Downers Grove Downtown Management Corporation hosts events all year long! Whether we are working solely with our downtown merchants or in partnership with other Community Organizations, we are home to an array of unique events.
Upcoming 2014 Events
Downtown Market sponsored by the Indian Boundary YMCA
May 10 - October 18 (Saturday)
On Saturday morning, from mid-May to mid-October, Downers Grove is the place to be! Last year more than 3,000 shoppers visited the market during peak weeks, helping the market earn the title from West Suburban Living as the third best in the West Farmers Market. A mix of more than 70 vendors, both old and familiar, as well as new and different vendors (children’s books, whimsical art, pretzels, pizza, spices, condiments and more) will welcome shoppers each week.
Summer Nights Classic Car Show Downtown Downers Grove
May 16- August 29
The 22nd Annual Summer Nights Classic Car Show kicks off on May 16, 6 - 9 p.m., Downtown Downers Grove. An array of Classic Cars will line the streets with hundreds of families enjoying the display. Grab the family and don’t miss out on this wonderful free event. All Classic Cars are welcome on Main Street from Maple to Franklin and the Featured Cars will be on Curtiss Street. Featured Cars must be pre-1985. A trophy will be awarded to the “Best” featured car each week. Live entertainment will be held at the Main Street Train Station.
Memorial Day Parade presented by the American Legions
May 26 (Monday)
Family Concert Series presented by the Downers Grove Park District
May 27 - August 26 (Tuesday) Fishel Park (Grove Street - located west of Main Street)
Each week the crowds will be entertained by a different live band. Rain location is Lincoln Center (935 Maple Avenue) Presented by the Downers Grove Park District. For more information, visit Downers Grove Park District website.
Rotary Grove Fest Sponsored by the Downers Grove Rotary Club
June 19 - June 22 (Thursday- Sunday)
More information at Rotary Grove Fest website.
Independence Day Parade sponsored by the Village of Downers Grove
July 4 (Friday)
The parade will begin at Downers Grove North and continue south down Main Street, ending at Warren Avenue.
Downtown Sidewalk Sale
July 24-26 (Thursday - Saturday)
Join the participating downtown merchants for a not-to-be missed SALE!
Hours of Operation
Thursday and Friday: 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
Fine Arts Festival
September 6-7 (Saturday and Sunday)
The Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival features the work of 100 juried artists exhibiting original art. Work will be available for sale at the festival. Visit Amdur Productions for more information on the event.
Chili Cook-Off September 27
Presented by the Downers Grove Park District
Girls' Night Out
October 2 (Thursday)
Grab your girlfriends & enjoy a night of shopping & dining downtown Downers Grove! Our unique boutiques and delicious restaurants will be hosting sales, massages, demonstrations, "tastings" & fun! Stop by the registration desk and pick-up your limited edition swag bag! Bags will be filled with goodies from the participating downtown businesses. The registration desk will be at the Downtown Management office (933A Curtiss Street) from 5-7pm or until the bags are gone, which ever comes first! Don’t drag your feet as there are only a limited number of bags available. For more information visit www.downtowndg.org
Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence Pancake Breakfast.
October 25 (Saturday) 8-11 am at Ballydoyle Restaurant and Bar
Halloween Window Painting
sponsored by Downtown Management and Downers Grove Rotary Club. October 25 (Saturday) 9 am-1 pm
We supply the paints, you bring your paintbrush and a food donation for F.I.S.H. Pantry. No registration is required, so just pick up your paint at 933A Curtiss Street. This event is sponsored by Downers Grove Rotary Club and Downers Grove Downtown Management. More information at Downers Grove Rotary website.
Halloween Costume Parade Sponsored by the Noon Lions Club
October 26 (Sunday) 12:30-1:30 pm
Meet at the parking lost west of the Main Street Train Station (across from Caribou Coffee) in costume at 12:30 pm. The Downers Grove Noon Lions Club costume parade proceeds down Main Street to Fishel Park.
October 26 (Sunday)
After the parade, trick-or-treat at the participating downtown merchants. While trick-or-treating keep your eye out for the Herrick Middle School Drama Club miming in the windows of your favorite business!
Bonfield Express 5K Race
November 27 (Thursday)
The 5K Express is an annual event held Thanksgiving morning to raise money and awareness to help build character and community commitment.
Something for Everyone
- USTFA Certified Course
- Food & Beverages
Tech Shirts:New this year, TECH SHIRTS for the first 4500 participants. More information at Bonfield Express 5K Race website.
Gingerbread Festival November 28-November 30
Gingerbucks Reward Card
Holiday Tree Lighting sponsored by the Village of Downers Grove
November 28 (Friday) 4:30 pm
Breakfast with Santa
Meet and Greet with Santa at the following restaurants!
Visits with Santa
November 29, December 6, 13, 20 (Saturday) 1-4pm
November 30, December 7, 14, 21 (Sunday) 1-4pm
Ice Sculpture Festival: “Going for the Gold"
February 7-9 (Friday - Sunday)
Enjoy the unique ice sculptures that will line the streets of downtown, while you enjoy the array of events happening all weekend. This year we have added a live carving demonstration on Friday evening. As always, there will be live ice carving demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Passport to Fine Dining
Presented by The Grove Foundation
February 27, 2014
Downers Grove Wedding Walk
April 6 (Sunday)
Join us for an afternoon of wedding inspiration and bridal bliss on Sunday, April 6, 2014. The Downers Grove Wedding Walk has all that you will need to plan your perfect day. Grab your swag bag & you're off to meet with talented wedding professionals. Visit Downers Grove Wedding Walk website for more information and all of your wedding planning needs.
Spring Girls Night Out
The Annual Spring Girls Night Out Downtown Downers Grove is back! The downtown boutiques and restaurants will host sales, specials, trunk shows, massages and fun! Grab your girl friends and join the downtown Downers Grove merchants for a night full of fun