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Aurora Historical Society's Independance Day Celebration
Join the Aurora Historical Society Open House at the Museum! Entertainment on the lawn, a picnic, petting zoo, magician, games, crafts, a pie-eating contest, music by Hudson Crossing and of course, the national bell-ringing ceremony at 1 pm. A free family celebration! July 4, 11 am - 2 pm.
Yorkville Fall Fest and Pumpkin Pull
Watch as hundreds of pumpkins float down the river and have your chance at winning prizes in the second annual Pumpkin Pull at his year's Fall Fest! Join the United City of Yorkville and the Knights of Columbus to enjoy hayrides, pumpkin decorating, live music, great food and more! 10 am - 6 pm
Illinois Whitewater Festival
Join the Chicago Whitewater Association as they host a Buttercup Slalom Race! Come as a participant or a spectator as kayak enthusiasts Slalom Race and BoaterCROSS throughout the day! Enjoy Ribs on the River food and festivities following the event. Hosted by the Chicago Whitewater Association and the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department. 10 am - 10 pm
Fall Festival of Crafts
The Fall Festival of Crafts in Sandwich, Illinois is the oldest and largest craft fair in the state! There will be hundreds of vendors! It will be attended by thousands! Held at three locations in Sandwich: Sandwich Fairgrounds (815.498.9688), Downtown Sandwich on Railroad Street (815.786.9404), Indian Springs Shopping Center on Route 34 (630.330.1202). Always the last Thursday in Sept. 9 am - 5 pm
Bluegrass Music Festival
Come out for the Annual Bluegrass Music Festival where the jamming doesn't stop! Primitive camping available Friday night. Canteen open Saturday. Suggested donation $5 per person for members and $20 donation for nonmembers which includes a one year Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association (NIBA) membership. Noon - 6 pm
Day at Dickson-Murst Farm
Visitors to Day at the Farm will see how the oats are removed from the chaff and straw with an antique threshing machine/separator. Kids can pet farm animals, play on a pedal tractor pull, and enjoy pony rides! Bossie the “milk her yourself’ cow will be there as well as the corn box. But there’s more! Antique cars and tractors, tractor-pulled hayrides, and food from the Country Kitchen. All this with live bluegrass music in the air. C’mon out! Caption: Dickson-Murst Farm volunteers were busy harvesting oats using a vintage 1930s-40s hay binder getting ready for old-time harvesting demonstrations during Day at the Farm.
Fox Valley Pro Rodeo
Fox Valley Pro Rodeo includes big hat world championship rodeo action with exciting events including bareback riding, cowgirl barrel racing, and the rodeo's most popular and dangerous event - bull riding! Watch professional riders earn points to win a bid to the Nationals seen on TV. Bring the little buckaroos at 5:00 pm each night for games with the cowboys. Hilarious, family-friendly clowns, kids' games, food and drink vendors, music and fun for the whole family. Event admission prices include a country music concert with dancing immediately following the evening rodeo performance. Parking is FREE - Kids 4 and Under are FREE. Starts 7 pm.
Forest Foundation of Kendall County's Fall Fest
Free family fun in a beautiful and inspiring location. Join the Forest Foundation of Kendall County at their Annual Fall Fest. This family-friendly event will feature live animal interactions and demonstrations, kids' activity areas, live music, concessions sponsored by the Kendall County Pork Producers, and more! Bring chairs to relax in while you enjoy the entertainment. Food will be available for purchase throughout the day. 11 am - 5 pm
Chicago Premium Outlets’ July 4th Clearance Event
Shop stars, stripes and everything in between at Chicago Premium Outlets’ annual July 4th Clearance Event. For four days, savvy shoppers can find sizzling hot deals beyond everyday savings of 25 to 65 percent at many of the center’s 160 brand-name retailers, such as Kate Spade New York, Gap Outlet, and Tommy Hilfiger. Extended hours for the much-anticipated sidewalk sale include Friday, July 1 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, July 2 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday, July 3 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Monday, July 4 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., providing bargain-hunters with even more time to shop!
I Never Sang for My Father at the Winneshiek Playhouse
Winneshiek Playhouse, 228 W. Clark, Freeport. 7:30 pm. Gene, a college professor, has tried all of his life to find love and acceptance from his father, a successful, highly respected man, who is sometimes callous, unloving and selfish. Upon the untimely death of his mother, Gene is forced to help his father through his dark days. His sister urges Gene to break the ties for good, or else he’ll wind up as bitter and cold as their father. The story unfolds as we probe into the disquieting alienation that can exist between a father and son, a separation that time and old age can sometimes only deepen, despite the best intentions of both. $15. (815-232-7023)
Lucy Haskell's Birthday Celebration
A beloved Alton event, please join us in Haskell Park to celebrate the 136th birthday of Lucy Haskell! Pony rides, vintage games, lemonade cake and ice cream. Hope to see you there! For more information on Lucy's Birthday party, call (618) 465-3026.
