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Join us at the Art Center for ArtFest on Saturday, September 19 & 20 from 12 to 5 p.m for hands on art projects! There will be a free clay competition for kids & adults, an art exhibit scavenger hunt, a collaborative mural, live figure drawing, and demonstrations & hands on activities by local artists. quincyartcenter.org
Antioch's Summer Arts & Crafts Faire
This newly designed Summer Hand-Crafted Arts and Crafts Faire will feature artisans from around the country. Enjoy more than 140 booths of hand-crafted goods for summer and fall, food and free admission. There will also be plenty of children's free fun including face painting, balloon art and Paint our Town!
Stoney Point Grill
Live Video Gaming, Off-Track Betting, 5 Star Restaurant, Jukebox, 50 TVs (All Sports), official Blackhawks Bar, Party Room, Carry-Out, Family Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Full Service Bar.
Jacksonville Main Street’s Fine Arts Festival
Arts, food and fun all in downtown Jacksonville. Exhibits for show or sale include oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, pencil art, photography, and mixed media.
Folk Life Festival
Join us for our Annual Folk Life Festival! Stroll the beautiful grounds of the Quincy Museum and enjoy a variety of demonstrators, crafters and activities for children. Bring your appetite for our famous Buffalo Sandwiches, our Bake Sale booth and delicious caramel apples and old fashioned bottled soda. 1601 Maine Street Quincy, IL 62301 (217)224-7669 thequincymuseum.com
Great Egyptian Omnium Bicycle Race
The Great Egyptian Omnium is a bicycle race that promotes the region of “Egypt” or Southern Illinois to the rest of the cycling world and encourages visitors to one of the best biking destinations in the Midwest. The region is like none other, with hills and bluffs that will make a challenging course filled with natural beauty.
Gus Macker Basketball
Macker in May means summer starts in Quincy. Gus Macker basketball takes to the streets around Washington Park Central Square for the 27th year May 23-24, which will mean summer has arrived. And once again the family oriented festival of fun celebrates the passion for basketball in this wonderful community. Quincy loves hoops. http://www.macker.com/macker-tournament
Annawan Fun Days
It’s all about the kids! Festivities are held at Howe’s Park and feature kid friendly activities like an obstacle course, pedal tractor pull, water fights, and the Twinkie train! Evenings offer a movie, food, nightly entertainment, and fireworks – first of the season in Henry County! After the Sunday parade, have a slice of pie or buy one to take home from the annual auction.
El Día de los Niños
Traditional Latin American event recognizing the importance of children and endorsing their well-being. Live entertainment and activities.
Lombard Cruise Nights
Cruise Nights in Downtown Lombard are always a fun time for visitors and neighbors. Bring the family out to see some cruisin' classics and then rock the night away with some of the area's favorite musical acts. Experience unique classic cars and live musical performances at this Lombard tradition. Celebrate the 17th year of Cruise Nights with Lombard in 2015!
Midsommar Music Festival
Music and fun for the entire family, participate in musical workshops, jamming sessions and a barn dance with instructions provided. Main stage concerts are held in Village Park. Main Stage Events begin at 11 am, Maypole procession at 4 pm, and Barn Dance at 7 pm.
54th Annual International Carillon Festival
The International Carillon Festival, in beautiful Washington Park, features concerts by some of the world's finest carillonneurs. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Don't miss the Festival fireworks Friday evening. LINCOLN AND THE MUSIC HE LOVED - To kick off this year's 54th International Carillon Festival, Park District carillonneur Robin Austin is joined by soprano Gailyn Draper and tenor Jerry Hicks in a special program of music that Lincoln loved. The program will be narrated by Christian McWhirter, author of the new book, Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music of the Civil War.
Zion's 29th Nostalgia Days
Come out and enjoy the 29th Annual Nostalgia Days Carnival and Car Show. Listen to live music and DJ's, play our trivia games to win great prizes. Antique and Custom car show and cruise. Enjoy Friday night with outdoor movies and live entertainment. Carnival rides, food vendors, lawn mower races, climbing wall, games and fun for everyone.
