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Events: Downtown Tinley Annual Events

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.

Click here to see the full 2015 Summer Events flyer.

Band Submission Form

Is your band interested in playing at one of the many Downtown Tinley summer events scheduled for 2016? If so, click here to download the official Downtown Tinley Band Submission Form for the chance to be considered.


Downtown Tinley Park: Holiday MarketWhen: Dec. 4 through Dec. 6
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.


Downtown Tinley Park: Tree Lighting CeremonyWhen: Friday, Dec. 4  |  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 early for a sing-a-long to holiday music at 5:30 p.m.


Downtown Tinley Park: Toyland ParadeWhen: Saturday, Dec. 5  |  11:45 a.m.
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

When: Sunday, Dec. 6  |  5 p.m.
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.


Downtown Tinley Park: Holiday MarketOld-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.


Downtown Tinley Park: St. Patrick's Day ParadeWhen: March 2016
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.


Downtown Tinley Park: Bridal ShowcaseWhen: March 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.


Bunny HopWhen: March 2016
Where: South Street and 67th Court, just south of the Oak Park Avenue Metra 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 Park: Caribbean Beach Block PartyWhen: 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.


Downtown Tinley Park: Cruise NightsWhen: 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.


Downtown Tinley Park: Music in the PlazaWhen: 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.


"DC's Finest"When: May through October 2016
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley from 172nd to 176th streets

Artistically decorated benches embellished with unique materials and based on a particular theme will be on display along Oak Park Avenue from May through October 2016 as part of the 13th annual Benches on the Avenue public art project.

Click here for more Benches on the Avenue information.


Downtown Tinley Park: Farmers' MarketWhen: Saturdays | 7:30 a.m. to noon | May to October, 2016 
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.


Downtown Tinley Boo BashWhen: October, 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.

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