May TOP TEN


Destination Delco, Delaware County’s Official Tourism Agency, has not only launched a new website, we’ve also produced a new Spring & Summer Tourism Guide.

Delco’s most exciting places to eat, sleep, play, and tour are just a click or a page-turn away.  Visiting from out of town? Soon you’ll be able to book your stay right here on the site. Pick out a few restaurants, sip your way through one of our vineyards or breweries, visit our historic sites.  Those who live nearby can easily plan an entire day or fun-filled afternoon of adventure…

  • Explore our monthly TOP 10 LIST of the coolest things to see and do each month, from horse shows to concerts, festivals, children’s activities and more.                                                               
  • Look under THINGS TO DO…To browse local art centers, museums and more…                                             
  • Pick one of our beautiful FREE parks, and take the kids for a picnic                                  
  • Search theaters and get tickets to the hottest new show in town                                    
  • Search top music venues, vineyards, and breweries                                                                     
  • Or plan a visit to one of our gorgeous gardens

You can also REQUEST that we send you one of our new Visitors Guides to keep handy all summer long!  In fact, why not page through it right now? Click here to view our Spring-Summer Visitors Guide


This slightly amended version of Shakespeare’s most famous quote, is hardly a question for the ages.  OF COURSE WE BEER!  In fact, on May 4th people from all over the region will be enthusiastically choosing to Beer at The 19th Annual Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers’ Festival, at Iron Hill in Media.

The event is 1 to 5pm, so get tickets now for a fun afternoon of food, games, music, and unlimited craft beer samples from over 20 local breweries. The festival continues to grow into the premier showcase of handcrafted products from the region’s craft breweries.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Media Youth Center (MYC), which offers a wide array of recreational and educational programs for youth in addition to partnership opportunities with the community. MYC provides a safe environment for youth to expand their minds, grow their bodies and have fun. Click here to Purchase Tickets


Saturday, May 18th join CBS 3 News Anchor Ukee Washington, The Phillie Phanatic, and thousands of sponsors, supporters, active & retired Military, and Wounded Heroes for Pennsylvania’s 12th Annual WALK FOR THE WOUNDED and WARRIORS 5K RUN.

BE A HERO TO A HERO! Each year this statewide Fundraiser, Festival and Tribute Event draws thousands to Rose Tree Park in Media, Delaware County.  Funds raised enable Operation First Response (OFR) to give critical financial assistance to wounded veterans and their families.  In fact, over 11 years, this event has raised more than 2.6 million dollars…and helped more than 20,000 wounded veterans in serious need of aid to supplement their medical, transportation and general living expenses while dealing with life altering injuries incurred in service to their country.

Hosting the event is Ukee Washington, News Anchor for CBS 3 TV and the Phillie Phanatic hasn’t missed a single WALK since it began in 2007!  There will be live music as well as DJ music, plus food, military vehicles, a climbing wall, and zip-lining across the park, as they anticipate the arrival of an active service Chinook Helicopter – landing right in Rose Tree Park!

The WALK begins at 10am and The WARRIORS 5K RUN begins at 9am.  There is no need to register for the WALK, but to register for the WARRIORS 5K (a professionally timed event) visit RunSignUp.  Click here to learn more about Operation First Response.  


Kelly Music for Life is bringing the beat to the streets of Havertown as it presents the 6th Annual Haverford Spring Fest. It’s free, fun, and perfect for a Sunday afternoon!  So follow the crowd to Havertown on Sunday, May 5th, between noon and 7pm.

“Cinco de Mayo,” the massive street festival on Brookline Boulevard in Havertown attracts thousands who come to enjoy classic rock and roll and talented young bands that will keep the crowd festive all day.  Local artisans and crafters will display and sell their works. Sponsored by ACME Markets, the event is also a great family fun day with lots of activities including a giant inflatable Fun Zone, bungee rides, and face painting.  For adults there will be 3 Beer Gardens and all types of food by area restaurants.  Admission is free, but donations are welcome. In addition to some of the best national touring tribute bands, there will also be great homegrown talent throughout the afternoon!


The French fencing term, “en garde“, is a warning to be alert, attentive and ready for action.   So get your tickets now for Hedgerow Theatre’s swashbuckling, funny, and insightful performance of The Three Musketeers, opening May 1st and running through May 26th.  The novel, written in 1844 by Alexandre Dumas, looks back to the mid-to-late 1620’s, and was the first of several sprawling stories he would create featuring fictionalized depictions of the real-life d’Artagnan and his companions, the heroic musketeers: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.

Matthew Tallman has refashioned the piece by focusing on the author’s fondness for the story of a young person finding his way in a world larger and more complicated than expected.  “This adaptation, in part inspired by the swashbuckling films of the 1930’s and 40’s,” he explains, “is also shaped by the recreation of filmic effects onstage.  To thrill audiences, Dumas could simply write a chase on horseback from Paris to Calais, and Hollywood could easily put it onscreen.  The way we present it onstage should also thrill, but there is an added element of ingenuity and theatricality that bonds us, theatre-makers and audiences, together.”  Click here for tickets.

