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.
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.
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.
Friday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. is the Lighting of the Lights Ceremony in the 1st Street Plaza.
Saturday Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. head to the Arcada Theatre for a free screening of Elf. Later in the evening, the Electric Christmas Parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street. See the beautifully decorated parade floats, the high school marching bands, and a special guest--Santa Claus!
Also be sure to visit Santa's House every Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 25 – Dec. 21 from 1-4 p.m. in the 1st Street Plaza.
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
St. Charles Jazz Weekend is a four-day event Sept. 7-10, 2023, 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.
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.
We always look forward to this fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois! The morning of May 19 our police officers will be perched on top of our local Dunkin' locations bright and early at:
1566 E. Main Street
1711 W. Main Street
Come by, say hello and grab some Special Olympics Illinois merch.
Members of the St. Charles City Council elected in the April 4 Consolidated Election will be administered the Oath of Office at the May 1, 2023 City Council Meeting by the honorable Judge Elizabeth Flood. All are invited to attend this traditional event. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with the final actions of the outgoing Council, followed by the Swearing-In Ceremony of the newly elected officials. After all oaths are taken, the newly seated City Council will conduct its first meeting.
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.
The City of St. Charles is holding an open house for the community to share ideas on improving biking and walkability in St. Charles. Everyone is encouraged to stop by the open house anytime between 4 and 6:30 p.m. on April 11, 2023, in the Community Room of the St. Charles Police Station, 1515 W. Main Street, St. Charles. Feedback gathered to date will be shared at the open house and those attending are encouraged to offer comments.
St. Patrick’s Parade is March 11
The St. Charles St. Patrick’s Parade is Saturday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. The St. Charles Business Alliance will host events around town, including an Opening Ceremony, Lucky Photo Op Area, and a Scavenger Hunt for families to find Shamrocks around town and be entered to win a Pot of Gold. St. Charles businesses also will offer special promotions. Details and a complete schedule of events is at www.stcstpatricksparade.com.
Each year, the Polar Plunge brings together thousands of warm-hearted 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.
Enjoy 15% off at participating restaurants throughout town during St. Charles Restaurant Week, Feb. 20 - 24, 2023. There also is a chance to win a $25 gift card. Details, including a growing list of restaurants are at www.stcalliance.org/restaurantweek.
The City of St. Charles is updating its five-year Strategic Plan which will serve as a road map, guiding decisions about the City’s future. The Community Forum will be held both virtually and in-person. It will give residents a first look at an initial draft of the Strategic Plan and offer an opportunity for their feedback. Details are below - please note the location change for this event.
October 19, 2022, 5-7 p.m..
City of St. Charles Council Chambers
2 E Main St., St. Charles
The St. Charles Fire Department is hosting an open house at Fire Station #1, 112 N. Riverside Avenue, on Saturday, October 15, 2022, from noon to 3 p.m. to commemorate Fire Prevention Week. The theme this year, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape!”, highlights the simple but important actions everyone can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.
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:
If you couldn’t make it to the recent Community Visioning Workshop for the Strategic Plan, the City of St. Charles is holding a second workshop, which will be virtual. Holding a virtual session offers another opportunity for residents to weigh in on the issues that are important to them.
Virtual Strategic Plan Community Visioning Session
Wednesday, September 7 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Zoom Link: https://berrydunn.zoom.us/j/9054116517
The City of St. Charles is updating its five-year Strategic Plan which will serve as a road map, guiding decisions about the City’s future. The Strategic Plan will incorporate feedback from the community and key stakeholders, establish the City’s vision, and align City goals, priorities, and budgets over the next five years. Attend the Community Visioning Session and tell us what you think.
Community Visioning Workshop
August 25, 2022, 5-7 p.m.
Baker Community Center
101 S. 2nd St., St. Charles
The City of St. Charles is hosting a blood drive July 29, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 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.