Celebrate July

Fireworks! Festivals! Food! Music! Fun! July has it all.


Pack a picnic (or patronize the food trucks/vendors) and your lawn chair and enjoy music under the stars at your favorite park. No doubt, your favorite style of music will be performed somewhere!

Long’s Park Summer Music Series

Held Sunday evenings, June-late August, all concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 1441 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Information: Longspark.org.

  • July 7: A Night in Nashville (country) Note: start time is 7 p.m.
  • July 14: Marc Broussard (American singer/songwriter)
  • July 21: Ramon Chicharron (Canadian/Colombian world music)
  • July 28: Watkins Glen Tribute (Rock) Note: start time is 7 p.m.

Summer Concert Series – Columbia

Sponsored by the Columbia Lions Club, the monthly Friday concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Locust Street Park, 550 Locust St., Columbia. Information: Columbialions.org.

  • July 19: Bump City (funk born of Pocketful O’ Soul)

Music in the Park – Maytown

Now in its 28th year, the Sunday-evening music series is sponsored by East Donegal Township. Start time is 6 p.m. Lloyd H. Furhman Memorial Park, 190 Rock Point Rd., Maytown. Information: Eastdonegaltwp.com.

  • July 14: The Nomads (oldies)
  • July 21: Stu Huggens Band (country/Americana)
  • July 28: Thunder Road Rockin’ Country (country/Southern rock/oldies)

Summer Music Series – Shoppes at Belmont

3rd Power Family Soul

Now in its 5th year, the music series is held at the shopping center’s Charles Frey Park on Saturday evenings from 6-10 p.m. 1600 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster. Information: Shoppesatbelmont.com.

  • July 1: Rampart Street Ramblers (Dixieland)
  • July 13: 3 Hour Tour (yacht rock/soul)
  • July 20: 3rd Power Family Soul (R&B/soul/funk)
  • July 27: Black Ties (classic/contemporary rock)

Entertainment in the Park 

The Swingtime Dolls

The New Holland Summer Arts Association is hosting its 45th season of entertainment in New Holland Community Memorial Park. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. 400 block E. Jackson St., New Holland. Information: Newhollandsummerarts.com

  • July 3: The Swingtime Dolls (WWII era music) 
  • July 5: The New Holland Band (patriotic music followed by fireworks) 
  • July 10: The 4 Daves (funk/fusion/rock/pop/soul) 
  • July 13: Studio Two (tribute to early Beatles) 
  • July 14: Tinn Angel Band (classic rock/pop/new country) 
  • July 17: Mr. Mody & Friends (classic rock/pop/R&B/country) 
  • July 20: Clockwork Band (Top 40s through the decades) 
  • July 21: Temple Ave Jazz (jazz/swing/blues) 
  • July 24: The Fabulous Greaseband (oldies/rock n roll) 
  • July 27: CAISO Steel Drum Band (island flair)
  • July 28: Servant Stage presents the Marvelous Wonderettes, a song/dance tribute to the music of the 50s & 60s 
  • July 31: Big Big Jazz Band (jazz)  

Concerts by the Creek

Thomas P. Grater Park in Ephrata hosts a summer concert series. 6 p.m. Cocalico Street, Ephrata. Information: Concertsbythecreek.org.

  • July 9: Kendal Conrad (country) and The Wild Hymns (pop/folk).

The Sounds of Strasburg

The Strasburg Community Parks Foundation sponsors a summer concert series, with shows beginning at 6 p.m. Strasburg Community Park, 151 Precision Ave. Information: Facebook.com.

  • July 13: Los Monstros (Latin/dance fusion)
  • July 27: Servant Stage presents the Marvelous Wonderettes, a song/dance tribute to the music of the 50s & 60s

Huffnagle Park Concert Series

The Quarryville Lions Club sponsors a summer concert series, with music getting underway at 7 p.m. Summit Dr./Oak St. Information: Facebook.com

  • July 6: Summit Hill Bluegrass
  • July 27: Blues on the Loose


The Kracker Beez

Music in Memorial Park

July 28 | Mount Joy

The Kracker Beez will be performing in Memorial Park. 5 p.m. 101 Marietta Ave., Mount Joy. Information:Mountjoychamber.com.

