Fairs and Festivals
It’s summertime and Chicagoland’s fairs and festivals are under way! Enjoy local community celebrations with a variety of entertainment, food, live music and craft fairs this summer and fall. The area’s premiere events can be found in this issue. Be sure to look for the Sept/Oct issue of Suburban Family.
Naperville Ribfest – July 3 – 6 Top food vendors, rib contest, entertainment, carnival rides, games and fireworks. Knoch Park, Naperville. www.ribfest.net.
Frontier Days Festival – July 3 – 7. Carnival rides, parade, arts and crafts, live music and pony rides. Recreation Park, Arlington Heights. frontierdays.org.
Celebrate America Craft and Art Fair – July 4th (Presented by Craft Productions, Inc)
100 booths of crafts handmade in the Midwest! Celebrate 4th of July in beautiful Burlington Park, just 1 block North of downtown Hinsdale. Shop, meet the artists, then enjoy the rest of this fun Summer festival featuring a parade, live music, food vendors, turtle races, and free kids activities. Thursday, July 4th, 10am-4pm. Burlington Park, 30 E Chicago Ave, Hinsdale, IL. Just steps from the Hinsdale Metra stop. Free admission. www.craftproductionsinc.com.
- Morton Grove Days – 7/3-6. Parade, carnival, entertainment and fireworks on the 4th. American Legion Memorial Civic Center. mortongrovedays.org.
- Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest – 7/3-7. Parade, entertainment, family day activities and carnival. Community Park. palatinejaycees.org.
- Mt. Prospect Lions Club Annual Festival – 7/3-7. Fireworks, carnival, live music and car show. Melas Park, Mt. Prospect. mplions.org.
- Eyes to the Skies Festival – 7/3-7. Carnival rides, live music, craft fair, children’s area, hot air balloons and fireworks. Lisle Community Park, Lisle. eyestotheskies.org.
- Oak Fest – 7/3-7. Carnival rides, music, bingo, car show and fireworks. Oak Forest. oakfest.com.
- Independence Day Extravaganza – 7/3. Live entertainment, kids’ zone and fireworks. Centennial Park, Lemont. lemontparkdistrict.org.
- Taste of Oak Brook – 7/3. Cuisine from local restaurants, music, kids’ activities and fireworks. Oak Brook Sports Core. oak-brook.org.
- Bensenville LibertyFest – 7/4. Parade, entertainment and fireworks. Redmond Park, Bensenville. bensenville.il.us.
- Windy City Ribfest – 7/4-6. Live music, arts and crafts, kids’ area and ribs from local and national vendors. Uptown, Chicago. chicagoevents.com.
- Lakeside Festival – 7/4-7. Music, carnival and games. Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole, Crystal Lake. lakesideartspark.org.
- Bristol Renaissance Faire – 7/6-9/2. Weekend medieval fair with jousting, sword swallowing, dancing, crafts and music. Kenosha, WI. renfair.com/bristol.
- Greek Festival – 7/6-7. Carnival rides, music, dance performances and raffles. Palos Heights. saint-spyridon.org.
- Glendale Heights Fest – 7/10-14. Live music, carnival rides, and kids’ activities. Camera Park, Glendale Heights. glendaleheightsfest.com.
- Taste of Chicago – 7/10-14. Live music, dance performances, cooking demonstrations and family activities. Grant Park, Chicago. chicago.gov.
Itasca Fest – July 11 – 14. Live music, Carnival rides, Food vendors, Flea market, Car show, Health fair. FREE admission and parking. Washington Park, Itasca. Sponsored by the Itasca Lions Club. 630-773-0835. www.itascalions.org/Stories/itasca-fest.
- Bastille Days – 7/11-14. French-themed festival with live music, international marketplace, chef and wine demos. Milwaukee. easttown.com.
- McHenry Fiesta Days – 7/11-20. Music festival with car show, carnival rides, craft fair and parade. Petersen Park and Veterans Park, McHenry. mchenryfiestadays.com.
- Palos Hills Friendship Festival – 7/11-14. Petting zoo, carnival rides, games, live music. Palos Hills. paloshillsweb.org.
- Rockin’ Ribfest – 7/11-14. BBQ cook-off, live music and car show. Sunset Park, Lake in the Hills. lithribfest.com
- Taste of Westmont – 7/11-14. Restaurant food vendors, carnival rides, live music and craft show. Downtown Westmont. westmontevents.com.
