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Three Outdoor Ways to Experience West Chester’s Downtown

July 5, 2017

Summer is finally upon us! Instead of heading to the shore or Poconos, park it right here in West Chester for some outdoor fun.

The center of town, just blocks from your Chestnut Square apartment, is home to several outdoor events this month that let you enjoy the (hopefully) picture-perfect weather and the bustling retail and entrainment hubs downtown. Here are a few ways to take in the sights and sounds of West Chester in the summer air.


Swingin’ Summer Thursdays — Gay Street between High and Darlington, two blocks from your Chestnut Square apartment, will host the monthly Swingin’ Summer Thursday celebration July 6. The block party-like event returns the first Thursday of the month through Sept. 7 on different blocks of Gay Street. Live local bands and performers, food, artists and family-friendly activities like jugglers and magicians are spotlighted in this neighborhood favorite.


First Friday — While First Friday deals are found inside Downtown West Chester’s many shops and boutiques, the outside atmosphere is just as festive. As shoppers, art lovers and more weave in and out of the venues looking for deals, window shopping with throngs of your neighbors is half the fun. Many shops offer complimentary drinks and food, and restaurants with outdoor seating are also a great spot to stop and people-watch the First Friday crowd. Free parking at meters and lots is available after 5 p.m.


Summer Sidewalk Sale — From July 18-28, stores around town take it to the streets! Dozens of retailers will set up shop outside of their stores, offering deep discounts on clothing, jewelry, gifts and more. Instead of being cramped between racks and aisles, shoppers can enjoy the summer sun while checking out the deals and steals.


Swingin’ Summer Thursdays

6:30-9:30 p.m. July 6

Gay Street, between High and Darlington streets, West Chester, PA 19380



First Friday

All day July 7


Summer Sidewalk Sale

July 18-28