Fests & Events

Arlington Heights is home to the annual Frontier Days Festival, one of the largest Memorial Day Parades & Ceremony in the area,  a top-award winning Library and Park District, a wonderful Historical Museum, along with one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, complemented with beautiful outdoor spaces.

You can just as easily spend your morning paddling Lake Arlington as you can strolling the Downtown or one of many neighborhoods that make Arlington Heights an attractive place to live. There's plenty to do, in fact this listing doesn't even cover it all, but it's okay if you don't have time to fit it all in, our annual events will be offered again next year and will probably be even bigger and better!

Annual Calendar of Events

February  Hearts of Gold Awards Dinner - recognition of unsung heroes who live or work in our community and are nominated by the public and selected by the Special Events Commission for this great honor. 
 May Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony - a parade that recognizes and honors those who have served our country. Parade steps off at Sigwalt and Arlington Heights Road and winds down Dunton to Memorial Park where our local heroes are recognized at a ceremony held at the end of the parade. 
June Picnic in the Park - Park District hosts a fun-filled picnic and activities in North School Park once school has ended for the summer!
June  Promenade of Art - over 100 artists featuring their photography, jewelry, pottery, clothing and more fill the streets of Vail and Campbell in the Downtown for a weekend.  
 June Garden Walk & Unique Boutique - tour showcase-worthy gardens and shop for great garden accessories at the Unique Boutique held at the Museum and organized by the Arlington Heights Garden Club.
 June  Historical Society House Walk -Tour historic and distinctive homes that highlight the rich architectural heritage of Arlington Heights.
 July Frontier Days Festival - several day festival held in Recreation Park during the Fourth of July holiday. Free live entertainment, carnival games and rides, food and drink, fun competitions and more. Organized by volunteers of the Frontier Days, Inc. 
 July Fourth of July Parade - held on July 4, a don't-miss community celebration which starts at Oakton And Dunton and travels to Recreation Park! Organized by the volunteers of Frontier Days, Inc.
 August National Night Out - held at North School Park  featuring police and fire demos and much more. A night for the entire community to learn more about the great police and fire services provided in Arlington Heights.
August  Mane Event -  Block party for the community held at Vail and Campbell with live entertainment, food and drink, business expo and kids' activities. Mane Event kicks off Million Week for the Racetrack's Arlington Million race.
 August  Taste of Arlington Heights - Block party continues the day after Mane Event with the Chamber's Taste of Arlington Heights. Live music, food, fun and activities for the entire family.
August  Arlington Million -  Experience the biggest day of racing  in Illinois at Arlington Park, a celebration of the best racehorses in the world.
August  Walk in the Park Art Festival  local artists and artists from the Midwest present works of art in painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more. Held at North School Park.
September  Motoring at the Museum - car show with other activities held in parking lot across from the Museum, organized by the Historical Museum. 
September  Arlington on Tap Craft Beer Fest - Enjoy your favorite craft beer, or explore the wide range of brewing styles and flavors. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce and held in the lot of the downtown Jewel on Vail.
 October Autumn Harvest - fall festival fun with hayrides, scarecrow-building contest, food and crafts all at beautiful North School Park
 October Fire Department Open House  - get a close-up view of impressive vehicles and tools the Fire Department uses to keep us out of harm's way. Held during Fire Prevention Week
November  Tree Lighting Ceremony - community celebration at North School Park that "lights up" the park and Village for the holiday season.
December  Holiday Happenings @ Harmony Park - festive event of holiday wagon rides, caroling, a visit with reindeer and petting zoo.
December  Santa Run - Santas take over the Downtown during this run/walk organized by the Arlington Heights Rotary Club.