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Great American Main Street AwardGREAT AMERICAN MAIN STREET AWARD
West Chester is one of the winners of the 2017 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA), a nationally prestigious recognition that was presented to West Chester BID in front of 1,600 attendees at this year's National Main Street Conference in Pittsburgh. Video, GAMSA Media Toolkit. See West Chester: Award-Winning Town, an article at County Lines Magazine.

Adrian Martinez ExhibitADRIAN MARTINEZ presents THE VISIONARY WORLD OF HUMPHRY MARSHALL, 1750-1800
Now Open: Tuesday - Saturday | 9:30am-4:30pm
The eighteenth century world as Humphry Marshall knew it is artistically explored through the vision of acclaimed artist and guest curator Adrian Martinez. The exhibit showcases the richness of early Pennsylvanian history, presented in a series of twelve newly completed paintings by Martinez depicting the evolution of Chester County from frontier-land to farmland. Located at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N High St through December 2017. See more information.

Better than Bacon ImprovUPTOWN! presents BETTER THAN BACON IMPROV
Friday, May 26, 2017 | 8pm
Join Better Than Bacon: Interactive Improv Comedy at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St, for completely unscripted improvisational games, which are all driven by the audience's suggestions and interactions. Every word is made up on the spot, so you'll never see the same show twice! Doors open at 7:30pm in the lower level gallery. See ticket information. See parking information.

SWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAYS
Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 6:30pm-9:30pmSwingin Summer Thursday
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 2, 2017 | 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.

NRD UPTOWN presents "BLUEPRINTS" by NICKERSON-ROSSI DANCE
Friday, June 2, 2017 | 7:30pm
Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 2pm
NRD offers an experience that will cause a physiological change, as you witness dynamic repertoire that is the "Blueprints" for dance. The opening performance "Remembering the Unremembered" is elegant, sophisticated, and the backbone of NRD's aesthetics. In addition, you can also expect exciting, on the edge of your seat, power-driven, and technically proficient dance to complement a complete program of concert dance. Located at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High. See ticket information

Spring Flea MarketWEST CHESTER SPRING FLEA MARKET and BIKE SALE
Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 9am-1pm
Join West Chester Parks and Recreation for some deals AND wheels! Enjoy the market as a customer, or reserve your spot to be a vendor or sell a bike by calling 610-436-9010. Located at the West Chester Municipal Building, 401 E Gay St.

Up On The RoofUP ON THE ROOF
Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 7pm-11pm
West Chester Downtown Foundation, in collaboration with the West Chester BID, presents the 15th Annual Up On The Roof to support the beautification of Downtown West Chester. Enjoy live music by the Donny Syracuse Band, dinner by Limoncello, appetizers and desserts courtesy of "Taste of West Chester", beer and wine, and the ever-so-popular rooftop martini. Located on the rooftop of the Chestnut Street Parking Garage, 14 E Chestnut St. Purchase tickets here.  

Super SundaySUPER SUNDAY
Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 11am-5pm
Join West Chester Parks & Recreation for this family event filled with entertainment and lots of delicious food. Children can enjoy crafts, games, and rides, while adults browse the four blocks of local food vendors, information booths, local artisans, and live bands. FREE admission. See parking information.

Uptown Opera Tutti!UPTOWN presents OPERA TUTTI! CABARET
June 8, 2017 | 7pm
July 9, 2017 | 2pm
August 9, 2017 | 7pm
September 14, 2017 | 7pm
Heidi Starr, Catherine Friedman, and Joshua Graves, along with the groups newest addition, Timothy Crawford, are excited to bring opera to West Chester at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. Experience samplings from classic opera, tastefully paired with songs from the Golden Era Broadway and Movie Musicals. Doors to the Univest Room open at 6:30pm. See ticket information.

RTCRTC presents THE 2ND ANNUAL CLASSIC BROADWAY GALA
Friday, June 9, 2017 | 6:30pm - 11pm
Don't miss The Resident Theatre Company's 2nd Annual Classic Broadway Gala, featuring a pre-party, red carpet walk, a live show starring Broadway Veterans and award winning performers, and an after party where you can meet the performers themselves! A preview of next season's musicals will be featured during the live show at 8:30pm. Food and open bar included. Black tie optional. Located at the Chester County Art Association, 100 North Bradford Ave. See ticket information.

Town ToursTOWN TOURS and VILLAGE WALKS
Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 5:30pm
The kick-off of the popular Town Tours & Village Walks occurs at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High Street, starting at 5:30pm with light refreshments and entertainment by the Lukens Band. Several guided tours will take place featuring places and homes in the Borough. It is FREE to the public and no pre-registration is required. See West Chester parking information.

