It’s that time of year again — time to enjoy some sun, fine art, music or maybe even a cool antique car with the arrival of summer festival season.
Red, White & Bar-B-Q, 4-10:30 p.m. May 26, noon-10:30 p.m. May 27 and noon-9 p.m. May 28, at Ty Warner Park, 700 Blackhawk Drive, Westmont. The Westmont Lions Club’s event features a barbecue festival and competition. Visit www.westmontbbq.com.
Barrington Art Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 27-28 at Cook and Station Streets. The annual fest showcases the work of more than 130 juried artists. The event also offers a graffiti wall, food vendors and live music. Free. Visit www.amdurproductions.com.
Prairie Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 27-28 at the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, 101 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. More than 120 painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and potters will sell their wares at the event, which also features three stages of entertainment, a food truck court and kids activities. Free. See www.villageofschaumburg.com.
Main Street Craft Beer Festival, 1-9 p.m. May 28, on Main Street from Prospect Avenue to Fairview. Hosted by Beer on the Wall and Harp and Fiddle, the fest will feature beer from 30 breweries, food vendors, live music and a kids zone. Admission is free. Cost is $10 per three, 4-ounce beer samples. Breweries include Alarmist, Empirical, Finch, Forbidden Root Botanic Beers, Goose Island Beer Co., Half Acre, Lagunitas, Lake Effect, Marz Community, Metropolitan, Perennial, Pipeworks, Revolution, Right Bee Cider, Sketchbook, Solemn Oath, Surly, Temperance, Three Floyds, Une Annee and Virtue Cider. Visit www.wehavegreatbeer.com/events for updates.
La Grange Carnival, 5-10 p.m. June 2, noon-10 p.m. June 3 and noon-9 p.m. June 4, Harris Street between La Grange Road and Ashland Avenue, downtown La Grange. Features rides, games of skill, live music, food and old-fashioned fun. Visit www.lgba.com.
Cruisin’ Park Ridge, 6-9 p.m. June 2, July 7, Aug. 4 and Sept. 1 in the Park Ridge Library Parking Lot, 20 S. Prospect Ave. Car show featuring live music, food and beverages. Free admission. Visit www.parkridgechamber.org.
La Grange Pet Parade, 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 3, Cossitt Ave. and La Grange Road. Visit lagrangepetparade.org.
Uncork Illinois Wine Festival, 1-9 p.m. June 3, Marion Street between Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park. Features more than 150 wines from 15 local wineries. Admission is $20 (cash only). 21 and older event. Entertainment will be provided by the Juli Wood Trio, Neal Alger’s Brazilian Trio and Chris Greene Quartet. Visit www.downtownoakpark.net/signature-event/uncorkil.
North Shore Pride Fest, June 3 at Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood. The fifth annual North Shore Pride Fest includes a Pride Family Picnic from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., followed by a Taste the Rainbow Pub Crawl throughout participating downtown Highwood restaurants and bars from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Visit www.celebratehighwood.org.
Buffalo Grove Art Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3-4 at Buffalo Grove Town Center, Lake Cook Road and Route 83. Rated among the top 100 art festivals in the country, the 16th annual features juried artwork, music, kids activities and food vendors. Free. Visit www.amdurproductions.com.
Deerfield Festival of the Arts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3-4, on Park Avenue across Deerfield Road from Whole Foods, 760 Waukegan Road. The fest features more than 120 juried artists, live music, kid-friendly art activities and food. Admission and parking are free. Go to www.DwEvents.org.
Fine Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3-4, Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook. More than 40 artists will sell a variety of art for the home and garden. Visit www.grauemill.org.
A Day in Our Village, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 4, Scoville Park, Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park. More than 100 Oak Park entities will set up activity and information booths representing Oak Park civic, cultural, social service, educational, religious and business organizations, live performances and local restaurants will sell food. Swimming and games are offered in Rehm Park, 515 Garfield St. Visit www.oak-park.us/our-community/special-events/day-our-village.
Franklin Park Fest Featuring Railroad Day, 5-10:30 p.m. June 8, noon-10:30 p.m. June 9-10, Franklin Avenue and Calwagner Street. Fest celebrating Franklin Park’s 125th anniversary features a beer and wine garden, picnic area, daily carnival and live entertainment including the Bobby Lewis Quintet, The Buddy Rich Big Band, Kashmir (the Led Zeppelin Concert), Think Floyd USA (Pink Floyd Tribute Band), Caliente, Vic Lombardi & The Chicago Seven, The Dream Police (Tribute to Cheap Trick), Dirty Dan’s Cook Rockin’ Daddies and 7th Heaven. Visitors can walk on a collection of vintage and specialty train cars, see train memorabilia and go on a mini train ride for kids at Railroad Day train viewing, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 10. Free admission. Visit www.vofp.com.
