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.

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

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
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 & 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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Feb 21

Coffee with a Cop

1:00PM - 2:00PM at Spring Hill Mall Barnes & Noble
On February 21, 2017, officers from the West Dundee Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss concerns and build relationships over a cup of coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event will begin at 1pm at Barnes & Noble, at Spring Hill Mall.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity to ask questions and get to know the officers who work in your neighborhood. There will be no agenda or presentation, simply conversation.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to build lasting connections with the communities that they serve.


Feb 25

Try Hockey for Free

12:00PM - 1:40PM at Leafs Hockey Centre
This event is designed to provide kids between the ages of 4 to 9 a completely free experience to try youth hockey. No previous skating or hockey experience is required. If your child has wanted to try, here is your perfect chance!
Saturday, February 25th 12:00 to 1:40pm
Register online at:
or call Sergei Vahmistrovs, Leafs Hockey Director at 847-844-8700

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Mar 11

ST. PATRICK'S DAY Parade and Big Wheel Race

8:30AM - 11:00PM at Downtown East & West Dundee
St. Patrick's Day is a big deal in the Dundees!

Below please find a list of known St. Patrick's Day activities going on Saturday, March 11. Click the link below for more information:

8:30 am -
Kilted 5K & Fun Run (Bike Path - ED)

Pre-Parade Activities at the Grandstand (River St - ED)

11:00 am -
St. Patrick's Day Parade (Water St/Barrington Ave/River St - ED)

1:00 pm -
Emmett's Adult Big Wheel Race (Washington St - WD)

Live Entertainment at Emmett's (128 W Main - WD)

Please also note that a fireworks display is scheduled to take place over the Fox River on Friday, March 17 at 7:30 pm. See calendar or below links for details.

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Mar 17


7:30PM - 8:00PM at Downtown East & West Dundee
A fireworks display is scheduled to take place over the Fox River on Friday, March 17 at 7:30 pm to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. See the link below for details.

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May 13

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.

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