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Handel's MessiahTHE BRANDYWINE SINGERS present HANDEL'S MESIAH at UPTOWN!
Saturday, November 23 & Sunday, November 24, 2019 | 3pm & 7pm
Don't miss this graceful new interpretation of a holiday classic - reimagined and illuminated with a period string ensemble. Located at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N High St. See ticket info.

Shop Small West Chester WeekendSHOP SMALL WEST CHESTER WEEKEND
November 29 - December 1, 2019 | All Weekend
Join your community in this 3-day shopping extravaganza and support the more than 100 independently-owned businesses downtown West Chester has to offer! Use the hashtag #WCShopSmall for a chance to be featured on our website or social media pages. See more info.

West Chester Dine and DonateWEST CHESTER DINE & DONATE
Monday, December 2, 2019 | All Day
Giving season is upon us! Skip the cooking and head into town with your family and friends for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on Monday, December 2nd! Many of our local establishments will be donating 15% of sales that day to the West Chester Food Cupboard. For more info and to see participating locations, click here.

Downtown Holiday Decorating Contest2ND ANNUAL DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST
December 2019 | All Day/Night
This Holiday Season, our local businesses have stepped up to the challenge to be selected as one of downtown West Chester’s BEST decorated storefronts! There will be plenty to see, so be sure to invite your family and friends to come downtown this holiday season and enjoy the beautiful variety of lights and holiday displays both big and small! See more info. #WCHolidayWindows

Photos with Santa at Jane ChalfantPHOTOS WITH SANTA at JANE CHALFANT
Friday, December 6, 2019 | 3pm-5pm
Come into town early for the QVC West Chester Christmas Parade on Friday, December 6th, and bring the little ones over to Jane Chalfant (123 N High St) for a FREE photo op with Santa in front of the fireplace! Don't forget to bring your camera or cell phone. 

WC Christmas ParadeQVC WEST CHESTER CHRISTMAS PARADE
Friday, December 6, 2019 | 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 be sure to come downtown early and enjoy all the Christmas spirit in town! This event is presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. #WCChristmasParade

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, December 6, 2019 | All Day
Shop LOCAL this Holiday Season! Explore new arrivals, special sales, complimentary snacks and beverages, extended hours and MORE at your favorite local shops and businesses all day long. Parking is FREE at street meters after 5pm. See participating locations, and be sure to check individual social media pages for hours and special info. #WCFirstFriday

WC Public LibraryWC PUBLIC LIBRARY's 9TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 10am-3pm
Join the WC Public Library for their largest fundraising event of the year, featuring ten beautifully decorated West Chester homes that are diverse in size, age, and architectural style. The tour also features a stop at The Antique Ice Tool Museum, and the Chester County Historical Society. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Into the WoodsTHE RESIDENT THEATRE COMPANY presents INTO THE WOODS
December 13 - 29, 2019
This award winning musical is equally enjoyable for children and adults as it features a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Prince Charming. Purchase tickets.

NHDNATIONAL HISTORY DAY at the CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
March 2020
Now in its 30th year, National History Day's regional contest brings over 300 students, teachers, and parents into downtown West Chester. NHD is a year-long academic program focused on the historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for 6th to 12th grade students. See more information about NHD here.

Vanya RTCTHE RESIDENT THEATRE COMPANY presents YANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE
March 27 - April 12, 2020
Christopher Durang's play blends Chekhov's famous ennui with the modern day toils of celebrity, social networking, and a laugh-out-loud comedy. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Purchase tickets.

WCFFWEST CHESTER FILM FESTIVAL
April 24-26, 2020 | Times Vary
Join the West Chester International Short Film Festival for their 16th year featuring an exciting mix of more than 60 films, 3 parties, workshops, and more over the course of 3 days in downtown West Chester! All events are open to the public. See ticket info.

WC Clean up DaySIDEWALK CLEAN-UP DAY
TBD | 10am-2pm
Sweep up the sidewalks of downtown West Chester with your neighbors and local businesses to help make our borough cleaner and greener! Enjoy refreshments, lunch, and enter to win Clean up Crew Contests. This is an initiative through the Mayor's office - see info and register here.

Gallery WalkSPRING GALLERY WALK presented by SUNSET HILL JEWELERS & FINE ARTS GALLERY
Friday, May 1, 2020 | 5pm-9pm
An eclectic mix of gallery receptions and one-night-only hosts is what makes the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce's Spring Gallery Walk an evening full of fun and surprises! Local artists display their work at 30+ locations throughout town from 5pm-9pm. This event is FREE to attend. See more info. See First Friday info. #WCGalleryWalk

Up On The RoofUP ON THE ROOF
Saturday, June 6, 2020 | 7pm-11pm
West Chester Downtown Foundation presents the 17th 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. See more info. 