Gathering on the Green, 5-10 p.m. June 9, Tower Green, 914 Hillgrove Ave., Western Springs. There will be music, food and games for children. Visit www.westernspringsbusiness.com.
Lombard Ale Fest, 1-5 p.m. June 10, 150 S. Park Ave., downtown Lombard. The fest will feature over 80 unique beers, food trucks and live music. $50 early entry (noon); $20 early entry designated driver; $40 general admission; $15 general admission designated driver. Visit lombardalefest.com.
Block Party at St. Norbert, kicks off 3 p.m. June 10, at Meadow and Walters, Northbrook. Tickets are $5 from 3-7 p.m.; $10 after 7 p.m. 5K Fun Run and Kids Dash at 8 a.m. On-site registration 7-8 a.m. The summer officially begins with this annual block party that includes live music, food and beer garden, and games. The main stage concert lineup includes Von Blazer (5 p.m.), King Saturday (6:30 p.m.) and Dave Matthews tribute band Trippin Billies (8 p.m.) Visit www.stnorbertblockparty.org.
Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10-11, Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave. Over 125 artists are participating in the 44th annual show. Visit www.hinsdalechamber.com.
6 Corners BBQ Fest, noon-10 p.m. June 10-11, 4000-4080 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. The festival features live music, BBQ-style food from a variety of restaurants, artists, live music, merchants and a kids area. Free admission; $5 gate donation benefits the Six Corners Association. Visit www.sixcorners.com/events.
Promenade of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10-11 at Vail and Campbell Streets in Arlington Heights. Shop work from more than 110 artists and enjoy live music, a photo booth, art bingo, a graffiti wall and food and drinks. Free. Visit www.amdurproductions.com.
Redhead Days Chicago, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 10 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11, Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood. Two days of live music, local food vendors, a “Carrot Cake Throwdown” (June 10 at 2 p.m.), and other redhead-themed activities. Admission: not a red cent. Visit facebook.com/RHDchicago/.
Oak Park’s Great Food Truck Rally, 4-8 p.m. June 11, Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park. Visitors will enjoy gourmet food truck fare and live music. Bring chairs or a blanket. Visit www.foodtrucks-oakpark.info.
Car Show, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 11, Burr Ridge Village Center, County Line Road and Burr Ridge Parkway. Over 100 unique autos from every era will be exhibited. A concert is scheduled for noon. Visit www.burr-ridge.gov.
Libertyville Days Festival, June 15-18, downtown Libertyville. Hours are 5-11 p.m. June 15, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 16 and 17; 1-6 p.m. June 18. Features live music, a beer garden, crafts, a carnival, food, a parade and more. Visit www.libciviccenter.org/libertyville-days.
Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16-17 at Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St. Shop to raise money for the Hands of Hope Foundation at the 17th annual event. $45-$55; $80 tickets get you in at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Visit www.barringtonfaire.com.
Scottish Festival and Highland Games, 1-10 p.m. June 16 and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. June 17, Hamilton Lakes, 333 Pierce Road, Itasca. The 31st annual festival is the Midwest’s Largest Scottish event. Activities and attractions range from Highland dancing to a haggis hurling contest, men in kilts contest, bagpipe demonstration and much more. Visit www.chicagoscots.org.
Daisy Days, June 16-17, Prospect Avenue, downtown Clarendon Hills. Visit www.clarendonhillschamber.com.’
Sizzle Into Summer, 5-10 p.m. June 17, Harrer Park, 6250 Dempster St., Morton Grove. Enjoy live music, inflatables, food, a beer tent, a climbing wall and strolling entertainment. Visit www.mortongroveparks.com.
Custer Fair, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 17-18, at 600 Main St., Evanston. This two-day event showcases more than 300 local and regional artists, 30 food vendors and three entertainment stages. Visit www.Custerfair.com.
Father’s Day Car Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 18, Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. Over 100 cars will be on display at this 10th annual car show. There will be prizes, food and family fun. Visit www.ccch.org/carshow.
Rotary Grove Fest, 5:30-10 p.m. June 22, noon-1 p.m. June 23, noon-11 p.m. June 24 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Festival of Cars) and noon-10:30 p.m. June 25, downtown Downers Grove. Food and business expo, midway, carnival and performances by local and regional musical talents. Visit www.rotarygrovefest.com.
