Downtown Alive presented by Weidenhammer will return in summer 2018 with free concerts in Reading, PA!

The Downtown Alive free outdoor concert series is returning for the fourth time to Reading starting in June. The series will feature a dynamic lineup of performers from varying musical genres.

Each concert will feature a festival atmosphere and include food trucks and beer for sale. All shows will be held in the 500 block of Penn Street and start at 5 p.m.




500 Block of
Penn Street
Reading, PA, 19602



To be announced soon!



This year's lineup of acts will be announced soon!



Downtown Alive presented by Weidenhammer is a free outdoor concert series designed to support the revitalization of downtown Reading, Pennsylvania.  This concert series is funded by the Berks County Community Foundation and Berks County Convention Center and produced with the help of the Reading Downtown Improvement District in partnership with Illusion Sound & Lighting. The series focuses on generating lively events, bringing commerce and new business in order to create a vibrant downtown. Downtown Alive provides an exciting atmosphere for the community to enjoy.

Major funding for the concerts is provided by Berks County Community Foundation and Berks County Convention Center Authority, and Weidenhammer is the prime sponsor of the series, Savage 61 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has is the stage sponsor, and the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is the hospitality sponsor.

These concerts are free of charge and are adding to the growing momentum of activity in downtown Reading. Each concert features food vendors, beer and wine for sale, and a summer festival ambiance.


Where is Downtown Alive presented by Weidenhammer?

Downtown Alive presented by Weidenhammer is located in the 500 block of Penn Street in Reading, Pennsylvania. The block will be closed off to vehicular traffic for each concert.

Where can I park?

Parking will be free in the 4th and Cherry Street garage starting at 4 pm. Most other regular parking rules apply.

Where will I be standing to watch the show? 

The stage is at Sixth Street and Penn Street facing west (toward the Penn Street Bridge and West Reading). The fans will be in the 500 block of Penn Street, facing east away from the sun. 

What if it rains?

The concerts will take place rain or shine. Only severe thunderstorms would delay the shows.

How do I buy tickets?

You don’t have to! There are no tickets; Each concert is a free and open event to the public.

Is the concert series family friendly?

Of course! All concerts are open to all ages.

Can I bring my dog to Downtown Alive presented by Weidenhammer since it is outside?

Come on down with your dog, but remember that you are responsible for how they interact with other people.

Are there prohibited items at the shows?
Yes The following items are prohibited at all Downtown Alive presented by Weidenhammer concerts:

  • Guns, knives or weapons of any kind
  • Laser pointers
  • Selfie sticks
  • GoPros

Can I bring my own food?

Sure! In addition, food and beer and wine will be available for purchase from food trucks and stands on site. And several stand-alone restaurants downtown will also be open for your convenience during the concerts.