More than 60 outdoor events each year showcase Homewood's fun-loving community. The Homewood Artisan Street Fair, Fall Fest, and weekly farmers markets are where you'll find residents meeting friends and making new ones. Community art projects tap into Homewood's vibrant creativity. For more information about village events call (708) 798-3000.
MLK Jr. Day of Service
Inspired by the work and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Village of Homewood partners with the Village of Flossmoor to support a day of giving back and helping out. Local clubs, teams, businesses, and families donate their time and resources to complete service projects and food/supply drives for local organizations.
Indoor Farmers' Market
January 27, February 24, March 31, April 28 | 8 AM - Noon | Marie Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Avenue
Cold temperatures and snowy weather send many farmers' markets into hibernation for the winter, but not in Homewood. The Homewood Indoor Farmers' Market takes place on the last Saturday each month January-April at the Marie Irwin Center, located at 18120 Highland Avenue.
February 17, 2018 | 11 AM - 2 PM | H-F Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road
The Village of Homewood proudly hosts Homewood’s Chocolate Fest on Feb. 17 from 11 AM to 2 PM. This year's festival features baking demonstrations, children’s activities, science demonstrations, vendor booths and a variety of sweets, desserts and gourmet baked goods. Back by popular demand is the annual Chocolate Bake-Off Contest for professional and amateur bakers as they compete for title of "Home Sweet Homewood's Master Pastry Chef." This free event is located in the H-F Park District Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road.
During Chocolate Fest, Homewood Science Center hosts PopUP Science “Sweet Shoppe Science and Math." Visitors choose from three flavorful and fun activities; a hot chocolate math facts game, an M&M balancing scale activity or test a variety of chocolate bars’ buoyancy in sink or swim experiments. Plus, the Homewood Science Center presents the chocolate lover’s classic film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” in the Michael Wexler Theater. In addition, The Homewood Community Relations hosts a free apron decorating activity for kids. The Homewood Science Center is located at 18022 Dixie Highway.
May 19, 2018 | 9 AM - 3 PM | H-F Park District Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road
Come out for the 12th Annual Rail Fest, a day that rail enthusiasts of all ages enjoy all things trains! Homewood embraces its rich rail history. Trains have always made their way through Homewood. Whether it was historic Illinois Central, Amtrak, Metra, or Canadian National, all had a story to tell that resonates with rail enthusiasts. Families explore the intricate train layouts for all ages to enjoy. Kids participate in train crafts. Vendors offer one-of-a-kind collections of antique trains, model trains, train memorabilia, and items associated with model railways.
Did you know that complex equipment like trains and cranes are made from combinations of simple machines? Homewood Science Center is partnering with MiJack, a south suburban company that has been engineering durable and reliable material handling equipment for more than 60 years. Rail Fest participants learn how MiJack’s modern, sophisticated products were influenced by concepts from simple machines (like the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, screw, wedge and inclined planes) invented in 3rd Century BC. In the STEAM Studio families create their own simple machines using household and recycled items. The Homewood Science Center is located at 18022 Dixie Highway.
Public Works Open House
May 19, 2018 | 11 AM - 2 PM | Public Works Department, 17755 Ashland Avenue
Spend the afternoon learning about the Village's Public Works Department. Activities include interactive equipment operation and rides for kids, tours of the water plant facility, and demos on tree planting and water main repairs. Enjoy games, crafts, popcorn and hot dogs! For more information call (708) 206-2906.
Homewood Farmers' Market
Every Saturday, May 26-October 13 in 2018 | 8 AM - 1 PM
Every Wednesday, June 6-August 22, 2018 | 4 PM - 9 PM *No market on July 4*
Martin Avenue between Ridge Road and Chestnut Road
The Homewood Farmers' Market is a great place to start your weekend with your family and even your dog. What better way to enjoy the warm weather than to spend it outside, and indulging in delicious, fresh, local food? The Homewood farmers' market provides a relaxing, friendly atmosphere to pick up some of the best produce around while listening to music from local musicians. The market features diverse offerings of produce, baked goods, and restaurants setting up their own booths to provide their specialties to hungry shoppers. We have you covered from locally grown, organic produce, to fresh baked goods.
Back for the fourth year is the Homewood Hunt & Gather Market, a vintage style and handmade market set within the Homewood Farmers' Market. The Hunt & Gather Market pops up on the last Saturday of each month May-September. You'll find old shutters, vintage windows, hand crafted jewelry, painted furniture, candles, antiques and one-of-a-kind artisan goods at this market.
Enjoy cocktails and beer tastings from some of our local purveyors. Sip on a bloody mary while you enjoy the market!
Memorial Day Parade
May 28, 2018 | 10:30 AM
Paying homage to our fallen service men and women, Homewood's Memorial Day Parade is followed by a ceremony to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their lives in service to their country. The parade starts at 10:30 AM and travels south on Dixie Highway from Chestnut Road to Olive Road and west to Harwood Avenue, stopping at Veterans Park for the Ceremony.
Homewood Artisan Street Fair
June 8, 2018 4 PM to 9 PM
June 9, 2018 10 AM to 9 PM
Martin Avenue between Ridge Road and Hickory Road
The Village of Homewood proudly presents the newly designed Homewood's Artisan Street Fair. This two-day festival features unique artisans, activities for all ages, live music, and food from Homewood's best restaurants.
During the Artisan Street Fair on June 9th from 10AM-1PM, don't miss Metal Mania! Metals are used in manufacturing and to create works of art. Gaby Metal & Iron Company in Chicago Heights buys, sells and recycles a wide variety of steel, aluminum and other metals and is partnering with Homewood Science Center for Metal Mania. Governors State University Chemistry Professor John Sowa will describe how metals play a starring role in the Periodic Table. In the STEAM Studio, families create their own metal masterpieces. The Homewood Science Center is located at 18022 Dixie Highway.
