Special Events

Remaining events for 2020 have been cancelled

The Recreation Department hosts several special events throughout the year.  Here's a listing of some of our annual events:
 
February - Gospel Fest
Gospel Fest is an event that showcases various soloists, musicians and local church choirs.  This has been an community tradition in collaboration with Dayspring Church.  The event is Free to the community.  Auditions take place in late December through mid- January.  Gospel Fest is held in February. 

kids with easter bunny
March/April - Breakfast with Easter Bunny
Breakfast with the Easter Buuny is an event for the whole family, in collaboration with our community Frisch's.  Kids ages 0-12 can participate in our coloring contest while having a wonderful breakfast buffet and taking pictures with the Easter Bunny.  Bring the kids for a chance to win prizes and have good fun!  This event takes place on the weekend before Easter Sunday.


IMG_8888 - Copy - CopyAugust - Jazz in the Park Festival
Jazz in the Park Festival is an event in collaboration with ArtReach that offers a jazz concert to the community.  It takes place on the 1st Saturday of August at Central Park (at the corner of Winton & Kemper Roads). 
 

October - Harvest Fest
The Harvest Fest is a SAFE and FUN way for area youth to enjoy tricks and treats of Halloween.  This is a free event for kids ages 0-12.  We offer fun activities such as arts & crafts, a costume contest, a Halloween parade, a magic show, and more!  This event is offered the 3rd Saturday of October or the Saturday before Halloween.  

December - Tree Lighting Ceremony & Breakfast with Santaa child posing with Santa
The Forest Park Tree Lighting Ceremony is a community tradition that is offered to the whole family.  Kids ages 4-12 can participate in our coloring contest for a chance to win prizes, and an overall winner is picked to flip the switch to light the City of Forest Park's Christmas Tree. Please come and enjoy snacks, Christmas Carols (the Winton Woods Elementary Choir),  and a visit from Santa on a Fire Truck !!!  This event is held on the 1st Monday of December.  Breakfast with Santa is an event for the whole family, in collaboration with our community Frisch's.  Kids ages 0-12 can participate in our coloring contest while having a wonderful breakfast buffet and take pictures with Santa.  Bring the kids for a chance to win prizes and have good fun!  This event takes place on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of December.