Philadelphia serves as the birthplace of the American experiment in democracy, which is still going strong after more than 200 years. Walking tours of Philadelphia reveal history, culture, iconic attractions like the Liberty Bell and a mural-packed downtown business district with every modern amenity imaginable. You can run up the steps like Rocky, try the competitive cheesesteaks at different eateries and get a closeup view of the city’s incredible architecture. Philly is made for walking tours, and May is the best month to enjoy the festivals.
Since you’re walking to the most popular destinations, why not ditch the car for the whole trip? You can book your trip with Martz Trailways from many neighboring cities and enjoy stress-free and roomy travel while traveling with your friends or tour group. You’ll have no worries about parking, traffic congestion and choosing a designated driver. The best part is that if you get tired of walking, you can easily summon a taxi or Uber, both of which are ever-present in the city with little or no waiting.
Five Great Events In Philly During May of 2019
During your bus trip to Philadelphia in May, 2019, you can enjoy dozens of local festivals, historic attractions and Philly’s eclectic neighborhoods such as Old City, University City and Rittenhouse Square. You can get anywhere by walking in these compact urban neighborhoods and taking a cab, Uber or public transportation between districts. Signature events run all month leading up to Memorial Day weekend and the official start of the summer vacation season. Get a jump on summer with a quick bus trip to Philly to enjoy these events:
The Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival
It’s rare when an event combines scientific exhibits and learning with a fun, carnival atmosphere, but the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival offers families and visitors live demonstrations, science experiments, games, food, electrifying entertainment and a celebratory laboratory environment. There are events scheduled throughout the area, but these culminate in a Big Bang of a finale on the Parkway.
Big Apple Circus
Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus? You can easily fulfill that dream with a bus trip to Philly to attend the 41st season of the Big Apple Circus between May 16 and June 16 of 2019. The range of dates allows you to combine your trip to the circus with other May events in Philadelphia. The circus features a cast of Wonder Women led by Stephanie Monseu, the acclaimed Ringmaster. You don’t need to leave anyone behind on your getaway because Big Apple Circus provides special attention to groups of 15 or more, and Martz Trailways can accommodate your group’s bus trip. Contact Big Apple Circus for tickets, group sales and further information.
The Philadelphia Magazine Wine Festival
The Philadelphia Magazine Wine Festival, which will be held On May 2, 2019, at the Lincoln Financial Field Tork Club promises to be an incredible event featuring more than 500 wineries. Held at the club’s Winemaker Lounge next door to the club’s Fine Wine and Good Spirits Store, the event includes premium ticket options as Lexus VIP Guests who enjoy access to rare wines not offered to the general public, behind-the-scenes tours of Lincoln Financial Field and samples of popular menu items prepared by some of Philly’s most celebrated restaurants. Contact the Philadelphia Magazine Wine Festival for further information and tickets to the event. All featured wines at the Grand Tasting will be available for purchase at the Fine Wine and Good Spirits Store.
Memorial Day Weekend Events In Philly
Instead of choosing a single event, Visit Philadelphia recommends that you celebrate the start of summer in Philadelphia with mutliple events and attractions. There will be special programs at the National Constitution Center, Museum of the American Revolution and Independence National Park. Be sure to catch the fireworks over the Delaware River all weekend. Some of the most popular Memorial Day Weekend events include:
- Comcast NBC Universal Memorial Salute at The Mann
The Philly Pops present the fourth in a series of Memorial salutes to honor American service from May 25, 2019, through Memorial Day Monday, May 27. You can book tickets at Eventbrite.com.
- Mermaid Bash
This event is an ideal opener for summer. The Mermaid Bash features a cookout buffet, informal fashion show and summer bash at Mary’s Love Too at 2762 North 2nd Street in Philadelphia. The bash takes place on Saturday, May 25, 2019, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tickets cost $12 per person, but admission is free for people who wear a swimsuit. Raffles and giveaways will continue throughout the evening.
- Constitution Center Memorial Weekend Events
Constitution Center offers flag ceremonies Saturday, Sunday and Money to honor military heroes. A special program called “Memorials: How a Nation Remembers Show” reviews the history of famous memorials on Saturday and Monday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
- Roving Beer Garden
A popup beer garden will pop up like spring flowers in FDR Park in South Philadelphia in time for Memorial Day Weekend celebrations. You can enjoy the Parks on Tap Popup for barbecue, beer and a relaxing environment.
- Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival runs between May 1 and June 30, 2019. Franklin Square will features handcrafted lanterns lighted and framed by thousands of LED lights. The event is free, and you don’t need reservations.
Wobbleland 2019 is a 2-day concert event that takes place on May 31st and June 1st of 2019. This amazing music fest celebrates music with jaw-dropping heavy bass music, electronic pulses and 3D mapping visuals. The concert can be compared to a festival scheduled at an earthquake for people who really love to party. The music is incendiary, and this year’s event features Zeds Dead, Bandlez, ZEKE BEATS, LUZKID, Psymbionic, Zomboy, Figure and Champagne Drip. Taking the bus to enjoy both days of the event is a wise decision because you might have trouble seeing, hearing and focusing after these bands rock the stage. You can make reservations at Wobbleland 2019.
Philadelphia and Summer Getaways
The summer season really beings in May when the excitement of signature festivals, special attractions and concerts and entertainment options is palpable. You can take quick bus trips from nearby cities as day trips to enjoy your favorite happenings in Philadelphia. You can also book a hotel and stay a few days. Group tours by bus allow you to spend more quality time with your friends and family members while traveling, and Wi-Fi access lets you make last-minute adjustments based on the weather and other factors. Contact Martz Trailways to book your Philadelphia trip.