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National History DayNATIONAL HISTORY DAY at CCHS
March 24 - 26, 2017 | Times Vary
The Annual Southeast Regional National History Day (or NHD) competition brings hundreds of middle and high school students, their families, and volunteers downtown for an eventful weekend. Student's original work will be judged and they will be provided with feedback, for a chance of moving on to the state competition held in May. This event is located at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N High St. See more information.

Adrian Martinez

ADRIAN 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.

Better than Bacon ImprovUPTOWN! presents BETTER THAN BACON IMPROV
Friday, March 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. See parking information.

RTC presents SpamalotTHE RESIDENT THEATRE COMPANY presents MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
March 31 - April 16, 2017 | Times Vary
Come see New York Theatre right in downtown West Chester at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Great for families with children ages 13 and up. Directed by Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell, choreographed by Derek Roland, and music directed by Amanda Morton. Get your tickets now. See parking and additional information here.

WCU PLANETARIUM presents A UNIVERSE OF GALAXIES
Friday, March 31, 2017 | 7pm
The WCU Department of Earth & Space Science proudly presents both live and prerecorded shows, Planetariumas well as some special events, througout the academic year. All shows start at 7pm and run approximately one hour in length. Doors open at 6:30pm. The Planetarium is located in the Schmucker Science Center, on the corner of Church St. and Rosedale Ave. Reservations taken starting March 10. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the ticket office at 610-436-2266.

West Chester Destination BraceletWCU LIVE presents HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE
Friday, March 31, 2017 | 7:30pm
Mixing the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip-hop, soul, and funk, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble creates an intoxicating and boisterous blend of music that is just barely contained. These seven brothers come from the south side of Chicago from an extrodinary musical family, and have performed at venues all across the world. Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

WCU COLLEGE OF ARTS & HUMANITIES presents STUDENT WRITTEN ONE ACTS
Friday, March 31, 2017 | 7:30pm
Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 2pm & 7:30pm
The Student Written One Acts is an evening of short plays penned by the Theatre 313 Playwriting Class at WCU. Come see plays reflecting issues and themes that resonate with college students. Students will serve as directors, designers, technicians, stage managers and actors. Located at the J. Peter Adler Studio Theatre, E. O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E Rosedale Ave. See ticket information.

Uptown Knauer Performing Arts CenterUPTOWN presents THE DULWICH COLLEGE CHOIR
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 7:30pm
The Dulwich Chollege Chior has been teaching scholars to sing and play instruments since 1619. They regularly sing services at St. Paul's, Westminster Cathedral, and Westminster Abby. They will perform a US Premiere commissioned by celebrated British composer, Cecilia McDowall, Some Corner of a Foreign Field, to mark the 100 year anniversary of the US entry into WWI. This event is located at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket information.

WCU Symphony OrchestraWCU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents ARTOLERANCE
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 8:15pm - 10:15pm
Experience a dazzling Middle Eastern Trio featuring music and improvisations from around the globe, and celebrate impactful art in the spirit of tolerance and co-existence with world leading Arabic voilinist Hanna Khoury, global versatile Israeli Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar-David, and master Latin & Arab percussionist Hafez Javier Kotain. Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See more information.

Easter Egg HuntWC PARKS & RECREATION ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 10am
Join West Chester Parks and Recreation for their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Everhart Park, located on the 500 Block of West Union Street. The hunt features two different age groups: one for children 2-5 years old and another for children 6-9 years old. More than 5,000 eggs will be filled with candy, toys, and raffle ticks for a chance to win a gold coin or lollipop. The hunt begins at 10am sharp, so don't be late!

lunch with the easter bunnyLUNCH with the EASTER BUNNY
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 12pm
West Chester Parks and Recreation invites you to join them in a lunch buffet with the Easter bunny at Arianna's Gourmet Cafe, 323 E Gay St. Salad, sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken fingers, and other tasty items for children and adults will be available as the Easter bunny makes his rounds to snap a picture with his special guests! Pre-registration is required. Register here.

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS
Saturday & Sunday, April 8 - 9, 2017 | 12pm & 2pm
Hop on board the West Chester Railroad and take a 90 minute round trip along the Chester Creek from West Chester to the historic Glen Mills village. The Easter Bunny will be on board handing out treats to all passengers, so be sure to bring your camera and snap a special picture as he comes by! Greg Wright and Friends will be playing live music throughout the ride for your enjoyment. See ticket information.

