Community Events

Celebration of Cultures

Each year, the Village’s Community Relations Commission (CRC), in partnership with the North Suburban YMCA, hosts a Celebration of Cultures featuring many of the cultures represented in the North Shore.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 event! Details on the 2019 Celebration of Cultures will be posted in early 2019.

Earth & Arbor Day

Since 1989, the Village and Park District have hosted an annual Earth & Arbor Day Celebration in April. The celebration includes recycling opportunities, a sustainable vendor exhibition, and volunteer opportunities.

The 30th annual Earth & Arbor Day event was held Saturday, April 13, 2019. The 2020 date will be announced in January 2020.

Welcome to Northbrook/Flamingo Friday Kick-Off: Friday, May 17, 2019

On Friday, May 17, the Community Relations Commission will hold its annual Welcome to Northbrook/Flamingo Friday event from 5-7pm at Village Hall (1225 Cedar Lane). Come enjoy an evening with your neighbors while you learn about local organizations and village initiatives. Stop by the Flamingo Friday booth to register your neighborhood and pick up your free flamingo to get started on the fun.

New This Year! The Community Relations Commission is partnering with the Northfield Township Food Pantry to hold a canned food drive. Canned food will be accepted at the Flamingo Friday booth. Your donations are greatly appreciated and help benefit others in the community.

About Flamingo Fridays

When neighbors get to know one another, an improved sense of support, understanding, well-being, and safety are the result. Flamingo Fridays offer neighbors a casual opportunity to get together during the summer.

Every Friday around 6 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day a neighborhood gathering is held in someone's driveway. The host provides the driveway – everyone else brings their lawn chairs, beverages, and snacks, as desired. Depending on the group, gatherings can last 30 minutes or several hours. Despite its name, Flamingo Fridays do not have to take place on Fridays. Each neighborhood can determine what time/date is most convenient.

The neighborhood’s pink lawn flamingo travels from host to host. Display the flamingo early - Monday or Tuesday – to get the word out.

Look for an event around the neighborhood or on social media using #nbkflamingofriday!Flamingo Friday

4th of July

The annual 4th of July festivities and fireworks are organized by the Park District and Village. The Rotary Club of Northbrook hosts the annual 4th of July Breakfast.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 festivities! The 2019 celebration will be held on Thursday, July 4. Text 4thJuly to 888777 for a quick link to details.

National Night Out

Join Northbrook Police and the Northbrook Park District on the first Tuesday in August for an evening of fun, food, music, games, and prizes. National Night Out is designed to promote the partnership between the police and the community and to share information about crime prevention and public safety. The event is held at Meadowhill Aquatic Center from 6 to 9 p.m.

Plein Air Painting Festival

The Northbrook Arts Commission, in partnership with the Park District, hosts the annual Plein Air Painting Festival. Held in the fall, the event features dozens of artists painting Northbrook landscapes throughout the Village. The event features live music, painting demonstrations, and a chance to purchase original art.

The 2019 event will be held September 26-29. Visit www.northbrookarts.com for more details.

Fire Department Open House

Kids can climb in fire trucks, use a fire hose, meet Sparky the Fire Dog, view demonstrations, tour Fire Station 12, and dress in firefighter gear at the annual Fire Department Open House. The event takes place during October’s Fire Prevention Week. Check back in September for details!

Halloween & Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-Treat hours are 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Halloween, October 31. To welcome Trick-or-Treaters, switch on your porch lights or any exterior lights.

Safety tips for Trick-or-Treating:

  • Walk in groups or with an adult and stay on the sidewalks
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you
  • Bring a flashlight when heading out after dusk
  • Examine all treats before eating them and eat only factory-wrapped treats
  • Wear well-fitting costumes and comfortable shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls

Please welcome Trick-or-Treaters carrying official United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) collection boxes. Halloween is National UNICEF Day and many children share the holiday by Trick-or-Treating for the UNICEF.