Come, Listen to the Music

Grab a blanket, a chair, a picnic lunch and enjoy some music in the park this Sunday.

Every year West Chester hosts its very own music festival, a local celebration of summer. The laid back festival has the feel of the another area. Maybe it’s all the tie-dye and crochet-embellished clothing for sale or maybe it’s concert’s organic beginnings – just a group of musicians and the friends that came to see them play – but there is something simple and nostalgic about the whole production. If you ignore the zip line.  

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Sun day. Local merchant displays this year’s festival poster.

What: Turks Head Music Festival

When: Sunday, July 15 11 am – 9 pm

Where: Everhart Park, West Chester

Who: 11 local and regional bands

Why: It’s Sunday in the summer, why not?

6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Turks Head Music Festival (and 3 you probably do)

  • At its peak in 1985 – it is estimated more than 10,000 people attended the festival.
  • The first unofficial concert was held on the lawn in Everhart Park on May 31, 1970. It is believed between 400-500 people attended.
  • In 1982 the semi-regular concert in the park became an official music festival run and regulated by the Park & Rec department.
  • The festival has long had a precarious relationship with residents around the park, many years racking up noise, traffic and parking complaints. (You can read the transcripts of past complaints to Borough Council here.)
  • In 1987 there was a petition to move the concert out of the park and out of the Borough to Farrell stadium and to charge a fee. Luckily that petition was quickly squashed.
  • Over the years the event has grown beyond bands adding food, retail and other entertainment. This year’s event will feature 11 bands, 60 vendors, a kids’ area and a mist tent.
  • And now fitness. Local Yoga Cafe will offer a free yoga class at 10 a.m.
  • There will be 11 acts on two stages. Find a complete list of this year’s bands here.
  • Nine of the bands hail from Chester County. One is traveling from New Jersey, another from New York.
  • The music festival is held on the fourth Sunday in July.

If you were looking for something with a little less direct sunlight – check out this open to everyone cool-down option.

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