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Notice of Public Hearing to consider the re-authorization and 5 Year Plan of the West Chester Business Improvement District Authority

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.

Philadelphia Museum of Art InsideOut ExhibitPHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART 'INSIDE OUT' EXHIBIT
Through Mid-November 2015 | Various Locations
Encounter art in unexpected places this fall in West Chester. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is sharing high-quality replicas of museum masterpieces now on display within the Borough of West Chester during its Inside Out public art exhibit. Thirteen artworks have been placed within walking distance of each other around the Borough. See the location and details of each of the art works.

Clydesdale HorsesBUDWEISER CLYDESDALES -- FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, September 4, 2015 | 6pm-8pm | Downtown West Chester
With the popularity of last year's visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales, it's a natural that they are coming back to downtown West Chester to participate in First Friday. Watch this historic event in downtown West Chester as the fuzzy-footed giants clippity-clop along Gay and Market Streets from 6pm to 8pm. It starts at Gay and Matlack Streets, proceeds west to Darlington, then south to Market, then east to Walnut Street. See details including where to park.

And don't forget to stop by the shops and boutiques to check what's new and what's cool. West Chester Vintage Market at the Chestnut Street Garage from 4-9pm.

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.

Richard Kogan with BeethovenMUSIC, MOOD SWINGS & MADNESS at WCU
Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 7:30pm
West Chester University College of Visual & Performing Arts presents Dr. Richard Kogan telling vivid stories of composers who suffered mental problems, while illustrating the composer's work by performing excerpts from their compositions. Composers such as Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Beethoven, and others are explored and given insights into their creative minds. At Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Ticketed event.

WCU Planetarium ShowPLANETARIUM SHOW at WCU
Friday, September 11, 2015 | 7pm
West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy presents Pluto Revealed at the University Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center, located on South Church Street between University Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Show starts at 7pm and runs approximately 1-hour. Reservations required. Call the ticket office at 610-436-2266. See more information at WCU Public Planetarium Shows.

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.

Eddie BruceEDDIE BRUCE & THE TOM ADAMS TRIO
Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 6pm
Uptown! Entertainment Alliance presents Eddie Bruce, one of the nation's foremost interpreters of the music of Tony Bennett, with the Tom Adams Trio. Starting at 6pm in the Ballroom at the Westside; 430 Hannum Avenue. Food and beverages available. Details and tickets at Eventbrite.

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.

PhillyBlocoPHILLYBLOCO at WCU
Saturday, September 26, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents PhillyBloco, Brazilian music to shake your body & soul, so be prepared to dance! Modeled after the blocos of Rio de Janeiro with their large percussion sections and harmonic/vocal accompaniment, you'll experience the power of twelve drummers, electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals, horn section, accordion, and Brazilian dancers. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event. See details at TicketLeap.com.

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.

Chester County DayCHESTER COUNTY DAY
Saturday, October 3, 2015 | 10am-5pm, Rain or Shine
The longest running house tour event in the country, Chester County Day has been opening doors to Chester County's old and interesting houses, gardens and historic landmarks to visitors since 1936. This year, the tour will focus on the Borough of West Chester. Ticketed event.  Benefits the Women's Auxiliary Pledge to Chester County Hospital.

Melton CenterMELTON CENTER GALA
Saturday, October 10, 2015 | 6pm–10pm
The Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center, 501 E Miner St, will be Honoring Our Past and Embracing Our Future at their 2015 Gala. Auction, great food, drinks, and music. Proceeds benefit the Melton Center’s tireless work toward providing educational, cultural and recreational programs to the West Chester community. Ticketed event. More at MeltonCenter.org.

Chester County Art AssociationN.C. WYETH EXHIBIT at CCAA
October 10-18, 2015 | Daily: 9am-8pm; Sunday: 11am-8pm
The Chester County Art Association (100 N Bradford Ave at Gay St) presents The Founders Exhibition featuring 17 large and rarely seen oil paintings by renowned artist and CCAA's 1931 founding father, N.C. Wyeth. It includes 16 rarely viewed illustrations of poems by American poets plus a rare display of Wyeth's famous The Giant. Throughout the week, there will be lectures by Victoria Wyeth, Mary Uhl Brooks, and others. Ticketed event, call 610-696-3648 for details.

West Chester Chili Cook-off WEST 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.

Ululele OrchestraUNITED KINGDOM UKULELE ORCHESTRA at WCU
Friday, October 16, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents the perfect blend of British comedy and great music with the theme I Got Uke Babe performed by an orchestra of eight, each playing on what has been best described as newly-hatched baby guitars. Directed by Peter Moss. 7:30pm at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event. Details at WCU.com.

Jeffrey SiegelKEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS with JEFFREY SIEGEL
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel who will demonstrate the power and passion of Beethoven featuring his famous Appassionata and Moonlight Sonatas. Philips Autograph Library, Philips Memorial Building, 700 South High Street. No tickets are required. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.

Preservation AwardsHISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS at CCHS
Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 5:30pm
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).

Dan RatherDAN RATHER at WCU
Friday, November 6, 2015 | 8pm
For more than 40 years, former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent Dan Rather has been the embodiment of the intrepid broadcast journalist. West Chester University - Cultural Affairs present Mr. Rather who will speak with the authority, experience, and perspective on world events and the defense of journalism. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event. See details.

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.

