York's Best of May entertainment calendar
The 26th annual Fairie Festival runs Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, at Spoutwood Farm, 4255 Pierceville Road, Codorus Township. This is the final year for the festival, which brings thousands of people to the farm to celebrate all things fairy with music, dance, performances, art, food, fairy and gnome village tours, drum circles and more. Times: noon-6 p.m. Friday, Children's Day, with free entry for children 12 and under; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $20 adults, $5 children Saturday and Sunday. Information: www.spoutwood.org.
Leg Up Farm hosts the second annual Farm en Blanc, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the farm, 4880 N. Sherman St., Mount Wolf. The evening will feature foods prepared by local chefs and music by The Bottom Feeders, with proceeds benefiting Leg Up Farm and Able-Services. Guests are requested to wear mostly white. Tickets: $125. Information: www.legupfarm.org.
Take a journey with the York Symphony Orchestra as it presents Back in the USSR at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in the Strand Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St, York. Come out and hear the inventive and dramatic music of Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev. Tickets: $5-$45. Information: www.appellcenter.org.
Come out and hear some of the county's finest young musicians perform during the York Junior Symphony Orchestra and York Youth Symphony Orchestra anniversary concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Penn State York's Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Avenue. Celebrate the YJSO's 50th anniversary and the YYSO's 60th.Tickets: $15. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Gardening time is here, and MAEscapes and the Penn State Master Gardeners can help make your space beautiful with the 22nd annual Native Plant Sale, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Road. Plant growers will have a wide variety of plants, shrubs and trees that are suited for the area, and the Horn Farm Center and the Mason Dixon Unit of the Herb Society of America will offer herb plants and heirloom vegetable seedlings. Information and seminar schedule: www.facebook.com/MAEscapes.
Get ready for mom's big day as Flinchbaugh's Orchard and Farm Market, 110 Ducktown Road, Hellam Township, hosts a Mother's Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Bring the kids to hand dip strawberries in chocolate. There also will be supplies to make cards and crafts. Information: Flinchbaughsorchard.com.
Gear up for a summer on the Susquehanna with Kayak Demo Days, May 12-13 at Shank's Mare Outfitters, 2092 Long Level Road. Participants can try out a variety of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards with the guidance of the Shank's Mare staff. Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Information: www.shanksmare.com.
After sunset on Saturday, May 12, the sky at the York Expo Center will fill with light as Lantern Fest comes to York. The event begins at 4 p.m. with live music, a stage show, food and more, then at 9:15 p.m., everyone in the crowd will light lanterns and send them into the sky. Tickets: children 4-12, $15; adults $60 through Friday, May 4, $65 May 5-11, $70 May 12. Information: dc.thelanternfest.com/tickets.
Get some fresh air and be part of a Mother's Day tradition at the 43rd Annual Olde York Street Fair from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 13 in downtown York. This free event features more than 100 vendors of handmade arts and crafts and a variety of food as well as a Kid’s Fun Block that features bounce houses, games, face painting and performances by the White Rose Figure Skating Club. There will be plenty of other entertainment as well, with stages located through the downtown area. A map and entertainment schedule are available at www.yorkcity.org.
For mothers who love history, the York County History Center offers a free look at the Colonial Court House and a tour of the Golden Plough Tavern and Gates House for $2, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the buildings at West Market Street and Pershing Avenue. And grab a sweet treat at The Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., where the Friends' Ice Cream Parlor will have sundaes, floats and more, noon-4 p.m. Information: yorkhistorycenter.org.
Brown's Orchards and Farm Market presents its first of four Orchard to Table Dinner experiences from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 18. The five-course meal is $60, and menu includes shrimp bisque and beef Wellington, as well as Strawberry Crepes Fitzgerald for dessert. Each course is paired with a Logan's View wine. Seating is limited, and reservations are required by calling 717-428-2036, ext. 232, or by visiting the market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville. Information: www.brownsorchards.com.
Orangemite Studios presents "The Two Noble Kinsmen," May 18-27 at Orangemite, 2035 Tall Fir Drive, Dover. The Shakespeare comedy brings together Chaucer's "A Knight's Tale" with characters from Greek mythology for a unique tale of romance, friendship and destiny. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15. Information: orangemite.org.
Taste of Pennsylvania brings its annual Wine and Music Festival to the York Expo Center May 19-20. More than 250 Pennsylvania wines will be available for tasting, along with live bands, food and vendors. Tickets: general admission free; single day wine pass, 1-6 p.m., $25; VIP wine pass, noon-6 p.m., $30; designated driver, free water and soda all day, $10. Don't like wine? Brew Kids on the Block has 80 craft beers available for sampling, along with more music, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 19, tickets $30. Information: http://yorkwinefest.com.
The York Symphony Orchestra brings its "world tour" back home with a selection of American Classics at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in the Strand Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St, York. In honor of Armed Forces Day, Conductor Lawrence Golan will lead the orchestra in tribute to our military with a color guard and Armed Forces Salute. The orchestra's season finale includes music by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin and a commemoration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. Tickets: $5-$45. Information: www.appellcenter.org.
In 1996, an original rock musical opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theater. The Rent 20th Anniversary Tour is coming to Penn State York's Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26. The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning continues to speak to generations with an inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear. Tickets: $35-$65. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
The free Sunday concert series at Brown's Orchards and Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville, kicks off 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday, May 27, with a performance by 3 Dollar Suit, a local band from the Glen Rock area. Come out and enjoy their alternative folk music. Information: www.brownsorchards.com.