In celebration of the Village’s 60th Anniversary on July 17, 2016, events are being held in the Village throughout the year. We hope you will join us at these special events to celebrate our 60th Anniversary—there is something for everyone!
Upcoming 60th Anniversary Events
Enjoy classic movies on the big screen for just $1 with Elk Grove Movie Classics! Guest film critics and experts will introduce classic movies, providing historical context and little known tidbits to the audience.
BUY YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE! Showings have been selling out, so if you want to attend, make sure to buy tickets in advance from Elk Grove Theatre.
Monday, April 25 - Singin' in the Rain (1950s) - Introduced by Erik Childress
Monday, May 23 - Hard Day's Night (1960s) - Introduced by Patrick McDonald
Monday, June 27 - Blazing Saddles (1970s) - Introduced by Dominick Suzanne - Mayer
Monday, July 25 - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1980s) - Introduced by Dave Canfield
Monday, August 22 - Jurassic Park (1990s) - Introduced by Erik Childress
Oktoberfest in Elk Grove Village
Friday, September 23 & Saturday, September, 24, 2016
Rotary Green, 164 Lions Drive
Enjoy traditional German food, music and beer, and much more at this fall celebration! Click here to buy tickets in advance and save 20%!
Fire Prevention Week Open House
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Fire Station 7, 101 Biesterfield
Check out the Kids' Firefighter Challenge, explore fire engines and ambulances, watch Police K-9 demonstrations and more at a special 60th Anniversary Fire Prevention Week Open House!
Holiday Tree Lighting
Friday, November 25, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Village Green, 901 Wellington
As a special treat in honor of the Village’s 60th Anniversary, the 2016 ceremony will feature a holiday performance by the Buckinghams.
Following the performance, the Buckinghams will join Mayor Johnson in throwing the switch to light up the holiday tree and turn on over 250,000 lights around the Municipal Complex, Elk Grove Public Library, Elk Grove Park District Pavilion, and on the Village's Holiday Tree, donated by the Free Family.
A special fireworks display will follow the tree lighting, announcing the entrance of Santa and his elves. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be provided.
Previous 60th Anniversary Events
Carnival of Exceptional Character
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Elk Grove Park District Pavilion, 1000 Wellington Ave.
The Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove (CCC) is excited to celebrate Elk Grove Village’s 60th Anniversary and Elk Grove Park District’s 50th Anniversary by presenting a Carnival of Exceptional Character. CCC invites you to help kick off 2016 and these two landmark anniversaries by attending this family-friendly event that is free to the community, thanks to CCC’s partnership with Shinnyo-En Temple, the Elk Grove Park District, and Tasty Catering. Carnival style games and activities will keep the kids happy for hours. As families travel through the carnival booths they will learn about some of the wonderful community service groups that help to make Elk Grove Village an exceptional community with exceptional character!
Free games and prizes including: Plinko, Ring Toss, Bozo Buckets, Bounce House, Photo Flip Books, Dog Tags and more. Free food will be served while supplies last.
Mark your calendars to start off 2016 with this great free family celebration. For more information, please click here visit the Community Character Coalition website.
Elk Grove Lions Trivia Night
Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Elk Grove Park District Garden Terrace, 1000 Wellington Ave.
The Lions Club of Elk Grove Village presents a special Trivia Night, featuring a category of trivia on the history of the Village. Bring your own food and snacks and enjoy a cash bar as you test your memory and knowledge of the Village and beyond! This annual event raises money to benefit the sight and hearing impaired.
For more information and to register, please click here to visit the Elk Grove Lions Club website.
Elk Grove RotaryFest
Wednesday, June 15 - Sunday, June 19, 2016
150 Lions Drive
RotaryFest will kick off the summer season on Father’s Day weekend, Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19. There will once again be a large carnival, entertainment, and a great selection of food. RotaryFest offers free parking, free admittance and a smoke-free family environment.