A traditional Irish Pub setting with a warm, fun and inviting atmosphere. We have twenty beers on tap and have been repeatedly told by customers that our Guinness pint is nothing short of outstanding. The menu has a nice variety of options and features delicious Irish fare, fish and chips, shepherd's pie and boxtys are some of our top sellers, plus we easily have the best burger in the region!
Bement Old Glory Festival
Located in the beautiful City Park and lawns of the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site and Historic Bryant Home, the Old Glory Festival celebrates Bement’s patriotic and agricultural heritage by hosting 50+ events the second Saturday of every June. Events include patriotic themed events, live music, food, cricket spittin’ contest, stagecoach rides, volleyball tournament, 5K run/walk, antique tractor show, classic car show, plus much more. Many events are free throughout the day. Bement’s Old Glory Festival is one small town festival you don’t want to miss. The event is from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Hooppole Fun Days
Every kid walks away a winner in this pre-fourth of July celebration. Family floats, antique tractors, children’s games: ring toss, select a sucker and a frog/toad jumping contest (bring your own) are just a few to mention. Visit and enjoy local organizations home cooked delicacies and buy a pie. Fireworks at dusk are sure to please. Activities begin at 10 am.
Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad Fathers Day Celebration
All aboard as a 36 ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, including an antique red caboose reported to be the oldest in the state, and three passenger flatcars for a four mile ride through farmlands and across a bridge 30' above Yellow Creek. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts. Browse for novelties in the Freight House Gift Shop. Visit the Silvercreek Museum filled with early Americana and featuring the 130 ton Cooper Corliss Steam Engine and its over 25' fly wheel. Food will be available at the museum. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: Ask at the Depot; Museum: Adults: $4; Children Under 12: Free.
47th Annual Fair Diddley® 2015
The 47th Annual Fair Diddley® will take place on on the historic Woodstock Square! Over 300 crafters will exhibit their hand-crafted items! Join nearly 10,000 shoppers at this must attended event! Fair Diddley® will take place RAIN or SHINE!
Piatt County Annual Trailblazers Rodeo
Fun for the entire family! IPRA rodeo featuring seven events, arena entertainment, food vendors, family night on Thursday, parade on Saturday, followed by Kids & Clowns event.
David Adler 35th Festival of the Arts
The David Adler Music and Arts Center is proud to present its 35th Annual Festival of the Arts in beautiful Cook Park located in historic downtown Libertyville, Illinois. Over the last several years, Festival of the Arts has hosted some of the finest work of artists exhibiting in the country. To supplement this fine artistry the festival also presents a variety of children’s activities.
Arts in the Park
Danville's Art in the Park features over 60 regional artist booths and two full days of continuous on stage performances, festival food, and a children's tent. The "Art of Wheels" classic car show kicks off the event each year on Saturday (June 21) morning.
Funfest for Air-Cooled VW
FunFest for Air-Cooled VW's is MidAmerica Motorworks way of saying "Thank You" to all VW enthusiasts. The three day event is the best Air-Cooled enthusiasts party anywhere. Expect to see more than 1,000 VW's and 8, 000 enthusiasts. Enjoy seminars, races, vendors and more! And don't forget about the concert on Saturday night! It's sure to be a fun event! Stop by our Effingham Tourism tent at the MAM grounds for a free souvenir picture!
Effingham Artisan Fair
Downtown is transformed into an art gallery with works from over 40 artists, on display for purchase. Artwork for sale includes oil paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculptures. Several artists will demonstrate their craft at the event. As part of the event, the Artisan Fair features wine and beer tasting. There will be approximately ten regional wineries and several different craft beers available for tasting. This event will open from 12 – 5 p.m. Other activities include the 5K Run and Walk, Kids Korner, sidewalk chalk art, “Can Do Art,” food fair (including Gabby Goat, IGA, Sausage Haus, Doris Yoder's Kitchen, The Cookie Jar and Tropical Sno) and live musical entertainment at the gazebo. The Historic Court House Museum will be open for tours.
