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About DWA

Welcome to the Downtown Wheaton Association’s Calendar of events.This feature is the heartbeat of downtown Wheaton: it’s your key to upcoming events and activities that you won’t want to miss. Check back often to see new events added to our calendar! Also browse our News page or Facebook updates for additional pre- and post-event news.

 

Each year, the Downtown Wheaton Association is proud to host the following signature events as a part of celebrating and strengthening our vibrant community.

Mark your calendar for the DWA Signaure Events:

 

Winter French Market

Downtown Wheaton Indoor French MarketJanuary 1–March 26, 2016

Day & Time: Saturdays, 8:30 am–1:30 pm

Where: Metra Train Station at Front and West Streets

 

Ice3 Fest

January 30, 2016

Day & Time: Saturday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Where: Memorial Park & Participating Downtown Wheaton Businesses

Yes—it’s cold out so make the most of the January winter with a little fun in Downtown Wheaton with the Second Annual Ice (cubed) Fest. Enjoy ice carving demonstrations at Martin Memorial Plaza, check out the variety of ice sculptures on display throughout Downtown Wheaton.

 

In Good Taste “Toast” (Kick off Celebration for Restaurant Week) 

In Good Taste ToastFebruary 25, 2016

Day & Time: Thursday, 5:00 pm-8:00pm

Downtown Wheaton’s In Good Taste Restaurant Week kicks off with the “Toast”. Hosted by Toms-Price Home Furnishings, at 303 East Front Street, many Downtown Wheaton restaurants will create delicious small plates for this evening’s celebration of cuisine. Gather friends for this unbeatable event! Watch for Restaurant Week specials all over town.  Sponsored by Wheaton Bank & Trust.  Tickets are $30 per person and includes unlimited tastings, one complimentary beverage and live entertainment.  Tickets available at www.downtownwheaton.com

In Good Taste Restaurant Week

Restaurant WeekFebruary 26-March 6, 2016

Dates: February 26-March 6

Watch for Restaurant Week specials all over town during this celebratory week, dedicated to appreciating the fantastic dining options in Downtown Wheaton!

 

Celebrate Spring/Celebrate Easter

Celebrate Easter, Celebrate SpringMarch 26, 2016

Day & Time: Saturday, 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Where: Memorial Park

Join us for this annual celebration of Spring and Easter! The day begins at 10:00 am with the Easter Egg Hunt for the kids in Memorial Park, followed by the Easter Bonnet Contest at 10:30 at the bandshell.

 

French Market

March 26–November, 2016

Day & Time: Saturdays, 8:00 am–2:00 pm

Where: South Main Street & East Liberty Drive

Whether you are looking for a fresh flower bouquet, delicious handcrafted breads and cheeses, artisan jewelry or just a stroll on a lovely day, the Downtown Wheaton French Market will not disappoint.

 

Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day ParadeMay 25, 2016

Join us for this incredible, family event!

To Participate, Contact: American Legion Post 76, Sandy Lykins, email: SandyLykins@msn.com or call 630.463.0241. See website at: AmericanLegionPost76.org

 

Vintage Rides

Vintage RidesMay 20–August 26, 2016

Day & Time: Fridays, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Where: Front Street

Join us for a trip down memory lane and view these POWERFUL works of art! See the complete calendar for the featured era or model of the night, from muscle cars to country night.

 

Taste of Wheaton: Presented by Wheaton Chamber of Commerce and Wheaton Park District


June 2–5, 2016

Where:  Downtown Wheaton and Memorial Park

Wheaton’s favorite summer festival returns with four days of live music, great food, family activities, special exhibits and over 30 carnival rides.  For details go to : www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/taste Don’t forget the Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals on Saturday, June 4th.

 

Wheaton Municipal Band: Summer Concert Series

Thursdays: June ,July & August, 2016

Time: 8:00 pm

Where: Memorial Park

For specific dates in 2016 go to www.cityofwheaton.il.us

 

Fourth of July Parade

4th of July ParadeJuly 4, 2016

Time: 10:00 am

Where: Downtown Wheaton

To Participate, Contact: Sherry Krajelis, Wheaton Park District: 630.510.5051 or skrajelis@wheatonparks.org

 

Music Mondays in the Park

Mondays: July 11, 18 & 25, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Memorial Park

Sponsored by the Wheaton Park District

 

Wheaton Brew Fest

Date: August 6, 2016

Where: Memorial Park

Sponsored by the Wheaton Park District

 

The Wheaton Wine Walk/ Red & White

Wine & Cultural Arts FestivalDate: August 11, 2016

Time: 5pm

Where: Downtown Wheaton / Selected shops and restaurants

Tickets will be available starting July 1st, 2016.  Featuring wine tastings, food and live entertainment throughout the downtown area

Hosted by the Downtown Wheaton Association

 

Boo-palooza! Downtown Trick-or-Treat

Downtown Wheaton Trick or TreatDate: October 29, 2016

Time: 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Where: Downtown Wheaton

Bring the kids to this fun, safe trick-or-treat tradition in downtown Wheaton. Visit participating shops and businesses where children may collect their prized treats of the season. Maybe you’ll discover a new place that you’d like to “treat” yourself to soon!

Halloween Costume Contest! 
Beginning at 10 am by the fountain at Martin Memorial Plaza… bring your little ghosts and goblins downtown Wheaton to this new Halloween tradition. Featuring local celebrity judges, surprises galore and tons of fun for all age groups!

8th Annual Chili Cook-Off

Date: November 5, 2016

Day & Time: Saturday, 1–5:00 pm

Where: Participating Downtown Wheaton Businesses

Just in time! Our area restaurants know how to take the chill out of the air. Join us for this delicious celebration of fall! Some like it hot…some like it not. Let us know how YOU take your chili when you vote for your favorite selection!

At participating downtown Wheaton restaurants. $15 for adults and $7 for kids. Tickets will be available at the DWA office (108 E. Wesley Street, Wheaton) and at the participating restaurants.

 

Dickens of a Christmas Celebration in Downtown Wheaton

Lighted Holiday Parade:

November 25, 2016

Day & Time: Friday, 6:00 pm

Where: Wheaton and Front Street

Ring in the holiday with this time-honored tradition! Join fellow community members for the tree lighting ceremony and festive parade. Don’t miss the other, fantastic Christmas and holiday events downtown Wheaton has to offer, listed below.

Lions Club Reindeer Run 2016

Date: December 3, 2016

Come run or cheer for your favorite runners as we kick off the first Saturday in December with the Reindeer Run!  Runners must register in advance- awards and refreshments will be offered- the first 750 registered runners receive a long sleeve souvenir t-shirt!  Sponsored by Wheaton Lions Club and Wheaton Park District.

Holiday Stroll:

Date: December 3, 2016

The shops and boutiques in Downtown Wheaton will be sharing the spirit of the season with complimentary holiday treats throughout the day from roasting chestnuts, cider tastings, eggnog, peppermints, Christmas cookies and other holiday treats.  Complimentary carriage rides, carolers and other special activities will be featured throughout the day!

Carriage Rides:

Dates: Saturdays starting Nov. 26-Dec. 24, 2016

12–3:00 pm

Where: Martin Memorial Plaza, by the Christmas Tree at Front and Main Streets.

Visits with Santa:

Dates: Saturdays, Nov. 26- Dec. 24, 2016

 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Where: Martin Memorial Plaza at Front and Main Streets.

It’s Like Coming Home” Gingerbread House Contest:

Date: December 17, 2016 

12:00 pm

More information to come.

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