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Head to Downtown West Chester for First Friday! Stroll through the town and visit some of our lovely retail stores, experience our amazing restaurants with award-winning food and drink, and grab some dessert to cap the night! Many retail stores will be having special sales, events, and extended evening hours.

(UPDATE: JULY’S OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE IS BEING RESCHEDULED TO A NEW DATE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER) To celebrate, we are hosting a Summer Concert Series, sponsored by M&T Bank, on the First Friday of June, July, August, and September! Different bands will perform at the Chester County Historic Courthouse (2 N High Street) from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The performance dates are as follows:

No need to worry about parking because street-level, metered parking is free after 5pm! (Please note: Gay Street will be closed to vehicles for the Open-Air Market)

Thank you to our Summer Concert Series sponsor, M&T Bank, for bringing live music back into Downtown West Chester!


10 N High Street, West Chester, PA

First Friday Sales/Events

The Couch Tomato Café now offers their enormously popular lineup of specialty salads and gourmet pizzas to the vibrant Borough of West Chester as a BYOB establishment (as in bring your favorite wine or beer).

West Chester patrons can expect a lineup of fresh, constantly changing and unique food to-go, to be delivered, or enjoyed on-site (not to mention catering!). The atmosphere inside is a definite draw, with accordion sidewalk windows, high ceilings with exposed brick walls and an overall rustic décor chockfull with stunning reclaimed wood. To top it off, their outdoor roof-deck overlooks bustling West Gay Street while being encircled by an environmentally friendly green-roof garden area.

  • First Friday Sale:

    Order with our app / website and receive $5 off your 1st order, plus up to 15% in rewards (indefinitely!)

  • Address:
    31 W Gay Street

  • Hours:

Ginkgo Arts includes workspaces/studios for a variety of artists and a place to show their work and flourish within a community that will support, enrich and foster their growth. It is an artist-focused co-working space with opportunities to exhibit and connect with buyers.

  • First Friday Event:

    Stop by to engage in great conversation and browse local artwork at our Open Studio event from 5pm-8pm! Resident Artists Gwenn Knapp and Anondi will have their work displayed, along with pieces by Karen McCool and Landon Peacock. We are also excited to welcome Anthony Zecca and Jackie Saddic, two new resident artists at Ginkgo Arts!

  • Address:
    21 S High Street

  • Hours:

Casual, upscale and distinctive, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant serves New American cuisine and award-winning handcrafted ales and lagers. All served in a rich mahogany setting with vaulted copper ceilings, open kitchen and an on-site brewery.

  • First Friday Sale:

    Come enjoy $4 High & Gay Lagers and $5 Fried Cheese Curds!

  • Address:
    3 W Gay Street

  • Hours:

Pine + Quill is a lifestyle boutique in the heart of West Chester, Pa. We specialize in home décor and gifts, as well as authentic and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, and locally made gifts and décor. We love to support local, so you will find handmade jewelry, laser wood cut signage, photography and other locally sourced goods.

  • First Friday Sale:
    50% off table outside and 10% off storewide inside!  Free refreshments being served!

  • Address:
    23 N Walnut Street

  • Hours:

We feature contemporary, funky, and affordable jewelry, gifts, and accessories that will make the perfect handpicked gift for friends and family. The hottest styles and wearables coupled with home decor makes shopping at Thistle Be Perfect a fun and unique experience!

  • First Friday Sale:

    Anything that is red, white, or blue will be 10% off!

  • Address:
    128 W Gay Street

  • Hours:


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West Chester Business Improvement District
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Downtown West Chester
2 N High Street
West Chester, PA 19380 United States
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