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 2017 events and their potential impacts.

Heritage Fest

Heritage Fest-West Dundee
Village Hall

Heritage Fest-East Dundee
Erin Weingart

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
Erin Weingart

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

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.

The next West Dundee River Challenge will take place on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Stay tuned for more information.

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

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

For more information, please view the following PDFs and links:
Intelligentsia Cup Website
2017 Race Course Map
2017 Sponsorship Packet
2017 Host Housing Opportunities + Local Feeback
2017 Volunteer Course Marshal Sign-Up

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 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. 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 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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Upcoming Events

The VFW Post 2298 Memorial Day Parade and Program will take place this Sunday, May 28 beginning at 2:00 pm. Click below for more information and other upcoming events on the Community Calendar.

The Village of East Dundee has also kicked off their summer events, including the weekly Depot Market, Motor Mondays and Lunch in the Park.

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2017 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 2017 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


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Jun 09

Concert in the Park (Grafelman Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at
Performer: China Grove

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.


Jul 04

Sleepy Hollow 4th of July Celebration

8:00AM - 10:00PM at Sabatino Park, Sleepy Hollow
The local 4th of July celebration takes place in Sleepy Hollow each year, with a full day of events, including a fun run, fishing derby, car show, games, entertainment, parade, food & beverage options, pie eating contest, baggo, and of course fireworks.

Click the link below for more information.

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Jul 07

Concert in the Park (Grafelman Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at
Performer: The B-Side 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.


Jul 15

Fest on the Fox

11:00AM - 6:00PM at OTTO Engineering parking lot, Carpentersville
The Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce brings back the Northern Kane Fest on the Fox on Saturday, July 15, 11am-6pm, at the northeast parking lot of Otto Engineering. The event will include live music, area food and business vendors, a beer garden, local artists and other family activities. Click below for more information.

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Jul 19

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 19, with races lasting 30 to 90 minutes from 10 am and until about 8 pm. The course, expanded from last year's event, 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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