July is upon us! Big-name concerts hit the city and, as you may have heard, likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her buddies will hang out in South Philly. Here are some can't-miss events in July:
Billy JoelBucks County native Christina Perri ("Jar of Hearts") will open up for Long Island's favorite son. Billy Joel has made it a habit of playing Citizens Bank Park every summer - this is his third year in a row playing the Phillies' home turf. As of press time, tickets were still available.
8 p.m. July 9, Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, $49.50-129.50, 215-463-1000, ticketmaster.com
Paul McCartneyAfter Joel, Paul McCartney will also make his return to the Bank. Macca will perform a mix of classics that span his entire career from the Beatles and solo work.
Can't make this one? He'll be in Hershey July 19 and East Rutherford August 7.
8 p.m. July 12, Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, $19.50-250.50, 215-463-1000, ticketmaster.com
The OvalEight acres around the Ben Franklin Parkway will transform to encourage people to hang on Philly's Parisian throughway. On Wednesdays, expect healthy events, Thursdays will feature arts and culture, and Fridays mean free outdoor movies. There's also a beer garden and miniature golf area.
Opens July 15, 24th Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway, free, theovalphl.org.
Firebird: ReimaginedIgor Stravinsky's classic gets a remix. The Philadelphia Orchestra will play the 1910 piece, but this time with a strong South African influence. Artist Janni Younge's incorporates puppetry into the evening to tell the story in a new way, while songs have been rearranged for vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
8 p.m., July 20 at the Mann Center, 52nd St. and Parkside Ave. $15-$55. 800-745-3000, manncenter.org.
PoliticalFestAs the Democrats' delegates convene at the Wells Fargo Center, this public celebration of truth, justice, and wonkishness goes on at the Convention Center, the Constitution Center, and a handful of history museums, with a focus on presidential campaigns and politics.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., July 22-27, $5-$15. phldnc.com/politicalfest