SJC Fest, 5-10:30 p.m. June 22, 5 p.m.-midnight June 23, 2 p.m.-midnight June 24, noon-7 p.m. June 25, St. John of the Cross Parish, 5005 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs. The fest features carnival rides, food, drinks and live music. Music headliners are Chicago Tribute Anthology, 7:30-10 p.m. June 22; Maggie Speaks, 8-11 p.m. June 23; The Breakfast Club, 8-11 p.m. June 24; and the Tony Ocean Show, 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 25. Visit www.sjcfest.com.
Wauconda Fest, June 22-25, at Cook Park, 600 N. Main St. The annual celebration features a car show, craft show, 5K and 10K races, a bags tournament, a wine and cheese tasting, live music and more. $3. See www.waucondaparks.org.
Winnetka Music Festival, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., June 23-24, 800 Elm St., Winnetka. The free festival showcases touring artists performing throughout the community. Music acts include Wild Belle, the Emmet Cohen Trio, Logan Brill and Heather Maloney, Jess Godwin, Manny Torres and Ehtan Butler. Craft beer and wine will be served. Visit www.winnetkamusicfestival.com.
Long Grove Strawberry Fest, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 23, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. June 24 and 25 at 308 Old McHenry Road. The celebration of summer fruit returns featuring a strawberry pie-eating contest, a variety of strawberry-themed food, live music and a kid zone. $5; free for kids under 12 and for everyone from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Visit www.longgrove.org.
Glenview Summer Fest, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 24 at Jackman Park on Lehigh Avenue, Glenview. Food, a beer tent, artisans, entertainment and kid-friendly activities. Admission is free. Visit business.glenviewchamber.com.
Pantry Palooza Rock 2 Stock Streetfest, 6-10 p.m., June 24, Glenview Metra Parking Lot north of Jackman Park, 1930 Prairie, Glenview. Following Glenview’s Summerfest, eat, drink and dance to raise funds for the Northfield Township Food Pantry. General admission is $15 (children 12 and under are free with a paid adult). Call (847) 724-8300 or email Gayle Curcio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craft Beer Festival, 1-5 p.m. June 24, 12-5 p.m. for VIP tickets holders, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Fourth annual event features local favorites and new beers from more than 40 breweries. Food from guest restaurants and Arboretum concessions will be available for purchase. $60 VIP tickets members; $70 nonmembers; $40 general admission members; $50 nonmembers; $15 designated drivers. Visit mortonarb.org.
Art in the Village, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 24-25 in Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Road, Winnetka. More than 70 juried national artists will exhibit their works. Visit Northshoreartleague.org.
Evanston Chamber Artisan Summerfest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 24-25, at Sherman Avenue between Davis and Clark streets, Evanston. Formerly the Fountain Square Art Festival. One hundred juried artists will display their diverse array of traditional and recycled works. A Craft Beer and Wine Tasting will be held from 2-6 p.m. both days. $5 suggested donation per family at the gate. Tasting tickets are $25. Visit business.evchamber.com.
Lisle Eyes to the Skies Hot Air Balloon Festival, June 30-July 2, carnival only June 28-29, Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St. Performers include, July 1: Fortunate Sons, 5-6:15 p.m.; Infinity, 6:45-8:15 p.m.; Foghat, 8:45-9:45 p.m. and 10-10:20 p.m.; July 2: Junes got the cash, 4:30-5:45 p.m.; 979, 5:30-6:45 p.m.; Kashmir, 7:15-8:45 p.m.; Rod Tuff Curls, 9:15-9:45 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. Admission is $10, cash only at the gate. Tethered balloon rides are $20. Visit www.eyestotheskies.org.
Naperville Ribfest, noon-10 p.m. June 30-July 3, Knoch Park, 724 S. West St. Performers include, June 30, Toby Keith, Colt Ford, Drew Baldridge; July 1, The B-52s, A Flock of Seagulls; July 2, Shinedown, Collective Soul; July 3, The Wallflowers, Better Than Ezra. Admission to a Family Fun Area, noon-3 p.m. daily, is $15, free to kids 11 and under; $30 bracelet unlimited carnival rides; $75 bracelet, unlimited carnival rides for the four-day festival. Free family activities include a petting zoo and inflatables. Visit www.ribfest.net.
FitzGerald’s 36th Annual American Music Festival, June 30-July 3, at FitzGerald’s Nightclub, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. The festival, also hosted by 93XRT and Miller Lite, features more than 50 music acts from Chicago and around the country. For tickets and the schedule, visit www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
Frontier Days, June 30-July 4 at Recreation Park, 500 E. Miner St., Arlington Heights. Hours are 4:30-11:30 p.m. June 30, 4:30-12:30 a.m. July 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. July 2-3 and 12:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. July 4. Music acts Jefferson Starship, Gin Blossoms, Hoobastank, Rick Springfield, American English and more provide entertainment on two stages at the annual bash, which features a parade, carnival and craft marketplace. Free admission. Visit www.frontierdays.org.