The Night Market will provide artists, growers and artisan food producers who work 9-5 jobs with an opportunity to sell their wares at a mid-week Market. There are many on-site amenities that will be enjoyed by vendors and shoppers alike, including live bands from 6:00- 9:00 p.m., great food and drinks, restrooms, and electricity for vendor booths. The Night Market place every Wednesday night in the warehouse behind Elijah P's Burgers and Brews.
Kewanee Windmont Park Lighting and Parade
Walk through the magical park, listen to caroler and enjoy cookies in the Shelterhouse. Drive and view the lights throughout the city streets and neighborhoods of Edgewood, Prospect and Chestnut.
Frozen at the Tower
It may be hot this summer, but the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower is celebrating all things "Frozen" on Saturday, Aug. 6. Anna and Elsa from the movie "Frozen" will be on the upper two levels of the Tower for a meet and greet event and photos with their fans. Free Frozen souvenir balloon art from Jay "The Balloon Dude". Tower admission is $1 for children and $2 for adults.
The Loop! Lansing on Pedals
Enjoy a fun, relaxing bike ride through Lansing, Illinois and surrounding communities. This is not a race, but a family-friendly fun event. This year's route is better than ever! What's really exciting about this year? We have 1 ride that starts at 7:00pm and you can choose to stay on or jump off. Yep, if you prefer to ride a shorter route, you still can and enjoy delicious food at the end! 7PM
Eagle Meet and Greet & Raptor Awareness Program
This program gives you the opportunity to see multiple species of birds of prey including an American Bald Eagle up close and personal! Ask and learn about their species and habitats. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Sauce Alton Food Truck Festival
This even will feature food trucks from around the region offering global street food cuisine. In addition, the amphitheater's concession team will offer beverages of all types to compliment the food trucks. Live music will be showcased on the amphitheater stage with Boogie Chyld as the Food Truck Festival's headliner. The Alton Food Truck Festival is free to the general public. Each food truck will have a different food offering with a range of prices. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Autumn Solstice Haunted Extravaganza
Meet paranormal investigators, have a free Tarot card reading and take a free tour of the Historic Museum of Torture Devices during the Mineral Springs Haunted Autumn Solstice Extravaganza. There will be speakers, vendors, door prizes and so much more! For more information, call (618) 465-3200.
Sugar Grove Corn Boil
Join Sugar Grove for their annual festival commemorating sweet corn. Enjoy live entertainment, carnival, parade crafts, 5K race, fireworks, beer tent and lots of corn!
Stars & Stripes 5K Run presented by First Midwest Bank
The Tinley Park-Park District hosts three races each year. Whether you’re a seasoned cross country runner or just want to set a new fitness goal, our 5K and 8K races bring the community together around the central goal of achieving a new personal-best time. Even walkers enjoy participating with friends and family to get everyone out and moving! Race t-shirts are available for purchase while supplies last. Kick of Independence Day with our Stars & Stripes 5K Race. Awards for top male/female in each category and overall. Pre-registration closes 6/24/16 at 3PM. $22/$16 without shirt. 8AM.
Shop, Sip Socialize #ProudlyDeKalb
Come Sip, Shop, & Socialize in Downtown DeKalb. Stores will be offering Sidewalk sales and new inventory! The Stage Coach Players and the Garage Orchestra will providing entertainment. Downtown Merchants are also raffling off a basket full of goodies.
Aurora Historical Society's Independence Day Celebration
Join the Aurora Historical Society Open House at the Museum! Entertainment on the lawn, a picnic, petting zoo, magician, games, crafts, a pie-eating contest, music by Hudson Crossing and of course, the national bell-ringing ceremony at 1 pm. A free family celebration! (11 am - 2 pm)
Andover Swedish Service at Jenny Lind Chapel
Join in a celebration of American pioneer faith held in the historic church "Jenny Lind Chapel". The church as constructed in the early 1850's and named for the celebrated Swedish singer, Jenny Lind. Join a celebration of American pioneer faith at Jenny Lind Chapel. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Starting at 4pm to 6pm.
Fireworks in Grafton, Illinois
Come out early for entertainment and food specials at local restaurants. As the sun goes down, fireworks will light up the nights sky! For more information, call (618) 786-7000.