The Main Line's Best Events for Summer
Our annual Summer Fun Guide is here! Check out this year's best festivals, kids' activities and more in the western suburbs.
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July 9: Thirty-five miles per hour might not sound that fast—until you witness the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium. Since 2004, the streets of downtown West Chester have buzzed with the sounds of wheels whizzing by and crowds taking part in both the pre-race community festival and the Market Street block party. The race isn’t just for grown-ups, though—the Dental Art Kids’ Race gives teeny bikers a reason to put the pedal to the metal. Festival and block party: 4 p.m. Races: 5 p.m. Gay and High streets. Call (610) 696-4046 or visit ironhilltwilightcriterium.com.
July 6-19: If you can’t get to Wimbledon this year, catch the Philadelphia Freedoms at the Villanova Pavilion, where some of tennis’ top athletes will make guest appearances on rival teams. Venus Williams kicks off the season July 6 on the Washington Kastles, followed by Lindsay Davenport (July 12) on the St. Louis Aces and John McEnroe (July 13) on the New York Sportimes. Each evening includes a pre-match block party with live music, food, games and more. 7 p.m. $8-$85. 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova. Call (610) 896-2890 or visit philadelphiafreedoms.com.
July 17: A must for local music fans, the Turks Head Music Festival in downtown West Chester features some of the finest acts from the Tri-State area. Craft booths and food from Peace A Pizza, Primo Hoagies, Chipotle Mexican Grill and more round out the day. Noon-8 p.m. Rain date: July 24. Everhart Park, 100 S. Brandywine St. Call (610) 436-9010 or visit downtownwestchester.com.