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The annual festival presented by Frontier Days, Inc. is traditionally held over the 4th of July holiday in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Frontier Days, which takes place in Recreation Park, attracts top name and local musical acts to the multi-day festival to play on multiple stages. The Frontier Days festival also includes food and beverage, carnival rides, family and sporting activities and an enormous 4th of July Parade that marches through the center on town at 10am. Parade July 4 10am Oakton Street and Dunton
Soulfeed Smooth Jazz Festival
Soulfeed Smooth Jazz Festival™ is proud to present the 7th Annual Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Hiroshima, Walter Beasley AND Mambo Express with Emcee: Denise Jordan Walker.
Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race
Famously fun times! This historic, amateur canoe/kayak race is for paddlers of all ages and abilities, featuring 11 canoe divisions, 8 kayak divisions and 1 open (non-competitive) division. From the ultra-competitive to young families and newbies just wanting to enjoy a memorable paddling experience – it’s all here!
Blues On The Fox
A celebration of Aurora’s rich Blues history with incredible music and top Blues artists! Full line up to be announced 10 am on April 2!
Puerto Rican Heritage Festival
It’s a two-day festival celebrating the rich heritage of Puerto Rico. Put on by the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council, the weekend features endless food vendors offering wonderful cuisine; domino competitions; traditional folk music; other Puerto Rican bands; a kids’ play area; novelty vendors; Puerto Rican craftsmanship vendors and non-stop fun. And don’t forget to take in the sights and sounds of the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday.
Paramount Theatrical Production: Oklahoma!
This is the show that set the standard for all future musicals by incorporating music, lyrics and dance into a well-crafted serious story. It’s also the debut collaboration of one of the most prolific writing teams in American theater history – Rodgers and Hammerstein. Set in the turn of the century Oklahoma Territory, tensions are mounting between the local farmers and cowboys over the use of land. In the midst of it all is the rugged cowboy Curly who’s fallen for the strong-headed farm girl, Laurey. Despite their fiery spirits and at times tumultuous relationship, the two are destined to start a new life together in the soon-to-be state called Oklahoma!
Paramount Theatrical Production: A Christmas Story
One of the most watched and beloved Holiday movies ever made comes to life in a full-blown musical production on the Paramount stage. It’s the story of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker growing up in middle-America in the 1940s. With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing – a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: “you’ll shoot your eye out.”
Paramount Theatrical Production: West Side Story
It’s quite possibly one of the greatest love stories ever to be told in a musical. Set in the blue-collar neighborhood of New York’s Upper West Side, racial tensions run high as residents try to grind out a daily living. A turf war is being fought as the Jets, a white gang, and the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang, battle over boundaries. In the heart of the turmoil, former Jets member Tony meets Maria at a local dance. The chemistry is instantaneous, and for a few hours, there is no race, no hatred, no barriers, just two young people in love. But Maria is the sister of Sharks’ leader Bernardo, and no one is going to make it easy for Tony and Maria to escape.
The BoDeans at RiverEdge Park
There’s a reason The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum has a permanent display honoring these Midwest natives. Back in the 80s, the BoDeans blended the grit of American roots music with the upbeat elements of pop, creating a sound that caught the attention of both superstars and music fans around the country. Since then, the BoDeans have brought their unstoppable live talent on tour with legends like U2, The Pretenders and David Bowie. They’ve released Top 40 tunes like “Good Things,” “Stay” and their smash hit “Closer to Free.” And their brand new album "I Can’t Stop" is about to rock around the world. More than 30 years after their first album hit the airwaves, they're bringing that awesome party vibe to RiverEdge Park.
Sacred Heart Festival
It’s a full day of family fun, food and music celebrating the rich culture of Latin America, and it all benefits Aurora’s own Sacred Heart Parish. This year’s fest will feature tons of vendors offering traditional Hispanic items and clothes, endless authentic Latin-American food options and great games for the kids. When the afternoon rolls around, the RiverEdge Park stage fills with some of the area’s biggest and brightest Hispanic bands. Spend your Sunday at the Park having a blast, listening to cool music and giving back to the Aurora community.
