Celebrate Mothers Day
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation: “Gifts from a Secret Garden” runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last admission at 3) May 12 at 3900 N. Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square. Enjoy a hands-on tour of the kitchen garden and make a gift for the treasured woman in your life. Admission includes house tours, animal tours and the chance to engage in various farm chores. Visitors will also have the chance to take part in one take-home activity, which may include making a bath tea, medicinal tea, body oil and more (additional activities available at an additional charge). Admission is $10, $6 for children 4-12. For more information visit www.colonialplantation.org.
Follow the crowd
Sly Fox Brewing Co., Pottstown: Bock Fest is a day-long party featuring live oompah music from Alex Meixner and the Emil Schanta Band, varieties of beer, German fare and goat races. Check it out 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 6 at the brewery and tasting room grounds at 331 Circle of Progress Drive, Pottstown. Admission is free; food and beverages are available for purchase. Go to www.slyfoxbeer.com/bockfest.
Kimberton Fairgrounds: The Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival features unlimited sampling of more than 150+ beers, wines, mead, ciders and spirts noon to 4:30 p.m. May 12 at 762 Pike Springs Road, Phoenixville. You must be at least 21 to enter. Tickets range from $10-$65. For more information visit www.phoenixvillebeerwinefestival.com.
Malvern: The Malvern Business & Professional Association presents Malvern Blooms 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6. There will be two food trucks, artists and crafters, a DJ in Burke Park, children’s activities Whiskey Holler will perform in the beer garden. Check www.malvern-festivals.com.
Night at the opera
Academy of Music: Opera Philadelphia wraps its 2017-2018 season with a new production of Bizet’s “Carmen” through May 6. Check ticket availability at www.operaphila.org.
First Friday West Chester: The Greater West Chester Chamber presents a Spring Gallery Walk in downtown West Chester from 5 to 9 p.m. May 5. See a map of the stops at www.greaterwestchester.com.
Davenport Performing Arts Center at Pottstown Senior High School: A Spring Night of Pop Rock & Doo Wop is set for Saturday, May 20. The event features Quiet Storm, The Dubs, Kid Kyle, Charlie Thomas Drifters, Duprees, Larry Chance & The Earls and Dementions. Show is at 6 p.m. with doors opening at 5. Tickets are $55 for reserved, $45 for general admission. Parking is free. For tickets, make check payable to Tom Coyle and mail them to PO Box 912, Pottstown, Pa. 19464. After the concert there will be a DJ Dance Party at the Pottstown Elks, cost is $5. The venue is at 750 N. Washington St., Pottstown. For more information, call (610) 306-9361.
Santander Arena: Rock out with Halestorm, In This Moment, New Year’s Day and Stitched Up Heart at 6:30 p.m. May 10 in the Diamond Credit Union Theater, 700 Penn St., Reading. Tickets range from $29.50-$49.50. Visit www.santander-arena.com or call (610) 898-7200.
Reverb: A show with Sumo Cyco, Butcher Babies, Nonpoint and Cane Hill starts at 6:30 p.m. May 7 at 1402 N. Ninth St., Reading. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/butcher-babies-tickets-44114270972?aff=odwdwdspacecraft.
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center: Entertainer Linda Gentille presents “Great Balls of Fire” at 2 p.m. May 6 at 226 N. High St., West Chester. For tickets call (610) 356-2787 or go to www.uptownwestchester.org.
Fine feathered friends
Norristown Farm Park: Look for migrating songbirds during a free program May 9. Pre-registration is preferred by calling (610) 270-0215, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet in parking lot No. 3. The park is at Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton.
Lincoln Financial Field: Monster Jam features Black Pearl, Grave Digger, Great Clips Mohawk Warrior, Hurricane Force, Lucas Oil Crusader, Max-DTM, Mutant, Over Bored, Saigon Shaker, Son-Uva Digger, Team Hot Wheels Firestorm, VP Racing Fuel’s Mad Scientist, along with the new truck Whiplash. Show time is 7 p.m. May 5 at the Eagles home stadium at 1 Lincoln Financial Way, Philadelphia. Tickets are available at www.monsterjam.com/tickets. New in 2018 is a Pit Party Early Access pass.
Broomall Fire Company Carnival: Visit the carnival across from the firehouse at West Chester Pike and Malin Road from 6 to 11 p.m. May 4, 3 to 11 p.m. May 5 and 1 to 6 p.m. May 6.
Beer garden season
Philadelphia parks: Parks on Tap, a traveling community beer garden created by Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, is back for a third season through Sept. 30. Each week Parks on Tap will travel to a different Philadelphia park on a Wednesday and stay through Sunday, offering a barbecue-inspired menu with rotating seasonal food and beer specials in a family-friendly setting. All Parks on Tap locations will include seating and tables, games and a menu of hot food, salads, and snacks. Stay up to date at www.parksontap.com.
Hiway Theater: “Spinning Man,” a film based on a book by Jenkintown native George Harrar and starring Pierce Brosnan and Minnie Driver, is shown at 4 p.m. May 5, featuring a Q&A with Harrar. Tickets are $11.25, $9 for seniors 62+ and for those younger than 25. The theater is at 212 Old York Road, Jenkintown. Call (267) 864-0065.
Get in free
Barnes Foundation: “Freedom of Movement” is the theme for the PECO Free First Sunday Family Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. It means free admission at the Barnes, with priority access for families with children under 18. Check out the collection, the new Renoir exhibition, and family activities and performances. Learn more at www.barnesfoundation.org/whats-on/peco-free-first-sunday-family-day-may2018.
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