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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 and videos.

 

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:

Celebrate Spring/Celebrate Easter

April 19

Day & Time: Saturday, 10am–1pm

Where: Memorial Park & Participating Downtown Wheaton Businesses

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.

Finally, from 12:00-1:00 pm, children are invited to “hop” around downtown Wheaton in search of treats and goodies to fill their baskets!

French Market

April 19–November  8

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.

Vintage Rides

May 30–September 5

Day & Time: Fridays, 6:00pm–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

Day: June 5-8

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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 7th- for details go to: www.cosleyzoo.org/run/

 

Wheaton Smooth Jazz Fest

Wheaton Jazz Fest

Saturday, June 28th

Memorial Park at 208 Union Street

Park opens at 3pm and the concert begins at 4:30pm

Featuring guitarist Ronald Gresham, keyboardist Scott Allman and saxophonists Darren Rahn and Donald Hayes.  Master of Ceremonies is Rick O’Dell of Smoothjazzchicago.net

Tickets available at www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/JAZZ

 

Wheaton’s Wine & Cultural Arts Festival

Wine & Cultural Arts FestivalSaturday, September 20

Time: 11:00 am–6:00 pm

Where: Downtown Wheaton’s Memorial Park

All new for 2014: Celebrate harvest time with us, as the Downtown Wheaton Association and Wheaton Park District co-host this NEW event! The day includes a wine tasting, fine arts festival and live entertainment in Downtown Wheaton’s gorgeous Memorial Park. Taste wine, peruse fine art by local artists, see artist demonstrations and take in live jazz and contemporary music. The crisp, refreshing autumn air pairs perfectly with a crisp, refreshing wine! Whether you prefer a hearty Cab or a sultry Chardonnay, come out and vote for your favorite.

Boo-palooza! Downtown Trick-or-Treat

Downtown Wheaton Trick or TreatSaturday, October 25th

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!

Pet Costume Contest!

Beginning at 10:30am at Martin Memorial Plaza, bring your pet in their Howl-o-ween finery and come away with some pet friendly treats.

Additional Halloween Activities at Martin Memorial Plaza :

Halloween Photo Corner - bring your camera and capture the moment as your little ghouls and goblins pose for photos.

Face Painting-  Enhance your costume with special designs.

Friendly Gypsy Fortune Teller-kids can receive a ‘funny fortune’

 

Chili Cook-Off

 November 1

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:

Friday, November 28, 6:00 pm

Where: 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, fantasic Christmas and holiday events downtown Wheaton has to offer, listed below.

Lions Club Reindeer Run 2014

Saturday, December 6th, 8:30am

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.

For details and to register go to www.active.com .  The race course circulates through Downtown Wheaton.

Holiday Stroll:

Saturday, December 6, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

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:

Saturdays, November 29–December 20, 12–3:00 pm

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

A Visit with Santa:

Saturdays, November 29–December 20, 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Where: Martin Memorial Plaza at Front and Main Streets.

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