By Betsy Natter
The sun is warm, the air is cool, flowers are blooming everywhere – it’s time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather in Montgomery County. Several local communities are making it easy by holding outdoor festivals with plenty of music, food and fun for the entire family. Check out your favorite below:
Spring Wine Fest 2017 – Skippack Village
4038 Skippack Pk., Skippack, PA 19474
Enjoy food, crafts, music and great wine during the seventh annual wine festival in Skippack Village on Fri. May 19 from 5-9pm, and Sat. May 20 from 1-6pm. Over one dozen wineries will be pouring samples of their wines and as many specialty food vendors will provide tasty accompaniments. Those sampling wines must be over 21 and a wristband is required to participate. Live music and plenty of pop-up vendors will be on hand in addition to the village shops. Tickets can be purchased in advance at a discount online or at the door and check-in at the event is at the Village Wine Cellar, 4038 Skippack Pike. Free parking is available throughout the village. Dogs are welcome if they are well-controlled. Visit https://winetober.com/spring-wine-fest-2017 for more details.
Towamencin Community Day – Fischer’s Park
2225 Bustard Rd., Lansdale, PA 19446
Towamencin Township is sponsoring their annual community day on Sat. May 20 from 12 to 4 pm. Activities will include live music from the Montgomery County Concert and Jazz bands as well as North Penn H.S. bands, a food court, inflatable’s by A+ Jump, activities sponsored by the local police and fire departments, face painting/Balloon Animals, free pony rides, games, and a magician. Also available will be a free zip line and dunk tank! Vendors and community business will be handing out free information on services and products available in the local area.
COHS Fair Day & Pie Festival – Harleysville
Church of the Holy Spirit
2871 Barndt Rd., Harleysville, PA 19438
Calling all lovers of pie – join in the fun at the Church of the Holy Spirit’s 9th annual pie festival and fair on Sat. May 20 from 9am to 3 pm. Parish members are busy baking up a variety of homemade pies for both the competition and for sale to the public. The fundraising event will also feature local artisans, crafters, a flea market, food, a large plant sale and children’s events. See the church website for details on how to enter the competition or simply attend and enjoy a slice of sweetness.
Narberth Spring Music & Arts Festival – Narberth
Haverford & Forrest Aves., Narberth, PA 19072
Enjoy the arts in Narberth on Sun., May 21 from 2 to 7 pm during the annual music and art festival. This outdoor event flows through the streets as musicians entertain and local artisans display and sell their handcrafted items. This year’s entertainment lineup includes Narband, Beg Borrow & Steel and Nash & the KZP. Artists Alley is on Forrest Ave and features handmade, one-of-a kind items; shopping begins as early as noon. The event is free, although a $1 donation or a canned food item is requested as part of a fundraising effort by Kelly Music for Life.
Farm to Table Family Fun Day – Fox Chase Farm
8500 Pine Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19111
Learn how food goes from the farm to your family table during this fun and educational event on a real working farm. Fox Chase Farm will be open to the public on Sat., May 20, from 11 am to 4 pm for exploration and fun. The event is free and great for the whole family.
Country Fair & Auction – Dock Mennonite Academy
420 Godshall Rd., Souderton, PA
Join in the food and fun of an old-fashioned country fair and chicken barbeque on Fri., May 19 and Sat. May 20 on the EC-8 campus of Dock Mennonite Academy. Friday begins at 5:30 with music by the King’s Strings followed by a live auction at 6 pm. Up for bids are gift certificates, event tickets, trips and gift baskets. Enjoy a chicken BBQ dinner on site or pick up some BBQ chicken and strawberry pie at the convenient drive-thru location at Franconia Mennonite Church. Enjoy pony rides, a mechanical bull, face painting, a photo booth and lots of games. Saturday begins with a 5K race and 1 mile fun run followed by an “all-you-can-eat” country breakfast, served from 7:30 to 10:30 am. Then play on the V4 trampoline, giant slide and inflatables until the Chick-fil-A Cow arrives with the Helicopter Candy Drop at 11:30 am. To learn more about all the food and fun click on the promotional flyer.
Berks Pepper Jam – Willow Glen Park
Willow Glen Park, Sinking Spring, PA 19608
For a really hot time, drive to neighboring Wyomissing, PA for the Berks Pepper Jam, an annual festival celebrating everything peppers. The festival runs Fri. May 26 from 4 to 10 pm and Sat. May 27 from 12pm to 8 pm. Plenty of food vendors will be on site peddling their hot sauces, salsas, mustards, jams, nuts, spice mixes and pepper plants. Lots of prepared food is available for purchase as well. Cool off your palate with a drink in the beer tent, a sample from a local winery, or just run to the milk vendor! There are also crafts, musical acts and a corn hole to keep the kids occupied. For the brave hearted, two contests are offered during the event – the “Hotter than Hell” Pepper Challenge and the “Can’t Clip these Wings” all-you-can-eat hot wings contest. Contests are open to the public; click here for a schedule of events and contest liability waivers.