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Annual West Chester Festival Features Music, Food, Fun

July 12, 2017

Music lovers of all stripes will head out in West Chester this month for a long-running festival promising fun, sun and some awesome sounds.

The Turks Head Musical Festival returns July 16 to Everhart Park, about a mile from your Chestnut Square apartment. This marks the festival’s 35th year, so organizers are planning to pack a lot of punch into the event to celebrate the anniversary.

Eleven bands will perform on two stages during the daylong festival. The event is truly a local, grassroots festival: All of the performers hail from the region, meaning locals have the chance to see their favorite hometown musicians up close and personally, and the bands have the opportunity to build up their local fan bases.

The lineup is designed to satisfy all musical tastes, with each band representing a different genre, including bluegrass, rock, hip-hop, folk and even Turkish rock. While visitors listen to the tunes, they can browse the offerings of more than 70 vendors, who will offer artisan crafts, information on local resources, food and more. Families are encouraged to bring along the kiddos, who can enjoy a play area featuring moon bounces and a zip line.

As the festival is held smack-dab in the middle of the summer, there’s a good chance temps will be soaring the day of the festival. To contend with the potential heat, organizers set up a misting tent that festival-goers can duck into to cool off.

The best part? It’s all free!

So grab your crew, a blanket and your sunglasses and head out to experience a beloved West Chester tradition!


Turks Head Music Festival

Noon-8 p.m. July 16



Everhart Park

501 W. Union St.

West Chester, PA 19382