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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:

4/18Third Friday Wilkes-Barre Art Walk
TIME:5 - 8pm
PLACE:all around downtown Wilkes-Barre
You're invited to Third Friday Wilkes-Barre! Experience the art walk from 5-8 pm from March thru December on the third Friday. Visit Downtown Wilkes-Barre and support local art and artists. Check local papers and for our map of participating venues and featured artists each month. This is a FREE event.

4/21The Lost Architecture of Wilkes Barre
TIME:7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
PLACE:Wilkes University Henry Center Miller Room
Tony Brooks, Chairman of Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society will present a program with slides showing architectural treasures that are no longer standing in Wilkes-Barre.

4/23Family Business Alliance Lecture Series
TIME:5:00 pm
PLACE:Wilkes University, Henry Student Center
Economic Summit to be presented. Featured speaker is Sam Fraundorf, president of Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors.

4/23JOB FAIR-Luzerne County Reentry Committee
TIME:9:00 am to 12 noon
PLACE:Jewelcor Building, 100 N. Wilkes Barre Blvd., Wilkes Barre
The Luzerne County Reentry Committee is partnering with the PA CareerLink Luzerne County to host the 2nd Annual Job Fair for all Work Release, Day Reporting Center, Treatment Court & Probation/Parole participants. To confirm your participation, please contact Grace Franks by April 15, 2014 fax: 570-208-2854. If you have any questions regarding this event, please feel free to email at

4/23ECONOMIC SUMMIT-What Trends Mean for You and Your Business
TIME:5:30 pm
PLACE:Wilkes University, Henry Student Center Ballroom
The Family Business Alliance of Wilkes University presents Sam Fraundorf of Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors. Registration is required for the FREE event. Contact FBA executive director Lanie Jordan at 570-408-2120 or

4/23Teen Library Council
TIME:7:45 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
PLACE:The Woodlands Inn and Resort
Continuing education program for professionals who work with children and families

TIME:7:00 PM
PLACE:R/C Theatres, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes Barre
A truly magical finale to the series! This first book-to-film in the Harry Potter series shows us why J.K. Rowling is the world's best-selling author. Penn State Wilkes-Barre and the Greater Wilkes Barre Chamber of Commerce present this film & discussion including pre-film lecture and stimulating post-film discussion. Cost is $40 per person (Discounts may apply.) Participants earn continuing education credit upon series completion.

4/24LIVE at the Kirby Center:BRIAN REGAN
TIME:7:30 pm
PLACE:F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes Barre
Make your plans right away for this one-night only performance. Brian Regan will join us for two hilarious evenings that will help you laugh away the memories of a forgettable winter! This Spring the F.M. Kirby Center has just what you need. Call Ticketmaster for your tickets or buy online at