ParkTalk Podcast
ParkTalk Blog
  • 630-848-5000
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Participation Guidelines. More information regarding the District’s response can be found here

2018 Summer Event Preview

As tulips bloom and the water at Centennial Beach sparkles, it’s time to look forward to summer in Naperville. Naperville Park District has a full calendar of free, outdoor events from neighborhood concerts to a brand new 95th Street Farmers Market.

What’s New in 2018:

Naperville Park District and the 95th Street Library are partnering to host the 95th Street Farmers Market, offering locally grown fruits and vegetables and homemade breads, jams and other items. The Market will be held on Thursdays from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the 95th Street Library, located at 3015 Cedar Glade Drive in Naperville. The Market opens June 7 and continues through September 27. New vendors are welcome to apply to join the market even as the summer progresses.  Interested farmers may apply online at and can contact Andrea Coates at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Free, outdoor entertainment will expand this summer to include A Night at the Movies, a series of family-friendly movies in the park. Movies will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. in June and July and earlier in August and September, depending on the time of darkness. Movies, dates and locations are as follows:

  • June 1 – “The Parent Trap” – Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave.
  • June 30 – “National Treasure” – Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave.
  • July 14 – “Finding Nemo” – Frontier Sports Complex, east side, 3415 Book Rd.
  • August 4 – “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” – Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave.
  • September 22 – “Monsters, Inc.” – Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave.

 Additionally, a new event, Rock the Hill, will present a free concert at Rotary Hill on Friday evening, August 3 featuring the band OMT. 

On Sunday, August 12 from 12:00-4:00 p.m., Knoch Knolls Nature Center will host a new event, the Rx for Nature Festival. All ages are invited to enjoy this free festival which will offer fun outdoor activities that also improve your health. Guests can participate in mini-sessions of yoga, meditation and fitness classes such as Zumba, and experts will be on site with information about hiking, gardening, canoeing, biking and fishing.

Back by Popular Demand

The 12th annual Frontier Kite Fly Festival, presented by Naperville Moms Network, will be held at Frontier Sports Complex on Sunday, June 3 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. A free event, the Kite Festival offers fun for all ages and a rare opportunity to view gigantic kites flown by kite enthusiasts from Chicago Kite. Participants also can practice flying their own kites and get how-to-fly tips from the experts. Kids can watch the skies as well for the piñata-like Sky Kite, which drops candy several times during the day.

Unlimited inflatable jumping is available for $5 and festival-goers may purchase food and beverages at a variety of food trucks on site.  Food trucks at the event may include Aurelio’s pizza, Kona Ice treats, TCBY, and John’s Rib House.

The Millennium Carillon will present its annual Summer Recital Series on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. from June 5-August 21. Carillonneurs from Naperville and from all around the world will perform, while audiences are invited to picnic on the lawn and enjoy the free music.

The Concerts in Your Park series bring family-friendly music to different parks throughout the community on Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Concert locations and music styles were selected based on the results of online voting by residents earlier this year. The 2018 schedule is as follows:

June 10 – Midwest Dueling Pianos at Queensbury Greens, 1520 Brookdale Rd.

June 24 – Fletcher Rockwell at Gartner Park, 524 W. Gartner Rd.

July 8 – Final Say at Ashbury Park, 1740 Conan Doyle Rd.

July 15 – One Foot in the Groove at Arrowhead Park, 711 Iroquois Ave.

July 22 – Spoken Four at Walnut Ridge Park, 2304 Keim Rd.

July 29 – Sushi Roll at Tall Grass Park, 3512 Grassmere Rd.

Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment provides fun, interactive shows for kids and their families on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Locations alternate between the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, located west of Centennial Beach at 912 Sindt Ct., and Frontier Sports Complex, located at 3415 Book Rd. Performances are as follows:

June 12 – Todd Downing, Riverwalk

June 19 – Istvan & His Imaginary Band, Frontier Sports Complex

June 26 – Super Stolie, Riverwalk

July 10 – Scribble Monster, Frontier Sports Complex

July 17 – Jeanie B., Riverwalk

July 24 – Miss Jamie from the Farm, Frontier Sports Complex

With the introduction of new events in 2018, the Park District will no longer offer Rollin’ on the River. Additionally, Shakespeare in the Park, originally scheduled for July 13, was cancelled for 2018, due to the availability of key personnel in the Midsummer Theatre Troupe. 


Connect your business’s brand with a well-known and respected one like the Naperville Park District’s and reach a large, active and diverse audience.

To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities contact
Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at


Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
© 2020 Naperville Park District