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Huge Weekend on Tap

This weekend promises a little something for everyone (and a lot for those adventurous souls). Things kick off on Friday night with the final First Friday of the season. October is Fire Safety Awareness Month and to celebrate the 200 block of Bridge Street will be closed so that local fire departments can showcase their trucks and help educate everyone of fire safety. In addition, local businesses will be kicking off the second annual Paint the Town Pink campaign, raising money for the Phoenixville Healthcare Access Foundation who in turn will fund free mammograms for Phoenixville area residents, and For Pete’s Sake, a foundation which provides “respite vacations” for those with cancer and their families. For more on the Paint the Town Pink campaign and additional events that will be held over the month of October, please see the Pottstown Mercury article.

Saturday sees even more to do, with TEDxPhoenixville returning to the Colonial Theatre, the first ever Phoenixville Food Festival and the ever popular Oktoberfest Pub Crawl.

With temperatures expected to be in the low to mid-80s, there's no excuse not to get out and experience some of the great things Phoenixville has to offer this weekend!

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