If you love traveling throughout Pennsylvania, July is a great month for exploration. With a plethora of outdoor adventures to be had, nearly every museum in the state open, and hundreds of great events happening, there’s more than enough to keep the whole family entertained.
I’ve searched through hundreds of events to come up with my list of 10 great things to do in Pennsylvania in July. Take a look at the list below and then start planning your upcoming Pennsylvania trips.
(Article Updated June 7, 2019 for Pennsylvania events in July 2019)
Wawa Welcome America Festival in Philly – June 29-July 4
Since Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States, it should come as no surprise that the city hosts one of the country’s best July 4th celebrations. In addition to ticketed events, over 50 free events will occur throughout the city during the festival.
The event is highlighted on the evening of July 4th with concerts by Jennifer Hudson, Meghan Trainor, and the Philly POPS Big Band and ending with a great fireworks display.
For more information, visit the event’s website.
Kutztown Folk Festival in Kutztown – June 29-July 7
The Kutztown Folk Festival returns to Berks County for its 70th year this July.
The oldest continually-held folklife festival in the United States, this great event features hundreds of artisans and great activities including five stages of live entertainment, a July 4th parade, and a horse-powered carousel in Kutztown, PA. If that’s not enough, the festival is also home to the country’s largest quilt auction.
For more information about this folk festival and discount coupons, check out KutztownFestival.com.
Gettysburg Battlefield Reenactment in Gettysburg – July 5-7
The annual reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg will be held near the battle’s 156th anniversary in early July. The event includes battle reenactments, discussion about various aspects of the battle and the Civil War, an encampment, and much more.
The find out more about this historic event and to get tickets, visit the reenactment’s website.
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College – July 10-14
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is one of the largest arts festivals in the country drawing over 100,000 people to State College every July. During this five-day event, festival-goers can enjoy hundreds of vendors selling a wide variety of handcrafted items.
In addition to the vendors at the festival’s great sidewalk sale, there are also live performances, a juried art show, races, and much more.
For more information, visit Arts-Festival.com.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix in Pittsburgh – July 11-21
Lovers of antique automobiles won’t want to miss the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. While the event is officially running for 10 days in July, there are events starting on July 7th. Throughout the festival, visitors can see vintage car shows, parades, and vintage car races through the city.
The showcase this year will be Shelby and Mustang cars and many enthusiasts are expected. However, many other styles of vintage racecars will be on hand for the event.
For more information, visit the festival’s website.
Blobfest in Phoenixville – July 12-14
Blobfest, held annually at The Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, celebrates this classic science fiction/horror film. The first lead role for actor Steve McQueen, parts of the movie was filmed at the theater and attendees can relive this classic movie in the festival’s signature event: The Run Out.
In addition to recreating this scene, the festival also features a street festival and a showing of several classic science fiction films, including The Blob.
More information can be found on The Colonial Theater’s website.
Roar on the Shore in Erie – July 17-21
Motorcycle enthusiasts won’t want to miss Roar on the Shore, which returns to Erie this July.
Each year, this event attracts 150,000 motorcyclists to this northwestern PA city. During the event, there are are a variety of concerts and vendors. The highlights, however, are the many great guided rides throughout the region
For more information, visit the event’s website.
Waterfire in Sharon – July 27
One of the most unique artistic events held in Pennsylvania is Waterfire. Held twice a year in Sharon, Pennsylvania, this evening event artistically combines a variety of fire-themed scenes along the Shenango River.
Having had a chance to attend a Waterfire event in the past, I can attest to this being a fantastic and unique event.
Find out more on the Waterfire website.
Rain Day Festival in Waynesburg – July 29
Waynesburg, a community in southwestern Pennsylvania, might be the only place in America that wants rain on its biggest festival day of the year. In fact, it has rained on 115 of the 145 Rain Days in the past. Now in its 146th year, the Rain Day Festival features entertainment, a street festival, pageant, and much more.
The highlight is the annual hat bet, where the community of Waynesburg bets a local or national celebrity that it will rain in the town on Rain Day. The loser sends a hat to the winner.
For more information on this unique festival, visit RainDayFestival.com.
County Fairs throughout Pennsylvania
July kicks off the county fair season in PA, and there are many great fairs going on in every corner of the state. Instead of picking just one, I thought I’d feature all of them. These fairs are a great way to not only get a better understanding of an area’s culture, but also to try some delicious food, ride some rides, enjoy great entertainment, and much more.
For information on the great county and local fairs happening in Pennsylvania this summer, check out our guide to the best Pennsylvania fairs.
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