Posted: 04/16/2021

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 22nd & 23rd 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. Visit a Museum

We are excited to announce the re-opening of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum and the Ephrata Cloister effective April 30th. These informative and interactive museums have been forced to close their doors for over a year so be sure to plan a visit and support these local treasures! Call ahead or visit their websites for hours of operation and safe re-opening protocols.

3. Peruse the Downtown Art Galleries

On May 8 & 9, people of all ages are invited to the Spring Artwalk. Guests can partake on a self-guided tour of the art galleries in downtown Lancaster. See special exhibits, meet the artists and more! Bring the kiddos down to enjoy the children's activities available.

4. Family Fun at Dutch Wonderland

Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park's opening day is May 15th! Make your reservation in advance and be prepared to adhere to all COVID-19 safety regulations. See the wonder in your child's eyes as they experience their very own "Kingdom"!

5. Premier Wine Festival

Mount Hope Estate & Winery hosts Flavorfest (May 29-30) on the grounds of the PA Renaissance Faire. Spend Memorial Day Weekend sampling with 20 wineries and shopping unique gifts from the merchants. Grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants on-site to hold you over for the entire day!

6. Star Gaze by the River

Join the Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County on May 7th to stargaze and find out about their telescopes and equipment! Columbia Crossings welcomes you to the park for a night of amazement under the stars.

7. Kid's Color Fun Run

Children ages 5-14 are invited to participate in the Kid's Color Fun Run presented by the Manheim Area Chamber of Commerce. This in-person, evening of fun will take place on the grounds of the Manheim Central Middle School and begin at 4pm. There will be music, food trucks and lots of fun for the kids to complete the color fun run!

8. Columbia Market House Re-Opening Festivities

Enjoy culinary delights from local food trucks and family friendly activities as we celebrate the re-opening of the Columbia Market House on May 30th! Families and members of the community to join in the fun during opening weekend of the revitalized Columbia Market House! The Market House will be open throughout the event for those wishing to stroll through and explore. Kids will enjoy caricature artists and balloon artists!

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 21 & 22 to pay tribute to this spring vegetable. This family-friendly festival features live music, a Rhubarb Race Car Derby, and a celebration of the Rhubarb King & Queen. Stroll around the village, sample rhubarb-centric treats, and browse a variety of shops.

10. Shop 'Till You Drop

The Best Kept Secrets Tour is back May 1st - 22nd with "The List"! Enjoy a Lancaster County shopping, food & fun adventure—delivered right to your phone! Subscribers receive THE LIST of 10 Lancaster County Businesses on the 1st and may visit any time throughout the month. Each business has an awesome gift waiting for you! Sign up today!

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.

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