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CCHS Holiday & Greens SaleHOLIDAY & GREENS SALE at CCHS
Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10, 2016 | 9:30am–4:30pm
Back by popular demand, the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS), 225 N High St, is once again featuring the Holiday & Greens Sale made up of beautiful and affordable handcrafted wreaths, floral arrangements, ornaments and garlands plus seasonal fresh & dried greens for the DYIer. All items are crafted by talented CCHS volunteers with proceeds benefitting the museum and library. Greens Sale shoppers get FREE admission to CCHS.

Brandywine BalletBRANDYWINE BALLET presents THE NUTCRACKER
December 9-11, 2016 | Times vary
December 15-18, 2016 | Times vary
Ring in the season with Tchaikovsky's timeless score, and be transported to the magical Land of Sweets as you join Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy on the journey of a dream. This performance is one of Chester County’s signature holiday events, and features original, traditional choreography by David Kloss and Donna L. Muzio, integrated with new choreographic elements by Nancy Page. Located at the Emilie K Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. Call the box office at 610-696-2711, or see ticket times and information here.

WC RailroadWEST CHESTER RAILROAD SANTA'S EXPRESS  
Saturdays & Sundays, November 19-December 16, 2016 | Times Vary
All aboard Santa's Express! Join Santa for a 90-minute journey on the heated West Chester Railroad through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa greets everyone at the Market Street Station, 230 E Market St, then rides along to Glen Mills. Explore the historic Glen Mills station where there will be plenty of photo opportunities on Santa's lap (so remember your cameras). Live music and various snacks offered on-board. See ticket and schedule information.

Adrian MartinezADRIAN MARTINEZ presents THE VISIONARY WORLD OF HUMPHRY MARSHALL, 1750-1800
Now Open: Tuesday - Saturday | 9:30am-4:30pm
The eighteenth century world as Humphry Marshall knew it is artistically explored through the vision of acclaimed artist and guest curator Adrian Martinez. The exhibit showcases the richness of early Pennsylvanian history, presented in a series of twelve newly completed paintings by Martinez depicting the evolution of Chester County from frontier-land to farmland. Located at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N High St through December 2017. See more information.

Uptown Entertainment AllianceUPTOWN! presents HOLIDAY JAZZ COCKTAIL HOUR with LORI FULTON
Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 6:30pm
Join Uptown! and Sara Michaels for a holiday edition of Jazz Cocktail Hour with Vocalist Lori Fulton and her "Love Lori Orchestra". Lori has toured and recorded with many major recording artists and performers. She brings her unique experiences in music, musical theater, and character voices to the floor during her wonderful performances. Located at Sprout Music Collective, 130 E Prescott Alley. See ticket information.

Uptown Entertainment AllianceUPTOWN!'s NEW YEAR'S EVE GRAND OPENING GALA
Saturday, December 31, 2016 | 8pm-1am
Uptown!’s New Year’s Eve Grand Opening Gala, The Celebration of the Century, will showcase the restoration of the historic Armory building at 226 N. High Street. This once in a lifetime event will feature what has been dubbed the most entertaining party/dance band in the land, the New Street HEAT; the party will additionally spotlight some of Uptown!’s future in house programming throughout the building. Guests will be invited to wander from space to space to experience the restoration while enjoying food by John Serock Catering, wine, beer, signature cocktails, midnight champagne, and dessert. See ticket information.

RuddigoreTHE GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY presents RUDDIGORE
January 26-29, 2017 | Time TBD
Ruddigore, or "The Witch's Curse" is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert. It was the 10th collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan, and is considered to be a parody of the stock melodrama. Located at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, 817 S High St. See more information.

PlanetariumWCU PLANETARIUM presents MARS & VENUS: OUR PLANETARY NEIGHBORS
Friday, January 27, 2017 | 7pm
The WCU Department of Earth & Space Science proudly presents both live and prerecorded shows, as well as some special events, througout the academic year. All shows start at 7pm and run approximately one hour in length. Doors open at 6:30pm. The Planetarium is located in the Schmucker Science Center, on the corner of Church St. and Rosedale Ave. Reservations taken starting January 6. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the ticket office at 610-436-2266.

Jeffrey SiegelWCU LIVE presents KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS "FESTIVE FRENCH FARE"
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | 7:30pm
Jeffrey Siegel returns to WCU with a gorgeous feast of music to enchant the ears! His "Festive French Fare" program will include Debussy's beloved Clair de lune, Ravel's impressionistic The Fountain, and the poetic Nocturne of Gabriel Fauré. Located at Philips Autograph Library, 700 S High St. This is a FREE event. No tickets are required, however seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. See more information.

