Over 35 Things to do Around the Main Line this July
From Ardmore Restaurant Week to outdoor concerts to our 2018 Best of the Main Line Party, you won’t want to miss these events.
Main Line Today's 2018 Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs Party takes place on July 26 at Drexelbrook. Photo by JPG Photography.
Week of July 1-8
Where’s Waldo? Scavenger Hunt
July 1-31, Wayne
Main Point Books has recruited 25 stores and restaurants throughout Wayne to create an extensive network for its Where’s Waldo? Scavenger Hunt. Pick up a passport at Main Point and other participating locations, and start snooping around town for you chance to win prizes. The month-long event ends with a party at Main Point on July 31.
Party on the Parkway
July 4, Philadelphia
Celebrate America’s independence where it started. The festival is complete with local food trucks, a beer garden, and free family-friendly entertainment. Musical guests include Aviance, Emily Perry, Judah Kim and Six String Soldiers.
Looking for more 4th of July events? Check out our guide here.
Blueberry Festival at Linvilla Orchards
July 7, Media
Get a healthy dose of this antioxidant-rich fruit, plus family-friendly entertainment like live music and face painting. Be sure to save room for the blueberry pie-eating contest.
Foo Fighters at BB&T Pavilion
July 7, Camden, N.J.
Ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and his hard-rock outfit the Foo Fighters barrel into the region for one of the most highly anticipated outdoor shows of the summer at BB&T Pavilion. The band is touring behind its 10th release, Concrete and Gold.
Week of July 9-15
Malvern Fire Company Carnival
July 10-14, Malvern
This family-friendly carnival at Monument Memorial Ground offers an unlimited number of rides so you can take a spin on the ferris wheel as many times as you want.
Shania Twain at Wells Fargo Center
July 12, Philadelphia
Shania Twain is proving she can still draw a crowd with her “Now” tour. The best-selling female artist in country music history performs at the Wells Fargo Center.
Taylor Swift at Lincoln Financial Field
July 13-14, Philadelphia
Taylor Swift brings her stadium tour, in support of her latest album “Reputation,” to Lincoln Financial Field.
July 13-15, Phoenixville
The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville hosts Blobfest 2018, celebrating the cinematic 1958 classic, The Blob, complete with screenings and a reenactment.
Daylily Show at Longwood Gardens
July 14, Kennett Square
Explore these colorful blooms on display at Longwood’s conservatory, thanks to a partnership with the Delaware Valley Daylily Society.
July 14, Camden, N.J.
Philadelphia native Kevin Hart pays another visit to the area, bringing his Irresponsible Tour to BB&T Pavilion on July 14. The red-hot standup and film star never has any shortage of love for the City of Brotherly Love. Expect a dose of his usual comedic bite—and more.
Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary
July 14, Philadelphia
Butterscotch krimpets, cabaret performances, a six-foot-long French baguette and more take over Fairmount Avenue as the Eastern State Penitentiary hosts its final Bastille Day festival.
Tie-Dye Music Festival at Community Arts Center
July 14, Wallingford
The Community Arts Center’s sixth annual Tie-Dye Music Festival features live music, food, raffles and plenty of tie-dye.
11th Annual Media Downtown Car Show
July 15, Media
Explore classic cars and stroll the streets during the 11th Annual Media Downtown Car Show.
Puppies. Yoga. Beer.
July 15, Phoenixville
Grab a beer and cuddle with rescue puppies after a yoga workout at Stable 12 Brewing Company. Not only can you cuddle, but you can rescue one of the pups. The event also supports To Love a Canine Rescue.
Turks Head Music Festival
July 15, West Chester
The 36th annual Turks Head Music Festival returns to Everhart Park (rain date is 7/22), featuring 11 regional bands, two stages, plus artisans and other vendors.
Week of July 16-22
Ardmore Restaurant Week
July 16-29, Ardmore
Explore Ardmore’s diverse dining scene as restaurants offer prix-fixe menus during the town’s two-week long culinary celebration.
Enter the Multiverse: An Art Experience
July 20-22, Ardmore
Eleven young local artists will display their works at this one-of-a-kind art installation, with artwork throughout.
Shakespeare in the Cemetery
July 20-21, Philadelphia
Get a dose of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at Laurel Hill Cemetery, performed b the Mechanical Theater.