Inferno Fest, 4:30-9:30 p.m. June 28, held during the Highwood Wednesday Evening Gourmet Market in Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave. From salsa and tacos to hot wings, there will be something fiery to challenge even the most daring foodie. Admission is free. Visit www.celebratehighwood.org.
Hometown Fest, June 30-July 4, at Community Park, 262 E. Palatine Road, Palatine. Hours are 1 p.m.-midnight June 30, 11 a.m.-midnight July 1, noon-10 p.m. July 2, noon-midnight July 3 and noon-5 p.m. July 4. The Fourth of July celebration features food vendors, a parade, a carnival, a business expo, fireworks, a bags tournament and kids activities. Visit www.palatinejaycees.org/hometown-fest.
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 1-2 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (Members preview: 4 p.m.-8 p.m. June 30). Botanic-themed and botanic-made artworks by almost 100 juried artists. Free admission; regular parking fees apply. Visit ChicagoBotanicGarden.org/artfestival.
Morton Grove Days, July 1-4, American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St., Morton Grove. Hours are 4-11 p.m. July 1, 2-11 p.m. July 2, 2-11 p.m. July 3 and 2:30-11 p.m July 4. The event includes carnival rides and games, food, a beer garden, live entertainment, children’s activities, 4th of July Parade and a 4th of July Fireworks Show. See www.mortongrovedays.org/events.
Independence Day Celebration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4, Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale. Event kicks off with a 10 a.m. parade. There will be handmade arts and crafts, turtle races, West Suburban Concert Band and kids’ activities. Visit www.villageofhinsdale.org.
Island in the City Festival, July 6-9, Norridge Community Park, 4631 N. Overhill. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. The event features live entertainment, food vendors and carnival rides. Music acts include Avenge 7X; 7th Heaven, Stacy Mitchhart, Infinity, Hinge, The Sugar Country, Who’s Next, Eliminator, Whiskey’s Gone Band, Hannah Anders, Augusta Ray and Matz Brothers. Visit www.islandinthecity.com.
Lake in the Hills Rockin’ Rib Fest, July 6-9, at Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills. Hours are 4:30-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. The fest features food, live music, a car show and a BBQ Cook-Off. Bands performing include Libido Funk Circus, Hello Weekend and 7th Heaven. Go to www.LithRibfest.com.
Uncork Barrington, 6-9:30 p.m. July 7 at the Barrington Metra Commuter Parking Lot, Station and Spring streets. Try 50 wines paired with food from local restaurants while listening to live music. $50-$90; $25 for designated drivers. Visit www.uncorkbarrington.com.
Craft Beer Tasting, 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 7, at Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook. Graue Mill is is partnering with SavWay Fine Wines & Spirits for a tasting with 15 breweries participating with a total of over 50 different beers/ciders as well as food. Tickets cost $50 per person (covers all food and beverages) and must be purchased in advance by mailing a check to Graue Mill and Museum. Include your email address and the museum will email you a receipt. 21 and older event. www.grauemill.org.
Irish American Heritage Festival, July 7-9 on the grounds of the Irish Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago. Hours: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday and Sunday; 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass and breakfast. Tickets are $10 in advance if purchased by the end of the day on July 5 and $15 thereafter. Children 12 and under are free. The fest live music, Irish and American food and drink, vendors, step dancers, children’s activities and contests for adults and children and cultural exhibits and programs. Performers include Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3, Scythian, Makem and Spain, Tupelo, Michael McDermott, the Young Folk, Runa, Bua, the Chancey Brothers and Trinity Irish Dancers. Fest parking is free and a free shuttle runs all weekend to a remote lot at Wilson and Lamon. Visit www.irish-american.org.
Barrington Brew Fest, 3-7 p.m. July 8 in downtown Barrington near the Metra station. Nearly 50 brewers show off more than 90 beers at the annual bash. Tickets cost $40-$80; $20 for designated drivers. 21 and older only. Visit www.barringtonbrewfest.com.
Hungarian Gulyás Festival, July 8-9, Norridge United Hungarian Church of Christ, 8260 W. Foster Ave., Norridge. Featured at the festival is a large sampling of the Hungarian kitchen which includes the bottomless gloulash pot, mititei, crêpes, kürtöskalács (rolled sweet dough) and lángos (elephant ears), as well as traditional Hungarian music and contemporary tunes, folkloric dances, arts and crafts, Hungarian crafts, and a children’s activity center. Join the competition in the Gulyas Cook-Off. Tickets are $20 a day, $30 for two days, and $5 for children 6-12, available at the door. Visit www.gulyasfestival.com.
