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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:

10/23Remembering Robin Williams Film & Discussion Series
TIME:7pm Thursdays
PLACE:R/C Wilkes Barre Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St.
Tonight's showing is Hook (1991/PG/144 Minutes) A film and discussion series, Thursdays at 7:00pm, screenings @ R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14 with pre-film lecture and stimulating post-film discussions with mental health professionals as guest speakers regarding depression, suicide prevention, and other mental health conditions. Participants earn continuing education credits upon series completion. Cost is $40 per person for entire film series which runs every Thursday from Sept. 18th through Oct. 23rd. For more information or to register, call 570-675-9253 or 570-675-9219 or by email or online at

10/25St. Bernadine's Choir
TIME:7:30PM - Oct. 25; 11AM Liturgy Oct. 26
PLACE:King's College

10/28King's College President's Council Meeting
TIME:9 AM - 10 AM
PLACE:Area Schools
Area businesses volunteer to read a book to second grade classrooms to promote literacy. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Karen Gallia at; 823-2101, ext. 133; or register online.

10/29MFHS 43rd Annual Meeting Community Luncheon
PLACE:The Westmoreland Club, Franklin St., Wilkes Barre
Save the Date

10/30Umphrey's McGee Concert
PLACE:F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes Barre
Umphrey's McGee have devoted their craft to making their devoted followers feel as if they are part of something larger through fan-curated sets. Similar Skin is the band's latest musical missive to their audience, offering their own brand of fatherly advice, from a perspective of maturity and growth, both musically and personally. It is something their fans have come to expect from Umphrey's McGee, who have forged a career on that relationship. Similar Skin is not just an album for Umphrey's McGee and their legion of fans, but an effort that deserves the attention of anyone with an interest in forward-thinking musicians who don't fit into an easy to categorize box. If you think you know what Umphrey's McGee is all about, guess again.

10/31Healthy Workforce...Healthy Community
TIME:7:45am to 9:30am
PLACE:Genetti's Hotel and Conference Center, 77 W. Market St., Wilkes-Barre
Presented by the Chamber and Penn State Wilkes-Barre with sponsors including Blue Cross of NEPA and ChamberChoice. Presenter will be Wico van Genderen, President/CEO of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry. Features the presentation of the Chamber's Healthy Workplace Awards and information on PSU's new Workplace Wellness Certificate Program. Tickets $30 per person. RSVP to Lynn at 570-823-2101 ext. 149 or by email at

11/1Doo Wop Spectacular at the F.M. Kirby Center
PLACE:F.M. Kirby Center
Joe Nardone brings another volume (vol. 7) of his popular Doo Wop concerts to the F.M. Kirby Center. Ticket prices are $29.50, $39.50 and $49.50 plus fees. Tickets are available at the Kirby box office, by phone 570-826-1100 or online

11/9The Wyoming Valley Veterans Day Parade
PLACE:280 Market Street, Wilkes Barre
C/O 1st Battalion 109th Field Artillery. Honoring our Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice to keep our nation free. This year's theme is Thank a Veteran Today