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Updates for Naperville Festivals, Traditions, Special Events / 2021

Above / Hello! Throughout the year, the Naperville Riverwalk provides the natural setting for many annual charity walks, concerts and special events. As 2021 wraps up, the Grand Illumination welcomes visitors.  Enjoy the changing seasons along our community’s pride at one of the Riverwalk’s many gathering places. The Dandelion Fountain is located in Civic Plaza, Jackson at Webster streets. (PN photo from Nov. 15, 2021.) 

In 2018, thanks to funds raised by the Riverwalk Foundation’s Duck Race (on hiatus for 2020 and 2021), a new flag pole and American flag were placed near the Riverwalk Covered Bridge at Webster Street near the Naperville Township Building. 

Be sure to note the recently restored Civic Plaza plaque (See above), now shining brightly to help tell the story of the Riverwalk. What a difference the “Surgeon of Bronze” made for the Riverwalk Foundation to help restore recognition of this City’s can-do spirit and generous donors.

The Riverwalk Foundation also contributed funds for the pedestrian path along the Naperville Township parking lot, just south of the Moser Covered Bridge. This location between Jackson Avenue and Water Street attracts visitors to cross the DuPage River in downtown Naperville where more than 300 shopping and dining experiences help create the vibrant heart of the community every day of the year. Now through the first of 2022, the area glistens with colorful holiday lights.

This month-to-month post is chock full of photos that help depict a small sampling of community spirit. We like to think that our past gives richness to our present.

If it’s December 23, 2021, Santa Claus will be greeting families at the big holiday tree at NaperLights in Jaycees Park near the Municipal Center. Santa plans to be there from 6 to 8PM Thurs., Dec. 23. Bring your list!

Click here for December’s calendar page

Click above for many first-time events and updates scheduled among popular traditions for December 2021. Keep scrolling for a listing of traditions that display a showcase of community spirit from month to month. Cheers for the holidays! 

Wrap up 2021 with Traditions & Bold Shout-outs…

Welcome to longstanding and more recent traditions! Instead of mixing, mingling and connecting in this active community, during the uncertainty of the pandemic, many events are on hold at the moment. As “virtual” events and other outdoor events take the place of local traditions, this page will be updated. Keeping up with cancellations is a challenge and time-consuming. We regret errors, really we do.

Scenes of penguins are on display, sandwiched between local enterprise throughout downtown Naperville, pitching plaid tidings to you and your kin for shopping locally in support of small businesses. Check out plaid bows on door handles!

For now, the page you’ve visited here is likely to have only updated happenings for the next six to eight weeks. Be sure to check the posted date/year. We regret so many community traditions are on hold due to the pandemic and the protocols in Illinois.

Naperville’s musical tradition since 1859!

From autumn through springtime, the Naperville Municipal Band performs indoors, mostly on stage at the Wentz Concert Hall in the North Central College Fine Arts Center. Next up is the Holiday Concert is set for 3PM Sun., Dec. 19, 2021.

Strike up memorable music classics and upbeat marches with the city band that’s been around since 1859! Supported by the City of Naperville and its SECA Fund, Naperville Municipal Band Concerts, with enlightening narration by emcee Ann Lord, are free of charge and open to everyone. Always stay tuned from one season to the next…

Here’s a little more about PN’s website…

Since September 2001, Positively Naperville has been on a mission to focus on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness via the bright side of can-do spirit with smiles and good news. Grab your comfortable walking shoes and head Downtown Naperville to plan to shop ’til you drop (an old saying from the late 1900s!). Find plenty of treasures in local shops in between delicious meals at eateries around town, sure to ignite delight.

Stop by Dean’s Fine Clothing, downtown Naperville’s men and women’s shop since 1959! Think small and think plaid…The sales associates at Dean’s say they’re “mad about plaid” this holiday season.

Remember! Help keep the community safe. Pandemic or not, stay home when not feeling well. Follow local advisories and protocols upon entering a business or restaurant. Always cover coughs and sneezes. That’s just commonsense.

Most importantly, help protect physical and mental health of everyone around you. Eat healthful foods. Drink plenty of water. Take in fresh air and sunshine whenever possible.

Wash your hands often, but don’t wash away your commonsense.

Hold onto hugs for future giving. Keep a 3′ to 6′ social distance. Take walks and appreciate the changing seasons. Call family and friends.

Have faith, hope and charity to fulfill unmet needs of less fortunate with appreciation for all critical care providers and first responders.

Be safe and continue vigilance. Follow best practices.  Play it safely so all businesses can thrive again. Aim with enthusiasm to get all small businesses to remain open!

Think plaid. Think small. Enjoy all the holiday designs present in store windows throughout Naperville, N.E.W.S.

