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. Come out to support our plungers and have some fun.
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 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!
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.
St. Charles Jazz Weekend is a four-day event 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Natural Resources Commission is hosting their annual Pumpkin Smash on Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m. to noon St. Charles Public Works Facility, 1405 South 7th Avenue. (Reminder: Enter from S. 7th Ave. because Rt. 25 is closed.) Toss, smash, roll, or simply drop off pumpkins to be composted.
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.
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:
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.
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.