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Event List

Event Name 2016-17 Dates
Winter Wine Walks January 28, 2017
Daddy Daughter Dance* February 4, 2017
Mother Son Lunch with Illusionist* March 4, 2017
Flashlight Egg Hunt April 13, 2017
Eggcellent Easter Adventure April 15, 2017
Mother Daughter Bingo* April 24, 2016
Art Crawl* May 7, 2016
885 Civic Club Annual Carnival May 13-15, 2016
Summer Wine Walks June 4, 2016
Farmers Market* Begins June 2, 2016
It’s Thursday Concert Series* Begins June 16, 2016
Arts & Crafts Faire June 18 & 19, 2016
Movies in the Park* June 22 (Cancelled due to weather) , July 20 & August 10, 2016
Miss Antioch Pageant* June 18, 2016
Fire Dept. Pancake Breakfast June 26, 2016
4th of July Celebration* July 4, 2016
Camping Under the Stars* July 8-9, 2016
Antioch’s Taste of Summer July 14-17, 2016
Lions Club Chicken BBQ & Auction July 31, 2016
National Night Out w/ APD* August 2, 2016
Fireman's Dance September 10, 2016
Fall Wine Walks September 24, 2016
Rotary Pork Chop Dinner October 1, 2016
Treat the Streets/Monster Bash* October 22, 2016
Christmas Parade* November 25, 2016
North Pole Express Train* November 29, 30 December 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23
Breakfast with Santa TBA
Holiday Movies on the Big Screen TBA

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 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
Friday, May 13 6-10 PM 6-10PM
Saturday, May 14 1-11 PM 1-5 PM & 6-10 PM
Sunday, May 15 1-6 PM 1-5 PM

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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.

Breakfast with Santa
The Village of Antioch, Antioch Golf Course and Antioch Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to offer a Breakfast with Santa .  The event is scheduled to be held at the Antioch Golf Club (40150 N. Route 59).  Each day, 3 seatings will be available at 8, 9:30 and 11am to enjoy breakfast with Santa.  This is a registration event, and pre-sale tickets are $12.00 per person ($15.00 at the door).  Tickets include breakfast, meet and greet with Santa, and tickets to the Antioch Chamber of Commerce's Frozen Village.  Registration can be done online, by calling 847-395-2160, or in person at the Parks & Rec office located at 806 Holbek.  For more information related to this event, please call 847-395-2160 or email parks@antioch.il.gov.  

Camping Under the Stars

OK Antioch...Back by popular demand. Pull out those tents and come on down to the 2nd Community Camping under the Stars.

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 $50.00 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 8th  Evening after 5:00 pm and wraps up at noon on Sunday, July 10th .  Register online, or come into the Antioch Parks and Recreation Department at 806 Holbek Drive.  Call 847-395-2160 for more information.

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. 

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.

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 6 206 at the Antioch Upper Grade School (AUGS) from 5:30-7:30 pm.  The theme for the 2017 dance is "Roaring Twenties". 

The cost is $12.00 per person and includes dancing, ice cream sundaes, beverages, a memorable photo, and gift for the girls.  Tickets will go on sale Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm and will be sold through Friday, February 3, 2017 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 the Annual Eggcellent Easter Adventure.  The Eggcellent Easter Adventure is a two-part event that features a parade and an egg hunt.   The parade will start at 10:30 AM in downtown Antioch beginning on Main Street (Route 83) at Park Avenue heading north to Williams Street.  Immediately following the parade (approximately 11:00 am) the Easter Egg hunt will begin in Williams Park for children ages 1-10. 

Children participating in the Egg Hunt must pre-register at the Antioch Parks and Recreation Office (806 Holbek Drive) between now and the egg hunt.   The cost is $3 per child up to Friday, March 18, 2016.  The week of the event the ticket price is $5 per wristband.  The wristband guarantees your spot in the hunt and each child will receive 10 eggs and have a chance to win one of 3 special Easter Baskets created for each age group.   The age groups are divided as follows: 1 & 2 year olds, 3 & 4 year olds, 5-7 year olds and 8-10 year olds.  Registration is open now!  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 available for pictures at the actual egg hunt.