WCU LiveWCU LIVE presents CIRQUE ZUMA ZUMA
Friday, February 17, 2017 | 7:30pm
As seen on season 6 of America's Got Talent, Cirque Zuma Zuma packs every show with non-stop action and incredible features that keep audiences on the edges of their seats. Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

PlanetariumWCU PLANETARIUM presents A STAR IS BORN
Friday, February 24, 2017| 7pm
The WCU Department of Earth & Space Science proudly presents both live and prerecorded shows, as well as some special events, througout the academic year. All shows start at 7pm and run approximately one hour in length. Doors open at 6:30pm. The Planetarium is located in the Schmucker Science Center, on the corner of Church St. and Rosedale Ave. Reservations taken starting February 3. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the ticket office at 610-436-2266.

WCU LIVE presents COMMITTED
WCU LiveSaturday, February 25, 2017 | 7:30pm
Considered one of the nation's top ten acappella groups, Committed is frequently compared to groups like Take 6 and Boyz II Men. Committed made their breakthrough on NBC's The Sing-Off, from which they emerged as season 2 champions in 2010. Now with a 2016 Grammy nomination to boast, this five-man group from Alabama brings lush harmonies and an astoundingly varied repertoire on tour across the country. Located at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theater, 817 S High St. See ticket information.

Blithe SpiritWCU COLLEGE OF ARTS & HUMANITIES presents BLITHE SPIRIT
March 2 & 3, 2017 | 7:30pm
March 4, 2017 | 2pm & 7:30pm
March 5, 2017 | 2pm
The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from Noel Coward, the playwright of Private Lives, offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine who is haunted by the ghost of his late first wife. Will these blithe spirits haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity or will he find a way to rest in peace? Located at the Main Stage Theatre, E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E Rosedale Ave. See ticket information.

WCU LiveWCU LIVE presents THE DIVING HAND ENSEMBLE
Friday, March 3, 2017 | 7:30pm
The Divine Hand Ensemble plays with precision, elegance, and grace, mesmerizing audiences through the ethereal and emotional calm and mystery of the Theremin. Watch as Divina bends electricity with his hands and literally pulls beautiful music out of thin air. The Divine Hand Ensemble crosses all music boundaries through unique interpretations of movie scores, familiar popular songs, and classical and opera favorites. Located at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theater, 817 S High St. See ticket information.

WCU LiveWCU LIVE presents KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS with JEFFREY SIEGEL
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 7:30pm
Jeffrey Siegel returns to WCU with his gorgeous feast of music to enchant the ears! This lively salute to American composers will include the rarely heard solo piano version of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Excursions of the famous West Chester-born composer Samuel Barber, Gottschalk's virtuoso masterpiece The Union, MacDowell's tender To a Wild Rose, and Aaron Copland's rousing Hoe-Down from Rodeo and his humorous Cat and the Mouse. FREE event, no tickets required. Located at the Philips Autograph Library, 700 S High St. See more information.

Linda Ronstadt AN EVENING WITH LINDA RONSTADT
Friday, March 10, 2017 | 8pm
Grammy-winning musician Linda Ronstadt is arguably the most versatile vocalist of the modern era. She has broadened the latitudes of the pop singer, expanding her canvas to include country, rock and roll, big band, jazz, opera, Broadway standards, and Mexican and Afro-Cuban influences. This part interview, part presentation performance will reflect on Linda's career, as well as her thoughts on music. Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. Reserved seating. See ticket information.

WCU LIVE presents CALADH NUA
SWCU Liveaturday, March 11, 2017 | 7:30pm
Caladh Nua is a tightly-knit, vibrant, and staggeringly talented band with its origins deeply rooted in the southern counties of Ireland. Comprised of five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments, the band captures the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balances them with an innovative contemporary flair. Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

 

WCU LiveWCU LIVE presents MISSOULA CHILDREN'S THEATRE: TREASURE ISLAND
Saturday, March 18, 2017 | 3pm-5:30pm
The country's preeminent professional children's theatre company returns to WCU and will once again recruit more than fifty local children to stage an original musical adaptation. Approximately 50 roles are available for local students ages k-12th grade. No advance preparation or experience is necessary! Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See more information.

WCU PLANETARIUM presents A UNIVERSE OF GALAXIES
Friday, March 31, 2017 | 7pm
The WCU Department of Earth & Space Science proudly presents both live and prerecorded shows, Planetariumas well as some special events, througout the academic year. All shows start at 7pm and run approximately one hour in length. Doors open at 6:30pm. The Planetarium is located in the Schmucker Science Center, on the corner of Church St. and Rosedale Ave. Reservations taken starting March 10. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the ticket office at 610-436-2266.