North Shore Art Market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 8-9 at Westfield Old Orchard Mall, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. Features works by more than 100 juried artists in a variety of mediums, live music and local food. Free admission. Visit www.amdurproductions.com.
Taste of Park Ridge, July 13-15, along Summit Avenue between Prospect and Touhy avenues. Hours are 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. July 13, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 14 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 15. Music acts include Kashmir (Led Zeppelin tribute band), R. Gang, 7th Heaven, Ginger Road and 16 Candles. Daily free Family Fun Zone events in Hodges Park, 101 S. Courtland Ave., include: 11 a.m.-3 pm. Park District Arts & Crafts: Hands on Kid’s Activities; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Canopies on Courtland and Blood Drive on Butler Place; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Family Fun Zone presented by Park Ridge Indian Scouts; 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Music in the Park (by D.J. Ronski); 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nagurski Kiddie Rides. Visit www.tasteofparkridge.com.
Best of Countryside Carnival 2017, 5-10 p.m. July 13, 4-11 p.m. July 14, noon-11 p.m. July 15, noon-10 p.m. July 16, City Park, 61st Street and Ashland Avenue, Countryside. Day pass for amusement rides is $25. Performers include: Evil Burrito, July 13; The Redmonds and Reckless, July 14; Battle of the Bands and ARRA, July 15; Scott Allen Band and Timeless, July 16. Visit www.cbacountryside.com/carnival.
Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 13-16, 1101 N. 23rd Ave., Melrose Park. The 124th annual event features Italian food, friendly vendors, family games, rides for children, live entertainment all four nights, car show, dog rescue event and much more. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the procession through the streets of Melrose Park featuring the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Italian sodalities and family candle. All are welcome. Visit www.olmcparish.org.
Vernon Hills Summer Celebration, July 13-16, at Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Pkwy., Vernon Hills. The fest includes food, drinks, a carnival, car show, kids activities, a bags tourney, live music including from Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Verve Pipe, Mike & Joe and Hello Weekend. For hours and schedule, visit www.summercel.com.
Irish Fest, 5-11 p.m. July 14 and 4-11 p.m. July 15, on the grounds of the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, Euclid and Vail. The fest offers music, food, Irish dancers and kids activities. Admission is $5 adults, free children 14 and younger on Friday; $5 adults, $3 children ages 3-14 and free children younger than 3 on Saturday. Visit www.ahmuseum.org.
Big Greek Food Fest of Niles, July 14-16 on the grounds of Holy Taxiarhai and St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 Caldwell Ave., Niles. Hours are 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday and Sunday. Featuring authentic Greek food and pastries, children’s activities, festival dancers and cooking classes. Free admission (free will donation welcome). Free parking, shuttle bus from area parking lots available. Visit www.biggreekfoodfestofniles.org.
LaGrange Park 125th Birthday Celebration, noon to midnight July 15, at Memorial Park. The event includes live music, beer and wine, face painting, a bags tournament and a volleyball tournament. Visit www.lagrangepark.org.
La Grange Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 15 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 16, on La Grange Road from Cossitt to Odgen and on Harris Avenue from La Grange to Ashland. The 42nd annual event features nearly 200 artisans from throughout the Midwest showcasing one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. Visit www.villageoflagrange.com.
Art in the Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 15-16 at Village Green Park, 1810 Walters Ave., Northbrook. The festival features juried artists, live music, food and kid-friendly art activities. Visit amdurproductions.com.
World Arts and Music Festival, noon-7 p.m. July 15-16, at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street, Evanston. Formerly the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, a two-day celebration of diversity with art displays, crafts activities, cuisine and live music. Free admission. Visit www.cityofevanston.org.
Lincolnwood Fest, July 20-23 at Proesel Park, 6900 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood. The festival includes food, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, children’s activities, classic car show, beer and wine garden, business expo and much more. Details, hours and cost TBA. Visit www.lincolnwoodfest.com.
Highwood Days/North Shore Taco Fest, July 20-23 in Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood. Highwood Days features carnival rides, live music, and a veritable taste of Highwood. The accompanying Taco Fest brings together the region’s best taco purveyors. Admission is free. For hours and the musical line-up visit, visit www.celebratehighwood.org.
Lions Club Alpine Fest, July 21-23, at Lion Fred Blau Park, 81 E. Main St., Lake Zurich. The fest features carnival rides, games, food, family events and entertainment. The final day of the festival includes the Alpine Fest Parade down Main Street. Visit LZLions.com.
BAM Fest, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 22, Proska Park, 3001 S. Wisconsin Ave., Berwyn. Third annual youth arts and music festival features live music, youth art galleries, art creation stations, battle of the bands, a teen lounge with live DJs, workshops, fun activities and much more. Free. Visit www.whyberwyn.com/events.
