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Natural beauty combined with world-class events and festivals have earned St. Charles the reputation as the Pride of the Fox. St. Charles offers a variety of events all year long.

Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week

Feb. 22-26, 2016

Get discounts at any of the 30+ participating restaurants, bistros, eateries and grills that make St. Charles a culinary delight during restaurant week! Fine dining, ethnic cuisine, contemporary and beyond – St. Charles has place at the table for you. For more information, visit www.stcharlesil.gov/restaurant-week

Kane County Flea Market

Kick's Off March 5th & 6th and is held every first weekend until December 2016. Named one of the 10 Best Flea Markets in the World by Jet Setter Magazine. More at www.kanecountyfleamarket.com/

St Pat's Parade

St. Patrick's Parade

March 12, 2016, 2 p.m.

The St. Patrick's Parade on Main St./Rt. 64 features Irish dancers, authentic Irish music, floats and more! Get into the Irish spirit and join us Downtown St. Charles! Presented by the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. More information: www.downtownstcharles.org/events/st-patricks-parade/

St. Charles Arbor Day Celebration

April 29, 4 p.m.

The St. Charles Tree Commission invites you to join in the celebration of Arbor Day in Lincoln Park on Main Street, west of Route 31. This annual event features something for everyone – music, art, a tree raffle, tree care demonstrations, free perennial giveaways, educational materials for homeowners and a special program written and presented by one of the local elementary schools. More information: http://www.stcharlesil.gov/services/public-trees/arbor-day


May 27 – August 12

Chair-ity is a downtown St. Charles, outdoor, public art exhibition sponsored by the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. Use your imagination to create works of art with Adirondack chairs as canvases. Any resident, group or business can participate. More at www.downtownstcharles.org/events/chair-ity

Fine art show

St. Charles Fine Art Show

May 28 & 29

The annual St. Charles Fine Art Show presents nearly 100 of the best artists from across the country, along the east side of the Fox River on First Avenue, between Main Street and Illinois Avenue. This award-winning juried show features work in a variety of media including watercolor, oil, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, wood, and glass, which are exhibited and available for sale during the event. More information: www.downtownstcharles.org/events/saint-charles-fine-art-show

Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day, 10 a.m. The parade steps off at 6th and Main streets, and continues to Riverside Ave.

Sculpture in the Park

May - September

Sculpture in the park 

A magnificent exhibition of original sculptures placed in beautiful Mt. St. Mary Park for visitors to view and enjoy. This display of public art is free to all. Presented by the St. Charles Park District and Park Foundation. More information: www.stcparks.org/Sculpture/index.htm#

Concerts in the Park

June  - August 

Bring the whole family, enjoy a picnic meal, and dance to a different band every week. Presented by the St. Charles Park District. More information: www.stcparks.org.

Farmer's Market

Fridays, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Outdoor Farmer's Market June - October  /  Indoor Farmer's Market November- May 

Located on 4th Avenue at Main Street, the Farmer's Market offers shoppers farm-fresh food, gourmet food, artisanal crafts and other unique items for sale. Presented by the Baker Memorial Methodist Church. More information: www.bakermemorialchurch.org/fmarket.htm

Festival of the Fox (Formerly Riverfest)


June 9-12

Come to Pottawatomie Park for Dragon Boat Races, "Picnic in the Park", family activities & entertainment, "Family Movie Night" and a water ski show. The Carnival is June 9-12. Special Needs Kids Day is Fri., June 10, noon-2pm/closed to the public. More information: www.prideofthefox.com

Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day fireworks

July 4

Join the Independence Day festivities at St. Charles Parks with entertainment and activities throughout the day and an awe-inspiring fireworks display at night. Presented by the St. Charles Park District in cooperation with the City of St. Charles and local sponsors. More information: www.stcparks.org

Cruise Nites

Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m., July-August

St. Charles Downtown Cruise Nites on Tuesdays is a fun-filled classic/vintage Car Show organized by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. There is no charge to car show participants and entry is free to spectators. More information at www.stcharleschamber.com/cruise-nites/

Kane County Fair

July 20-24, 2016

Annual Fair and Carnival at the Kane County Fairgrounds at Rt. 38 & Randall Road in St. Charles. Details at http://www.kanecountyfair.com/

Bob Leonard 5K River Run and 1K Color Run

July 31

5K Run/Walk will start at 7:30 AM. Color 1K Run will start at 9:00 AM. Race day registration opens at 6:30 AM. Pre race packet pick up will take place at Dick Pond of St. Charles on Friday, July 29 from 3P to 8P. Sign up for the run.....or volunteer! Presented by the St. Charles River Corridor Foundation. More at www.stcrivercorridor.org

St. Charles Jazz Weekend

Jazz Weekend

Thursday-Sunday, the weekend after Labor Day
More than just great jazz music, the St. Charles Jazz Weekend encompasses venues all over St. Charles that feature visual art galleries/studios, music, literature, and arts programming. More at www.downtownstcharles.org

Fox Valley Marathon

Sunday, September 18, 2016

This beautiful, shady course along the Fox River is a Boston qualifier. The race begins and ends in St. Charles and you have your choice of three race distances –  26.2 , 20 & 13.1. More at http://www.fv26.com

Scarecrow Fest


October 7-9, 2016

Over 150 hand-crafted scarecrows gather in downtown St. Charles during this annual, family-friendly, fall festival. Enjoy live entertainment, great food, numerous interactive children's activities, huge arts and crafts show, and so much more! Presented by the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau. More information: www.scarecrowfest.com

St. Charles Veteran's Day Ceremony

Held on Veteran's Day, 10:30 a.m., inside St. Charles Fire Station 1, 112 N. Riverside Ave. Please join us to show your appreciation to our country’s vets.

Holiday Homecoming & Electric Christmas Parade

Holiday Homecoming

The weekend after Thanksgiving

Celebrate the holidays during this free, fun-filled festive weekend. Enjoy the traditional Lighting of the Lights ceremony, holiday movie, family concert, strolling carolers, sleigh rides, visits with Santa, and a spectacular, fully illuminated, night-time Christmas Parade! Presented by the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. More information: downtownstcharles.org/events/holiday-homecoming.

updated August 8, 2016