The Gay Street Open-Air Market returns for 2024 from Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, September 29th!

The Open-Air Market was created during the pandemic to give residents and visitors more space to shop, eat, and explore town. Now, it has become one of our most popular events! Each year, four blocks of Gay Street (from Matlack Street to Darlington Street) are closed to vehicles so everyone can partake in al fresco dining and shopping. Restaurants extend into the street, so you can enjoy the beautiful weather as you eat.

This year, Gay Street will be shut down for the Open-Air Market every weekend (Friday morning through Monday morning). Note: Gay Street will remain closed to vehicles on Monday holidays (Memorial Day, Juneteenth, and Labor Day).

Thank you to everyone who had a hand in bringing it back for another year. Looking forward to a great summer in West Chester!


Downtown West Chester has a variety of street-level, metered parking and parking garages available.

Opportunities for free parking downtown:

  • The Justice Center Garage is free after 5pm on weekdays and all day on Saturdays/Sundays.
  • Street-level, metered parking is free on Saturday mornings until 5pm.
  • Street-level, metered parking and all parking garages are free on Sundays.
  • Every First Friday of the month, street-level, metered parking is free after 5pm.

Please note: Gay Street will be closed to vehicles for the Open-Air Market.