72nd Annual National Sweetcorn Festival
Held each year over Labor Day weekend, the National Sweetcorn Festival is best known for distributing over 50 tons of free, antique steam engine cooked, sweetcorn each year! Traditional carnival rides and grandstand events are additional highlights throughout the weekend, and the festival is home to the annual National Sweetheart pageant, a highly recognized pageant in which nine former contestant have gone on to become Miss America.
Red Carpet Corridor Event -Joliet Area Historical Museum - 2015 Free Days!
The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau will be sponsoring Free Days at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, as part of the 9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor events on May 2 & 3, 2015. Joliet—Saturday: The Route 66 Visitor’s Center at the Joliet Area Historical Museum will be open from 8am to 5pm. Sunday: The Route 66 Visitor’s Center at the Joliet Area Historical Museum will be open from noon to 5pm. Come for discounted admission to the Route 66 Experience portion of the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Discounted rates will be available on these days for RCC attendees desiring to experience the Museum’s galleries. It is all about family fun on the most famous road in America - Route 66. This year’s event will be Saturday, May 2, from 8 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, May 3, from 8 AM to 3 PM. Sponsored by the twelve communities which make up the 90-mile linear museum from Joliet to Towanda, the annual festival invites everyone to experience the good life in the slow lane. Each community will produce its own events. From full-blown festivals to antique and craft sales, art sales, car and motorcycle shows, live entertainments, and plenty of yard, garage, and sidewalk sales along the way, everyone is sure to discover something unique. Food, snacks and treats will be in abundance, and there are plenty of historic sites, outstanding free museums and unique mom & pop businesses to help create a nostalgic journey for all to enjoy. Visitors can simply enjoy the drive, stop and have their picture taken with Elvis, or do a little shopping in any of the great stores along the Mother Road.
The Pembroke Rodeo features one of the largest traveling rodeos in Illinois. The rodeo features bare back riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, relay races, barrel racing, flag races and bull riding.
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!
Weekly nature education programs for all ages. Each week a guest presenter will introduce participants to a new nature topic. Topics include bees, geology, insects, snakes, butterflies and more! This is a great opportunity to learn something new about the world around us. Every Wednesday at 3pm.
Buca di Beppo
A neighborhood restaurant with authentic Italian food dishes meant to be shared and served family-style. Catering, Private Party Rooms, Carry-out and Delivery.
Moccasin Creek Festival
Moccasin Creek Festival is an annual 3-day music festival, which typically celebrates other arts and crafts as well. It takes place at beautiful Lake Sara in Summit Township, just west of Effingham, Illinois. The founder of Moccasin Creek Festival is Bill (Poss) Passalacqua, an Effingham native who has built his life around writing, performing and promoting music. Folk, bluegrass, alternative country, roots rock, and blues - "Americana" music. This is what MCF is all about - in an outdoor setting, using a venue with great acoustics, at a beautiful time of year.
Dollinger Family Farm
October brings pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze, train rides, farm animals, and fun. Also come see our Civil war reenactment the third weekend in October. Warrior Dash Midwest in June. On site gift shop.
Pretzel City Shop
All things Pretzel City! Your one stop Pretzel Shop featuring local vendors offering pretzels, clothing, cookies, souvenirs and more.Open: Tuesday thru Friday: 10 am to 2 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm
A wild place to shop and eat! Dine among dolphins, monkeys, gorillas and the tropical fish of the rainforest. Rainforest Cafe serves American cuisine with adventurous flair, such as Jungle Steak and Shrimp, Tribal Salmon, and Mojo Bones slow roasted spareribs. Inquire about special group bookings and Birthday Bash celebrations.
Riverside Arts Weekend
The Riverside Arts Weekend (RAW) features a juried arts fair, theater, music, architecture and other arts-related events. This is a vibrant cultural weekend that brings thousands of visitors and residents together to mingle and walk the streets of historic downtown Riverside. The weekend will be located inside Guthrie Park in Riverside, IL.
