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Event List

Event Name 2014 Date
4th of July Celebration* July 4
885 Civic Club Annual Carnival May 15-18
Antioch’s Taste of Summer July 17-20
Art Crawl* May 2
Arts & Crafts Faire June 14 & 15
Camping Under the Stars July 12-13
Christmas Parade* November 28
Daddy Daughter Date Night* February 7, 2015
Eggcellent Easter Adventure And Hunt * April 4, 2015
Fall Fest* TBD
Family Cardboard Boat Regatta* July 13
Family Kite Flying Day* September 28
Farmers Market* June 5
Flashlight Eggstravaganza April 2, 2015
Fire Dept. Pancake Breakfast June 29
It’s Thursday Concert Series June 12
Lions Club Chicken BBQ & Auction July 27
Miss Antioch Pageant* June 14
Mother Daughter Tea* May 4
Mother Son Event - TBA* March 8, 2015
Movies in the Park June 18
National Night Out w/ APD August 5
Polar Express TBD - Winter
Rock Rumble August 8
Rotary Pork Chop Dinner  
Treat the Streets* October 2
Wine Walks June 7, September 27

Antioch Independence Day Celebration
Antioch Annual Independence Day Celebration  is on the normal traditional celebration day of July 4.  This single day, multiple activity event starts with the State Bank of the Lakes "Run for Freedom" and ends with the Annual Fireworks Show in downtown Antioch.  In between there is something for everyone, like sports tournaments, children's games, food and beverage vendors, a parade, and lots of music.

Once the parade is over, and everyone is at Williams Park to enjoy the many activities, we will start the sports tournaments, kids fun fair, Fire Department water fights and bands.  For more information, please contact the Antioch Parks and Recreation Department at 847-395-2160 or parks@antioch.il.gov.  Specific schedule information can be found by clicking here.

885 Civic Club Annual Carnival
Antioch's Annual 885 Civic Club Carnival will be held in May in the municipal lot located off of Toft Avenue.  This is an old-fashioned carnival where all of the staple foods and rides are available.  Unlimited ride wristbands are available for purchase for $25 each day and can only be used during designated times.The carnival hours are:

Date Carnival Hours Wristband Hours
Thursday, May 15 6 PM - 10 PM 6 PM - 10 PM
Friday, May 16 6 PM - 11 PM None
Saturday, May 17 1 PM - 11 PM 1 PM - 5 PM
Sunday, May 18 1 PM - Close 1 PM - 5 PM


Antioch’s Taste of Summer
Antioch’s huge summer festival will be held in Downtown Antioch. Antioch’s Taste of Summer offers food, entertainment, carnival, sidewalk sales, and many other activities that make up a great 4 day family fun festival. Gather your family and friends and head to Antioch for great family fun!  There will be no public parking at the Taste, but there is plenty of parking around Authentic Antioch. Plan on parking and strolling through Downtown while browsing through Sidewalk Sales as you head to the Taste Festival.  Visit the Chamber Website for more information.

Art Crawl*
The Art Crawl features artists young and old from music to painting.  Our community school district displays the artwork of the various classes throughout the downtown along with professional artists who join the event to display their talent for everyone to enjoy.  As you enjoy the artwork in downtown, make sure you stop at the William E. Brook Memorial Entertainment Center (900 Skidmore Drive) where our many musical artists will be performing.  The musical acts range from grade school choruses and bands, to the Lakes Area Community Band and everything in-between.  This event is sponsored by the Village of Antioch, Antioch Chamber of Commerce, School District 34, and Antioch Fine Arts Foundation.  For more information please contact the Parks Department at 847-395-2160 or the Chamber of Commerce at 847-395-2233.

Arts & Crafts Faire
Join us for one, or both, of our annual Fall Arts & Crafts Faire in Downtown Antioch. There will be fun for the whole family with new activities joining the Summer Bazaar and Fall Arts & Crafts Faire! Both the Bazaar (June) and Fall AC Faire (September)  will be at our new location in the heart of Downtown Antioch! Join us at the intersection of Main Street and Orchard Street. Children's Free Fun includes:  Face Painting, Balloon Art and Paint our Town!  Visit the Chamber Website for more information.

Camping Under the Stars
OK Antioch...Are you ready to get your camp on?  Well pull out those tents and come on down to the 1st Community Camping Under the Stars.

Bring your tent and share an adventurous weekend camping out with friends and neighbors at Pedersen Park.  Campsite, community dinner, scavenger hunt, team games, fastest tent building contest, and community breakfast are all included in the fee.  You will be able to go fishing, but will need to have a fishing license.  We will also have S'mores, campfire stories and more.  The $25.00 fee includes up to 6 people per site ($6.00 for each additional person).  Families are encouraged to make and bring a family flag to be posted outside their tent.