WCU Planetarium ShowPLANETARIUM SHOW at WCU
Friday, November 13, 2015 | 7pm
West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy presents Andromeda: Our Galaxy Neighbor at the University Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center, located on South Church Street between University Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Show starts at 7pm and runs approximately 1-hour. Reservations taken starting October 23. Call the ticket office at 610-436-2266. See more information at WCU Public Planetarium Shows.

Soul Sounds of PhillyORIGINAL SOUL SOUNDS of PHILLY at WCU
Saturday, November 14, 2015 | 7:30pm
Uptown Entertainment Alliance and WCU Cultural Affairs present Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the New Stylistics, with William Hart & the Delfonics, bringing the Motown of the North to West Chester. 7:30pm at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event. See details at TicketLeap.com.

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.

Story PiratesSTORY PIRATES at WCU
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 2:00 pm
WCU Live! presents Story Pirates, performing an entire show made up on the spot from audience suggestions. But entertainment is not all that they're about. The ensemble is part of a nationally respected education and media organization celebrating the words and ideas of young people. At Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre Performing Arts Center starting at 2:00pm. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com.

WCU Planetarium ShowPLANETARIUM SHOW at WCU
Friday, December 11, 2015 | 7pm
West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy presents So You Want To Buy A Star... at the University Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center, located on South Church Street between University Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Show starts at 7pm and runs approximately 1-hour. Reservations taken starting November 20. Call the ticket office at 610-436-2266. See more information at WCU Public Planetarium Shows.

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.

WCU Planetarium ShowPLANETARIUM SHOW at WCU
Friday, January 22, 2016 | 7pm
West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy presents Once In A Blue Moon at the University Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center, located on South Church Street between University Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Show starts at 7pm and runs approximately 1-hour. Reservations taken starting January 4. Call the ticket office at 610-436-2266. See more information at WCU Public Planetarium Shows.

FLYFLY DANCE COMPANY at WCU
Friday, February 12, 2016 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents FLY Dance Company, an experience of street dance coupled with classical choreographic principles. 7:30pm at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event. See details at WCU.com.

WCU Planetarium ShowPLANETARIUM SHOW at WCU
Friday, February 19, 2016 | 7pm
West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy presents Killer Rocks From Outer Space at the University Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center, located on South Church Street between University Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Show starts at 7pm and runs approximately 1-hour. Reservations taken starting January 29. Call the ticket office at 610-436-2266. See more information at WCU Public Planetarium Shows.

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance TheaterENSEMBLE ESPANOL SPANISH DANCE THEATER at WCU
Friday, February 26, 2016 | 7:30pm
WCU Live!  presents the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater in a performance that shares the rich traditions of the dance, music, literature, and culture of Spain. Interpretations of Spanish folk-styles and the power of Flamenco are featured. 7:30pm at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event. See details at WCU.com.

Brian ConwayBRIAN CONWAY at WCU
Friday, March 4, 2016 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents Brian Conway with Mary Courtney, Brendan Dolan, and John Whelan. The group is back by popular demand for an evening premier Irish-American, Sligo-style fiddle music performed with skill and force. At Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre Performing Arts Center starting at 7:30pm. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

James Carville & Mary MatalinJAMES CARVILLE & MARY MATALIN at WCU
Friday, March 11, 2016 | 8:00pm
West Chester University - Cultural Affairs present James "The Ragin' Cajun" Carville and Mary Matalin, the celebrated American conservative, as they discuss their second joint memoir, Love and War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event. See details.

WCU Planetarium ShowPLANETARIUM SHOW at WCU
Friday, March 18, 2016 | 7pm
West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy presents Other Earths at the University Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center, located on South Church Street between University Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Show starts at 7pm and runs approximately 1-hour. Reservations taken starting February 26. Call the ticket office at 610-436-2266. See more information at WCU Public Planetarium Shows.

WCU Live Popovich Comedy Pet TheaterPOPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER at WCU
Friday, April 1, 2016 | 7:30 pm
WCU Live! presents the world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and his performing pets each rescued from the streets. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

Taiko DrummingTAIKO DRUMMING & DANCE TROUPE at WCU
Saturday, April 2, 2016 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! once again welcomes the top-ranking Taiko drummers and Japanese folkloric dancers from Tamagawa University, Japan, as they make a return appearance to West Chester University. The athletic and graceful performances have received rave reviews from national media including the New York Times. 7:30pm at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event. See details at WCU.com.

Missoula Children's TheatreMISSOULA CHILDREN'S THEATRE presents PETER AND WENDY
Saturday, April 9, 2016 | 3:00pm & 5:30pm
WCU Live! once again welcomes the Missoula Children's Theatre presenting a favorite story from every child’s bookcase--the adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy Darling in Neverland. See Tiger Lily and the Neverlanders, Captain Hook and the pirates, the totally lost boys and the Neverland creatures come to life. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event. Details at WCU.com.

WCU Planetarium ShowPLANETARIUM SHOW at WCU
Friday, April 15, 2016 | 7pm
West Chester University Department of Geology & Astronomy presents Jupiter: King of the Planets at the University Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center, located on South Church Street between University Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Show starts at 7pm and runs approximately 1-hour. Reservations taken starting March 25. Call the ticket office at 610-436-2266. See more information at WCU Public Planetarium Shows.

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).

Iron Hill Twilight Race SeriesIRON HILL TWILIGHT RACE SERIES
Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 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. Presented by the Greater Chamber of Commerce of West Chester. Plus, there's the . . .

Market Street Block PartyWEST MARKET STREET BLOCK PARTY
Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 4pm
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.

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