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Whats Going on Downtown?West Chester PA

DVRPCINTERACTIVE WORKSHOP to DISCUSS FUTURE of PHILLY REGION
Monday, May 2, 2016 | 5:30pm-8:00pm

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) presents Connections 2045 Workshop, an interactive workshop to discuss the region's future. Community members can learn about the future forces affecting Greater Philadelphia and share thoughts on where the future is going. At the Chester County Historical Society (225 N High St). Light dinner available. Free to the residents of Chester County but must register here. Convenient parking available at the Chestnut Street Garage. For more information, click here.

Gallery WalkGALLERY WALK
Friday, May 6, 2016 | 5pm-9pm
An eclectic mix of gallery receptions and one-night exhibits is what makes Gallery Walk an evening of fun and surprises. More than 30 artists display their work at galleries, shops, banks, and restaurants throughout downtown -- most with new creations. No matter what your budget, you're sure to find a favorite. 5pm to 9pm. Presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the West Chester BID. Also, check out treasures of all kinds -- vintage and new -- at the Vintage Garage Sale at the Chestnut Street Garage, from 5 to 9pm.

West Chester RailroadWC RAILROAD MOTHER'S DAY EXPRESS
Sunday, May 8, 2016 | 12pm & 2pm
Take mom on a special 90 minute round-trip train ride from West Chester to Glen Mills. Explore the historic Glen Mills train station during your brief layover, as well as the picnic grove along Chester Creek. Purchase a freshly packed lunch for you and mom to enjoy on your trip too! Lunches and tickets can be ordered online, here. 

Story SlamSTORY SLAM AT SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Broke. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2016. Ticketed event.

Wonderful Wizard of OzWONDERFUL WIZARD of OZ by BRANDYWINE BALLET
Friday, May 13, 2016 | 10am
Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 2pm
The Brandywine Ballet presents a reprise of its popular Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the timeless story of Dorothy and her fellow travelers embark on a magical journey brought to life by the imaginative origianl choreography of Resident Choreographer, Nancy Page. Ticketed event at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building, 700 S High St, WCU.

Jazz Cocktail HourUPTOWN! presents GINA ROCHE
Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 6:30pm-8:30pm
Enjoy this month's Jazz Cocktail Hour at Sprout Music Collective, 130 E Prescott Alley, with Philadelphia native vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Gina Roche. Roche imbues a Brazilian flavor into her unique blend of jazz, blues, and original compositions. Doors open at 6pm. See ticket information.

Bike to work dayBIKE TO WORK DAY
Friday, May 20, 2016 | 7:45am 
Enjoy the many benefits of bicycling with Bike to Work Day, presented by West Chester Parks and Recreation and Mayor Carolyn Comitta. Please arrive at Everhart Park (along S. Brandywine street) by 7:45am for an 8am departure. Refreshments, snacks, and a performance will be provided at the end of the ride. RSVP by 5pm on May 17th if you plan to attend. Call (610)-436-9010.  

West Chester RailroadWC RAILROAD MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL
Sunday, May 29, 2016 | 12pm & 2pm
Enjoy a 90 minute round trip to Glen Mills and back on a peaceful Sunday afternoon while remembering those who have served our great country, and enjoy lunch in the picnic grove. Don't forget to pack your lunch, or order one online with your tickets here.

Swingin Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAYS
Thursday, June 2, 2016 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers, dancers, and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Free-will donation. This event is produced by the West Chester Parks & Recreation Dept and sponsored by the West Chester BID.  Parking information.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, June 3, 2016 | All day
Shops and boutiques are open late on the first Friday of every month to show off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware items. Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory...and don't forget to check out the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some great deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

Flea MarketFLEA MARKET AT BOROUGH HALL
Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 9am-1pm
Find your treasure at the Spring Flea Market at Borough Hall, 401 E Gay Street, from 9am to 1pm. For details on how to reserve a spot, please call West Chester Parks & Recreation at 610-436-9010.

Up on the roofUP ON THE ROOF
Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 7pm-11pm
Enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars with great food, good company, and drinks on the rooftop of the Chestnut Street Garage. A joint fund-raising effort between the West Chester Downtown Foundation and the West Chester BID promoting the beautification of downtown West Chester. See ticket information.