                                                               


Being in the heart of America’s Garden Capital, we can safely say that our May flowers provide a scent-sational reason for families to get outside and play!

Do a little horsing around just outside Delaware County lines at the
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, 8am to 10pm, May 23rd through June 2nd.  This is one of the most famous equestrian shows in the East, and is both the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition in the United States. There are exciting riding competitions and demonstrations every day – and every night the Country Fair midway becomes ‘family central’ for food, souvenirs, refreshments, art shows, cool exhibits and more. Gates open daily at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.   The Country Fair area opens at 10 a.m and Family Days are Thursday, May 23rd & Tuesday, May 28th, when there will be specials on Food, Souvenirs and the Midway.

May at Linvilla Orchards is a cornucopia of food, fruit, and fun! Starting with their Spring Food Truck Frenzy, Saturday May 4, 2019 (Rain date Sunday May 5) 11am – 5pm. In addition to delicious treats from the trucks there will be live music, hayrides, pony rides, face painting, train rides and more!  Or bring your fishing rod. Linvilla’s Orchard Lake was constructed to provide irrigation water for some of their crops — and to make fishing available. While trout fishing season is winding down, later this month the action switches to Hybrid Striped Bass, Crappies, Bluegill and Catfish. By the end of the month you can Pick Your Own Strawberries! Plus there are barnyard animals to visit, hayrides, pony rides and face painting adds an artistic aspect to every visit!

Let’s face it, everyone’s a little bit ‘mad’ about Alice in Wonderland! This production was written specifically for the Media Theatre and takes the stage every Sunday at Noon through May 26th. A rollicking, humorous, and musical adventure, it is based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale where Alice follows the White Rabbit and falls into a strange place where flowers sing and a wicked Queen of Hearts plays croquet in a very odd way.  Audience participation is encouraged. A perfect hour for families with children 4 and older. C


Beginning May 11th, Tyler Arboretum asks visitors to look at nature in new ways in its latest outdoor summer sculpture exhibit: Gateways to Nature. Walk through the Wind Tunnel, see historic buildings through the perspective of a kaleidoscope, or get up close and personal with steel-crafted, larger-than-life animals that prowl the Pinetum.  Gateways to Nature showcases Tyler Arboretum’s landscapes with a range of original works set throughout the Arboretum. Using an exciting range of frames, vistas, portals, and thresholds through which to step, look, or refocus attention on nature, the exhibit offers alternative experiences of art in a natural environment. Working in a range of materials, from wood, metal, and masonry, 13 creative artists and makers have provided ‘gateways to nature’ that you may have never experienced before. Read about the artists and the exhibit!

Volunteers will lead tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  For those who prefer to explore alone, self-guided signage and maps will be available. Pack a picnic and pick a favorite piece of sculpture to spend time with while exploring nature through the eyes of an artist.  With 650 acres of meadows, wetlands, and unbroken forest, and over 17 miles of hiking trails, Tyler is open every day for exploration and discovery, and is one of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern United States.


Orchestra Concordia will present the final concert of its season on May 10th at 8:00 p.m. at Radnor Middle School. This free concert features a mostly French program that includes Gabriel Faure’s Pavane and Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings.  The event is free and will also feature Conductor Gary White and Philadelphia Orchestra French Horn soloist Jeffrey Lang. 


Pictured is a stunning landscape by George Inness (1825-1894),  Moonrise, Alexandria Bay, 1891, Oil on canvas.  It is part of the collection titled:  AMERICAN BEAUTY: Highlights from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest The Brandywine River Museum of Art and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art came together in this exhibition to share their finest works from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest. Mr. Scaife was a long-time trustee of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art – as well as a newspaper publisher, art collector, and philanthropist who left a major part of his extensive art collection to both museums following his death in 2014.  The exhibit closes May 27th, so there are only a few weeks left to see this collection which includes 50 paintings. The pieces are not only stunning, but show the range of Mr. Scaife’s collecting tastes.  He believed “Beautiful art—paintings, music, literature, whatever—can transform our moods, lighten our hearts, make us think or change our minds, inspire us to be creative or live better lives.” Read more about this exquisite Collection.


Frankly, there’s never a bad day to celebrate good wine.  But for those who need a reason to relax with their favorite Cabernet, Moscato or Sauvignon Blanc, National Wine Day is May 25th.  The likely purpose of this annual holiday is to buy wine, appreciate wine and enjoy the history of wine. After all, this beverage has been a part of human civilization for at least 8,000 years…that’s right, an 8,000-year-old wine was found in the Caucasus region of Eurasia – in what is now the country of Georgia.   And what’s the best way to celebrate this tasty holiday?  We suggest a hands-on approach – by going to where the wine is made in the first place! Bring friends or make some new ones at Penn Woods.