There's a lot going on year-round in downtown.


Annual Downtown Festivals & Special Events

View the events calendar for a list of upcoming events and the Holiday Celebrations page for a list of annual holiday celebrations in downtown Chambersburg.

The largest festival in Franklin County, IceFest helps shake the mid-winter blues with a four-day festival. Downtown sidewalks are lined with hand-carved ice sculptures and events happen every day including the Chili Cookoff, Icing on the Cake, Snowfall Ball, live ice carvings and more.

January 30-February 2, 2020

Organizers: Council for the Arts, Downtown Business Council and Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

Blues, Brews & Barbecue is an annual event held at the Capitol Theatre featuring blues bands, beverages and delicious barbecue from local vendors.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Organizer: The Capitol Theatre

Come downtown for one of the largest trout derbies in Pennsylvania! With over $25,000 in prize money you’ll have a chance to catch some of approximately 600 money fish with payouts ranging from $25 to $2,000.


Saturday, May 4 - Sunday, May 5, 2019

Organizer: Chambersburg Noontime Lions

First Fridays

First Fridays feature fun, free, family-friendly activities downtown and at local businesses on the first Friday of every month from May through December.


Organizer: Downtown Business Council

The North Square Farmers Market brings south central PA a variety of the best locally grown produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, arts and crafts, coffee and more. All of it exclusively from local farmers, artisans and entrepreneurs and all in a fun, social atmosphere – complete with free kids’ activities, live music, friends and neighbors!


May 25 - October 21, 2018

Organizers: Guy Shaul, Market Manager, and Julia Lehman, Market Coordinator

Dozens of families come out on Second Saturdays during the summer to enjoy family-friendly movies at Chambers Fort Park. The movies are free to the public and begin at dusk. Before the movies, come out for free kids' activities! Held from June through September.

Click here for details & schedule

Organizer: Downtown Chambersburg Inc.


ChambersFest began in 1986 when local organizations came together to create a festival commemorating the town’s rebirth after its burning on July 30, 1864 during the Civil War. Today, ChambersFest celebrates the spirit of the townspeople with a week of fun, family-friendly events for thousands of people to enjoy every year.


July 13-20, 2019

Organizers: Downtown Business Council, Franklin County Visitors Bureau and Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce


Old Market Day and 1864: The Burning

The capstone of ChambersFest activities is the final Saturday of the festival when the two largest events are held. Old Market Day is a street festival featuring art, craft and food vendors as well as live music on two stages. Later that day is 1864: The Burning, a reenactment of the ransom and burning of Chambersburg with a fantastic laser lights show.


Old Market Day - July 20, 2019, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

1864: The Burning - July 20, 2019, 8 p.m.

CrabFeast is a popular annual festival featuring all-you-can-eat hardshell crabs, barbecue chicken and all the fixin's, small games of chance and more. While the event isn't held downtown, proceeds from the event go to benefit downtown revitalization efforts.


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Click here for details & tickets

Organizer: Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

Duck Derby

More than 2,000 ducks will race down the Falling Spring Creek to the finish line during the 6th Annual Duck Derby. Winning ducks receive up to $250. Proceeds support downtown revitalization.


Saturday, September 7th

2:30 p.m.


AppleFest is a free, family event in downtown Chambersburg held on the third Saturday in October from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring art, food, crafts, music, kids' activities and carnival rides.


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Organizer: Downtown Business Council

Small Business Saturday in downtown Chambersburg features more than $2,000 in giveaways for holiday shoppers who spend $25 or more at a downtown business the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Support your local small businesses and join us downtown!


Saturday, November 30, 2019

Click here for details about giveaways

Organizer: Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

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From First Fridays
to IceFest, downtown is always abuzz with events and festivals for people of all ages
to enjoy!

Downtown Chambersburg Inc. © 2018

717-264-7101          100 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, PA 17201

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