Special Events

Whatever the season, there's always something to do in Tinley Park. The Village and participating sponsors host an annual series of popular, family-friendly events that are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. See below for more information on the Downtown Tinley Irish Parade, Photos with Bunny, the Discover Tinley Expo, the Tinley Park Fire Department's "Run for Your Life" Safety 5k Run/Walk, the Memorial Day Ceremony, Benches on the Avenue, the Downtown Tinley Farmers Market, Cruise Nights, Music in the Plaza, Tinley Park White Sox Night, the Downtown Tinley Block Party, National Night Out, the Fire Prevention Open House, the Downtown Tinley Boo Bash, the Veterans Day Ceremony and the Holiday Happenings weekend every December.

Planning your own special event? Download the Special Events Permit Application.


Irish Paradeband of brothers
When: 2 p.m.  |  Sunday, March 18
Where: Beginning at Central Middle School, 18146 S. Oak Park Avenue

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. For more information, view the Irish Parade Entry Form or the official event flyer.

Bunny HopPhotos with the Bunny
When: Noon to 3 p.m.  |  Sunday, March 25
Where: Oak Park Avenue train station, 6700 South Street

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.

Discover Tinley ExpoDiscover Tinley
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  |  Saturday, April 7
Where: Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive

The annual Discover Tinley Expo showcases the community's business and nonprofit organizations, as well as its government services. Visit Discover Tinley to learn more about what your Village has to offer. This free event features entertainment, food samples and giveaways at many of the booths. Businesses and organizations interested in participating can read the Discover Tinley Reservation Form and the Discover Tinley Food Sampler Registration Form.

Fire 5K'Run for Your Life' Safety 5K Run/Walk
When: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  |  Sunday, May 6
Where: 80th Avenue train station, 18001 S. 80th Avenue (north parking lot)

The Tinley Park Fire Department and the Tinley Park Fire Prevention Bureau hold the “Run for Your Life Safety” 5K Run/Walk every year to benefit the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s Camp I Am Me, a camp for children ages 8 to 16 who are burn survivors. The event also includes the 1K Kid’s Dash and a food drive supporting Together We Cope.

Memorial Day CeremonyMemorial Day
When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  |  Monday, May 28
Where: Gen. Patrick E. Rea Veterans Plaza, 18001 S. 80th Avenue

The Village of Tinley Park and the Tinley Park Veterans Commission host the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Gen. Patrick E. Rea Veterans Plaza each May. Events include patriotic music, short speeches, a wreath-laying ceremony and a gun salute.

Benches on the AvenueBenches on the Avenue
When: May to October
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue from 172nd to 176th streets

The Village will host the 15th annual Benches on the Avenue public art program in 2018 along Oak Park Avenue from 172nd to 176th streets. The program features nearly two dozen benches created by amateur and professional artists. The program has become one of the Village's most popular attractions, drawing thousands of people annually to Downtown Tinley.

Farmers MarketFarmers Market
When: Saturdays  |  7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  |  June to October
Where: Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Avenue

Visit the Downtown Tinley Farmers Market from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays from June to October every year in Zabrocki Plaza for the best selection of fruits, vegetables and fresh flowers! For information on how to become a vendor, email tpfarmersmarket@aol.com.

Cruise NightsCruise Nights
When: Tuesdays  |  5 to 9 p.m.  |  June to August
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue from 171st Street and 173rd Place

Are you a classic car or hot rod owner or fan? Show them off or just view them on Tuesdays during the summer months in Downtown Tinley! Enjoy this classic car show with no entry fee, food and beverages for sale and 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.

Music in the PlazaMusic in the Plaza
 Select Saturdays  |  7 to 10 p.m.  |  June to September
Where: Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Avenue

Enjoy a wonderful evening listening to music under the stars during the Music in the Plaza series. Food and beverages are sold by some of your favorite Tinley Park establishments. Please keep in mind that Music in the Plaza is not a pet-friendly event. North Street closes at 6:30 p.m., and there will be no parking allowed in the vacant field behind E&B Liquors.

White Sox Night2Tinley Park White Sox Night
When: 7:10 p.m.  |  Friday, June 22
 Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W. 35th St., Chicago

Each year, the Chicago White Sox offer specially priced tickets to Tinley Park residents and their families to see a home game at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. In 2018 watch the South Siders take on the Oakland Athletics on Friday, June 22! Tickets will be available at www.WhiteSox.com/TinleyPark.

Block PartyDowntown Tinley Block Party
 Noon to 7 p.m.  |  July 15
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue from 171st to Hickory streets

The Village's annual Block Party takes place the third Sunday in July along Oak Park Avenue from 171st to Hickory streets. The event features food and free family fun such as a bean bag tournament, rides and inflatables, KidZone activities, a classic car show, live music on two stages and more! Please keep in mind that the Block Party is not a pet-friendly event.

National Night OutNational Night Out
 6 to 9 p.m.  |  Tuesday, Aug. 7
Where: Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Avenue

Join the Tinley Park Police Department at this annual, award-winning event every August in Zabrocki Plaza. Attendees can meet and greet members of Tinley Park’s Police Department, Fire Department, Emergency Management Agency and Public Works Department, as well as view the many Village-owned vehicles on display. Other activities include family entertainment and booths from local businesses.

Fire Dept Open HouseFire Prevention Open House
 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  |  October, 2018
Where: Fire Station No. 46, 17355 S. 68th Court

Each year, the Tinley Park Fire Department and the nationally accredited Tinley Park Fire Prevention Bureau highlight fire prevention education, culminating in the Fire Prevention Week Open House at Fire Station No. 46. The open house features a Fire Department 101, fire safety drills, the Junior Firefighter Challenge and CPR training.

Boo BashBoo Bash
When: Noon to 3 p.m.  |  Sunday, Oct. 28
Where: Oak Park Avenue train station, 6700 South Street

The annual Boo Bash is great fun for families with young children. Activities include spooky hayrides, an interactive animal encounter, games, crafts, DJ entertainment, a costume contest with prizes, magic shows, dance lessons and a Witch's Storytime. Food and beverages will be sold.

Veterans DayVeterans Day Ceremony
 10 to 11:30 a.m.  |  Sunday, Nov. 11
Where: Gen. Patrick E. Rea Veterans Plaza, 18001 S. 80th Avenue

The Village of Tinley Park and the Tinley Park Veteran’s Commission host the annual Veterans Day Ceremony every November at the Gen. Patrick E. Rea Veterans Plaza. Honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and those who were willing to in service of the United States. The ceremony includes patriotic music, short speeches and a gun salute.

Holiday MarketHoliday Market
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30  |  Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 1  |  Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 2
Where: Oak Park Avenue train station, 6700 South Street (south parking lot)

Stroll into the cozy warmth of a 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.

Mayor Tree-LightingCommunity Tree-Lighting Ceremony
 6 p.m.  |  Friday, Nov. 30
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. Dress warmly!

Tinley Toyland ParadeToyland Parade
 11:45 a.m.  | Saturday, Dec. 1
Where: 175th Street to Zabrocki Plaza

The Tinley Toyland Parade celebrates the official arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will visit the Oak Park Avenue 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 LightsParade of Lights
 5 p.m.  |  Sunday, Dec. 2
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. A few very special guests from the North Pole will be making an appearance!

More Holiday HappeningsHorse Rides
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.

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