Downtown Tinley welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year with an exciting array of events to entertain families and friends during the winter, spring, summer and fall. Below is a list of major annual Downtown Tinley events. For more information on local events, dining, shopping and more, Like Downtown Tinley on Facebook and Follow Downtown Tinley on Twitter. To sponsor or volunteer for an event please click here.
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 | Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 | Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 4
Where: Oak Park Avenue Metra train station, 6700 South Street (south parking lot)
Stroll into the cozy warmth of our large, heated tent and shop for unique handmade crafts and creations. Enjoy tasty treats and live music by local groups and entertainers. Children will have fun making holiday crafts, writing letters for the soldiers and cookie decorating.
When: 6 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 2
Where: Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park
Village officials will light the magnificent 35-foot community holiday tree. Arrive early for a sing-a-long to holiday music at 5:30 p.m.
When: 11:45 a.m. | Saturday, Dec. 3
Where: 175th Street to Zabrocki Plaza
Tinley’s Toyland Parade celebrates the official arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Our special guests will arrive at the Oak Park Avenue Metra train station immediately following the conclusion of the parade. Children are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for persons of any age, to be donated to a local charity. A collection center will be located near the Holiday Market.
When: 5 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 4
Where: Viewing area at 177th Street along Oak Park Avenue
The Parade of Lights includes festive floats, vehicles, local businesses, community groups and school bands displaying the spirit of the season. Our guests from the North Pole will be making a special appearance.
Old-fashioned carriage rides: Horse-drawn carriage rides through historic downtown Tinley Park will take you back in time.
Ice carving demonstration: Watch fantastic frozen sculptures being created right before your eyes at Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave.
Carousel ride: Children can enjoy a free ride on a carousel and other attractions at the Oak Park Avenue Metra train station.
Holiday activities: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy holiday activities a Old Zion Landmark Church, 6727 W. 174th St., Tinley Park.
Photos with Santa: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be inside the train station to visit with children. Receive a complimentary photo from the North Pole. Santa’s visitors are encouraged to bring a nonperishable item to be donated to a local food pantry.
Campfire and S'mores: Stop by the campfire and enjoy some S'mores just south of the Oak Park Avenue train station and Holiday Market.
Entertainment Schedule: The following acts will take the stage from Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 4:
Central Middle School Eighth-Grade Band Ensemble - 6:30 p.m.
Tinley Park High School Jazz Ensemble - 8 p.m.
Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans - 12:15 p.m.
Andrew Band and Choir - 2 p.m.
KinderCarolers - 3:30 p.m.
Tinley Park Community Band - 4:15 p.m.
Dance Images - 5:15 p.m.
Bobbie Noonan Preschool Group - 12:15 p.m.
Southwest Synergy Dance - 12:45 p.m.
St. Julie Billiart Handbell Choir - 1:30 p.m.
Kirby School District 140 Combined Chorus
Kirby School District 140 Jazz Ensembles
When: 2 p.m. | Sunday, March 19, 2017
Where: Beginning at Central Middle School, 18146 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park
Enjoy this family-friendly event along Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley. Come out and see floats, community groups, local schools and businesses. Enjoy delicious Irish fare and fun at the many Downtown Tinley restaurants.
This event is held the Sunday before Easter and features a visit from the Easter Bunny! Come out to have your photo taken with the big guy himself! Please bring your own camera
When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. | January 2017
Where: Tinley Park Bremen Post VFW, 17147 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park
Begin your journey down the aisle at the Tinley Park Bridal Showcase. Explore an array of options for your special day from caterers and venues to flowers, photographers, tuxedos, DJs and more. Get a beautiful new look from head to toe from a sparkling smile to a salon makeover. Top it all off with plans for the perfect honeymoon getaway. One enchanting evening is all it takes to get ready for the most important day of your life.
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When: Noon to 7 p.m. | Summer 2017
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue from 171st to Hickory streets
The Caribbean Block Party takes place every summer along Oak Park Avenue from 171st to Hickory streets and features live music, food and free family fun such as a sand sculptor, a bean bag tournament, rides and inflatables, KidZone activities and a classic car show. Attendees can take a free trolley ride to the event from the 80th Avenue train station. Please keep in mind that the Caribbean Block Party is not a pet-friendly event.
When: Select Fridays | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Summer 2017
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley
Friday Frolics is held from 6 to 9 p.m. select Fridays during the summer along Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley! Events feature entertainment with themed activities, performers, and food and drink specials. We hope to see you there!
When: Tuesdays | 5 to 9 p.m. | June through August, 2017
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue near 171st Street and the Metra station
Enjoy this classic car show with no entry fee. First come, first served. Food and beverages are sold. Music provided by a DJ. Cruise Nights are sponsored by the Tinley Park MainStreet Commission and presented by Tinley Park V.F.W. Post 2791.
When: Select Saturdays | 7 to 10 p.m. | Summer 2017
Where: Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave. (adjacent to the Oak Park Avenue Metra station)
Enjoy a wonderful evening listening to music under the stars during the 2017 Music in the Plaza series. Food and beverages will be sold by some of your favorite Tinley Park establishments. Please keep in mind that Music in the Plaza is not a pet-friendly event.
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue from 172nd to 176th streets
The Village of Tinley Park will hold its 14th annual Benches on the Avenue public art program in 2017 along Oak Park Avenue from 172nd to 176th streets. The program features as many as 20 benches created by both amateur and professional artists.
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When: Saturdays | 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | June 4 to October 8
Where: Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave.
Visit the Downtown Tinley Farmers Market from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays beginning June 4 through October 8 for the best selection of fruits, vegetables and fresh flowers.
When: Noon to 3 p.m. | October 2017
Where: Oak Park Avenue train station, 6700 South St.
The annual Downtown Tinley Boo Bash is great fun for families with young children. Some of the free activities include hayrides, a costume contest, trick-or-treating with local businesses, Halloween-themed games, DJ entertainment and more.