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Events Coming Up in Downtown West Chester

THE LUKENS BAND at MARSHALL SQUARE PARK | Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Friends of West Chester Parks & Recreation continue the Marshall Square Park Summer Concert Series starting at 6:30pm. Free for the entire family. Featured are sounds of The Lukens Band. Bring blankets or chairs and enjoy a community picnic. For more information click here.

COMMUNITY DAY at the MELTON CENTER | Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center (501 East Miner St) presents Community Day from 10am to 8pm. Family activities include a scavenger hunt, live music, food, championship basketball, and a dessert competition. Click here for more information.

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Hops and Helicopters Craft Beer Tasting

This Friday, July 26, join the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester for a beer and wine tasting event! Enjoy food and beverages from Box Car Brewing Co., Kennett Brewing, LuLu Food Truck, Dia Doce cupcake truck, and more. Fiorenza Dowlin, a three-piece band, will be playing tunes from the 80’s, 90’s, as well as top 40 music. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. You can purchase tickets online by clicking here or by visiting www.americanhelicopter.museum.

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West Chester Story Slam

“Into The Wild” is the theme of the next West Chester Story Slam, which takes place at Side Bar & Restaurant on Tuesday, June 11. According to West Chester Story Slam’s website:

The word “wild” is key here. Sure, we would like to hear stories about the plains of the Serengeti, the peaks of Kilimanjaro, and the base camp in Nepal, so bring your favorite outdoorsman story with you. These stories could be about survival, beauty, or solitude. Stories about self discovery. The term “wild” can also be used in other situations that occur closer to home. Did you find yourself in the thick of a potential protest or riot? Perhaps you visited a frat house where the party got a bit out of hand?

The event is sure to bring joy and laughter with the storytelling beginning at 8:00PM. Limited seating is available, so please reserve your seats online by clicking here. Last month’s event sold out so don’t wait get your tickets today!

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Swingin’ Summer Thursdays

This Thursday come downtown to enjoy Swingin’ Summer Thursdays! The event brings great bands, great food, crafters, clowns, jugglers and more to downtown starting at 6:30pm. Did we mention it’s free for the whole family! Also, both the Black Bird Society Orchestra and Victory Jazz Orchestra will be on hand playing the Blues between High & Darlington streets. Swingin’ Summer Thursdays is produced by the West Chester Parks & Recreation Dept and sponsored by the West Chester BID. For more information visit Downtownwestchester.com or click here.

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What’s Coming up in March?

March is right around the corner, do you know what that means? We’re that much closer to the warm weather Spring and Summer has to over! Also, this March Downtown West Chester has a ton of exciting events in store for everyone!


Brian Conway, 1986 senior all-Ireland champion on fiddle; Billy McComiskey, winner of seven all-Ireland button accordion championships; and keyboardist Brendan Dolan will present an evening of traditional Irish music at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. Ticket information at theDepartment of Cultural & Community Affairs.


Jack and the Beanstalk and other Orchestra Favorites are performed at the Annual Children’s Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo presented by the Kennett Symphony. Performance at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University. Tickets: $5. See details atKennettSymphony.org.

POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATRE | March 15, 2013 | 7:30pm

The world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre offers a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich with the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs were rescued from animal shelters, given loving care, and taught to show-off onstage. Performance at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Ticket information at the Department of Cultural & Community Affairs.

  • See the upcoming events at The Note, West Chester’s premier music venue.

BROADWAY’S NEXT HIT MUSICAL | March 22, 2013 | 7:30pm

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised musical comedy — and it’s all funny! The New York Timescalls Broadway’s Next Hit Musical “Hilarious.” But don’t take their word for it. Come see theater’s best improvisers use song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The next great American musical will be written in West Chester at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Ticket information at the Department of Cultural & Community Affairs.



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Pay WC Parking Tickets Online!

If you visit West Chester regularly I’m sure you have most likely received a parking ticket and know how annoying it can be to trek down to the borough offices or mail in the fines. Lucky for us the West Chester Borough recently unveiled (back in December) a new feature that allows people to pay their parking tickets online on the borough’s website!

