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 2019 events and their potential impacts.

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.

Historic Old Town North will once again be abuzz with fast paced racing action throughout the day, offering an extra challenge for racers as they face the Washington Street uphill climb - the “legbreaker” - on every lap of the circuit.

Grafelman Park will be full of family-friendly activities, including a kid’s bike clinic and a family bike parade, costumes encouraged (with prizes.) This year will see the event expanded to include a Restaurant and Entertainment Corridor downtown with live music and race-side dining.

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

For more information about the 2021 event, scheduled for Friday, July 16, please view the following PDFs and links:
West Dundee River Challenge Website
Intelligentsia Cup Website
West Dundee River Challenge 2021 Facebook Event
2021 Race Course Map
2021 Volunteer Signup
2021 Host Housing Opportunities

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

Heritage Fest

Heritage Fest-West Dundee
Village Hall

In mid-September (second weekend after Labor Day), the Village of West Dundee hosts 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 community is a-buzz with the addition of Craft & Antique Fairs, Classic Car Show, Baggo Tournament, Kids Activities, 5K Race 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.

West Dundee Halloween Party

In 2011, West Dundee resident Jill Harris proposed a fun, free family-focused Halloween Party for the West Dundee community. The event quickly became a favorite, with families from all around the Dundee community dressing up and converging on Grafelman Park on a Saturday in October each year.

Grafelman Park will be full of Halloween and Fall themed activities for kids of all ages, including a costumes parade and contest (with prizes), trunk or treat, games and more!

For more information about the 2021 event, scheduled for Saturday, October 30, please view the following PDFs and links:
West Dundee Halloween Party Facebook Page
West Dundee Halloween Party Facebook Event
Halloween House Decorating Contest Registration Form
Business Request Letter
Event Sponsorship Application
Trunk or Treat Application

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

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Dickens in Dundee & Toys for Tots Collection

This year's annual community holiday season kick-off event, Dickens in Dundee, will take place on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Popular activities such as Living Windows and the Spirit of Christmas Parade will return this year. Please stay tuned to our Dickens in Dundee Facebook event or the Dickens in Dundee website for details and updates.

Please click below for a copy of the Spirt of Christmas Parade application.

The West Dundee Police Dept is collecting new, unwrapped toy donations for Toys For Tots through Weds, December 8, 2021. Please consider a donation to help bring smiles to the faces of underprivileged children throughout Kane County this holiday season.

The Toys for Tots donation drop box in the WDPD Lobby is accessible 24/7 and monitored by video. If you have a large number of donations, please feel free to reach out to the WDPD in advance at 847-551-3810.


2020 Community Events & Impacts

Update September 30, 2020: The attached document has been updated to indicate events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 2020 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, primarily 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


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Dec 03


6:00PM - 10:00PM at Downtown East & West Dundee
Join us for Dundee's 34th annual Dickens in Dundee traditional holiday celebration!

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Dec 04


10:00AM - 3:00PM at Downtown East & West Dundee
Join us for Dundee's 34th annual Dickens in Dundee traditional holiday celebration!

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