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 2018 events and their potential impacts.


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.


Earth Day, Every Day Community Gardening Project

Earth Day, Every Day
Becky Gillam
rgillam@wdundee.org

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 a volunteer community gardening day in April, with the potential for additional events in 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.


Heritage Fest

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

wdundeeheritagefest.org

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 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.


West Dundee Farm To Table Community Dinner

Questions or Tickets:
Village Hall
villagehall@wdundee.org

In 2018, West Dundee will host its second Farm To Table Community Dinner at Grafelman Park on Sunday, August 26 from 5-8pm.

The Farm to Table Community Dinner will begin with a social hour before sitting down to enjoy a community meal together. This one-of-a-kind meal features fresh, local ingredients expertly prepared by local chefs and served in a festive atmosphere. Stay tuned for a complete menu.

Registration is required for this event. Stay tuned for more information.


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 directly to all addresses on the course in regards to impacts and parking arrangements.

For more information about the 2018 event, scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, please view the following PDFs and links:
Intelligentsia Cup Website
2018 Race Course Map
2018 Volunteer Signup
2018 Host Housing Opportunities + Local Feeback

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2018 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 2018 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 villagehall@wdundee.org.

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Dundee Township Historical Society News

The Dundee Township Historical Society is open from March through December, Weds & Sun 2:00-4:00pm, or by appointment.

Opening day is Sunday, March 11, 2018. A special program, titled "Wings of War", will be presented by local WWI historian Don Alesi at 2pm.

Click below for a copy of the DTHS Annual Newsletter, which provides information about 2018 programs.

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Sat
Oct 20
2018

West Dundee Halloween Party

12:00PM - 3:30PM at Grafelman Park
The Grafelman Park Halloween Party is a family event held annually at Grafelman Park. There is no entry fee, however food and/or monetary donations for FISH Food Pantry are strongly encouraged.

The Halloween Party 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. For more information, click the link below.

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Wed
Oct 31
2018

Trick-or-Treat Hours

3:00PM - 7:00PM at Throughout the community

Fri
Nov 30
2018

DICKENS IN DUNDEE

6:00PM - 10:00PM at Downtown East & West Dundee
Join us for Dundee's 31st annual Dickens in Dundee traditional holiday celebration!

Visit www.dickensindundee.org (link below) for more information.

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Sat
Dec 01
2018

DICKENS IN DUNDEE

10:00AM - 3:00PM at Downtown East & West Dundee
Join us for Dundee's 31st annual Dickens in Dundee traditional holiday celebration!

Visit www.dickensindundee.org (link below) for more information.

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