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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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Oct 04

Oktoberfest at Tartans Crossing

3:00PM - 11:00PM at Tartans Crossing, Huntley Road
The businesses at Tartans Crossing Shopping Center, lcoated at 1947-1985 Huntley Road, welcome all to an Oktoberfest celebration, complete with raffles, kids games, live music and Oktoberfest beers, wine and food. An entry fee of $1 per person will be collected to benefit the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry.


Oct 10

Family Fun Night - Fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network

4:00PM - 7:00PM at Planet Chiropractic, 758 S. 8th Street
Planet Chiropractic & Health Solutions, located at 758 S. Eighth Street in West Dundee, invite you to Family Fun Night, a non-profit fundraiser for The Children's Miracle Network.

Visit the website

Oct 11

Fire Safety Day

11:00AM - 5:00PM at Spring Hill Mall
Join West Dundee, East Dundee, Carpentersville, and Rutland Dundee Fire Departments to learn about the importance of fire prevention. Demonstrations, pictures with firefighters, crafts, and more! Inside the Sears wing at Spring Hill Mall.


Oct 19

Oktoberfest at Carpenter Park

11:00AM - 5:00PM at
Championship Cyclocross bicycle racing and the Carpentersville's annual Oktoberfest Celebration will be held in Carpenter Park, October 19th.

Event includes bike racing, childrens' amusements, food vendors, beer garden, and musical entertainment. Bike races begin approximately 8:30 am, other events 11am-5pm.

Oct 25

Dundee Historical Society Program

11:00AM at The Depot, 319 N. River St, East Dundee
The museum will present special programs throughout the summer at the depot in East Dundee.

The tentative schedule includes:
May 10 - "The story of Ann Russell, Pioneer Woman"
June 7 - "The Life and Times of Jesse Oatman"
July 5th - "The Underground Railroad"
Aug 23 - “One Room School Houses”
Oct. 25 - “Burial Traditions and Superstitions”

All programs will be presented inside the depot at 11:00 a.m. Come shop the market, meet your neighbors and catch up on local history.


Oct 25

West Dundee Halloween Party

12:00PM - 3:30PM at Grafelman Park
The Grafelman Park Halloween Party will take place from Noon to 3:00 pm on Satuday, October 25, 2014 at Grafelman Park. There will be no entry fee, however food and/or monetary donations for FISH Food Pantry are strongly encouraged.

The event includes a costume contest, kids crafts, games, face painting, straw bale maze, hayrides, house decorating contest (popular judging), pumpkin carving contest (pre-carved) and more.

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