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 Farm To Table Community Dinner

Questions or Tickets:
Village Hall

In 2017, West Dundee will host its first Farm To Table Community Dinner at Grafelman Park on Sunday, August 27 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 at a cost of $75 per person, all inclusive. Tickets will go on sale August 1, 2017 at Village Hall. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to a total of 100 guests.

In the event of rain, the event will be moved to Emmett’s Brewing Co, 128 W Main, 2nd floor. Registered ticket holders will be notified using the contact information received at registration.

Heritage Fest

Heritage Fest-West Dundee
Village Hall

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

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

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 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

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

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 2017 event, please view the following PDFs and links:
Intelligentsia Cup Website
2017 Race Course Map
2017 Host Housing Opportunities + Local Feeback
2017 Event Overview Flyer

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Mar 10

ST. PATRICK'S DAY Parade and Big Wheel Race

St. Patrick's Day is a big deal in the Dundees!

Click the links below for more information:

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

Emmett's Adult Big Wheel Race (Washington St - WD) - Emmett's Big Wheel Race Facebook page or Emmett's Big Wheel Race Facebook page

Please also note that a fireworks display is scheduled to take place over the Fox River the following weekend. Visit for more information.

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Mar 17


A fireworks display is scheduled to take place over the Fox River to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. See the link below for details.

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May 19

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.

Jun 08

Concert in the Park (Grafelman Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at Grafelman Park, Fifth & Main
Performer: SODA

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.

Formed in 2008, SODA has quickly become one of Chicago’s most booked bands. SODA captures the heart and soul of one of the most diverse play lists you will find anywhere. Having played at Arlington Race Track and U.S. Cellular Field, SODA is sure to put on a great show!

Jul 06

Concert in the Park (Grafelman Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at Grafelman Park, Fifth & Main
Performer: Southern Jack

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.

Southern Jack is a local country band that covers bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers, Molly Hatchet and many more. Bring out your cowboy boots for this show that is sure to rock!

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