The 5th Anniversary of this free street festival will begin at noon with a ribbon cutting ceremony. On the Club Station House Main Stage we are thrilled to welcome some of Springfield’s favorite bands including Shenanigans, Thornhill, Hurricane Ruth, and Looming as well as the Capital City Men’s Chorus. The evening will close out with a Drag Show featuring award winning performers. On Stage 2, which is under a big tent with tables and chairs for visiting with your friends, there will be acoustic performances, a juggling act, and other fun acts. Springfield PrideFest 2015 will offer vendors with merchandise, information and a great selection of food, soft drinks, beer and mixed drinks. There will be the very popular Kid’s Area, where this year’s theme is Alice in Wonderland, and the Teen Lounge with activities, competitions, a scavenger hunt, and more. www.springfieldpride.org
Rochelle Cinco de Mayo Celebration
The City of Rochelle is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo event at the Downtown Rochelle Gazebo from 4-10 pm on Saturday May 2nd. The event is open to the public and will include authentic food; arts and crafts; music and dance demonstrations; and a Chihuahua parade and race throughout the evening.
Grayslake's Summer Farmers Market
Over 40 vendors featuring home grown, homemade products. Michigan fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meats, flowers, shrubs, sweets, wine, cooking demonstrations, organic produce and much more will be available. There will also be a Fine Arts Market and a Munchkin Market. Held in downtown Grayslake.
Spirit of Peoria - Sights & Sounds of the River
Board the Spirit of Peoria for a rare experience on a genuine paddle wheeler! Go through the locks twice, enjoy lunch and be entertained with music and river lore. You will meet at the Starved Rock State Park boat ramp for boarding. Reservations are required. 11:30am - 2:45pm. $35.00 per person.
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.
Geneva City-Wide Garage Sale
The Geneva Chamber of Commerce will be welcoming thousands of shoppers to Geneva by offering the convenience of a city-wide Geneva garage sale. it will be held April 24th and 25th, 2015 from 8 am – 4 pm both days.
43rd Annual Gurnee Days Celebration
Gurnee Days returns this week for 4 days of family fun. Activities include a bicycle rodeo, live entertainment, Farmers Market, Gurnee Idol, golf tournament, and amusement rides, a 10K race, baby contest, rib fest and eating contest, fireworks, a pancake breakfast, parade, Scoop the Loop Car Show, petting zoo, pony rides, a talent show, exhibitors, games, food booths and stage events. Please visit the website for times and entertainment schedule.
North Aurora Days
The Village of North Aurora is proud to continue the North Aurora Days tradition of providing a fun-filled weekend of activities and entertainment for the whole family in our great community. The sponsors, volunteers, and participants of North Aurora Days have been working hard to plan and provide a great celebration filled with fun for the entire family. This year’s festival will begin on Friday, August 7th with various events during the day. The emergency vehicle parade kicks off the Friday night festivities leading the spectators to our main stage, where they will enjoy a variety of food, beverages, and musical entertainment. Saturday, August 8th will be filled with a 5/10k race, fishing derby, Touch-a-Truck and more all ending on Sunday, August 9th with the fun filled pet parade.
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.
What started out as a customer appreciation party in 1994 is now the largest Corvette party in the world! Join more than 14,000 Corvettes at this four-day celebration with expert seminars, awards, burn-out wars, product displays, fashion shows, Corvette Clubs, a Swap Fest, live entertainment and, of course, Corvettes!
Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo
The 27th Annual Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo returns to Starved Rock Lodge (Great Hall & Starved Rock Room). See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. Last Sunday in September, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Cruisin for a Cause: 2nd Annual Lions Club Car Show
May 9, CRUISIN’ FOR A CAUSE: 2ND ANNUAL LIONS CLUB CAR SHOW. Union Dairy, Freeport. 3 pm to 7 pm. Union Dairy and the Freeport Lions Club host this car show with proceeds going to the Lions Club. Entertainment by 3-D Sound. $10 donation per car.
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.