For more information about this event please contact Antioch Parks and Recreation at 847-395-2160, email at parks@antioch.il.gov, or visit antioch.il.gov. 

Flashlight Eggstravaganza

The Antioch Parks and Recreation department is again sponsoring the 2nd Annual Flashlight Eggstravaganza!  This event is for kids ages 11-15 and requires participants to bring flashlights to look for eggs once the sun has set on Antioch.  Participants are required to pre-register as space is limited.  Each participant has a limit of 10 eggs per wristband and each wristband cost $5.00.  The event takes place at Centennial Park starting at 7:45 PM on March 24, 2016.  Please arrive by 7:30 pm to get checked in.  Wristbands can be purchased at the Parks & Recreation Office (806 Holbek).  For more information, please call the office at 847-395-2160 or email at parks@antioch.il.gov or visit Antioch.il.gov.  

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.

Fireman's Dance
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.

Holiday Movies on the Big Screen
The Village of Antioch and Antioch Theater present Holiday Movies on the Big Screen.  On Saturday mornings throughout December you will have the opportunity to see one of today's classic holiday movies.  Each week movies start at 10:00 am.  Tickets will be $3.00 per person and are limited.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office, or online at AntiochTheatre.com.  Online purchases are subject to a $1.25 convenience fee.  If you have any further questions, please contact Antioch Parks and Rec at 847-395-2160 or email parks@antioch.il.gov.


Date Movie
Wednesday, June 22 Star Wars:  The Force Awakens
Wednesday, July 20 Inside Out
Wednesday, August 10 Hotel Transylvania 2


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 900 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 program where 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. The link for the year's upcoming pageant will be available in mid-January.  For more details email antiochpageantdirector@yahoo.com or call 847-395-2160.

2016 Pageant Important Dates

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 $15 per person.  Choose your time:  12 Noon, 2:30 PM, 5:00 PM & (Adults only) 7:30 PM.

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:  11:30 am or 1:30 pm.  $12 per person includes lunch and the show.

Movies in the Park
Do you like to go out and enjoy movies?  Antioch Parks and Recreation shows 3 movies in the park annually.  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 any time after 8:30 PM.  The current movie schedule for 2016 should be announced in March, 2016.

Date Movie
Wednesday, June 22 Cancelled due to weather - Star Wars:  The Force Awakens
Wednesday, July 20 Inside Out
Wednesday, August 10 Hotel Transylvania 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.  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 are 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 are tentatively planned for 2016 on November 29, 30 December 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23.  Resident (60002) tickets go on sale Thursday, October 13 at 9am.  Ticket prices and limits will be announced by August, 2016.  For more information, call Antioch Parks and Recreation at 847-395-2160 or email us at parks@antioch.il.gov.

Rotary Pork Chop Dinner

Treat the Streets/Monster Bash*

This event is the opportunity to wear your costume more than once, as well as include some fall fun.  The Treat the Streets event from 12-2 pm is a chance to trick-or-treat in the downtown area businesses.  The Monster Mash Bash event from 1-4 pm at the bandshell (900 Skidmore Drive) is the opportunity to participate in the original pumpkin roll, costume contest, carnival type games, as well as various other activities.  Along with the games we will have a DJ playing some great music and teaching some entertaining dances.  All are encouraged to dress up!

For more information on this and any other event or activity please contact us at Antioch Parks and Recreation at 847-395-2160 or email us at parks@antioch.il.gov.  As the event draws near further details will be available online through our website and Facebook under the Village of Antioch.

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.  To purchase tickets, please click here.

Event Date of Event Tickets on Sale
Summer Wine Walk June 4, 2016 April 14, 2016
Fall Wine Walk September 24, 2016 July 21, 2016
Winter Wine Walk January 28, 2017 Dec 8, 2016


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