Festivals & Special Events

Pride of the Fox

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.

For a complete listing of local festivals & special events, visit the St. Charles Community Website calendarHere are just a few:

Restaurant WeekRestaurant Week

Feb. 23-27, 2015
Bring your discount card to any of the 25+ participating restaurants, bistros, eateries and grills that make St. Charles a culinary delight, and save! Fine dining, ethnic cuisine, contemporary and beyond – St. Charles has place at the table for you.

St Pat's ParadeSt. Patrick's Parade

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 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/

Fine art show

St. Charles Fine Art Show

May 23 & 24, 2015
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

Sculpture in the park

Sculpture in the Park

May - September
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#

Independence Day fireworks Independence Day Celebration

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

Concerts in the Park

June 11 - August 13, 2015
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 and 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

Riverfest RiverFest

June 11-14, 2015
Unique among Chicagoland festivals, RiverFest features the annual running of the ancient sport of dragon boat racing, a 40-ton Fantasy Sand Sculpture, water ski shows, and an assortment of events and entertainment for all ages
More information:- prideofthefox.com

Bob Leonard 5KBob Leonard 5K Run & Walk-A-Thon

Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Fox River in downtown St. Charles during the Annual Bob Leonard 5K Run & Walk-A-Thon. You are invited to participate in this event starting at the Grand Pavilion in Pottawatomie Park in either the 5K Run beginning at 8:00 a.m. or the Walk-A-Thon beginning at 9:00 a.m. The 5K course will take runners across the river and north while the walkers will journey on a 2.7 mile trek south to Mt. St. Mary Park before returning once again to Pottawatomie Park. All are invited to stay for raffle prize drawings, refreshments and musical entertainment.
More information: www.stcrivercorridor.org or call Jennifer Biddle at 630-464-4230.

Jazz WeekendSt. Charles Jazz Weekend

September 10-13, 2015
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.

Scarecrowfest St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

October 9-11, 2015
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

Holiday HomecomingHoliday Homecoming & Electric Christmas Parade

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.