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20 Can’t Miss Events in May 2022

Start Summer a Little Early this May with Festivals, Amusement Parks, Baseball and More

It’s May! And as far as we can tell, the snow is well behind us. Just don’t go around casually mentioning how “nice” it is outside. Not yet, at least. Let’s just kinda’ sneak into these warmer spring days without winter noticing.

And when we hit those few gorgeous days in a row, we’ll declare it “NEPA Summer!” Only then can we finally start booking whitewater rafting trips and loading up our camping gear. Then, it will be time to dust off the old bike and hit those sorely-missed hiking trails. By May, NEPA’s beautiful state parks are calling. As are the scenic train rides and the cold beers and hot dogs at the ballpark.

Don’t let summer sneak up on you. Take that long list of awesome things to do and get after it. Start checking those amazing NEPA restaurants off your “must-do” list. Load up the car and start hitting all those cool, family-friendly places to see. Because this is NEPA, baby! And, before you know it, you’ll have added a thousand more things to that list.

Find all the springtime fun you can handle at DiscoverNEPA and on our comprehensive events calendar. And, if you still need a little help filling out that schedule, check out this convenient can’t miss list.

May Events in NEPA

  • Monster Jam

    April 29 – May 1

    Head to the Mohegan Sun Arena for an action-packed weekend of adrenaline-pumping monster truck racing. Monster Jam celebrates its 30th anniversary with new intense stunts and heated head-to-head battles.

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  • Cherry Blossom Festival

    April 30 & May 1

    Take in the gorgeous sights of Northeastern Pennsylvania springtime at Kirby Park. Go for a stroll through the blooming cherry blossom trees, grab a bite to eat from a local food truck and enjoy some live music at this iconic festival.

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  • Knoebels Opening Weekend

    April 30 & May 1

    America’s Largest Free-Admission Amusement Park is back for another year of family, friends, food and fun. Whether you’re sitting front row on the Phoenix or getting your fill of fresh-cut fries, Knoebels Opening Weekend is only the beginning of this summer’s fun.

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  • 47th Annual Cherry Blossom 5 Mile Run

    May 1

    Before enjoying festivities, lace up your running shoes for the 47th Annual Cherry Blossom 5 Mile Run through Kirby Park. With trees in full bloom, this race provides perfect springtime scenery.

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  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

    May 1, 10-15, 24-31

    The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are back for a new season of baseball in NEPA. This New York Yankees affiliate team is home to future Yankee superstars. Grab your peanuts and crackerjacks and get to PNC Field for 14 exciting home games in May.

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  • Electric City Trolley Baseball Excursion

    May 1, 15 & 29

    Get to the ball game in style with this unique trolley excursion to select Sunday RailRiders games at PNC Field. Trips start at the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum and include a ticket for the game and a trolley ride to and from the stadium.

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  • First Friday Scranton

    May 6

    Art of various mediums fills Downtown Scranton every First Friday. Stroll the Electric City streets to catch galleries and live shows in some of the area’s most popular restaurants, businesses and cafés.

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  • One Night With Nikki Glaser

    May 6

    Grab your tickets and head to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre for a hilarious evening with one of the most daring minds in stand-up. The veteran comic brings her unflinching honesty and razor-sharp wit to the stage for one night only.

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  • 25th Annual Candy’s Place Walk

    May 7

    Get outside. Enjoy a little sunshine, and help to raise funds and awareness for a great local cause. The 25th annual 2-mile walk in Forty Fort benefits Candy’s Place and concludes with a Mother’s Day flower sale, entertainment by DJ Joe Hussey and facility tours.

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  • Bike Train

    May 7 & 8

    Springtime means the return of the Bike Train. Sponsored by Pocono Biking, this scenic route continues to be a hit year after year. Board the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway in Jim Thorpe for a relaxing ride to the small town of White Haven. From there, cycle at your own place along the picturesque 25-mile Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail.

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  • 29th Annual Day of Caring

    May 11

    Join the United Way of Wyoming Valley for this extraordinary volunteer event. The day begins with a breakfast at Genetti’s Hotel in Wilkes-Barre. From there, volunteers head to work at various sites throughout NEPA. Register for specific sites at the United Way’s Sign-Up page.

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  • WWE Friday Night Smack Down

    May 13

    Get in on the high-flying, mat pounding action at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre for an evening of live professional wrestling. Watch your favorite champions defend their titles. Catch wild tag team matches and more.

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  • Pittston City Second Friday Art Walk

    May 13

    Shop local, support area artists, and discover all that downtown Pittston has to offer at the Second Friday Art Walk. Main Street will be lined with art exhibits and craft vendors. The kids will keep busy with crafts and entertainment in the children’s section. It kicks off at 5 p.m.

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  • The Jim Thorpe Area Running Festival 2022

    May 14 & 15

    Take to the scenic rail trails for a fun 7-miler, half or full marathon through Lehigh Gorge State Park in historic Jim Thorpe. Enjoy the picturesque Lehigh River, Downtown Jim Thorpe and the fast, flat race route. Spectators welcome.

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  • The Lackawanna County Giveback on the Mountain Musicfest

    May 14

    Swing by The Pavilion at Montage for this free admission event celebrating the local live entertainment scene. The all-day, two-stage music festival features a sampling of local bands and DJs, food trucks, over 60 vendors and more.

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  • 1st Whitewater Dam Release of 2022

    May 15

    Don’t miss the first release of the season. Gather your brave friends and family and take on the adrenaline pumping rapids of the Lehigh River with Whitewater Rafting Adventures in Nesquehoning. Reservations required.

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  • Fine Arts Fiesta

    May 19 – 22

    Celebrate local art at this popular, four-day festival in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Join dozens of local artists and crafters as they showcase their work on Public Square. Enjoy live music, art shows, Kids activities, delicious festival food and so much more.

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  • Kielbasi Festival/Heritage Day 2022

    May 21

    Follow your nose to Main Street in Shenandoah for this popular, annual festival and parade. Enjoy the Parade of Nations, live local music, arts and crafts vendors, food and drink vendors and the star of the day – kielbasa.

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  • Waterpark Opening Day

    May 28

    Grab your bathing suit and head to Montage Mountain Resorts this Memorial Day Weekend for the long-awaited opening day of the popular Montage Mountain Waterpark. Hop in the Lazy River. Challenge friends on the Mat Racer Slides. Or dare to take on the Tundra Tornado.

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  • Big Night Out

    May 29

    Join the adventure experts at Pocono Whitewater for a Memorial Day Weekend to remember. Start with a scenic rafting trip down the Lehigh River, tacos for lunch, and then finish the day with a relaxing sunset bike ride and a cold beer.

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