WCU LIVE presents TAMAGAWA UNIVERSITY TAIKO DRUMMING & DAWCU LiveNCE TROUPE
Monday, April 10, 2017 | 7:30pm
Nearly 30 drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University in Japan make a return appearance for an athletic and graceful performance that includes thundering Taiko drumming and Japanese folkloric dance. Their amazing stage show has received rave reviews from the New York Times and other popular media. Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS
Saturday, April 15, 2017 | 12pm & 2pm
Hop on board the West Chester Railroad and take a 90 minute round trip along the Chester Creek from West Chester to the historic Glen Mills village. The Easter Bunny will be on board handing out treats to all passengers, so be sure to bring your camera to snap a special picture as he comes by! Greg Wright and Friends will be playing live music throughout the ride. See ticket information.

Jazz Cocktail HourUPTOWN! presents JAZZ COCKTAIL HOUR with JOSH LAWRENCE & THE COLOR THEORY
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 6:30pm
Lawrence is a Philadelphia native, with three solo albums under his name, who has recorded as a sideman with Erykah Badu & Boys II Men, performs with pianist Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band, bassist Anthony Tidd's PACT, and many others. He will be joined by pianist Adam Faulk, bassist Madison Rast, and drummer Anwar Marshall. Located at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket information. See parking information.

The Honorable MaidWCU COLLEGE OF ARTS & HUMANITIES presents THE HONORABLE MAID
April 20 & 21, 2017 | 7:30pm
April 22, 2017 | 2pm & 7:30pm
April 23, 2017 | 2pm
Follow the plight of Bettina, a poor but honorable Venetian girl as she tries to find her way through this classic tale of love, mistaken identity, and sassy servants. First performed during the Venetian Carnival of 1749, it received the audiences' adoration and played for twenty-two nights. Told in the raucous physical style of the commedia dell'arte, this production is sure to please. Located at the Main Stage Theatre, E. O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E Rosedale Ave. See ticket information.

Uptown Knauer Performing Arts CenterUPTOWN presents THE SUMMER CLUB
Friday, April 21, 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. You'll be certain to want to visit again and again. Doors to the A. Roy Smith Bravo Main Stage Theatre open at 7pm. Located at 226 N High St. See ticket information.

Uptown Knauer Performing Arts CenterUPTOWN presents EL OLIVAR, "VALENCIA DANCE AND MUSIC"
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 7:30pm
Coming all the way from Valencia, Spain, El Olivar will bring richness and history to the Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. Join in for a colorful evening packed with entertainment! Doors open in the Bravo Main Stage Theater at 7pm.  See ticket information.

Uptown Travel Adventure SeriesUPTOWN TRAVEL ADVENTURE FILM SERIES: A WEEK IN PARIS
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 5:30pm; 7pm
Award-winning executive director and cinematographer Marlin Darrah brings Paris to life conjuring visions of sophistication, beauty, drama, and romance. An optional pre-program dinner is available for purchase when purchasing your tickets. Dinner items must be purchased by April 18th. Dinner begins at 5:30, and the film begins at 7pm. Located at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket information.

Uptown Springtime RevealUPTOWN presents SPRINGTIME REVEL: SENSATIONAL STRINGS ORCHESTRA
Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 7pm
Celebrate spring with the Sensational Strings as they present an exlectic repertoire of pieces that include Vivaldo, Tchaikovsky, Handel, and Ellington - leaving you wanting more. The Sensational Strings are a combination of the elite and award-winning middle school Select Strings and high school Senior Strings orchestras, made up of the most dedicated and accomplished string musicians in the West Chester Area School District. Located at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket information.

SerendipityWCU COLLEGE OF ARTS & HUMANITIES presents SERENDIPITY, A DANCE CONCERT
April 27 & 28, 2017 | 7:30pm
April 29, 2017 | 2pm & 7:30pm
University Dance Company's annual spring concert, Serendipity, celebrates the highly creative choreography of WCU students in a variety of styles. The concert also includes work by current WCU dance faculty. Located at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, 817 S High St. See ticket information.

WCU PLANETARIUM presents A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
Friday, April 28, 2017 | 7pmPlanetarium
The WCU Department of Earth & Space Science proudly presents both live and prerecorded shows, as well as some special events, througout the academic year. All shows start at 7pm and run approximately one hour in length. Doors open at 6:30pm. The Planetarium is located in the Schmucker Science Center, on the corner of Church St. and Rosedale Ave. Reservations taken starting April 7. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the ticket office at 610-436-2266.

