UPDATED 6/1/2021

Special Event Applications (SEAs) are currently being accepted by the Borough of West Chester. We will continue to monitor, and adhere to, all mandates set forth by the PA Dept. of Health.  

Any questions pertaining to SEAs can be directed to Keith A. Kurowski, Director of Parks and Recreation at

You can complete a SEA form here.

The Borough of West Chester Parks and Recreation Department host a variety of family fun events year round. Check out our event for full details on each event.

ALl events/dates are tentative pending Covid-19 regulations and restrictions based upon the PA Dept. of Health and Center for Disease Control protocols. 

May Day Festival of the Arts
May Day Celebration is a daylong celebration of the arts held at Everhart Park. Approximately 45 to 60 artists set up booths throughout the park to sell their high quality arts and crafts. This festival also includes entertainment, artisan demonstrations, an outdoor art show and delicious food for visitors to enjoy all day. Festival attendance 2,500+

West Chester Al Fresco
The Swingin’ Summer Thursday Series is an evening of live music on the streets of Downtown West Chester. It is held the first Thursday in June, July, August, and September.  Each Swingin’ Summer Thursday has a musical genre theme and two bands are selected to perform.  Local food vendors, information booths, and local artisan booths are spread out among two blocks of Downtown West Chester. Festival attendance ranges from 2,500 to 3,500.

As of Monday March 15th, 2021, vendors (crafters, non-crafters, non-profits, and food will be able to apply and pay for the Turks Head Music Festival spaces. Spaces are limited and the event is tentative. Use our online software here:

Turks Head Music Festival ***NEW DATE***
September 19, 2021 (rain date September 26th) 12pm - 8pm
A daylong celebration of local music held at Everhart Park. Approximately 50+ artists and vendors set up booths throughout the park to sell their high quality arts and crafts. There will be at least 5 food truck/stand providing high quality delights for patrons to purchase. Throughout the day, the two stages will feature eight local bands performing different genres of music.  Festival attendance is approx. 5,000 throughout the day.   

Touch A Truck Day
August 8, 2021   12pm - 4pm
Touch a Truck Day is a family friendly event, held at the Chester County Government Services Complex on Westtown Rd.,  that allows children of all ages to explore the vehicles that fascinate them. This hands on event gives children the opportunity to see, touch, interact with and learn about dozens of vehicles. Festival attendance 2,000+

Applications for the Chester County Restaurant Festival coming soon to our online site here:

Chester County Restaurant Festival    CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS 
The Chester County Restaurant Festival is the biggest festival of the year. This foodie event is full of entertainment, information booths, local artisans, and tons of delicious food from around Chester County. Local Chester County food vendors and restaurants take over Downtown West Chester serving up some of their delicious, gourmet, ethnic, and unique restaurant favorites.  Our Beer and Wine Garden is a great place to stop and enjoy your food and a beverages. There are three stage areas with bands performing throughout the day. This is our largest event of the year with tens of thousands of patrons attending.

Annual Halloween Parade  

***NEW INFO*** Annual West Chester Halloween Parade - Oct. 27, 2021 (rain date Oct. 28) in downtown West Chester. The parade is BACK ON!!! Parade starts at 7pm at the corner of Market St. and Church St. and winds around the downtown area.  We will start taking group (scout groups, school groups, local businesses, etc.) registrations info coming SOON, stay tuned. This includes "floats" as well. You must use our online registration system here: . If you don't already have an account, you will need to sign up for one prior to registering.  

***NEW INFO***Breakfast with Santa 
Saturday December 4th at 10am at the Chester County History Center 225 N. High St. 

Registration will start on AUGUST 12th. YOU MUST PRE REGISTRER AND PAY on our site in order to attend. We will not be accepting walk ups.
Families come together to enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, provided by Arianna's Catering, and meet with Santa. Children get to sit with Santa to share their Christmas wish lists, take photos, and receive a goody bag with special items inside. Seats are limited to the first 90 to register. 

Easter Egg Scramble Drive Thru 
April 3, 2021 11am (please pre-register here:
A twist on our Annual Egg Hunt, this event will be very similar to our "Drive Thru Trunk or Treat" we organized back in Oct. 2020. Several volunteer groups will have "Easterized" stations in the Municipal Bldg. rear parking lot. Parents drive thru the parking lot and our awesome volunteers will hand out eggs and goodies. Contactless, safe, Covid protocol compliant...we want to give the kids a little something to look forward to this year. 

If you are interested in joining us by sponsorship, donating goodies, volunteering your time, please contact the Parks and Recreation Director for more info.  There will be thousands of  eggs filled with candy and toys as well as a chance to win prizes.

Bark in the Park
You and your best fur friend friend are welcomed to Hoopes Park to enjoy a day filled to with K9 demonstrations, treats for you and your dog, vendors, and more! Be sure to check our social media for updated information about our pet contests.