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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, Dickens & Earth Day, Every Day
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Concerts in the Park
Dundee Township Park District

Heritage Fest

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 a Battle of the Bands, heart-pounding live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display, along with mouth-watering food and beverage options. Continuing into Saturday and Sunday, the entire festival grounds are a-buzz with the addition of Craft & Antique Fairs, Classic Car Show, Baggo Tournament, Chili Cook-Off, Kids Activities 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

In the tradition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, each year during the first weekend of December (second weekend after Thanksgiving) downtown West Dundee comes 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

Regrettably, the Village of West Dundee is no longer able to host a National Night Out event. We hope to bring back this popular annual activity in the future.

For more information, contact the West Dundee Police Department.

Earth Day, Every Day Community Gardening Project

In celebration of a continuing committment 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 section of the downtown and Riverwalk landscape beds.

This inititive 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. For more information or to pledge your participation, please contact Village Hall.

Concerts & Movies In the Park

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 Carpentersville 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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Andres Bike Park Grant Competition

CAMBR, the Chicago Area Mountain Bike Riders' organization, in partnership with the Village of Carpentersville, has been building a mountain bike trail network in Andres Park in Carpentersville.

The organization is a finalist for a $100,000 trail building project grant funded by Bell Helmets. This "finalist" designation recognizes the Andres' park volunteer effort in already building an excellent mountain bike trail and skill building area. However, a great amount of work remains and obtaining the Bell Helmets grant will go a long way in helping this effort.

The Bell Helmets grant is based on competitive voting, and competition is formidable. Voting will take place between April 21 and May 4. Please visit for more information and a direct link to the voting site. Please share this information to your friends and colleagues and ask their help in making the Andres Park Trail System the best in the Midwest.

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Apr 26

Literacy Connection Trivia Bee

The 16th Annual Trivia Bee Fundraiser supports local literacy programs. Trivia buffs are encouraged to put together a team and compete.

The contest raises money for The Literacy Connection's programs and tests the capacity of participants to remember a variety of facts from a different categories. Visit the website below for information on team registration, making a donation and more.

The Literacy Connection, an affiliate of ProLiteracy America Inc., serves adults and young children in 16 communities in the Elgin area: Algonquin, Bartlett, Carpentersville, Cary, Elgin, South Elgin, East Dundee, West Dundee, Gilberts, Hanover Park, Hampshire, Hoffman Estates, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Streamwood, and Schaumburg. Programs include English as a Second Language, Basic Reading, Workplace Literacy and Summer Youth Tutoring programs.

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Apr 26

Earth Day, Every Day Community Gardening Project

9:00AM - 12:00PM at Meet at Village Hall, 102 S. Second Street
Volunteer assistance is needed on Saturday, April 26 from 9 am - 12 pm as we celebrate the spirit of Earth Day with our first community gardening event of 2014.

Join us as we work to spruce up our public landscape with winter clean-up and new spring plantings. This spring’s project will focus on the downtown business district, removing existing high-maintenance landscaping and providing sustainable alternative planting materials.

Registration begins at 8:30 am. Bring your family, friends and neighbors for a fun day of service to beautify our community!

Additional gardening dates are scheduled for June 21 and August 16, 2014.

Questions? Email

Apr 30

Allegiance Color Guard Open Registration

6:30PM - 8:30PM at Dundee Middle School
Youth Flag Twirling!

Learn how to spin and toss colorful flags to exciting music and then have fun performing at various parades and festivals this summer! Dundee's very own Allegiance Color Guard will have their open registration and first rehearsal at Dundee Middle School on Wednesday, April 30th, 6:30-8:30pm in the gymnasium.

Membership open to youth in age groups 7-13 and 14-22. Previous color guard experience not required. Summer registration fee only $99! See flyer attachment for more information.

If you have any questions, please call the director, Mr. Eric Hall, at (847) 409-4182 or e-mail: Website:


May 04

Dundee Historical Society 50th Anniversary

2:00PM at DTHS Museum, 426 Highland Ave
The annual meeting of the Dundee Township Historical Society Board will be held from 2-4pm on Sunday, May 4. Help celebrate the Historical Society's 50th anniversary with a trip down memory lane as you view a special display of photos and local artifacts rarely exhibited.


May 10

Dundee Historical Society Program

11:00AM at The Depot, 319 N. River St, East Dundee
The museum will present special programs throughout the summer at the depot in East Dundee.

The tentative schedule includes:
May 10 - "The story of Ann Russell, Pioneer Woman"
June 7 - "The Life and Times of Jesse Oatman"
July 5th - "The Underground Railroad"
Aug 23 - “One Room School Houses”
Oct. 25 - “Burial Traditions and Superstitions”

All programs will be presented inside the depot at 11:00 a.m. Come shop the market, meet your neighbors and catch up on local history.


May 14

Ladies Night Out

4:30PM - 9:00PM at Randall Oaks Banquet Center


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