West Chester Film Festival WEST CHESTER FILM FESTIVAL
April 28-30, 2017 | Times Vary
The 13th Annual West Chester International Short Film Festival will take place Friday, Apil 28th through Sunday, April 30th at various locations throughout town. See more information.

Gallery WalkGALLERY WALK
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 5pm-9pm
More than 30 artists display their work at galleries, shops, banks, and restaurants throughout downtown during Gallery Walk - most with new creations. 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. Also, check out treasures of all kinds at the Vintage Garage Sale at the Chestnut Street Garage, from 5pm to 9pm.

Uptown Knauer Performing Arts CenterUPTOWN!'S FOURTH ANNUAL SINGER SONGWRITER COMPETITION
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 7:30pm
Join Uptown! for their annual competition - this time, bigger and better than ever! Ten contestants will be chosen by a panel of live judges to perform on the A. Roy Smith Main Stage theater at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St, the night of the event. Application entries for contestants are accepted through April 10th, and the top ten finalists will be announced the week of April 9th. See full rules and details. See event information.

WCU LiveWCU LIVE presents THE STUNT DOG EXPERIENCE
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 7:30pm
During Chris Perondi's "Stunt Dog Experience" you can expect to witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs such as air tricks, stunts, comedy antics, dancing, and athletic feats. On a mission to promote animal rescue, pet adoption, and responsible pet care, all of the dogs in the show have been rescued from pounds and shelters across the country. Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

May Day FestivalMAY DAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS at EVERHART PARK
Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 11am to 4pm

Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation, this day long celebration of the arts is held at Everhart Park, with approximately 45-60 booths selling high quality arts and crafts. Enjoy fresh food from local vendors all day long, as well as strolling magicians, mimes, jugglers, and local dance academy performances.

Uptown Opera Tutti!UPTOWN presents OPERA TUTTI! CABARET
Thursday, May 11, 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. Experience samplings from classic opera, tastefully paired with songs from the Golden Era Broadway and Movie Musicals. Doors to the Univest Room open at 6:30pm. See ticket information.

Uptown Curtains School EditionUPTOWN presents "CURTAINS SCHOOL EDITION"
Friday & Saturday, May 12 - 13, 2017 | 7pm
This show will highlight 6th-12th grade performers in amazing roles as they enter the year of 1959. Boston's Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical when the leading lady mysteriously dies on the stage. A detective moonlights as a musical theatre fan to save the show, solve the case, and tries not to get killed himself. Located at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket information.

Second Saturday YogaSECOND SATURDAY YOGA at the KNAUER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 8:30am
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! Located at 226 N High St. See more information.

CCHSQUILT TURNING at CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 9am-4pm
View 18th and 19th century quilts up close from the permanent collection. This all day program includes a guided tour of the 2nd rotation of quilts, a behind-the-scenes look at special quilted artifacts, a catered lunch buffet, and a show and tell session. Register here, or call 610-692-4800 by May 3rd. Located at 225 N High St. See parking information.

Uptown Alice in WonderlandUPTOWN presents DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR.
Saturday & Sunday, May 13 - 14, 2017 | 3pm
This show will highlight 3rd-8th grade performers in hysterical roles as they take on the cast of Alice in Wonderland. This fast paced stage adaptation features updated dialogue and new arrangements of classic Disney songs, "I'm Late," "The Un-birthday Song," and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah". Located at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket information.

Uptown Knauer Performing Arts CenterMOTHER'S DAY JAZZ BRUNCH with TERRY KLINEFELTER TRIO & THE UPTOWN! DIVAS
Sunday, May 14, 2017 | 11am
Join Uptown! in the Univest Room at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St, for a menu that will satisfy all. Enjoy listening to WCU's Jazz Pianist, Terry Klinefelter and her trio, and then listen to the three top Jazz vocalists - Rhenda Fearrington, Sharon Sable, and your host Sara Michaels - presenting "Inspirational Songs of Women and Mothers." See ticket information. See parking information.

BRANDYWINE BALLET presents BEAUTY & THE BEAST
Brandywine BalletMay 19, 2017 | 10am
May 20, 2017 | 12pm and 4pm
May 21, 2017 | 2pm
Brandywine Ballet is proud to present an enchanting new version of the classic fairy tale, Beauty & The Beast, based on the original story by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. This is a tale of overcoming one's fears, vulnerability, love, and the lesson that beauty is so much more than skin deep. Located at the Emilie K Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. Call the box office at 610-696-2711, or see online ticket information here.

