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20 Can’t Miss Events in July 2021

Cruise Through July with a Full Calendar of Fireworks, Festivals, Live Music and So Much More

Some say, by July, summer’s half over. For us, NEPA’s just getting warmed up. Long, sunny days welcome hikes along breezy, shady trails and lazy respites by the nearest swimming hole. We’re barreling down cool whitewater rivers and zipping across mountain skylines. The waterparks are calling —  as are the farmers’ markets and the amusement parks. Oh… and we can’t forget to dust off the old clubs and hit the links. And we also promised that we’d make our rounds to the state parks and maybe take the kayaks for a spin. And that’s just the daytime fun.

NEPA’s restaurants are roaring back. And it’s the perfect time for sunset dinners on the patio, or brunch in the Sunday sun. End your action-packed days with drinks on the deck. Treat your Little League heroes to a hard-earned sundae with more toppings than you can count. Because, that’s what summer is all about. We’ve got thousands of amazing things to do, hundreds of awesome places to see and countless memories to be made.

Get out there and have some fun. Make the most of your summer using our comprehensive events calendar. And if you need a little help getting started, look no further than this convenient can’t miss list.

July Events in NEPA

  • 4th of July Round-Up

    July 2 through July 5

    Ring in the holiday weekend with local parades, carnivals and more. When the sun sets, spectacular fireworks will light up the night. Check out our annual Fourth of July post to find festivities and fireworks near you.

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  • The Peach Music Festival

    July 1 through July 4

    Stop by the Pavilion at Montage during Independence Day Weekend for this iconic, 4-day music festival. The event features live performances by over 50 rock and alternative acts, camping and glamping bundles, vendors and VIP tickets.

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  • The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts - DiscoverNEPA

    “Come Back to the Kirby” Series

    Fridays in July

    Celebrate the reopening of Wilkes-Barre’s iconic F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts by stopping in to catch a beloved classic. Throughout July, the Kirby will feature matinee and evening showings of Hollywood favorites at significantly discounted prices.

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  • Bernie’s Run

    July 4

    Kick off your Independence Day with a little early morning cardio during the Wilkes-Barre YMCA’s annual Bernie’s Run. The downtown race features a 3-mile run/walk and a kid’s half mile fun run.

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  • Strawberry Festival

    Thursdays – Sundays until July 16

    Pick your way through 3 acres of plump strawberries at Lakeland Orchard & Cidery in Scott Twp. Enjoy wagon rides, entertainment, strawberry-inspired food and drinks, cider, games and so much more.

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  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

    Throughout July

    Get out to PNC Field in Moosic to catch our very own, red hot SWB RailRiders as they make a run for the Triple A playoffs. The RailRiders will host 12 home contests in July. Each game also features fun, family-friendly promotions.

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  • Farmers’ Markets

    All Summer

    All over NEPA, local farmers are trucking their bountiful harvests into town squares and parks. Crafters and artisans are setting up tables and tents. That’s right. It’s Farmers’ Market season. Get out there and fill your baskets.

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  • Briggs Farm Blues Festival

    July 8 – July 10

    Don’t miss this legendary, award-winning summer music festival at the iconic Briggs Farm in Nescopeck. Enjoy three days of music from over 20 nationally-acclaimed blues artists. The festival also features camping, vendors and family-friendly activities

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  • Old Crow Medicine Show

    July 10

    Make your way to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe for an evening with Grammy Award-winning folk, country, Americana legends, Old Crow Medicine Show. The venue is also home to Roadies Restaurant and Bar.

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  • Out Back at Karl Hall

    July 11

    Catch the third concert of this summer-long, live, outdoor music series in the parking lot behind Wilkes-Barre’s premier concert venue, Karl Hall. July’s Sunday afternoon show will feature Miz and The Mule Team.

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  • Socially Distant Trivia with TMB at SBC

    Wednesdays in July

    Bring your A-game to Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston every Wednesday night for their super popular trivia night. The outdoor event features brewery-fresh craft beer, awesome food and many cool prizes.

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  • Sunsets on South Main

    July 15

    Downtown Wilkes-Barre’s Midtown Village comes alive on the third Thursday of each month this summer with happy hour, live local music, pop-up shops, dining and more at this outdoor sunset celebration.

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  • Rockin’ the River

    July 16, 23 & 30

    Summer concerts are back on the riverfront in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! Stop by the River Common on the last three Fridays in July for free, live music from amazing tribute acts and seasoned local bands.

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  • Puck Cancer Festival

    July 17

    Spend an afternoon kicking cancer to the curb at this annual fundraising festival in Nanticoke. Festival admission includes food, non-alcoholic drinks and live entertainment. There will also be plenty of games, a foot hockey tournament, raffles and so much more.

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  • Cruise and Brew to the Nimble Hill

    July 18

    Combine your love for nature, a little exercise and craft beer with Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe Rentals. Enjoy an easy, 6-mile paddle down the Susquehanna River and then hop on the shuttle to Nimble Hill Brewing Company’s Growler Den for a flight and some snacks.

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  • Christmas in July (The Horror Edition)

    July 23 & 24

    Celebrate Christmas in July with two terrifying nights of classic, holiday-themed horror films at Lehighton’s Mahoning Drive-In. Each night offers a frightful double feature of scary Christmas flicks in all their 35 mm glory.

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  • Bike Train

    July 24 & 25

    Head to Jim Thorpe and board the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for a relaxing ride along the beautiful Lehigh River. Then hop on your bike and enjoy a stunning, 25-mile pedal back to town along the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail. Reservations required.

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  • Sunflower Festival

    July 29, 30 & 31 (and through August)

    Bring the camera to Lakeland Orchard & Cidery in Scott Twp. for this popular summer festival featuring fields filled with over 15 varieties of sunflowers. The festival also offers tasty treats, slushies and ice cream. Admission includes one sunflower.

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  • Something Rotten

    July 30 (and weekends through August 15)

    Witness the hilariously hazardous creation of the world’s first musical as this critically-acclaimed Broadway hit takes the stage at the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts in Hazleton.

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  • Scranton Taco Fest

    July 31

    Close out July with a long day of tacos, margaritas, ice cold beer and sunshine at this long-anticipated festival on the grounds of the Circle Drive-In in Dickson City. The event features over ten of Scranton’s best restaurants and food trucks.

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Round up the whole family for some mid-summer fun in NEPA. Check out our incredible list of family fun in July.

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