- Taste of Park Ridge – 7/11-13. Live music, food vendors, movies, face painting and family fun zone. Uptown Park Ridge. tasteofparkridge.com.
Arlington Heights Historical Museum’s Irish Fest – July 12th (4-11PM) & 13th (4-11PM). Live music & food trucks. Arlington Heights Historical Museum grounds, corner of Euclid & Vail. 847-255-1225. www.ahmuseum.org/irishfest.
Uncork Barrington – 7/12. Fine wine tasting, food from local restaurants and music. Barrington Metra Station parking lot. uncorkbarrington.com.
45th Annual La Grange Craft Fair – July 12-14th (Presented by Craft Productions, Inc)
200 booths of crafts in lovely Downtown La Grange. This long-running show is a crowd favorite and our largest show of the summer! Shop, meet the artists, and get inspired by their latest work, all handmade in the Midwest. Friday, July 12th – Sunday, July 14th, 10am-5pm. Downtown La Grange, 38 S La Grange Rd, La Grange, IL. Just steps from the La Grange Road Metra stop. Free admission. www.craftproductionsinc.com.
- Windmill City Festival – 7/12-14. Pet parade, bags tournament, diaper derby, craft and vintage market. Batavia. windmillcityfest.org.
Lemont’s 29th Annual Heritage Fest – Saturday, July 13, 2019, 4 pm to 11 pm. Great Music, Wonderful Food, and Amazing Family Fun! Historic Downtown Lemont. 630-243-2700. www.lemont.il.us/HeritageFest.
Barrington Brew Fest – 7/13. Craft and premium beer tastings, local food vendors and live music. Barrington Metra Station parking lot. barringtonbrewfest.com.
- Naperville Ale Fest – 7/13. 200+ unique craft beers, live music and food. Naper Settlement, Naperville. napervillealefest.com.
- Frankfort Bluegrass Festival – 7/13-14. Concerts, bluegrass bands, workshops and kids’ activities. Downtown Frankfort. frankfortbluegrassfest.com.
- Chinatown Summer Fair – 7/14. Celebration of Far East culture with dragon and lion dance procession, art and food. Chicago. chicagochinatown.org.
- Kane County Fair – 7/17-21. 4H Fair, livestock judging, live bands, championship bull riders and carnival rides. Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles. kanecountyfair.com.
- North Shore Taco Fest & Highwood Days – 7/18-21. Carnival rides, music and tacos from area vendors. Downtown Highwood. celebratehighwood.org.
- Antioch Taste of Summer – 7/18-21. Carnival rides, music, food tents and business expo. Downtown Antioch. antiochchamber.org.
- Sacred Heart Germanfest – 7/18-21. German food, carnival rides, bingo, live music, kids’ activities. Downtown Lombard. sacredheartgermanfest.com.
- Summer Celebration – 7/18-21. Carnival rides, live music and children’s activities. Century Park, Vernon Hills. summercel.com.
- Antioch’s Taste of Summer/Special Needs Family Day – 7/19. Families with special needs children are welcome to enjoy free carnival rides 1-3 PM. antiochchamber.org.
- The Big Greek Food Fest – 7/19-21. Cooking classes, live music and kids’ activities. Niles. biggreekfoodfestofniles.org.
- El Gran Festival Columbiano – 7/19-21. Columbian marketplace, artists, musicians and cuisine. Kelvyn Park, Chicago. colombianfestchicago.com.
- Pitchfork Festival – 7/19-21. Bands, craft fair and kids’s zone. Union Park, Chicago. pitchforkmusicfestival.com.
- Taste of River North – 7/19-21. Food from local chefs, live music, pop-up shops and events, kids’ activities. Ward Park, Chicago. tasteofrivernorth.com.
- Plainfield Fest – 7/19-21. Carnival rides, music, bags competition and pizza contest. Downtown Plainfield. plainfieldfest.org.
- Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk – 7/19-21. Guided tours, live music and kids’ activities. Sheffield and Webster, Chicago. sheffieldgardenwalk.com.
- EAA AirVenture – 7/22-28. Unique aviation celebration with air shows, live music and activities. Oshkosh, WI. Tickets: eaa.org.
Wood Dale Prairie Fest – July 25-28. Live Music, Family Fun, Car Show, Carnival, Fireworks & Food. Full Schedule & Lineup. Community Park, 655 N. Wood Dale Road. www.wooddale.com/PrairieFest.
- DuPage County Fair – 7/24-28. Live music, tractor pull, rodeo, racing pigs, petting zoo and talent show. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. dupagecountyfair.org.
