16 Things to Do in Philadelphia This July

Fireworks, festivals, concerts, theater and so much more pack the month.

This month, the City of Brotherly Love celebrates the country’s birthday with four days of festivities. Other top events to mark on your calendar? Concerts starring musical icons, international festivals, theater romps, tons of laughs and a vintage car show. Here are a few events for a jam-packed July in Philadelphia.

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Wawa Welcome America!

Through July 4

This citywide party toasts the country’s birthday with family-friendly events all around town, from Independence Mall to Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Delaware River Waterfront. This year’s festivities include all the fun from past years, plus musical headliners Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor leading up to the big bang, reworks over Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Visit website for complete schedule.

“Legally Blonde: The Musical”

Through July 21

Founded in 1809, the oldest continuously operating theater
in America has a reputation for putting on some stellar shows, from classics to comedies and musicals. This month, “Legally Blonde: The Musical” takes the historic stage in a song-and-dance redo of the hit film about a Southern California sorority girl, who takes Harvard Law School by storm. Walnut Street Theatre, 215.574.3550

 The Musical”

The Oval+ Opens

July 19

Every summer, The Oval+, an egg-shaped park located on Philly’s own version of Paris’ Champs-Élysées, turns into
an eight-acre playground for just about everyone. Kids and families play on colorful installations, music lovers groove
to live entertainment, movie buffs catch up on summer flicks and fitness fiends perfect their yoga poses. Check website for details. 215.607.3477

The Oval+

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Hispanic Fiesta

July 6-7

Party Latin style with food, dance, music and more. Great Plaza, Penn’s Landing, 215.627.3100

Ballet X Summer Series

July 10-21

The contemporary corps takes on “The Little Prince” to original music by Peter Salem. The Wilma Theater, 215.546.7824

Ballet X

Islamic Heritage Festival

July 12-13

A parade and a global bazaar highlight this family-friendly fest. Penn’s Landing, 215.922.2FUN

Yoga @ Race Street Pier

July 17

Sun salutations and half moon poses go alfresco at the waterfront. Penn’s Landing, 215.922.2FUN

Yoga at Race Street Pier

Aasif Mandvi

July 18-20

The former “The Daily Show” correspondent lends his trademark wit. Punch Line Philly, 215.606.6555

University City Dining Days

July 18-28

This college neighborhood serves up tastes at three discounted prices: $15, $25 and $35 at participating restaurants. Check website for restaurants and details.

“Latin History for Morons”

July 19-20

School’s in on actor John Leguizamo’s comedy-filled and enlightening lesson. Merriam Theater, 215.893.1999

John Leguizamo

Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival

July 20

Top tunes and art light up this homey neighborhood music fair. Check website for details. Saunders Park Greene

John Mayer

July 22

The pop singer takes the stage on his summer tour. Wells Fargo Center, 215.336.3600

“King Lear”

July 24-28

Shakespeare in Clark Park tackles this tragic tale of power and madness. Clark Park, 215.764.5345

Shakespeare in Clark Park

Xponential Music Festival


July 26-28


More than 30 top musical acts—including Hozier, Elvis Costello and Blondie—bring WXPN’s popular radio music show to three stages. Check website for up-to-date lineup and details. Various venues

Elvis Costello

East Passyunk Avenue Car Show

July 28

Mint-condition wheels rev up this hip area. Call for details, 215.336.1455

East Passyunk Avenue Car Show

Franklin Square Fountain

July 31

After a $2 million makeover, the historic fountain opens with a new dancing water show. 215.629.4026

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