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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 14||6 PM - 10 PM||6 PM - 10 PM|
|Friday, May 15||6 PM - 11 PM||None|
|Saturday, May 16||1 PM - 11 PM||1 PM - 5 PM|
|Sunday, May 17||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.
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.
Bring your tent and share an adventurous weekend camping out with friends and neighbors at Pedersen Park. 2 night stay, campsite, 1 community dinner, scavenger hunt, team games, fastest tent building contest, and 1 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, games and more. The $40.00 fee includes up to 6 people per site ($6.00 for each additional person, 2 sleeping tents per site) for the entire weekend. Families will be able to make or 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: Theme items, 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 Friday, July 10th Evening after 5:00 pm and wraps up at noon on Sunday, July 12th . 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. 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.
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 email@example.com.
Letters to Santa
Santa also has a mailbox right here in Antioch! He loves to receive letters from all the wonderful children of the Antioch Community. Make sure to include your return address so Santa can send his reply. You can simply drop your letter in the mailbox which is located right outside Santa's Enchanted Village (882 Main Street) or you can send your letter to the following address:
c/o Antioch Parks Department
806 Holbek Dr.
Antioch, IL 60002
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 "Masquerade Ball". 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. If tickets are available the week of the event, ticket prices increase to $15.00 per person. 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 up to Friday, March 28, 2015. The week of the event the ticket price is $5 per wristband. Registration begins on February 16, 2015. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 3:00 families can come down and watch some of the enormous kites being flown and/or fly their own. The first 50 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
This annual event is organized by the Antioch Firefighters Association, and runs from 5pm-midnight. The dance will feature bands and great food from local restaurants. With a huge beer garden, great bands and great food, it would be hard not to have a great time. Everyone is encouraged to bring out the whole family. Come out and support your department and have a fun night out with friends.
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. This event features music from many eras, whether it be the 50's, 60's, 70's to today; there is 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*
The annual Miss, Jr. Miss and Little Miss Antioch Pageant is community service based and the winners act as representatives for the Village of Antioch, throughout Lake County and the State of Illinois. The pageant is held in June each year, 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. in the spring. 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. Follow the link below for more details on upcoming dates for this years pageant! For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-395-2160.
Antioch Pageant 2015 Schedule of Events
Mother Daughter Bingo
New this year! Bring your Tiaras & Boas, play Bingo - Mother Daughter style. A unique Antioch Event bringing ladies of all ages together for a wonderful afternoon having lunch and playing Bingo. Lunch will be served first, then we shall play 8 fun-filled games of Bingo. Prizes will include, but not limited to, massage packages, pool passes, wine walk tickets, hair style packages, dance classes, jewelry, toys and more.
Don't miss out on all of the fun. Only $13 per person. Choose your time: Noon or 3pm.
Mother Son Lunch with an Illusionist*
New this year! The Antioch Parks & Recreation Department is proud to present the Magic Dave's "Magical Mystery Show"; an event you and your boys will remember for years to come.
Magic Dave will thrill you with everything from his award winning close-up magic to his sensational stage show presence. His spectacular magic captivates the audience and brings smiles of enjoyment to all. Choose your time: Noon or 2pm. $10 per person includes lunch and the show.
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 to be determined.
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 (formerly the Polar Express) 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. Children and adults are encouraged to wear pajamas to this event. The North Pole Express Trains begin to run on December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23, departing from Antioch around 11 a.m. and arriving back from the “North Pole” at 2:35 p.m. Residents (60002) tickets go on sale Thursday, October 16 at 6pm and non-resident (outside 60002) tickets go on sale Monday October 20 at 9am. Tickets are $22 for residents/$25 for non-residents per person and include lunch, crafts, hot chocolate, cookies and a visit from Santa. Tables seat 6 individuals so tickets will be limited to 6 tickets per purchase. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Parks Office and are limited. For more information call Antioch Parks and Recreation at 847-395-2160 or email us at email@example.com.
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!
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 6, 2015||April 23, 2015|
|Fall Wine Walk||September 26, 2015||July 23, 2015|
|Winter Wine Walk||January 17, 2015||Dec 4, 2014|