project.

7. Explore the Open Roads

What better way to explore Lancaster County in the spring than by bicycle? Intercourse Bikeworks is hosting a Bicycle Tour with a Farm-to-Table Amish Dinner on May 23. The casual bike ride will wind through some of the county’s most beautiful farmland and finish up with a farm-to-table meal outside as the sun sets. Along the way you will pass Amish schools, covered bridges, old mills and a historic mansion. Sounds picturesquely-perfect to us!

8. Go on an Ultimate Amish Experience

If biking is not your preferred method of transportation, try taking a tour with Strasburg Scooters. Their Ultimate Amish Adventure tour on May 30 offers a close-up and personal experience with the Amish culture. You can interact with the Amish and get a first-hand experience of what their lifestyle is like, all while zooming around on Lancaster’s back roads.

9. Get Rowdy with Rhubarb

Rhubarb is being celebrated this month at one of the biggest foodie-approved festivals. Kitchen Kettle Village’s annual Rhubarb Festival will be held May 15 and 16 to pay tribute to this spring vegetable. This family-friendly festival features live music, a Rhubarb Race Car Derby, and a Rhubarb Dessert Contest. Stroll around the village, sample rhubarb-centric treats, and browse a variety of shops.

10. Celebrate Spring

Celebrate the arrival of spring at Rock Ford Plantation’s May Fair event on Sunday, May 19. You can take a guided tour of the mansion as well as learn about this traditional spring time celebration complete with period dancing around the Maypole, historical games and music, and open-hearth cooking demonstrations.

For more ideas of what to do during your visit check out our events calendar, or sign-up for our e-newsletter to stay in the know.