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Downtown Reading’s ColorFest Block Party

Downtown Reading’s ColorFest Block Party

by City of Reading

Get ready for an explosion of color, creativity, and community spirit at downtown Reading’s ColorFest Block Party on Saturday, July 13, from noon to 6 p.m. This exciting event is set to take over the 500 block of Penn Street, bringing together residents and visitors for a day of fun, food, creativity, and festivity.

In collaboration with Nemesis Fitness, the local run club will host its fourth annual Color Run as part of the event. This year, the run will kick off and conclude at the block party, adding fitness with a splash of color to the lively celebration. The Color Run is a free, un-timed event for runners of all ages and abilities. There is still time to join this exhilarating event, where participants will be doused in colorful powders as they make their way through downtown Reading. Those interested can sign up at Nemesis 5k Color Run (

The ColorFest Block Party promises a day packed with activities for everyone to enjoy:

Music by DJ Henry Houdini: These tunes will keep the energy high throughout the day.

Collaborative Community Mural: Unleash your inner artist and participate in a collaborative community mural under the guidance of local artist Theron Cook. This unique art project is an opportunity to showcase your artistic side. Painting will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the reveal around 5 p.m.

Delicious Food and Drinks: Enjoy treats from a variety of local vendors, offering a diverse array of food and beverages to suit every taste, including beverages from Pagoda City Brewing and CasaW Distillery.

Vendors and Community Tables: Check out some of our local artist wares, such as Rugged by Alexis Bowers, and community tables with important information and activities, such as the Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading Rebels, Oak Street Health, and YMCA.

Family-Friendly Activities: Bring the whole family along for a day of fun-filled activities, including bouncy houses, slides, photo booths, face painting, bubble stations, and more.

Come, celebrate, and color your world at downtown Reading’s ColorFest Block Party and Nemesis Fitness Color Run. It’s an event you won’t want to miss! Join us for a celebration that promises to be as vibrant and dynamic as our community.

A special thank you to the Reading Parking Authority for sponsoring free event parking at the 4th and Cherry garage from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.