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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

DOWNTOWN TINLEY BOO BASH

Downtown Tinley Boo BashWhen: Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 | Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Oak Park Avenue train station, 6700 South St.

The third annual Downtown Tinley Boo Bash will be great fun for families with young children. The new open format will accommodate our growing crowd, allowing families to move freely about the event. Some of the free activities will include hay rides, a costume contest, trick-or-treating with local businesses, new games, a mad scientist presentation, DJ entertainment and more. 

Sponsorships are available now. Click here to learn more.

BENCHES ON THE AVENUE – 'LET THE GAMES BEGIN!'

When: May 8 to October 1, 2014
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley from 172nd to 176th streets

Nineteen artistically decorated benches embellished with unique materials based on the theme "Let the Games Begin" are now on display along Oak Park Avenue through Oct. 1 as part of the 11th annual Benches on the Avenue public art project.

Admirers had a chance to meet the artists who created the benches during Meet the Artists Night on June 14. Artists were posted at their benches along Oak Park Avenue to meet the community, discuss their work and answer questions about the creative process.

Meet the Artists Night was held in conjunction with the Music in the Plaza series, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. every other Saturday in Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave. The benches are located just a short stroll from the concert area.

Winners of the 2014 Benches on the Avenue project were announced during the Sept. 6 Music in the Plaza event in Zabrocki Plaza. Winners included:

  • Best Young Artist: “Cranium Cadoo” by Michelle and Melissa Patino
  • Best Use of Materials: “Mouse Trap” by Amanda and Greg Cichoracki
  • Best Family Project: “Trivial Pursuit” by Garrett Gray and Phillip Gerk
  • Best Portrayal of Theme: “Tinleyopoly” by Beth Kopf, Ron Kopf, Julie Dekker and Kurt Dekker
  • Judges’ Choice Award: “Let’s Play Minecraft” by Jennifer Lilly
  • Best Group Project: “Operation” by the Illinois Institute of Art’s Tinley Park Team
  • Best First-Time Participant: “Scrabble” by Kevin Johnson
  • Most Creative: “Jumanji” by Nick Schulien

The judging panel included Karen Wegrzyn, executive director of the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce; Mona Serpe, president of the Tinley Park Garden Club; Robbyn Yuen, decorator at Creative Cakes; Regina Ziemann, an adjunct art instructor at Moraine Valley Community College; and Wendy Bumphis, president of the Tinley Park Rotary Club.

Click here to view an interactive map featuring the 2014 Benches on the Avenue.

Click here to view the 2014 Benches on the Avenue brochure.

Click here to watch a 13-minute video profiling the 2014 Benches on the Avenue.
Want even more benches? Click here to watch the July, 2014 episode of “Discover Tinley” featuring this year’s entries.

DOWNTOWN TINLEY FARMERS MARKET

Downtown Tinley Park: Farmers' MarketWhen: Saturdays | 8 a.m. to noon | June 7 to October 11
Where: Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave.

Visit the Downtown Tinley Farmers Market every week for the best selection of fruits, vegetables and fresh flowers.

HOLIDAY MARKET

Downtown Tinley Park: Holiday MarketWhen: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 | Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 | Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7
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.

Click here for Tinley Park business sponsorships opportunities.

MAYOR’S TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Downtown Tinley Park: Tree Lighting CeremonyWhen: Friday, December 5 | 6 p.m.
Where: Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park

Village officials will light the magnificent 35-foot community holiday tree. Arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a sing-a-long to holiday music.

TINLEY'S TOYLAND PARADE

Downtown Tinley Park: Toyland ParadeWhen: Saturday, December 6 | 11:30 a.m. step-off
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.

PARADE OF LIGHTS

Parade of Lights

When: Sunday, December 7 | 5 p.m. step-off
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.   

MORE HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Downtown Tinley Park: Holiday MarketOld-fashioned carriage rides: Horse-drawn carriage rides through historic downtown Tinley Park will take you back in time. Rides will be available from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Oak Park Avenue Metra train station.

Ice carving demonstration: Watch fantastic frozen sculptures being created right before your eyes at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave.

Carousel ride: Children can enjoy a free ride on a carousel and other attractions from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Oak Park Avenue Metra train station.

Holiday movies: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy classic, family-friendly movies, popcorn and activities in Tinley Park’s historic landmark. Movies will be shown from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at Old Zion Landmark Church, 6727 W. 174th St.

Photos with Santa: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be inside the train station to visit with children from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Receive a complimentary photo along with a gift from the North Pole. Santa’s visitors are encouraged to bring a nonperishable item to be donated to a local food pantry.

Please note that no tickets to see Santa will be distributed after 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and after 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Campfire and S'mores: Stop by the campfire and enjoy some S'mores from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 just south of the Oak Park Avenue train station and Holiday Market.

IRISH PARADE

Downtown Tinley Park: St. Patrick's Day ParadeWhen: March, 2015
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 Park. Come out and see floats, community groups, local schools and businesses. Enjoy delicious Irish fare and fun at the many Downtown Tinley restaurants.

BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Downtown Tinley Park: Bridal ShowcaseWhen: March, 2015
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.

DOWNTOWN TINLEY BUNNY HOP

When: April, 2015
Where: South Street and 67th Court, just south of the Downtown Tinley train station

The annual Downtown Tinley Bunny Hop is held the Sunday before Easter and features a visit from the Easter Bunny, DJ entertainment, games, $1 cookie decorating, adoptable dogs from P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park, a Spring Craft Fair, vintage photos and more.

DOWNTOWN TINLEY CRUISE NIGHTS

Downtown Tinley Park: Cruise NightsWhen: Tuesdays | 5 to 9 p.m. | June through August
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. Co-sponsored by V.F.W. Post 2791 and the Tinley Park MainStreet Commission.

MUSIC IN THE PLAZA

Downtown Tinley Park: Music in the PlazaWhen: Select Saturdays | 7 to 10 p.m. | June through September, 2015
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 2015 Music in the Plaza series. Beverages, including beer, are provided by V.F.W. Post 2791. Food also is sold, or you can dine at a local restaurant before or after the show.

Downtown Tinley Band Submission 2015 If you would like to submit your band for consideration in the Village of Tinley Park's summer line-up, please click here. Because of multiple cancellations due to inclement weather, some bands from this summer's line-up will be rolling over to next summer. Therefore, there will be very few slots open for 2015. Thank you and good luck!

17th ANNUAL CARIBBEAN BLOCK PARTY

Downtown Tinley Park: Caribbean Beach Block PartyWhen: July, 2015
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue from 171st to Hickory streets

The Caribbean Block Party offers live music on two stages, free activities for the whole family, a mini-Taste of Tinley Park, a classic car show and much more. Free trolley shuttles to the event are available.

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