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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

Heritage Fest-East Dundee
Karen Blair

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

Dickens-East Dundee
Karen Blair

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

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

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

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

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Halloween Party - Thank You!

On behalf of the Halloween Party Committee and the Village of West Dundee, we would like to thank the many volunteers, participants and sponsors that helped make this weekend's Halloween Party a great success.

Click below for a list of sponsors who contributed to the event. Please show your thanks by supporting the businesses and organizations that support our community.

BIG THANKS go to the Halloween Party Committee itself! Without their dedication, enthusiasm and community spirit this fantastic event would not exist.


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Nov 01

Jacobs H.S. Performing Arts Boosters 2nd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair

9:00AM - 4:00PM at H.D. Jacobs High School, 2601 Bunker Hill Road, Algonquin
Over 98 arts & crafts vendors will present their unique wares for sale at this event benefitting Jacobs High School's Performing Arts programs.

Nov 02

Historical Program-The Lincoln Train

2:00PM at Dundee Township Historical Museum, 426 Highland Ave
Sunday, November 2nd at 2 pm the Dundee Township Historical Society welcomes William Werst, Executive Director of the The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train. After President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, his body and that of his son Willie were returned to Illinois for burial in Springfield. The United States was a private railroad car for the President and was the equivalent of what we know today as Air Force One. The car was converted to serve as the funeral car. A group of very dedicated people have been working to recreate the funeral car and its 12 day journey from Washington D.C. to Illinois. The program will consist of the history of the Lincoln Train, the plans and progress of the recreation of the funeral car and its commemorative route beginning April 21, 2015-150 years to the day from when the original train started for Illinois in 1865.

This presentation at the Historical Society museum is open to the public. The museum is located at 426 Highland Ave. in West Dundee, 847-428-6996. There is no admission fee. Donations are appreciated.

Dec 05

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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Dec 06

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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