- Lake County Fair – 7/24-28. Truck and tractor pulls, flower show, talent contests, rodeo, demolition derby and music. Grayslake. lcfair.com.
RidgeFest – Thurs. – Sun. July 25 – 28. Music, carnival, food, beer garden & more. Chicago Ridge. 708-425-7700. www.chicagoridge.org.
- Algonquin Founders’ Days – 7/25-28. Carnival rides, live music, kids’ corner, parade and fireworks. Spella Park, Algonquin. algonquinfoundersdays.com.
- Proud American Days – 7/25-28. Carnival rides, music, car show, baby contest and craft show. New Lenox. proudamericandays.org.
- Sugar Grove Corn Boil – 7/25-28. Carnival rides, music, parade, car show and fireworks. Volunteer Park, Sugar Grove. sugargrovecornboil.org.
- Little Italy Fest West – 7/25-28. Italian food specialties and Italian American performers. Addison. arcadalive.com.
- Streamwood Summer Celebration – 7/26-28. Parade, golf outing, carnival rides and entertainment. Streamwood. streamwoodsummercelebration.org.
Kishwaukee Fest – Fri.-Sat.Sun.: July 26-28. Parade, Car Show, Crafts. Baconpalooza – Swine & Wine Fest. DeKalb, IL . 815-756-1263. www.KishwaukeeFest.com.
- Wicker Park Fest – 7/26-28. Live music, art exhibits, 100+ vendors and Kids’ Fest. Chicago. wickerparkbucktown.com.
- Taste of Wisconsin – 7/26-28. Live music, chef demonstrations, and family friendly exhibits and activities. Kenosha, WI. tasteofwi.com.
- Downtown Block Party – 7/26-27. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and food from local restaurants. Mt. Prospect. mpblockparty.com.
- Taste of Lincoln Avenue – 7/27-28. 100+ vendors, art, music, kids’ activities and pony rides. Lincoln Park. tasteoflincolnchicago.com.
- Geneva Arts Fair – 7/27-28. More than 140 artisans in all media are showcased at this festival. Geneva. genevachamber.com.
- Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival – 7/27. Boat races, food trucks, music, health and wellness expo. Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village. gwndragonboat.com.
- Glenview Summer Art Fair – 7/27-28. More than 100 artists exhibiting, children’s activities, food and music. Glenview. glenviewartleague.org.
- Puerto Rican Heritage Parade and Festival – 7/28. Vendors, live music and kids’ activities. Downtown Aurora. aurora-il.org.
- McHenry County Fair – 7/30-8/4. Carnival rides, music, motocross racing, tractor pulls and farm exhibits. Woodstock. mchenrycountyfair.com.
- Northbrook Days – 7/31-8/4. Bocce ball tournament, carnival rides, games, raffle and live music. Village Green Park, Northbrook. northbrookdays.com.
- Kendall County Fair – 8/1-4. Carnival rides, truck and tractor pull, live music, demolition derby and petting zoo. Yorkville. kendallcountyfair.org.
- RomeoFest – 8/1-4. Carnival rides, music, family entertainment, car show and bingo. Romeoville. romeoville.org.
- Summer Chi.ill Music Festival – 8/1-4. Tropical rock music. Benefits Cornerstone Services. Hyatt Regency Schaumburg. summerchi-ill.com.
- St. Cyril and Methodius School Summer Fest – 8/1-4. Live music, carnival rides and games. Lemont. stcyril.org.
Mane Event / Taste of Arlington Heights – Friday, Aug. 2nd (5-11pm) & Saturday, Aug. 3rd (noon-11pm). An annual tradition of food, music, and family entertainment! FREE Admission and FREE Garage Parking Downtown Arlington Heights. (Vail Ave. & Campbell St.). www.DiscoverArlington.com.
- Destination Asia Cultural Festival – 8/2-4. Asian music, dance, food and sumo wrestling. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
- La Grange Endless Summer Fest – 8/2-4. Carnival rides, live music, and fireworks. Gordon Park, La Grange. lagrangeendlesssummerfest.com.
- Summer Daze – 8/2-3. Live music, food and car show. Downtown Warrenville. warrenvillesummerdaze.com.
- Taste of Roselle – 8/2-4. Food, entertainment, bingo, carnival rides and craft show. Main St., Roselle. roselle.il.us.
- Taste of Orland Park – 8/2-4. Food from local eateries, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Orland Park. orlandpark.org.
