Signature Events

Girlfriends Getaway May 4, 2017

You and your girlfriends will be talking about this day all year long! We invite you to explore La Grange as you shop and stroll at dozens of unique destinations. Stores are rolling out the red carpet and staying open late so you'll have plenty of time to discover the fun finds, great activities and special savings, too. From wine tastings to window dressings, and canvas painting to comedy acts, there's something for Girlfriends of all ages. Get your Passport and Map stamped at specific locations, and you'll be eligible to win great prizes - including a hotel stay. Discover all that La Grange has to offer. Find more.

 


 

La Grange Outdoor Farmers Market (May – October)

Our award-winning market is operational from 7am to 1pm on Thursdays between May 4 and October 26. Local farmers and artisans provide a selection of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, confections, plants and specialty services like knife-sharpening.  Customers can get tips for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle from local businesses in the Activity Tent; free kids activities and live music varies weekly. Convenient free parking is located nearby. Interested in submitting a vendor application?  You can download the vendor information here:2017 Farmers' Market Guidelines and Application revised


 

Summer Art Project 2017

It's Cooler in La Grange!  An exhibit of 30 custom-crafted and hand-painted beverage coolers is being installed in front of storefronts in La Grange this summer as part of an outdoor art exhibit to showcase the local arts scene from May to September. Local business sponsor the coolers and secure professional and amateur local artists to design and paint them. Designs on the theme range from sophisticated to outlandish and contemporary to traditional. Coolers will be displayed from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admirers will be able to bid on a cooler throughout the summer via an online auction at www.lgba.com.  Several painted coolers will be selected for live auction on Saturday, Sept. 9 from the expanded West End Arts Festival, and auction proceeds will benefit Pet Parade Charities and other local nonprofits.

How cool is that?

 


La Grange Carnival (June 2-4, 2017)

Come one, come all! Summer "unofficially" begins in La Grange when the La Grange Carnival heads to town. Thrilling rides, games of skill, live music, food and old-fashioned fun capture the excitement of the season when school is almost out and summer is in the air. 

This all-ages carnival features spectacular rides and LED light displays from favorites like the Freak Out, Sky Rider, Zipper and Fireball, popular family rides, games of chance, engaging kiddie rides and concessions from Windy City Amusements. The carnival is located on Harris Avenue between La Grange Road and Harris Avenue and will also offer a beer tent and food from local establishments. Live musical entertainment is featured throughout the weekend.

Carnival hours are 5PM to 10PM on Friday, noon to 10PM on Saturday, and noon to 9PM on Sunday.  Afternoon unlimited ride specials priced at $25 per person, per day are available on Saturday from 12pm – 4pm and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. Evening unlimited ride specials priced at $30 per person, per evening are available on Saturday from 5pm – 9pm; Sunday from 5pm – 9pm.

Local businesses sponsoring the carnival are: Boyce Chiropractic, Costco Wholesale, First United Methodist Church, Flying High Sports and Recreation, and iLoveKickboxing. The carnival is held with the cooperation of the Village of La Grange.  


 

La Grange Craft Fair (July 15-16, 2017)

The 42nd Annual La Grange Craft Fair returns to the central business district in July when nearly 200 artisans from throughout the Midwest showcase one-of-a kind, hand-crafted items. This much-loved tradition brings out young and old to explore, experience, and discover great finds and treasures. Shop, stroll and spend the day in La Grange. Sponsors: Make your mark at one of the longest and largest craft fairs in the western suburbs. Get details: Sponsor Registration page 2.draft  Interested in exhibiting as a crafter? Contact info@craftproductionsinc.com.


 

Endless Summerfest (August 4-6, 2017)

Great live bands, carnival thrill rides, food tents, and old-fashioned fun capture the essence of summer at this lively music festival in Gordon Park held in partnership with the Park District of La Grange. You'll find something for everyone this weekend; watch for details on the entertainment line-up and add these dates to your summer plans! Interested in event sponsorship? We can offer something for all budgets. La Grange Endless Summerfest Sponsorship Brochure 2017


 

West End Arts Festival (Sept 9-10, 2017)

This juried fine arts festival is a popular end-of-the-summer event for the community as well as for high-caliber artists from across the country. It's held in the shadow of the landmark Stone Avenue Metra train station in the charming and historic West End of La Grange surrounded by old trees and small, local businesses - all which provide a picture-perfect setting to shop and talk with artists in person. In addition to hosting fine artists in all media, the West End Arts Festival also highlights music performance, including a jazz band on Saturday evening, wine tasting, an Art of Food Culinary Tent featuring demonstrations by local chefs, numerous children’s activities, food vendors, and a community art project. Artists can apply now: https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5314


 

Skeletober in La Grange (October 2017)

Make no bones about it - La Grange has plenty of spirit this month! Friendly, life-sized skeletons decked out with different themes are lounging all around the Village. Stop by, snap a pic and say hello to our local business owners who sponsor the display. Enjoy the Halloween Walk on Saturday, Oct. 28 complete with Pumpkin Bowling from the front lawn of Village Hall and a Scavenger Hunt. Check back in October to download a map to all the fun.


Unwrap La Grange (Nov. 25 – Dec. 31, 2017)

Join the La Grange Business Association in partnership with the Village of La Grange as we again “Unwrap” a Holiday tradition beginning on Small Business Saturday. Save your receipts when you shop in La Grange from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, 2017 and you can earn rewards if you're a qualifying shopper. 


Hometown Holiday

La Grange is decked out for fun with holiday festivities all season long. Mark you calendar for our spectacular La Grange Holiday Walk on Saturday, December 2, 2017 with merchant open houses, musicians, strolling carolers, trolley rides, petting zoo, pony rides, ice sculptures and a kiddie train. Be here when Santa arrives by firetruck to light a giant Christmas tree! Sponsorship details available soon.


Santa Stroll (December 2017)

Get your jolly on and reserve a spot for you and your friends at festive restaurants in La Grange. Sit, sip and enjoy holiday cheer, then stroll to another location for drink specials, prize drawings and fun surprises. Dress in unique Santa attire for this annual FUN-raiser that supports student scholarships of The Legacy Guild, Helping Hand Center, Pillars and Buddy's Place, plus the La Grange Business Association. For tickets and information: http://www.thelegacyguild.com/santa-scholar-stroll/


Family Health & Wellness Expo (Feb. 4, 2017)

Thanks to all of our sponsors of the 2017 Family Health & Wellness Expo. The feedback we've received has been outstanding and we appreciate all of our sponsors. Do you have suggestions about how to make this Expo even better? Please email info@lgba.com... and watch for the date of next year's event! 


La Grange Gives (Feb. 15-28, 2018)

Take a bite out of La Grange in February, and you'll be giving back when you dine out. When you dine at many of your favorite La Grange restaurants from Feb 15-28 and show the flyer for LaGrangeGives, 15% of your food purchase will be donated to the local non-profit organizations that are helping your neighbors. It's an idea that tastes as good as it feels! 

 

La Grange photography © Bob Briskey