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.

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

Festivities also include a Kids Fun Race, food and beverage sales, and a free concert in the park.

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

For more information about the 2019 event, scheduled for Wednesday, July 24, please view the following PDFs and links:
Intelligentsia Cup Website
West Dundee River Challenge 2019 Facebook Event
2019 Race Course Map
2019 Volunteer Signup
2019 Kids & Family Activities
2019 Host Housing Opportunities + Local Feeback


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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2019 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 2019 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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Sat
Mar 14
2020

ST. PATRICK'S DAY Parade and Big Wheel Race

St. Patrick's Day is a big deal in the Dundees!

Click the links below for more information:

St. Patrick's Day Parade (Water St/Barrington Ave/River St - ED) - www.dundeestpats.com

Emmett's Adult Big Wheel Race (Washington St - WD) - Emmett's Big Wheel Race Facebook page or Emmett's Brewing Company's website

Please also note that a fireworks display is typically scheduled to take place over the Fox River the following weekend. Visit www.dundeestpats.com for more information.

Sat
May 16
2020

Backyard Garden Club Plant Sale

9:00AM - 11:30AM at Grafelman Park
The annual Backyard Garden Club Plant Sale will take place in Grafelman Park, at the corner of Fifth and Main. The proceeds from the plant sale fund an annual scholarship, available to a student residing in District 300 who is pursuing a career in horticulture, environmental studies or related fields.

Sun
May 24
2020

VFW Memorial Day Parade & Program

2:00PM - 3:00PM at Main Street, ending at Grafelman Park
The annual Memorial Day Parade and Program is organized by the Tri-Cities VFW Post 2298 in West Dundee.

The parade steps off at Van Buren Street in East Dundee at 2:00 pm and progresses westward to Grafelman Park in West Dundee.

A program remembering fallen service men and women will follow in the gazebo at Grafelman Park.

Please contact Ken & Bobbie Andresen at wardin98@aol.com to sign up to participate in the parade.

Fri
Jun 12
2020

Concert in the Park (Grafelman Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at Grafelman Park
Performer: (to be announced)

Location: Grafelman Park, Fifth St and Main St, 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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Wed
Jun 17
2020

ECC Concert Band Performance (Grafelman Park)

7:00PM at Grafelman Park
Enjoy a free open-air concert by the ECC Concert Band at Grafelman Park.

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Rakow Center Adult Activities Center at 665 Barrington Avenue, Carpentersville. For more information, call (847) 551-4307.


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