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FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, March 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).

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.

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

Masters of SoulMASTERS of SOUL at WCU
Friday, March 13, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents a celebration of the legendary songs that defined Motown and soul music performed by Masters of Soul with an all-live band. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

West Chester Food Co-opWEST CHESTER FOOD CO-OP COMMUNITY MEETING
Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 3–5pm
Sprout Music Collective, 130 East Prescott Alley in West Chester, will be hosting the Food Co-op’s Coming Out Party. Find out what the Food Co-op is about, what's been done so far, and what’s coming up next. Meet the Co-op leadership as well as friends and neighbors who are interested in the Food Co-op. Refreshments and live music. Families welcome. Sprout is affiliated with Roots Café; West Chester Food Co-op is pleased to partner with Roots-Sprout for this event, reflecting our shared vision of community and great local food. FREE.

National History DaySOUTHEAST REGIONAL NATIONAL HISTORY DAY COMPETITION
Friday, March 20, 2015 | 1pm-7pm (senior)
Saturday, March 21, 2015 | 8am-7pm (junior)
The 26th annual Southeast Regional National History Day competition brings hundreds of middle- and high-school students and their families to the Chester County Historical Society (225 N High St). Students present their original research to judges and receive feedback about their use of primary source research to argue their thesis. Winning projects advance to the state competition held in May. See details.

WCU Live Popovich Comedy Pet TheaterPOPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER at WCU
Friday, March 27, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents the world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and his performing pets each rescued from the streets. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

Planetarium at WCUPLANETARIUM SHOW at WCU
Friday, March 27, 2015 | 7pm
West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy presents Movie Show: Astronaut 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 6 required. Call the ticket office at 610-436-2266. See more information at WCU Public Planetarium Shows.

Spoon River ProjectSPOON RIVER PROJECT at WCU
March 26, 27, 28 | 8pm
March 28, 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.

Easter Egg HuntEASTER 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.

West Chester RailroadEASTER BUNNY EXPRESS
Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29, 2015
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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Free-will donation. Parking information.

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. Free-will donation. Parking information.

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. Free-will donation. 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).

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. Free-will donation. 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.

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. 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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