Nestled along the banks of the Delaware River, Bristol capitalizes on its scenic vistas by hosting numerous festivals, concerts and special events in its riverside parks. Located just 30 minutes from Center City Philadelphia, the historic town’s waterfront draws people for boating, hiking, picnics and other outdoor activities. (Image courtesy: Visit Philly)

The official start to Summer is only a week away, and everyone wants something to do to enjoy the long days – especially on a tight budget.

Look no further than Bristol Borough. From “First Friday” at the beginning of each month, to cultural celebrations, the waterfront area is a great public area to enjoy the day, watching the river roll by, shop in local stores, or take in other events.

The next First Friday event will be July 6th, with a theme of “Christmas in July” for the local vendors to present their wares as people take over the streets and waterfront park. Local bands will provide music, as vendors and others offer food along with arts and crafts classes for all ages.

Image courtesy: Visit Bristol Borough

Area cultures will also be on display through the summer, starting with the annual Celtic Festival the afternoon of Sunday June 24th. This is the 22ndyear for the celebration Scottish and Irish heritage with vendors, music and food.


The following weekend – June 28th– will celebrate Puerto Rico, and organizers promise an assortment of Latin genres, including bachata, merengue, plenas, salsa and Spanish folk music.

African-American Day is celebrated this year on August 18th, with dance acts and musical performances rap, spoken word and singing musical performances, with specific featured artists yet to be announced.

The centerpiece of African-American Day remains its memorial service at 3:30 p.m. Local pastors come together and call the community to action regarding violence and drug addiction.

To close out the Summer celebrations, set aside September 8thfor the Italian Festival. The 35thannual Italian Day continues the tradition of food which the culture is noted for, and expects to offer 600 pounds of sausage along with other favorite dishes.

For more information on these and other events, go to the Visit Bristol Borough website.