Smash Mouth & Toad the Wet Sprocket at RiverEdge
25-year rock vets, Toad the Wet Sprocket, take the stage in what is sure to be an incredible show. What started off as a band jokingly named for a Monty Python sketch became one of the most well-recognized alt-rock groups, and these guys are bringing the laid back rock style to Aurora. Then surfer-meets-garage-band rockers Smash Mouth heat up the Park with a set of everyone’s favorite summer jams. With countless hits like “All-Star,” “Walkin’ On The Sun” and their awesome cover of “I’m a Believer,” these guys are the epitome of warm weather music. Get your summer on at the party of the summer.
Downtown Alive! One of These Nights & Cowboy Jukebox
If you hear the word “weekend” and think kicking back in a lawn chair, grabbing a cold one and jamming to your favorite tunes with family and friends, then you’ve got to be at the Park for Downtown Alive! Aurora’s concert series has become a summer highlight here in the City of Lights, and the musical acts lined up this year keep the tradition goin’.
When Chicago-bred REO Speedwagon launched into the rock scene, they changed the musical landscape forever. Their explosive 1980 record Hi Infidelity rocked the #1 spot on the charts for an incredible 15 weeks, gave music fans some of the greatest rock songs ever like “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On The Run” and is now certified platinum 9 times over. And they didn’t stop there. Since Hi Infidelity, REO has released many albums, each blowing the minds of rock-n-roll fans around the world. With over 40 million records sold to date, these guys are musical legends.
Rock the Yacht
RiverEdge Park is bringing that beach party vibe to the Park: the awesome music, the cold beer, the breeze off the water – it’s all at Rock the Yacht. Featuring Robbie Dupree, Stephen Bishop, Player, Ambrosia, and the Little River Band, this rockin’, feel-good show brings your summer soundtrack to life.
Daryl Hall & John Oates
If there’s one thing every generation can agree on, it’s the awesomeness of Hall & Oates – and this summer they’re headed to the Park. With 6 number one singles and 6 certified platinum albums, Daryl Hall & John Oates are literally the most successful rock duo in history. Their Philly soul-meets-rock style is smooth, their melodies are timeless and their catchy hooks from hits like “You Make My Dreams,” “I Can’t Go For That” and “Rich Girl” will make you get up and dance. Hot off their 2014 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Daryl and John are headed to Aurora for a night of everyone’s favorite classics, right on the Fox River.
Downtown Alive! Maggie Speaks & Catfight
The talented musicians of Catfight have a reputation of turning every venue they play into a massive party. So grab a beer, get ready to sing along and have some serious fun when Catfight kicks off the night. Then Chicago favorite Maggie Speaks rocks the Park by bringing your music library to life right before your eyes… and ears. Their huge repertoire includes 5 decades of songs, including everything from 50s favorites to Top 40 hits you heard last week, and their unstoppable energy is totally infectious. With their seamless transitions from pop to rock, country to hip-hop and everything in between, Maggie Speaks is ready to fill the RiverEdge air with the soundtrack of your life.
Disney’s Frozen shattered records, won a few Academy Awards and introduced the world to one of the greatest songs in cinema history. Now, get ready to sing along to this incredible movie that’s fun for the whole family. It’s the story of sisterhood and snowmen, royalty and reindeer and, most importantly, true love appearing in the ways you least expect. The Frozen fun starts with games for the kids, Anna and Elsa costume contests and tons more. Then, when the sun goes down, the Park fills with voices young and old singing along to “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” “Love Is An Open Door” and, of course, “Let It Go.” Bring your kids, friends, neighbors, friendly neighborhood snowman… oh, just bring everyone.
Get the Led Out
Experiencing Get the Led Out is the closest you’ll get to seeing Jimmy, John, Robert and John Paul back on stage. The 6 talented rockers have made it their mission to bring songs from Zeppelin’s legendary albums like Led Zeppelin I-IV, Physical Graffiti and In Through the Out Door to life… and they’re totally explosive. After all, there’s a reason rock journalists say Get the Led Out “didn’t just pass Zeppelin 101 with flying colors – they’re working on their Ph.D. They didn’t just do their Zep homework – they’re teaching the class.”
Earth, Wind and Fire at RiverEdge Park
They bring the Earth, Wind and Fire, and the Fox River brings the Water. This will be a night you’ll never forget. Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the best selling and top touring group in history. With a signature sound beyond categories – Soul, Pop, Jazz & Funk fusion, they have a groove as deep as the soul of the planet. Earth, Wind & Fire has influenced music and pop culture for over 4 decades. With mega-hits like, “Shining Star,” “September” and “Let’s Groove” it will be hard to stay in your seats, so get up, let your spirit fly and groove the night away with the legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire.
