By: Sherine Mostafa
Slowly but surely, the ice outside is beginning to thaw, and the sun is peeking out from its hiding place behind the clouds. As winter melts into spring, we’re eager to shed some layers and spend long days outside, delighting in warm weather. Downtown Naperville is a perfect place to get together with friends and do just that. Check out a few of these events and things to do in the downtown area this spring.
Riverwalk: Walking the Riverwalk is definitely a favorite for many locals. It’s essentially a series of paths that stretch for almost two miles along the DuPage River, which flows through the heart of Naperville. Some people simply choose to stroll down the paths, while others enjoy fishing or taking photographs. If you haven’t really visited downtown before, make sure that the Riverwalk is one of your first stops. Grab some frozen yogurt with your friends, take a walk, and enjoy the quieter side of a busy city.
Festival of Colors: The Festival of Colors will take place on April 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. The festival, also known as Holi, is hosted by the Vedic Cultural Society and is one of the major festivals celebrated in India. According to the festival’s website, “Holi announces the passing of winter and arrival of spring. It welcomes and celebrates the new energy of the season, and it is a festival that breathes a joyful atmosphere of social merriment.” Joyful is precisely the right word to use when describing this event because people are given brightly colored powder, or dyed organic flour, to throw at each other. Everyone is encouraged to join in, even if they have little knowledge of the festival. To see some pictures from past festivals or for more information, visit: thefestivalofcolors.org.
Music: For any of the more musically inclined people, the Naperville Municipal Band will have its spring concert on April 27th at 3:00 p.m. The concert will take place at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College and is free to the public. If you’re still around the Naperville area by Memorial Day, make your way over to the parade. This event always draws in a large crowd. It will start at 10:30 a.m. on May 26th and will take place all over the downtown area.
Don’t forget to visit some of Naperville’s many restaurants and boutiques as you stroll through the streets of downtown on a breezy spring afternoon. Also, look forward to some of the city’s biggest events, which will take place in the summer. These include Ribfest in July and the Last Fling in August.