Dundee Heritage Fest returns with crafts, cars and music

This year Dundee Heritage Fest will return with most of its mainstays, including a craft fair, car show and live entertainment, but it will not include fireworks or a shuttle bus.

The festival takes place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, September 16; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, September 17; and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, in East and West Dundee city centres.

There are no admission fees. For a full schedule of events and locations, visit www.wdundeeheritagefest.org.

Bands scheduled to play the Downtown Music Stage include The Student Body from 6-8 p.m. and Madison County from 9/11 p.m. Friday; Bishop Super Band from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Brandon Reisdorf Quartet from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., The Sofa Kings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Hi Infidelity from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays; and jazz combo Starlites from 8-9am, Guy Meets Girl from 10-11am, Doc Diamond from 11:30-12:30pm, Controlled Burn from 1-2:30pm and The Lennys from 3-5pm on Sundays.

The Dundee Township Lions Club is sponsoring a 5k run and 1.6 mile walk from West Dundee city center south to South End Park and back through East Dundee. Proceeds support local charities and businesses, as well as the eyewear needs of students in Community District 300. It starts at 8 a.m. Saturday.


Food and beverages will be available daily during Heritage Fest. Local and regional food vendors will set up kiosks downtown, north of Main Street (Highway 72). Food and beverage vendors operate on a cash basis. For visitors 21 and older, a $1 wristband is required to consume alcohol.
– Courtesy of the Village of West Dundee

An arts and crafts fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday along the river walk. It is managed by Robin Reed of Art of the Heartland. Up to 100 artisans and artists are expected to display and sell items such as clothing, jewelry, soaps, floral decorations, stained glass, watercolors, aprons, metal art, crafts primitive and rustic, ceramics, dog treats, dips and honeys, woodworking. , knitting, felting, bottle art and tie dyeing.

Other events include a Cool Car Show from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along South 2nd Street; a baggo tournament at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Grafelman Park; children’s activities; and Dundee Lions Pancake Breakfast from 8am to 11am on Sundays.

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