West Chester Destination BraceletWCU LIVE presents HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE
Friday, March 31, 2017 | 7:30pm
Mixing the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip-hop, soul, and funk, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble creates an intoxicating and boisterous blend of music that is just barely contained. These seven brothers come from the south side of Chicago from an extrodinary musical family, and have performed at venues all across the world. Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

WCU COLLEGE OF ARTS & HUMANITIES presents STUDENT WRITTEN ONE ACTS
Friday, March 31, 2017 | 7:30pm
Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 2pm & 7:30pm
The Student Written One Acts is an evening of short plays penned by the Theatre 313 Playwriting Class at WCU. Come see plays reflecting issues and themes that resonate with college students. Students will serve as directors, designers, technicians, stage managers and actors. Located at the J. Peter Adler Studio Theatre, E. O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E Rosedale Ave. See ticket information.

WCU LIVE presents TAMAGAWA UNIVERSITY TAIKO DRUMMING & DAWCU LiveNCE TROUPE
Monday, April 10, 2017 | 7:30pm
Nearly 30 drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University in Japan make a return appearance for an athletic and graceful performance that includes thundering Taiko drumming and Japanese folkloric dance. Their amazing stage show has received rave reviews from the New York Times and other popular media. Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

The Honorable MaidWCU COLLEGE OF ARTS & HUMANITIES presents THE HONORABLE MAID
April 20 & 21, 2017 | 7:30pm
April 22, 2017 | 2pm & 7:30pm
April 23, 2017 | 2pm
Follow the plight of Bettina, a poor but honorable Venetian girl as she tries to find her way through this classic tale of love, mistaken identity, and sassy servants. First performed during the Venetian Carnival of 1749, it received the audiences' adoration and played for twenty-two nights. Told in the raucous physical style of the commedia dell'arte, this production is sure to please. Located at the Main Stage Theatre, E. O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E Rosedale Ave. See ticket information.

SerendipityWCU COLLEGE OF ARTS & HUMANITIES presents SERENDIPITY, A DANCE CONCERT
April 27 & 28, 2017 | 7:30pm
April 29, 2017 | 2pm & 7:30pm
University Dance Company's annual spring concert, Serendipity, celebrates the highly creative choreography of WCU students in a variety of styles. The concert also includes work by current WCU dance faculty. Located at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, 817 S High St. See ticket information.

WCU PLANETARIUM presents A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
Friday, April 28, 2017 | 7pmPlanetarium
The WCU Department of Earth & Space Science proudly presents both live and prerecorded shows, as well as some special events, througout the academic year. All shows start at 7pm and run approximately one hour in length. Doors open at 6:30pm. The Planetarium is located in the Schmucker Science Center, on the corner of Church St. and Rosedale Ave. Reservations taken starting April 7. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the ticket office at 610-436-2266.

West Chester Film Festival WEST CHESTER FILM FESTIVAL
April 28-30, 2017 | Times Vary
The 13th Annual West Chester International Short Film Festival will take place Friday, Apil 28th through Sunday, April 30th at various locations throughout town. See more information.

Gallery WalkGALLERY WALK
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 5pm-9pm
More than 30 artists display their work at galleries, shops, banks, and restaurants throughout downtown during Gallery Walk - most with new creations. No matter what your budget, you're sure to find a favorite. Presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the West Chester BID. Also, check out treasures of all kinds at the Vintage Garage Sale at the Chestnut Street Garage, from 5pm to 9pm.

WCU LiveWCU LIVE presents THE STUNT DOG EXPERIENCE
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 7:30pm
During Chris Perondi's "Stunt Dog Experience" you can expect to witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs such as air tricks, stunts, comedy antics, dancing, and athletic feats. On a mission to promote animal rescue, pet adoption, and responsible pet care, all of the dogs in the show have been rescued from pounds and shelters across the country. Located at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. See ticket information.

MAY DAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS at EVERHART PARK
Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 11am to 4pm

Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation, this day long celebration of the artsMay Day Arts Festival is held at Everhart Park, with approximately 45-60 booths selling high quality arts and crafts. Enjoy fresh food from local vendors all day long, as well as strolling magicians, mimes, jugglers, and local dance academy performances.