Lancaster Lemonade Concert Series

A Lancaster tradition, the concert series’ pay-what-you-will admission helps the sponsoring organization to conduct a vocal competition and support other music organizations. 7 p.m. Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Rd., Lancaster. Information: Facebook.com.

  • July 11: John Darrenkamp & Friends
  • July 18: “I Got You Bade, Let’s Duet” with Reji Woods and friends
  • July 25: The New Holland Band

Gretna Music

Now in its 49th year of offering programs representing music from around the world, Gretna Music events are held In the Mount Gretna Playhouse, 200 Pennsylvania Ave., beginning at 7:30 p.m. Information: Gretnamusic.org.

  • July 21: Turtle Island Quartet (jazz, classical, rock hybrid)
  • July 22: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Apollo’s Fire (baroque orchestra)
  • July 27: Brandee Younger ( harpist)
  • July 28: An Evening of Clarinet & Piano (with Marcus Eley and Todd Cochran)

Jazz on the Patio

July | The Barn at Paradise Station

Jump start your weekend at The Barn at Paradise Station, where a summer-long menu of jazz, small plates, drinks and incredible views of the countryside is being offered on Thursday evenings, 6-9 p.m., through Labor Day. July’s dates are 11, 18 and 25. 312 Paradise Lane, Ronks. Information:Barnatparadisestation.com.


July | Nissley Vineyards 

Enjoy wine, beer, food and music on the lawn that fronts the winery and provides a view of the stage/dance floor. New this year: Fridays are family-friendly and will offer non-alcoholic milkshakes and slushies for the kids, while Saturdays are 21+. Gates open at 6 p.m., music gets underway at 7:30 p.m. 140 Vintage Dr., Bainbridge. Information: Nissleywine.com

  • July 5: Popscotch (pop/rock/funk) 
  • July 6: Bunchafunk (hi-energy dance music) 
  • July 12: Wonderland (one-hit wonders of the 70s/80s) 
  • July 13: Mama Tried (hi-energy dance music) 
  • July 19: 3rd Power Family Soul (funk/jazz/rock/soul) 
  • July 20: Downtown Sound (hi-energy dance music/pop) 
  • July 26: Lancaster’s AM Radio (doo-wop/soul/R&B)
  • July 27: Josh Squared (oldies/Top 40) 

Greenfield Concerts in the Park 

Summer concerts are back at Greenfield! Music gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the park that is located across from 1861 William Penn Way. Information: Greenfieldlancaster.com

  • July 25: The Music of Queen + Journey

Presented by Prima, the show stars three powerhouse veterans from American Idol and America’s Got Talent.  

Lititz Historical Foundation Concert

July 14 | Mary Oehme Gardens

No Reply will be on hand to provide a hi-energy evening of rock & roll from all eras and genres. This pay-what-you-can fundraiser helps to support the foundation’s efforts to share Lititz’s history and maintain the gardens. 6:30 p.m. 145 E. Main St. (rear), Lititz. Information: Lititzhistoricalfoundation.com

Happy Birthday, America!

It was 248 years ago that the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia. Yes, we are two years away from what undoubtedly will be the biggest birthday party ever held in the U.S. In the meantime, there’s  plenty of ways to celebrate 7/4/24!

Music in the Park

June 28| East Petersburg Community Park

Event will feature music from The Kracker Beez, food trucks, a movie (Super Mario Bros.) and fireworks. 5:30-10 p.m. Pine St., East Petersburg. Information: Eastpetersburgday.com

Mountville Fireworks

June 29 | Froelich Park

Montville Borough presents its annual fireworks show that launches at dusk. 350 W. Main St. Information:Mountvilleboroug.com.

