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Homewood announces 2023 special events calendar

Note: The Touch-a-Truck and Fall Fest event dates were updated at 2:35 p.m. on Feb. 7.

The Village of Homewood announced the upcoming special event calendar for 2023. Under the direction of new Events Manager Marla Youngblood, the village will organize approximately 20 events throughout the calendar year. 

“I am very excited for Homewood’s events this year,” Youngblood said. “I grew up attending so many events in Homewood and I know how important the events are to so many families and residents. I wanted to keep all the family and neighbor traditions thriving. The village wants to incorporate many different ideas, interests and local businesses as much as we can. It is so important to help our local businesses thrive and we as a community can help if we come together.” 

The following events are being planned for the upcoming year: 

  • Indoor Farmers Market: Feb. 25, March 25, April 29.
  • St. Patrick’s Day — Eat, Drink, & Be Lucky in Homewood: March 18. 
  • Downtown Homewood Easter Egg Hunt: April 8.
  • Touch-A-Truck: April 29.
  • Cinco de Mayo Downtown Fiesta: May 5.
  • Public Works Open House: May 20.
  • Outdoor Farmers Market Opening Day: May 27.
  • Artisan Street Fair: June 2 and June 3. 
  • Gotts-Chalk the Walk: TBD in June. 
  • 4th of July Parade: July 4.
  • Wednesday Night Farmers Market: July 5 through Aug. 15.
  • H-F Day at the Chicago White Sox: July 30.
  • National Night Out: Aug. 1. 
  • Fall Fest: Sept. 23.
  • Chuck It for Charity (village garage sale): TBD in September. 
  • Fire Department Open House: Oct. 14. 
  • Oktoberfest: TBD in October. 
  • Small Business Saturday: Nov. 25.
  • Holiday Lights: Dec. 1. 
  • Adopt-A-Shop: December. 

Homewood is introducing nine new events this year including a few food and drink experiences in the heart of downtown Homewood, a giant Touch-A-Truck event where children, families, and neighbors can gather to interact with massive trucks, emergency vehicles and more; a sidewalk chalk art festival to garner artists and viewers of all ages and areas to downtown Homewood and create masterpieces using chalk outside of the Gottschalk House; an H-F day at the Chicago White Sox game where Homewood and Flossmoor will compete for ticket sales and the winning town’s mayor gets to throw the first pitch of the game; and Chuck It For Charity, where proceeds of garage sale permits and a percentage of sales of the assigned day will go to local non-profit organizations in Homewood. 

“When brainstorming the events for the year, Marla and I wanted to encompass all of what we love about Homewood, which is a huge sense of community,” said Communications and Engagement Specialist Antonia Urbanski. “We are excited to reintroduce all of the events residents have grown to love over the years and sprinkle a few new events into the mix that focus on having fun while giving back to the community and local businesses.”  

The event schedule can be found on the Village of Homewood website.

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