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.

Concerts In the Park

Concerts In The Park
Dundee Township Park District

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

Dickens In Dundee

Dickens-West Dundee
Village Hall

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

Heritage Fest

Heritage Fest-West Dundee
Village Hall

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

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.

West Dundee Farm To Table Community Dinner

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Village Hall

The West Dundee Farm To Table Community Dinner takes place on a Sunday evening in late August. Tickets for the event typically go on sale in late July or early August, and are limited to the first 100 ticket purchasers.

The Farm to Table Community Dinner begins 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 to the Village of West Dundee's Facebook page 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 2019 event, scheduled for Wednesday, July 24, please view the following PDFs and links:
Intelligentsia Cup Website
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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


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May 26

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 to sign up to participate in the parade.

Jun 08

BBQ & Brews Fest

1:00PM - 9:00PM at LifeZone360 Parking Lot, 999 W. Main St.
Dundee Township Rotary Foundation is hosting their 2nd annual BBQ & Brews, featuring Emmett's craft beer, Dukes BBQ, pizza and more, as well as entertainment by Mason Rivers and 7th Heaven.

This family friendly event will take place in the parking lot of LifeZone360, at 999 W Main Street, from 1:00-9:00pm. Entry fee is $5.00 for adults, kids are free.

Proceeds will be used for charitable endeavors of the Dundee Township Rotary Foundation, which include college scholarships.

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Jun 14

Concert in the Park (Grafelman Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at Grafelman Park
Performer: Roots Rock Society

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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Jun 20

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.

Jul 04

The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals is coming to West Dundee July 4-7, at Randall Oaks Park. It will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public.

The Wall That Heals is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, which honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War. It bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

The Wall That Heals presentation in West Dundee is presented by American Legion Post 679 and True Patriots Care.

For more information, including a schedule of events, volunteer sign-up or to help raise funds to for this effort through a donation or the purchase a Commemorative Coin (also available at West Dundee Village Hall), visit (link below).

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