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Resident Theatre CompanyRESIDENT THEATRE COMPANY LAUNCH PARTY
Friday, May 29, 2015 | 7pm
The Resident Theatre Company, a new professional theatre company in West Chester, is being launched with an inaugural fundraising performance featuring a stellar New York cast along with the area's best musicians performing excerpts from some great Broadway musicals. Enjoy food & beverages from West Chester eateries, the opportunity to hobnob with the performers and artistic staff, and a few big surprises. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. At The Ballroom at the Westside; 430 Hannum Avenue. Free parking. Ticketed Event.

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 enjoy 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.

Town Tours & Village WalksTOWN TOURS & VILLAGE WALKS
Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 5:30pm
The kick-off of the popular Town Tours & Village Walks occurs at Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High Street, starting at 5:30pm with light refreshments and entertainment by the Lukens Band. Several guided tours will take place featuring the homes of Horace Pippin and Bayard Rustin, famous Chester County African Americans. It is FREE to the public and no pre-registration is required. See details at Landscapes2.org. See West Chester parking information.

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.

Pope FrancisPOPE FRANCIS VISIT
September 26 & 27, 2015 | Region wide
Philadelphia is hosting the appearance of Pope Francis at the Festival of Families and Papal Mass. The Brandywine Valley, just southwest of Philadelphia, is accessible from the region's major roadways. West Chester's Warner Hotel is located in the hub of shopping and dining plus easy access to dozens of great attractions. See more at the Visitors Guide.

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.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS at CCHSLogo - West Chester Preservation Awards
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.

May Day Arts FestivalMAY DAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS at EVERHART PARK
Sunday, May 1, 2016 | 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.

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