Uptown Film SeriesUPTOWN TRAVEL ADVENTURE FILM SERIES: IRELAND, CELTIC MYTHS & SPLENDORS
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 5:30pm
Explore the richness of Irish history and culture of today, as you are taken through some of the splendors and myths of this magical island off the coast of Europe. Meet giants, genuises, castles, coffin ships, saints, spirits, and whole lot more. An optional pre-program dinner is available for purchase when purchasing your tickets, through May 16th. Dinner begins at 5:30pm and the film begins at 7pm. At the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket information

Better than Bacon ImprovUPTOWN! presents BETTER THAN BACON IMPROV
Friday, May 26, 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. See parking information.

SWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAYS
Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 6:30pm-9:30pmSwingin Summer Thursday
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers, dancers, and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Free-will donation. This event is produced by the West Chester Parks & Recreation Dept and sponsored by the West Chester BID. Parking information.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, June 2, 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. Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory...and don't forget to check out the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some great deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

NRD UPTOWN presents "BLUEPRINTS" by NICKERSON-ROSSI DANCE
Friday, June 2, 2017 | 7:30pm
Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 2pm
NRD offers an experience that will cause a physiological change, as you witness dynamic repertoire that is the "Blueprints" for dance. The opening performance "Remembering the Unremembered" is elegant, sophisticated, and the backbone of NRD's aesthetics. In addition, you can also expect exciting, on the edge of your seat, power-driven, and technically proficient dance to complement a complete program of concert dance. Located at the Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High. See ticket information

Super SundaySUPER SUNDAY
Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 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.

Town ToursTOWN TOURS and VILLAGE WALKS
Thursday, June 8, 2017 | 5:30pm
The kick-off of the popular Town Tours & Village Walks occurs at the 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 places and homes in the Borough. It is FREE to the public and no pre-registration is required. Details at Landscapes2.org. See West Chester parking information.

Uptown Opera Tutti!UPTOWN presents OPERA TUTTI! CABARET
Thursday, June 8, 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! Experience samplings from classic opera, tastefully paired with songs from the Golden Era Broadway and Movie Musicals. Doors to the Univest Room open at 6:30pm. See ticket information.

Second Saturday YogaSECOND SATURDAY YOGA at the KNAUER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 8:30am
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! Located at 226 N High St. See more information.

Uptown Knauer Performing Arts CenterUPTOWN presents THE SUMMER CLUB
Friday, June 16, 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. You'll be certain to want to visit again and again. Doors to the A. Roy Smith Bravo Main Stage Theatre open at 7pm. Located at 226 N High St. See ticket information.

Swingin Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAYS
Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers, dancers, and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Free-will donation. This event is produced by the West Chester Parks & Recreation Dept and sponsored by the West Chester BID. Parking information.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, July 7, 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. Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory...and don't forget to check out the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some great deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

Second Saturday YogaSECOND SATURDAY YOGA at the KNAUER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 8:30am
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! Located at 226 N High St. See more information.

Uptown Opera Tutti!UPTOWN presents OPERA TUTTI! CABARET
Sunday, July 9, 2017 | 2pm
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! Experience samplings from classic opera, tastefully paired with songs from the Golden Era Broadway and Movie Musicals. Doors to the Univest Room open at 6:30pm. See ticket information.

Turks Head FestivalTURK'S HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL AT EVERHART PARK
Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 11am-8pm
The 34th 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.

Summer Sidewalk SaleSUMMER SIDEWALK SALE
Wednesday, July 19 - Sunday, July 23, 2017 | All Day
Stop by your favorite local participating retailers during this six-day event and take advantage of some of the best sales you'll see all season. Browse through the unique shops and experience a vast selection of accessories, apparel, gifts, home decor, specialty foods and more. It's the perfect opportunity to get some early holiday shopping done and (fingers crossed!) enjoy a week of non-stop perfect Sidewalk Shoppin' weather in beautiful Downtown West Chester. Visit our Facebook page for updated sales and promotions throughout the week.

Better than Bacon ImprovUPTOWN! presents BETTER THAN BACON IMPROV
Friday, July 28, 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. See parking information.

FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, August 4, 2017 | All day
First FridayShops and boutiques are open late on the first Friday of every month to show off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware items. Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory...and don't forget to check out the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some great deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

Uptown Opera Tutti!UPTOWN presents OPERA TUTTI! CABARET
Thursday, August 9, 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! Experience samplings from classic opera, tastefully paired with songs from the Golden Era Broadway and Movie Musicals. Doors to the Univest Room open at 6:30pm. See ticket information.

Second Saturday YogaSECOND SATURDAY YOGA at the KNAUER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 8:30am
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! Located at 226 N High St. See more information.

