When you live at Highland Woods, opportunities for arts and cultural activities abound right outside your door. Elgin celebrates art year long with festivals, concerts, and extremely active theatre programming for the whole family to enjoy. Learn about just a few of the many ways the Elgin area celebrates art, literature, music, and more!
Hosted in September, the Fringe Festival is a week-long event that celebrates the performing and visual arts. Enjoy dance performances, magic, comedy, music, and more. Families can get involved with Family Fringe Day, which includes games, art projects, and performances. The festival encourages artistic exploration and innovation, bringing accessible art front and center.
This September event has been a favorite in Elgin for over a decade. Attendees enjoy a red carpet reception, followed by a viewing of 6 short film finalists (20 minutes or less) that have been submitted from around the world. Celebrity judges and the audience vote for a winner at the end of the viewing.
In January, this weekend event celebrates the written word. Writers and readers alike gather to engage in presentations and panels, meet local authors, and listen to live readings.
These two theatre troups are extraordinary opportunities for young children and youth to perform. Children’s Theater of Elgin is for children in grades 2-9, and Fox Valley Theatre Company is for 9th grade-age 20. The groups perform full length theatre productions that are a blast to be in, or simply to watch and enjoy.
Elgin offers theatre venues that host several of the groups and events mentioned in this article, as well as tons of entertainment options in every genre throughout the year. Hemmens Cultural Center is located in the heart of Downtown Elgin in a beautiful location along the Fox River. The ECC Arts Center also features incredible performances throughout the year, and is currently undergoing an exciting renovation. And with other theatre and arts spaces like Elgin Art Showcase and Side Street Studios you will never run out of fine arts opportunities and entertainment!
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional orchestra established in 1950, bringing you world class entertainment without the hassle of heading to Chicago. It was awarded “Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year” an unprecedented 4 times, and it offers a full season of incredible music and innovative programming every year.
This gorgeous riverside park and entertainment venue offers a location for many of Elgin’s best outdoor events, as well as occasional outdoor concerts featuring live music and occasionally some impressive big names.
Interested in living at Highland Woods, where all of this entertainment can be easily accessible? Make an appointment to visit Highland Woods today!