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. Please call the Special Events Hotline at (708) 444-5678 for information on events and cancellations.

 Winter   Spring   Summer     Fall 
 Holiday Market      Irish Parade     Benches on the Avenue        Fire Prevention Open House 
 Tree Lighting    Photos with Bunny    Farmers Market     Boo Bash 
 Toyland Parade     Discover Tinley Expo     Cruise Nights    Veterans Day
 Parade of Lights        'Run for Your Life' 5K     Music in the Plaza  
     Memorial Day    White Sox Night  
            Block Party  
       National Night Out  

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

Summer Events
Summer Events Flyer

There are countless things to do this summer in Tinley Park! For more information, please see the 2019 Downtown Tinley Summer Events flyer.

Irish Paradeband of brothers
When: 1 p.m.  |  Sunday, March 8, 2020
Where: Beginning at Central Middle School, 18146 S. Oak Park Avenue

Come out and 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.

Bunny Pic 2018Photos with the Bunny
When: Noon to 3 p.m.  |  Sunday, April 5, 2020
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, March 28, 2020
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.

Fire 5K'Run for Your Life' Safety 5K Run/Walk
When: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  |  Sunday, May 3, 2020
Where: 80th Avenue train station, 18001 S. 80th Avenue (north parking lot)

The Tinley Park Fire Department holds 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 25, 2020
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 2020
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue from 172nd to 176th streets

The Village will host the 16th annual Benches on the Avenue public art program in 2019 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 6 to Oct. 10, 2020
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.  |  May 26 to August 25, 2020
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 presented by Tinley Park V.F.W. Post 2791. Due to public safety concerns, both northbound and southbound Oak Park Avenue will be closed from 171st Street to North Street from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. for each Cruise Night. Visit the Cruise Nights page for more details.

Music in the PlazaMusic in the Plaza
 Select Saturdays  |  7 to 10 p.m.  |  June to September, 2020
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.

White Sox Night2Tinley Park White Sox Night
When: 7:10 p.m.  |  2020
 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. Tickets will be available at www.WhiteSox.com/TinleyPark.

Block PartyDowntown Tinley Block Party
 Noon to 7 p.m.  |  Sunday, July 19, 2020
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, and 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. 4, 2020
Where: 80th Avenue metra lot north of Freedom Park

Join the Tinley Park Police Department at this annual, award-winning event every August. 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 2020
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.  |  October 27, 2019
Where: Oak Park Avenue train station, 6700 South Street

The annual Boo Bash is great fun for families with young children. Activities include trick-or-treating through business booths, a mad scientist, a special appearance by Dracula, alien slime, dance lessons and performances, DJ entertainment, an inflatable haunted maze, a story time with the Tinley Park Public Library, a costume contest and much, much more! Food and beverages will be sold. See the 2019 Boo Bash Sponsorship Form and the 2019 Boo Bash flyer for more information.

Veterans DayVeterans Day Ceremony
 10 to 11:30 a.m.  |  Monday, Nov. 11, 2019
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 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. Dec. 6, 2019  |  Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, 2019
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. Businesses have a chance to sell gift cards and products during the Holiday Market while promoting their business to thousands of visitors. Silver Bells Sponsorships are first-come, first-served and include a space for one day in the Village's cozy heated tent. Please see the 2019 Holiday Market Sponsorship Form for more information.

Mayor Tree-LightingCommunity Tree-Lighting Ceremony
 6 p.m.  |  Friday, Dec. 6, 2019
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. 7, 2019
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. Those interested in participating can see the Tinley Toyland Parade Application for more information.

Parade of LightsParade of Lights
 5 p.m.  |  Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019
Where: Viewing area at 177th Street along Oak Park Avenue

The Parade of Lights will march north down Oak Park Avenue from 177th Street to the Subway parking lot. The parade 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! Please see the 2019 Parade of Lights Application for more information.

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.

Convention Center and Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Schedules
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