Then celebrate safely. Thank you.

Longstanding events posted here are open to the public, providing plenty of happenings featuring local culture, social engagement and community spirit in Naperville, Illinois.

Events featured here are repeats. First-time events have yet to become traditions. 

For information regarding sending news for consideration to PN, please CLICK HERE.

Note also that some special event organizers send printed invitations via their acquired mailing lists with “save the date” messages as reminders. Invitations to community fundraisers listed here are not intended to be exclusive. Everyone is welcome. It’s likely once you attend, you will receive invitations in the mail.

The events listed here, many free*** of admission charge, invite all individuals to catch the spirit whether by personal invitation or not. (Note! At this time, many events remain in limbo, depending on success of the fight against COVID-19. We’re trying to keep up with cancellations and reschedules.)

Not all exact dates for 2021 have been determined through the end of the year, but place-holder dates are listed as reminders when events are still pending. (Be sure to check that the year is “2021” or “2022.”)

Students often participate in parades and other local traditions; however, school concerts and performances are not necessarily listed here. Thanks for supporting the arts at North Central College and in our schools when they begin again. School performances are not happening now.

Have a meaningful, safe and happy year with peace and good health.

PN’s perpetual calendar 

Plenty of cultural events welcome your attendance in this active city. Events are listed in order by month, not necessarily by day.

Dine Naperville via choices at www.dinenaperville.com.

PN’s Online Calendar of Upcoming Events 

Throughout the year, Moser Tower with the 72-bell Millennium Carillon along the Riverwalk usually is illuminated at night with different colors at to heighten awareness for important initiatives such as blue for Autism Awareness Month in April. Currently Moser Tower is undergoing some rehabilitation to its exterior. Carillon concerts, canceled for now, will be scheduled soon. Stay tuned.

December (Mostly Updated)

(Note some events are scheduled annually on the same day of the week, not necessarily the same date. That’s why some may seem out of order on this perpetual calendar.)

Holiday Light Trolley Tours – Now through December 28, 2021 (Closed on Christmas) Naperville Trolley-la-la-la… la-la-la-la  & Tours start and end at various locations North and South. Find dates, times and reservations at www.napervilletrolley.com. Ding! Ding! Add a dong while caroling through the town. Ding dong, ding dong, Christmas bells are ringing!

Annual KidsMatter Youth and Family Volunteer Fair at Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, 5:30PM to 7:30PM Thurs., Dec. 2, 2021. *** (Click here for details.) YES!

Riverwalk Santa House, Webster at Jackson (December) *** (Santa House hours, Santa breakfasts, photo ops & more with vintage images of PN’s favorite Santa Helpers through the years.) Watch for details coming soon.

Mayor’s Community Breakfast hosted by the YMCA at Fry Family Y (6:30AM First Friday in December) Update: This year’s event, Fri., Dec. 3, in the tradition of kicking off the holiday season for many in the community. A virtual event for 2021.  Click here to participate. YES!

Hines Community Outreach Team Visit hosted at the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, 908 W. Jackson Avenue, to address Veterans’ health issues. / (First Tuesday most months) 10AM to 2PM. Tues., Dec. 7. YES!

West Suburban Irish Quiz Nights at Quigley’s Irish Pub (First Tuesday of most months. 7PM Tues., Dec. 7 YES!

Cup of Cheer House Walk Hosted by Naperville Garden Club (Thursday & First Friday) YES!

Above / Santa enjoys a hug during Pictures with Santa and the Leprechaun at Quigley’s Irish Pub. Note for 2021, safety protocols will be followed. 

Pictures with Santa & the Leprechaun at Quigley’s Irish Pub (Dec. 12, 2021) ***  Family Photos, 11AM to 1PM. (Bring your own camera. Bring your own holiday attire. Bring your smiles!)  Pet Photos on the Patio at 10AM, weather permitting. For 2021, again remember no holiday hats will be provided. Bring your own! (Note also that Santa will stand behind folks for photos. No hugs this year.) YES!

Take the Bus to Visit Veterans at Hines VA Hospital – Spread Cheer & Sing Holiday Songs! Register at 6PM in the Canteen. Bus departs from Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873. (6:15PM Tues., Dec. 8) *** Not on the calendar for 2021 TBD

Anyone at a loss for what to put on a Christmas list, consider, “Something you want. Something you need. Something to wear. Something to read.”

Naperville Municipal Band hosts Tuba Christmas in front of US Bank (11AM First Saturday) *** NO! for 2021, but a tuba ensemble will perform at the Holiday Concert on Dec. 19.)

Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise Naper Lights (Thanksgiving & Weekends through Holidays) along Water Street. YES!

