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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.

Happening Now

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park

05/26/2022 - 7:00pm to 08/04/2022 - 7:00pm

Come out for some fun and music! Every Thursday at 7 p.m., Lincoln Park is the place to hear local bands all summer long.

Sculpture in the park

Sculpture in the Park

05/02/2022 to 09/02/2022

A magnificent exhibition of original sculptures placed in beautiful Mt. St. Mary Park for visitors to view and enjoy.

Coming up

Fine Art Show

Fine Art Show Paintings
05/28/2022 to 05/29/2022

The St. Charles Fine Art Show showcases the original, juried work of over 90 fine artists. Visit the show Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 28 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. &  Sunday, May 29 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

St. Charles Jazz Weekend

09/08/2022 to 09/11/2022

St. Charles Jazz Weekend is a four-day event Sept. 8-11, 2022, that coordinates and promotes live jazz music all around St. Charles. An array of downtown St. Charles venues will take part in this year’s event featuring numerous jazz performers.

For more information visit the St. Charles Business Alliance website at www.stcjazzweekend.com.

Scarecrow Fest

10/07/2022 to 10/09/2022

This award-winning event features many unique handcrafted scarecrows on display throughout downtown St. Charles. Scarecrow Festival visitors can vote in the Scarecrow contest to help decide the winners in four categories: mechanical/mega, clubs, non-profits and schools, individuals and business. This event also features a family zone in Lincoln Park with live entertainment, a photo op area, scarecrow in a box, and Autumn on the Fox Arts and Crafts Show at Pottawatomie Park. Details at www.scarecrowfest.com.

Halloween Trick-or-Treating

Trick or Treating 3 to 7 p.m. Oct.31 Be Careful Children are Out
10/31/2022 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Halloween Trick-or-Treating hours are 3-7 p.m. on Oct. 31. If you are out driving that day, please be extra careful and watch for children out walking. As little goblins and ghosts are going door to door, trick-or-treating, please remember the following safety tips:

St. Charles Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day
11/11/2022 - 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.

Holiday Homecoming

Truck with Lights
11/25/2022 to 11/26/2022

Friday, Nov.26 at 5 p.m. is the Lighting of the Lights in the 1st Street Plaza

Saturday Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m. is the Electric Christmas Parade down Main Street with bands, parade floats, and a special guest, Santa Claus.

Also be sure to take in the Holiday Tree Trail, with approximately 50 real, decorated trees displayed around 1st St. and the Riverwalk in Downtown St. Charles, and visit Santa's House in the 1st Street Plaza.

Past events

2022 Spring Clean Up

Spring Clean Up
05/14/2022
05/21/2022

5/14/22 - East Side; 5/21/22 West Side

The City of St. Charles Spring Clean Up program is back for 2022. Spring Clean Up allows residents to place unwanted items at the curb for pick up. Collection dates are May 14 for residents on the east side of the river and May 21 for the west side. This service is for residents within St. Charles city limits only.

2022 Spring Clean Up

Spring Clean Up
05/14/2022
05/21/2022

5/14/22 - East Side; 5/21/22 West Side

The City of St. Charles Spring Clean Up program is back for 2022. Spring Clean Up allows residents to place unwanted items at the curb for pick up. Collection dates are May 14 for residents on the east side of the river and May 21 for the west side. This service is for residents within St. Charles city limits only.

Arbor Day

Arbor Day Graphic
04/30/2022 - 11:30am

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day at beautiful Pottawatomie Park! On Saturday, April 30, 2022, the St. Charles Natural Resources Commission will host a parks clean-up event from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by the City's Arbor Day Celebration at 11:30 a.m.

Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge Participant
03/26/2022 - 10:00am

Each year, the Polar Plunge brings together thousands of warm-heated individuals from across the state. It’s a great way to support Special Olympics Illinois. All funds raised go to provide programming and events for more than 23,100 traditional athletes and 13,000 young athletes participating in Illinois. 

St. Patrick's Parade

St. Patrick's Day 2021
03/12/2022 - 12:00am

St. Patrick’s Parade is March 12

The St. Charles St. Patrick’s Celebration is Saturday, March 12. The St. Charles Business Alliance will host events around town, including a festive Photo Op Area, Roaming Bagpipers, and a Treasure Hunt where families can find Leprechauns. St. Charles businesses also will offer special promotions. Details and a complete schedule of events is at www.stcstpatricksparade.com.