The World of Faeries Festival, 15th Annual Celebration – Aug. 3rd (10AM-7PM) & Aug. 4th (10AM-5PM). This is a fairy/fantasy festival and we encourage you to come in costume. Showcases music and a vendor village along with family entertainment. Vasa Park, 35W217 Rt. 31, South Elgin. 815-788-1630. Discount Shopping Cart Online At: www.theworldoffaeries.com.
- Art and Soul on the Fox – 8/3-4. Juried artist show and entertainment. Downtown Elgin. elginartandsoul.com.
- Gurnee Days – 8/8-11. Carnival rides, races, bike rodeo, car show, parade and fireworks. Viking Park, Gurnee. gurneedays.com.
- Illinois State Fair – 8/8-18. Big-name musical entertainment, livestock, 4H exhibits, carnival rides and tractor pulls. Springfield. illinois.gov.
- Taste of Elmwood Park – 8/8-11. Local restaurant food, live entertainment and crafts. Central Park, Elmwood Park. tasteofelmwoodpark.com.
- The Fest for Beatle Fans – 8/9-11. Beatles celebration with music, art, lectures, contests and marketplace. Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont. thefest.com.
- Ginza Holiday Festival – 8/9-11. Japanese food, culture and entertainment. Old Town, Chicago. ginzaholiday.com.
- Waukesha Rotary BluesFest – 8/9-10. Live music each day, food and art show. Naga-Waukee Park, Delafield, WI. waukeshabluesfest.com.
13th Annual Veggie Fest Chicago – August 10-11, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. One of the Largest vegetarian food and wellness festivals in North America. FREE Admission – New improved FREE Parking. International Food Court, Live Music, Children’s Activities, Food Demos, Speakers, over 100 Vendors and More! New Location! Danada South Park, Navistar Circle, Lisle, IL. 60532, 630-955-1200. www.veggiefestchicago.com.
- Food Truck Festival – 8/10. 25+ food trucks, live DJ, beer and wine garden and vendor village. Naper Settlement, Naperville. napersettlement.org.
- French Connection Day – 8/11. Day-long festival of music, food, art and family fun. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. cantigny.org.
- Farm to Fork Fest – 8/14. Adults-only celebration of fresh regional foods prepared by top chefs. Heritage Farm, Schaumburg. parkfun.com.
- Venetian Festival – 8/14-18. Water ski show, lighted boat parade, carnival rides and fireworks. Lake Geneva, WI. venetianfest.com.
- Milwaukee Irish Fest – 8/15-18. 100+ acts celebrating Celtic culture, contests, crafts, demonstrations and food. Milwaukee. irishfest.com.
- Chicagoland Country and Swing Dance Festival – 8/16-18. Workshops, competitions and dance parties. Crown Plaza, Rosemont. chicagolanddancefestival.com.
- RiverFest Express – 8/16-18. Entertainment, craft show, trolley rides, car show, carnival rides and fireworks. South Elgin. southelgin.com.
- Sangria Festival – 8/17-18. Hand-crafted Sangria, Spanish food and arts, flamenco dancing and ethnic bands. Humboldt Park, Chicago. sangriafestivalchicago.com.
- Vintage Days – 8/17-18. Vintage market, live music and family activities. Downtown Long Grove. longgrove.org.
- Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest – 8/17-18. Art fair, live entertainment, kids’ activities and live demonstrations. Rogers Park, Chicago. glenwoodave.org.
- Will County Fair – 8/21-25. Demolition derby, rodeo, chili cook-off, carnival rides, livestock exhibits and entertainment. Peotone. willcountyfair.org.
- DeKalb Corn Fest – 8/23-25. Carnival rides, corn boil, kids’ activities, and live music. Downtown DeKalb. cornfest.com.
- Taste of Greektown – 8/23-25. Music, dance performances, gyro eating contest, art and kids’ activities. West Loop, Chicago. tasteofgreektown.com.
- Street Fest – 8/23-25. Live music, local food vendors, kids’ activities. Downtown Palatine. palatinestreetfest.com.
- Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts – 8/24-25. Juried fine arts show and live music. Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn. glenellynlions.org.
- Buffalo Grove Days – 8/28-9/2. Carnival rides, car show, arts and crafts fair and parade. Mike Rylko Community Park, Buffalo Grove. bgdays.com.
Naperville Jaycees Last Fling – Aug. 30 – Sept. 3. Nationally Recognized Bands, Family Fun Land, Carnival, Parade and more! Downtown Naperville. www.LastFling.org.
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