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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

Heritage Fest-West Dundee
Village Hall

Heritage Fest-East Dundee
Karen Blair

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
Karen Blair

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
Village Hall

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

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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Village-wide Garage Sale & Free Shredding Event

Residents of East and West Dundee will be participating in a village-wide garage sale on May 29, 30 & 31, 2015. A map of registered addresses hosting garage sales is available by clicking the PDF link below, or in paper form at the Depot and both Village Halls.

Residents of East and West Dundee will also have an opportunity to securely shred personal documents on Saturday, May 30, from 12-3pm downtown on Meier Street in East Dundee, near The Depot. The cost for non-residents and businesses will be $5, available after 2:30pm.

For further information about the document shredding or garage sale events, please contact Karen Blair at or call The Depot at 847-426-2255.


Dundee Township Historical Society News

The Dundee Township Historical Society is open from March through December, Weds & Sun 2:00-4:00pm, or by appointment. Opening day is Sunday, March 8, 2015, with a program on the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation at 2pm.

Click below for a copy of the DTHS Annual Newsletter, which provides information about 2015 programs.


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Jun 12

Concert in the Park (Grafelman Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at
The Associates – Featuring some of the finest vocalists and musicians in the Chicago area, The Associates are sure to deliver an exciting high-energy performance. Their crowd pleasing repetoire includes thousands of songs from Motown to Classic Rock to Blues to Swing Jazz to Country and more!

Location: Grafelman Park, Main Street and 5th Street

Co-sponsored by the Village of West Dundee


Jun 14

Friends of the Fox River Second Sunday Program

12:30PM at Schweitzer Environmental Center, 16N690 Sleepy Hollow Road
Stay tuned for program details or visit the website linked below. Tentative topic: Chimney Swift Towers

Visit the website

Jun 14

Donuts For Dad 5K & Kids Fun Run

8:00AM at The Depot, East Dundee
Register the entire family for this fun event to be held on Sunday, June 14.

There will be a 5K Run, open to all ages, starting at 8:00 am. The Kids 1 Mile Run, for ages 8-11, will be at 8:45 am and the Kids 1/2 Mile Run, for ages 4-7, at 9:00 am Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners and to the top three male and female runners in each age division. Tee-shirts are guaranteed for all pre-registered runners and on race day while supplies last.

Pre-Registration is now underway and closes on Wednesday, June 10 at midnight. After this date, no registrations will be accepted until race day.

Race day headquarters will be at the Dundee Township Visitor's Center, intersection of River Street and Barrington Ave. in East Dundee. To register, click here.

Jun 16

ECC Concert Band Performance (Grafelman Park)

7:00PM - 8:00PM at
Please join us at the Grafelman Park gazebo for a live performance by the ECC Concert Band.

In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Dundee Senior Center located at the Rakow Center at 665 Barrington Avenue in Carpentersville.

Jun 19

Concert in the Park (Lions Park)

7:00PM - 8:30PM at
SODA captures the heart and soul of one of the most diverse play lists you will find anywhere. Having played at Arlington International and U.S. Cellular Field, SODA is sure to put on a great show!

Location: Lions Park, 570 Penny Rd. (Rte 68)

Cosponsored by the Village of East Dundee


Jun 20

Earth Day, Every Day Community Gardening Project

9:00AM - 12:00PM at
Volunteer assistance is requested on Saturday, June 20 from 9 am - 12 pm as we celebrate the spirit of Earth Day with our second community gardening event of 2015.

Join us as we work to spruce up our public landscape. The meeting location will be provided at a later date (likely Village Hall, 102 S. Second St.)

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

The final gardening date for 2015 is scheduled for August 22.

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