The Reading Downtown Improvement District produces a monthly program on Berks Community Television (BCTV) called “Downtown Alive.” We invite guests on the show to discuss such things as events and activities going on downtown and business opportunities in center city Reading. You can access the shows by going to BCTV’s website at and typing in “Downtown Alive”.

Second Thursday of every month
6:00 PM (30 minutes)


  • Friday 7:00 p.m.

  • Saturday 12:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday 8:00 a.m.

Our Events in 2016

Here's a compilation video of events we either sponsored or assisted with in 2016.

Park and Play

Downtown Improvement District + The Reading Musical Foundation + Art + A Donated Piano + The DoubleTree by Hilton Reading = JOY, SHARING, COMMUNITY AND, HAPPINESS!

We ask our community

Our friends at The People Chronicles ask the community what they think about our Downtown Alive free concert event?

Brothers Osborne

Brothers Osborne are coming to Reading, PA on June 22 @ 5 p.m. at 5th and Penn Streets. They are part of a free concert series - Downtown Alive! Join the fun!

Making A Difference

Discover how the Reading Downtown Improvement District is making a difference in the city!

Fire + Ice 2016

Reading Fire + Ice Fest! The 2016 festival will be held Friday, January 15th and Saturday, January 16th, 2016 in the 500 block of Penn Street in downtown Reading, Pa. Brought to you by the Reading Downtown Improvement District, Reading Fire + Ice Fest will be an extraordinary weekend of outdoor and indoor activities for people of all ages.

Fire + Ice 2015

See highlights from Reading Fire + Ice Fest 2015.

Our Ambassador

This is a snapshot of how our Ambassadors help to keep the Improvement District clean.

Interview with Improvement District Leaders

Watch an informative interview with Mike Zielinski, Chairman of the Reading Downtown Improvement District, and Chuck Broad, Executive Director of the Improvement District.