What's Up Downtown 9-2-2020
2020 St. Charles Jazz & Art Weekend
The 2020 St. Charles Jazz & Art Weekend is next weekend! The event will start on Thursday, Sept. 10 and run until Sunday, Sept. 13! The four-day event coordinates and promotes live jazz music in different St. Charles establishments. An array of St. Charles venues will take part in each year’s event featuring numerous jazz groups, including Grammy award winning Saxophonist Frank Catalano. Click here for more information and the full performance schedule.
Patrons can enjoy jazz music from lunch through the evening, with the opportunity to visit multiple venues as well as visit the many public art installations around the city of St. Charles.
Special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Sterling Bank, as well as @properties, Comcast and Metronet.
Scarecrow Stroll 2020
The 2020 St. Charles Scarecrow Stroll will be here in a little over a month! Entries for the Scarecrow Contest are being accepted until 4 p.m. on Sept. 18. Some changes are coming to the Scarecrow Contest, and we need you to help keep this family-friendly tradition fun and safe. Scarecrow Stroll 2020 is modified to work within Illinois Phase 4 guidelines for COVID-19. The Scarecrows will be placed throughout downtown and paired with businesses. Businesses, organizations, clubs, non-profits are welcome to be a part of the contest. For more information and to find the application, visit here
Summer isn't over yet and things are picking up! Explore some of the amazing things we have in St. Charles. Check out some of the summer fun at the St. Charles Park District with their drive-in concerts, Paddlewheel Riverboats and more!
In addition to the live concerts, come see the last performances of this summer's STC Live - Presented by Fox Valley Buick GMC - Fox Valley Volkswagen. The last two performances of these free performances will be on Wednesday and Friday this week at Evergreen Pub & Grill and Spotted Fox Ale House respectively. Check our Facebook for the latest performance information.
Do you love craft beer? So do we! Luckily, St. Charles is home to 6 unique breweries. From IPA's, Stouts, seasonals and beyond, St. Charles has got you covered! Visit here to take a virtual brew tour & download your St. Charles Brew Tour pamphlet to use as a guide during your stay.
Also be sure to come explore our amazing restaurants and retailers! Many offer incredible deals, specials and events, which you can find more information about below. Or if you want to stop by during Happy Hour, check out our Happy Hour Hub to find terrific Happy Hour specials.
St. Charles businesses are ready to welcome you! Many of them are offering amazing deals or events to go to. If you are doing takeout, check out our list of restaurants offering curbside pick-up, which you can find on Facebook and our website..
116 Gallery - Join 116 Gallery for their "Back Lot Artist Reception" from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. The event will be part of Jazz Weekend and feature the COD City Jazz Combo and violinist Alexandra Bryner. For more information.
Dreams Dance Academy - Did you know dance is a socially distanced, non-contact activity? Enroll your child this fall and keep them moving! The fall session begins Sept. 14! Join classes for all ages - beginner through advanced - that are available in person or virtually (Zoom), or check out their Arts academy. Visit here for the fall schedule and program info.
Eden on the River - Come see live music and enjoy authentic Mediterranean food at Eden on the River! For their music schedule, visit here.
Forever Yogurt - Forever Yogurt is open and ready for you to safely come in and get a little or a lot of your favorite frozen yogurt and toppings. There is limited seating inside or take it to go!
Green Leaf Yoga Studio - Come experience Green Leaf's Yoga Studio fall classes, including outdoor and virtual sessions. For more information, visit here.
Hops for Hope 5k- Due to COVID-19 Project Mobility has transitioned their craft beer 5K to a virtual event. Hops for Hope 5K is STILL a twist on the traditional 5K since they are the ONLY virtual 5K to give participants a Beer Stop 6 Pack, offer BrewDays at local breweries and give away some pretty cool swag (hint bottle opener medals!) Sponsorships are available but selling out quick! For more info and to register click here.
Kava Diem - Small, intimate “Micro-Weddings” are gaining popularity and Kava Diem Café is the perfect place to host your Special Day! Located on the Fox River, their views, cozy atmosphere, catering and BYOB makes them the ideal spot for your ceremony, a shared meal and drinks with family and friends at a fraction of the price of traditional wedding venues! Send an e-mail or fill out the Private Event Form to learn more!
Kimmer's Ice Cream - Typically in August, Kimmer's Seasonal Sparkle Cone™ is "Back to School Blues". This year, they are introducing the "Back to School All the Feels Cone"! No matter how you're feeling about school starting, this cone is for you!
Lazarus House - Calling all golfers: sing up for the Lazarus House Charity Golf Open Sept. 18 at Prairie Landing Golf Course. Support your neighbors who are suffering from homelessness or are in crisis. Visit here to sign up. All proceeds benefit Lazarus House.
Pollyanna Brewing Co. - Come from 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday as Baig of Tricks Trivia challenges your random knowledge or live music every Friday & Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. More details on their events here.
Regus- Regus memberships are a great way to get out of the home office during the month and work in a professional setting. Find out more here.
Sage Healing Collective - Sage Healing Collective is excited to announce their new Yoga Class schedule for September-December 2020. Sage has added 2 new classes for teens; Teen Aerial Yoga & Boys Sports Yoga. Space is limited so reserve your Mat or Aerial Silk today!
Tranquility/Larimar Med - Tranquility/Larimar Med is now offering a Staycation package. This Package includes A Facial, A 60 min massage, a 10 min red light therapy session, and a complimentary Sauna session to use whenever!
Trend + Relic - Shop vintage finds, handmade goods, home decor, furniture, unique gifts, boutique clothing, and more during the Creative Crawl on Sept. 19 & 20. For more information.
West Valley Graphics - Check out how West Valley Graphics can help you with your printing needs for the new normal.St. Charles is home to a wonderful community that is doing all it can to keep everyone safe.