Second Saturday YogaSECOND SATURDAY YOGA at the KNAUER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
June 10, 2017 | 8:30am
July 8, 2017 | 8:30am
August 12, 2017 | 8:30am
Join Uptown! and the Local Yoga Cafe every second Saturday, May through October for a morning of outdoor yoga, music, and community. Registration starts at 8am, and the class runs from 8:30am - 9:30am. Please bring your own yoga mat. All are welcome! Located at 226 N High St. See more information.

Music in the ParkMUSIC at MARSHALL SQUARE PARK
Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 6:30pm
Thursday, July 20, 2017 | 6:30pm
Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 6:30pm
Gather with friends and neighbors for an exciting musical performance located in the gazebo at Marshall Square Park. Bring a blanket and a picnic or snacks of your choice and join in on the FREE outdoor concert. This event is presented by the Friends of Marshall Square Park and sponsored by Chestnut Square luxury apartments.

Uptown Knauer Performing Arts CenterUPTOWN presents THE SUMMER CLUB
Friday, June 16, 2017 | 7:30pm
Enjoy music from the great songwriters of the 20th Century such as Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and George Gershwin, sung by fantastic performers, played by a world-class band, and with orchestrations created specifically for the show. You'll be certain to want to visit again and again. Doors to the A. Roy Smith Bravo Main Stage Theatre open at 7pm. Located at 226 N High St. See ticket information.

RTCRTC presents BROADWAY IN THE BOROUGH
Thursday, June 22, 2017 | 6pm
Enjoy amazing voices from New York, Philly, and our own area as they sing your favorite Broadway songs! Plus, not only will you get to just listen - you'll have the opportunity to chat with the performers after the show, too! Why drive all the way to New York City when you can experience Broadway right here in Downtown West Chester? Located at Sprout Music Collective, 130 E Prescott Alley. See ticket information.

Swingin Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAYS
Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 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, July 7, 2017 | 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.

ShakespeareWILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO AND JULIET at EVERHART PARK
Friday, July 7, 2017 | 7pm
Experience Shakespeare's beautiful and heartrending masterpiece Romeo and Juliet through critically acclaimed director Kathryn MacMillan, in this fast paced and thrilling exploration of a divided world, in which love struggles to rise above the barriers of hate and fear. This FREE event is located at Everhart Park, and presented by the Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company. See more information.

Turks Head FestivalTURK'S HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL AT EVERHART PARK
Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 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 23. $5 all day parking.

Summer Sidewalk SaleSUMMER SIDEWALK SALE
Wednesday, July 19 - Sunday, July 23, 2017 | All Day
Stop by your favorite local participating retailers during this six-day event and take advantage of some of the best sales you'll see all season. Browse through the unique shops and experience a vast selection of accessories, apparel, gifts, home decor, specialty foods and more. It's the perfect opportunity to get some early holiday shopping done and (fingers crossed!) enjoy a week of non-stop perfect Sidewalk Shoppin' weather in beautiful Downtown West Chester. Visit our Facebook page for updated sales and promotions throughout the week.

PALCSWILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S TWELFTH NIGHT at HOOPES PARK
Friday, July 28, 2017 | 6pm
Join PA Leadership Charter School's Center for the Performing and Fine Arts at Hoopes Park, 100 Hoopes Park Lane. Bring a picnic, a blanket, or your favorite lounge chairs and join in on the fun. This is a FREE event. See more information.

Better than Bacon ImprovUPTOWN! presents BETTER THAN BACON IMPROV
Friday, July 28, 2017 | 8pm
Join Better Than Bacon: Interactive Improv Comedy at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St, for completely unscripted improvisational games, which are all driven by the audience's suggestions and interactions. Every word is made up on the spot, so you'll never see the same show twice! Doors open at 7:30pm in the lower level gallery. See ticket information. See parking information.

National Night Out Against CrimeNATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | 6pm-9pm
Bring the family down to Borough Hall, 401 E Gay St, to enjoy the West Chester Police Department's 13th Annual National Night Out Against Crime - a FREE night of entertainment including a children's finger printing station, a meet and greet with local responders, emergency vehicle displays, refreshments, and more! See more information.

Swingin' Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAYS
Thursday, August 3, 2017 | 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. See Parking information.

FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, August 4, 2017 | All day
First FridayShops 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.

Benchmark Twilight Cycling ClassicBENCHMARK TWILIGHT CYCLING CLASSIC
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 4pm
West Chester transforms into a colorful street festival full of fun with lots of free activities 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. See details at GreaterWestChester.com.

WEST MARKET STREET BLOCK PARTY
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 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.

Touch a Truck DayTOUCH A TRUCK DAY
Sunday, August 13, 2017 | 12pm-4pm
This family-friendly event gives children of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore the vehicles that fascinate them. They can see, touch, interact, and learn about dozens of vehicles including police cars, firetrucks, and more. Located at the Government Service Complex, 601 Westtown Road. Presented by West Chester Parks & Recreation. Call 610-436-9010 for more information.