BRANDYWINE BALLET presents BEAUTY & THE BEAST
Brandywine BalletMay 19, 2017 | 10am
May 20, 2017 | 12pm and 4pm
May 21, 2017 | 2pm
Brandywine Ballet is proud to present an enchanting new version of the classic fairy tale, Beauty & The Beast, based on the original story by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. This is a tale of overcoming one's fears, vulnerability, love, and the lesson that beauty is so much more than skin deep. Located at the Emilie K Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S High St. Call the box office at 610-696-2711, or see online ticket information here.

SWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAYS
Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 6:30pm-9:30pmSwingin Summer Thursday
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers, dancers, and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Free-will donation. This event is produced by the West Chester Parks & Recreation Dept and sponsored by the West Chester BID. Parking information.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, June 2, 2017 | All day
Shops and boutiques are open late on the first Friday of every month to show off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware items. Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory...and don't forget to check out the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some great deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

Town ToursTOWN TOURS and VILLAGE WALKS
Thursday, June 8, 2017 | 5:30pm
The kick-off of the popular Town Tours & Village Walks occurs at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High Street, starting at 5:30pm with light refreshments and entertainment by the Lukens Band. Several guided tours will take place featuring places and homes in the Borough. It is FREE to the public and no pre-registration is required. Details at Landscapes2.org. See West Chester parking information.

Swingin Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAYS
Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers, dancers, and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Free-will donation. This event is produced by the West Chester Parks & Recreation Dept and sponsored by the West Chester BID. Parking information.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, July 7, 2017 | All day
Shops and boutiques are open late on the first Friday of every month to show off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware items. Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory...and don't forget to check out the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some great deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

Turks Head FestivalTURK'S HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL AT EVERHART PARK
Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 11am-8pm
The 34th annual day-long array of popular regional bands performing on two stages during The Turks Head Music Festival at Everhart Park. Over 70 food vendors and artisan booths. Free music and fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation. Rain date July 23. $5 all day parking.

Summer Sidewalk SaleSUMMER SIDEWALK SALE
Wednesday, July 19 - Sunday, July 23, 2017 | All Day
Stop by your favorite local participating retailers during this six-day event and take advantage of some of the best sales you'll see all season. Browse through the unique shops and experience a vast selection of accessories, apparel, gifts, home decor, specialty foods and more. It's the perfect opportunity to get some early holiday shopping done and (fingers crossed!) enjoy a week of non-stop perfect Sidewalk Shoppin' weather in beautiful Downtown West Chester. Visit our Facebook page for updated sales and promotions throughout the week.

FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, August 4, 2017 | All day
First FridayShops and boutiques are open late on the first Friday of every month to show off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware items. Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory...and don't forget to check out the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some great deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

IRON HILL TWILIGHT RACE SERIES
Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 4pm
West Chester transforms into a colorful street festival full of fun with lots of free activTwilight Race Seriesities for the entire family. The high point will be the professional bicycle race along with block parties, foot races, and kids games. Presented by the Greater Chamber of Commerce of West Chester. See details at GreaterWestChester.com.

WEST MARKET STREET BLOCK PARTY
Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 4pmMarket Street Block Party
There's more to the bike races than racing -- the West Market Street Block Party offers fun for the entire family starting at 4pm between Church & Darlington Streets. Face painting for kids, sidewalk art, great food and live music. FREE event. Free parking at the Justice Center Garage, 220 W Market St.

Swingin Summer ThursdaySWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAYS
Thursday, September 8, 2017 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bring the whole family downtown for Swingin' Summer Thursdays presenting great band entertainment, wonderful food, crafters, clowns, jugglers, dancers, and more. Gay Street is closed for this festival event. Free-will donation. This event is produced by the West Chester Parks & Recreation Dept and sponsored by the West Chester BID. See Parking information.

Budweiser ClydesdalesBUDWEISER CLYDESDALES
Friday, September 1, 2017 | 5pm-7pm
The Clydesdales are returning to deliver their favorite adult beverage to downtown West Chester! Restaurants and shops will be open late for First Friday, so browse through lots of great sales around town, grab a bite to eat, and then watch as the fuzzy-footed giants clippity-clop along gay and Market Streets. Also, check out treasures of all kinds -- vintage and new -- at the Vintage Market at the Chestnut Street Garage, 14 E Chestnut St, from 4pm to 8pm. Enjoy FREE parking at meters and metered lots after 5pm, or see other parking options.

PlanetariumWCU PLANETARIUM LIVE SHOW: WE ARE STAR STUFF
Friday, September 1, 2017 | 7pm
The WCU Department of Earth & Space Science proudly presents both live and prerecorded shows, as well as some special events, througout the academic year. All shows start at 7pm and run approximately one hour in length. Doors open at 6:30pm. The Planetarium is located in the Schmucker Science Center, on the corner of Church St. and Rosedale Ave. Reservations taken starting August 12. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the ticket office at 610-436-2266.

