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 and the next two issues of Suburban Family.
- Food Truck Festival – 5/3. 20 local and regional food trucks, art and live music. Benton St., Aurora. auroradowntown.org.
- Wine on the Fox – 5/4-5. Entertainment, food and premier wine tasting. Hudson Crossing Park, Oswego. gooswego.org.
- Lilac Time Fair – 5/5. Art and craft vendors, food, entertainment and free Kids Zone. Downtown Lombard. lombardlilactime.com.
- Taste of Glen Ellyn – 5/16-19. Live entertainment, rides and craft show. Main Street, Glen Ellyn. glenellynchamber.com.
- Bensenville Spring Carnival – 5/16-19. Rides, live music and games. Deer Grove Leisure Center, Bensenville. bensenvilleparkdistrict.org.
- Chocolate Festival – 5/17-19. Chocolate vendors, live music, children’s activities and roaming performers. Downtown Long Grove. longgrove.org.
- Lincoln Park Wine Fest – 5/17-19. More than 80 varietals, food/wine pairings, artists and dancing. Jonquil Park, Chicago. chicagoevents.com.
- Chicago Critics Film Festival – 5/17-23. Acclaimed films plus appearances by directors and stars. Music Box Theatre, Chicago. chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com.
Blooming Fest – Saturday, May 18th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Downtown garden festival includes the West Chicago Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale along with other plant vendors, crafters, children’s activities, car show, food & more! Downtown West Chicago. www.westchicago.org.
- Civil War Days – 5/18-19. Reenactments, music and shopping. Naper Settlement, Naperville. napersettlement.org/civilwardays.
- Riverside Arts Weekend – 5/18-19. Juried artists, fashion show, live entertainment, kids’ activities. Guthrie Park, Riverside. riversideartscenter.com.
- Skokie Festival of Cultures – 5/18-19. Cultural booths, folk music, dance, bazaar, games, arts and crafts. Oakton Park, Skokie. skokieculturefest.org.
- Gaelic Park Irish Fest – 5/24-27. Carnival, featured entertainers, kids’ stage.. Chicago Gaelic Park. chicagogaelicparkirishfest.org.
- Red, White and BBQ – 5/24-26. BBQ competition, chili tasting, carnival and music. Ty Warner Park, Westmont. Westmontbbq.com.
- Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest – 5/25-26. Local tribute bands, family entertainment, arts and crafts vendors. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. chicagoevents.com.
- Prairie Arts Festival – 5/25-26. Fine art show, entertainment and kids’ activities. Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, Schaumburg. villageofschaumburg.com.
- Maifest – 5/30-6/2. German celebration of food, music and maypole dance. Lincoln Square, Chicago. mayfestchicago.com.
- Taste of Wheaton – 5/30-6/2. Carnival, arts and crafts and entertainment. Downtown Wheaton. wheatonparkdistrict.com.
- Lincoln Park Greek Fest – 5/31-6/2. Greek cuisine, music, dance, craft fair and kids’ activities. St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Chicago. lincolnparkgreekfest.com.
- Taste of Mexico – 5/31-6/2. Authentic cuisine, music, carnival rides, arts and crafts. Little Village, Chicago. chicagoevents.com.
- 57th Street Art Fair – 6/1-2. Artists in all mediums, demonstrations and music. 57th Street, between Woodlawn and Kenwood Ave., Hyde Park. 57thstreetartfair.org.
Strawberry Festival – Sunday, June 2nd, 11AM – 4PM. Art, Crafts, Live entertainment, Kids’ activities, Variety of food, Drinks and Strawberry items. Small Memorial Park, 801 S. 8th Ave., Kankakee, IL Free admission, free parking. 815-933-2787. www.CommunityArtsCouncil.org.
- Franklin Park Fest – 6/6-9. Railroad Day, music, petting zoo and kids’ activities. Franklin Park. villageoffranklinpark.com.
Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest – 6/7-9. Enjoy wine from nearly 20 Illinois wineries PLUS Craft Beer from Tangled Roots Brewing Company! Fresh Lobster, Live Jazz Outdoor Vendor Market and more! In the Heart of Starved Rock Country! Downtown Ottawa. 815-434-2737. www.ottawa2riversWinefest.com.
- Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival – 6/8-9. 130 juried artists, food and kids’ activities. Downtown Hinsdale. hinsdalechamber.com.
- Old Town Art Fair – 6/8-9. 250 fine artists, urban garden walk, music and kids’ activities. Old Town Triangle Historic District, Chicago. oldtownartfair.org.
