The Biggest Festivals Coming To Philadelphia This July

Fireworks, neighborhood block parties and more...

Throughout July, Philadelphia buzzes with Fourth of July fun and prime-of-summer festivals.

The month kicks off with the annual Wawa Welcome America celebration, which promises parades, fireworks, free concerts, days of free museum admission and more.

After the July 4th events conclude, residents and visitors can look forward to a neighborhood-wide performance-based block party (Bastille Day!), the grand opening of a popular warm-weather park and beer garden (The Oval!) and so much more.

Check out our July festival picks, below.

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary


Bastille Day FestivalPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The masses storm the castle on Eastern State Penitentiary’s Bastille Day, as re-enactors and audience members playfully recreate the storming of the Bastille. Emceed by “Edith Piaf,” Philly’s version of this historic event includes in-drag cabaret performances, dancing baguettes and Marie Antoinette tossing more than 3,000 Tastykakes out to the crowd.

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary


When:Saturday, July 15, 5:30 p.m.
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Free

www.easternstate.org

Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival

Spend the day in West Philadelphia’s Powelton Village during the 11th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival. From noon until 7 p.m., enjoy live performances, activities, local arts, food trucks and family-oriented activities at Saunders Park Green.

Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival

When:Saturday, July 15, noon-7 p.m.
Where:Saunders Park, 3827 Powelton Avenue
Cost:Free

www.lancasteravejazzfest.com

Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival at Peddler’s Village

Peddler's VillagePhoto by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia

July marks National Blueberry Month and Peddler’s Village celebrates with a weekend of music and family fun. The free Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival brings two days of live entertainment and blueberry-themed treats — including pies, muffins, preserves and blueberry beverages — to the charming countryside shopping destination.

Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival at Peddler’s Village

When:July 15-16
Where:Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Pay as you go

www.peddlersvillage.com

Opening Day for The Oval

The OvalThe Oval | Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Just steps away from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Oval returns to transform the asphalt and lawns surrounding 24th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into an eight-acre, all-ages pop-up outdoor space. The Oval returns as the Oval+ (the Oval Plus) with a bigger-than-ever footprint and an all-new art installation by Philadelphia- and Chicago-based design firm PORT Urbanism. In addition to the new installation, favorite programming and activities return to The Oval, including movie nights, concerts, its tree-shaded beer garden, games, a rotating schedule of food trucks and more.

Opening Day for The Oval

When:Thursday, July 20-Sunday, August 20
Where:The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay as you go

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PECO Multicultural Series: Islamic Heritage Festival

Penn's LandingPhoto by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

The Islamic Heritage Festival features speakers, entertainment and a global open market bazaar dedicated to celebrating Islamic culture and heritage. Come out to Penn’s Landing to enjoy a day of spirited festivities.

PECO Multicultural Series: Islamic Heritage Festival

When:Saturday, July 22, 2-8 pm.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Shakespeare in Clark Park: Coriolanus

Shakespeare in Clark ParkPhoto courtesy Shakespeare in Clark Park

For more than a decade, Shakespeare in Clark Park has transformed West Philly's favorite urban oasis into a high-quality theater for the people. Each year, hundreds of people make their way to the park's natural bowl to watch professional actors bring classic Shakespeare works to life. Roman tragedy Coriolanus is on the ticket for this year's show.

Shakespeare in Clark Park: Coriolanus

When:July 26-30
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Free

www.shakespeareinclarkpark.org

XPoNential Music Festival

Xponential Music FestivalPhoto courtesy Xponential Music Festival

WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and up-and-coming performers at Wiggins Park and the BB&T Pavilion on the Camden Waterfront for the XPoNential Music Festival. This year’s bands include Wilco, Spoon and Amos Lee with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

XPoNential Music Festival

When:July 28-30
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden and Wiggins Park, 1 Wiggins Park, Camden
Cost:$70-$247

www.xpnfest.org

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival

East Passyunk Car Show and Street FestivalPhoto courtesy East Passyunk Avenue Business District

A shoutout to South Philly’s sock-hoppin’ heritage, the annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival brings together revelers, food, music and some of the hottest classic American cars you’ve ever seen. Browse more than 100 antique, show, muscle and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles lined up along Passyunk Avenue.

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival

When:Sunday, July 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:East Passyunk Avenue from Broad to Dickinson streets
Cost:Free

www.visiteastpassyunk.com

July 4th in Philadelphia - Wawa Welcome America

July 4thPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Celebrating the nation’s birthday with a citywide festival, Wawa Welcome America is a multi-day party with free events for all ages. Throughout the five-day event, city dwellers can look forward to numerous free fireworks shows, days of free museum admission, concerts, block parties and so much more.

 

  • Thursday, June 29: Wawa Hoagie Day
  • Friday, June 30: The Philadelphia Orchestra Concert & Fireworks
  • Saturday, July 1: US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks
  • Monday, July 3: The Philly POPS on Independence Free Concert
  • Tuesday, July 4: The United States of America Independence Day Parade

July 4th in Philadelphia - Wawa Welcome America

When:June 29-July 4
Where:Various Locations Including Independence Mall, 5th and Market streets
Cost:Free

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Night Market Philadelphia: Spruce Hill

Night Market Philadelphia heads to Spruce Hill for a special Independence Day edition on Saturday, July 1, attracting thousands of folks for a four-hour, al fresco food truck soiree. Come hungry for delicious street-side eats like tacos, fried cheese curds, pizza, ice cream and more, along with local beer and spirits!

Night Market Philadelphia: Spruce Hill

When:Saturday, July 1, 6-10 p.m.
Where:40th and Walnut streets
Cost:Pay as you go

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Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party

Philadelphia's Historic District Block PartyPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Visitors can party the day away at the Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party. The festivities will fill the streets around Independence Hall with live entertainment, food vendors, kids’ games (wheelbarrow races, bubble blowing and more) and activities for all ages. The event space will also feature three stages to showcase an array of artists including a Dixieland band, barbershop quartet and actors reciting portions of historical speeches, and the Kimmel Center will present a star-studded sneak peak at the 2017-2018 Broadway Philadelphia season featuring performances from popular shows. After the Block Party, be sure to stick around for a free concert featuring the Philly POPS! entitled POPS! on Independence. At Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party, be sure to enter the Kimmel Center Broadway Ticket Sweepstakes.

Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party

When:Monday, July 3, noon-7 p.m.
Where:5th and 6th streets from Market to Chestnut streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.welcomeamerica.com

Party on the Parkway and July 4th Fireworks

July4th24-G-Widman-1-780uwPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

All of Philadelphia comes together for one giant romp during the Party on the Parkway, bringing five blocks of free entertainment. The day features musical performances, dancing, children’s activities, food galore and cultural events that celebrate the city’s many neighborhoods and nationalities. The festivities start at noon and continue all day long until 10 p.m. Toward the end of the day, Mary J. Blige hits the stage for a free concert and a high-flying fireworks show fills the sky above the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Party on the Parkway and July 4th Fireworks

When:Tuesday, July 4, noon-10 p.m.
Where:Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

PECO Multicultural Series: Hispanic Fiesta

Hispanic FiestaPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day. The festival continues to unite and raise awareness of Latino culture and community through the celebration of music, dance, entertainment, ethnic foods and artisan crafts from nearly all Latin American countries.

PECO Multicultural Series: Hispanic Fiesta

When:July 8-9
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Looking for more to do this month? Check out a guide to the top events and festivals happening this July on visitphilly.com.

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