July Entertainment: Global Fusion Festival, Brandywine Big Bang BBQ and More

Philly Goes Global

The City of Brotherly Love will once again show why it’s a world-class locale when it celebrates its vibrant international community at the Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Commission’s fifth annual Global Fusion Festival on July 16. The theme for this year’s event—the city’s largest one-day festival—is CARNIVAL, which accurately conveys the high spirits of this summer showcase for Caribbean, Hispanic, African, African-American and Asian performers and culture. The day also features ethnic foods, folklore and family fun, including hip-hop and salsa dance lessons. More than 25,000 partygoers are expected for this spotlight event of the citywide Global Fusion Week. Free. Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia. Call (215) 928-8801 or visit globalfusionfestival.com. —Marilyn Odesser-Torpey

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Garden Party

Jazz music and mellow grooves are the typical sounds of summer. But if you’re looking for a little variety, Longwood Gardens has you covered. Miami based and Cuba born, the members of Tiempo Libre have been celebrated around the world for their infectious, uplifting timba, an Afro-Cuban variation of rumba. Following up a Grammy nomination for 2009’s Bach in Havana, the ensemble is currently promoting its latest release, My Secret Radio, which pays homage to their teenage years in Cuba while highlighting musical influences like Gloria Estefan, Chaka Khan and Earth, Wind & Fire. See them live on July 9—and be sure to bring your dancing shoes. 7:30 p.m. Free with admission. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square. Call (610) 388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org. —Emily Riley

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Sip, Sample, Savor

An ice-cold beer isn’t the only thing that pairs well with burgers and dogs. July 2-6 at the sixth annual Brandywine Big Bang BBQ, Main Liners can beat the Shore crowds and grab a spot at their favorite local wineries for a weekend of vino, picnicking and live music. Chester County’s Black Walnut Winery offers one of the best tasting deals on the trail, where $6 buys a flight of seven wines to sip while enjoying free lawn concerts from 1 to 5 p.m. If you have a favorite variety in mind, Penns Woods Winery is the way to go, where glasses are just $5 each day. And Chaddsford Winery serves delicious barbecue fare all weekend long. Call (610) 444-3842 or visit bvwinetrail.com. —E.R.

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