This year’s concerts will include: Rob Post Band, 7th Heaven, Kashmir-the Led Zeppelin Experience, Suburban Cowboys, Mike & Joe, The Walkins, The Twisters, Rob Tuffcurls & The Benchpress, and Heartache TonightEagles Tribute Band. In addition to great live music, rides and games can be found at the carnival! RotaryFest will also include a Car Show on Friday.
For all other information related to Rotaryfest, please visit the Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village website.
Hometown Parade: Celebrating Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
Elk Grove Boulevard, Tonne to Lions Drive
In honor of the Village’s 60th Anniversary, couples residing in the Village that share the Village’s anniversary year (couples married in 1956) will act as the Grand Marshals for the 2016 Hometown Parade.
Little Boots Rodeo
Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June, 26, 2016
Hosted by the Little Boots Foundation, the annual Little Boots Rodeo provides children with the opportunity to participate in fun and interesting events in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Punch cards, which must be purchased to participate in rodeo events, includes a free hot dog and drink. After completing all events, children are certified as an official cowboy or cowgirl onstage, have their name announced over the speaker and receive a certificate.
For more information on Little Boots Rodeo, please visit www.littlebootsrodeo.org.
Join the Library as they take a retrospective look at the life and times of "growing up" during the past 60 years.
Monday, June 6 at 7pm - Elk Grove Village...60 Years in the Making (1950s)
Sunday, June 12 at 2pm - Back in Time...Patchouli Folk Music (1960s)
Monday, June 20 at 7pm - The French Chef...Cooking Julia's Way (1970s)
Sunday, June 26 at 2pm - Back to the 80's...a Most Excellent Adventure in Movies (1980s)
Wednesday, July 6 at 7pm - Who Ever Thought?...How the Internet Got Started (1990s)
Monday, July 11 at 7pm - Own it!...Find Your Personal Style (2000s)
For more information on these programs, please visit the Elk Grove Village Public Library website.
Elk Grove Farmers Market
Saturdays, June through October
Village Green, 901 Wellington
The Elk Grove Farmer's Market will be held on Saturdays from June thru October, from 7:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The Farmer's Market will be located by the Clock Tower on Municipal Grounds at 901 Wellington Avenue.
In addition to a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, breads, meats and baked goods, there will also be vendors featuring items such as salsas, flowers, nuts, honey, popcorn, doggie treats and more. There will also be special weekly activities, such as demonstrations and special theme events. The full activity list will be posted on the Farmer's Market Facebook page at www.facebook.com/elkgrovefarmersmarket.
For more information, please contact Connie Groat at 630-878-7627, or email@example.com
Elk Grove Anniversary Festival
Sunday, July 17, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Village Green & Park District Pavilion
Play, picnic and party at this joint celebration for the Village’s 60th Anniversary & Park District’s 50th Anniversary! Enjoy a free concert by the Hat Guys! The event will feature free picnic games and entertainment, including a Village Touch-a-Truck event! The Park District will host 50 free activities for families to participate in, and the Library will hold their annual ice cream social. Bring your own picnic lunch or purchase food at family-friendly prices.
Check out the event map at www.elkgrove.org/festival.
60th Anniversary Concert - Foreigner
Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Park LGK, 164 Lions Drive
Celebrate the Village’s 60th Anniversary with a free, first-rate concert by Foreigner at Park LGK, followed by a spectacular fireworks display! The winner of the 60th Anniversary Car Raffle will be announced at the concert.
Perspectives: The Growth of Elk Grove Village
Saturday, August 6, 2016, 11 a.m. - 2 p..m.
Elk Grove Historical Museum Grounds, 399 Biesterffield
Celebrate the opening of the museum’s newest exhibit, Perspectives, with a relaxed afternoon on the museum grounds. A number of photographs, original artifacts, audio clips, and hands-on components connect visitors with how Elk Grove transformed over time. Visitors can also tour the historic farmhouse, engage in summer picnic games, and view vintage cars courtesy of the Triumph Car Club. Picnic lunches are welcome (alcohol prohibited) with food available for purchase (between 12:00 – 1:30 pm) to benefit the Elk Grove Historical Society. Call 847-690-1440 for more information and to RSVP.