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: 2 p.m. | Sunday, March 6
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. Tinley Wish, which recently celebrated its 20th year helping needy families during the holidays, will be the parade Grand Marshal. Click on the below links for more information.
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: 6 to 8 p.m. | Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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: May through September 2016
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley from 172nd to 176th streets
The Village of Tinley Park will hold the 13th annual Benches on the Avenue public art program from May to September along Oak Park Avenue from 172nd to 176th streets. This year's theme will be "Once Upon a Time … Favorite Children’s Storybooks.”
The Village is looking for exciting, imaginative, three-dimensional child- and family-friendly designs that depict favorite children’s storybooks. Portrayals should be vibrant, colorful and include some degree of 3-D art. Artists interested in participating can view all of the relevant details by clicking here.
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When: Saturdays | 7:30 a.m. to noon | May to October, 2016
Where: Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave.
Visit the Downtown Tinley Farmers Market every Saturday from May through October for the best selection of fruits, vegetables and fresh flowers.
When: Tuesdays | 5 to 9 p.m. | June through August, 2016
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.
When: Select Saturdays | 7 to 10 p.m. | June through August, 2016
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.
When: Noon to 7 p.m. | Sunday, July 17, 2016
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.
When: October 30, 2016
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.
When: Dec. 2 through Dec. 4, 2016
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: Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
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: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
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: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
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 movies: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy classic, family-friendly movies, popcorn and 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 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.
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.