His album “Bat Out of Hell” is certified platinum 14-times over (yep, you read that right), selling over 43 million copies worldwide – it’s still regarded by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest albums ever. He’s a Grammy-winner, he’s one of VH1’s “Great Artists of Hard Rock,” and he puts on one hell of a show. It’s the one and only Meat Loaf. Known for his wide-ranging voice, over-the-top energy and totally theatrical performances, Meat Loaf’s rockin’ the Park this August with his one-of-a-kind concert style that’s going to bring the place down. And with a new album written by “Bat Out of Hell” genius Jim Steinman in the works, you never know what this hard rock superstar’s got up his sleeves.
Fox Valley Irish Festival
No need to fly across the pond to get in on all that Irish fun. With beer and whiskey tastings, vendors offering phenomenal Irish fare, crafts and games for the kids and, of course, the hottest Irish bands around, the 2nd Annual Fox Valley Irish Fest is the biggest Irish party the Chicago suburbs have ever seen. There’s a little Irish in all of us – come celebrate the food, drink, music and spirit of the Emerald Isle at the Park. There’s something for the whole family at Irish Fest. There’s a huge children’s play area filled with crafts and games, Irish beer will be flowing, and tons of cool vendors will be offering authentic Irish food, gifts and more. Then, when the sun starts to go down over the green hills of the Park, to see three of the hottest Irish bands: Brendan Loughrey, The Ploughboys and The Mahones.
Celebrate the sound, culture and taste of Mexico at Fiestas Patrias. From the delicious food to the variety of musical acts to the children’s play area, there’s something for everyone at this fun festival right on the Fox River.
Hairspray: The Broadway Musical
Tracy Turnblad is a plus-size teen with plus-size hair, and she has one big plus-size dream – to dance her way onto Baltimore’s smash hit TV show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Every day after school, she and best friend Penny bee-line home to watch the cool kids shake the rafters to the hottest tunes on Collins’ program. When a dance slot opens on the show, Tracy gets help from her friend Seaweed, who puts enough groove in her step to win that dream role – and life is never the same again. But Tracy doesn’t rest on her stardom, instead she uses her new celebrity to racially integrate the TV show and change the lives of Baltimore folks forever.
The Fox Valley Park District makes the glorious season of fall last a little longer with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm. During every weekend in October plus Columbus Day – nine days in all – fall is celebrated in its full glory. Families can enjoy safe and fun Halloween festivities including seasonal crafts, harvest décor and pumpkin stories!
Donny & Marie at the Paramount Theatre
From recording artists to television stars to Vegas headliners, Donny & Marie are the epitome of entertainment superstars. Just ask any of the thousands of people who saw them light up the Paramount last summer. Now, this duo is back at it in Aurora, and they’re bringing the songs, the choreography and, of course, the charm. With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing their catalog of chart-toppers like “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll” and countless more to the stage. Add in their fun-loving personalities, high-energy style and serious dance skills, and this is one production that’s a total blast for the young and young at heart. Get in on all the Osmond fun, and come see for yourself why, year-after-year, Donny & Marie are voted the best of Vegas.
Barrington Art Festival
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at the Barrington Art Festival. The festival offers the work of 125 juried artists from around the country in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, photography, watercolors and wood. Live music, great food and fun activities for kids make the Barrington Art Festival a perfect family experience!
2015 Christkindl Holiday Festival
Come to downtown Barrington for the annual Christkindl Festival. This is an open-air event during the holiday season featuring authentic German food, live entertainment, drinks, fun activities for families and kids crafts, live reindeer, carousel & train rides, Gingerbread House competition and even Santa's house. Please visit the website for a complete list of entertainment.
Windmill City Festival
The Windmill City Festival has long been a staple of the community and has become a tradition for many families. Come participate in the festivities that every family member is sure to enjoy. Hours: Thurs. at 6 p.m., Fri. at 12 p.m., Sat. at 8 a.m., and Sun. at 11 a.m.