BENCHMARK TWILIGHT CYCLING CLASSIC
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 4pm
West Chester transforms into a colorful street festival full of fun with lots of free activTwilight Race Seriesities for the entire family. The high point will be the professional bicycle race along with block parties, foot races, and kids games. Presented by the Greater Chamber of Commerce of West Chester. See details at GreaterWestChester.com.

WEST MARKET STREET BLOCK PARTY
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 4pmMarket Street Block Party
There's more to the bike races than racing -- the West Market Street Block Party offers fun for the entire family starting at 4pm between Church & Darlington Streets. Face painting for kids, sidewalk art, great food and live music. FREE event. Free parking at the Justice Center Garage, 220 W Market St.

Touch a Truck DayTOUCH A TRUCK DAY
Sunday, August 13, 2017 | 12pm-4pm
This family-friendly event gives children of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore the vehicles that fascinate them. They can see, touch, interact, and learn about dozens of vehicles including police cars, firetrucks, and more. Located at the Government Service Complex, 601 Westtown Road. Presented by West Chester Parks & Recreation. Call 610-436-9010 for more information.

Budweiser ClydesdalesBUDWEISER CLYDESDALES
Friday, September 1, 2017 | 5pm-7pm
The Clydesdales are returning to deliver their favorite adult beverage to downtown West Chester! Restaurants and shops will be open late for First Friday, so browse through lots of great sales around town, grab a bite to eat, and then watch as the fuzzy-footed giants clippity-clop along gay and Market Streets. Also, check out treasures of all kinds -- vintage and new -- at the Vintage Market at the Chestnut Street Garage, 14 E Chestnut St, from 4pm to 8pm. Enjoy FREE parking at meters and metered lots after 5pm, or see other parking options.

PlanetariumWCU PLANETARIUM LIVE SHOW: WE ARE STAR STUFF
Friday, September 1, 2017 | 7pm
The WCU Department of Earth & Space Science proudly presents both live and prerecorded shows, as well as some special events, througout the academic year. All shows start at 7pm and run approximately one hour in length. Doors open at 6:30pm. The Planetarium is located in the Schmucker Science Center, on the corner of Church St. and Rosedale Ave. 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 8, 2017 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers, dancers, and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Free-will donation. 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
Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 8:30am
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! Located at 226 N High St. See more information.

Festival of Gardens

SECRET GARDENS OF WEST CHESTER TOUR AND PLANT SALE
Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 10am-3pm
Enjoy a walking tour of 10+ privately owned gardens located in the South Walnut Street neighborhood of the borough of West Chester. This popular community event, which supports the Barclay Friends Horticulture Therapy Program, features local musicians and artists at many of the gardens, and is attended by more than 300 supporters and gardening enthusiasts each year. Make sure to also visit the plant sale in the upper parking lot at Barclay Friends between 12pm and 4pm. Located at 700 N. Franklin St. 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! Experience samplings from classic opera, tastefully paired with songs from the Golden Era Broadway and Movie Musicals. Doors to the Univest Room open at 6:30pm. See ticket information.

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

Better than Bacon ImprovUPTOWN! presents BETTER THAN BACON IMPROV
Friday, September 22, 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. See parking information.

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. 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.

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).

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. Proceeds benefit local, national, and international philanthropies. See sign-up and sponsorship information here.

Second Saturday YogaSECOND SATURDAY YOGA at the KNAUER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 8:30am
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! Located at 226 N High St. See more information.

Preservation AwardsWEST CHESTER PRESERVATION AWARDS
Thursday, October 20, 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 non-profit organization that promotes community interest in the vitality, culture and livibility of the Borough of West chester through education, historic preservation, and collaboration. 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 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. Call the West Chester Parks and Recreation at 610-436-9010. See parking information.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, November 3, 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. Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory...and don't forget to check out the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some great deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

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, living or dead, but especially to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. The parade begins at 2pm at Henderson High School and proceeds to Gay Street. It travels west on Gay Street to High 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! Enjoy lunch with a friend or relax at a happy hour. 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.

Better than Bacon ImprovUPTOWN! presents BETTER THAN BACON IMPROV
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. See parking information.

Small Business SaturdaySMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
November 25, 2017 | All Day
It's the day for our community to support the small businesses owned by our friends and neighbors. Our family owned businesses have become the hallmark of downtown West Chester and give back to the community everyday and in so many ways. So Shop Small and support your favorite small business on Saturday. Remember, 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 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 details and list of events. Parking information.

Santa in West Chester


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