Riverside Events

Riverside hosts several great events throughout the year, including seasonal events like the Farmers Market and Thursday Cruise Nights during the summer. Annual events include the Riverside Arts Weekend in May, Independence Day concert and run in July, and Annual Holiday Stroll in December among others.

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Be inspired by the spectacle of art and creativity that floods Riverside’s Guthrie Park during the Riverside Arts Weekend. Riverside’s historic downtown transforms into an artistic wonderland each May for Riverside Arts Weekend. This free annual event features juried artists showcasing their artwork as well as a community art extravaganza, fashion show, hands-on art activities for kids, live entertainment, beer, wine, food, and much more.

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From June through October, the Riverside Farmers Market runs on Wednesdays, from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m., at Centennial Park on Longcommon Road and Forest Avenue. The market features  vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, smoothies, breads, cookies, scones, eggs, meat, fish, honey, hot entrees, and vegan and gluten-free treats.

Every summer, car enthusiasts from all over the Chicagoland area converge on Burlington Street to view vintage and classic cars at Riverside Cruise Nights.

Riverside Car Show

In September, join hundreds of regional car enthusiasts for the annual Riverside Garage Car & Bike Show, a long-running community staple celebrating the era when cars were king of American culture. Hundreds of stunning vehicles, from the Brass-era antiques to vintage muscle and classic cruisers, gather in downtown Riverside’s Centennial and Guthrie Parks for a century’s worth of automotive splendor. Guests enjoy free spectator admission and local bites and drinks, while participants can nab any one of awards, including: Best in Show, Best Back Seat, Most Illegal, and Best Antique.

The village’s celebration continues on July 4 with an annual Independence Day 5K, where hundreds of runners wind their way though the streets of historic Riverside. Wind down after the race by taking in the Riverside July 4 Parade, which leaves from the corner of Longcommon and Delaplaine roads and then heads south on Longcommon. After the parade, stay for the Independence Day celebration in Guthrie Park, featuring booths from community organizations and live entertainment.

July 4 Parade

In September, the Riverside Masterworks Housewalk and Hop Stop Craft Beer Festival draws architecture buffs and beer enthusiasts from all over for a special day in the village like no other. The day begins with a housewalk, featuring some of the most beautiful and iconic homes in Riverside, including historic Frank Lloyd Wright homes. After the housewalk, sample offerings from local craft brewers, ciders, and Riverside’s own Quincy Street Distillery. Enjoy food from local vendors, art activities for children, and live music. A commemorative tasting glass is provided with each ticket to make this a zero waste event.

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Every October, there’s nothing more “spooktacular” for families than Riverside’s Howl-O-Ween. Sponsored by the Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity and presented by Riverside Parks & Recreation, the festivities begin with a lighting of the historic Water Tower and a costume parade that proceeds to Township Hall, where there’s ghoulish games and spooky entertainment for the whole family.

For over forty years, the holidays in Riverside kick off when Santa Claus arrives at Centennial Park on a firetruck to help light the Christmas tree. The fun continues with pictures with Santa, caroling, magic shows, face painting, pony rides, horse-drawn rides, wood carvings, and a petting zoo.

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