Naperville Municipal Band Holiday Concert at Wentz Concert Hall (3PM Sun., Dec. 19, 2021) YES!

Spread good cheer with holiday music!

Annual visit to Hines VA Hospital to spread good cheer with a Holiday Sing-along, departing from Judd Kendall VFW  Canceled for 2021.

Annual Breakfast with Santa at Catch 35 in downtown Naperville (Dec. 2020)   www.catch35.com/santas-breakfast-2017-catch-35.

Every evening the Grand Illumination with thousands of glistening white lights throughout downtown Naperville is accented by the colorful NaperLights along Water Street. By day, drop-off collection sites at Busey Bank for Toys for Tots and Little Friends Giving Trees welcome gifts for less fortunate.

Hometown Holidays Shopping, Shopping, Shopping & a Cookie Walk, too!

Last-Minute Madness in Downtown Naperville

North Central College Arts Calendar

PN’s Online Calendar of Upcoming Events 

Above / The Naperville Riverwalk provides the natural setting for many annual charity walks, concerts and other special events throughout the year. The Riverwalk Covered Bridge at Webster Street was decked out with bright lights to attract visitors to downtown Naperville where more than 300 shopping and dining experiences help create the vibrant heart of the community every day of the year. (PN Photo 2018!)

Last call! December 31, 2021 / Wrap up the year!

New Year’s Eve Morning at DuPage Children’s Museum (Dec. 31, 2021) Two times are listed: 9-10AM and 10-11AM.  YES!

Shop, Shop, Shop! Find bargains galore in every store throughout downtown Naperville! DNA Gift Cards do apply!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Dublin Time at Quigley’s Irish Pub. Countdown at 6PM (3-8PM Dec. 31, 2021) YES!

Ring out the old and ring in the New Year / Millennium Carillon Countdown (Dec. 31, 2020) Can you hear it? We’re waiting to hear… And we heard NO!

Please note a more comprehensive, but certainly not all-inclusive, list of things to do on New Year’s Eve will be posted on this website soon. 

Thanks for linking up and reading PN. Many stories about this active community are saved in the PN archive. Try using the “search” tool to find posts about specific holidays, the “Riverwalk,” “Naper Settlement” or “Meson Sabika” for example.

Whenever possible, your support of the local business community is appreciated greatly.

For more of the latest happenings, visit PN’s online calendar of Upcoming Events where event planners also can add events. 

Additional Calendar Listings

PN’s Online Calendar of Upcoming Events 

Click here for calendar of 2019 Runs, Walk, Bike Rides & A Duck Race

Click “Events” on PN’s Navigation Bar at the top of this page for a drop down of other calendar choices.

(We regret any dead links on this page. We welcome event planners to help us keep them live.)

Positively Naperville, online since July 2001 and in print since September 2001. Thanks for reading!

Check out Latest News! Printed Monthly / Digital Daily.

Happy Naperville Traditions! Thanks for reading.

The Riverwalk Veterans Plaza, located just west of Main Street along Jackson Avenue, is another place to pause and reflect with gratitude every day and especially on the Marines Birthday on Nov. 10 and Veterans Day at 11AM on Nov. 11.

Additional Calendar Listings

PN’s Online Calendar of Upcoming Events 

Click “Events” on PN’s Navigation Bar at the top of this page for a drop down of other calendar choices.

(We regret any dead links on this page. We welcome event planners to help us keep them live.)

Positively Naperville, online since July 2001 and in print since September 2001. Thanks for reading!

Check out Latest News! Printed Monthly / Digital Daily.

Happy Naperville Traditions! Thanks for reading.

January 2022 (Not Yet Updated)

Come on downtown! Wrap up wisely for winter…

Dean’s Fine Clothing for men and women is one of dozens of shops in downtown Naperville with handsome window displays. Find big bargains at your favorite local businesses. Remember safety protocols whenever entering a store or restaurant.

Winter sales are in progress. Take some “feel good” time to treat yourself and use gift cards that may be stashed in your wallet. Downtown Naperville is ready to get you fit and dressed this fall, with plenty to do in between meals at local eateries that’ll whet every appetite.

“Exercise, eat right and be your best self,” say downtown merchants. Follow local protocols. Stay healthy! Click here to find out what’s happening throughout downtown Naperville!

More EVENTS under ‘Latest News’

Thanks for linking up and reading PN. Many stories about this active community are saved in the PN archive. Try using the “search” tool to find posts about the “Riverwalk,” “Naper Settlement” or the “DuPage Children’s Museum,” for example.

Whenever possible, your support of the local business community is appreciated greatly.

