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Windmill City Festival's countdown to carnival

Thu June 30, 2022

Are you ready for some sizzling summer fun? Step right up to the Windmill City Festival. The carnival is coming back to Batavia’s Riverwalk in one week! 

Catch the carnival fun on Houston Street, along with tasty food and beverages, live musical entertainment, several competitions, games and activities for all ages.

What began as a sidewalk sale in 1956 known as Boo Boo Days, has since flourished into a community-wide celebration. Organized by the Batavia Park District and the City of Batavia, Windmill City Festival returns to downtown Batavia from July 8 to July 10. The festival will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 8, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. 

Back to rock Batavia are some of Chicago’s favorite bands: Radio Gaga, 7th Heaven, Lounge Puppets, and Back Country Roads, just to name a few. Whether they are playing rock ‘n’ roll, pop, country or other rhythmic sounds, these and other crowd-pleasing bands stir up outstanding shows! Come to eat, drink and dance under the stars! Visit for the full musical lineup.

Many traditions are returning to Windmill City Festival in addition to the great music and popular carnival rides. You’ll find activities for everyone – from babies to pets!

Tee off across Depot Pond in the Golf Challenge, and compete for prizes for a hole-in-one. Or enter your pet in a charming Pet Competition, where furry and not-so-furry pets can compete in five categories: Best Kisser, Best Trick, Highest Jump, Best Costume and Most Unusual.

The Batavia Mother’s Club Foundation will host an adorable Diaper Derby, where babies participate in a crawling race. There’s a Community Bike Wash, too. Families, bring your bicycles and park district staff and members of the Batavia Bicycle Commission will help you wash your wheels and decorate them, if you wish.

Why not share your artistic flair at our Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Contest? Saturday, July 9 is also known as “Unplug Illinois Day,” where people across Illinois are encouraged to play outside and enjoy activities at their local park districts. Join us and draw what you love about Batavia. Artists of all ages can compete to win People’s Choice for “Most Uplifting” and “Best of Batavia” categories.

All three days of the festival you can also duck into the Depot Museum to cool off, learn about Batavia’s fascinating history and shop for unique Batavia merchandise. See what’s new!

Thanks to our Windmill City Festival sponsors, who help us make this annual event the best it can be: Batavia Animal Clinic, Woof Beach, Great American Exteriors, Chiro One, Chicago Steel, Valley Sheltered Workshop, Kane County Chronicle, Kane County Cougars, Renewal by Andersen, Fox Valley Christian Church, Northwestern ALL OF US Research Program, DePAW Canine Campus, Foltos Tonsorial Parlor, Prairie View Orthodontics, the Batavia Bicycle Commission and the Batavia Mother’s Club Foundation.

Check out for all festival details. For more information about Batavia Park District programs and events, call (630) 879–5235 or visit