Berwyn’s Taste of Cermak Road, 5-9 p.m. July 27, Main Street on Cermak Road. Annual tradition features an eclectic mix of small plates and sweets. Cost is $15 and includes food samples, entry into drawing for an Apple iPad. Visit www.berwyn.net/events.
Glencoe Festival of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 29-30 at Green Bay Road and Park Avenue, Glencoe. Features the work of 110-juried artists. Free admission. Visit www.amdurproductions.com.
Glenview Summer Art Fair, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 29-30 on the Lyon School grounds, Lake Street and Waukegan Road, Glenview. The Glenview Art League’s annual art fair will feature fine art and fine crafts, children’s activities and wandering musicians. Free admission. Visit www.Glenviewartleague.org.
Highwood Bloody Mary Fest, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 30 at Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave. Highwood. Dozens of amateur and professional mixologists will compete for the title of Best Bloody Mary. Admission is free. Visit www.celebratehighwood.org.
Northbrook Days Festival, Aug. 2-6 at Village Green Park, Meadow and Shermer Roads, Northbrook. The festival features carnival rides, live music and a Taste of Northbrook. Hours and featured musical acts will be announced. Visit www.northbrookdays.com.
La Grange Endless Summerfest, 5-10:30 p.m. Aug. 4, noon-10:30 p.m. Aug. 5, noon-10 p.m. Aug. 6, Gordon Park, Ogden and Tilden avenues. Attractions include carnival rides, live entertainment, food vendors, beer and wine garden and fireworks. Performers include: Aug. 5, Big Wheel, 6:30-7:45 p.m.; 16 Candles, 8:30-10:45 p.m.; Aug. 6, School of Rock, 1-3 p.m.; The Millennials, 3:30-5 p.m.; American English, 5:30-7:45 p.m.; Hairbangers Ball, 8:30-10-45 p.m.; Aug. 7, Timeless, 3-5 p.m.; Mason Rivers, 5:30-7 p.m.; Libido Funk Circus, 7:30-9:45 p.m. $3 admission after 5 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6, children 12 and under free, free admission Aug. 7. Visit www.lagrangeendlesssummerfest.com.
Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival, hours TBD, Aug. 4-6, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave., Chicago. Annual festival features live music on two stages, food, arts and crafts and Kids Zone activities. Music acts include The Buckinghams. Visit www.jeffersonpark.net.
Destination Asia Festival, opens 6 p.m. Aug. 4 and continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 5-6, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route. 53, Lisle. Explore diverse cultures through music, Japanese drumming, dance, food and a bonsai show. Champion sumo wrestlers will perform. Visit www.mortonarb.org.
Kite Fest, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 5, Berens Park, 493 Oaklawn Ave., Elmhurst. There will be free kite building, a candy drop, kite lessons and stunts by some of the Midwest’s best professional kite flyers. Visit www.epd.org/news/kite-fest-1.
Libertyville Festival of the Arts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6 in Cook Park, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. This family-friendly event will feature up to 75 artists, along with live music, artisan food vendors and children’s activities. Visit www.adlercenter.org.
Art at the Glen Town Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 5-6 at the Glen Town Center, 2030 Tower Drive., Glenview. Showcases original works by 185 juried artists. There will also be live music and children’s activities. Admission is free. Visit www.amdurproductions.com.
Taste of Elmwood Park Family Festival, 5-10 p.m. Aug. 10-13, Central Park, Fullerton and 75th Avenue. Four-day event features food from area restaurants, musical numbers, games, rides, and arts and crafts. Visit www.elmwoodpark.org.
Lincolnshire Art Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 12 and 13 on the Village Green, Milwaukee Avenue and Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Fine art and crafts by more than 100 artists as well as live music, food and refreshments. Admission and parking are free. Visit www.amdurproductions.com.
Garlic Fest, 4-9 p.m. Aug. 16, at Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood. Sample garlic ice cream, candy, cupcakes and cocktails, as well as pastas, sauces, breads, and butters. Held during Highwood’s Wednesday Evening Gourmet Market. Admission is free. See www.celebratehighwood.org.
Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival, 4-9 p.m. Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 19 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 20 in downtown Evanston at 800 Church St. Original artwork, handmade jewelry, unique furniture, and home accessories from 130 artists. The fest includes live music, local food, beer and wine, and art projects for kids. Free admission. Go to www.amdurproductions.com.