Families will get the chance to showcase their creativity by decorating their own tent and surrounding space to fit their family's personality.  Families will be judged by the Antioch Parks & Recreation staff.  The most creative tent will receive a great prize (and bragging rights).  Examples of what can be used:  small fences, lawn chairs, holiday lights, pinwheels, flower pots, mailboxes, and much more.  Everything must be removable, may not abuse the lawn, and must not surpass 5 ft of your tent.

Check-in begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 12.  The event wraps up at 12:00 pm Sunday, July 13.  Register online, or come into the Antioch Parks and Recreation Department at 806 Holbek Drive.  Call 847-395-2160 for more information.

Cardboard Boat Regatta
The Cardboard Boat Regatta kicks off at noon on Sunday, July 13.  For those families wishing to enter, the fee will be $25 per family, and includes lunch and all of the material to build a boat.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Christmas Parade*
Welcome Santa and the Christmas Season to town at the old-fashioned Holiday Parade sponsored by the Village of Antioch.  The parade takes place on Main Street between Park Avenue and Depot Street traveling north.  Santa joins the community and participates in the parade as the last float which leads everyone to the community Christmas Tree.

Immediately following the Christmas Parade, we will hold the Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of Village Hall.  At this ceremony we are joined by the Antioch Community High School Chorus for some old-fashioned caroling and a visit from Santa himself who comes to spread holiday cheer.  The Antioch Fire Department hands out free cookies and hot chocolate.  Community officials welcome everyone and then the countdown to the lighting of the official community tree happens.  Santa then returns to his enchanted village where you can bring your kids to visit and take a picture.

We do accept homemade and store bought ornaments for the community Christmas tree which should be turned into Village Hall the Monday prior to the lighting ceremony.  For any further information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 847-395-2160 or at parks@antioch.il.gov.

Daddy Daughter Date Night*
Dads, this is the event for you to spend time with that special girl(s) in your life!!! The Daddy Daughter Dance is filled with music, dancing and fun!  Light refreshments will be served during the dance.  The dance will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Antioch Upper Grade School (AUGS) from 5:30-7:30 pm.  The theme for the 2015 dance is yet to be determined.  The cost is $10.00 per person and includes dancing, ice cream sundaes, beverages, a memorable photo, and gift for the girls.  Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 9:00 am and will be sold through Friday, February 6, 2015 or until they are sold out.  The event is limited to the first 500 participants and tickets go fast so register early.  Substitute dads are always welcomed.  Please contact the Parks and Recreation Department for further details.

Eggcellent Easter Adventure And Hunt *
The Antioch Parks & Recreation department is sponsoring its Annual Eggcellent Easter Adventure.  The parade is set to begin at 10:30 am.  Immediately following the parade (approximately 11:00 am) the Easter Egg hunt will begin on the baseball field at Williams Park for children ages 1-10.  Children will receive 10 eggs each and have a chance to win 3 special Easter Baskets per age group.  The age groups are 1 & 2 year olds, 3 & 4 year olds, 5-7 year olds and 8-10 year olds.  The cost is $3 per child.  Wristbands the week of the event will be $5.00, so get your wristband early.  Registration is in person only at the Parks Office.  THERE WILL BE NO REGISTRATION THE DAY OF THE EVENT!!!!  Limit 700 children.  The Easter Bunny will be on hand to greet the children at the parade and at the hunt.  Polaroid pictures will be available at a cost of $3 each.

Flashlight Eggstravaganza
The Antioch Parks and Recreation department is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Flashlight Eggstravaganza!  This event is for ages 11-15 and requires participants to bring flashlights to look for eggs once the sun has set on Antioch.  Each participant has a limit of 10 eggs per wristband at a cost of $5.00.  The event takes place at Centennial Park starting at 8PM.  Wristbands can be purchased at the Parks & Recreation Office (806 Holbek).  For more information, please call the Parks Department at 847-395-2160 or email at parks@antioch.il.gov.

Fall Fest* TBD

Family Cardboard Boat Regatta*
The Village of Antioch, along with Northbridge Church, will be holding the Annual Family Boat Regatta.  This event will be held at Pedersen Park from 12-4 pm.  The cost will be $25 and includes all building materials and lunch.  Substitute dads are welcome.  If you have any other questions, please call 847-838-4032.  You must register for this event by visiting the Parks and Recreation Department at 806 Holbek Drive.

Family Kite Flying Day*
Family Kite Flying Day will be held at the Tim Osmond Sports Complex.  Starting at 11:00 until 4:00 families can come down and watch some of the enormous kites being flown and/or fly their own.  The first 100 kids will receive a free kite that will be available onsite.  There will be raffle prizes available for those who attend the event.  If you own your own kite, bring it with you and join in on the fun.  There will be kites available for sale during the event, and staff from Chicago Kite will be there to answer any questions you may have.  This is an all-ages event and is free to the public to attend.  For more information, please call 847-395-2160.

