Festivals, car shows, concerts, Greek food, and more highlight some of the top things to do this May in the Cumberland Valley!

1. 2019 Amani Festival

Join us as we celebrate our 20th festival with over 80 vendors offering ethnic food and festival favorites. The Amani Festival is a one-day multi-cultural festival designed to bring people together from various backgrounds to learn more about each other. Amani means "peace" in Swahili. The festival will include live music, a petting zoo, arts & crafts vendors, a children's alley, and much more. A multitude of cultures are represented and all activities are geared toward the themes of unity, acceptance, and tolerance.

Date: May 4, 2019 • Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Downtown Carlisle
Address: West High Street from Hanover Street to South West Street, Carlisle 17013 • Phone: 717-609-9532 

2. NEEDTOBREATHE: Acoustic Live Tour

NEEDTOBREATHE is a GRAMMY-nominated rock band hailing from South Carolina, comprised of brothers Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar) and Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), Seth Bolt (bass, vocals), and Josh Lovelace (keys, vocals). Their most recent album H A R D L O V E released in 2016 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Albums, Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums, and Top Alternative Albums charts and #2 on the Billboard 200, their greatest debut yet.

Date: May 5, 2019 • Time: 7:00 PM
Location: H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
Address: 475 Lancaster Drive, Shippensburg 17257
Phone: 717-477-7469 • Website: luhrscenter.com

3. Monty Python’s Spamalot

Monty Python's Spamalot is a hilarious extravaganza that borrows lovingly (and unapologetically) from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In telling the tale of King Arthur and his epic quest with the Knights of the Round Table, this absurd musical — which won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, during its original Broadway run — features beautiful showgirls and outlandish oddities such as flatulent Frenchmen, flying cows, killer rabbits, and The Knights Who Say Ni.

Dates: May 10-12, 16-19, 24-26, 2019 • Time: May 10-11, 16-18, 24-25 @ 7:30 PM; May 12, 19, 25-26 @ 2:00 PM         
Location: The Playhouse at Allenberry
Address: 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs 17007
Phone: 717-462-4401 • Website: keystonetheatrics.com

4. The Illusionists: Live from Broadway

Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has shattered box office records worldwide and thrilled audiences of all ages with a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of six of the most incredible illusionists on earth.

Date: May 12, 2019 • Time: 3:00 PM
Location: H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
Address: 475 Lancaster Drive, Shippensburg 17257
Phone: 717-477-7469 • Website: luhrscenter.com

5. Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association Spring Weekend

The event will include steam traction engines, an old PRR steam train, antique tractors, sawmill, model train exhibit, two museums, and food. New this year, we are featuring construction/excavating equipment, David-Bradley Garden Tractors, and York, PA-made engines. Highlights include tractor pulls, a consignment sale, and a car show.

Date: May 16-19, 2019 • Time: Opens at 12:00 PM on Thursday, May 16
Location: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association
Address: 1 Steam Engine Hill, Mechanicsburg 17055
Phone: 717-766-4001 • Website: wghsea.org

6. Blue Oyster Cult with Special Guest The Outlaws

For over four decades, Blue Öyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. Indeed, the Long Island, NY-based band is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work. Joining BÖC is Tampa band, The Outlaws, known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies.

Date: May 17, 2019 • Time: 7:30 PM
Location: H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
Address: 475 Lancaster Drive, Shippensburg 17257
Phone: 717-477-7469 • Website: luhrscenter.com

7. 2019 Army Heritage Days

In 2019 the theme for this timeline living history event is “Remembering D-Day,” commemorating the 75th anniversary of one of the most famous campaigns of WWII. USAHEC is highlighting the anniversary with two D-Day focused lectures, displays, WWII aircraft flyover, and special programs throughout the two-day event, as well as an increase in equipment and re-enactors on the Army Heritage Trail. As always, Army Heritage Days will encompass the history of the Army and the development of the American Soldier from pre-French and Indian War to current operations. 

Date: May 18-19, 2019 • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
Address: 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle 17013
Phone: 717-245-3972 • Website: usahec.org

8. Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals

This exciting event welcomes Imported vehicles from around the world as well as domestics, kit cars, motorcycles and trucks, and high-end performance vehicles.

Date: May 17-19, 2019 • Time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Sunday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
Location: Carlisle Fairgrounds
Address: 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle 17013
Phone: 717-243-7855 • Website: carlisleevents.com

9. PA Greek Fest

Food: Enjoy the taste and wonderful aromas of Greek foods such as Moussaka, Baklava, Pastitsio, Souvlaki, Saganaki, Loukoumades, and more. Music & Dancing: Vibrant bouzouki music and energetic Greek dancing by the Olympic Flames, comprised of local students who range in age from 6 to 18. Shopping: Gift stands filled with a variety of Greek items such as authentic Greek sailor hats, clothing, books, ceramics, icons, jewelry and more. Tour: Take a tour of our lovely Cathedral.

Dates: May 17-19, 2019 • Time: Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Address: 1000 Yverdon Drive, Camp Hill 17011
Website: holytrinityhbg.org

10. Carlisle Ford Nationals

The entire family will enjoy the largest and most thrilling all-Ford event in the world. Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln fans will have a showcase of over 3,000 vehicles to check out on the National Parts Depot show field. More than 400 Fords will line the streets of downtown Carlisle on Friday, June 1, during the Ford Parade and Street Party.

Date: May 31-June 2, 2019 • Time: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Sunday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
Location: Carlisle Fairgrounds
Address: 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle 17013
Phone: 717-243-7855 • Website: carlisleevents.com