Edison Park Fest, Aug. 18-20, in the area surrounding the Edison Park Metra Station, 6730 N. Olmsted, Chicago. The event includes food, a beer garden, carnival, beverages, dog show, craft fair, basketball clinic, bingo, live music, Family Stage activities and Kids’ Play Area. Band schedule and map on website. Admission is free. Visit www.edisonparkfest.org.
Little Bear Ribfest, Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 at Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills. The only thing hotter than the ribs is the scorching live blues music. No coolers or outside food or beverages are allowed in the park. Admission $5; free for children age 5 and under. Free parking and shuttle service is available at the Westfield Hawthorn Shopping Center, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills. Do not use the private parking lots adjacent to the festival grounds. Visit www.vhparkdistrict.org.
Park Palooza, 5-10 p.m. Aug. 19, Berens Park, 493 Oaklawn Ave., Elmhurst. Fifth annual event features live music from Second Time Around, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and No Alternative, 8-10:15 p.m. plus face painting, a beer and wine garden, and a food truck. Visit www.epd.org.
Oak Park Micro Brew Review, 3-7 p.m. Aug. 19, 100 N. Marion St. The largest zero-waste craft beer fest in the Midwest showcases the best craft beers from Midwest and national craft breweries, live music and small plates. Admission is $45-$90. Visit sevengenerationsahead.org.
Vintage Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20 at 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Shop for vintage, reclaimed, antique and repurposed goods at the second annual open-air market, which also features beer vendors, bluegrass music, hayrides, a penny arcade and an ice cream social. Free. Visit www.longgrove.org.
Fine Art Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 20 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 21, Oakbrook Center, 100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. Annual event features diverse art, live music, art demos, educational book chats and art activities for children. Visit amdurproductions.com/fine-art-festival-oakbrook-center.
Zoo Brew 2017, 4-9 p.m. (VIP) and 5-9 p.m. (general admission) Aug. 25 and 26, Brookfield Zoo. Tickets cost $55 for general admission, which includes free parking, all-day admission to the zoo, admission to the zoo brew tent and beer 3 oz. samples of more than 80 beers. VIP tickets cost $85 and include everything with general admission as well as special access, food and a visit with animal ambassadors.
Skokie’s Backlot Bash, Aug. 25-27, in a closed-off, two-block portion of Oakton Street, between Lincoln and Laramie avenues, adjacent to Village Hall, 5127 Oakton St. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Features hours of live music, a large carnival midway, kids activities, a classic auto show, bingo, a beer tent, farmers market and more. Main stage music acts include A Flock of Seagulls, Soul Asylum and Tributosaurus becomes R.E.M. Admission is free. Visit www.backlotbash.com.
Berwyn Route 66 Car Show, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 26, Ogden Avenue between Oak Park and Ridgeland Avenues, Berwyn. Area’s biggest car show with more than 30,000 visitors. Online registration through Aug. 18 is $30, $40 at the gate. Registered participants receive admission, T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag. Spectators are free. Visit /www.berwyn.net/events.
Oak Park Ave-Lake Arts & Crafts Show, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 26 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27, Scoville Park, 800 W. Lake St., Oak Park. Admission is free. This 43rd annual event features paintings, photographs, pottery, glassware, jewelry, fabric art and more. Visit americansocietyofartists.info.
Port Clinton Art Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 26 and 27 at Port Clinton Square, downtown Highland Park. This two-day juried event features more than 260 artists. The 11th Annual Taste of Highland Park will run throughout the weekend. Live entertainment is featured on the music stage. Free admission and free parking at Port Clinton Square or 600 Central Ave. Visit www.amdurproductions.org.
Buffalo Grove Days, Aug. 31-Sept. 4, at Mike Rylko Community Park, 951 McHenry Road. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Aug. 31, 5 p.m.-midnight Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-midnight Sept. 2 and 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 4. The event features live musical entertainment, children’s activities, carnival rides, food tent, craft fair and a beer garden. Visit www.bgdays.com.
Taste of Melrose Park, Sept. 1-3, Melrose Park Village Complex, near the northwest corner of 25th Avenue and Lake Street. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday. 36th annual festival features entertainment for all ages on 4 stages, laser light show, arts and craft booths in gymnasium, food, carnival rides, Jesse White Tumblers and much more. Musical lineup includes American English, The Other 3 Tenors, DeJaVu, Johnny Maggio, Vic Lombardi & Chicago Seven, Lake Effect, Relativity, R-Gang, Tony Caponi and John Anthony. Free admission, free parking, free trolley service. Visit www.melrosepark.org.
Taste of Polonia Festival, Sept. 1-4 at Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, Chicago. Festival hours: 5-10:30 p.m. Friday, noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Monday (Labor Day) Admission: before 5 p.m., $5; after 5 p.m., $10; kids 12 and under are free. Live music on 4 stages and 30 bands. The fest also includes ultural events, family events, carnival rides, folk dancing, Polish food and beer; casino, bingo, full bar, kids stage & fun zone. Visit www.copernicuscenter.org.
