Community Events

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. Click here for an overview of 2018 events and their potential impacts.

West Dundee Farm To Table Community Dinner

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In 2018, West Dundee will host its second Farm To Table Community Dinner at Grafelman Park on Sunday, August 26 from 5-8pm.

The Farm to Table Community Dinner will begin with a social hour before sitting down to enjoy a community meal together. This one-of-a-kind meal features fresh, local ingredients expertly prepared by local chefs and served in a festive atmosphere. Stay tuned for a complete menu.

Registration is required for this event. Stay tuned for more information.

Heritage Fest

Heritage Fest-West Dundee
Village Hall

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

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 for details.

Dickens In Dundee

Dickens-West Dundee
Village Hall

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

Earth Day, Every Day Community Gardening Project

Earth Day, Every Day
Becky Gillam

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 a volunteer community gardening day in April, with the potential for additional events in 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. Plant donations are also welcome throughout the year. Please think of us as you divide or remove healthy plants from your landscaping. Click here for a list of desired flowering plants and grasses. For more information, please contact us.

Concerts In the Park

Concerts In The Park
Dundee Township Park District

Each summer, the Dundee Township Park District, in conjunction with the Villages of West Dundee, East Dundee and Carpentersville, puts on a series of concerts in area parks, providing free fun entertainment for residents of all ages.

Grafelman Park in West Dundee and Lions Park in East Dundee play host to several such events during the months of June, July and August, with a concert and fireworks display at Meadowdale Park in Carpentersville at the end of June. This is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends for dinner, fresh air, entertainment and community spirit!

For a complete schedule of events organized by the Park District, visit

West Dundee River Challenge (Intelligentsia Cup Cycling Series)

In 2016, West Dundee became a host city for the Intelligentsia Cup, a 10-day bicycle road racing event for amateur and professional cyclists which takes place in mid-July each year.

During the event, the northern section of Old Town is abuzz with fast paced racing action throughout the day, offering an extra challenge for racers as they face the Washington Street uphill climb on every lap of the circuit.

Festivities also include a Kids Fun Race, food and beverage sales, and a free concert in the park.

Additional information will be provided directly to all addresses on the course in regards to impacts and parking arrangements.

For more information about the 2018 event, scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, please view the following PDFs and links:
Intelligentsia Cup Website
2018 Race Course Map
2018 Host Housing Opportunities + Local Feeback

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2018 Community Events Schedule & Impacts

Throughout the year, the Village of West Dundee facilitates and/or organizes a variety of events. The purpose of these events is to provide free family-friendly entertainment close to home, foster community engagement, and encourage additional tourism and commercial activity.

The 2018 Community Events Schedule & Impacts, listing the dates and details for this year's community events, is now available (click the PDF below).

This overview details events which occur on public property within the commercial and residential neighborhoods surrounding the Downtown / Old Town area, and which may impact residents, businesses and visitors to varying degrees. While this information is subject to change, this overview represents the expectations of the Village at this time.

Should you have any questions or concerns, or are interested in volunteering to assist with community events, please feel free to contact us at 847-551-3800 or


Dundee Township Historical Society News

The Dundee Township Historical Society is open from March through December, Weds & Sun 2:00-4:00pm, or by appointment.

Opening day is Sunday, March 11, 2018. A special program, titled "Wings of War", will be presented by local WWI historian Don Alesi at 2pm.

Click below for a copy of the DTHS Annual Newsletter, which provides information about 2018 programs.


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Jul 17

ECC Concert Band Performance

7:00PM at Randall Oaks Park
Enjoy a free open-air concert by the ECC Concert Band at Randall Oaks Park, in the front shelter.

In the event of rain, the concert may be moved to the Rakow Center Adult Activities Center at 665 Barrington Avenue, Carpentersville. For more information, call (847) 551-4307.

Jul 20

Concert in the Park (Grafelman Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at Grafelman Park, Fifth & Main
Performer: Saturday June Band

Location: Grafelman Park, Main Street and 5th Street

Co-sponsored by the Dundee Township Park District and the Village of West Dundee

Food and beverage options provided by the Dundee Lions Club to raise funds for local charitable efforts.

Playing an eclectic mix of the 60’s through current songs and featuring Jami Dawn one of Chicago’s top vocalists, this band will have something for everyone!


Jul 25

Intelligentsia Cup Bicycle Racing Series

10:00AM - 8:00PM at Old Town North
West Dundee will host 1 of 8 stops in the Intelligentisia Cup cycling series, one of the largest of its kind nationwide.

The West Dundee River Challenge will take place throughout the day on Weds, July 25, with races lasting 30 to 90 minutes from 10 am and until about 8 pm. The course will be within the Old Town residential neighborhood on the north side of Route 72 (see course map linked below). Stay tuned for more details.

A corresponding community event will take place in the evening at Grafelman Park, with live music from Gasoline Alley and food and beverage sales available from Emmett's Brewing Company.

The Village recognizes that residents, businesses and vehicle traffic in and around the course area will be significantly impacted on the day of the race, and is working closely with the race organizers to ensure that this impact is minimized. While drive-up access to impacted properties will be restricted, pedestrian access will be facilitated continually throughout the day. Details about parking and access will be provided to those directly impacted as they are finalized.

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Jul 29

Woofstock - HWM Animal Rescue Benefit

1:00PM - 5:00PM at The Chubby Bullfrog, 1494 Spring Hill Ring Road
6th Annual Hoofstock, benefitting Hoof Woof & Meow Animal Rescue, has moved to The Chubby Bullfrog this year. Click below for details.

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Aug 05

A Tribute to Purple Heart Recipients

11:00AM - 4:00PM at Randall Oaks Park, 750 Randall Road
In celebration of Purple Heart Day, True Patriots Care is inviting Purple Heart recipients and their families to enjoy a day of BBQ and beverages. RSVP online by July 29 at the below link, or contact Jerry Christopherson for more information at 847-460-2467.

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