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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:

8/24NEPA Tattoo Arts Festival August 22 thru 24th
TIME:12pm to 7pm
PLACE:Genettis Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes Barre
Bringing some of the most talented tattoo artists in the WORLD to Wilkes-Barre, Pa, for a second year in a row, NEPA TATTOO ARTS FESTIVAL is a celebration of the art that is Tattooing. There will be live bands, seminars and art fusion all weekend. For the serious collector and the the tattoo novice, NEPA TATTOO ARTS FESTIVAL continues to make it's mark on the tattoo industry. You don't want to miss this!

8/25“Learning from Uganda” exhibition
TIME:Registration @ 12:00 PM Games @ 1:00 PM;
PLACE:Dallas High School
Hoops for Hope is a community service project run by Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre. It is a 3 v 3 basketball tournament held at Dallas High School. The entry fee for each player was $10 and all the proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. There will be food and drinks for sale at the event. We hope we have a competitive, but also fun tournament.

8/30Yoga on the River Common
TIME:10:00am to 11:00am
PLACE:Millennium Circle Portal, South Side of Market Street Bridge, Wilkes Barre
Melt Hot Yoga, Balance Yoga and Lotus Pug Yoga will once again team up to teach a FREE yoga class on the River Common EVERY Saturday during summer. All experience levels are welcome. Bring your own mat and water. In the event of bad weather, check any of the Yoga Facebook pages.

9/2Contemporary Issues in American Domestic Policy
TIME:12:00 p.m.
PLACE:Luzerne County Community College, Educational Conference Center Dinning Room
Join fellow Chamber members on Thursday, March 25, 2010, in the Dinning Room of the Educational Conference Center at Luzerne County Community College to hear Dr. Jay Bryson, Global Economist, Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo Company. The program will begin with lunch at 12:00 noon followed by Dr. Bryson. Cost to attend is $35.00. Reservations prior to the event are required. Contact Jean Kile, 823-2101 ext. 113.

9/4Fourth Annual King’s College Diversity Film Festival
TIME:7 pm
PLACE:King's College
FOR CHAMBER AND DOWNTOWN; King’s College will host free screenings of four films as part of the Fourth Annual King’s College Diversity Film Festival on Sept. 4, 10, 17, and 24, at 7 p.m. Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business. Films TBA. Free. INFO: (570) 208-8021.

9/9GWB Chamber's Women in Business Luncheon
TIME:11:30am to 1:15pm
PLACE:Stegmaier Mansion, 304 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre
Cost $23.00 for Chamber members, $25 for guests. RSVP to Lynn Heitmeyer at 570-823-2101 ext 149 or by email at

9/10Campion Literary Society Open Mic Night
PLACE:King's College
FOR CHAMBER AND DOWNTOWN: Students, faculty, and members of the community can share creative works, including poems, short stories, drama, and creative nonfiction, or perform music or comedy. Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Postupak Room, William G. McGowan School of Business, King’s College. Free. INFO: (570) 208-5900, ext. 5487

9/13125th Anniversary Gala for the Osterhout Free Library
TIME:6pm to 11pm
PLACE:The Westmoreland Club, 59 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre
The Osterhout Free Library invites you to its 125th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Sept. 13th from 6pm to 11pm at the Westmoreland Club. Tickets are $150 each. That includes an open bar all night long, delicious hors d'oeuvres, dinner and desserts, entertainment and dancing, live and silent auctions and a raffle trip to Bermuda. Visit for more info. Hope to see you there!