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MAIN EVENTS: Plan Your Month This May


No Kidding
The oldest festival of its kind in the United States, the
Philadelphia International Children’s Festival features
a stunningly varied array of performances from around the
world. A multicultural melange of puppets, magic,
music and dance,
the event is expected to attract some 17,000 children and families
from all walks of life. May 1-5, kids have the chance to roam a vast
expanse of cultures and art forms. The event includes both ticketed
performances and free outdoor events featuring Alexander King
of the Jesters (pictured left), the Axis Theatre Company, jugglers,
storytellers dancers, live music and much more. Various venues
throughout Philadelphia. Call (215) 898-3900 or visit
pennpresents.org/events/childfest. —Steve DiSantis



Drink It In
Great music and fine wines come together May 5 at the Longwood Gardens Wine & Jazz Festival. The event pairs the vintages of 22 regional vineyards with a diverse lineup of area musicians, including the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, Latin Fiesta, Lynn Riley and Denise King. On hand to talk and sip: New York Times wine columnist Eric Asimov, Chaddsford Winery owner Eric Miller and Cosimo Restaurant wine director Jason Whiteside. They’ll be covering everything from wine-making and selection to the art of wine culture. With azaleas, dogwoods, tulips, rhododendrons and more in bloom, Longwood Gardens offers a spectacular backdrop, with 11,000 plant varieties and 40 outdoor and indoor gardens, greenhouses and fountains sprawled across its 1,050 acres. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $20-$30; includes gardens admission and souvenir glass. Route 1, Kennett Square. Call (610) 388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org. —Brian Krier



Hair Today …
It’s hard to believe, but when the influential rock musical Hair takes the stage in Philadelphia May 26-June 17, it will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. Feel old? A groundbreaking musical in its day, the latest production, directed by Richard Parison Jr., packs a nostalgic late-’60s punch. Through free-spirited dance, stunning choreography and memorable music, Hair tells the story of a ramshackle group of rebellious, well-meaning hippies out to change the world. Sound familiar? If not, maybe classic tunes like “Aquarius,” “I Believe in Love” and “Good Morning, Starshine” will jog your memory. Come on, it wasn’t that long ago. $35-$55. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 569-9700 or visit princemusictheater.org. —S.D.