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
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!
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.
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
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
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
Time: 12:00–6:00 pm
Where: Downtown Wheaton’s Memorial Park 208 West Union Street
All new for 2014: Celebrate harvest time with us, as the Downtown Wheaton Association and Wheaton Park District co-host this popular wine tasting and art event! The day includes wine tastings (70+ wines) , fine arts festival and live entertainment in Downtown Wheaton’s beautiful 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. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door ($5 tickets for designated drivers and anyone interested in just enjoying the art and music) – Free to anyone 20 years and under. For tickets go to www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/waca
Boo-palooza! Downtown Trick-or-Treat
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’
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!
Dickens of a Christmas Celebration in Downtown Wheaton
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.
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!
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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