The oldest continuing fair in the State of Illinois. The fair includes: harness races, draft horse pulls, carnival rides, demo derby, grandstand shows and the Midwest’s largest display of agricultural and home arts exhibits.
Spring at the Farm
Dickson-Murst Farm is turned into an antique truck and tractor show with petting zoo, hayrides, crafts and music the ole' time way!
Big Earl's Extreme Race
Big Earl's Extreme Race is a 3+ mile obstacle run in Effingham. There are seven different wave times with over 15 obstacles and all participants will recieve a free hot dog and beer or soda.
Rockin' for Reptiles
Midwest Museum of Natural History - Admission: $6 - Starting at 12pm Rock out at the Museum’s annual outdoor event! Don’t miss out on delicious food tents, fun games, crafts, live music, and of course, live reptiles! This event is great for families! All proceeds go towards supporting the Museum’s live animal collection. http://www.mmnh.org
Adams County Fair
Held annually at the Mendon Fairgrounds outside of Quincy, IL. 2014 dates are from July 29-Aug 4th. For more information, contact the office at 217-936-2230. The County Fair includes a carnival, grandstand events, and horse shows every day. Livestock exhibitors and domestic arts exhibits. Admission: $7 Thurs, Fri, Sun, & Tues. $10 Sat, Mon, & Wed.
Each summer, Montgomery Fest brings together neighbors and friends from throughout the area to enjoy a weekend of old-fashioned family fun. Held the second weekend in August along the banks of the Fox River, highlights of the Fest include musical performances, carnival rides, a wide range of food vendors, free pony rides and petting zoo, a fishing derby, a car show and a parade.
Alsip Street Fair
Featuring children's Musician "Laura Doherty and The Heartbeats". and the headlining "Brass from the Past". Also a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, kids crafts and gaming, face painting, balloons, bingo, cocktails, food, a raffle, vendors, and more!
Beanstalk! The Musical
Jack and the Beanstalk is exactly like nothing you've ever seen before, not even in a book! This fun family show follows the adventures of Jack, a young boy with his nose in a book of fairytales. Filled with hilarious characters, toe-tapping tunes and more twists than a climbing vine Beanstalk! The Musical is one show that is guaranteed to grow and grow and grow right into your heart.
Earth Day / Arbor Day
Children's activities, crafts, petting zoo and pony rides. More than 80 exhibitors; energy solutions, natural products, eco-vehicles and animal presentations.
Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.”
Kansas City BBQ State Championship
Legacy's Kansas City BBQ Championship is back! Be sure to bring out the family and bring along friends for some good ol' BBQ! For a change of scenery, this event will be held in downtown Effingham on Friday night.
Sangamon River Music Festival
Enjoy local music along with three national headliners featuring 80's Rock, Christian Rock and a Country Artist, carnival rides, Crafter's Village and street vendors, beer tent, parade and much more! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and claim a spot in front of the stage and enjoy your favorite music with your family and friends.
Annual Fishing Derby
Fish for free. The Department of Natural Resources annually allows fishing without a license the first weekend of June, so join us to promote fishing as a sport and as a family-friendly outdoor activity. You must bring your own bait, tackle and pole. In this case, the early worm catches the fish!
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!
This festival is to celebrate the spirit of everyone's favorite SuperHero and what he stands for. "Man of Steel" which was released in 2013, was filmed in Plano, IL and appears as "Smallville" in the film.
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!
Sugar Grove Corn Boil
Live entertainment, carnival, crafts, 5K run, fireworks and lots of corn! Fun for the whole family. Free parking and shuttles.
Naperville Park District Road Rally
Looking for adventure? Grab your neighbors and friends to create a team of four adults per vehicle. You will get a map and bag of clues; you'll need teamwork, logic and luck to stay on track. Some clues are helpful while others are designed to throw you off course. This exciting and somewhat physically challenging four-hour scavenger hunt on wheels will test your mind, body and teamwork, so put on your thinking caps and start your engines! At the completion of the rally, teams meet for an awards presentation and socialize at a pizza dinner. This fun-filled event is coordinated with the Bolingbrook, Lisle, Naperville and Woodridge Park Districts. Space is limited. Woodridge Park District Community Center, 2600 Center Drive, Woodridge. Registration deadline is April 22.
