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
2021 Host Housing Opportunities


Concerts In the Park

Concerts In The Park
Dundee Township Park District

dtpd.org

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 www.dtpd.org.


Dickens In Dundee

Dickens-West Dundee
Village Hall
villagehall@wdundee.org

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.


Heritage Fest

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

wdundeeheritagefest.org

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 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.

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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 villagehall@wdundee.org.

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Fri
Jun 18
2021

Concert in the Park (Lions Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at Lions Park, East Dundee
Performer - The StingRays

Location - Lions Park, Aldis Avenue near Route 68 (Penny Avenue), East Dundee

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

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

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Sat
Jun 26
2021

Concert & Fireworks in the Park (Meadowdale Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at Meadowdale Park, Carpentersville
Performer - Shout Out

Location - Meadowdale Park / Shopping Center, L.W. Besinger Drive near Ball Avenue, Carpentersville

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

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

See the below flyer for more details, including rain date.

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Fri
Jul 09
2021

Concert in the Park (Grafelman)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at Grafelman Park
Performer - Ethan Bell Band

Location - Grafelman Park, corner of Fifth and Main Streets, West Dundee

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.

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Fri
Jul 16
2021

Intelligentsia Cup Bicycle Racing Series / West Dundee River Challenge

10:00AM - 8:00PM at Old Town North
West Dundee will host the opening day of the Intelligentsia Cup cycling series, one of the largest of its kind nationwide. The day will feature top riders speeding through historic Old Town North, plus expanded activities including a Restaurant and Entertainment Corridor with live music and race-side dining. Grafelman Park will be full of family-friendly activities, including a kid's bike clinic and a family bike parade, costumes encouraged (with prizes.)

The West Dundee River Challenge will take place throughout the day on Friday, July 16, 2021, 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.

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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Fri
Jul 16
2021

Concert in the Park (Lions Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at Lions Park, East Dundee
Performer - 3 If By Air

Location - Lions Park, Aldis Avenue near Route 68 (Penny Avenue), East Dundee

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

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

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Fri
Jul 23
2021

Concert in the Park (Carpenter Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at Carpenter Park, Carpentersville
Performer - Zydeco Voodoo

Location - Carpenter Park, 275 Maple Avenue, Carpentersville

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

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

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