8 Can’t-Miss July Events Happening Around the Main Line

With summer in full swing, these festive July events are sure to make the warm days fun in the Main Line region. 

Check out our calendar for more events throughout July.

Editor’s Pick

July 19

Mallow Hill at 118 North

Wayne

Mallow Hill’s rugged, groove-heavy blues rock has been resonating beyond this region—specifically Nashville, where the Baltimore quintet has been busy recording their debut album, due out later this year. In the meantime, we have the tantalizing single “Thinkin’ Bout My Baby,” which was produced by the Grammy-nominated Dex Green (Elvis Costello, Margo Price). The band’s 118 North show is one of a few Mid-Atlantic appearances in July. See them now before they get big. Visit 118northwayne.com.
—Hobart Rowland

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Mallow Hill at 118 North
Photo by Liz Pappas

July 4 Happenings

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Narberth July 4 Family Fun & Fireworks

Narberth

Carnival and field games will keep the kids occupied during the day. Then settle in once the sun goes down for a concert and fireworks display. Visit narberthfireworks.org.

Marple Newtown Fouth of July Parade

Newtown Square

A yearly tradition, this red-white-and-blue extravaganza kicks off at St. Albans Circle at 10 a.m., ending in front of the Broomall Fire House. Visit marplenewtownparade.com.

Soap Box Derby

Conshohocken

Since 1951, kids have taken to the streets of Conshy to race to the finish line in their handmade soap-box cars. Grab a seat along Fayette Street to cheer on the drivers. Visit soapboxderby.org.

July 12–14

Blobfest

Phoenixville

It’s the 25th anniversary of this popular offbeat event celebrating the 1958 horror flick The Blob. On Friday evening, fans run screaming from the Colonial Theatre in honor of the classic scene shot there. Check out screenings at the Colonial throughout the weekend. There’s also a Blob Ball, a Saturday street fair, and Sunday 5K, 10K and half-marathon races. Visit thecolonialtheatre.com.

Blobfest
Photo by Lauren Ariel

July 7, 14, 21 and 28

West Chester Railroad Summer Picnic Special

West Chester

All aboard an express train to the historic Glen Mills train station, where you can hop off and have a picnic lunch before the journey home. Visit wcrailroad.com.

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West Chester Railroad
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July 13

Outdoor Movie Night

Media

Pack your lawn chairs and snacks and bring the family to Barrall Field for a free flick under the stars. Visit mediaborough.com for movie announcements.

Every Wednesday thru September

Dining Under the Stars

Media

This open-air fest is a summer staple. State Street closes every Wednesday evening so diners can enjoy an alfresco meal, followed by a stroll around town for some shopping. Reservations highly recommended. Visit visitmediapa.com.

Dining Under the Stars in July
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What We’re Reading

Bryn Mawr’s Ashton Lattimore brings pre-Civil War Philadelphia to life in her debut novel, which tells the story of Charlotte, a young Black woman who’s escaped the South. With help from the daughter of a wealthy Black family, Charlotte attempts to free Evie, a slave brought to the city by the mistress of the plantation from which Charlotte escaped. Will the fight for Evie’s freedom cost Charlotte her own?

Random House Publishing Group, 368 pages.

All We Were Promised
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Related: Here’s What to Do Around the Main Line Area This Weekend

Our Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs Party is July 25!