By Betsy Natter

Spring is a beautiful time to enjoy the outdoors, shop in quaint towns and experience the warmth of good friends in communities all over Montgomery County. Check out our list of 10 ways to celebrate the season in a county that has it all!

1. Frequent a Community Street Fair and Market

Twilight on the River is an evening, family night out market concept located in Bridgeport, PA in a scenic park-like setting along the Schuylkill River at the Norristown dam. The event includes food, games, locally produced gifts and products, and showcases local non-profit organizations. It is held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, May through September from 4:30 to 8:30 pm.

First Friday Events are featured in Communities all over Montgomery County. Restaurant specials, local vendors, musical street performers and activities for the kids are staples of these special evenings to promote small businesses in the area’s quaint, yet flourishing towns. Check out one each month!

Ambler: amblermainstreet.org
Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr: www.firstfridaymainline.com
Lansdale: www.discoverlansdale.org
Skippack: www.skippackvillage.com
Phoenixville: www.phoenixvillefirst.org

2. Take Your Dog to a Canine Carnival

DeBella Dog Walk – Sat., May 4, 11 am to 3 pm
Green Lane Park Amphitheater
2298 Green Lane Road, Green Lane PA 18054
wmgk.com

The 2019 DeBella Dog Walk is a FREE, outdoor event for people and their dogs, those looking to adopt, and those wanting to learn about particular breeds. Its aim is to teach people how to be better pet owners and to educate the public about the work that non-profit rescue groups and shelters do. Over 25 shelters and rescue groups will be present. Enjoy doggie demonstrations, interactive pet/owner games and food truck offerings.

3. Help the Environment

Native Plant Sale by the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy – Sat., May 11, 10 am to 4 pm
Peter Wentz Farmstead
2030 Shearer Rd.,Lansdale, PA 19446
www.perkiomenwatershed.org

The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy (PWC) is hosting a Native Plant Sale at the Peter Wentz Farmstead on Sat, May 11th from 10 am to 4 pm. Native plants use less water, require less work, and provide year-round interest AND benefit to wildlife. The Sale will feature expert advice from PWC staff. A large variety of native vines, ferns, shrubs, trees, flowers, and grasses will be available for sale. Park in the main lot for the Farmstead, then follow the signs to the sale location.

Peter Wentz Farmstead Native Plant Sale (Photo from Facebook)

4. Learn About Life During the Civil War

Civil War Encampment – Sat/Sun., June 1 & 2, beginning at 10 am
Pennypacker Mills
5 Haldeman Rd, Schwenksville, PA 19473
www.ppmcivilwar.org

Experience life during the Civil War at this reenactment event held on the grounds of Pennypacker Mills. Support the troops as cannon fire rumbles across the field and opposing armies march toward each other in battle. Visit military and civilian encampments, tour the mansion and see special exhibits. Join in the period music and songs and visit the Civilian Street for demonstrations. Kids will enjoy the “Be a Soldier Kid Enlistment” activity, and much more.

A food vendor will be available. More details and a full schedule is available at www.ppmcivilwar.org. The event is free, but a $2 per person donation is appreciated.

5. Take the Kids to a Fair

Towamencin Community Day 2019 – Sat., May 18, 12 to 4 pm
Fischer’s Park
2225 Bustard Road Lansdale, PA 19446
Facebook Event Page

Towamencin’s Community Day is chock full of FREE face painting/balloon animals, pony rides, zip line, police/fire activities, inflatables by A+ Jump, magic shows, and much more!  The event includes live music, a food court, and an array of vendors and local community groups.

Towamencin Community Day (Photo from Facebook)

6. Eat Pie

Church of the Holy Spirit Annual Fair Day & Pie Festival – Sat., May 18, 9 am to 3 pm
2871 Barndt Rd., Harleysville, PA 19438
www.churchoftheholyspirit.net

This annual festival has it all: a craft fair, plant sale, car wash, treasure chest flea market, kids’ games, food AND a pie contest and sale! The event will be held on the church grounds.

7. Peruse a Craft Festival

Towns all around MontCo love to host craft festivals. Start the season at one of these:

Skippack Spring Fest – May 11 & 12, 10 am to 5 pm
Skippack Pk., Skippack, PA 19474
www.skippackvillage.com

Narberth Music & Arts Festival – June 9, 12 to 7 pm
Haverford Ave and Forrest Ave, Narberth, PA 19072
www.narberthmusicfestival.com

Lansdale Day Arts & Crafts Festival – June 1, 10 am to 4 pm
West Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446
www.rotaryclubofnorthpenn.org

8. Learn About Nature

MontCo Parks
www.montcopa.org

Montco’s many park and trails are ready to explore and each park site sponsors of variety of nature activities. Educational lessons geared toward children, bird walks, creek explorations and more! Check the county parks website for the brochure listing all the opportunities.

9. Paddle the Perkiomen

Perkiomen Creek Sojourn – Sat., June 1
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
1 W. Skippack Pk., Schwenksville, PA 19473
www.perkiomenwatershed.org

Enjoy a day on the water as you canoe or kayak down the scenic Perkiomen Creek on a Creek Sojourn from Schwenksville to Oaks. A lunch stop is provided on this tour led by a guide from the Conservancy. Bring your own boat or rent one. For more details and to register, visit the Conservancy website at www.perkiomenwatershed.org.

Perkiomen Creek Sojourn (Photo from Facebook)

10. Uncork Some Fun at a Wine Festival

Spring Wine Fest 2019 – Sat., May 18
Skippack Village
Skippack Pk., Skippack, PA 19474
www.skippackvillage.com

Enjoy the quaint shopping village of Skippack while sipping wine and tasting spirits from the featured Pennsylvania wineries and distilleries that will be on hand from 1 to 6 pm. Enjoy food from a variety of food trucks as well as the many restaurants in the village. Shop the vibrant selection of boutique retail establishments, then stop to enjoy some of the live music throughout the village.

Skippack Wine Fest (photo from Facebook)

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