Super Sunday SUPER SUNDAY
Sunday, June 5, 2016 | 11am-5pm
West Chester Parks & Recreation presents Super Sunday on Gay Street in downtown West Chester from 11am to 5pm. This giant street festival features six bands playing throughout the day, amusement rides and games for the kids, antique cars and craft booths for moms and dads, plus a large number of food booths and vendors for everyone. FREE admission.

Story SlamSTORY SLAM AT SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Betrayal. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2016. Ticketed event.

West Chester RailroadWC RAILROAD HISTORY TRAIN
Saturday, June 18, 2016 | 10am
Come on board the West Chester Railroad for a train ride back into history about one of the earliest operating railroads in America. Enjoy an interactive presentation by Historian David Walker and Professor Jim Jones, and learn about special focal points along the eight scenic miles of track. Purchase tickets here.

West Chester RailroadWC RAILROAD FATHERS DAY EXPRESS
Sunday, June 19, 2016 | 12pm & 2pm
Take dad on a special 90 minute round-trip train ride from West Chester to Glen Mills. Explore the historic Glen Mills train station during your brief layover, as well as the picnic grove along Chester Creek. Purchase a freshly packed lunch for you and dad to enjoy on your trip too! Lunches and tickets can be ordered online, here.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, July 1, 2016 | All day
Shops and boutiques are open late on the first Friday of every month to show off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware items. Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory...and don't forget to check out the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some great deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

Swingin Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAYS
Thursday, July 7, 2016 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers, dancers, and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Free-will donation. This event is produced by the West Chester Parks & Recreation Dept and sponsored by the West Chester BID. Parking information.

Story SlamSTORY SLAM AT SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Joy. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2016. Ticketed event.

Turks Head FestivalTURK'S HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL AT EVERHART PARK
Sunday, July 17, 2016 | 11am-8pm
The 34th annual day-long array of popular regional bands performing on two stages during The Turks Head Music Festival at Everhart Park. Over 70 food vendors and artisan booths. Free music and fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation. Rain date July 24. $5 all day parking.

SIDEWALK SALE
Tuesday, July 19 - Sunday, July 24 | All Day
Last year's event was such a success, this year's Sidewalk Sale has been extended to a 6-day event!  Enjoy great summer sales/promotions at participating retail shops and (fingers crossed!) a week of non-stop perfect Sidewalk Shoppin' weather in beautiful Downtown West Chester.

Swingin Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAYS
Thursday, August 4, 2016 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers, dancers, and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Free-will donation. This event is produced by the West Chester Parks & Recreation Dept and sponsored by the West Chester BID. Parking information.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, August 5, 2016 | All day
Shops and boutiques are open late on the first Friday of every month to show off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware items. Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory...and don't forget to check out the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some great deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

Story SlamSTORY SLAM AT SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Lost. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2016. Ticketed event.

touch a truckTOUCH A TRUCK DAY
Sunday, August 14, 2016 | 12pm - 4pm
West Chester Parks and Recreation invites you to come see and touch life size trucks, tractors, firetrucks and cars. Enjoy some great food and the fabulous TCL clowns. Parking is $3. This event takes place in the Chester County Government Services Building parking lot, 601 Westtown Road. Call 610-436-9010.   

IRON HILL TWILIGHT RACE SERIES
Saturday, August 20, 2016 | 4pm
West Chester transforms into a colorful street festival full of fun with lots of free activTwilight Race Seriesities for the entire family. The high point will be the professional bicycle race along with block parties, foot races, and kids games. Presented by the Greater Chamber of Commerce of West Chester. 

WEST MARKET STREET BLOCK PARTY
Saturday, August 20, 2016 | 4pmMarket Street Block Party
There's more to the bike races than racing -- the West Market Street Block Party offers fun for the entire family starting at 4pm between Church & Darlington Streets. Face painting for kids, sidewalk art, great food and live music. FREE event. Free parking at the Justice Center Garage, 220 W Market St.

Swingin Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAYS
Thursday, September 1, 2016 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers, dancers, and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Free-will donation. This event is produced by the West Chester Parks & Recreation Dept and sponsored by the West Chester BID. Parking information.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY & VINTAGE GARAGE SALE
Friday, September 2, 2016 | All day
Shops and boutiques are open late on the first Friday of every month to show off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware items. Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory...and don't forget to check out the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some great deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). Also, check out treasures of all kinds -- vintage and new -- at the First Friday & Vintage Garage Sale at the Chestnut Street Garage, from 5 to 9pm. Park in a Borough Parking Garage and have your garage ticket validated at the Vintage Garage Sale.

