Best July Events & Unique Festivals in the USA

Written by Town & Tourist

Happy 4th of July! Are you ready to travel to some of the best July events and unique festivals? In addition to the obvious July 4th events, July is a great month for music festivals, state fairs, balloon races, and lavender farms! Here is a round-up of some of the most fun and interesting things to do around the United States during the month of July!


Milwaukee, WI | June 27th-July 8th, 2018


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For 11 days every summer, Henry Maier Festival Park is THE PLACE TO BE for all music fans. Celebrating its 50th year, Summerfest takes over the beautiful Milwaukee lakefront. Summerfest features over 800 musical acts playing across 11 stages. There is something for every music lover including alternative, rock, country, R&B, pop, reggae headliners and more, from national headliners to indie artists.

July Events – The Biggest & Best Fireworks in the USA

New York City, NY | July 4th, 2018

The Biggest and Best Fireworks Display is in NYC! A great way to kick off July festivals in the USA!

The Biggest and Best Fireworks in New York City. Img Src: https://www.manhattandigest.com

If you want to see the biggest and best fireworks in the US, you will need to head to NYC over to the West Side to watch the famous Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display. For nine more cities that made our “Top 10” list of the best fireworks, click here.

The World’s Largest Food Festival

Chicago, IL | July 11th-15th, 2018

Taste Chicago Food Festival

Taste Chicago Food Festival | Img Src: https://www.flyopedia.com

Every summer since 1980, the Taste of Chicago Food Festival has been showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s culinary community with its premier outdoor food festival. Located on the city’s magnificent lakefront Grant Park, this is the world’s largest food festival offering a delicious array of food, music, and exciting activities for the whole family.

The World’s Only Blobfest

Phoenixville, PA | July 13th-15th, 2018

Annual Phoenixville, PA Blobfest

Annual Phoenixville, PA Blobfest | Img Src: https://www.phillyvoice.com

The annual Phoenixville Blobfest commemorates the classic 1958 movie The Blob that had a famous scene filmed at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Events for the Phoenixville Blobfest kick off on Friday night with the notorious “run-out” recreation at the Colonial Theatre, followed by a Blobfest Ball later that evening, and a Blobfest Festival that continues throughout the weekend with music, food, and vendors that are often quite a bit out of this world.

The World’s Largest Folk Art Festival

Santa Fe, NM | July 13th-15th, 2018

The World's Largest Folk Art Festival is one of the best July events.

The International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe is celebrating its 15th year!

This year’s International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, the World’s Largest Folk Art Festival, is celebrating its 15 year anniversary and will be featuring 150+ Master Artists from 50 countries. Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus is the Honorary Chair.

An Amazing Statewide Lavender Farm Tour

Oregon | July 14th-15th, 2018

Lavender Farm in Oregon

Lavender Farm in Oregon | Img Src: Lavender Farm in Oregon

July is a terrific month to visit a lavender farm … and, if you are lucky enough to be in Oregon during the second weekend of July, you won’t want to miss the annual Oregon Lavender Farm Tour which is held the second weekend of July. This statewide event features lavender farms and nurseries all over the state, some of which are only open during the tour. During the tour weekend, many locations will offer special activities ranging from lavender-oriented classes to mini-festivals featuring music, food, vendors … and, of course, lavender.

Vermont Brewers Festival

Burlington, VT | July 20th-21st, 2018

The Vermont Brewers Festival is a terrific July event!

The Vermont Brewers Festival is a terrific July event!

The Vermont Brewers Festival is by far one of the premier beer festivals in the world. It is held each year during the third weekend of July on the waterfront of Lake Champlain overlooking the Adirondack.

Ohio State Fair

Columbus, OH | July 25th-August 5th, 2018

Ohio State Fair

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The Ohio State Fair has been recognized as one of the top 10 events in the Columbus Ohio area as well as one of the largest state fairs in the USA. For more than 160 years, the Ohio State Fair has celebrated the wealth of Ohio’s products, the skills of their people, and more than a century and a half of accomplishments. The main attractions are the very popular and highly respected midway, food, animals, educational exhibits, and concerts with stars that have included Chicago, Victoria Justice, Billy Currington and Kris Kristofferson.

The Great Texas Balloon Race

Longview, TX | July 27th-29th, 2018

Balloon Festival Races are fun July events!

Balloon Festival Races are fun July events!

If you are looking for a spectacular balloon race, look no further than this world-class event that attracts the very best competitive pilots from across the USA and the world. The Great Texas Balloon Race is considered by many pilots to be the best event on the circuit. In fact, the Great Texas Balloon Race has earned Longview the official designation as “The Balloon Capital of Texas” by the Governor of Texas in 1985; and, in 2013, Gregg County was proclaimed “The Balloon Race Capital of Texas” by the 83rd Texas Legislature. As popular as this event is, there are many others to choose from. Click here to find a balloon festival near you.

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