Introducing our 2017 Life on Chocolate Lineup

As the warmer months approach, Downtown Hershey is gearing up for this year’s Life on Chocolate event series. These diverse downtown activities are a sure way to have fun and enjoy food, entertainment, music and more. Each event brings something unique, so pull out your calendars and save the dates for these exciting events! We’ll bring you detailed information for each event as it become available in The Wrapper and at

Art on Chocolate

May 13, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This fine art and craft exhibition will host 150 juried and non-juried exhibitors and will include a children’s area, food court, and multiple entertainment stages. Participating artists include a variety of media including fine art, glass art, ceramics, jewelry, photography, children’s art, and crafts. Local student artists will be featured in a gallery set up in the Hershey Story Museum. This event is free to the public and is co-produced by the Downtown Hershey Association and the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society.

Saturdays on Chocolate

Saturday mornings 8:00 am – 12:30 pm, June through October

ChocolateTown Square is THE place to be on Saturday mornings this summer. Start your weekend with a free fitness class hosted by one of our local gyms or fitness providers. Then, stick around for a variety of programming, children’s activities, and entertainment. Make sure to shop at Market on Chocolate while you’re Downtown!

Market on Chocolate

Saturday mornings 8:00 am – 12:30 pm June through October

Back for its third year, Market on Chocolate will be held in the parking lot adjacent to the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company, and will feature many new and returning vendors for an eclectic mix of locally grown and locally made foods, including produce, granola, baked goods, wine, and artisan wares. Watch for market festival days on the second saturday of each month, June through October, where we’ll feature expanded market selections, themed vendor specials, and additional programming in ChocolateTown Square.

Music on Chocolate

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Second Saturdays June through September

Downtown Hershey’s summer concert series features the talents of regional acts as well as local musicians getting national attention. Two bands are featured each evening from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm in a family-friendly atmosphere with food and beverage options. Come out to enjoy live music in ChocolateTown Square!


October 14, 12:00 pm –  6:00 pm

Make sure to spend the day at Choctoberfest for bands, beers, bites, and chocolate! This family friendly fall festival features great live music, local craft beer, chocolate, and delicious food from downtown restaurants, and offers an array of family and children’s activities. Choctoberfest is free and open to the public, with food and beverages available for purchase.

Holiday Celebration

December 2

Wrapping up our Life on Chocolate events for the year is the Holiday Celebration in ChocolateTown Square. Holiday music performances, hot cocoa and cookies, and a festive tree lighting ceremony will surely help everyone kick off the holiday season! Of course, Santa will also make an appearance, so you won’t want to miss this!