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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.

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.

NRD NRD presents CHOREOGRAPHIC RESIDENCIES
Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 7pm
Join Nickerson-Rossi Dance as they bring fabulous dance to Chester County! Four highly esteemed artists will be presenting new repertoire for the community of dancers and enthusiasts to enjoy. Located at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket information.

WCU PlanetariumSOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING at WCU PLANETARIUM
Thursday, August 21, 2017 | 1pm-4pm
The Mather Planetarium (WCU Campus) is inviting the public to join them to watch the "partial" eclipse over West Chester, PA beginning at 1:23pm. Solar telescopes, eclipse glasses, and remote viewing will be available, as well as activities for the whole family! The maximum of the eclipse will occur at 2:45pm and the whole thing will be over by 4:02pm. See details here.

Classic Movie MondayCLASSIC MOVIE MONDAY
August 21, 2017 | 7pm
August 28, 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. August 14th Showing: Airplane. See ticket information.

Dueling PianosDUELING PIANOS
August 24, 2017 | 7:30pm
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.

Budweiser ClydesdalesBUDWEISER CLYDESDALES
Thursday, August 31, 2017 | 5pm
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. See details.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, September 1, 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.

PlanetariumWCU PLANETARIUM LIVE SHOW: WE ARE STAR STUFF
Friday, September 1, 2017 | 7pm
Presented by the WCU Department of Earth & Space Science. Doors open at 6:30pm. 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. This event is produced by the West Chester Parks & Recreation Dept and sponsored by the West Chester BID. See Parking information.

Second Saturday YogaSECOND SATURDAY YOGA at the KNAUER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
September 9, 2017 | 8am
October 14, 2017 | 8am
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! $15 per class. Located at 226 N High St. See more 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.

Uptown Opera Tutti!UPTOWN presents OPERA TUTTI! CABARET
Thursday, 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. Doors to the Univest Room open at 6:30pm. See ticket information.

The Summer ClubUPTOWN! presents THE SUMMER CLUB
Friday, September 15, 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. Located at 226 N High St. See ticket information.

Hip HopCHOSEN DANCE COMPANY presents HIP HOP DANCE IN AMERICA
Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 7pm
Step back to the late 60s & 70s, through the 80s, 90s, and beyond as Chosen Dance Company spins, slides, pops, and glides on anything and everything to present the story of hip hop dance in America! Located at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket information.

Restaurant FestivalCHESTER COUNTY RESTAURANT FESTIVAL
Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 12pm-5:30pm
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. 

Uptown Speaker SeriesUPTOWN SPEAKER SERIES presents POLITICS IN THE U.S.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 6:30pm
Join political analyst and commentator, Matt Kerbel, as he provides a unique perspective in summing up a year like no other in American history. Located at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket information.

Better than Bacon ImprovUPTOWN! presents BETTER THAN BACON IMPROV
Friday, September 22, 2017 | 8pm
Friday, November 24, 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.

Next to NormalRTC presents NEXT TO NORMAL
September 29 - October 15, 2017
This deeply moving, transformative musical with provocative lyrics and an electrifying score won three Tony Awards including Best Musical and The Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Produced by The Resident Theatre Company at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket info and times here.

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).

Judy WoodruffWCU PRESIDENT'S SPEAKER SERIES presents JUDY WOODRUFF: "INSIDE POLITICS"
Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 8pm
Current co-anchor and managing editor for the PBS NewsHour, Woodruff's extensive broadcast experience (CNN, NBC, and PBS) provides an inside perspective of the politics in play. Located at the Emilie K Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

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. See sign-up and sponsorship information here.

WCU LiveWCU LIVE! presents NEIL BERG'S PIANOMEN
Friday, October 13, 2017 | 7:30pm
Neil Berg's Pianomen pays an intimate tribute to the compositions and songwriting of two of the most iconis composers of the 20th century: Billy Joel and Elton John. Located at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

Eric Tankel Speaker Series UPTOWN SPEAKER SERIES presents HERO-IN
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 6:30pm
Mother and son, Liz and Eric Tankel, tell the dramatic - and eventually triumphant - story of their personal fight against the opioid epidemic that is sweeping our society. Located at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket information.

Preservation AwardsWEST CHESTER PRESERVATION AWARDS
Thursday, October 19, 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 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. Presented by West Chester Parks and Recreation. See parking information.

Backtrack WCU LIVE! presents BACKTRACK
Friday, October 27, 2017 | 7:30pm
Winner of the 2016 YouTube Next Up competition, this acappella powerhouse has amassed over 7 million views and 85 thousand subscribers as they represent a melting pot of cultures and heritages. Located at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theater, 817 S High St. See ticket information.

Peter GrosWCU LIVE! presents PETER GROS: MUTUAL of OMAHA'S WILD KINGDOM
Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 3pm
Wildlife expert and environmental conservationist Peter Gros shares his exciting animal world, travel experiences, and timeless tales. He is best known for hosting the original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom on Animal Planet. Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

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 who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. The parade begins at Henderson High School and proceeds to Gay 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! 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
Shop small and help support the small businesses owned by our friends and neighbors. 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. 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.

Story Pirates WCU LIVE! presents STORY PIRATES
Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 2pm
In this wildly hilarious "Create-A-Show", the Story Pirates will collect audience members' ideas before and during the show to incorporate on the spot in this impressive improv show that validates the power of human imagination! Located at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theater, 817 S High St. See ticket information.

A Christmas CarolRTC presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL
December 15 - 31, 2017 | Times Vary
The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects. Produced by The Resident Theatre Company at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket info and times here.

TapestryWCU LIVE! presents TAPESTRY: A TRIBUTE TO CAROLE KING
Friday, January 19, 2018 | 7:30pm
Maintaining the signature sounds of Ms.King, this show faithfully recreates the glorious sounds of crowd favorites including "You've Got a Friend," "Natural Woman," "It's Too Late," "So Far Away," and more! Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

GoitseWCU LIVE! presents GOITSE
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 7:30pm
Forged in the crucible of Limerick University's Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Goitse (pronounced go-with-cha) has released four critically acclaimed recordings, which are a combination of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from the countryside of Ireland and abroad. Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

Joe ScarboroughWCU PRESIDENT'S SPEAKER SERIES presents JOE SCARBOROUGH: "POLITICAL OUTLOOK"
Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 8pm
As the face of MSNBC's Morning Joe, former Florida Congressman Scarborough pulls from his experience as an influential player in Republican politics. Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

Bullets Over BroadwayRTC presents BULLETS OVER BROADWAY THE MUSICAL
March 30 - April 15, 2018 | Times Vary
The hilarious Woody Allen movie about a young playwright in the 1920s whose first Broadway play is financed by a gangster. Produced by The Resident Theatre Company at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket info and times here.

Johnny Peters WCU LIVE! presents JOHNNY PEERS & THE MUTTVILLE COMIX
Saturday, March 31, 2018 | 3pm
Watch as Johnny leads over a dozen personality-plus canines through challenging and hilarious tricks. This circus-style show is great for the whole family! Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket 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.

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, dinner, appetizers and desserts, 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 35th 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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