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GroveFest canceled but plenty of summer events in the works

Summer is fast approaching and with it comes the return of some but not all of the annual events that Downers Grove residents enjoy each year.

The village’s summer celebration Rotary GroveFest has been canceled.

“This year, we have met as a committee a number of times but will not be holding our Rotary GroveFest this year and we are very sad we won’t be,” said Keith Hoffman, one of the event organizers. “We have looked at the health landscape and not sure people are ready to attend. We know that people are itching to get out and enjoy life again, but at this point in time, we don’t know how people will react.”

Rotary GroveFest is the group’s biggest annual fundraiser. Organizers said they are taking a closer look at another option for August, September or October, Hoffman said.

The Downers Grove Downtown Management Corp. has canceled the Sumer Nights Classic Car Show for 2021. The show typically takes place in downtown Downers Grove on Friday nights.

“Under the current mitigations the car shows are on hold,” said Erin Venezia, executive director for Downers Grove Downtown Management Corporation. “We will continue to monitor the situation.”

But it won’t be a boring summer by any means. The Downers Grove Park District is gearing up to host a number of events in accordance with state health guidelines.

The summer concert series is set to make a comeback beginning May 25 and continuing through Aug. 17.

“We’ll be doing them every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Fishel Park,” said Dawn Hartman, the park district’s director of marketing and community engagement.

Masks and social distancing will be required. Registration also will be required of those attending park district events.