August Events at Downers Grove Park District


For more information about Downers Grove Park District programs and events, call 630.963.1300 or visit


Summer Concert Series

Aug. 1: Second Hand Soul Band (Motown)

Aug. 8: Semple (Pop/Rock)

Aug. 15: New Odyssey (Oldies – Today’s hits; Featuring 30 instruments)

Aug. 22: Wild Daisy (Country)

Aug. 29: One Foot in the Groove (Rock/Horns)

Free, All Ages

7 pm, Fishel Park, 1050 Grove St., Downers Grove

Enjoy FREE live music on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm through August 29 at Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Fishel Park. Food, wine and beer will be available for purchase each week. Visit for updates and vendor info. Schamberger Bros, Inc. is the official beverage provider and sponsor of the 2017 Summer Concert Series.

Annual Fishing Derby
Aug. 5, 9 am to 12 pm
Barth Pond at Patriots Park, 55th & Grand, Downers Grove

Reel in three hours of family fun at the Annual Fishing Derby. Prizes are awarded for the shortest and longest fish caught by each age level. The Downers Grove Moose, Rod and Gun Club and the Downers Grove Park district co-sponsor this annual event. A fishing license is required for participants 16 years of age and older. Licenses can be purchased at Bass Pro Show or Wal-Mart. Registration is required on-site at Barth Pond on the day of the event to be eligible for awards/prizes.

Blodgett: 100 Years of Family History
Aug. 9 to Dec. 30
Mondays to Wednesdays: 12 to 4 pm
Thursdays and Fridays: 12 to 6 pm
Saturdays: 10 am to 4 pm
Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Victorian Blodgett House, this new exhibit explores the history of the Blodgett family and their significant impact on the founding and growth of Downers Grove.

The Secret Garden
Aug. 11 and 12, 7 pm
Aug. 13, 2:30 pm
$12 adults, $8 ages 4 and under and ages 62+
Avery Coonley School, 1400 Maple Ave., Downers Grove

Local youth will perform the heartwarming tale of ‘The Secret Garden’ based on the classic novel. Watch as a young girl is sent to live in England where she discovers a strange walled garden. With the help of the gardener’s apprentice, she coaxes the garden back to life. Through the magical effects of the garden, the young girl is able to restore the health of a friend.

Dog Days of Summer
Aug. 19, 11 am to 3 pm
Wandschneider Park at Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove

Bring your four-legged friends to Wandschneider Park for an end-of-the-summer dog fest! Enjoy a picnic lunch, relax in the park and visit booths from local pet-related businesses and shelters.

Cross Town Classic
Aug. 20, 7 am to 4 pm
Downers Grove Golf Club, 2420 Haddow Ave., Downers Grove
River Bend Golf Club, 5900 Illinois Rt. 53, Lisle

Play the Downers Grove Golf Club and River Bend Golf Course in Lisle in this unique 18-hole tournament. Enjoy a continental breakfast during registration from 7 to 8 am. The morning shotgun start is at 8 am at the Downers Grove Golf Club and the afternoon shotgun start is at 11 am at the River Bend Golf Club. A BBQ cookout and awards presentation will be held in the tent following the tournament. Golf cart rentals are not included in the tournament fee. There are a limited number of gas carts available and they will be rented on a first-come, first-served basis.

Movies in the Park: Remember the Titans
Aug. 25, 8 pm
Fishel Park, Downers Grove

Hold on to one last night of summer and celebrate the start of the school season with ‘Remember the Titans.’ Sit back and relax with an evening of free entertainment. Don’t forget your favorite low-rise chair or blanket. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Glow Golf
Aug. 26, 7:30 pm
Miner Mike’s Adventure Golf, 6801 Main St., Downers Grove

$8 per golfer

Join us for an evening of miniature golf during twilight! Each player receives two glow necklaces.

A Bug’s Life
Aug. 26, 10 to 11 am
Ages 2 to 3 with parent
William F. Sherman , Jr. Interpretive Center at Lyman Woods, 901 31st St., Downers Grove

Discover what is zipping through the air, buzzing in the tree tops and crawling under a log. Experience what it is like to be a bug as we go on a bug hunt, play buggy games and learn a few new songs! Dress to be outdoors and get messy. Advanced registration is required.

Imagine Dance Team Auditions
Aug. 27, 2 pm
Ages 7 to 16
Lincoln Center Auditorium, Room 304, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove

Imagine how far you can go with the Imagine Dance Team! Develop your individual talents and grow as a dancer with our team rehearsals that work on technique and choreography. Performances and competitions will provide opportunities to showcase your new skills! For more information, visit

Dating Antiques
Aug. 30, 11 am to 12 pm
$9 residents, $14 non-residents
Ages 18 and up
Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove

Let the Museum Curator give you pointers on how to date different types of antiques. Use your gained knowledge on your next flea market trip! Advanced registration is required.