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 many great PA 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 12, 2021 for Pennsylvania events in July 2021)
Wawa Welcome America Festival in Philly – June 19-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, dozens of free events will occur throughout the city during the festival.
The event is highlighted on the evening of July 4th with concerts by Flo Rida and Bebe Rexha at the Mann Center and a great fireworks display on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The event also starts with a celebration of Juneteenth if you are looking for something to do in June.
For more information, visit the event’s website.
Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival in Centre County – July 1-4
If you love bluegrass music, you won’t want to miss the Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival.
Held at Grange Park in Centre Hall, PA, this four-day festival will feature multiple concerts every day with nearly a dozen different groups performing throughout the event. There will also be activities for kids.
Visitors can visit for one day or all four. Camping will be open at Grange Park for those that want to really immerse themselves in the event.
Find out more here.
The Big Butler Fair in Butler County – July 2-10
The Big Butler Fair is returning in 2021 with their 165 fair. This is the largest fair in western PA, and their website claims that it’s “considered by many to be the best fair in the country”.
As in the past, the fair will feature many great rides, a ton of delicious food, and agricultural events. There will also be a pageant and many fun shows including concerts by The Clarks and Casey Donahew.
Even better, there will also be a huge fireworks show on July 4th!
Find out more on the fair’s website.
Gettysburg Battlefield Reenactment in Gettysburg – July 3-4
The annual reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg will be held on the battle’s 158th anniversary in early July. The event includes battle reenactments, guided tours, living history demonstrations, and much more.
The find out more about this historic event, check out my full recap from visiting the Gettysburg Reenactment.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix in Pittsburgh – July 11-25
Lovers of antique automobiles won’t want to miss the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
The event starts on July 11th with a kick-off event, and, over the next 14 days, there are a variety of events and car shows throughout the region. The main highlight is the street race through Schenley Park during the last weekend of the event.
For more information, visit the festival’s website.
Evening Tours at Fonthill in Doylestown – July 13
Forthill Castle in Doylestown is one of my favorite places to visit in eastern PA, and they will be hosting unique tours on several dates this summer, including on July 13th.
On this date, the castle will open later in the evening for the rare chance to see Fonthill during different light than you usually can see it in during the normal tours.
Tours last about 45 minutes and offer the chance to see one of the most unique homes ever built in Pennsylvania.
Find out more about these unique tours on Fonthill’s website.
BrewFest in Harrisburg – July 17
If you love craft beer, you won’t want to miss BrewFest. Held at Harrisburg’s Fort Hunter Mansion, this festival will feature dozens of breweries pouring many great beers.
Visitors can choose between two different tasting sessions during the day, and both sessions will also have live entertainment and food.
Find out more here.
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 147 Rain Days in the past. Now in its 148th 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.
PA Amusement Parks
Pennsylvania is home to more than a dozen amusement parks ranging from large to small, and July is a great time to visit them, especially after many were either restricted or closed last year.
This year, things are back in full swing, and visitors can climb aboard a roller coaster, visit a waterpark, take in a show, and more.
So, if you’re looking for something fun to do in July (or in the coming months), make sure to visit your local amusement park.
Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County
There is nowhere in Pennsylvania that has darker nighttime skies than Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County. This makes it the best place to go stargazing in PA!
While the park is open year-round, July is a great time to visit if you want to see the Milky Way as it’s high in the sky and can be seen for many hours during the night.
While the best time to visit is near the New Moon (on July 9 in 2021), the stars here are impressive any time of the month.
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