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Spoon River ProjectSPOON RIVER PROJECT at WCU
Sunday, March 29 | 2pm
In this beautifully haunting play with music adapted by Tom Andolora and based on Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Project, the former residents of Spoon River examine life and the longing for what might have been. As the citizens reflect on the dreams, secrets, and regrets of their lives, they paint a gritty and honest portrait of the town as all of their pasts are illuminated. E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, J. Peter Adler Studio Theatre, High & Rosedale Sts. Ticketed Event.

WCU Live!TAIKO DRUMMING & DANCE TROUPE at WCU
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents the performance of nearly 30 drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University, Japan, as they blend thundering Taiko drumming and Japanese folk dancing. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

Uptown! Entertainment AllianceBRIAN FITZY CONCERT
Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 7pm
Uptown Entertainment Alliance presents Brian Fitzy blending elements from a variety of genres that "falls somewhere between Daryl Hall and Jamiroquai by way of A Tribe Called Quest." It's brought together live with looping technology producing soul-pop with undertones from the golden age of hip hop. At The Ballroom at the Westside, 430 Hannum Ave. Ticketed Event.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, April 3, 2015

Get together with your friends and come downtown to see what's new and what's cool. Shops and boutiques are open late and showing off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware. Browse the in-store specials while enjoying refreshments. See the complete retail directory. See the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some sweet deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). FREE parking on the street and in parking lots after 5pm.

Planetarium at WCUPLANETARIUM SHOW at WCU
Friday, April 3, 2015 | 7pm
West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy presents a Live Show: Walking on the Moon at the University Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center, located on South Church Street between University Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Show starts at 7pm and runs approximately 1-hour. Reservations starting March 13 required. Call the ticket office at 610-436-2266. See more information at WCU Public Planetarium Shows.

West Chester RailroadEASTER BUNNY EXPRESS
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 2015 | 12pm & 2pm
Hop on board the West Chester Railroad and take a 90-minute round trip from downtown West Chester to historic Glen Mills Station along the beautiful Chester Creek. The train departs at Noon and 2pm. The Easter Bunny will be on board handing out treats to all passengers. Bring a camera -- during the 20-minute stop at the Glen Mills station there will be plenty of opportunities for a photo with the Easter Bunny. See ticket information at WestChesterRR.com.

Uptown! Entertainment AllianceBULL DURHAM (1988)
Thursday, April 9, 2015 | 7pm
Uptown Entertainment Alliance presents Bull Durham (1988), the classic film that features a love triangle when a fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him. At The Ballroom at the Westside, 430 Hannum Ave. Ticketed Event.

Planetarium at WCUPLANETARIUM SHOW at WCU
Friday, April 10, 2015 | 7pm
West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy presents a Movie Show: Oasis in Space at the University Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center, located on South Church Street between University Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Show starts at 7pm and runs approximately 1-hour. Reservations starting March 20 required. Call the ticket office at 610-436-2266. See more information at WCU Public Planetarium Shows.

Jungle BookTHE JUNGLE BOOK at WCU
Saturday, April 11, 2015 | 3pm & 5:30pm
WCU Live! presents the Missoula Children's Theatre production of The Jungle Book. Local students, Kindergarten -- 12th Grade, are invited to audition for up to 50 roles. See wcupa.edu for details. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

West Chester Downtown FoundationHISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS NOMINATIONS KICK-OFF EVENT at CCHS
Sunday, April 12, 2015 | 2pm
The West Chester Downtown Foundation kicks-off the nomination period for the 2015 Historic Preservation Awards, occurring October 20, with an event featuring local author Catherine Quillman speaking about her book Walking the East End: The Historic African-American Community of West Chester, PA. See Nominations Kick-off page. Starts at 2pm at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High Street. Free to the public and free parking downtown.

West Chester Story SlamSTORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme The Sweet Life. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

Rhenda FearringtonRHENDA FEARRINGTON IN CONCERT
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 6-7:30pm
Uptown! Entertainment Alliance presents vocalist Rhenda Fearrington performing authentic, warm performances of Jazz standards mixed with soulful originals. Part of the monthly Jazz Series. Doors open at 6pm for socializing with the concert beginning at 6:30pm at Ballroom at the Westside; 430 Hannum Avenue. Appetizers and beverages are available for purchase for $5. Free parking. Ticketed event.

WCU DanceUNITED DIVERSE CREATIONS, A DANCE CONCERT at WCU
April 16, 17, 18 | 8pm
April 18 | 2pm
University Dance Company's annual spring concert, United Diverse Creations, celebrates the highly creative choreography and production design of WCU students in the styles ranging from modern to ballet to hip hop and everything in between. The concert also includes work by current WCU dance faculty. Artist Directors: Gretchen Studlien-Webb and Maria Urrutia. Swope Performing Arts Center, Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. Ticketed Event.

Table ToursTABLE TOURS
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | 7pm
April is the month for celebrating Mother Earth and the fresh, natural harvest she bestows. This edition of Table Tours features a three course event with dishes prepared using organic Brandywine Valley products fresh from the farm. A locavore's delight! Ticketed event; reservations required.