Long’s Park Patriotic Concert

June 30 | Long’s Park

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will present a patriotic concert, followed by fireworks. 8 p.m. 1441 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Information: Longspark.org.

Celebrate America!

July 3 | The Barn at Paradise Station

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. with food trucks and yard games. At 7:30 p.m., The New Holland Band and Perfect Harmony will present a concert of patriotic music. Fireworks will conclude the evening. 312 Paradise Lane, Ronks. Information: Barnatparadisestation.com.

Firecracker 5 Mile Run

July 4 | Ephrata

Now in its 47th year, the event, which is sponsored by the Ephrata Rec and the Ephrata War Memorial Association, will include a 5-mile run, as well as a 1-mile Fun Run for kids. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., run gets underway at 8 a.m. Thomas P. Grater Community Park, Cocalico St., Ephrata. Information:Ephratarec.com.

4th of July Extravaganza & Fireworks

July 4 | Stone Gables Estate

Stone Gables presents its annual tribute to America’s birthday. Event features self-guided tours of Ironstone Ranch and the Star Barn, yard games, food trucks, artisans, a campfire, train rides (separate charge), petting zoo, entertainment and, of course, fireworks. Gates open at 3 p.m. 1160 N. Market St., Elizabethtown. Information: Stonegablesestate.com

207th Annual Fourth of July Celebration 

July 4 | Lititz Springs Park 

Take Flight is the theme of this year’s celebration that will feature aviation-related demonstrations and activities. Traditional events such as the Queen of Candles pageant, baby parade, Lititz Lions parade, musical entertainment and the grand finale, fireworks, will fill the day. Tickets are required to enter Lititz Springs Park. Gates open at 11 a.m. Blanket run is held 7-10 a.m. Information: Lititz4thofjuly.com. 

Marietta Fireworks!

July 4 | Marietta

Thanks to a concerted volunteer effort and support of businesses and organizations, Marietta’s fireworks display is back! It has a new home at Community Bible Church. The festivities will get underway at 4 p.m. with food trucks, a barrel train for kids, yard games and other entertainment. The fireworks show will get underway at approximately 9:15 p.m. Donations gladly accepted. 331 Anderson Ferry Rd., Marietta. Information: Mariettafireworks.org.

July 4th Community Family Event

July 4 | Ephrata

Food trucks, inflatables, entertainment, live music and more will be held on the grounds of the Ephrata Church of the Brethren. As night falls, the Ephrata Rec and Ephrata Borough will present a fireworks show on the grounds of the rec center. 5:30 p.m. 201 Crescent Ave., Ephrata. Information: Ecob.church.com

New Holland

July 5 | New Holland Community Memorial Park

The park will be the scene of a concert by The New Holland Band followed by a fireworks show. 7 p.m. 400 block E. Jackson St. Information: Newhollandborough.org

There’s more to do!

After all that music and celebrating, you’ll need to relax!

Goat Yoga

July | Amish Farm & House

You haven’t worked out until you’ve taken a goat yoga class! Two classes are offered –
a 60-minute session that includes some cuddle time with the adorable goats, and a 30-minute session aimed at families and includes plenty of cuddle time. The 60-minute classes are held Tues. and Fri. at 7 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. at 10 a.m. Family sessions are held on Sun. at 12 p.m., as well as select Sat. 2395 Covered Bridge Dr., Lancaster. Information: Amishfarmandhouse.com

Sunset Dinner Tour on an Amish Farm

Through August | Amish Farm & House Event

No doubt you’ll have visitors this summer and are wondering how to entertain them. The Amish Farm & House has the solution: you and your guests can tour the 15-acre farm and 1805 farmhouse and then board a bus for a ride through the country that will take you to the home of an Amish family. There, you’ll enjoy a traditional Amish dinner and end the visit with dessert and conversation with your hosts. Fridays and Saturdays; 3:45 tour/5 p.m. bus boarding. 2395 Covered Bridge Dr., Lancaster. Information: Amishfarmandhouse.com.

