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What tops the list of things to do in July in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region? With offerings galore, it’s hard to single out just one must Do for the month. July invites you to attend concerts, visit museums and historic sites, take a train ride or two, and enjoy the flavors of favorite festivals. With so much to see and do, July will be here and gone before you know it.

Music, music and more music!

Bandshell Free Concert in Pennsylvania's Americana Region

Reading City Park is the place to be on Friday evenings in July thanks to Berks Art Council’s Bandshell Concert Series. Now in its 29th year, the 2019 concert series delivers a diverse lineup of national and international artists for all to enjoy – free of charge. Speaking of free, not to be missed is this summer’s third Downtown Alive Concert featuring Local H and Anthrophobia. Additionally, both Hamburg Community Park and Gring’s Mill offer free outdoor concerts this July. And yes, there are more musical events to attend listed on our website.

Get out of the sun (or showers)

An illustration of Smokey the Bear depicts the National Park's mascot educating forest creatures of the dangers of fire with a drawing.

Summer time is all about spending time outside, but sometimes, you need a break from the sun (or in our case – showers). Count on the Reading Public Museum to deliver wonderful ways to spend your time. Travel Adventures invites you to build dream machines out of Legos for travel to exotic places, while Permian Monsters introduces you to an amazing collection of fossils from a relatively unknown time period. Do you remember Smokey Bear? Illustrations of the National Park’s mascot are now on display at the museum too.

Feeling festive?

 Food and craft stands line the crowded midway of the Kutztown Folk Festival.

Experience July’s festive vibe at its many festivals. The annual Kutztown Folk Festival welcomes July and leads the way to many more fun events like the Mid-Summer Craft Fair & BBQ Fest at Leesport Farmers Market. A winning combination of delicious foods and interesting crafts make the annual event a local favorite. Now in its 15th year, Berks Celtic Fest delivers everything you would expect from a day honoring the Irish, including Celtic music, drink, and vendors. This month, Berks County supports LGBTQ freedoms at Reading Pride Festival. This day of celebration features a performance by 90s music singing sensation, Crystal Waters. Rounding out the month’s festival line-up is the Summer Wine Festival, a relaxing evening of great wines and food. What could be better!

Take a ride

Yellow and Green Train Engine in Reading, PA

This July, take a train ride in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. Throughout the month, Colebrookdale, WK &S, Allentown & Auburn, and Reading Northern Railroads offer an assortment of themed excursions. Pick your theme, purchase tickets, and away you go. Have fun!

Kids and history

A native American and a white man sit crosslegged on the grass across from each other. A pile of smoking wood sits to the right of the native, as more native Americans and white men look on.

Beware the summer slide by including a little historiy in your kids’ summer activities. Events like Living History Sunday at Conrad Weiser Homestead, Storytime at Berks County Heritage Center, Pretzel Twisting Lessons at Tom Sturgis Pretzels, Sawmill Demonstrations at Daniel Boone Homestead, and Step Back in Time Day at Berks County Heritage Center are just a few examples of great ways to teach your child about our region while having fun. Find plenty more ideas on our Calendar of Events.