Additional Calendar Listings

PN’s Online Calendar of Upcoming Events 

Click here for calendar of 2019 Runs, Walk, Bike Rides & A Duck Race (2020 events were mostly canceled. Not much action yet for 2021)

(We regret any dead links on this page. We welcome event planners to help us keep them live.)

Positively Naperville, online since July 2001 and in print since September 2001. Thanks for reading!

Check out Latest News! Printed Monthly / Digital Daily.

Happy Naperville Traditions! Thanks for reading.

January 2022

Happy New Year, Naperville!

Bundle up for winter to create fond memories and have a ball!

Enjoy a year of local traditions & more, soon to be updated with 2022 dates. For now, some 2021 dates remain as placeholders.

Positively Naperville goes to press second week in January to avoid being thrown out with the holiday wrapping paper. (Jan. 10, 2022) 

Alert! Placeholders beyond this sentence have not been updated…

KidsMatter Student Job Fair at Fort Hill Activity Center (Moved from March to Jan. 4, 2020) 

Plan now to ‘Meet & Greet’ candidates running in the Consolidated Election (2021 polls open 6AM to 7PM Tues., April 6, 2021) Familiarization events and fundraisers run Jan., Feb. & March until the Consolidated Election on April 6.

West Suburban Irish Quiz Nights at Quigley’s Irish Pub (First Tuesday of most months) (Now a virtual event)

Wedding Showcase at Naper Settlement (Planned for 2022) ***

MLK Annual Tributes at North Central College (Mon., Jan. 18, 2021)

Annual Indoor ‘Sidewalk Sales’ in downtown Naperville (Jan. 15- 18, 2021)

Monthly Dinner/Social hosted by American Legion Post 43 (Canceled)

Naperville 2021 Restaurant Week (Jan. 15-31, 2021)

PN’s Online Calendar of Upcoming Events 

Above / February is here again in the city named to honor Captain Joseph Naper. The city planner arrived here with his family by Conestoga wagon in the summer of 1831 and his story is celebrated at Naper Settlement, Aurora Avenue at Webster Street, the city’s 12-acre outdoor history museum where the Victorian Martin Mitchell Mansion is the centerpiece.  A 9-ft. Century Walk sculpture stands at the site of the Joe Naper Homestead at Jefferson and Mill streets. Here the sculpture is a reminder of the snow and deep, deep freeze the Midwest experienced the last week in January 2019. 

February 2022

Enjoy a year of local traditions & more, many now held virtually, always a work in progress with updates for 2021 dates.

Plan now to ‘Meet & Greet’ candidates running in the Consolidated Election. Familiarization events and fundraisers run Feb. & March in advance of Consolidated Election Day, April 6, 2021.

West Suburban Irish Quiz Nights at Quigley’s Irish Pub (First Tuesday of most months, 7PM, currently virtual)

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Event Bold & Bright Gala (Feb. 4, 2021) Update! The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC) honored Naperville business Paul Gregory Media with their inaugural “Shining Business Award” for their commitment to providing the nonprofit community with grants and pro-bono services during the pandemic.

360 Youth Services Valentine’s Virtual Chef’s Dinner (Sat., Feb. 13, 2021)

North Central College Arts Calendar

Monthly Dinner/Social hosted by American Legion Post 43 (Stay Tuned)

Naperville Municipal Band Winter Concert (Canceled for 2021) *** NMB begins its 162nd year! 

Jaycees Mardi Gras  (Feb. or March) **Must be 21 (TBD)

MLK Tribute at North Central College (8PM Sat.., Feb. 23, 2019)

West Suburban Irish Emerald Dinner  (TBD)

YUKS for Youth (TBD?)

Friday Night Fish Fry at Judd Kendall VFW (Not happening for 2021)

Hello, there! How did your community garden grow for 2021?

March 2022 – Many to be determined

Naperville Municipal Band Winter Concert (Canceled for 2021) *** NMB celebrates its 162nd year! 

West Suburban Irish Quiz Nights at Quigley’s Irish Pub (7PM First Tuesday of most months, Currently virtual)

Friday Night Fish Fry at Judd Kendall VFW (4:30PM every Friday during Lent / Canceled at this time.)

Kiwanis Pancake Festival at NCHS Cafeteria  (Canceled)

Little Friends’ Bids for Kids (First Saturday in March / Postponed until 2022)

Above / Another seasonal tradition is the way folks on Whispering Hills use the big rock in their front yard to celebrate holidays such as Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas with their all-American touches.

Naperville puts on the green, now through St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 / Check out Quigley’s Irish Pub just about every day, EDAQ!

Annual Pictures with the Leprechaun at Quigley’s Irish Pub  (TBD)

St. Baldrick’s  (Various local events / Search “Naperville.”)