Festival of Gardens

SECRET GARDENS OF WEST CHESTER TOUR AND PLANT SALE
Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 10am-3pm
Enjoy a walking tour of 10+ privately owned gardens located in the South Walnut Street neighborhood of the borough of West Chester. This popular community event, which supports the Barclay Friends Horticulture Therapy Program, features local musicians and artists at many of the gardens, and is attended by more than 300 supporters and gardening enthusiasts each year. Make sure to also visit the plant sale in the upper parking lot at Barclay Friends between 12pm and 4pm. Located at 700 N. Franklin St. See ticket information.

Restaurant FestivalCHESTER COUNTY RESTAURANT FESTIVAL
Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 12pm-5:30pm
Get ready to stroll the streets of Downtown West Chester, taste food from over 65 participating restaurants, listen to music by local bands and shop with 110 artisan vendors at the annual Chester County Restaurant Festival presented by West Chester Parks and Recreation. The Chester County Restaurant Festival is free to attend; all food and beverages are pay-as-you-go. Parking is $5 at all municipal garages and free at the Justice Center Garage. See parking map. 

Chester County DayCHESTER COUNTY DAY
Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 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).

Gallery WalkGALLERY WALK
Friday, October 6, 2017 | 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.

Chili CookoffWEST CHESTER CHILI COOK-OFF
Sunday, October 8, 2017 | 10:30am-3:30pm
Come out and vote for your favorite chili in the 14th 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. Proceeds benefit local, national, and international philanthropies. See sign-up and sponsorship information here.

Preservation AwardsWEST CHESTER PRESERVATION AWARDS
Thursday, October 20, 2017 | 5:30pm
Join the celebration of historic preservation projects and programs, along with those who have contributed to West Chester's historic character and intergrity, at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N High St. Presented by the West Chester Downtown Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes community interest in the vitality, culture and livibility of the Borough of West chester through education, historic preservation, and collaboration. A light buffet will be served, along with beer and wine. See ticket information.

Halloween ParadeHALLOWEEN PARADE
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 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. Call the West Chester Parks and Recreation at 610-436-9010. See parking information.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, November 3, 2017 | All day
Shops and boutiques are open late on the first Friday of every month to show off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware items. Browse the in-store specials and enjoy complimentary refreshments while you explore the variety of unique items each shop has to offer. For store information and location, see the complete retail directory...and don't forget to check out the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some great deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber). Free parking at meters and in metered lots after 5pm.

Veterans DayVETERANS DAY PARADE
Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 2pm
Taking place in downtown along Gay Street with a ceremony at the Historic Courthouse, West Chester pays tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, but especially to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. The parade begins at 2pm at Henderson High School and proceeds to Gay Street. It travels west on Gay Street to High Street. Where to park.

West Chester RailroadWC RAILROAD FALL FOLIAGE EXPRESS
Sunday, November 12, 2017 | 12pm & 2pm
Enjoy a brisk fall afternoon along the West Chester Railroad's picturesque Chester Creek Valley from a heated train as they take you on a 90 minute journey back in time to the village of Glen Mills and return. Boarding location is at 230 E Market St. See ticket information.

Black FridayBLACK FRIDAY
November 24, 2017 | All Day
Why get mobbed at the malls when you can enjoy a fun day of shopping at unique boutiques where the shelves are packed with gifts for everyone on your list! Enjoy lunch with a friend or relax at a happy hour. FREE parking at the on-street meters and in metered lots. See additional parking information. For a list of our downtown retailers, see the complete retail directory.

Small Business SaturdaySMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
November 25, 2017 | All Day
It's the day for our community to support the small businesses owned by our friends and neighbors. Our family owned businesses have become the hallmark of downtown West Chester and give back to the community everyday and in so many ways. So Shop Small and support your favorite small business on Saturday. Remember, parking is FREE at meters and in metered lots until 5pm. See additional parking information. For a list of our downtown retailers, see the complete retail directory.

WEST CHESTER CHRISTMAS PARADE
Friday, December 1, 2017 | 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 details and list of events. Parking information.

Santa in West ChesterBREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 8:30am & 10:00am
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with Santa. Children get to sit with Santa, share their Christmas wish list, and take a photo (so don’t forget the camera). Note that booster seats/high chairs are not provided. At the Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High St. Reservations required, $16/person (2 years and over). Must pre-register; call 610-436-9010. See more at West Chester Parks & Recreation.

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