Festivals & Special Events

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

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/

Fine art show

St. Charles Fine Art Show

May 29-30, 2016
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.


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#

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 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



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

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

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/

Jazz Weekend

St. Charles Jazz Weekend

September 11-14, 2016
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.


St. Charles 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

Holiday Homecoming

Holiday 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.