Jason Kelce: A Night of Philly Music
July 21, Ardmore
Philadelphia Eagles center and Super Bowl champion Jason Kelce is teaming up with Chill Moody and the Philly All-Stars, plus Swift Technique and Eli Winderman for a night of music—all in benefit of non-profit, Make the World Better.
Food Truck Frenzy at Linvilla Orchards
July 21, Media
Sample treats from a variety of local food trucks while listening to live music or taking a hayride at Linvilla’s newest family-friendly event.
Fireworks & Fountains: Monet’s Garden
July 21, Kennett Square
Watch a stunning fireworks display and listen to the works of Debussy, Dukas, Ravel and other renowned French composers at Longwood Gardens.
Elevate Your Craft 5K at Levante Brewing
July 22, West Chester
Runners aged 21 and older receive a free beer after completing Levante Brewing’s Elevate Your Craft 5K, which starts and ends at the brewery’s doors.
Funky Brunch & Market at Ardmore Music Hall
July 22, Ardmore
Enjoy live music, brunch, beer and shopping at Ardmore Music Hall’s Funky Brunch & Market.
Week of July 23-29
2018 Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs Party
July 26, Drexel Hill
Celebrate this year’s Best of the Main Line & Westerns Suburbs winners at our annual party at Drexelbrook. Sample winning fare, enjoy live music from Jellyroll, and peruse a charity auction among the region’s best retailers, service providers, restaurants and more.
Summer Jam Series
July 27, Downingtown
Celebrate summer at Downingtown’s Kerr Park. The event includes local crafters, live music, food trucks and a beer garden.
XPoNential Music Festival
July 27-29, Camden, N.J.
Catch the War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson, David Byrne and more than 25 other bands and performers (including Conestoga High School grads Matt Quinn and Sam Cooper of Mt. Joy) at WXPN’s 25th annual XPoNential Music Festival at Camden’s Wiggins Park.
Eastwood Summer Classic
July 28, Pottstown
Automobile aficionados won’t want to miss this year’s Eastwood Summer Classic, which boasts plenty of classic eye candy. This year’s event will be held on July 28 at Eastwood’s retail store in Pottstown, with auto-body repair expert Kevin Tetz on hand for seminars and meet-and-greets.
Week of July 30-31
Jay-Z and Beyoncé at Lincoln Financial Field
July 30, Philadelphia
After the surprise drop of their collaborative album “Everything is Love” earlier this summer, this dynamic duo are taking the album on tour—including a stop at Lincoln Financial Field.
Throughout the Month
Through July 22, Philadelphia
Walnut Street Theatre presents Broadway sensation, Mamma Mia! to stage throughout the month of July, featuring the musical stylings of ABBA.
Food for Thought: A Platemaking Intensive with James Eric Thayer
Through July 23, Haverford
Spice up your kitchen dishes and learn how to create functional plates at Main Line Art Center’s class. Learn about ceramics’ cultural history, links between food and potter and more.
Evening and Night Time Photography
Through Aug. 1, Wayne
Practice your night photography skills at Wayne Art Center’s class, which focuses on shooting in the dark.
Stroll the Street
Through Aug. 23, Manayunk
Manayunk’s Stroll the Street takes place on Thursdays throughout the summer and is complete with live music, plenty of local shopping, plus discounts, and $6 cocktail and appetizer specials at participating restaurants. Special themes in July include Fitness Night, Bingo Night, Superhero Night and Christmas in July.
Whole Foods Rooftop Yoga
Through Sept. 1, Exton
Grab a mat and unwind at Whole Foods’ weekly yoga session. Stretch your muscles and relax with Roots2Rise Wellness and Be and Breath instructors every Saturday morning.
Woodmere Annual 77th Juried Exhibition
Through Sept. 3, Philadelphia
Ceramics and mixed media are the focus at the Woodmere Annual 77th Juried Exhibition. This year’s juror, Syd Carpenter, is a professor at Swarthmore College whose work has been featured in the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, among other places. She’s selected a stunning variety of work that includes the remarkable ceramics of Yinka Orafidiya and Roberto Lugo. All 75 artists are based within 50 miles of the area, giving the exhibit a regional vibe.
Photo Pop Philly
Through Sept. 3, Philadelphia
Take the perfect selfie at Philadelphia’s first pop-up exhibit. Show your patriotism with snapshots at the red, white and blue-inspired-exhibit. Be sure to check out the interactive installations made by local artists.
Through Sept. 30, Kennett Square
Find a shady spot and watch polo at one of the East Coast’s oldest polo organizations. Games take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.