Saturday In The Park
June 6, SATURDAY IN THE PARK. Dakota Park, Main Street, Dakota. 7 am to Dusk. Enjoy a special day at the Park with a Car Show, parade, pancake breakfast, dinner, and fireworks at dusk. Plus enjoy the Route 75 Garage Sales along the Highway from 8 am to 5 pm. Schedule: 7 am to 11 am: Firemen’s Breakfast – at the fire station 9 am to 4 pm: Pony Rides – $3 10 am: Team Horse Shoe Contest – $5 entry fee 10 am to 3 pm: 4th Annual Car Show – $10 entry fee; music by 3-D Sound 2 pm: Parade and Children’s Parade 3:15 pm: Variety/Talent Show 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Dakota Lions Evening Meal – Menu includes pulled pork sandwich, chips, baked beans, cheese, applesauce, brownie and beverage. Children’s Hot dog meal (12 and Under): $3; Sandwich Meal: $7 – at the fire station 7 pm: Pie Auction – at the fire station Dusk: Fireworks (Rain date: June 7) Also over 35 Crafters, Vendors, and Artists until 3:30 pm and food available in the Park and at Dakota United Methodist Church
Golden Dragon Acrobats from China
Bring the kids out for this great kid's show. They will be amazed at the combined award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. Reserved tickets are $15 and lawn seats are $5.
Time Travelled Collectible Toy Show
Ever wonder where you can find those old collectible toys that you can never find anymore? Join us for our Toy Show and choose from a huge selection of collectibles such as G.I. Joe, Hot Wheels, Action Figures, PEZ and more!
Art 4 Soul
Three floors of fun! Shop our 1st floor boutique, create in our upstairs art studio and upcycle with vintage soul re-sale in our lower level.
Kellie Pickler returns to the stage at the Effingham Performance Center May 2 at 8 p.m.
Home for the Holidays in Downtown Oak Park
Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit with free horse-drawn sleigh rides and a visit from Santa!
Winterfest in Downtown Oak Park
Collect sweet treats at this signature holiday cookie walk on December 5th (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). Take photos with Saint Nicholas and enjoy a variety of family friendly entertainment acts.
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.
All ages are welcome to come and create a kite and enjoy a day of fun! Concessions will be available to purchase for a picnic lunch with your friends and family!
Family Camp Out
Enjoy a summer night camping under the stars. Scavenger hung, a late night campfire, hot dog and S'Mores roast is included. Must bring own tent, sleeping bag and camping equipment.
Art dans la Rue
Embrace European culture at Downtown Oak Park's French street festival featuring art, food, wine, music, film, dance and more! The event will be held on August 4th from 12-9 p.m.
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.
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!
Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage
Enjoy the great variety of spring wildflowers at Starved Rock. Guided hikes leave from the visitor center at 9:00am & 1:00pm each day. Hikes are free!
Naperville Park District Wonderful World of Wheels
Preschoolers ages 1-5 will have an opportunity to see, touch and experience a variety of community vehicles! They’ll see vehicles such as a police car, fire truck, tractor and many more! They’ll also meet the community helpers who drive them. Parents, don’t forget your cameras! This event is free; there is no rain date. Time: 11:00am-1:00pm, Whole Foods Parking Lot.
Movie in the Park
Family-oriented movies on the big screen at South Holland's premier park, Veterans Memorial Park. Full concession available at Home Plate Grill.
Mariachi Divas at Ravinia
Bring the family out for this special kid's concert featuring the Miriachi Divas. Mariachi Divas are a unique, multicultural, all-female ensemble imbued with the true flavor of Los Angeles.
Old Times Family Picnic
Bring your friends and neighbors out for a day of old fashion fun! This day will offer food vendors, live music, kiddie rides, bean bag tournaments, kids games, a petting zoo, and much more! Don't miss out on the fun!