Art in Your Eye Fine Art Festival
From August 14th-16th, view art on display in the City Hall Exhibit and Student Legacy Exhibit, listen to live music performances featuring some of the area's most popular bands, watch artists battle it out, partake in a craft beer & wine garden, eat local food and enjoy new activities and exhibits. This is an event fun for everyone!
Batavia Farmers' Market
Come enjoy over 18 different vendors offering a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheese, herbs, flowers, music and more. Along with weekly pop up vendors, check the website weekly for who will be in attendance. 3rd Saturdays will feature the Artisan Collective where you can enjoy living and shopping local. Shop for handmade items from your favorite artists and designers. Also, be sure to check the website for bi weekly activities just for kids. There will be fun activities such as a "make and take art project", a dress up photo shoot, face painting and more!
Berwyn Cruise Nites in the Depot District
Head to the Depot District for the 9th Annual Cruise Nites presented by Berwyn Kia, Paisans Pizzeria & Bar, Mike & Sons Auto Services, Cicero Auto Parts, Deece Automotive! Cruise Nites take place on Tuesdays from 6-9pm in the Depot District at Windsor & Grove Avenues steps away from the Berwyn Metra Station. Enjoy your summe evenings while taking a stroll through a combination of car show and nightlife.
Cruise Nites in Berwyn
Head to the Depot District on Tuesday, August 6th for a combination of car show and nightlife. Evening begins at 6pm in the Depot District at Windsor & Grove Avenues steps away from the Berwyn Metra Station.
August 20th Cruise Nite in Berwyn
Come down to the Depot District and enjoy Cruise Nites with other families, residents and car enthusiasts. Learn more about Berwyn's proud classic car culture and historical automotive heritage. Cruise Nites are free! Just show up and have a great time!
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Event fundraiser features: *King & Queen voting *Groove to the DJ mix *Raffles & Prizes *Finger foods & desserts from local restaurants *A Local Celebrity Lip Sync Battle General Ticket $75: includes open bar, appetizers & desserts and coat check.
Music in the Street
Be part of the Depot District's tradition at the 5th Annual Music in the Street event on July 18th. The festival will feature live local bands, food and vendors. Admission is free, open to all-ages, and dog-friendly.
Clean Sweep Garage Sale
One person's junk transforms into another's treasure at the annual Depot District Clean Sweep Garage Sale. Browse 5 stories of good finds and leave knowing that you've lived the spirit of the word "recycle." Future generations will thank you for this shopping trip. Free electronic recycling will be available via a "donation" to Seguin Services. Bounce Sports will be offering free use of their batting cages from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those that attend the sale! The event will take place in Berwyn's Depot District in the Municipal Parking Facility between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 7th.
34th Annual American Music Festival
Americana and roots music fans will find a full menu of talent at FitzGerald's 34th Annual American Music Festival brought to you by FitzGerald's. The summer 3-day event features more than 50 artists from Chicago and around the country. FitzGerald's American Music Festival takes place rain or shine on three stages -- club, tent and SideBar. Hours are 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 2, 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on July 3 and 4; 1 p.m.-3 a.m.
Taste of Main Street
Join us for this annual tradition and enjoy an eclectic mix of small plates and sweets. Stick around for an after-party with entertainment. Tickets include food samples and after-party.
Berwyn's Oktoberfest 2015
Save the dates for Friday, September 18th from 6-11 p.m. and Saturday, September 19th from Noon-11 p.m. and make the trip to Berwyn's Historic Depot District. The event boasts an international food court, carnival and amusement rides, family entertainment pavilion, and crafters and vendors. Enjoy live musical performances, a Beer Garden featuring special Oktoberfest seasonal selections!
25th Annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
The 25th Annual Berwyn Rt66 Car Show sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar will be held on Ogden Avenue in Berwyn. Berwyn has always been a great Route 66 town with a thriving, dynamic and fast-growing community at its hear. Stand on Historic Route 66 and see over 500 vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. This show has something for everyone! Demonstrations of Automobile Flamethrowing will thrill spectators!
The Berwyn Park District presents BAM (Berwyn Arts & Music) Fest on Saturday, July 25th in Proksa Park. This Youth Arts & Music Festival will feature live music, youth art galleries, art creation stations, workshops and fun activities. This event will also feature a battle of the bands and teen lounge with live DJ's.
