The Natural Resources Commission is excited to host the first cooking oil collection in St. Charles. Your cooking oil will be recycled into biodiesel by Green Grease. The one-day collection will be on Saturday, November 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the St. Charles Public Works west entrance on Route 25 just south of Langum Park. Bring your liquid, vegetable-based cooking oil in a sealed container. Oil must be in a container with a lid that is secure (milk jug with lid, oil container with lid, detergent bottle with lid, etc.). No animal fats will be accepted (any oil/fat that solidifies).
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.
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.
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.
The Natural Resources Commission is hosting their annual Pumpkin Smash on Saturday, November 6, 9 a.m. to noon St. Charles Public Works Facility, 1405 South 7th Avenue. Participants are invited to toss, smash, roll, or simply drop off pumpkins to be composted. Be sure to remove non-biodegradable materials (such as candles, plastic stickers and yarn) to avoid contaminating organic materials collected for composting. More at https://www.facebook.com/STCILNaturalResourcesCommission.
2021 Fire Prevention Week Theme: Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety
The St. Charles Fire Department is hosting an Open House Saturday, Oct. 16, from noon to 3 p.m. at Fire Station #1, 112 N. Riverside Avenue. All activities will be outside, weather permitting.
There will be several events throughout the day including:
• Special rescue operations
• Live burn/sprinkler demonstrations
• Fire extinguisher demonstrations
• Kids’ activities
The 36th Annual Scarecrow Festival is Friday, Oct. 8 thru Sunday, Oct. 10. 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.
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 St. Charles Fire Department is holding its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, outside at the Fire Department Memorial Monument, 2 E. Main St.
The ceremony includes posting the Fire Department Memorial Flag, posting the memorial wreath, and observing a moment of silence. The ceremony will be broadcast on the City's Facebook page.
St. Charles Jazz Weekend is a four-day event Sept. 8-12, 2021, 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 groups, including Chicago jazz vocalist Alyssa Allgood!
On August 20, from 5 a.m. to noon, St. Charles Police Officers will host a fundraiser benefitting Special Olympics Illinois at two Dunkin’ locations in St. Charles.
1566 E. Main St.
1711 W. Main St.
Customers who make a donation to Special Olympics Illinois will receive a coupon for a free donut. Donors giving $10 or more will receive a coupon for a free coffee and a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug, while supplies last. Grab a cup and show your support!
Enjoy fireworks and family fun the 4th of July Celebration at Pottawatomie Park
More information is on the St. Charles Park District website https://www.stcparks.org/july-4th/
Presented by the St. Charles Park District in cooperation with the City of St. Charles and local sponsors.
(photo credit: Lu Ren)
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. Arrive early to enjoy food from GIA MIA and Kimmer's Ice Cream. So grab your friends and family for a summer night picnic with entertainment! Presented by the St. Charles Park District. More at https://www.stcparks.org/summer-concerts.
Event organizers have cancelled the Memorial Day parade due to public health safety recommendations. But they are conducting a Remembrance Ceremony at the Freedom Shrine in St. Charles. Click here for details.
The St. Charles Community Garage Sale is April 23 & 24. Check the Park District website www.stcparks.org for details.
About the Citywide Garage Sale
The City-wide garage sale requires registration. The event raises funds for STC Underground Teen Center. For more information, call the STC Underground teen center at 630-513-4321 or visit stcunderground.com/community-garage-sale/.
St. Patrick’s Celebration is March 13
No Parade this Year
The St. Charles St. Patrick’s Celebration is Saturday, March 13, and will not include a parade. Instead, 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.
During Restaurant Week 2021, from Feb. 22 - 26, the St. Charles Business Alliance will showcase many restaurants throughout town. Because restaurants in particular have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and state mitigations, this year’s Restaurant Week will be different than years past. Details at www.stcalliance.org/restaurantweek.