In order to pay a parking ticket, simply go to the borough’s website and click the blue “Parking Fine Payments” button on the right side of the screen or simply click here to be directed. The service requires that you enter your e-mail address as well as your citation number or license plate number. Let’s face it, no one likes getting a parking ticket, but it happens. At least now we can pay the parking violations from the conviance of our homes. To learn how to avoid getting a parking violation in Downtown West Chester check out this awesome video explaining the best places to park in WC!


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West Chester Restaurant Week is Coming | May 19th-27th

Block off your calendar from May 19 until May 27 for an 8 day celebration of culinary magic! Downtown West Chester will become even more of a lively area, as restaurants extend an extra welcoming hand to passerby’s and locals, offering special multi-course, fixed-price menues for lunch and/or dinner. Chefs all around the block are pulling out the stops for West Chester Restaurant Week so now is the time, more than ever, for diners to experience some place new or get reacquainted with an old favorite. A complete list of participating downtown restaurants is mentioned HERE. Pick a favorite and enjoy!


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Up on the Roof | June 2, 2012

This year will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Up On The Roof event, taking place on the rooftop of the Chestnut Street Garage on Saturday, June 2, 2012, from 7pm – 11pm. It is fitting that Darcie Goldberg is this year’s Honorary Chairperson, since Darcie helped kick-off the first event ten years ago!

Enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars with the great sounds of the Donny Syracuse Band, A Taste of West Chester, featuring appetizers from West Chester’s best restaurants, and desserts by Cakes and Candies by Maryellen. Complimentary bar will feature beer, wine, and the always-popular, Rooftop Martini!  Dressy casual is the recommended attire and because it’s located at the Borough’s biggest and newest garage, there is plenty of parking. We look forward to seeing you … Up on the Roof! 

$75 per person in advance:

  • Check — payable to WCDF, PO Box 3109, West Chester, PA 19381
  • PayPal — see below, through Wednesday, May 30th
  • At the door — $90 per person (limited number available)

(The value of goods and services provided is $50 per ticket, i.e. $25 peradvance ticket is tax deductible)

Please call Elizabeth McGuire at 610-738-3350 for additional information.

This event is a joint fund-raising effort between the West Chester Downtown Foundation and the West Chester Business Improvement District (BID) to promote the beautification of downtown West Chester. For more information visit http://www.westchesterbid.com or click here.


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Downtown Events Coming in December!


  • West Chester celebrates Old-Fashioned Christmas with a four-day event! Friday’s festivities include the arrival of Santa in the Holiday Parade and the Community Tree lighting in front of the Courthouse on Friday evening. The celebration features more than forty activities including guided walking tours of the historic downtown area and performances by a wide variety of musicians from gospel choirs to quartets.


  • The new West Chester University Baroque Ensemble, under the direction of Sylvia Ahramjian, is performing at the Chester County Historical Societyon Saturday, December 3 at 3pm. It will feature Christmas concertos by Vivaldi, Corelli, and other composers of the Baroque period. For more information click here


  • To add to the spirit of the season, the West Chester Downtown Foundation is sponsoring Strolling Carolers on the second and third weekends of December. Enjoy the carolers at various locations in downtown on Friday evenings, December 9 & 16, 6-8pm; and Saturday afternoons December 10-17, 1 to 3pm.


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West Chester Story Slam Tonight

Old book bindings at the Merton College library.

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If you haven’t been to a West Chester’s “Story Slam,”  you might assume that it’s rife with the kind get-down-and-dirty, bare-all happenings found in many small-time comedy clubs – a kind of mud wrestling for the literary set. Tonight’s Story Slam, which is the final one before the best of the lot compete for the “Grand Slam” in November, is likely to have one shocking story among the evening’s line-up.  That goes with the territory. Still, the point of Story Slam is not necessarily standing before an audience and baring one’s soul.  It’s the act of creating, often on the spot, a cohesive narrative that the audience may (or may not) deem great story-telling.

The West Chester Story Slam

Where:  Ryan’s Pub. 124 W. Gay St. West Chester, PA 19380

Date: Tonight, October 11, 2011

Time: Begins at 8 p.m. Come early for the best seats.

Features:  Open to all people – both spectators and story-tellers. All stories have a time limit and must follow this month’s theme: celebrity sightings. As the web site describes it, “come on out and tell your story about a brush with greatness.” Tonight’s Slam is also the last chance to see who will go onto the final November Grand Slam.


Phone: 610-344-3934



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