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West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD SUMMER PICNIC SPECIAL
Sunday, July 12, 2015 | Noon
Take a 90-minute train ride on one of America's oldest railroad routes through the Chester Valley. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at the Glen Mills train station picnic grove before returning to West Chester. Ticketed event. See details at WestChesterRR.net.

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.

Larry McKennaLARRY McKENNA QUARTET
Thursday, July 16, 2015 | 6pm
Uptown! Entertainment Alliance presents The Larry McKenna Quartet, featuring the acclaimed tenor saxophonist who has performed with many greats including Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Peter Nero & the Philly Pops. At the Ballroom at the Westside, 430 Hannum Avenue. Doors open at 6:00pm for cocktails, food menu, and socializing. Concert begins at 6:30PM. Ticketed event.

Marshall Square ParkMUSIC at MARSHALL SQUARE PARK
Thursday, July 16, 2015 | 6:30pm
The Friends of West Chester Parks & Recreation present the Marshall Square Park Summer Concert starting at 6:30pm. FREE for the entire family. Bring blankets or chairs and enjoy a community picnic.

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.

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD SUMMER PICNIC SPECIAL
Sunday, July 19, 2015 | Noon
Take a 90-minute train ride on one of America's oldest railroad routes through the Chester Valley. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at the Glen Mills train station picnic grove before returning to West Chester. Ticketed event. See details at WestChesterRR.net.

Table ToursTABLE TOURS
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Make it a perfect night out with a three course dinner, at three different restaurants, prepared specially for Table Tours and expertly paired with adult beverages. Hosted by the most beloved local establishments, the chefs and owners will be a special part of the evening making each dish a Table Tours exclusive. One price gets it all; just bring your appetite. Reservations required. More at TableToursByTown.com.

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD SUMMER PICNIC SPECIAL
Sunday, July 26, 2015 | Noon
Take a 90-minute train ride on one of America's oldest railroad routes through the Chester Valley. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at the Glen Mills train station picnic grove before returning to West Chester. Ticketed event. See details at WestChesterRR.net.

Space OdysseyMOVIE: 'A SPACE ODYSSEY' at CCHS
Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 5:30pm
In 1968, movie director Stanley Kubrick tried to imagine what the future would be like and came surprising close with '2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY' now considered one of the great sci-fi epic films. At Chester County Historical Society, 225 N High St. Museum doors open at 5:30pm for viewing the current 1960s film exhibit. Special presentation at 7:00pm; film screening at 7:30pm. Ticketed event. Details at 1960s Movie Nights at CCHS.

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD SUMMER PICNIC SPECIAL
Sunday, August 2, 2015 | Noon
Take a 90-minute train ride on one of America's oldest railroad routes through the Chester Valley. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at the Glen Mills train station picnic grove before returning to West Chester. Ticketed event. See details at WestChesterRR.net.

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 TWILIGHT 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 RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD SUMMER PICNIC SPECIALS
Sunday, August 9, 2015 | Noon
Take a 90-minute train ride on one of America's oldest railroad routes through the Chester Valley. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at the Glen Mills train station picnic grove before returning to West Chester. Ticketed event. See details at WestChesterRR.net.

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.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Inside Out ExhibitPHILADLEPHIA MUSEUM OF ART 'INSIDE OUT' EXHIBIT
Mid-August thru Mid-November 2015 | Locations TBD
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is sharing high-quality replicas of museum masterpieces to be on display within the Borough of West Chester during its Inside Out public art exhibit. Artworks are placed within walking distance of each other around the Borough so that you can encounter art in unexpected places this fall in West Chester.

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD SUMMER PICNIC SPECIAL
Sunday, August 16, 2015 | Noon
Take a 90-minute train ride on one of America's oldest railroad routes through the Chester Valley. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at the Glen Mills train station picnic grove before returning to West Chester. Ticketed event. See details at WestChesterRR.net.

Marshall Square ParkMUSIC at MARSHALL SQUARE PARK
Thursday, August 20, 2015 | 6:30pm
The Friends of West Chester Parks & Recreation present a Marshall Square Park Summer Concert starting at 6:30pm. FREE for the entire family. Bring blankets or chairs and enjoy a community picnic.

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD SUMMER PICNIC SPECIAL
Sunday, August 23, 2015 | Noon
Take a 90-minute train ride on one of America's oldest railroad routes through the Chester Valley. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at the Glen Mills train station picnic grove before returning to West Chester. Ticketed event. See details at WestChesterRR.net.

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD SUMMER PICNIC SPECIAL
Sunday, August 30, 2015 | Noon
Take a 90-minute train ride on one of America's oldest railroad routes through the Chester Valley. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at the Glen Mills train station picnic grove before returning to West Chester. Ticketed event. See details at WestChesterRR.net.

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, September 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 RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD SUMMER PICNIC SPECIAL
Sunday, September 6, 2015 | Noon
Take a 90-minute train ride on one of America's oldest railroad routes through the Chester Valley. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at the Glen Mills train station picnic grove before returning to West Chester. Ticketed event. See details at WestChesterRR.net.

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.

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD SUMMER PICNIC SPECIAL
Sunday, September 13, 2015 | Noon
Take a 90-minute train ride on one of America's oldest railroad routes through the Chester Valley. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at the Glen Mills train station picnic grove before returning to West Chester. Ticketed event. See details at WestChesterRR.net.

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.

West Chester RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD SUMMER PICNIC SPECIAL
Sunday, September 20, 2015 | Noon
Take a 90-minute train ride on one of America's oldest railroad routes through the Chester Valley. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at the Glen Mills train station picnic grove before returning to West Chester. Ticketed event. See details at WestChesterRR.net.

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.

Preservation AwardsHISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS at CCHS
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | Evening
The West Chester Downtown Foundation presents the 2015 Historic Preservation Awards held, for the first time, as an evening presentation at the Chester County Historical Society. With more than 4,200 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places within the Borough, outstanding projects, both commercial and residential, as well as individuals that have made significant contributions to preservation, are carefully selected and recognised as premier examples within the historic community. Public is invited. Ticketed Event. See parking information.

The Brandywine BalletBRANDYWINE BALLET presents CARMINA BURANA
October 23-25, 2015
The Brandywine Singers join The Brandywine Ballet to bring Carl Orff's famous and powerful Carmina Burana to the stage. Choreographed by Nancy Page; music direction by Jonathan Kreamer. Program begins with Tchaikovsky's eternal classic Swan Lake-Act II, choreographed by Meredith Rainey. Ticketed event. At the Emilie K. Asplunde Concert Hall, West Chester University.

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.

Brandywine BalletTHE NUTCRACKER presented by THE BRANDYWINE BALLET
December 11-20, 2015 | various times
Tchaikovsky's timeless ballet is performed by the Brandywine Ballet at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University. Production and choreography by Donna Muzio and Nancy Page. See details at Brandywine Ballet.

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.

Bike to Work WeekBIKE TO WORK WEEK
May 23-27, 2016
West Chester recognizes May as National Bike Month and has selected May 23-27 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).

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