Attractions

Attractions

We are excited to see you exploring Phoenixville!

We’re home to trails, arts, culture, and several popular annual events; we hope you’ll find Phoenixville a bustling and fun community.

We are proud to announce that VISIT PHILADELPHIA has named us one of the top ‘Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside.’ We’ve known it all along, but we’re so excited to be recognized for our great attractions, culture, and events! Click here to view a PDF of the brochure, or click here to view Phoenixville’s page on their website.

 

Enjoy Arts, Culture, & the Great Outdoors

If you’re looking for arts and culture, the Colonial Theatre is the place to start. When it opened in 1903 it hosted vaudeville shows and acts like Harry Houdini. Now, the 658-seat theatre screens mostly independent and classic films. Visual arts are varied in Phoenixville, and you can find galleries at The Art Gallery at Franklin Commons and Phoenix Village Art Center as well as unique pieces for purchase in downtown boutiques. Just by walking around town, you’ll see a few murals!

Phoenixville Borough is home to sixteen parks within its borders, some of which offer playgrounds, picnic tables, and baseball fields for residents to enjoy. For outdoor enthusiasts, we’re proud to offer the Schuylkill River Trail, which runs alongside the river through Phoenixville and connects all the way to Philadelphia. Bike Schuylkill allows you to rent a free bike to use on the trail. You can also rent kayaks and canoes if you’re taking a dip in the water. Local outdoor spaces include nearby French Creek State Park, which offers more than 8,000 acres of wildlife and Black Rock Sanctuary, which consists of 119 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and meadows. Both are ideal for hiking, biking, fishing and camping. Additionally, the historic and expansive Valley Forge National Historical Park is just a short drive away and offers ample space for hiking, biking, and exploring as well as educational programming.

If you want to learn more about our historically-rich town, visit the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area and the Schuylkill River Heritage Center, both located in Downtown Phoenixville.

 

Join us at Phoenixville’s Annual Events

Each year, Phoenixville hosts a number of community events. Some have a rich history, some are just getting started, but they all bring a strong sense of community to Phoenixville.

First Fridays take advantage of our warmer months to showcase the eclectic feel of Phoenixville. You’ll find live music, theatrical performances, local artists, and great food as you walk around Phoenixville. First Fridays are a great time to experience the beauty of the Borough and all that the Downtown Area has to offer. Join us for First Friday’s outdoor season on the first Friday of each month May through October, 6-10pm.

The Food Festival began in 2013, and it’s become a staple in the community since. On the first Saturday of May and October, food truck vendors take over the downtown to offer unique sweet and savory treats to as many as 20,000 visitors. Restaurant Week runs Sunday through Thursday and gives guests a chance to sample Phoenixville restaurants at a fixed price.

For over 70 years the Phoenixville Jaycees have hosted the Annual Dogwood Festival. The yearly festival is comprised of three parts: the Dogwood Pageant, Dogwood Carnival, and Dogwood Parade, which traditionally falls on Armed Forces day. The mid-May festival celebrates the strength of the Phoenixville community and the brave men and women who have served our country.

Blobfest celebrates Phoenixville’s moment on the big screen! The 1958 film The Blob prominently featured the Colonial Theatre and Phoenixville at large. Each year since 2000, the Colonial Theatre hosts a three-day event including screenings of The Blob and other horror classics, a re-enactment of the theater running-out sequence, competitions, and a street fair to commemorate the town’s starring role in the film. Blobfest is usually held in July.

The Phoenixville Farmers’ Market was founded in 2002 and is located along French Creek under the Veterans Memorial Gay Street Bridge, accessed from Taylor Alley. At the Market, you buy directly from the farmers and artisans themselves, not from third parties or re-sellers. The Market offers high quality fruits; vegetables; herbs; flowers; artisanal breads and baked goods; free range eggs; pasture-raised chicken, beef, lamb, veal and bison; yogurt and cheese; wine; handcrafted soaps and beeswax products; and much more! Though market is open on select days year round, its main season is May through November.