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July 21, 2020 -- West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin announces Downtown Open-Air Marketplace opening Monday, August 3.

See Mayor's briefing on the Downtown Open-Air Marketplace.

Information for businesses: read more

John O'Brien becomes new executive director of the BID. read more

WC Open Air Marketplace

  • See list of RETAILERS. Check their websites or call for online sales, gift cards, and limited shopping.
  • Our partners at the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce urge you to support ALL small business at this crucial time. Click here for a list of active Chamber members.
  • Informational meetings slated for upcoming PECO construction DETAILS

Sidewalk SaleSIDEWALK SALE
July 22 - 26, 2020 | All
Day
Stop by your favorite local shops during the #WCSidewalkSale for some of the best sales you'll see all season! Our local retailers are part of the foundation that makes this town a great place to live, work, and visit. In these trying times, it is important that we do everything we can to support them. These sales will be outside to allow for maximum protection from COVID-19. Remember - masks mean business so as always, please mask up! Check out out our Facebook or Instagram for participating locations and sales.

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.

[CANCELED] WC Bike RaceBENCHMARK TWILIGHT CYCLING CLASSIC
Saturday, September 12, 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

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

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
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 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!

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.

WCFFWEST CHESTER FILM FESTIVAL
November 13-15, 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.

Shop SmallSHOP SMALL WEST CHESTER WEEKEND
November 27 - 29, 2020 | All Weekend
Join your community for the 3rd Annual 3-day shopping extravaganza and help support the more than 100 independently-owned businesses downtown West Chester has to offer! When you shop small, you're supporting more than just a business - you're support the ENTIRE community! See more info. #WCShopSmall

WC Christmas ParadeQVC WEST CHESTER CHRISTMAS PARADE
Friday, December 4, 2020 | 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 hosted by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. See weekend events. #WCChristmasParade

WC Public LibraryWC PUBLIC LIBRARY's 9TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
Saturday, December 5, 2020 | 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.

Window Decorating Contest3RD ANNUAL DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST
December 2020 | All Day/Night
Our local businesses have stepped up to the challenge to be selected as one of downtown West Chester’s BEST decorated storefronts for the 3rd year in a row! 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 2019 WINNERS. #WCHolidayWindows

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