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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.

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD
Sundays thru Sept | 12pm
Enjoy a relaxing 90 minute train ride from West Chester to Glen Mills and return on a warm summer afternoon. Pack a lunch or purchase lunch from the on board snack bar or online to have during the stop at the Glen Mills train station picnic grove. Train runs Sundays at noon through September 17. See ticket information.

Summer Sidewalk SaleSUMMER SIDEWALK SALE
Thursday, July 20 - Saturday, July 22, 2017 | All Day
Stop by your favorite participating retailers 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. Visit our Facebook page for updated sales and promotions throughout the week.

Classic Movie MondayCLASSIC MOVIE MONDAY
July 24, 2017 | 7pm
July 31, 2017 | 7pm
Join Uptown Entertainment Alliance at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St, for the classic movies you love - the way they were meant to be seen! Bring your friends and watch on the big screen. July 24 Showing: Valley of the Dolls. See ticket information.

Dueling PianosDUELING PIANOS
Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 7:30pm - 10pm
August 24, 2017
September 7, 2017
November 2, 2017
December 7, 2017  
Enjoy an interactive experience at Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St, with dueling pianos! Grab the whole family and join in on the fun. See ticket information.

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 entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers, dancers, and more. 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 FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, August 4, 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. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory. Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

Uptown Opera Tutti!UPTOWN presents OPERA TUTTI! CABARET
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.

Second Saturday YogaSECOND SATURDAY YOGA at the KNAUER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
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.

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.

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.

Music in the ParkMUSIC at MARSHALL SQUARE PARK
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.

Budweiser ClydesdalesBUDWEISER CLYDESDALES
Thursday, August 31, 2017 | TBD
The fuzzy-footed giants are back! Grab your cameras and watch as the horses clippity-clop along Gay and Market streets, delivering their favorite adult beverage to participating bars & restaurants downtown. It all starts at Gay and Matlack Streets, proceeding west to Darlington, then south to Market, and east to Walnut Street. See details.

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 entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers, dancers, and more. 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. 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.

RTC presents NEXT TO NORMALRTC
September 29 - October 15, 2017
This deeply moving, transformation musical with provocative lyrics and an electrifying score won three Tony Awards including Best Musical and The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Located at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See more 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. 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. 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. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory. 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.

RTCRTC presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL
December 15 - 31, 2017
The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects. Six actors bring dozens of characters to life as this beloved holiday story unfolds. Located at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See more information.

RTCRTC presents BULLETS OVER BROADWAY THE MUSICAL
March 30 - April 15, 2018
The hilarious Woody Allen movie about a young playwright in the 1920s whose first Broadway play is financed by a gangster. The score consists of jazz and popular standards from the World War I era, and the choreography is classic Broadway with dancing girls and fantastic tap numbers. It received its premiere on Broadway in 2014 and received 6 Tony nominations. Located at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See more 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. 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.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, June 1, 2018 | 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. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory. Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

Spring Flea MarketWEST CHESTER SPRING FLEA MARKET and BIKE SALE
Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 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 2, 2018 | 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 3, 2018 | 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.

Turks Head Music FestivalTURK'S HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL AT EVERHART PARK
Sunday, July 15, 2018 | 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.

 

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