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March 12, 2016
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Fireworks

East Dundee proudly presents its 10th annual
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, starting at 11 a.m. Always a crowd favorite, spectators are treated to over 60 floats, marching units, and animated characters along with representatives of local organizations, businesses and clubs. Celebrate Irish tradition with leprechauns, clowns, and jugglers, bagpipe players and marching bands. The parade is only the beginning to this festive day. The food, music and fun continue as Dundee merchants, restauranteurs and friends welcome visitors for this special community celebration that includes fireworks on the Fox River. Sponsored by the owner of Bandito Barney’s in East Dundee, the annual parade and fireworks are coordinated by McNamee family members to honor their brother and late business owner, Thom McNamee. For more information, visit

June 2-5, 2016
Gilberts Community Days Festival

This will be the fifth annual “Community Days” festival held in Gilberts’ Town Square Park on the weekend after Memorial Day. Crowds will enjoy rides and games provided by Windy City Amusements, as well as live bands, food

and drink, a petting zoo, children’s activity tent and car show. Town Square Park is located at Route 72 and Center Drive in Gilberts. For more information, visit

June 25, 2016
Dundee Township Park District Community Fireworks

Join the Dundee Township Park District for FREE family fun at our highly anticipated spectacular fireworks display and concert this summer. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 25. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. with the fireworks to follow at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit

July 4, 2016
Sleepy Hollow 4th of July Celebration

Sabatino Park in Sleepy Hollow is the place to be each year on the Fourth of July. The Sleepy Hollow Service Club of Illinois annually provides a full day of festivities including a one-mile fun run, fishing derby, pie eating contest, car show, entertainment by local bands, parade (11:30 a.m.), food and raffle. The day-long celebration ends with fireworks in the evening. For details, visit

July 23, 2016
Northern Kane Fest on the Fox

Hosted at 2 E. Main St. in Carpentersville. The Chamber of Commerce along with support from the Village of Carpentersville and Tom Roeser, owner of OTTO Engineering, hosted their 1st Annual Fest on the Fox. Nestled along the scenic Fox River, the day includes family activities, live music and great food from local restaurants.

The fest was designed to highlight local artists, restaurants, musicians and businesses. This is a free event and is open to the entire Northern Kane County area.

September 16, 17 & 18, 2016
Heritage Fest

Heritage Fest, now in its 19th year, is a free three-day outdoor community festival held each September in downtown Dundee. Heritage Fest offers something for all ages, including live entertainment on three stages, fireworks, car show, craft and antique fairs, farmers market, carnival, games for kids and adults, fitness workshops, a broad menu of food and drink options, and more. Heritage Fest is the biggest and most anticipated event of the year for the community! For more information, including a festival map and full schedule of events, visit

October 29, 2016
Halloween in the Hollow

There aren’t many events where you get to see the famed “Headless Horseman” from Washington Irving’s classic tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. But ever since the early 1970s, Sleepy Hollow has taken its name to heart once a year for a big Halloween event at Sabatino Park. The build-up for this event actually starts a month in advance when the Village opens up the park so that residents can pile up their branches and other yard waste into a huge pile (which becomes a bonfire at the fest). The evening’s festivities, which start at 3 p.m. with a chili contest, include food sales, a costume parade and contest, pumpkin carving and hayrides. The day culminates with the lighting of the huge bonfire at 6 p.m. and the appearance of the “headless horseman” riding in on a majestic horse, to the delight of the large crowd. The fest is sponsored by the Sleepy Hollow Service Club of Illinois. For more information, visit

November 18, 2016
Gilberts Tree Lighting Event

This is the fifth annual Tree Lighting event. The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. in Town Square Park. The Tree Lighting event includes the traditional lighting of the Holiday Tree, a DJ and a visit from Santa. Children will have an opportunity to have a personal meeting with Santa and all good little girls and boys will receive a surprise gift from Santa himself.

December 2-3, 2016
Dickens in Dundee

In the tradition of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”, downtown Dundee comes to life during the first weekend in December in a Victorian Christmas celebration with small-town ambiance. Friday night festivities include tree lighting ceremonies, cocoa and an opportunity to meet with Santa. Create memories as you view live portrayals of Christmas scenes in the merchant storefronts along Main and River streets, adorned with white, twinkling lights. The “Spirit of Christmas” Parade steps off on Saturday at 10 a.m. and features community organizations and performance groups, and of course, Santa Claus himself. Make a day of it, and enjoy a variety of activities for all ages, including the opportunity to decorate your own gingerbread house, craft sales, bake sales and other activities at area churches, a petting zoo, carriage rides and more. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

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