As the weather warms up and spring is in full effect, the city of Philadelphia comes out of hibernation. While there is plenty to do in Philadelphia throughout the year, there is something special about exploring the city in May. Getting to Philadelphia this spring is easier than ever thanks to bus transportation. Forget about fighting through traffic, paying tolls or worrying about parking. Instead, choose affordable convenience with plenty of routes from Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Take a look at some of the best events in Philadelphia this May 2018 and buy a bus ticket!

 1. South Street Spring Festival and Maifest (May 5th, 2018)

South Street is one of the main thoroughfares in Philadelphia, and it is the perfect place to be on the first Saturday of May. The South Street Spring Festival and Maifest closes down several blocks of South Street to invite pedestrians to enjoy great food, springtime weather and local culture. There will be more than 30 food and drink vendors at the festival, so arrive hungry. There will also be plenty of live entertainment along South Street. The excitement is centered around Brauhaus Schmitz, which adds German music, beer, dance and a traditional maypole to the festival. With more than 125 businesses participating, there are also lots of shopping opportunities on the day.

2. Grand Season Opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park (May 11th, 2018)

City life and waterfront summer fun aren’t mutually exclusive. At Spruce Street Harbor Park in Philadelphia, visitors can kick back on an urban beach and enjoy amazing views over the Delaware River. May 11th marks the opening day of the park, which is only open during the warm weather months. Enjoy the day playing shuffleboard, strolling along the boardwalk next to the water, lounging on hammocks, grabbing local food on a floating barge or sipping cold beer at the beer garden. While the Spruce Street Harbor Park delivers all-ages fun all summer long, the grand season opener is an especially fun, exciting occasion to take part in.

3. Philadelphia International Children’s Festival (May 17th-19th, 2018)

Philadelphia is a playground for adults, but there is also so much for kids to enjoy. This May, be sure to bring the whole family to check out the International Children’s Festival. Stretching over the entire weekend, this festival is made up of professional performances geared toward a younger audience. Held in the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the festival boasts magic shows, dance performances, live music, circus arts showcases and live teen poetry performances. All of the content is suitable for children, and it is a creative experience that no one should miss. Just outside the venue, food trucks and hands-on exhibits round out the event.

4. Sail Philadelphia (May 24th-28th, 2018)

The Delaware River has always played an important role in Philadelphia’s history, culture and development. Celebrate that influence at Sail Philadelphia, a five-day event centered around all things nautical. The epicenter of the event is Penn’s Landing, where 12 unique tall ships will be docked for the festival. Visitors can admire the ships from shore, but it is also possible to climb aboard and look at maritime history up close.

Philadelphia is a top destination for travelers, and May 2018 boasts a number of exciting events. Whether visitors are heading to Philadelphia for the day or for a long weekend, getting there by bus makes sense. Avoid the hassle of parking, tolls, gas and maneuvering traffic. Taking the bus is easier than ever with Martz!