Homewood's Artisan Street Fair is centered at Martin Ave. and Ridge Rd in Homewood, IL. This festival is free and open to the public. For more information, call 708-798-3393.
Drivin' the Dixie
Saturday, June 16 | 11:30 AM | St. Paul's Church 18200 Dixie Highway
Explore historic Dixie Highway in a parade of vintage cars. Visit Dixie Highway towns along the way and sample great food, live entertainment, shopping, and more. You don’t need an antique car to ride; you can follow behind a Stanley Steamer, Corvette, Model A Ford or in your family minivan. Homewood’s stop is where it all began.
Movies in our Parks
Held yearly in July and August | Irwin Park, 18120 Highland Avenue
Watch movies on the big screen under the stars in H-F community parks at dusk. These events are sponsored by the Homewood and Flossmoor Libraries, the Village of Homewood and Flossmoor Community Relations Commissions, and the H-F Park District.
Independence Day Parade and Family Fun Fest
July 4 | Parade kicks off on the corner of Ridge Road and Dixie Highway at 10 AM
Homewood's Independence Day Parade invokes the nostalgia of a hometown Americana experience. The parade, representing Homewood’s civic groups and businesses, travels down historic Ridge Road to the beautiful grounds of Izaak Walton Preserve for the H-F Park District's annual Family Fun Fest. Contact the H-F Park District for the Family Fun Fest schedule of events at (708) 957-3393.
National Night Out
August 7, 2018 | 5 PM - 8 PM | Irwin Park, 18120 Highland Avenue
Homewood joins forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the annual "National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event. This annual event is designed to strengthen our communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners. The goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and strengthen our neighborhoods. The evening is filled with food, live entertainment, fun jump, and face painting.
Homewood's Block Party
August 18, 2018 | 12 PM - 9 PM | Martin Avenue between Ridge Road and Hickory Road
The Village of Homewood is throwing another BLOCK PARTY! Like a neighborhood block party, there are fun activities, face painting, and summer fare from Homewood restaurants. Fest goers enjoy a full line-up of live music throughout the day, jump house, games, zip line, adventure slide, crafts, and much more!
September 29, 2018 | 11 AM - 10 PM | Martin Avenue between Ridge Road and Hickory Road
Homewood’s favorite fall time festival features live entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides through downtown, games, craft vendors, a pumpkin patch children’s crafts, and scrumptious cuisine prepared by local eateries. The event is located on tree-lined Martin Avenue from Hickory Road to Ridge Road. Art and craft vendors join the event, so come out for fun and crafts!
October 13, 2018 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Homewood Rail Park
Young and old alike are invited to join in the festivities, including a bonfire, marshmallow roasting, sing-a-long, hobo stories and tours of the Illinois Central Railroad caboose in the Homewood Rail Park, located on Park Avenue, north of the Amtrak station.
Fire Department Open House
October 13, 2018 | 17950 Dixie Highway
The Fire Department hosts its annual Open House in October for residents to meet firefighters, learn about the department’s important functions, and more.
Holiday Lights in Homewood
December 7, 2018 | 5 PM - 9 PM | Martin Avenue between Chestnut Road and Kroner Avenue
Holiday Lights is a treasured event in Homewood, capturing the joy, excitement, and traditions of the season in one memorable evening. Holiday tree and wreath sales benefit the Cancer Support Center.
H-F Park District at (708) 957-0300 for questions about the annual tree lighting ceremony.
Miracle on Martin & Santa at the Science Center
Saturday| December 15
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The most wonderful time of the year continues with Miracle on Martin!
Enjoy a good old fashion horse drawn carriage ride through downtown Homewood, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Keep warm by roasting marshmallows and enjoy warm festive drinks and get into the holiday spirit with costumed carolers.
And there’s more fun!
Santa at the Science Center. Make sure you visit Santa before he returns to the North Pole to prepare for his busiest night. Santa will be at the Homewood Science Center 3:00 PM to 6:00PM.
As part of celebrating Homewood’s 125th anniversary, enjoy historic window vignettes of yesteryear of Homewood. View the Homewood Science Center’s window celebrating Homewood’s very own John Miller, roller coaster inventor. The village has partnered with designer Carrie Malfao and the Homewood Historical Society to create windows displays of iconic Homewood.
Come out and play I Spy Homewood has brought back the community I Spy game! While viewing the decorated windows in downtown Homewood, participate in the “I Spy” game. Receive your I Spy map at Miracle on Martin and participate in the community-wide game. The riddles on the windows will prompt viewers to look for specific items. Once completed, return to Martin Avenue and warm up with tasty treats and a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Holiday Shopping with the Homewood Business Association Finish your holiday shopping with the Homewood Business Associations progressive sale. The later you shop throughout the day, the deeper the discounts!
Noon Year's Eve DAY Celebration
December 31 | 11 AM - 1 PM | H-F Park District Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road
Bid farewell to the departing year and usher in the new together - as a family - during this daytime celebration appropriate for all ages. This event features live entertainment and a giant balloon-drop at the stroke of Noon. The event is on New Year's Eve DAY; doors open at 10:30 AM. After the balloon drop enjoy a tasty snack from White Castle. Because space is limited in the auditorium, we want to make sure Homewood residents have a chance to come to the event. Pick up your free entrance ticket at Village Hall, first floor Maximum tickets handed out per family, 6. Proof of residency will be verified upon receipt of your free ticket. To verify residency, you will be asked to provide a photo ID or a current utility bill.