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The Village of West Dundee organizes and sponsors several events for the community each year, from family events and volunteer opportunities to the highly anticipated annual 3-day Heritage Fest.


Heritage Fest

Heritage Fest-West Dundee
Village Hall
villagehall@wdundee.org

Heritage Fest-East Dundee
Karen Blair
kblair@eastdundee.net

www.wdundeeheritagefest.org

In mid-September (second weekend after Labor Day), the Villages of East and West Dundee host a highly anticipated 3-day community celebration to close out the summer with a bang! Our annual Heritage Fest offers a little something for everyone with no cost for admission.

Friday night features heart-pounding live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display, along with mouth-watering food and beverage options. Continuing into Saturday and Sunday, the both communitites are a-buzz with the addition of Craft & Antique Fairs, Classic Car Show, Baggo Tournament, Chili Cook-Off, Kids Activities, Carnival and more.

For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.wdundeeheritagefest.org.

Heritage Fest is made possible by the generous donations of local and national businesses, who recognize the value of the festival not only as a community event, but as a powerful marketing tool. Additional business partners are always welcome. Volunteers are also sought to assist in festival operations. Please visit www.wdundeeheritagefest.org for details.


Dickens In Dundee

Dickens-West Dundee
Village Hall
villagehall@wdundee.org

Dickens-East Dundee
Karen Blair
kblair@eastdundee.net

www.dickensindundee.org

In the tradition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, each year during the first weekend of December (second weekend after Thanksgiving) downtown East and West Dundee come to life in a Victorian Christmas celebration with small town atmosphere.

The weekend kicks off with tree lighting ceremonies, hot cocoa, a visit from Santa and live portrayals of Christmas scenes in the merchant windows along Main Street. Saturday begins with the cornerstone event: the Spirit of Christmas Parade. Other popular events include Gingerbread House Making, Festival of Trees, Santa's Petting Zoo and, Christmas tree sales by the Dundee Lions Club in Grafelman Park.

For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.dickensindundee.org.


National Night Out

The Village of West Dundee no longer hosts a National Night Out event. Take a look at our neighboring community of Carpentersville for an NNO event.


Earth Day, Every Day Community Gardening Project

Earth Day, Every Day
Village Hall
villagehall@wdundee.org

In celebration of a continuing commitment to the Earth Day movement's goal - to create change through small steps that add up to a large collective action - the Village of West Dundee sponsors volunteer community gardening days in April, June and August. Each event focuses on maintenance and beautification of a specific area of the public landscape.

This initiative would not be possible without many dedicated community volunteers. Individuals, families and groups are all welcome to participate. Business sponsors are also sought to help defray the costs of plant material and other supplies. For more information or to pledge your participation, please contact Village Hall.


Concerts & Movies In the Park

Concerts In The Park
Dundee Township Park District
www.dtpd.org

Each summer, the Dundee Township Park District puts on a series of live music concerts followed by a big screen movie in the Dundee area parks, providing free fun entertainment for residents of all ages.

Grafelman Park in West Dundee plays host to several such events during the month of July, with locations in East Dundee and Carpentersville during June and August (weather permitting). The Lions Club will be on hand with hot dogs, popcorn and more, with the proceeds used for service programs in our community. Bring your family and friends for dinner, fresh air, entertainment and community spirit!

For a complete schedule of events organized by the Park District, visit www.dtpd.org.

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West Dundee Halloween Party

The annual West Dundee Halloween Party will take place on October 25 from 12-3 pm at Grafelman Park, and is open to all area residents. Entry fee for the event will be a canned or boxed food donation for the FISH Food Pantry.

Activities will include arts and crafts projects, pumpkin decorating, many games, a hay bale maze, hay wagon rides, costume contest, costume parade, dancing, photo opportunities, scavenger hunt and professional face painting. There will be prizes donated by local businesses that will be awarded for many of the games and contests. Free apple cider and donuts will be served by the Lions Club.

A few new activities have been added this year to keep the event fresh and fun:

- This year, the party will kick off with a Trick or Trot Fun Run/walk through the streets of West Dundee and ending at the Park. Watch for registration forms coming soon.

- Bring your best pre carved pumpkin to be judged in our new pumpkin carving contest!

- "Trunk or Treat" contestants will decorate their car trunks for a prize and the kids will be allowed to "Trunk or Treat" at each car! See below for a registration form.

- The hay ride has been expanded to include a 3rd tractor and larger route. We are excited to bring back the House Decorating Contest along the hay ride route, with votes cast and winners chosen by the hay ride participants.

Volunteers are needed to work the day of the event. Please contact Jill Harris at topher11071991@yahoo.com to donate your time to this fun community event.

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Sat
Oct 25
2014

Dundee Historical Society Program

11:00AM at The Depot, 319 N. River St, East Dundee
The museum will present special programs throughout the summer at the depot in East Dundee.

The tentative schedule includes:
May 10 - "The story of Ann Russell, Pioneer Woman"
June 7 - "The Life and Times of Jesse Oatman"
July 5th - "The Underground Railroad"
Aug 23 - “One Room School Houses”
Oct. 25 - “Burial Traditions and Superstitions”

All programs will be presented inside the depot at 11:00 a.m. Come shop the market, meet your neighbors and catch up on local history.

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Sat
Oct 25
2014

West Dundee Halloween Party

12:00PM - 3:30PM at Grafelman Park, 5th & Main
The Grafelman Park Halloween Party will take place from Noon to 3:00 pm on Satuday, October 25, 2014 at Grafelman Park. There will be no entry fee, however food and/or monetary donations for FISH Food Pantry are strongly encouraged.

The event includes a costume contest, kids crafts, games, face painting, straw bale maze, hayrides, house decorating contest (popular judging), pumpkin carving contest (pre-carved) and more.

Sun
Oct 26
2014

Allegiance Color Guard Pancake Breakfast

8:00AM - 12:00PM at VFW Post, 117 S. First Street
Allegiance Youth Color Guard of Dundee will be holding their fourth annual Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale Fundraiser at VFW Post 2298, 117 South First Street in West Dundee on Sunday, October 26th from 8am-Noon. Tickets are $5 each and they will be available for purchase at the door (children 3 & under eat for FREE)! Delicious bake sale items and raffle tickets for exciting door prizes will also be available for purchase. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help the group offset performance expenses and allow them to compete this winter. For more information please call (847) 409-4182 or e-mail: director@allegianceyouth.org. Website: www.allegianceyouth.org

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Fri
Dec 05
2014

Dickens in Dundee

6:00PM - 10:00PM at Downtown and Grafelman Park, with additional locations in East Dundee
Join us for Dundee's 27th annual Dickens in Dundee traditional holiday celebration!

Click below for a complete history and schedule of events.

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Sat
Dec 06
2014

Dickens in Dundee

10:00AM - 4:00PM at Downtown and Grafelman Park, with additional locations in East Dundee
Join us for Dundee's 27th annual Dickens in Dundee traditional holiday celebration!

Click below for a complete history and schedule of events.

Visit the website


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