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20 Can’t Miss Events in May 2019

Summer Is On Its Way


Let’s fill these warmer days with fine arts, food trucks and funky hats.

The long wait is over. The grass and trees are green again, and the summer sun is inviting us outside. It’s time to dig out the old flip flops and tank tops, and sweep off the patio. May in NEPA is full of so much pre-summer fun, and with the weeks now teeming with sunshine, it’s about time we started making the most of it.

New trails are calling your name. That restaurant with the awesome outdoor patio is holding a table just for you. And there are so many things to do on your bucket list, it’s kind of amazing that you’re still sitting here.

We know it’s not truly summer yet, but there’s no harm in pretending. After all, May brings with it some incredible concerts, outdoor events and the official beginning of waterpark season. NEPA’s beautiful parks are all set for the season with plenty of fishing, camping and hiking on the menu.

And if this is not enough to get you excited about getting out of the house, check out these magnificent May events.

Rockin' Live Shows, Festivals, Magic and So Much More:

  • One Night in Memphis

    Friday, May 3

    Go back in time at Wilkes-Barre’s F.M. Kirby Center and experience one of the most legendary concerts of all time. This high energy show brings Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash back to the stage for one memorable night.

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  • Food Truck Friday

    Friday, May 3

    Celebrate a tasty “Summer in Pottsville” every Friday night as a small army of food trucks sets up throughout the city’s central business district. Enjoy  Pottsville’s walkable downtown on a warm evening with friends and, of course, food trucks.

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  • Arcadia Pops Concert: Ella Fitzgerald

    Friday, May 3

    The Century Club of Scranton will host an enchanted evening of pure jazz classics as NEPA’s top chorale delivers hits from The First Lady of Song. The cabaret-style concert will scroll through some of the great vocalist’s biggest hits.

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  • Kentucky Derby Day

    Saturday, May 4

    Put on your best, most outrageous fascinator (Derby hat) and head to the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre. Watch the Derby, catch some live harness racing and stick around for the famous Run for the Roses Hat Revue.

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  • West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival

    Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5

    Swing by West Pittston for this annual celebration along the Susquehanna River. There will be plenty of games, live entertainment, and food.

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  • Melissa Ethridge

    Thursday, May 9

    Don’t miss your chance to catch this multi-Grammy-winning mega star at Jim Thorpe’s famed Penn’s Peak. The Platinum-record selling icon will bring down the house with her soulful rock setlist of classics and new favorites.

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  • Kenny Chesney

    Friday, May 10

    Join the laid-back country crooner at Wilkes-Barre’s Mohegan Sun Arena as he sets off on his Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour. This more intimate, scaled-back tour will be making only 18 stops. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see one of today’s biggest country music stars.

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  • Spring Wine Festival

    Saturday, May 11

    Enjoy delicious Pennsylvania wines at this highly anticipated annual spring festival at Montage Mountain Resorts. Pair your reds and whites with live, local entertainment, wine-worthy cuisine and a little shopping. The festival will feature wine from a dozen different Pennsylvania wineries.

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  • Moms Raft Free

    Sunday, May 12

    This year, celebrate a Mother’s Day that mom won’t soon forget with the good folks from Whitewater Rafting Adventures in Nesquehoning. Bring the family and brave the rapids of the mighty Lehigh River. Fill a raft with four or more riders and mom rides for free.

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  • Fine Arts Fiesta

    Thursday, May 16 – Sunday, May 19

    Stop by Downtown Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square for a full weekend celebration of creativity and the arts. The free event, now in its 64th year, will feature original work from over 50 local artists. There will also be live local music all weekend and plenty of festival food vendors.

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  • The Illusionists

    Friday, May 17

    Don’t miss death-defying stunts, new twists on classic magic tricks, and feats of absolute wonderment at this incredibly successful Broadway production. Six of the world’s best illusionists grace the F.M. Kirby Center stage in this all-ages show that’s sure to become a local favorite.

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  • Candy’s Place Walk

    Saturday, May 18

    Get outside. Enjoy a little sunshine, and help to raise funds and awareness for a great local cause. The 22nd annual 2-mile walk in Forty Fort concludes with food vendors, kid-friendly activities and so much more. All proceeds directly benefit Candy’s Place’s efforts toward providing unmatched patient services and support.

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  • Schuylkill County Brew Fest

    Saturday, May 18

    Craft beer lovers make your way to Downtown Pottsville for this popular festival. Over 30 breweries will be on hand slinging beer samples and merch. There will also be live entertainment, wine and spirits, craft vendors and plenty of delicious food.

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  • Cedric the Entertainer

    Sunday, May 19

    For one night, this stand-up comedy legend and film, television and Broadway star will bring his unique comedy show to Cove Haven Resort in the Poconos. The 30-year veteran of stage and screen aims to deliver a truly once in a lifetime performance.

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  • Muddfest 2019

    Friday, May 24

    Stroudsburg’s Sherman Theater will be rocking with the multi-million record selling band, Puddle of Mudd. The show will also feature hard rock bands, Saliva, Trapt, Saving Abel and Tantric.

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  • Montage Mountain Waterpark Opening Day

    Saturday, May 25

    Get an early start on summer fun at Montage Mountain Resort’s popular mountain waterpark. Soak up some sun in the lazy river, race down the gravity-defying waterslides, or catch some serious sets in the wave pool. You can also take your adventure to the sky on their famous ZipRider attraction.

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  • Zombie Fest V

    Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26

    Do Memorial Day weekend a little differently at this favorite Lehighton drive-in theater. Plan for a weekend of ghouls and frights as the 3-day festival features nine terrifying big screen zombie classics.

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  • Stone Temple Pilots

    Wednesday, May 29

    Relive the rockin’ 90s with one of the grunge-era’s biggest bands. The Grammy-winning group will light up Stroudsburg’s Sherman Theater stage with a set list that includes groundbreaking new music and classic favorites.

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  • Finding Neverland

    Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2

    The Scranton Cultural Center transforms into Peter Pan’s youthful paradise in this biographical musical based on the life of Pan author J.M. Barrie. Discover the inspiration behind one of the world’s most beloved children’s books.

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  • The Machine Performs Pink Floyd: 30th Anniversary

    Friday, May 31

    Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe welcomes one of America’s premier Pink Floyd tribute bands. Join them to celebrate 30 years with a special anniversary concert featuring the works of three classic Pink Floyd albums.

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