IKEA Midsummer All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Event
Enjoy a traditional Midsummer, all-you-can-eat Swedish buffet. Tickets are only $11.99 for adult IKEA family members and $2.99 for children under 12. The menu will include favorites such as: smoked salmon, assorted herring dishes, Gravad lax, whole poached salmon, salads, cheeses, breads, desserts and much more! Seating is limited, buy your tickets today.
Boo! at the Zoo
Halloween fun awaits families at Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration. The popular daytime event, presented by Fisher-Price, features a Costume Parade, Costume Showcase, professional pumpkin-carving demonstrations, not-so-scary games and activities, special animal Zoo Chats, and haunted hayrides.
Summer Nights at Brookfield Zoo
Our newest summertime event is back, and it's bigger and better than ever, with more evenings than before! Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine gardens, roaming entertainment, live music, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.
Buffalo Grove Days 2015
This annual festival has fun for everyone. The festival will include the chamber beer garden, a business and craft fair, free entertainment all day long, a carnival, games, special events, a parade and fireworks on Sunday. Please visit the website for more information.
The 12th Annual Buffalo Grove Invitational Art Festival
Currently rated as one of the top 100 art festivals in the country, the festival hosts more than 100 juried artists from around the globe. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to watch the masters at work with art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long! In addition to the work of the 100 juried artists, festival-goers will have the opportunity to view and purchase works from young artists, ages 18 and under, who participate in the Youth Art Division of the festival taking place on Sunday. In addition to the artwork, festival-goers will enjoy live performances from a variety of musical acts, great food and art activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art at the festival and much more!
5th Annual Woofapalooza
5th Annual Woofapalooza benefit at Siegel's Cottonwood Farm Sunday June 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Woofapalooza, benefiting log dog rescue/shelters, is an event for you and your dog to have a day of "affordable fun on the farm". Woofapalooza has been growing every year! This event provides outdoor family fun for both the owners and their dogs. The day will consists of dog activities, family activities, informative talks, prizes, contests, food and more. Enter your dog into the best dressed dog or smallest/biggest dog contest. There will also be dog/owner lookalike contests and pie eating contests for dogs and humans and much more. Admission is $10 per person. Dogs are free. A day of fun, food and fresh air on the farm. Follow us on Facebook for more exciting event details, visit us at www.SiegelsCottonwoodFarm.com or call Kaity at 815-741-2693.
There's nothing like participating and watching the Redneck Run at Siegel's Cottonwood Farm! A day of fun, food and fresh air on the farm. Time: 9:00am-1:00pm. Follow us on Facebook for more exciting event details, visit us at www.SiegelsCottonwoodFarm.com or call Kaity at 815-741-2693.
ARTumn Harvest Art Festival
Come out and discover Deer Park Town Center's 4th Annual ARTumn Harvest Art Festival. Approximately 70 artists come from across the U.S. to participate in our juried art show held around the gazebo. In addition to fantastic fine artists, enjoy the live music, hands on kids art fun and food.
Deerfield's Annual Fine Arts Festival
Fun for the whole family featuring art from across the U.S., live music, catered festival food, kid's art activities and more! Artists representing media such as painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, sculpture, mixed media and ceramics hail from 20 states will be exhibiting.
Essence Of Freedom Run
The Essence Of Freedom Run is an annual event to raise funds that are desperately needed by the brave men and women both active duty and Veterans, who defend our country in the armed forces. Choose from a 5K or 10K race and run through the streets of downtown Deerfield. Active Duty, including Police and Fire Departments, run free. Register before February 15th and save $5.
Designed for experienced triathletes and beginning participants. Triathlon includes a 300 meter swim, 6 mile bike course (helmets required), and a 3 mile run. This event is good for getting in shape for more ambitious triathlons. There are no age group awards, everyone who finishes is a winner. Check-in time is at 7am at Deerspring Park and race begins at 8am. Registration is on a first come/first served basis. Ages 8 & older only. Please visit the website for complete details.
Now celebrating its 34th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like "cosmopolitan” and "sophistication." The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. It also features a popular children's art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food, and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup.
Fountain Square Arts Festival
Now celebrating its 36th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Now celebrating its 36th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 150 juried artists, a popular children's art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup. Location: Church & Sherman in Downtown Evanston.
Summer Nights On Madison
Join us in Downtown Forest Park June through August! Special shopping events, drink & food specials, live music and much more-every Thursday night through August. Check the Summer Nights Facebook Page for details.