East Pete Summer Fest 

July 13 | East Petersburg Community Park 

The Uptown Band

Celebrate summer at this annual event that includes a beer/wine garden, food trucks and music by The Uptown Band. 5:30-9 p.m. Pine St., East Petersburg. Information: Eastpetersburgday.com.

Haiti Benefit Auction 

July 14-15 | Bird-in-Hand

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the collaborative effort on the parts of churches and individuals to raise funds for mission projects in Haiti. Friday’s events include a dinner (chicken BBQ, pulled pork, pizza, burgers), gospel singing and an auction of tools, crafts, quilts and specialty items. Saturday will feature breakfast fare, food stands and auctions entailing furniture, quilts, play-sets, tractors, gardening needs, sheds and more. A craft auction will feature a 3D painting (1973) by Abner Zook. Friday, starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, starting at 6:30 a.m. 338 N. Ronks Rd., Bird-in-Hand. Information: Pahaitiauction.com. 

Date Night in the Garden 

July 18 | Conestoga House & Gardens 

Surprise and impress the love of your life with an evening at this beautiful property. The gardens will be in  full bloom, musicians will be strolling the grounds and you can bring your own wine and picnic dinner or pre-order one. 5-8 p.m. 1608 Marietta Ave., Lancaster. Information: Conestogahouse.com. 

San Juan Bautista Hispanic Festival 

July 24-27  | San Juan Bautista Catholic Church 

Now celebrating its 41st year, the festival has become known for its musical entertainment, food, family-friendly activities and focus on Hispanic culture. The festival also holds raffles, with $15,000 in prizes awarded to their winners. The festival serves as the church’s largest fundraiser. Wed., 6-9 p.m. Thur., 6-10 p.m. Fri., 6-11 p.m. Sat., 4-11 p.m. 425 S. Duke St., Lancaster. Information: Lancasterhispanicfestival.com. 

Dinner on the Farm

July 30 | Lundale Farm, Pottstown 

Have you ever wondered how farmland preservation is being approached in other areas of the state? If so, here’s an opportunity to take a day trip and experience what’s transpiring in Montgomery County through the efforts of Lundale Farm. 

Lundale Farm’s roots extend to 1946, when Sam and Eleanor Morris purchased the acreage. The two were pioneers in agricultural land preservation and went on to found the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust in 1967. During their association with the trust, more than 5,000 acres of open space were saved and preserved. 

In 1974, they were granted and easement of 175 acres. Fearing development would encroach on the farm, they expressed a desire to see the land used for regenerative agriculture. Their daughters and a son-in-law accepted that challenge and today, the 550-acre farm is home to tenant farmers who are passionate about biodynamic methods of farming and operate farmettes with names such as Pasture Song Farm (hogs and flowers), Horseshoe Ranch (hens), Kneehigh Farm (veggies and flowers) and French Creek Organic Cider Orchard (apples). Through their farms, they aim to enhance the ecology, health and diversity of the land in Pottstown. 

The farm is overseen by a board of directors, one of whom is Dean Carlson, who once owned Wyebrook Farm in Honeybrook. Events such as tours, birding treks and farm-to-table dinners are held at the farm. 

Such a dinner will be held July 30. The four-course, family-style dinner will be designed and  prepared by Chef Wyatt Piazza of Kiddo, a vegetable-forward restaurant located at 12th and Pine streets in Philadelphia. The restaurant, which is co-owned by Piazza and his wife, Elizabeth, opened last October and in January was named a Best New Restaurant by USA Today. Its menu features ingredients grown by farmers at Lundale. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Lundale Farm.

6 p.m. Lundale Farm, 2501 Pottstown Pike, Pottstown, Montgomery County. 

Information: Lundalefarm.org 

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