Windmill City Festival has become a tried-and-true tradition for many local families. Held in the heart of downtown Batavia at the beautiful Riverwalk, the festival features countless activities over the course of two and a half days. Whether you check out the plethora of live bands, peruse the Craft and Vintage Market, participate in the Pet Parade or dive into the Ice Cream Eating Contest, every member of the family is sure to find a new favorite activity! This year’s festival will be held Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14. Admission is free.
Mark your calendar and be sure to drop by the downtown area to enjoy Batavia’s biggest event of the summer. The Windmill City Festival committee includes representatives from the Batavia Park District, Batavia Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Batavia.
New this year
The family-friendly Fun Zone is back this summer by popular demand and includes new inflatable attractions such as the Fun Fair Pack, 3-in-1 Carnival Game, and the Slip’N’Slide- so don’t forget to bring a towel! You can go leaps and bounds at everyone’s favorite Quad Power Jump too. Daily inflatable wristbands are available for $15 and allow unlimited entry for a single day. Quad Power Jump tickets are $5 each. Be sure to visit the festival website for the full list of all the Fun Zone attractions and hours. Your family will be talking about this year’s festival for a long time to come!
The Fun Zone will also have a brand new Gaming Trailer! Teen, tweens, and adults alike can enjoy 30 minutes of gaming fun for just $20. The trailer features game favorites such as Madden, NHL, Mario Party, and more!
If you love this annual festival as much as we do, you can take home a souvenir this summer! Choose from either a new collectible can or cup koozie to keep your drink cool or a Batavia t-shirt to show off your town pride. Koozies are available for $3 each and t-shirts for $20 each.
Festival organizers are excited to welcome Deb Krohn fondly known as “the Frog Lady” on-site at the Pet Parade on Saturday, July 13 between 9:30 and 10:30 am. Don’t miss the chance to visit with her unique critters! Pet Parade participants can register from 9:15 – 9:50 am near the Main Stage. Pets can win ‘best overall’ in five categories: Best Trick, Most Unusual Pet, Best Costume, Highest Jump, and Best Kisser. The first 50 registered participants will receive a complimentary doggie “s-wag” bag to take home. Sponsored by Batavia Animal Clinic, DePAW University, Two Bostons, and Pet Supplies Plus- North Aurora.
Throw back activities
In honor of the Batavia Park District’s 50th Anniversary in 2019, Windmill City Festival is excited to host a handful of throw back activities.Our friends over at Batavia MainStreet have organized a Boo Boo Days Revival as part of Second Fridays on July 12 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Select downtown businesses will have deep discounts and showcase “boo boo” clearance items. MainStreet will also be hosting a free Tug-of-War activity at 7:00 pm on July 12, located in Appleton Park behind City Hall.
Come watch Batavia’s finest at the Talent Show on the Main Stage, Saturday, July 13 at noon! Folks will show off their unique skills and talents at this throw back program event.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Two 50-foot gutters will house hundreds of scoops of ice cream for the Ice Cream Eating Contest at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 14. Participants will be divided into age categories and will compete against other ice cream enthusiasts to see who can finish their scoops the fastest. No hands allowed! The contest is sponsored by Foltos Tonsorial Parlor and the Batavia Creamery.
Tee one up at this year’s Golf Challenge. Ages 10 and up can take a shot at chipping a hole-in-one on a floating green in the Depot Pond. The cost is $5 for six balls! Hours are 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12, noon – 8:00 pm on Saturday, July 13, and noon – 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 14.
The Batavia Mother’s Club Foundation will once again host the adorable Diaper Derby at a new time of 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 13 underneath the big festival tent. Participant’s ages 6-15 months will compete in this exciting “crawling race” to win fun prizes. Register by the Main Stage beginning at 3:30 pm.
Fun follows Chuck the Duck everywhere he goes, and you definitely don’t want to miss Chuck the Duck Race on Sunday, July 14 at 1:00 pm. Compete in this fun water activity to see who can send Chuck the Duck across the finish line first! Participants must be at least five years old.
Fun for Adults
There is no reason why adults should feel left out of the loop at this year’s festival! There is a variety of offerings for the big kid in you, including a bags tournament, live music, and an adult-division in the ice cream eating contest! Grab a partner and “Toss for a Cause” in the Batavia Parks Foundation’s annual bags tournament at 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 13. Teams of two can participate for just $25. Cash prizes will go to the top two teams. After the bags tournament, be sure to stop by the food booths and beer garden.
For more information about Windmill City Festival or for a complete schedule of live music and events, please visit windmillcityfest.org.
Thank you to our 2019 Festival Sponsors: Northwestern University All of Us Research Program, McAlister’s Deli, Kane County Cougars, Renewal by Andersen, Home Improvement Network, America’s Bath Company, Euclid Beverage, School of Art-Geneva, Elite Remodeling Group, Champion Windows, and MetroNet.