Farmers Market*
The Antioch Farmer's Market is open each Thursday afternoon from 3-7 pm starting early June.  The market is located at 845 Main Street (on the corner of Route 83 and Depot Street) in downtown Antioch.  The Market features products from produce to flowers and many things in-between.  In the market you will find items like fresh vegetables, fruits, jellies, beef, poultry, eggs, mushrooms, salsa, baked goods, oils, plants, and flowers. For more information, click here or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 847-395-2160 or email sroby@antioch.il.gov.

Fire Dept. Pancake Breakfast
The Antioch Firefighters Association will host the annual pancake breakfast the last Sunday in June at Fire Station #1 located at 835 Holbek Drive from 7:00 am to noon.  The pancake breakfast serves as the main fundraiser for the Firefighters Association, with proceeds going towards the purchase of equipment and fire safety materials.  The fire safety materials include coloring books, baseball cards, fire helmets and other items for K-5 students.  These materials are handed out during fire prevention week, block parties, community events and station tours to teach everyone the importance of fire safety.  in addition to fire safety materials, the monies raised help pay for equipment for the Dive/Rescue Team as well as offset the rising costs of training for department personnel.  As in the past, the Fire Department will have several informational displays set up and several fire trucks will be on display for everyone to see.  So mark your calendars and bring your appetite to the main fire station the last Sunday in June.

Again this year, the Fire Department will also be adding a blood drive to the Pancake Breakfast.  From 7-noon, you can help by donating blood.  The drive will be held at the Senior Center which is located just to the north of the fire house on Holbek.  According to recent numbers, every 2 seconds someone in America needs blood.  The majority of the public will need blood at some point of their lives, but a very small portion of the public actually donate.  To pre-register for time slots, or to get more information, please contact the Fire Department at 847-395-5511.

It’s Thursday Concert Series
The It's Thursday Concert Series will start in mid-June, and run through mid-August.  All concerts start at 7:30 pm and run until 9 pm at the William E. Brook Memorial Entertainment Center located at 902 Skidmore Drive, Antioch, IL (behind the east side businesses on Main Street).  "It's Thursday" is a series of 8 free concerts sponsored by the Village of Antioch along with various community businesses.  This is one of the hallmark summer events for downtown Antioch where you can experience musical entertainment as well as a fun evening of shopping and dining Thursday evenings.  From the "Salute to the Troops" featuring the Naval Band Great Lakes, to the songs of the 50's, there is truly something for everyone.  in addition to great music, you can come down before the concert and enjoy our Farmers Market which operates every Thursday from 3-7 pm just north of the Bandshell at 845 Main Street.  You can also get something to eat at one of Antioch's various dining establishments, or grab a bite to bring to the concert.  You can also use this time to stroll and enjoy Antioch's Downtown Streets and visit one of the many shops that specialize in gifts, home decor, clothing, jewelry, personal services and other unique and fun items.  For more information about the concert series, click here or call 847-395-2160.

Lions Club Chicken BBQ & Auction

Miss Antioch Pageant*
This year's annual Miss, Jr. Miss and Little Miss Antioch Pageant will be held on Saturday, June 14th at the Antioch High School Auditorium.  Miss Antioch will receive scholarship money towards tuition for the college of her choice. She must be 16-22 years of age, have good academic standing, show community involvement, and have three references in order to be a contestant. Jr. Miss is for girls 11-14 and Little Miss is for girls 6-8. Specific rules and regulations are included in the application for the Pageant and can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation Office at 806 Holbek Dr. beginning Monday, March 24, 2014.  Applications can also be emailed upon request (send request to the email address below). The application fee for Miss Antioch is $50.00 and the Jr. & Little Miss Antioch fee is $30.00 to enter. THE DEADLINE TO ENTER IS FRIDAY, MAY 2nd at 5:00 P.M. NO EXCEPTIONS! For more details email antiochpageantdirector@yahoo.com or call 847-395-2160.

Mother Daughter Tea*
Mother Daughter Tea is a special afternoon designed for moms and daughters of all ages.  (Substitute mommies are always welcome).  Price includes a memorable photo of each mother daughter couple/group, beverages, petite sandwiches and dessert.  Moms and daughters will enjoy delicious small finger sized portions! The food offerings will be as tasty if not better than in previous years.  Infini-Tea likes to create new offerings to keep the event fresh for those who have made it an annual tradition.  New spring teas will be available for tasting.  Please let us know at registration if there are any dietary restrictions such as gluten free, vegetarian or food allergies. Also let us know at registration if your daughter will be bringing a special guest (doll or teddy bear) and we will set up a special seat at the table for them.  Registration will be at the Parks Office.  Please specify time preference and reserved tables of 6 at the time of registration.  We will do our best to accommodate those requests.

