First Friday Downtown Block Party series returning to Reading

The City of Reading has announced the return of downtown activities with the First Friday Downtown Block Party, scheduled to begin on Friday, April 1st at 5pm, in the 400 block of Penn Street.

“I am very excited to announce the start of City events for the 2022 season in #DowntownRDG,” said Mayor Morán. “Some of the more popular events will be returning with a few changes to them, adding to the experience and their success. We are also developing new concepts for our residents, families, and visitors to enjoy.”

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First Friday is part of an extensive series of events that is expected to make downtown more vibrant and engaging. The inaugural event will have a wide variety of vendors, community groups, music, food, and more.

Joining the party on April 1st are Philadelphia’s jazz-fusion collective, Omar’s Hat, and The TriBe, R&B, hip-hop, and funk & soul six-piece band from Northeast PA.

Alvernia University’s CollegeTowne campus will also join the festivities, highlighting their new facilities. Site tours of the downtown campus and general information will be available for the entire community.

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“This is just the beginning of an exciting and diverse entertainment lineup for First Friday,” added Morán. “In addition to the local and regional musicians, there will be interactive art features, fun activities for every age, local and regional food and drink vendors, and the continued tradition of craft brews and drinks by the Pop Truck.”

First Friday Downtown Block Party will occur on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 10 pm through the month of September.

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