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Festivals and 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.

Coming up

St. Patrick's Parade

St. Patrick's Day 2021
03/09/2024 - 2:00pm

The St. Charles St. Patrick’s Parade is Saturday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m. Events are happening all around town, including an Opening Ceremony at 11 a.m. with live entertainment, a Lucky Photo Op Area on Riverside Avenue, and a Shamrock Hunt. Every shamrock you find counts as an entry to win a Pot of Gold!

July 4th Fireworks!

Fireworks
07/04/2024

Celebrate Independence Day with an amazing fireworks show on July 4th! The firworks will be launched at dark from Langum Park, located at 7th and Madison Avenues, and can be enjoyed from just about anywhere downtown. 

In addition to the spectacular fireworks show, there are activities on July 4 at both Pottawatomie Park and Mt. St. Mary Park. Visit the St. Charles Park District website at stcparks.org/july-4th for complete event details.

Scarecrow Weekend

10/11/2024 to 10/13/2024

The annual Scarecrow Weekend, is held in downtown St. Charles, Illinois. 85+ unique, handmade scarecrows will be showcased around town for visitors to view and vote on their favorites in four categories: mechanical/mega, clubs/non-profits/schools, individuals, and businesses. There will be a Family Zone with live entertainment and many family-friendly activities as well as an Activity Zone with festive photo ops, Scarecrow in a Box, Touch-A-Truck, and a professional pumpkin carver.

St. Charles Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day
11/11/2024 - 10:30am

The annual St. Charles Veterans Day Ceremony will be held Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m., in Fire Station 1, 112 N. Riverside Ave. Please join us to show your appreciation for our country’s veterans.

The ceremony will begin with the singing of the National Anthem, followed by a prayer, remarks, a closing prayer, gun salute and Taps performance.

For more information, contact LTC (Ret) Mark Powell, Event Coordinator, at 630.329.6444.

Holiday Homecoming

St. Charles Fire Truck Decorated with Christmas Lights
11/29/2024 to 11/30/2024

 

Join us Friday, November 29 at 5 p.m. in the 1st Street Plaza to kick off the holiday season. Come together with the St. Charles community as we flip the switch and light up the city with a spectacular display of holiday lights.

Past events

Restaurant Week

restaurant tables
02/05/2024 to 02/09/2024

Take 20% off your entire bill of $25 or more at more than 45 participating restaurants. Exclusions apply. To receive the discount, simply state that you are dining for St. Charles, Illinois Restaurant Week.

1st Street Plaza Grand Opening

1st Street Plaza Grand Opening January 24, 2024 at 6 p.m. Main Street & 1st Street
01/24/2024 - 6:00pm

We're starting the New Year off with a celebration! Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening of the new 1st Street Plaza at Main St./IL Rt. 64. Come out a Jan. 24, 2024, at 6 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the new plaza. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and hot cider served by Alter Brewing.

Blood Drive

10/27/2023 - 10:30am to 2:30pm

The City of St. Charles is hosting a blood drive October 27, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the lower level of Fire Station #1, 112 N. Riverside Avenue. Park on the north side of City Hall and follow the signs. All are welcome.

The Blood Drive is organized by Versiti Blood Center of Illinois. Walk-ins are welcome, but an appointment will ensure a smooth and quick donation experience. Visit the Versiti Blood Center of Illinois website to make an appointment.

Fire Department Open House

Fire Department Open House Image
10/14/2023 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm


The St. Charles Fire Department is hosting an open house at Fire Station #1, 112 N. Riverside Avenue, on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from noon to 3 p.m. for Fire Prevention Week. Everyone is invited to stop by the Open House, talk with the firefighters, and learn about fire safety.

Several exhibitions will be held throughout the day including:

Arbor Day

Arbor Day Graphic
04/29/2023 - 11:30am

On Saturday, April 29, 2023, the St. Charles Natural Resources Commission will host a parks clean-up event from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by the City's Arbor Day Celebration at 11:30 a.m.

Rain Garden Workshop & Rain Barrel Sale

Rain Barrel
04/13/2023 - 6:00pm

The St. Charles Natural Resources Commission is hosting a rain garden workshop for the community Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the Public Works Training Room, 1405 S 7th Ave, 2nd floor. This event is free and all are welcome. Speaker Jessica Mino, Kane County Program Director with The Conservation Foundation, is partnering with the St. Charles Natural Resources Commission to demonstrate how to create an environmentally friendly yard.