The 35th Annual Chester County Restaurant Festival, downtown West Chester’s biggest street festival is bigger than ever this year with continued expansion along Gay AND Market Streets. New events include a pop up Farmers Market, live broadcast by QVC featuring In The Kitchen with David. All this with more than 65 restaurants, 110 arts & crafts vendors, 3 stage areas for live music, and the Church Street Café where patrons can sit and relax with a pint of refreshing brew. The event is free to attend and will be held on September 21st from Noon until 5:30PM. See more information by visiting Chestercountyrestaurantfestival.com.
Visit Longwood Gardens this Saturday, August 30 at 8:15pm for a special Fireworks & Fountain Show! The entire family will enjoy Longwood Gardens’ breathtaking event, the lavish fireworks, stirring music and colorful illuminated fountains make for an unforgettable night.
Guests can arrive to reserve a space in the gardens viewing area after 3pm and are encouraged to bring a lightweight folding chair. Also, there are rental chairs available while supplies last for $5 each. Be sure not to miss this spectacular end of Summer celebration, Tickets are on sale now at http://www.longwoodgardens.org.
Treat Dad and the entire family to a relaxing afternoon at Paradocx vineyard and winery! Enjoy Paradocx wine tastings paired with a delicious Father’s Day lunch catered by Natalie’s Fine Food Truck. The event will take place on June 15th from 12:00-6:00PM; Reservations required. For more information visit www.paradocx.com or click here.
Below are some awesome events happening in and around West Chester this Mother’s Day weekend, enjoy!
CCHS Duplicate Book Sale | Saturday, May 10, 2014: The Chester County Historical Society’s Duplicate Book Sale features over 500 books. Topics include history, genealogy, poetry, and biographies that were accumulated at CCHS over the years. These published volumes are duplicates or are of general interest and not used by other patrons. Prices start as low as $1. For more information click here.
Willowdale Steeplechase | Sunday, May 11, 2014: The Willowdale Steeplechase is a family-friendly event enjoyed by over 10,000 spectators who spend the day watching world-class steeplechase racing. This non-profit organization benefits the following charities: The Stroud Water Research Center, The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine New Bolton Center and Quest Therapeutic Services, Inc. For more information click here.
Tish Boutique Mother’s Day Sip & Shop | Sunday, May 11, 2014: Celebrate Moms this year at Tish Boutique for Sipping and Shopping! Pop a Tish balloon to reveal the discount off your entire purchase. Plus, enjoy a terrific gift with purchases for everyone. Include brunch at one of the many fabulous restaurants in downtown to enjoy an entire day together. In store sales to celebrate shopping for Mother’s Day begins Thursday, May 8th through Mother’s Day!
Chester County Running Store 5K for Mother’s Day| Sunday, May 11, 2014: The Chester County Running Store hosts the female only 5K run/walk to celebrate Moms this year. All proceeds go to support Mommy’s Light, a program to support those who have lost their moms. Make this special race an annual tradition and collect the event’s awesome Pink Tech TShirts! Visit the event on Facebook here.
Longwood Gardens recently released the lineup for their much anticipated Summer Performance Series and tickets are on-sale now! Join Longwood Gardens as they celebrate 100 years of arts! Classical, jazz, rock-n-roll, indie-pop, folk, bluegrass, and more summer sounds await in the bucolic setting of the gardens. The Summer Performance Series includes both free and ticketed concerts in the most beautiful outdoor settings. Many performances will sell out quickly, so act fast to purchase tickets! Longwood Gardens also has many options for dining before a show. To learn more about Longwood Gardens Summer Concert Series click here or visit Longwoodgardens.org.
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 works. No matter what your budget, you’re sure to find a favorite. The Gallery Walk in Downtown West Chester will take place on May 2, 2014 from 5pm to 9pm. The event is presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the West Chester BID. For more information visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com.
Hop on board the West Chester Railroad and take a 90-minute round trip from downtown West Chester to historic Glen Mills Station along the beautiful Chester Creek. The train departs at both noon and 2pm. The Easter Bunny will be on board handing out treats to all passengers. Also, Greg Wright and Friends will be playing live music, singing all of your favorite Easter songs; they take song requests so don’t be shy! Make sure not to forget your camera because there will be plenty of opportunities for a photo with the Easter Bunny! See ticket information at WestChesterRR.com.
Join West Chester Parks & Recreation for the best egg hunt around at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12 at Everhart Park. The event is free to attend, just bring a bag or basket to collect some of the 4,00o eggs that will be filled with toys, candy, chocolate, gold dollars and more!
Following the egg hunt, meet up at Side Bar (10 E. Gay Street) at noon for a fantastic lunch with the Easter Bunny himself! Lunch is $12 per person for ages 2 and up. Registration is necessary and can be made by calling West Chester Parks & Recreation at (610)436-9010. For more information on the event visit www.west-chester.com.
Looking to escape the cold winter weather? Lucky for you West Chester University is hosting a number of awesome concerts at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre right on campus! For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://www.wcupa.edu or click here.
- Winter Choral Festival | Wednesday, February 26, 2014: West Chester University presents the Winter Choral Festival featuring the Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, and Cantari Donne. Performance begins at 8:15pm at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre and is free to attend.
- Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus | Saturday, March 1, 2014: WCU Live! presents the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, a community united around the performance of creative and challenging music that entertains, inspires, and affirms with a spirit of friendship and hope. The show is entitledWhen I Knew. 7:30pm at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. Ticketed event. Details at WCU.com.
- The West Chester University Mastersingers | Sunday, March 2, 2014: The West Chester University Mastersingers, under the direction of Ryan Kelly, presents the exemplar oratorio Jephte by mid-17th Century composer Giacomo Carissimi. Multiple soloists, six-part chorus, and orchestra make this a dynamic musical telling from the Old Testament Book of Judges. Performance begins at 3:00pm at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. Free.
- Cokie Roberts | Friday, March 7, 2014: The President’s Speakers Series at West Chester University presents An Evening with Cokie Roberts. Ms. Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys and induction into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. At Emilie K. Asplunde Hall, Philips Memorial Buildingstarting at 8pm. Tickets available at tickets.wcupa.edu.
To most people, there’s classical; then there’s jazz; and then there’s funk. But to the revolutionary music group Black Violin, they’re just the ingredients. Black Violin, made up of classically trained instrumentalists Kev Marcus (violin) and Wil B. (viola), is redefining the music world by combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound. It has revolutionized a new category of classical music with influences ranging from Bach to Jay-Z. Simply said, Black Violin is breaking the rules and taking the music industry by storm. They will be performing on this Saturday, February 15th at 7:30pm in the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building. Reserved seating is recommended, see ticket information at WCU Live!