Chamber Announces DarienFest Schedule of Events

Two new additions to the DarienFest lineup this year is the Darien Idol competition and performances by the winners of this summer's Battle of the Bands.

DarienFest is almost upon us. The 25th annual event will take place September 7, 8 and 9 at . Come find the Patch booth at the festival and say hello. In the meantime, here's a look at the DarienFest lineup:

Friday, September 7th

5:45 p.m.

Opening ceremonies commence at 5:45 p.m. on Friday. These will include the Darien VFW Post 2838 Honor Guard Presentation of The Colors, Mayor Weaver, Darien Chamber Board Members and the Hinsdale South Marching Band.

6:15 p.m.

Amy Kelly & The Bill Ande Band

8:45 p.m.

7th Heaven

Saturday, September 8th

1:00 p.m.

Hinsdale South Marching Band

2:00 p.m. Darien Idol—New to DarienFest this year! The following finalists will be competing to see who takes the Main Stage Sunday afternoon.

  • Maura Carr
  • Angelica Jungman
  • Emily Dahowski
  • Claire Wagner
  • Elizabeth O'Neill
  • Gianna Marie Scumaci
  • Jim Ladd

Judges include Main Stage Sponsor Lori Graves from the KeyBoard Touch, Darien resident and local artist Andrew Salgado and music producer Frank Pappalardo.

4:00 p.m.

Jet Black Comedy

6:30 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

Hi Infidelity

Sunday, September 9th


Radio Disney

1:30 p.m.

Below Zero

2:30 p.m.

Rock Academy

3:15 p.m.

Darien Idol Winner

4:15 p.m.

The Moods

7:00 p.m.

Lynne Jordan & The Shivers

Windy City Amusements will offer Unlimited Ride Specials on Saturday and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. for $20 per person per day. Darien VFW Post 2838 will host their annual 50/50 raffle. Kidbucks Game Show will be entertaining children all weekend.

There will be free Shuttle Service during the event. Passengers will be dropped off and picked up at . Here's a list of shuttle stops: 

  • Jewel-Osco (75th & Cass)
  • Westwood Park (75th & Fairview)
  • Chestnut Court Plaza (75th & Lemont Rd.)
  • Wal-Mart (75th & Lyman)

For more information on DarienFest visit www.darienchamber.com.

john September 06, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Stop by the Illinois Energy Windows & Siding booth!
Sabrina Wu September 08, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Hi John: Tons. So many it'd be hard to list in the article, but from what I saw last night, McDonald's, Papa Passero's...there was Chinese food, fruit smoothies, funnel cakes, you name it.
Kathy Dobias September 09, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I went to Darien Idol winner Gianna Scumaci sing today at 3:15. This little girl was awesome on Saturday and couldn't wait to hear her again. I made sure to get there at 3:00 so I wouldn't miss her. I waited and waited and finally asked someone what time the Darien Idol was going to sing and was informed that she finished singing at 3:00. I'm not sure who's at fault here, either the Patch or the DarienFest doordinators, but I was sorely disappointed.
Sabrina Wu September 10, 2012 at 01:08 AM
@KathyDobias: I'm sorry to hear that. We reprinted the schedule the chamber sent us, which matches the one on the DarienFest website: http://www.darienchamber.com/DarienFest2012.htm. It's possible an act could not go on, and Gianna had to go early. I can inquire with the chamber for you, if you like.


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