3 Seatings available:  11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Tables of 6 – Limited to 42 per seating
At Infini-Tea Gourmet Restaurant
902 Main Street in Downtown Antioch
$30 Per Couple - $15 for each additional daughter

Mother Son Bowling Night*
2 - Squads this year. 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm This year’s Mother & Son Date Night will be at the Antioch Bowling Lanes. The ticket will include Cosmic Bowling, hot dog, chips, pop and a memorable photo will be included along with the shoe rental. Bumper bowling will be available for younger children. This event will be $10.00 per person. Call the Parks & Recreation Office at 847-395-2160 for more information. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Tickets go on sale, Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Parks Office.

Movies in the Park
Do you like to go out and enjoy movies?  Antioch Parks and Recreation, along with Raymond Chevrolet, will be hosting three (3) movie nights during the 2014 season.  The movies are free to attend, and will take place at the William E. Brook Entertainment Center (the bandshell located at 900 Skidmore Drive).  Popcorn and drinks will be available for sale to those interested.  Movies start at dusk, which is typically around 9-9:15 each night.  The current movie schedule is:

Wednesday, June 18 - Frozen
Wednesday, July 23 - Superman - Man of Steel
Friday, August 15 - Despicable Me 2



National Night Out w/ APD
The National Night Out is early August at the Bandshell from 7-9 pm.  This is a community watch group where citizens are asked to turn their porch lights on at 6 pm.  The citizens walk their subdivision together and meet at the Bandshell.  We will have dog performances by TOPS, bouncy tent, Fire Truck and Rescue hands on vehicles.  Safety information, hot dogs, popcorn, water, and a DJ.  This event is free and we welcome the citizens of Antioch to participate.  This is a family affair.

The North Pole Express Trains
The North Pole Express Trains with the Village of Antioch was a huge success and we hope to see you this year! The 3.5 hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Antioch Metra Station for a journey to the “North Pole”. Children will join in and sing as our conductor goes around checking each of them in. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the “North Pole”. Santa will join the group in between keeping an eye on the elves who are busy making the toys for Christmas. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Antioch Metra Station. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ runs in December, departing from Antioch around 11 a.m. and arriving back from the “North Pole” at 2:35 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 a person and includes lunch, crafts, hot chocolate, cookies and visit from Santa. There must be a least one parent with every 3 children. Tickets are limited to anyone on a first come first serve basis! Tickets may only be purchased at the Parks Office. There will be no online or phone registration for this event. For more information call Antioch Parks and Recreation at 847-395-2160 or email us at parks@antioch.il.gov.

Rock Rumble
Are you ready to rock this summer at the Annual Rock Rumble????  The battle of the bands style event will be held at the William E. Brook Entertainment Center (900 Skidmore Drive).  Does your group have what it takes to take the stage and entertain?  If so, this is the event for you!  The winner of the Rock Rumble will receive a cash prize.  Each band must complete and submit an entry form.  Entry forms and rules are available by clicking here.  For more information, please contact Shawn at 847-395-2160.

Rotary Pork Chop Dinner

Treat the Streets*
Do your kids like to wear the Halloween costumes more than just once?  We have the event for you!  We will have our annual "Treat the Streets" event from noon-3pm in downtown Antioch at the end of October.  This is a trick-or-treating event in the downtown area sponsored by the Village of Antioch and the Antioch business community.  During the 3 hour event, kids have the opportunity to play games, collect candy, and enjoy an entertaining show.  For more information, please contact Parks and Recreation at 847-395-2160.  Children and parents are both encouraged to dress up!

Wine Walks
Are you looking for a fun, social event where you have an opportunity to see our beautiful downtown, while at the same time improving your wine appreciation?  The Village of Antioch hosts 3 annual Wine Walks appropriately named after the season in which they are conducted:  Winter, Summer and Fall.  The Wine Walks are for those 21 and older who are looking to try some great wine, food, and the opportunity to make new friends.  The cost of this event is $40 per person, which includes:  commemorative wine glass, event menu, food, bottle of wine, and free drawing prizes.  Tickets can only be purchased in person at the Parks Department (806 Holbek Drive) or online at www.antioch.il.gov.  Fore more information, please call 847-395-2160.

Event Date of Event Tickets on Sale
Summer Wine Walk June 7, 2014 April 17, 2014
Fall Wine Walk September 27, 2014 July 24, 2014
Winter Wine Walk January 17, 2015 Dec 4, 2014


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