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St. Patrick's Parade

St. Patrick's Day 2021

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

Past events

Cooking Oil Recycling Drop Off

Cooking Oil Jars
11/27/2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

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).  

Holiday Homecoming

Truck with Lights
11/26/2021 to 11/27/2021

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.

Recycle Your Holiday Lights

Recycle Xmas Trees
11/19/2021 to 01/17/2022

Do you have strings of holiday lights that don’t work, are hopelessly tangled, or are no longer wanted?

Don’t throw them out where they’ll sit for years in a landfill—recycle them!

From now until Jan. 17, 2022, St. Charles residents and businesses can drop off holiday lights (working or non-working) and extension cords to be recycled.

Elgin Recycling will haul them away at no cost. In past collections, a ton of lights were collected—literally.

Drop Off Locations:

St. Charles Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day

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.

Green Your Halloween! Compost Your Pumpkin

Pumpkin Smash
11/06/2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

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

Halloween Trick-or-Treating

Trick or Treating 3 to 7 p.m. Oct.31 Be Careful Children are Out
10/31/2021 - 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:

Fire Department Open House Oct. 16

10/16/2021 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

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 

Scarecrow Fest

10/08/2021 to 10/10/2021

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.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Fire Department Memorial Monument
09/11/2021 - 7:30am

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 Sept. 8-12, 2021

2021 Jazz Weekend
09/08/2021 to 09/12/2021

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!

For more information visit Brought to you by the St. Charles Business Alliance.  

Coffee for Champions with the St. Charles PD

Special Olympics Illinois Fundraiser
08/20/2021 - 5:15am to 12:00pm

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!

St. Charles Community Garage Sale

04/23/2021 - 8:00am to 04/24/2021 - 4:00pm

The St. Charles Community Garage Sale is April 23 & 24. Check the Park District website 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