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SWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAY
Swingin' Summer ThursdaysThursday, September 4, 2014

A downtown festival event on Gay Street between High & Matlack with great food, live music, clowns, dancers, and more. Featured performers are the Indie-Roots-Americana-Folk-Rock sounds of New Sweden and The Quixote Project playing Rock-to-Rockabilly and Bluegrass-to-Soul. FREE for the whole family from 6:30-9:30pm.

FIRST FRIDAY
First FridayFriday, September 5, 2014

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. Also enjoy the Vintage Garage Sale at the Chestnut Street Parking Garage. 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).

Festival of Gardens TourFESTIVAL OF GARDENS TOUR
Saturday, September 6, 2014 | 10am-3pm
The 10th Annual Festival of Gardens, a walking tour through private neighborhood gardens, takes place in the south-central area of West Chester Borough from Price Street (east of New Street) to Miner Street. Tickets are priced at $20 in advance, $25 the day of the event. For ticket and contact information, contact BF.Kendal.org. Proceeds from the event benefit the horticultural program at Barclay Friends.

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD PICNIC SPECIAL
Sunday, September 7, 2014 | 12 Noon
A scenic 90-minute train ride on a warm summer afternoon is offered by the West Chester Railroad. Trian leaves the station at noon. Pack a lunch for a 20-minute stop at Glen Mills train station picnic grove. Ticketed event.

West Chester Food Co-opWEST CHESTER FOOD CO-OP HAPPY HOUR
Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 5pm-8pm
Learn about the new West Chester Food Co-op and support a community-owned grocery store coming to West Chester. The Happy Hour includes a buffet of local food with local beer and music in the St. Andrews Room at Holy Trinity Church, 212 S. High Street, West Chester. Admission is $25 prepaid or $30 at the door. Tickets available on EventBrite (pay-what-you-can option available). Parking is available in the church lot on Union Street. Proceeds benefit the West Chester Food Co-op.

WC FASHION SHOWCASE
WC Fashion ShowThursday, September 18, 2014 | 7:30pm
The Third Annual WC Fashion Showcase takes place on at the Chester County Historical Society (225 North High Street, convenient parking located at the Chestnut Street Garage). The event features the stylish looks from eleven local boutiques presented by local models. Complimentary wine & hors d'oeuvres. Admission is $15 at the door or $10 when you purchase your tickets in advance at TheWCPress.com/fashion.

West Chester Restaurant WeekWEST CHESTER RESTAURANT WEEK
September 12-20, 2014
The culinary scene in downtown West Chester has participating restaurants offering a special multi-course, fixed-price menus for lunch or dinner. It's a chance to discover new eateries at a great value. Restaurant Week leads up to West Chester's biggest street festival -- Chester County Restaurant Festival. It's a foody's dream!

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD PICNIC SPECIAL
Sunday, September 14, 2014 | 12 Noon
A scenic 90-minute train ride on a warm summer afternoon is offered by the West Chester Railroad. Trian leaves the station at noon. Pack a lunch for a 20-minute stop at Glen Mills train station picnic grove. Ticketed event.

CHESTER COUNTY RESTAURANT FESTIVAL
Chester County Restaurant FestivalSunday, September 21, 2014 | Noon to 5:30pm
The 35th Annual Chester County Restaurant Festival, downtown West Chester's biggest street festival is bigger than ever this year with continued expansion along Gay AND Market Streets. New events include a pop up Farmers Market, live broadcast by QVC featuring In The Kitchen with David. All this with more than 65 restaurants, 110 arts & crafts vendors, 3 stage areas for live music, and the Church Street Café where patrons can sit and relax with a pint of refreshing brew. FREE. See parking information.

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD PICNIC SPECIAL
Sunday, September 21, 2014 | 12 Noon
A scenic 90-minute train ride on a warm summer afternoon is offered by the West Chester Railroad. Trian leaves the station at noon. Pack a lunch for a 20-minute stop at Glen Mills train station picnic grove. Ticketed event.

DIANE MONROE & PAUL JOST
Thursday, September 25, 2014Uptown! Entertainment Alliance
Uptown! Entertainment Alliance
presents the Jazz Cocktail Hour, a Thursday evening concert series, with violinist Diane Monroe & vocalist Paul Jost presenting a new project of songs through the kaleidoscope of modern jazz. This project features vocalist Paul Jost and Monroe’s quartet. Bruce Barth has been compelled to say that “to me, Diane’s playing is so deep in feeling and steeped in the essence of jazz, she’s a joy to listen to.” 6pm to 7:30pm at the Knights of Columbus Building, 110 W Market Street. $15 at the door.

Gallery WalkGALLERY WALK
Friday, October 3, 2014 | 5pm to 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 works. 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.

SALUTE to the 97th INFANTRY
97th Pennsylvania VolunteersSunday, October 5, 2014 | 10:30am-2:00pm | Marshall Square Park

Senator Andy Dinniman invites the public to honor the historic Civil War 97th Infantry in a special ceremony in Marshall Square Park. The 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a Civil War re-enactment group, will stage an encampment with a Civil War Drill Demonstration at 11:45am followed by a ceremony honoring the 97th Infantry. Learn about a day in the life of a Civil War soldier, learn about the heroic actions of two Medal of Honor recipients, and view historical memorabilia. Refreshments available for purchase. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation.

WILLIAMSBURG SALSA ORCHESTRA at WCU
Friday, October 10, 2014 | 7:30pm
WCU Live presents the innovative and astonishing salsa music of the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra. With its new and vibrant sounds, its been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine and on MTV, Telemundo, and Univision. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

ROTOFEST at AMERICAN HELICOPTER MUSEUM
Saturday & Sunday, October 11 & 12, 10am – 4:30pm
The American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, 1220 American Boulevard (next to Brandywine Airport) presents the all-helicopter air show featuring two days of airshows, jumpers, helicopter rides -- food & fun for the entire family. Ticketed event. No reservations required.