Planetarium at WCUPLANETARIUM SHOW at WCU
Friday, April 24, 2015 | 7pm
West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy presents a Movie Show: Black Holes - The Other Side of Infinity at the University Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center, located on South Church Street between University Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Show starts at 7pm and runs approximately 1-hour. Reservations starting April 3 required. Call the ticket office at 610-436-2266. See more information at WCU Public Planetarium Shows.

West Chester Public LibraryLITERACY LINKS INVITATIONAL at WEST CHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Friday, April 24, 2015
Support the West Chester Public Library and have a great time playing a round of mini-golf between the stacks. Hors d'oeuvres and wine & beer from 5:30-8:30pm. Business casual attire. Ticketed event.

MINI-GOLF at WEST CHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Support the West Chester Public Library, 415 North Church St, and have a great time playing a round of mini-golf between the stacks. The Family Fun Round is from 10am to 3pm; $5 per person at the door.

West Chester Film FestivalWEST CHESTER FILM FESTIVAL
April 24-26, 2015
The acclaimed West Chester Film Festival presents an exciting mix of independent short film from both amateur and highly regarded filmmakers April 24 through April 26, at various locations.

Gallery WalkGALLERY WALK
Friday, May 1, 2015 | 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.

Planetarium at WCUPLANETARIUM SHOW at WCU
Friday, May 1, 2015 | 7pm
West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy presents a Live Show: Pluto Demoted at the University Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center, located on South Church Street between University Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Show starts at 7pm and runs approximately 1-hour. Reservations starting April 10 required. Call the ticket office at 610-436-2266. See more information at WCU Public Planetarium Shows.

Brandywine BalletSLEEPING BEAUTY presented by THE BRANDYWINE BALLET
May 1-3, 2015 | various times

The Brandywine Ballet Company presents The Sleeping Beauty, a grand production of the charming fairytale with enchanting choreography, luxurious sets and costumes, Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, and a cast of fanciful characters. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University. See performance times and ticket information.

FlowerANNUAL PLANT SALE at EVERHART PARK
Saturday, May 2, 2015| 10am - 2pm
Varieties proven to thrive in the Brandywine Valley are offered at Everhart Park. Proceeds go to maintaining and improving Everhart Park.

May Day Arts FestivalMAY DAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS at EVERHART PARK
Sunday, May 3, 2015 | 11am to 4pm

Arts, crafts, food booths, and live music at Everhart Park. Free for the whole family. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation.

John GreciaJOHN GRECIA BAND in CONCERT
Thursday, May 7, 2015 | 7pm
The Uptown! Entertainment Alliance presents The John Grecia Band, a piano driven rock band that brings an electric energy to the stage through collaborative efforts of some of Phildadelphia's great performering musicians. Doors open at 7pm for socializing with the concert beginning at 7:30pm at Ballroom at the Westside; 430 Hannum Avenue. Appetizers and beverages are available for purchase for $5. Free parking. Ticketed event.

West Chester RailroadMOTHER'S DAY EXPRESS
Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 12pm & 2pm
Take Mom for a 90 minute scenic spring train ride to Glen Mills and back through the scenic Brandywine Valley on one of the country's oldest train route. All Moms ride for a special reduced fare. See more at WestChesterRR.net.

West Chester Story SlamSTORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Wake Up Call. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

1 Life Fully Lived1 LIFE FULLY LIVED CONFERENCE at WCU
May 16 & 17, 2015
1 Life Fully Lived presents the first conference on the east coast at West Chester University. Presentors deliver “real world” tools that can help people make lasting change in their lives for a fraction of what an event like this would usually cost. Participants will learn, grow and connect in ways that make a lasting change in their lives. See more.

Bike to Work WeekBIKE TO WORK WEEK
May 25-29, 2015
West Chester recognizes May as National Bike Month and has selected May 25-29 as Bike to Work Week. It's a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling. The West Chester parks and Recreation along with the Chester County Cycling Coalition encourages more folks to giving biking a try. See West Chester Bicycle Routes (PDF).

Swingin' Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAY
Thursday, June 4, 2015 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Parking information.

Alfred James BandTHE ALFRED JAMES BAND in CONCERT
Thursday, June 4, 2015 | 7pm
The Uptown! Entertainment Alliance presents The Alfred James Band who have wowed audiences with their unique brand of cello-driven folk and rock music with lush harmonies and dynamics reminiscent of the finest classical music. Doors open at 7pm for socializing with the concert beginning at 7:30pm at The Ballroom at the Westside; 430 Hannum Avenue. Appetizers and beverages are available for purchase. Free parking. Ticketed event.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, June 5, 2015

Get together with your friends and come downtown to see what's new and what's cool. Shops and boutiques are open late and showing off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware. Browse the in-store specials while enjoying refreshments. See the complete retail directory. See the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some sweet deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber).