Rotary/Sunrise St. Paddy’s Day 5K (March 13, 2021) Sign Up Now for Virtual Event!

Above / For a little local lore…The first parade of the year in downtown Naperville is the St. Patrick’s Parade beginning at 10AM on the Saturday in March before St. Patrick’s Day. Hosted by the West Suburban Irish, the sounds of bag pipers and the steps of the McNulty Irish Dancers entertain spectators. Collectible scarfs with an Irish theme also are sold along the parade route for $5 each. In 2020, celebrate St. Patrick on March 14, then again with Michael Finnegan on March 17. Note also for 2020, McNulty Irish Dancers will perform at the American Legion Post 43 Dinner Social on March 21. Think green and sunshine! Sláinte. (We regret to add that these events for 2020 were canceled and so it goes for 2021.)

WSI St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 13, 2021) CANCELED FOR 2021

Alert! Most events beyond this line are on hold for now in 2021…

North Central College Arts Calendar

Mayor’s State of City Address at Marriott hosted by Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (March 16, 2020) CANCELED FOR 2020

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Quigley’s Irish Pub with live music & more! (March 17, 2020)

Monthly Dinner/Social hosted by American Legion Post 43 (March 2020)

KidsMatter Student Job Fair (Previously in March, moved to January 2020) 

Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt  (March or April / Saturday before Easter)

April 2020 – Most Events Canceled

It’s springtime! Find daily activities for recreation, hiking, bicycling, wildlife viewing (just don’t feed wildlife!) and much more throughout Naperville parks in the great outdoors.

Above / Throughout the year, Moser Tower with the 72-bell Millennium Carillon is illuminated with different colors to heighten awareness for important initiatives such as Autism Awareness Month in April. This event happened!

Vote! Consolidated Election 2021 (Every other ODD year) (6AM to 7PM first Tuesday, April 6, 2021) CLICK HERE for list of candidates.

National Autism Awareness Month! Look for blue lights! (Events canceled. Blue lights shine for acceptance and understanding!)

West Suburban Irish Quiz Nights at Quigley’s Irish Pub (7PM First Tuesday of most months) 

Naperville Big Band Jazz Fest at Neuqua Valley High School (March 14, 2020) Postponed 

Strength & Honor Luncheon hosted by Naperville Responds for Veterans (April 22, 2020) Postponed

Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt  (April 11, 2020) Instead Jaycees hosted food collection at Oswald’s. Thanks! ***

American Legion Post 43 Annual Past Commanders & Citizens of the Year Dinner (April 18, 2020) 

DuPage Children’s Museum Annual Benefit Ball  (April 18, 2020 / Now set for June 20, 2020

***Spring Spruce Up! Note opportunities to keep a trash bag and disposable gloves handy with you on your walks with 6-ft. social distance. Pick up litter along the way. Help spruce up the landscape along the trails in local parks and parkways in your neighborhood. Help keep Naperville litter free.

Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 Annual Plant Sale (Mail-in Orders due April 19, 2020, for pick up May 12, 2020)

National Jelly Bean Day at Naperville Nuts & Sweets! (April 20, 2020. Order at (630) 355-5330. Pick up curbside.)

Jaycees DSA Recognition (And More!) (Usually April. Sometimes May) Details to come.

Naperville Municipal Band Spring Concert at Bolingbrook High School (April 26, 2020) *** (Canceled)


May 2020

It’s springtime! Find daily activities for recreation, hiking, bicycling, canoeing, picnicking, wildlife viewing (just don’t feed wildlife!) and much more throughout Naperville parks in the great outdoors.

All Canceled except Mother’s Day

Special holidays such as Mother’s Day and Memorial Day remain on the schedule. Plans for events may change, however. May 1, 2020, is the date when many decisions will be made regarding summer events in Naperville, Illinois.

Naperville’s Annual Memorial Day Observance begins 7:45AM with flag-raising ceremonies during brief services at six local monuments and cemeteries prior to the parade that steps off at 10:30AM along Jackson Avenue. 
In addition to the Memorial Day Parade, a special 30-minute ceremony in Central Park welcomes families to pay tribute to the sacrifices of the armed services observed on this day. Music begins following the parade. The observance begins at 12:15PM.

A.D.O.P.T. Walk (7:30AM on First Sunday Morning in May)

West Suburban Irish Quiz Nights VIRTUAL via Quigley’s Irish Pub (7PM First Tuesday of most months)

Jaycees DSA Recognition (And More!) (Usually April. Moved to May 2, 2019) Details to come.

Honor Flight Fundraiser & Luncheon at Calamos Hangar / DuPage Airport  (First Saturday, May 2, 2020)

Kentucky Derby Gala / Benefit for Hesed House (3-7PM First Saturday, May 2, 2020 / New location for 2021)

North Central College Commencement Webcast / May 3, 2020 Live Commencement Canceled – See presentation on YouTube.

Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Nonperishable Food Collection / Second Saturday in May (May 9, 2020) 

Jaycees Lobster Day (And More! Held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day) (May 18, 2021)

Mother’s Day in a city with more than 260 eateries to whet every appetite. Dine Naperville! (May 9, 2021) Thanks for celebrating moms!

Above / Glow Run 5K is a time to run for reading with participants of all ages, decked out in brightly-colored spirit wear.

Glow Run 5K nicaricoliteracyfund.org at twilight  Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund (Formerly Run for Reading. Alert! Moved from June to May 16, 2020)

Mayor’s State of City Address at Marriott hosted by Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (May 18, 2020)

Annual Kathryn Bender Dance Showcase at NNHS (Saturday in May 2020) Details to come.

AAUW Awards Brunch & Annual Meeting

Families Helping Families Family Fun Walk

Memorial Day Parade (Register entries by May 1) & Observance (10:30AM Mon., May 31, 2021) ***

Memorial Day Observance with Patriotic Music & Wreath Laying to Honor Sacrifices in Central Park (12:15PM Mon., May 31, 2021) ***

June 2020

West Suburban Irish Quiz Nights VIRTUAL via Quigley’s Irish Pub (7PM First Tuesday of most months, usually not held in July, but will be July 6, 2021.)  June 1, 2021! It’s ON!

Naperville Municipal Band 11-week Summer Concert Series (June 10-Aug. 19, 2021) Thursday evenings 7:30PM in Central Park. Celebrate NMB Director Ron Keller’s first 55 Years! FREE of admission charge! It’s ON!

Fair Lady Productions, Inc. Annual Fair Lady Award Banquet (Placeholder), at Center Stage Theater, located at 1665 Quincy Ave. Canceled

Glow Run 5K nicaricoliteracyfund.org at twilight  Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund (Formerly Run for Reading and now in May.) Canceled

Third Annual Chef Showdown for Loaves & Fishes Community Services (June 10, 2020) Canceled Now moved to October.

Annual AAUW Naperville Area Used Book Sale Canceled

DuPage Children’s Museum Annual Benefit Ball  (Rescheduled virtually: June 20, 2020-Auction ends June 21, 2020

North Central College Arts Calendar Coming soon!

Classic Car Show & Kick Off of Sculpture Exhibit in Downtown Naperville / (Sat., June 19,  2020 – Father’s Day Weekend) *** It’s ON!

Naper Nights at Naper Settlement (June 12 & June 13, 2020) It’s ON!

Naperville Woman’s Club Annual Fine Art & Artisans Fair (Free Admission / Alert! June 26-27 for 2021) *** It’s ON!

Restore Illinois to OPEN begins June 11, 2021…

July 2021 – Celebrate Safely!

Celebrate July 1-5 in Downtown Naperville!

Watch an encore performance of the Naperville Municipal Band American Salute on NCTV17 at 7:30PM Thurs., July 2.

Note! Celebrate the 1812 Overture with cannons in conjunction with the Prelude to the Independence Day Concert at 7:30PM on July 1, 2021! *** It’s ON!

Naperville Salute at Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk (July 2-3, 2021) It’s ON!

Exchange Club of Naperville RIBFEST! (33rd Ribfest! July 2-July 5, 2020-Note! After its long run in Knoch Park, Ribfest 2020 is moving to a new location in Romeoville. Thanks, Exchange Club of Naperville!) Canceled

Fireworks! Independence Day, July 4. Spectacular fireworks display high in the sky! God bless America! Be prepared to watch 30-minute display beginning at 9:30PM from Frontier Park! Hurray! Hurray! It’s ON!

 

Naperville Municipal Band Summer Concert Series Thursday evenings 7:30PM in Central Park FREE! *** It’s ON!

Summer Sizzling Sidewalk Sales Downtown Naperville / Celebrating 62 years, Dean’s Fine Clothing sets up a big tent for its annual summer sale in its parking lot. (July 8-10, 2021) (Watch for special sales at every shop!) It’s ON!

Summer Sidewalk Sales at Oswald’s Pharmacy in Naperville Plaza

Naperville Woman’s Club Annual Fine Art & Artisans Fair (Free Admission / Moved to June in 2017) *** 

Naper Nights at Naper Settlement (July 16 & July 17, 2021) It’s ON!