Festival of Gardens

SECRET GARDENS OF WEST CHESTER TOUR AND PLANT SALE
Saturday, September 10, 2016 | Time TBD
Enjoy an exclusive walking tour of some of West Chester's most impressive privately owned gardens presented by the Barclay Friends. This popular community based event features local musicians and artists at many of the gardens, as well as a plant sale offering a wide variety of plants. An annual kick-off Garden Party is held at the Barclay Friends the Friday evening before the event. See ticket information.

Story SlamSTORY SLAM AT SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Risk. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2016. Ticketed event.

Chester County Restaurant FestivalCHESTER COUNTY RESTAURANT FESTIVAL
Sunday, September 18, 2016 | Noon–5:30 pm
Over 65 participating restaurants, live bands, artisan vendors, and a beer and wine garden make the annual Chester County Restaurant Festival the biggest food event in the Brandywine Valley. Takes place on Gay and Market Streets. FREE to attend with food and beverages pay-as-you-go. Parking is $5 at all municipal garages and free at the Justice Center Garage. See complete parking information. Presented and managed by the West Chester Parks & Recreation Department. See more.

Chester County DayCHESTER COUNTY DAY
Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 10am to 5pm
The Annual Chester County Day House Tour is the oldest house tour event in the nation. Experience Chester County's finest examples of new and historically significant homes. Ticketed event supporting Chester County Hospital. Tickets available at the Chester County Historical Society (225 N High St).

Gallery WalkGALLERY WALK
Friday, October 7, 2016 | 5pm-9pm
An eclectic mix of gallery receptions and one-night exhibits is what makes Gallery Walk an evening of fun and surprises. More than 20 artists display their work at galleries, shops, banks, and restaurants throughout downtown -- most with new creations. No matter what your budget, you're sure to find a favorite. 5pm to 9pm. Presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the West Chester BID.

Story SlamSTORY SLAM AT SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme WTF? Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2016. Ticketed event.

HalloweenHALLOWEEN PARADE
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 7pm
Enjoy the costumes, the kids, and the fun starting at 7pm for the West Chester Halloween Parade in downtown West Chester. Parade gathers on Market Street between Church & Darlington and continues down Market and up Gay Street. Marching bands and cheerleading performances are featured. Call the West Chester Parks and Recreation at 610-436-9010. Free parking at the Justice Center Garage (Market & New Streets).

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, November 4, 2016 | All day
Shops and boutiques are open late on the first Friday of every month to show off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware items. Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory...and don't forget to check out the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some great deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

Story SlamSTORY SLAM AT SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | 8pm
Story Slam finishes its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the Grand Slam and the theme TBD. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2016. Ticketed event.

Black FridayBLACK FRIDAY
November 25, 2016 | All Day
Why get mobbed at the malls when you can enjoy a fun day of shopping at unique boutiques where the shelves are packed with gifts fashion for everyone on your list. Enjoy lunch with a friend or relax at a happy hour. FREE parking at the garages (see map). See the complete retail directory. See the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some sweet deals (a program of the West Chester Chamber of Commerce).

Small Business SaturdaySMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
November 26, 2016 | All Day
It's the day for our community to support the small businesses owned by our friends and neighbors. Our family owned businesses have become the hallmark of downtown West Chester and give back to the community everyday and in so many ways. So Shop Small and support your favorite small business on Saturday. Remember, parking garages are FREE and convenient (see map). See the complete retail directory. See the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some sweet deals (a program of the West Chester Chamber of Commerce).

WEST CHESTER CHRISTMAS PARADE
Friday, December 2, 2016 | 7:15pm
West Chester's grandest parade is the highlight of the Winter holiday season with hundreds of dancers, performers, and musicians making the event a true extravaganza. Dozens of events surround the parade so come downtown early and enjoy all the Christmas spirit. Presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. See parking information.

May Day Arts FestivalMAY DAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS at EVERHART PARK
Sunday, May 7, 2016 | 11am to 4pm

Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation, this day long celebration of the arts is held at Everhart Park, with approximately 45-60 booths selling high quality arts and crafts. Enjoy fresh food from local vendors all day long, as well as strolling magicians, mimes, jugglers, and local dance academy performances.

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