Flea MarketFLEA MARKET at BOROUGH HALL
Saturday, June 6, 2015 | 9am-1pm
Find your treasure at the Spring Flea Market at West Chester Borough Hall parking lot, 401 E Gay Street, from 9am to 1pm. For details on how to reserve a spot, call West Chester Parks & Recreation at 610-436-9010.

Up on the RoofUP ON THE ROOF EVENT
Saturday, June 6, 2015 | 7pm-10pm
Enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars with good food, good company and good 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 SundaySUPER SUNDAY
Sunday, June 7, 2015 | 11am-5pm
West Chester Parks & Recreation presents Super Sunday on Gay Street in downtown from 11 am to 5 pm. A giant street festival with six bands playing throughout the day, amusement rides & games for the kids -- antique cars & craft booths for moms and dads, plus a large number of food booths for everyone! FREE. See more.

West Chester Story SlamSTORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Illusion. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

Swingin' Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAY
Thursday, July 2, 2015 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Parking information.

Matt SantryMATT SANTRY in CONCERT
Thursday, July 2, 2015 | 7pm
The Uptown! Entertainment Alliance presents singer song-writer Matt Santry performing songs from his two highly-regarded studio recordings. Performing with infectious passion and soul, Matt's song-writing style will deliver a show that you won't want to miss. Doors open at 7pm for socializing with the concert beginning at 7:30pm at The Ballroom at the Westside; 430 Hannum Avenue. Appetizers and beverages are available for purchase. Free parking. Ticketed event.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, July 3, 2015

Get together with your friends and come downtown to see what's new and what's cool. Shops and boutiques are open late and showing off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware. Browse the in-store specials while enjoying refreshments. See the complete retail directory. See the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some sweet deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber).

West Chester Story SlamSTORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Freedom. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

Turks Head FestivalTURKS HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL at EVERHART PARK
Sunday, July 19, 2015 | 11am to 5pm

A day-long array of popular regional bands performing on two stages at Everhart Park. Food vendors and artisan booths. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Free for the whole family. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation. Rain date July 26.

Swingin' Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAY
Thursday, August 6, 2015 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Parking information.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, August 7, 2015

Get together with your friends and come downtown to see what's new and what's cool. Shops and boutiques are open late and showing off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware. Browse the in-store specials while enjoying refreshments. See the complete retail directory. See the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some sweet deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber).

Iron Hill Twilight Race SeriesIRON HILL TWIGHT RACE SERIES
Saturday, August 8, 2015 | 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. See the complete list of activities. Presented by the Greater Chamber of Commerce of West Chester.

West Chester Story SlamSTORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Hunger. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

Swingin' Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAY
Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Parking information.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, Septmber 4, 2015

Get together with your friends and come downtown to see what's new and what's cool. Shops and boutiques are open late and showing off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware. Browse the in-store specials while enjoying refreshments. See the complete retail directory. See the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some sweet deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber).

West Chester Story SlamSTORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Saved. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

WC Fashion ShowcaseWC Fashion Showcase & Girls Night Out
Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 7:30pm-10pm
Stylish looks from downtown boutiques featuring local models highlight the annual WC Fashion Showcase starting at 7:30pm at the Chester County Historical Society (225 North High Street, convenient parking located at the Chestnut Street Garage). Complimentary wine & hors d'oeuvres. Ticketed Event. See video. Presented by The WC Press.

Chester County Restaurant FestivalCHESTER COUNTY RESTAURANT FESTIVAL
Sunday, September 20, 2015 | Noon to 5:30pm
The Brandywine Valley's biggest food festival has expanded to Market Street. The annual Chester County Restaurant Festival brings in over 60 restaurants and food vendors plus 120 crafters and information booths. Seven Bands will perform on three stage areas. Free-will donation. See more here.

Gallery WalkGALLERY WALK
Friday, October 2, 2015 | 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.

West Chester Chili Cook-offWEST CHESTER CHILI COOK-OFF
Sunday, October 11, 2015 | 10:30am-3:30pm, Rain or Shine
West Chester Rotary presents an opportunity for everyone to vote for the best chili on Gay Street in downtown West Chester from 10:30am-3:30pm. Learn more at WestChesterChiliCookOff.com.

West Chester Story SlamSTORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Blood and Guts. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

West Chester Downtown FoundationHISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS at CCHS
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | Evening
Mark your calendar to attend the West Chester Downtown Foundation's 2015 Historic Preservation Awards honoring the outstanding projects that keep West Chester a premier historic community. For the first time, the presentation is held in the evening at the Chester County Historical Society so watch for details. Ticketed Event. See details for nominating a project.

HalloweenHALLOWEEN PARADE
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 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.Families and groups are welcome to participate. 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 6, 2015

Get together with your friends and come downtown to see what's new and what's cool. Shops and boutiques are open late and showing off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware. Browse the in-store specials while enjoying refreshments. See the complete retail directory. See the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some sweet deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber).

West Chester Story SlamSTORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | 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 2015. Ticketed event.

Old-Fashioned ChristmasOLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS PARADE
Friday, December 4, 2015 | 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.

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