West Chester Chili CookoffWEST CHESTER CHILI COOK-OFF
Sunday, October 12, 2014
West Chester Rotary presents an opportunity for everyone to vote for the best chili in West Chester from noon to 3pm in downtown West Chester. Learn more at WestChesterChiliCookOff.com.

GAELIC STORM at WCU
Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 8pm
WCU Live presents Gaelic Storm, on tour with tunes from their new album The Boathouse, a million-dollar collection of seafaring songs that has become the Number-One Billboard World Album, their fourth album to do so. It is an evening that blends indie-folk and world grooves with Celtic tradition. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

West Chester Downtown FoundationHISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS CEREMONY
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 8am to 10am

Recognition will be given to local preservation projects at the Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony at the Chester County Historical Society, 220 North High Street. Continental breakfast provided. Presented by the West Chester Downtown Foundation.

HALLOWEEN PARADE in DOWNTOWN WEST CHESTER
Halloween ParadeWednesday, October 22, 2014 | 7pm

Enjoy the costumes, the kids, and the fun starting at 7pm at 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. Families and groups are welcome to participate. Call the West Chester Parks & Recreation at 610-436-9010. Free parking at the Justice Center Garage (Market & New Streets).

DRACULA performed by BRANDYWINE BALLET
Brandywine BalletOctober 24-26, 2014

Bram Stoker's DRACULA is set to dance by Nancy Page and performed by the Brandywine Ballet Company. It's the story of a forbidden Victorian romance between beautiful Mina and the beguiling Count Dracula set amidst eerily lit castles and sun-drenched terraces. The tragic story unfolds with impeccable soloing, sensual pas de deux, and exhilarating ensemble dancing. Tantalizing costumes, sword battles, artful makeup and an emotionally moving musical score make Dracula ghoulish fun for all. Performances at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. See performance times and ticket information.

TERRY KLINEFELTER & FRIENDS
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Uptown! Entertainment AllianceUptown! Entertainment Alliance
presents the Jazz Cocktail Hour, a Thursday evening concert series, with recording artist and West Chester University professor Terry Klinefelter is a versatile performer who is at home both in jazz clubs or the classical concert stage. She was described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "on the cosmic cusp where Mozart might meet Mingus." Her 2013 release, Zingaro, features original jazz compositions and standards, as well as several new songs based on the works of renowned poet Dana Gioia. 6pm to 7:30pm at the Knights of Columbus Building, 110 W Market Street. $15 at the door.

FIRST FRIDAY
First FridayFriday, November 7, 2014

Get together with your friends and come downtown to get a drop on the shopping season. 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).

VETERANS DAY PARADE
November 9, 2014, | 2pm
Taking place in Downtown West Chester 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. Join the West Chester Veterans Council to show your support for our veterans.

VOCA PEOPLE at WCU
Friday, November 14, 2014 | 7:30pm
WCU Live presents Voca People as they perform a cappella and beat box versions of the songs the world loves, including favorites from Madonna, Queen, and even Mozart. No instruments, no sound tricks. Just eight incredible talents. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

JAZZ SINGER SARA MICHAELS
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Uptown! Entertainment AllianceUptown! Entertainment Alliance
presents the Jazz Cocktail Hour, a Thursday evening concert series, with singer Sara Michaels and her quartet that will  bring an element of “Sassy Class” as she performs jazz standards in her own captivating style. You'll hear influences of other great ladies of Jazz including Billie Holiday, Ertha Kitt, and Lena Horne. 6pm to 7:30pm at the Knights of Columbus Building, 110 W Market Street. $15 at the door.

Jackie Joyner-KerseeJACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE at WCU
Friday, November 21, 2014 | 8pm
WCU Live! President's Speaker Series welcome's Jackie Joyner-Kersee, one of the most decorated female athletes of all time, as she presents Running the Race with Grace and Humility On and Off the Track. Sports Illustrated for Women magazine named her the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th century having won three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals spanning four Olympic Games. She will share her life story and work with a keynote that's sure to inspire. At Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building, West Chester University campus. See ticket information.

OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
Old-Fashioned ChristmasDecember 5-6-7, 2014
USA Today called West Chester's Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration "one of the top ten places to experience the arrival of Santa Claus during the holiday season." The weekend is alive with scores of events throughout the town. The highlight is the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade on Friday at 7:15pm. Presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber.

Brandywine BalletTHE NUTCRACKER by BRANDYWINE BALLET
December 12-21, 2014 | various times

The timeless ballet is performed by the Brandywine Ballet Company at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University. Production and choreography by Donna Muzio and Nancy Page. Music by Tchaikovsky. See performance times and ticket information.

CHIELI MINUCCI & SPECIAL EFX at WCU
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 8pm
Gramming award-winning Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, along with special guest saxophonist Andy Snitzer, perform a Jazz Holiday Special at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, West Chester University.

Jane PauleyJANE PAULEY at WCU
Friday, March 6, 2015 | 8pm
WCU Live! President's Speaker Series will welcome Jane Pauley as she presents Your Life Calling, a practical and inspirational speech that allows people to see themselves in a powerful new way. She will shine a spotlight on people who are reinventing themselves, changing how they live, and pursuing their dreams. At Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building, West Chester University campus. See ticket information.

EASTER EGG HUNT at EVERHART PARK
Saturday, March 28, 2015 | 10am

Come early so you won't miss the fun at Everhart Park. The Easter Bunny will begin the hunt at 10am sharp. For children ages 2 to 9. Bring your own basket or bag for your eggs and meet at the Green Shed. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation.

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.

ANNUAL 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 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.

TURKS 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.

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