Irish Days, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 4 at 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. The town paints its cobblestone streets green for this celebration of Irish culture, which features bagpipers, folk bands, dancers, a dog costume contest, a kids area, and a leprechaun hunt. Free. Visit www.longgrove.org.
Art Fair on the Square, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 3 and 4 in Market Square in downtown Lake Forest. The signature Labor Day weekend event for the Deer Path Art League is a juried fine art show that features 180 exhibitors. Admission is free. Visit www.deerpathartleague.org.
Lake Zurich Rock the Block, 5-11 p.m. Sept. 9, on Main Street from Church Street to Old Rand. Planned as an all-ages traditional street dance, there will be three live bands for an evening of music, food and fun. Kids will enjoy face painting and balloon art. Visit www.lakezurich.org.
Deer Park Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10 at Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road. Fine art and craft show features live music, food vendors and art activities for kids. Free. Visit www.amdurproductions.com.
Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9-10, Main Street, downtown Downers Grove. Artwork by 50 artists will be featured plus live music and children’s art. Visit www.downtowndg.org/whats-happening.
West End Arts Festival, Sept. 9-10, Stone Avenue Station, Burlington Avenue and Brainard, La Grange. Juried Fine Arts festival features artists from across the country, live music, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, food vendors, children’s activities and a community art project. Visit lgba.com.
Cornfest Family Fun Day, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10, Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook.Family picnic features food, fishing, a giant wood pile and music. Admission is free. www.grauemill.or
British Car Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 10 at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Check out cars and motorcycles from the United Kingdom as well as British and American food for sale. Free. Visit www.britishcarunion.com.
Evanston Streets Alive!, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 10, Main Street between Chicago and Florence avenues, Evanston. This event is billed as “a Pro-Walk, Pro-Bike, Pro-Place initiative of Citizen’s Greener Evanston, which promotes green transportation. Streets will be closed to all motor vehicles. Entertainment will include games, food trucks and music. Visit www.Evanstonstreetsalive.org.
Oaktoberfest, 4-10 p.m. Sept. 15 and noon to 10 p.m. Sep. 16, Marion Street and North Boulevard, south of Lake Street, downtown Oak Park. There will be live music, foods from local restaurants, craft beers, a kids’ root beer garden and children’s activities. Visit www.oaktoberfest.net for upates.
Berwyn’s Oktoberfest, Sept. 15-16, Berwyn’s Depot District, intersection of Windsor and Stanley Avenues between Oak Park & Home avenues, Berwyn. Hours: Friday, 6-11 p.m., Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Event features live music, an international food court, carnival rides, family entertainment pavilion, crafters, vendors and Beer Garden. Musical entertainment includes R-Gang, 16 Candles, Eddie Korosa, Jr. and the Boys from Illinois, Hello Weekend and the Tributosaurus Rolling Stones Tribute. Free admission. Visit www.berwyn.net/events.
Des Plaines Fall Fest, Sept. 15-17, Lake Park, 2200 Lee St., between Howard and Touhy Avenue, Des Plaines. Hours: 6-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Features live musical entertainment, kid zone activities, arts and crafts, kids entertainment, pony rides, carnival rides, open air market, bag tournament, country fair tent, food, beer, wine garden, fishing derby, car show and more. Music lineup TBA. Free admission, free parking. Se www.fallfestdesplaines.com.
Fall Arts & Crafts Adventure, 9 a.m,-5 p.m. Sept. 16, Hodges Park, 101 S. Courtland, Park Ridge. This 27th annual event features paintings and photography, artwear, handcrafted candles, glass arts, woodcrafts, jewelry in a variety of mediums and much more from artists and craft artists of American Society of Artists. Free admission. Visit www.americansocietyofartists.info.
Apple Fest, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 22 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 23-24. Enjoy apple popcorn, apple lattes and other treats at the 26th annual fest. The bash also features music on three stages and kids activities including an apple pie-eating contest. $5; free for kids under 12 and for everyone from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. See www.longgrove.org.
Art in the Barn, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 23-24 on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Highway 22, Barrington. The 43rd annual fest, which brings together 175 artists to raise money for the hospital. The event also features a children’s art tent and petting zoo. $5; free for kids under age 12. Visit www.artinthebarn-barrington.com.
Starving Artists Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 23 and 24 at 431 Sheridan Road, Highwood. Say goodbye to summer and get some great art at great prices. Up to 120 juried artists from around the world will sell off their extra art inventory. Visit www.amdurproductions.org.