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 2017 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.

The next West Dundee River Challenge will take place on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

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

Additional activites include:
- A Kids Fun Race at 6:15 (click 2017 Kids Fun Race Info below for details)
- A Concert in the Park featuring Gasoline Alley from 8:00-9:30pm
- Food and beverages available from Emmett's Brewing Co. from 4:30-9:30 pm.

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

For more information, please view the following PDFs and links:
Intelligentsia Cup Website
2017 Race Course Map
2017 Sponsorship Packet
2017 Host Housing Opportunities + Local Feeback
2017 Volunteer Course Marshal Sign-Up
2017 Kids Fun Race Info
2017 Event Overview Flyer


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.


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.


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.

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Concerts in the Park 2017

Numerous Concerts in the Park are scheduled for the Dundee area this summer. Come on out to enjoy free live music for the entire family!

Locations:
GP = Grafelman Park, corner of 5th & Main St (Rte 72), West Dundee
LP = Lions Park, 570 Penny Rd (Rte 68), East Dundee
MP = Meadowdale Park, Besinger & Maple Ave, Carpentersville
ROP = Randall Oaks Park, 1180 N. Randall Rd, West Dundee

Dates / Bands:
Fri, June 9 @ GP, 7:00-8:30 pm - China Grove
Fri, June 16 @ LP, 7:00-8:30 pm - 8-Track
Sat, June 24 @ MP, 7:30 pm Concert - HiFi Superstars - 9:30 pm Fireworks
Fri, July 7 @ GP, 7:00-8:30 pm - The B-Side Band
Tue, July 11 @ GP, 7:00 pm - ECC Concert Band*
Fri, July 14 @ LP, 7:00-8:30 pm - Cadillac Groove
Tues, July 18 @ ROP, 7:00 pm - ECC Concert Band*
Wed, July 19 @ GP, 8:00-9:30 pm - Gasoline Alley**
Fri, July 21 @ GP, 7:00-8:30 pm - Shout Out
Fri, July 28 @ LP, 7:00-8:30 pm - Semple
Fri, August 4 @ GP, 7:00-8:30 pm - Wild Daisy

Click the PDF below for additional details about the Friday night Concerts. The Dundee Township Lions Club will be in attendance at the Friday night concerts with food and beverages to purchase. All proceeds from these sales benefit the Lions' charitable efforts in the community.

*ECC Concert Band performances, in the event of rain, will be moved to the Rakow Center Adult Activities Center at 665 Barrington Avenue, Carpentersville.

**Gasoline Alley is a 50s/60s cover band, performing in conjunction with the Intelligentsia Cup bike racing event After Party. For more information about this event, visit http://www.wdundee.org/?page=events. Food and beverages will also be available to purchase from Emmett's Brewing Company.

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2017 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 2017 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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Fri
Aug 04
2017

Concert in the Park (Grafelman Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at
Performer: Wild Daisy

Location: Grafelman Park, Main Street and 5th Street

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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Fri
Aug 18
2017

Rock The Fox Music Fest

5:00PM - 11:00PM at Carpenter Park, Carpentersville
This 3 day festival, sponsored by the International Order of Odd Fellows of Carpentersville, takes place at Carpenter Park, along Maple Avenue between Lord Ave and Carpenter Blvd in Old Town Carpentersville.

The event features live entertainment, food vendors, craft vendors, a beer garden, a carnival and a car show on Sunday. Click below for more information.

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Sat
Aug 19
2017

Rock The Fox Music Fest

12:00PM - 11:00PM at Carpenter Park, Carpentersville
This 3 day festival, sponsored by the International Order of Odd Fellows of Carpentersville, takes place at Carpenter Park, along Maple Avenue between Lord Ave and Carpenter Blvd in Old Town Carpentersville.

The event features live entertainment, food vendors, craft vendors, a beer garden, a carnival and a car show on Sunday. Click below for more information.

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Sun
Aug 20
2017

Rock The Fox Music Fest

12:00PM - 6:00PM at Carpenter Park, Carpentersville
This 3 day festival, sponsored by the International Order of Odd Fellows of Carpentersville, takes place at Carpenter Park, along Maple Avenue between Lord Ave and Carpenter Blvd in Old Town Carpentersville.

The event features live entertainment, food vendors, craft vendors, a beer garden, a carnival and a car show on Sunday. Click below for more information.

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Sun
Aug 27
2017

Farm to Table Community Dinner

5:00PM - 7:00PM at Grafelman Park
What could be better than a catered, sustainably sourced dinner in the park with friends and neighbors?

West Dundee's first Farm to Table Community Dinner will be held on August 27th in Grafelman Park, featuring locally-sourced and prepared fresh meat and seasonal produce. The late Sunday afternoon event will begin with a social hour before sitting down to enjoy an elegant meal together.

The cost will be $75/person for appetizers, drink, salad, main course and dessert. Tickets will go on sale August 1st at Village Hall and are limited to a total of 100 guests.

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