Excitement building in Chicopee for annual Downtown Get Down

Festival to take place August 25 and 26

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos is rolling-out the red carpet for his city’s third annual celebration: Downtown Get Down.

This year’s edition, which will take place on the weekend of August 25 and 26, will include for the first time a 5K road race.

The tradition started in 2015, with what was then called the “Downtown Block Party.”

From the thousands who attended the summer weekend entertainment during those first two years, Kos was convinced that it should become a permanent event.

“It’s a pro-family, pro-community, and pro-business event. It gives people an opportunity to realize that although we’re the third-largest city west of 495, we can still offer a small-town atmosphere,” Kos said.

True to Chicopee’s Polish heritage, the musical entertainment will include local legend Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push.