Viva Italia: Italian Night
O Sole Mio! Join us for a fabulous Thursday night of great food, music an store specials. We have a lot of Italy on Madison Street!
Forest Park Music Fest
Celebrate Summer at the all new Music Fest on Madison. Enjoy Chicago's best up-and-coming bands, artisans, local food vendors and merchant sidewalk sales.
Dog Days of Summer
On July 30th this Thursday Night is for the dogs! Madison Street pays homage to the Animal Care League of Oak Park! Dogs and cats will be available for adoption. Contests for dog lovers of the area! Special savings and free treats too. 5% of sales will go to the Animal Care League of Oak Park.
Taste: Just a Bite of Forest Park
On August 27, join all participating eateries for a weekend of locally made home grown food! Special tasting plates and drink specials will be featured at all restaurants.
Forest Park Sidewalk Sale
Big deals all along Madison Street! Bring friends and browse our stores and grab a bite to eat at one of our many restaurants!
Halloween Casket Races
The Annual Casket Race is back! The Casket Race features trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, plus the most frightfully funny and creepy designs. Cheer on your favorite team - or join the race!
Autumn Wine Walk
Experience an afternoon of wine-tastings at unique boutiques and specialty shops! Enjoy appetizers from local restaurants and great deals while shopping for the Holidays!
Join us and see what fabulous offerings the boutiques and shops have for Holiday 2015! Bring a food donation for the Forest Park Food Pantry and receive a special savings!
2015 Annual Holiday Walk
Live window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa and his reindeer are just part of the magic of The Annual Holiday Walk. Enjoy winter on Madison Street!
Swedish Days Festival
This “granddaddy” of Illinois festivals features a host of family-friendly activities with live musical entertainment, a carnival, rosemaling show, pet parade, kids’ day fun, grand parade, the state’s largest music competition, multi-ethnic food plus great shopping in our historic downtown. Geneva’s train station is located just blocks from the festivities.
Geneva Arts Fair
The Geneva Arts Fair transforms downtown Geneva into a venue for over 150 esteemed artists and draws a crowd of more than 20,000. The juried show was voted a Top 200 Fine Craft Fair by Art Fair SourceBook and a previous winner of “Best Craft or Art Show” by West Suburban Living magazine. Admission is free and includes a children’s art area with special activities.
Festival of the Vine
Geneva restaurants create an array of specialties under an outdoor tent at the “Flavor Fare” partnered with wine and live musical entertainment. The Fall Harvest Market offers food and floral demos, unique displays plus Kid’s Patch activities. An arts and crafts show, flower market, horse-drawn carriage rides and several exceptional wine tasting and dinner events also take place around the historic downtown.
Chicago Botanic Garden- Weekend Family Classes
Together, adults and children can explore cool things about how plants connect to science, art, history, and culture. Each program includes a variety of hands-on activities and projects, as well as opportunities to bring the Garden home. Programs run from November through April on Saturdays.
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival
The festival showcases the work of 95 unique artists in a pristine setting overlooking a lake, spectacular gardens and 385 acres of majesty. All of the artwork embodies a botanic theme, use or material. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to see the masters at work, with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long!
Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
The 7,500-square-foot “Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America” exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden features trains running on 1,600 feet of track, for train and garden enthusiasts to enjoy the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges and around buildings.
American Crafts Expo
Passionate about the arts? The American Craft Exposition, one of the country’s premier fine craft shows, has moved to a new location at the Chicago Botanic Garden! In its 31st year, this highly competitive juried show and sale of fine craft features one-of-a-kind, handcrafted artwork and luxury collections, from the country's leading craftspeople. Free Admission (does not include parking fees).
Encompass Golf Championship
The Encompass Championship brings a unique Pro-Am format to North Shore Country Club and the greater Chicago area. The tournament will feature a special Pro-Am format during the first two rounds of competition and includes Champions Tour professionals with celebrities and amateurs. Some of the most recognized names in golf will be here!
The Grove Craft Beer and Wine Festival
The Grove Craft Beer & Wine Festival held in beautiful Glenview IL will have over 2,000 attendees who will sample craft beers and wines from more than 35 makers and over a 70 beers, ciders & wines. Live music and great food available for purchase.
Rides, games, music, face painting & balloon animals. Pony Rides, candy and much more at our annual Pumpkin Fest in Hickory Hills. Don't forget to bring your camera!