Y Movie Under the Stars in Central Park, 104 E. Benton / Details to come. *** (Place Holder – Details to come)

PN’s Online Calendar of Upcoming Events 

August 2021 (In progress)

August is Custom Savings Month at Dean’s. Take 20% on Custom Shirts, Suits, Sport Coats & Trousers. Dean’s Fine Clothing for men and women is one of dozens of shops in downtown Naperville with “sale” signs in the window. Find big bargains at your favorite local businesses. Remember safety protocols whenever entering a store or restaurant.

West Suburban Irish Quiz Nights at Quigley’s Irish Pub 7PM First Tuesday of most months, but not August 2021 because members are busy planning the inaugural Irish Fest at Frontier Park for Aug. 6-7. Watch for updated details on the WSI website… Meanwhile, Quigley’s patio is open every day, weather permitting, at 43 E. Jefferson Ave. 

Annual National Night Out throughout Naperville subdivisions (First Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021) *** It’s ON!

Naperville Municipal Band  Summer Concert Series Thursday Evenings 7:30PM in Central Park FREE!***  Summer tradition ends with Joint Big Band Concert. Thanks for the memories! It’s ON!.

Naperville Rotary Ride Family Bike Ride from Commissioner’s Park (Start times 6:30AM-10AM, Sun., Aug. 8, 2021, Closes 2PM) Look for its return in 2021… Ever wonder if the return of the Rotary Ride is called “recycling”?  Regardless, keep cycling!

India Day Parade & Celebration  (Day-long India independence celebration at Rotary Hill begins at Noon and runs until 10PM, Parade at 4PM, Ends with with free concert on Aug. 8, 2021) ***

Riverwalk Duck Race offers $1981 First Prize (10AM Wed., Aug. 18, 2021) Canceled.

Naper Nights at Naper Settlement (Aug. 15 and Aug. 16, 2021) It’s ON!

Throughout the year, Moser Tower with the 72-bell Millennium Carillon along the Riverwalk is illuminated at night with different colors at to heighten awareness for important initiatives such as blue for Autism Awareness Month in April. When the sprinklers are running in the summertime, visitors to Rotary Hill also can try to catch rainbows. 

September 2021

Dean’s Fine Clothing for men and women is one of dozens of shops in downtown Naperville with “sale” signs in the window. Find big bargains at your favorite local businesses. Remember safety protocols whenever entering a store or restaurant.

Until September 21, it’s still summer! Summer Sidewalk Sales continue in the Cool Inside Downtown Naperville / Experience a new twist in the mix of shopping and dining along Jefferson Avenue between Main and Washington streets. Celebrating 62 years, Dean’s Fine Clothing offers its popular sales racks every day to make room for new arrivals for fall and winter. (Watch for special sales at every shop as summer sale days continue to make way for fall and winter merchandise!)

Last Fling, Naperville Jaycees (Sometimes begins late August such as 2019) Last Fling, Naperville Jaycees (Sept. 3-6 2021) ON!

Ashley Whippet K-9 Frisbie World Championships / Labor Day Weekend at Nike Park / (September 4-5, 2021.) ON!

North Central College Arts Calendar Soon!

Last Fling, Naperville Jaycees (Celebrating 56 Years in 2020! Sept. 3-6, 2021) ON.

Naperville Jaycees Labor Day Parade (Sept. 6, 2021) *** ON!

Naperville loves a parade, its music and its timely bucket shakers for charity! The Frank E. Fling mascot thanks all marching bands from local middle and high schools to the Naperville Municipal Band for mustering up the rousing music that prompts cheers from spectators throughout the parade season! 

(Now scroll down or up this page and catch up on many of the traditional events that showcase this community’s can-do spirit while Frank E. Fling rests up for next year.)

September 11 Observance / Cmdr. Dan Shanower/September 11 Memorial along the Riverwalk *** (8:15AM Music – 8:43AM Sept. 11 Program) Plans are being set by the Exchange Club Americanism Committee for the 2021 Remembrance. 

Judd-A-Thon .1K hosted by the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 (10.01AM Sun., Sept 19) YES!

Kiwanis Peanut Days (Sept. 5-Sept. 20)

KidsMatter Gala “The Game of Life” (Sept. 12, 2021) YES!

Riverwalk Fine Art Fair (Free admission / Sept. 18-19, 2021) YES!

Harvest Pow Wow at Naper Settlement  Details to follow.

Public Safety Open House (TBD)

PN’s Online Calendar of Upcoming Events 

October

The Naperville Pumpkin Race, hosted by Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is expected to return to Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk in the heart of downtown Naperville at noon Sat., Oct. 30, 2021. Meanwhile all ages are welcome to purchase a kit to create a pumpkin racer, then race a pumpkin that you decorate, complete with wheels that you purchase, just for the fun of it with friends and family. Find details here about pumpkin racers, the Halloween Costume Contest and other seasonal competition during the day at the Pumpkin Race!

