Get out your red, white, and blue gear for fabulous 4th celebrations and summer fun! School is out, festival season is charging along, and all the spraygrounds and splash pads are open. This month there is plenty to do to enjoy the summer weather. Check out events that are free or maybe sit down to enjoy a cold brew while the kids play, there are so many fun and unique ways to spend July in Philly. We've gathered 10 of our favorites here, but head over to our event calendar for a full listing of nearby events.
Looking for some everyday fun for the littlest members of your family? Try a visit to Dutch Wonderland or Sesame Place, both of which also include water park areas. Or head to the Jersey Shore for some much needed rest by the sea.
Need to beat the heat? Then try out any of these 25 indoors crafts and activities your family is sure to enjoy.
1. Kutztown Folk Festival- Kutztown
June 30 - July 8, 2018
The oldest continuously operated folklife festival, The Kutztown Folk Festival is a week full of entertainment for families. Learn about the traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch and their way of life, plus experience firsthand a wide variety of Pennsylvania Dutch food, folk artists and traditional American craftsmen, antiques and collectibles, entertainment, music,dancing and a wide range of children's activities.
2. Freedom Blast - Phildelphia
July 1, 2018
Celebrate our nation's independence at Fort Mifflin. Guests can expect Revolutionary War soldiers and citizens, special activities, tours, and cannon blasts. Visitors can bring a picnic to enjoy in the riverfront picnic area. This free event is part of the Wawa Welcome America celebration.
3. July 4th Concert & Fireworks - Philadelphia
July 4, 2018
Look to Philadelphia’s sky and celebrate the 4th of July Wawa-style at this spectacular fireworks display which is part of the Wawa Welcome America festivities. To top it off, rock out to a free concert featuring Pitbull.
4. Blueberry Festival - Media
July 7, 2018
Blueberries are the star of the show at Linvilla Orchards. Guests can pick their own blueberries, participate in a blueberry pie eating contest, sample recipes with Judi, meet costumed characters such as Traveling Train, Dr. Duck, and Patrol Dog, as well as enjoy live entertainment.
5. Malvern Fire Company Carnival - Malvern
July 10-14, 2018
Malvern Fire Company hosts its annual carnival complete with games, both kids and family rides, and a variety of food options. Ride an unlimited number of rides at the 2018 Malvern Fire Company Carnival for just $20 per person per day when you purchase online before July 9th. Armbands are available for $25 at the event. A firework show is offered on July 13th.
6. Disney's The Lion King, Jr. - Drexel Hill
July 11-13, 2018
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center hosts Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. Audiences can watch as Simba takes on an epic adventure as he encounters a colorful cast of characters, including spunky lioness Nala, charismatic meerkat Timon, and loveable warthog Pumbaa. The shows run 70 minutes and tickets to the event cost $8-12 per person.
7. Cirque du Soleil VOLTA - Philadelphia
July 12 - August 5, 2018
Cirque du Soleil introduces its newest Big Top production, VOLTA, performing at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. With its space-age future pop sound, VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score. Performances run Tuesdays to Sundays at various times. Wondering if this event is worth admission? Read our review here.
8. Burlington County Farm Festival - Springfield Township, NJ
July 17-21, 2018
Enjoy the fun at Burlington County Farm Fair. Visitors can expect a variety of excitement such as pony rides, 4-H animal tent, children's scavenger hunt, antique farm equipment display, crafts, storytelling, entertainment, food, live music, and more. Daily horse shows and daily milking of cows add to the fun. Children's Day is Thursday, 7/19 from 10am - 4pm, where the midway rides are closed but animal tents and the farmer-for-a-day tent are open. There is a $10 donation per car per day and $25 donation for a Multi-day Parking Pass.
9. Free Movie Night at King of Prussia Town Center - King of Prussia
July 19, 2018
Bring the family to King of Prussia Town Center to watch a free movie at the pavilion in front of Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse. While this is an ongoing event throughout the summer, the featured film on 7/19 is the family favorite film Up.
10. Full Moon Hike - Green Lane
July 28, 2018
Visit Green Lane Park at dusk for a hike by moonlight. Participants find their way around by the light of the moon while experiencing the sounds and sights of a summer evening.
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