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 and the Academy of Dance Spring Performance at 11:00. 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, 8am–2pm
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, 6:30pm–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. Download the 2013 weekly schedule here >
Women of Wheaton Care: Diva for a Day
Day & Time: Thursday, 12–6:00 pm
Where: Participating Downtown Wheaton Businesses
All new for 2013 (replaces Pretty in Pink event): A day of shopping, dining and pampering with 10% of proceeds going to five selected charities. Activities include: spa services, special in-store offers, fashion shows, complimentary goody bags, trunk shows, raffle for the ultimate swag bag and various in-store activities. The event concludes with an exclusive after-party Happy Hour at Suzette’s! Mark your calendar, and bring a friend to this wonderful day out, loaded with pampering and fun.
Wheaton’s Wine & Cultural Arts Festival
Time: 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Where: Downtown Wheaton’s Memorial Park
All new for 2013: 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
Time: 10am -1pm
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! Sponsored by Jeans and a Cute Top Shop.
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. Sponsored by Church of DuPage.
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 – sponsored by Alphagraphics.
Face Painting- Enhance your costume with special designs. Sponsored by Wear and Share
Friendly Gypsy Fortune Teller- kids can receive a ‘funny fortune’
Healthy Halloween Treats- sponsored by Costco
Halloween Photo Corner at Tasting deVine on Front Street -sponsored by Tasting DeVine (check out the scary witch in the window!
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 29, 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 2013
Saturday, December 7th, 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.
A Dickens of a Christmas Stroll:
Saturday, December 7, 11am to 8pm
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!
Second Annual Gingerbread House Contest:
November 29th-December 21st
Where: Businesses throughout Downtown Wheaton
Come out and see the beautiful creations that will fill downtown Wheaton shop windows with a magical sparkle this holiday season! Businesses will be putting on their creative hats and decorating gingerbread houses, each with their own, unique style. They are all likely to impress! Good luck, decorators!
Saturdays, November 30–December 21, 12–3:00 pm
Where: Martin Memorial Plaza, by the Christmas Tree at Front and Main Streets- Sponsored by First Trust Portfolios
A Visit with Santa:
Saturdays, November 30–December 21, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Where: Martin Memorial Plaza at Front and Main Streets- Sponsored by Community Bank
Winter French Market:
Saturdays from 10am to 2pm at Liberty and Main Street in Downtown Wheaton. Hot cider, coffee and cocoa are on the menu to keep you warm as you explore the variety of handcrafted goods, bakery items, fine linens and inspiring gifts with a French accent!
Join the complimentary DWA Shoppers’ Club. This program, which includes a monthly enewsletter, is designed to keep you up to date on events and happenings in downtown Wheaton. Also enjoy exclusive offers and special events for members only! Sign up today >