The May Day Fairie Festival is held annually at Spoutwood Farm, just outside of Glen Rock, PA, 45 minutes north of Baltimore, 30 minutes south of York, PA.
“Unite and unite and let us all unite, for summer is a-coming today, and whither we are going, we all shall unite, in the merry morning of May.”
The idea of a May Day celebration goes back to ancient times, especially to the Celts of the British Isles who had a festival on the first of May called Beltane. It was a time of great rejoicing at the return of the spring and the impending bounty of summer.
The origins of the Sproutwood Fairie Festival began when Rob and Lucy Wood, owners of Spoutwood Farm, an organic farm invited 100 friends to a party on the property to celebrate spring and nature in the 1990s.
The May Day Fairie Festival festival has now grown from a one-day affair to a three-day magical celebration that attracts thousands of people from all over the country and even across the Atlantic. The festival is traditionally held on the first weekend in May each year.
The event features arts and crafts vendors (offering items from jewelry, books, handcrafted fairy wings, clothing, and organic skin care products), Celtic musicians and dancers, magicians, storytellers, maypole dancing, fairie craft activities (face painting, wand and garland making), food vendors, gnome and elf tours, fairie tea parties, temporary henna tattooing, seated massage, intuitive readings, “Fairie” photography and guest appearances from the likes of the Green Man, the Mossmen, Shadow Fairie, Sweet Pea and others.
Visitors to the celebration join one of four tribes representing the four directions, and the four seasons who then march to the daily midday ceremonies.
Note: In 2018, Spoutwood Farm held its last May Day Fairie festival. The event closed after a 27 year run.
Spoutwood Farm Center
4255 Pierceville Rd.
Glen Rock, PA 17327
Spoutwood Farm Fairie Festival (Website)