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Downtown Wilkes-Barre comes alive with events every season of the year.  The City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas parades attract over ten thousand each year.  Parade day activities are customized for the whole family to enjoy. The Christmas parade culminates with the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the City’s Holiday Tree on Public Square at dusk. The 3rd weekend in May Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square is transformed into the home of the Fine Arts Fiesta.  Celebrating its 50th year in 2006 the Fiesta hosts craftspeople, artists, and musicians from near and far along with ethnic food booths during this 4 day outdoor tented spectacular celebration of the arts.  The Farmer’s Market begins each June on the Square. One will find the best and freshest produce provided by dozens of regional farmers each Thursday through November. “Party on the Square” plays host each September to the new and returning students attending the regions five colleges. Pizza eating contests, themed activities, live music and fashion shows are part of the celebration. First Fridays, travel throughout the downtown providing food, drink and music, with all proceeds benefiting local charities.

Upcoming Downtown Events:

7/23Y Walk Wednesdays: The D&L Trail: 165 miles of Preservation, Revitalization and Celebration
TIME:6:00 PM
PLACE:Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 West Northampton Street
Y Walk Wednesdays are a series of free guided evening walks that feature downtown neighborhoods, history, the environment, architecture or new development in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. All walks begin promptly at 6:00 pm leaving from the lobby of the YMCA. All of the walks are lead by volunteer Walk Leaders. In case of rain, the walk is automatically rescheduled to the same time the following evening.

7/23Choral Evensong

7/23Sung Compline
TIME:9:00 PM
PLACE:St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral
With a choir of more than 200 singers,led by world-renowned music director David Briggs, Music from St. Stephen's and King's College will present a Sung Compline as part of its weeklong The Royal School of Church Music in America program.

7/23Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, silent film class accompanied by organ
TIME:7 pm
PLACE:Moghegan Sun at Pocono Downs
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic presents their 2nd abbual gala. An evening celebrating the sights and sounds of the 70's at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

7/23Free Fishing with the PA Fish & Boat Commission
TIME:5:30pm to 8:30pm
PLACE:Wilkes Barre River Commons Fishing Pier
The Riverfront Parks Committee will be offering FREE family fishing on the River Common in conjunction with the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Come out on Wednesday, July 23 and Wednesday, August 20 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm for a fun and relaxing evening of fishing. Please pre-register for the events at

7/24Sung Compline
TIME:8 pm
PLACE:F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
Celebrate Presidents’ Day with great music! You'll hear Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait, as well as a tribute to the veterans of our Armed Forces.

7/24Nature Discovery Day
TIME:9am to 12pm
PLACE:Wilkes-Barre Farmer's Market, Public Square, Wilkes Barre
Join the Riverfront Parks Committee and special guests at the Wilkes-Barre Farmer's Market for a day of nature exploration. Learn about the Kirby Park natural area, native and invasive insects, local wildlife, water conservation and more. Second Chance Wildlife Center will host a live mammal show at 11:00am with animals commonly seen in our own back yards. Exhibitors include Penn State Extension, PA American Water, and DCNR Bureau of Forestry.

7/25Choral Evensong