Follow the Green Pumpkin Trail to collect healthy treats from local businesses and participate in kids' activities including pumpkin painting and costume swap. Join us October 17th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
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.
Earth Day Potluck Glampout & Kayak Tour
Gourmet Potluck Campout Glamping-style, with movie and full hot breakfast. We bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax! Glamping is camping, but with glamour. If you have never kayaked before try the guided tour also. They are a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking. The trips are approximately 2 hours in length.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Classics Goes to the Movies with Star Trek at Ravinia
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with conductor Steven Reineke as they perform with the film Star Trek. The large video screen will be set on the lawn along with the new interactive, family-friendly space on the north lawn that offers large-scale percussion instruments that will be open to kids of all ages. Tickets: $50/25, Lawn: $25
1930's Ag Museum
This privately owned museum houses forty-two John Deere farm implements manufactured in the late 1920's through 1940. Showcased is a 1936 Model B John Deere Tractor, fully restored. The Ag Museum also features an antique horse equipment collection and period farm house furnishings, as well as equipment and hand tools found on a 1930's farmstead. All free of charge, open by appointment, located on the northern edge of Quincy.
Phoenix Family Festival
An outdoor festival which includes a carnival, basketball tournament, live entertainment, food/arts & crafts vendors & much more. Something for everyone. Bring the entire family! Th 5-10PM; F 8AM-10PM; Sa 8AM-11PM; Su 8AM-10PM.
Pancake Breakfast Fly In
EAA Chapter 260 is hosting their annual pancake breakfast fly in June 14th from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the historical Ford Hangar.
Character Caravan is an event designed for children, bringing the best of Chicago's Northwest area attractions to you. Kids can meet, greet, and play with Chicagoland's most lovable attraction mascots during Character Caravan! This one-of-a-kind free event, presented by Meet Chicago Northwest, provides a fun family experience with contests, games, giveaways, prizes and photos with your favorite Characters. Rain or Shine! Attractions and mascots in attendance will be Rainforest Café, Topgolf, Arlington International Racecourse, Medieval Times and many more!
Guided Kayak Tour
People join the kayak tours as an alternate fitness activity, an alternate social activity and to learn about nature/kayaking - to learn about a new area. If you have never kayaked before try the guided tour also. They are a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking. The trips are approximately 2 hours in length.
Naperville Park District's Fishin' Kids
Learn all the basics of fishing including how to rig a pole, bait the hook, cast and handle fish. Parents need to remain with children during the class. Bring folding lawn chairs and remember your camera! All fishing poles, bait and tackle are provided. We’ll be fishing rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. Fishing will take place at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center pond. Designed for those ages 5-11. Bring folding lawn chairs and remember your camera! All bait and tackle are provided. Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm. Visit www.napervilleparks.org or call 630-848-5000 to register.
Naperville Park District Culinary: Parent & Me Cooking
Explore the world of culinary arts with your little one. Create a wonderful dish with your preschooler without the mess in your own kitchen. Make Mini Turkey Burgers and "Painted" Sugar Cookies. Recipes provided. Register child; parent is free. Designed for ages 4-6. Held at 95th Street Center Culinary Arts Room 303, 9:30am-11:00am.
Bully Goats Gruff
Alphabet Soup Productions presents classic fables creatively joined to teach anti-bullying. Hilarious live-action, whimsical sets and colorful costumes entertain as well as educate children of all ages. Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, Times May 4-6: 10:30 am. For reservations, contact Alphabet Soup. More info at www.absproductions.com.
Naperville Park District Canine Dog-Disc Championships
Bring your dog and compete in this unique event sponsored by the Windy City K-9 Disc Club. No experience is required. All dogs must be on leashes and immunizations must be current. Female dogs in season are not eligible to participate and must be left at home. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Event is 9:00am - 3:00pm at Riverwalk-Warming House. For more information, please call Tom Wehrli at 630-357-9663. Spectators are welcome! Visit www.napervilleparks.org or call 630-848-5000 to register.