Homer Community Festival
Homerfest! 4 Days of Family Fun! Huge Carnival. Live Bands. Family friendly beer tent and fireworks. Thursday will be the biggest show yet. Music choreographed ground and air show set to your favorite movie themes.
Turkey Testicle Festival
It’s a great night as you don’t have to bring a dish to pass or talk to relatives. If you have never tried a turkey testicle, this is your chance! No need to worry about the weather the festival is held under one huge heated tent, with plenty of portable potties available. The bar is open but the number of people allowed inside at any one time is limited, as it can become pretty packed. There will also be hats, t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale to remember the night. “So grab a friend that's never been, enjoy a cold brew, great music, and hot nuts!" This is a 21 and older event only so bring your ID. Hope to see you there.
29th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Experience the best of Scotland without leaving Chicago at the 29th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games, June 19-20, 2015 at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca, Illinois. The festival is open to the public on Friday, June 19 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm and Saturday, June 20 from 8:00am - 9:00pm. The Offering an extensive array of unique Scottish traditions, revelry, and culture for the whole family! Friday evening highlights include: Highland Dance competition, Heavy Athletics, Rugby Exhibition, Friday Night Fling, crowning of the Heather Queen and Court and a Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-Lee), a lively celebration of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, from 7:00-10:00pm on the Celtic rock stage.
29th Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Lovers of Scottish culture unite! It's time to iron the kilt and perfect the family shortbread recipe. The Chicago Scots presents the 29th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games - the largest of its kind in the Midwest. This summer celebration offers the opportunity to experience Scotland's rich heritage and unique traditions along with some quirky customs. Whether you're of Scottish descent or simply intrigued by Scottish culture, join in the fun. Highlights include the ever-popular Heavy Athletics Exhibition, a Rugby Exhibition, the lively Mid-West Pipe Band Championship competition, Highland Dance competition, the Parade of Clan Tartans, British car show, genealogy and cultural exhibits, music, food, and more.
Lake Zurich Area Triathlon
The area's premier USAT sanctioned Olympic distance triathlon continues its' tradition in Lake Zurich with the Lake Zurich Area Triathlon at Paulus Park. In addition to the one loop swim, the event will feature an updated bike and run course that will primarily be flat and fast. Register now through 11:59pm July 10. There will be No race day registration.
Lake Zurich's Farmer's Market
Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables along with pies, doughnuts, Wisconsin cheese, dips and sausage, fresh made cookies, gluten free snacks, eggs, poultry, breads, soaps and much more. Sharpening by Kris, who sharpens knives, garden tools, skates and more, will also be there. Also local artisans will be displaying artwork and handcrafted items. Market held at Paulus Park.
Lemont's 25th Annual Heritage Fest
Outdoor street festival held in historic downtown Lemont with food, music and family fun for all ages! Most activities are free thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Hours: 3:00pm- 11:00pm. No admission charge - most activities are free!
Lemont Legends Cruise Nights
Every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in historic downtown Lemont. 3 Cool Car Trophies are awarded each week in the featured car category.
Sunset Soiree Free Summer Concert
The Village of Lemont, along with the Lemont Park District, presents a Free Summer Concert Series. Please join us in historic downtown Lemont at the corner of Stephen Street and Talcott Avenue for the following concerts on Thursdays: June 11, June 25th, July 16th, July 30th, and August 6th.
17th Annual Lemont Farmers Market
Visit this hidden gem of Historic Downtown Lemont at its Talcott Square location (corner of Stephen Street & Talcott Street, tucked behind LaDolce Vita and Stonehouse Pub) in historic downtown Lemont. Our market has grown and offers a wide array of bounty, including vegetables and fruits, flowers and plants, bakery, herbs, spices, and more! Plenty of free parking is available on Front Street and in the parking garage on River Street. Held every Tuesday, 8:00am- 1:00pm through Oct 27, 2015.
Brewery Tour/Beer Tasting
Tour the Pollyanna Brewing Company brewery along the I&M Canal,enjoy our tap room,share the experience of fresh, flavorful, craft beer-locally in Lemont, Illinois. Pollyanna Brewing Company experiments with local fruits and spices, seasonal lagers, barrel-aging, wild yeast and bacteria, and cider-beers on occasion.
