Awesome July Events a Train Ride Away

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America’s Birthday isn’t the only travel-worthy event happening next month. With awesome festivals and parties taking place around the country, there’s always a reason to take a train and explore a new place. So, snag your train tickets, score a deal, and check out these four non-4th related July events.

Music Festival in New Orleans
Get pumped to jam with Prince, Mary J. Blige, and Alicia Keys at the Essence Festival on July 3 – 6. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the festival will kick off with music, food, and fun activities during their free Family Day. If you can’t make it – no sweat! There are other awesome music festivals happening this summer too.
Route: City of New Orleans, Crescent and Sunset Limited

Food Festival in Chicago
Take a bite out of the biggest outdoor food festival in the world! This annual feast will let you sample more than 200 types of grub at their pop-up restaurants and food trucks. Bring the kids as they’ll have family-fun activities and live concerts on July 9 – 13. Not to mention, kids under 2 ride free!
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French Soiree in Milwaukee
Pack your beret and celebrate French Independence Day! France is finally a train ride away… that is, if you’re traveling to Milwaukee for Bastille Days, a free French festival on July 10 – 13, where you’ll taste authentic cuisine, dance to live music, and admire the light shows from their Eiffel Tower replica.
Route: Empire Builder and Hiawatha 

Outdoor Movies in New York City
One of the best parts about summer in New York City is their variety of free outdoor movie screenings. With a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline, fun films like Zoolander, which plays at McCarren Park on July 16, will make you laugh even harder.
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