PlanetariumWCU PLANETARIUM LIVE SHOW: WE ARE STAR STUFF
Friday, September 1, 2017 | 7pm
The WCU Department of Earth & Space Science proudly presents both live and prerecorded shows, as well as some special events, througout the academic year. All shows start at 7pm and run approximately one hour in length. Doors open at 6:30pm. The Planetarium is located in the Schmucker Science Center, on the corner of Church St. and Rosedale Ave. Reservations taken starting August 12. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the ticket office at 610-436-2266.

Swingin' Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAYS
Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 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. See Parking information.

Secret Gardens TourSECRET GARDENS OF WEST CHESTER TOUR and PLANT SALE
Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 10am-3pm
Enjoy a walking tour of privately owned gardens located in Barclay Friend's neighborhood. This popular community event features local musicians and artists at many of the gardens, and is attended by more than 300 supporters and gardening enthusiasts each year. Make sure to also visit the plant sale in the upper parking lot at Barclay Friends between 10am and 3pm. Located at 700 N. Franklin St. All proceeds support Barclay Friend's Horticultural Therapy Program. See ticket information.

Restaurant FestivalCHESTER COUNTY RESTAURANT FESTIVAL
Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 12pm-5:30pm
Get ready to stroll the streets of Downtown West Chester, taste food from over 65 participating restaurants, listen to music by local bands and shop with 110 artisan vendors at the annual Chester County Restaurant Festival presented by West Chester Parks and Recreation. The Chester County Restaurant Festival is free to attend; all food and beverages are pay-as-you-go. Parking is $5 at all municipal garages and free at the Justice Center Garage. See parking map. 

Better than Bacon ImprovUPTOWN! presents BETTER THAN BACON IMPROV
Friday, September 22, 2017 | 8pm
Join Better Than Bacon: Interactive Improv Comedy at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St, for completely unscripted improvisational games, which are all driven by the audience's suggestions and interactions. Every word is made up on the spot, so you'll never see the same show twice! Doors open at 7:30pm in the lower level gallery. See ticket information. See parking information.

GALLERY WALK
Friday, October 6, 2017 | 5pm-9pm
An eclectic mix of gallery receptions and one-night exhibits is what makes Gallery Walk an Gallery Walkevening 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.

Chester County DayCHESTER COUNTY DAY
Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 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).

Chili CookoffWEST CHESTER CHILI COOK-OFF
Sunday, October 8, 2017 | 10:30am-3:30pm
Come out and vote for your favorite chili in the 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off hosted by the West Chester Rotary Club. Enjoy games, a decorating booth contest, live music, and over 40 local vendors in addition to some delicious chili made by local participants. Proceeds benefit local, national, and international philanthropies. See sign-up and sponsorship information here.

Preservation AwardsWEST CHESTER PRESERVATION AWARDS
Thursday, October 20, 2017 | 5:30pm
Join the celebration of historic preservation projects and programs, along with those who have contributed to West Chester's historic character and intergrity, at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N High St. Presented by the West Chester Downtown Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes community interest in the vitality, culture and livibility of the Borough of West chester through education, historic preservation, and collaboration. A light buffet will be served, along with beer and wine. See ticket information.

Halloween ParadeHALLOWEEN PARADE
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 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. See parking information.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, November 3, 2017 | 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.

Veterans DayVETERANS DAY PARADE
Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 2pm
Taking place in downtown along Gay Street with a ceremony at the Historic Courthouse, West Chester pays tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, but especially to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. The parade begins at 2pm at Henderson High School and proceeds to Gay Street. It travels west on Gay Street to High Street. Where to park.

West Chester RailroadWC RAILROAD FALL FOLIAGE EXPRESS
Sunday, November 12, 2017 | 12pm & 2pm
Enjoy a brisk fall afternoon along the West Chester Railroad's picturesque Chester Creek Valley from a heated train as they take you on a 90 minute journey back in time to the village of Glen Mills and return. Boarding location is at 230 E Market St. See ticket information.

Black FridayBLACK FRIDAY
November 24, 2017 | 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 for everyone on your list! Enjoy lunch with a friend or relax at a happy hour. FREE parking at the on-street meters and in metered lots. See additional parking information. For a list of our downtown retailers, see the complete retail directory.

Small Business SaturdaySMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
November 25, 2017 | 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 is FREE at meters and in metered lots until 5pm. See additional parking information. For a list of our downtown retailers, see the complete retail directory.

WC Christmas ParadeWEST CHESTER CHRISTMAS PARADE
Friday, December 1, 2017 | 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 details and list of events. Parking information.

Gallery WalkGALLERY WALK
Friday, May 4, 2018 | 5pm-9pm
More than 30 artists display their work at galleries, shops, banks, and restaurants throughout downtown during Gallery Walk - most with new creations. No matter what your budget, you're sure to find a favorite. Presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the West Chester BID. Also, check out treasures of all kinds at the Vintage Garage Sale at the Chestnut Street Garage, from 5pm to 9pm.

 

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