Independence Day Extravaganza
Don't miss Independence Day Extravaganza at Lemont's Centennial Park. Fireworks at dusk, live band, food court, beer garden, children's games and inflatables. Great family fun! Starts at 4pm.
The 18th Annual Lincolnshire Art Festival
The festival hosts 100 juried artists from around the country in the Village Green of Lincolnshire and offers extraordinary examples of fine art and fine craft in a variety of mediums and price points. Take in the tranquility of Lincolnshire with a wonderful weekend that combines the fun of art with the art of fun. Live music on the music stage, great food and fun activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art, make the festival a perfect family experience. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the masters at work with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long! Festival-goers of all ages will have an opportunity to get into the “art-filled” action by contributing to a mural on-site at the festival.
Anything Goes at the Marriott Theatre
Anything Goes is non-stop laughs and madcap fun on the S.S. American with an unusual array of passengers including a gangster, a wealthy debutante, a charismatic nightclub singer and a lovesick stowaway. With spectacular dance and a boatload of Cole Porter tunes like You’re the Top, I Get a Kick Out of You and the title song, the audience will get a ‘kick’ out of Anything Goes.
City of Angels
Los Angeles, 1940’s. It’s double the laughs and double the intrigue as two plots unfold at once when a young New York writer is brought to Los Angeles to turn his best-selling crime novel into a screenplay. As we follow the writer’s travails in the film industry, the novel’s private-eye comes to life in the evening’s split screen plot.
Cruisin Into Lockport Car Show & Concert
Sponsored by the City of Lockport, Lockport Township Park District, and Lockport Township Government, the Cruisin’ Into Lockport Classic Car Show will return for another great season on Central Square. Come see the finest classic cars of not only Lockport, but from a tri-county area. There will be a different featured car every week (although all makes and models are welcome). Every Monday night 6:30pm-8:30pm - come out for a car show and a different live band each week. Enjoy food vendors, face painting and lots for the kids to do. Free event!
Bike and Dine Lockport
Meet in Lockport at the South Public Landing Parking Lot (10th Street and the Canal) at 9:45 a.m. Ride with guides starts at 10:00 a.m. 2 - 10 mile loops or 2 - 15 mile loops (rider preference). Admission cost is $45. Sign up at Trails for Illinois or http://www.visitlockport.com. Main Street Lockport will sponsor three Bike and Dine Events on Saturdays, June 6, August 1 and September 12, 2015.
Lockport Old Canal Days
The 2015 Old Canal Days Festival will be held Thursday, June 18th through Sunday, June 21st in downtown Lockport. This family-friendly event starts Thursday when the carnival comes to town! (Carnival will be located in the South Public Landing Parking lot at 10th & Commerce.) Then, Friday evening, the Lincoln 10K Ride N Tie Race will officially kick off the event with the parade following. The main stage will be located at Central Square with a beer and wine tent and exceptional entertainment lined up throughout the entire weekend; and the craft show will run Saturday and Sunday between 6th Street and 8th Street on State. Also, there are numerous activities and exhibits scheduled at the Lincoln Landing as well as Heritage Village. For more information on the activities and entertainment offered at the 2015 Old Canal Days event, please go to www.oldcanaldays.com.
Clean Sweep - Lockport
Meet at the South Public Landing Parking Lot, 10th St at the Canal, to clean and plant the downtown (bring gloves). Free t-shirt and lunch to volunteers and a prize drawing for participants. Sponsored by Main Street Lockport.
Kids can touch and climb aboard all sorts of heavy equipment, dump trucks, fire engines and more. Free event! Times: 10:30am - 2:30pm, at Dellwood Park, State St. & Woods Dr.
44th Annual Old Canal Days - Arts and Crafts Show
Join us in 2015 for this annual summer tradition! This year’s Arts & Crafts Show will be bigger and better than ever before with more Fine Arts and more Fine Crafts. Show hours will be Satuday, June 13, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Public admission is free! Artists and Crafters who are interested in participating in this juried event should submit the 2015 Arts & Crafts Show Application, call 815.838.9400 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Old Canal Days Wine Bar
Main Street Lockport's Old Canal Days Wine Bar will be held Friday through Sunday, June 19-21, 2015 in Downtown Lockport. This is a great opportunity to visit this vibrant community and take part in the libations and fun!