Town ToursTOWN TOURS & VILLAGE WALKS
Thursday, June 11, 2020 | 5:30pm
Kick-off celebration for the annual Town Tours & Village Walks featuring tours beginning immediately after the celebration at 6:30pm. Meet at the Church of the Holy Trinity (212 S High St). See details.

Turks Head FestivalTURK'S HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL AT EVERHART PARK
Sunday, July 19, 2020 | 12pm-8pm
The annual day-long array features 11 popular regional bands, food vendors, artisan booths, and fun for the whole family! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Rain date July 28. $5 all day parking. See more info.

Summer Sidewalk SaleWEST CHESTER SUMMER SIDEWALK SALE
Summer 2020 (Dates TBD) | All Day
Stop by your favorite local shops & boutiques to take advantage of some of the BEST sales you'll see all season! Store hours vary, so be sure to call or check social media pages for individual info. Check out the list of participating businesses as the event gets closer! #WCSidewalkSale

WC Bike RaceBENCHMARK TWILIGHT CYCLING CLASSIC
Saturday, August 8, 2020 | 3pm-10pm
Join the excitement as thousands of spectators and their families head downtown for an up-close look at top athletes as they race the streets of West Chester! The day will be packed with fun for the whole family, so be sure come down early. Presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. See more info. #WCBikeRace

Touch a Truck DayTOUCH A TRUCK DAY
Sunday, August 9, 2020 | 12pm-4pm
Bring the little ones down for a hands-on opportunity to explore, touch, interact, and learn about dozens of vehicles that fascinate them - including police cars, firetrucks, and more! Presented by West Chester Parks and Recreation. See more info.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, September 4, 2020 | All Day
Come downtown to explore new arrivals, special sales, complimentary snacks and beverages, extended hours and MORE at your favorite local shops and businesses! Parking is FREE at street meters after 5pm. See participating locations (& check back as the event gets closer). #WCFirstFriday

Secret Gardens TourBARCLAY FRIENDS 16TH ANNUAL SECRET GARDENS TOUR & PLANT SALE
September 2020 (Date TBD) | 10am-3pm
Enjoy the opportunity to visit exclusive private gardens in the Everhart Park section of the borough, while also highlighting the talent of local musicians and artists performing at many of the gardens throughout the day. A plant sale will also accompany the event. See details and ticket info.

Restaurant FestivalCHESTER COUNTY RESTAURANT FESTIVAL
Sunday, September 20, 2020 | 12pm-5:30pm
Stroll the streets, taste food from over 65 participating restaurants, listen to music by local bands, and shop with more than 110 artisan vendors! Free to attend; all food and beverages are pay-as-you-go. Parking is $10 at all municipal garages and free at the Justice Center Garage. See more info.

Gallery WalkAUTUMN GALLERY WALK presented by SUNSET HILL JEWELERS & FINE ARTS GALLERY
Friday, October 2, 2020 | 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 three dozen artists display their work at galleries, shops, banks, and restaurants throughout downtown -- most with new creations. Hosted by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and presented by Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Arts Gallery. #WCGalleryWalk

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, October 2, 2020 | All Day
Come downtown to explore new arrivals, special sales, complimentary snacks and beverages, extended hours and MORE at your favorite local shops and businesses! Parking is FREE at street meters after 5pm. See participating locations (& check back as the event gets closer). #WCFirstFriday

Chester County DayCHESTER COUNTY DAY
Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 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 Cook-offWEST CHESTER CHILI COOK-OFF
Sunday, October 11, 2020 | 10:30am-3:30pm
Come out and vote for your favorite chili in the 16th 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 more info.

Preservation AwardsWEST CHESTER PRESERVATION AWARDS
Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 5:30pm
Join the celebration of historic preservation projects and programs, along with those who have contributed to West Chester's historic character and integrity, 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 more info.

Halloween ParadeWEST CHESTER HALLOWEEN PARADE
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 7pm
Enjoy the costumes, the kids, and the fun! The parade gathers on Market Street between Church & Darlington and continues down Market and up Gay Street. Presented by West Chester Parks & Recreation. See more info.

CCHS Halloween Ball CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S THIRD ANNUAL HALLOWEEN BALL
Date TBD | 6:30pm-10:30pm
Join CCHS for a night full of fun, costumes, and more for the Chester County Historical Society's 3rd Annual Halloween Ball! The event will feature a live auction, music, a costume contest, food, and an open bar. Costumes are strongly encouraged!

First Friday in NovemberFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, November 6, 2020 | All Day

Kick off the holiday shopping season by exploring new arrivals, special sales, complimentary snacks/beverages, extended hours and MORE at your favorite local shops and businesses! Parking is FREE at street meters after 5pm. See participating locations. #WCFirstFriday

Veterans Day ParadeVETERANS DAY PARADE
Sunday, November 8, 2020 | 2pm
Join the West Chester Veterans Council to pay tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, who served their country honorably during war or peacetime! The parade will begin at Henderson High School, heading up Church St and around the corner to the Old Court House with a short ceremony to follow.

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