West Suburban Irish Quiz Nights at Quigley’s Irish Pub (7PM First Tuesday of most months) YES!

Signs at Naper Settlement say events are happening!

Oktoberfest at Naper Settlement (Oct. 1 & 2, 2021) YES!

Soap Box Derby Race (Oct.)

KidsMatter Volunteer Fair at Fort Hill Activity Center (To Be Announced)

Naperville Woman’s Club  Witches Night Out Naperville, (Oct. 6, 2021 – Note! Now Wednesday!) YES!.

Kids Best Friend Benefit for The Education Center (Yet To Be Announced) 

All Hallows Eve at Naper Settlement (October 15-16)  YES!

Naperville Municipal Band Concert in Central Park / Special Outdoor Fall Concert featuring songs to celebrate Football, World Series and Halloween, (2PM Sun., Oct. 18, 2020) Weather Permitting. Bring Chairs. FREE of charge.

Edward Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon & 5K (Oct. 17, 2021) YES!

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation Annual Pumpkin Race (Oct. 30, 2021) YES!

Halloween Happening (Oct. 24, 2021) YES!

Downtown Naperville Trick or Treat “Halloween Hop” (10AM-Noon Sun., Oct. 31, 2021) YES!  

November 

Be sure to take time to watch the trees change color. With opportunities to fish year-round, May Watts Park can be exceptionally brilliant and beautiful during the days of autumn leaves.

Cheers to Our Veterans! hosted by NRFV (Nov. 4, 2021) New Reverse Raffle.

West Suburban Irish Quiz Nights at Quigley’s Irish Pub (7PM First Tuesday of most months)

360 Youth Services Annual Gala (Formerly in early November the special 50th anniversary event has been moved to March 12, 2022.) Champions for Youth at 6PM! Click here to find out more about changing lives and inspiring hope...

Cress Creek Garden Club Annual Make It Bake It (November TBD)

Grand Illumination (November 8, 2021) throughout downtown Naperville

Veterans Day (Traditionally at Veterans Park at 11AM on Nov. 11, aka “11-11-11”) YES! As always! The Naperville Municipal Band begins its medley at 10:45AM Follow local protocols. Take a moment to pause and reflect. 

Naperville Municipal Band Fall Concert (Nov. 14, 2021) *** This concert with tributes to Veterans and the season is scheduled for 3PM Sun., Nov. 14, at Wentz Concert Hall. YES!

Quigley’s Irish Pub, Established Nov. 17, 1998 (Toast the first 23 years with a pint and an order to go!)

Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise Naper Lights (Weekends through the Holidays) along Water Street and throughout Jaycees Park for 2021 YES! 

Throughout the year, Moser Tower is illuminated in different colors to heighten awareness for certain causes. For several years, it’s turned purple to recognize World Pancreatic Cancer Month.

Carillon Tribute Concert to recognize World Pancreatic Cancer Day at Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk /  *** (Moser Tower is undergoing rehabilitation. No carillon concert for 2021.) Nonetheless, Nov. 18, 2021, is World Pancreatic Cancer Day and local organizers for Lustgarten are looking forward to July 2022 when the annual walk returns to heighten awareness along the Riverwalk.

Kathy Lukavsky, a member of the Naperville Noon Lions Club, attended the 2021 VFW Turkey Raffle, sharing enthusiasm for the Lions Club Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Thanks to a headdress presented to her by Kristen Jungles, she’s ready to roll!

Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and Auxiliary Annual Turkey Raffle at the Post, 908 W. Jackson Avenue. Public Welcome! (6PM Sat., Nov. 20, 2021)  YES!

Thanksgiving Week

Lions Club 5K Turkey Trot returns on Thanksgiving Day (Thurs., Nov. 25, 2021) YES!

Quigley’s Irish Pub Cheers for Turkey Trot (8AM to 11AM, Thurs., Nov. 25) YES!

Complimentary Thanksgiving “TO-GO” Dinner at Meson Sabika (Thurs., Nov. 25, 2021) *** 3,000 To-Go orders have been reserved available by advance reservation for 2021. All orders are booked for 2021. The restaurant is closed Thanksgiving Day, open for pick up on preorders only. Happy Thanksgiving. YES!

Holiday Parade of Lights in downtown Naperville (7-9PM Fri., Nov. 26, 2021) – YES! Santa Visits, Too! / After Santa’s arrival via the Holiday Parade of Lights, families can follow Santa to Nichols Library where the jolly old elf will welcome children with their wish lists until 9PM, Fri., Nov. 26.

Riverwalk Santa House inside Riverwalk Cafe *** (Opens to public TBD – Click here for hours closer toward the end of November.)

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