Special Events

2021 Special Events

May 31 - Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

Please join us in honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice. A short program will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the VFW Memorial (8901 West 123rd Street Palos Park, Illinois 60464).

June 17 - Concert In The Park - Brass From The Past

Dance the night away to the sounds of "Brass from the Past". Brass from the Past is one of Chicago’s best cover bands. Featuring Chicagoland’s top-tier touring and studio musicians, the band offers an unstoppable 6-piece horn section, tight 4-piece rhythm section, and 3 powerful singers who command the stage. This is no ordinary band! Brass from the Past performs the music of your soul and brings you back to the 60s, 70s, and 80s — a playlist no other band can touch. The classics of Motown, R&B, funk, soul, and rock are our specialties. We cover the music of Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Temptations, Michael Jackson, Chicago, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, BS&T, Pattie Labelle, Bruno Mars, Chaka Kahn, O’Jays, Tower of Power, Prince, Tina Turner, Bee Gees, and many, many more. The diverse selection of music will match the elegance of any occasion, energize the crowd, project a concert-like stage performance, and fill the night with contagious fun. This event is supported by Palos Fine Arts and Republic Bank. Grounds open at 6:00 pm. Band plays on the Village Green (8901 West 123rd Street Palos Park, Illinois 60464) from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Bring your own food and beverages. No picnic tables will be provided. 

July 22 - National Hot Dog Day

Celebrate National Hot Day with the Village of Palos Park. The grounds will be open from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Complete meals of hot dog, chips, and a drink will be available for purchase.

August 6 - Movie In The Park

Grab your blanket, folding chair, and bring the family for an outdoor movie under the stars on the Village Green. Grounds open at 7:00 pm. Movie will begin at dusk. This event is sponsored by Republic Bank. Movie is TBA.

September 17 & 18 - Autumn In The Park Festival

Friday, September 17

  • 6:00 p.m. - Grounds Open
  • 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - Food Vendors, Beer, Wine and Spirits
  • 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - Musical Entertainment -  Libido Funk Circus 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • 11:30 a.m. - Grounds Open
  • Noon to 10:00 p.m. -College Football - On the big screen
  • Noon to 10:30 p.m. - Food Vendors, Beer, Wine and Spirits
  • Noon to 3:30 p.m. - Petting Zoo
  • Noon to 6:00 p.m. - Artisan Vendors - Demonstrations and Sales
  • Noon to 6:00 p.m. - Dunk Tank
  • 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Musical Entertainment - Big Dog Mercer
  • 4:30 p.m. - BBQ Rib - Public Tasting
  • 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - Musical Entertainment -  Mike and Joe 
  • 11:00 p.m. - Grounds Close

Amateur BBQ Competition - Chicken and Ribs 

On Saturday, September 18 you have the opportunity to put you BBQ skills to the test in this Amateur BBQ Rib and Chicken Cook-off Competition. Contestant will prepare and cook 10 Rib Slabs (provided) and chicken (cooks bring their own) on-site. Grilling beings at 9:00 am, turn-in for judging at 3:30 pm for chicken and 4:30 pm for ribs. At 4:35 pm the grilling area is open for public tasting or ribs where you can also win the People’s Choice Award. 

Interested in Becoming a Contestant? 

  • Application, rules, procedures and waiver forms can be viewed in the "Contestant Application" found below 
  • Completed application & fee must be received no later than September 10, 2021

Entrance Fee

Now thru Friday, August 27,2021 - $75 (Rib only)
 Late entry begins Monday, August 30 thru Friday, September 10th - $85

**Optional Chicken for Judging add $10 to above pricing**

7:30 am - 9:00 am - BBQ contestant set up, and inspection of contestants chicken
9:00 am - Cooks meeting - Rib meat distributed promptly following meeting.
3:30 PM - Chicken Turn In
4:30 PM - Rib Turn In for Judging
4:35 PM - Public Rib Tasting Begins
6:30 PM - BBQ  Awards Announced

2021 Amateur Bar-B-Que Cook-off Application Packet

BBQ Judging Application

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are asking for your support of this superb community event. Past sponsors received a variety of publicity using their name and/or logo viewed by thousands who visit the Village website, connect with social media, and local newspapers. Find out what different Autumn In the Park sponsor opportunities exist!

Sponsorship Application Form