- Wells Street Art Festival – 6/8-9. Six-block art fair with music and kids’ play area. Old Town, Chicago. wellsstreetartfest.us.
- Woodridge Jubilee – 6/12-16. Family fest with carnival, entertainment and fireworks. Woodridge. woodridgeparks.org.
- Libertyville Days Festival – 6/13-16. Carnival rides, arts and crafts, music and parade. Downtown Libertyville. visitlakecounty.org.
PrairieFest – June 13 – June 16. Children’s activities, concerts,carnival rides, pony rides, business expo, and food vendors. Free admission & free parking. As seen on Food Network! Oswego. 630.554.1010. www.prairiefest.com.
- Old Canal Days – 6/13-16. Handmade crafts, parade, carnival, entertainment, wagon rides and car show. Downtown Lockport. oldcanaldays.com.
Taste of Des Plaines – June 14 – June 15. Great local food vendors, two stages of entertainment, Family activities, rock climbing wall and artists. Free admission & free parking. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock! Des Plaines. 847.391.5300. www.desplaines.org/tasteofdesplaines.
- Scottish Festival and Highland Games – 6/14-15. Traditional Scottish games, exhibits, music and food. Hamilton Lakes, Itasca. scottishfestivalchicago.org.
- Blues on the Fox – 6/14-15. Popular blues artists perform at this annual event. Children welcome with parents. RiverEdge Park, Aurora. riveredgeaurora.com.
- Daisy Days – 6/14-15. Carnival rides, pony rides, live music and craft fair. Downtown Clarendon Hills. clarendonhillschamber.com.
Mexican Folkloric Festival, Cantigny Park – June 15, 10 AM-4PM. NEW for 2019! Celebrate the culture, traditions, food, music, dance and fine arts of Mexico. Free with paid parking. www.cantigny.org.
- Solstice Hop & Vine Fest – 6/15. Entertainment, food, wine and beer. Ages 21+. Meineke Park, Schaumburg. schaumburgparkfoundation.org.
- Taco & Tequila Fest – 6/15. Tacos, tequila-infused cocktails and dancing. Ages 21+. Lincoln Park, Chicago. chicagoevents.com.
- Custer Fair – 6/15-16. Eclectic arts festival with music and kid’s activities. Main St., Evanston. custerfair.com.
- Swedish Days Festival – 6/18-23. Entertainment, carnival rides, kids’ activities and parade. Geneva. genevachamber.com.
- Homer Community Festival – 6/20-23. Carnival, live music, parade and fireworks. Heritage Park, Homer Glen. homerglenil.org.
Rotary GroveFest, Downtown Downers Grove – June 20th-23rd. 4 Day Community Festival, Carnival and Midway with UNLIMITED RIDE TIMES each day, Food and Business Expo Area, No Cover Craft Beer Event, Huge Beer Garden with Great Variety of Live Music. www.RotaryGroveFest.com.
- Strawberry Fest – 6/21-23. Unique, strawberry-centric food, pie eating contents, carnival rides and entertainment. Downtown Long Grove. longgrove.org.
- Taste of Joliet – 6/21-23. Food vendors, carnival rides, kids’ zone and headline entertainment. Joliet Memorial Stadium. Tasteofjoliet.com.
Balloons, Brews & Blues – Sat. 6/22 from 4PM-9PM . Hot Air Balloons, Craft Beers, Blues Music, food & more. DeKalb, IL (Airport) 815-756-1263. www.BalloonsBrewsBlues.com.
- Fountain Square Artisan SummerFest – 6/22-23. More than 100 juried artists, kids’ activities and entertainment. Downtown Evanston. chicagoevents.com.
- Global Arts Festival – 6/22-23. Multicultural music, art, crafts, dance and kids’ activities. Bartlett Park, Bartlett. artsinbartlett.org.
- Craft Beer & Wine Festival – 6/22. Live music, food and more than 60 beers and wines. Ages 21+. Heritage Park, Wheeling. beerwinefestival.com.
Music by the Lake – June 23 – August 10. Entertaining events, family programming, open-air lakeside setting. Williams Bay, Wisconsin (seven miles from Lake Geneva). 262-245-8501. www.musicbythelake.com.
- Wauconda Fest – 6/27-30. Carnival rides, wine tasting, car show and more. Main St., Wauconda. waucondaparks.org.
- Pride in the Park – 6/29. National and local music acts celebrating the LGBT community. Grant Park, Chicago. chicagoevents.com.