Festivals + Events

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

On Third Street between South Street and ends at West Side Cemetery

NOT CURRENTLY SCHEDULED FOR 2021

FEATURES: This traditional parade is hosted by the American Legion Post 75 to honor Geneva Veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

GENEVA

SWEDISH DAYS

On Third Street and adjacent streets

DATES: June 24 - 27, 2021

FEATURES: A must stop for a summer fun destination is Geneva’s Annual Swedish Days Festival. “The Granddaddy of Illinois Festivals” is scheduled to run Thursday through Sunday, June 24-27 in 2021. Continue to check back for updated information as it unfolds. **Due to COVID-19, modifications may be made to Swedish Days.

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Geneva Arts Fair

On Third Street

DATES: July 24 - 25, 2021 from 10a - 5p

FEATURES: For 19 years, the juried Geneva Arts Fair has risen in attendance and notoriety. The fine arts show showcases over 155 fine artisans from around the country in a host of mediums. Historic downtown Geneva serves as a picturesque backdrop for the outdoor fine arts show on Third Street in Geneva. **Due to COVID-19, modifications may be made to this festival.

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FESTIVAL OF THE VINE

Various Locations Downtown Geneva

DATES: September 10 - 12, 2021

FEATURES: More than 140 artists will show their work – from drawing, painting and sculpture to ceramics, glass, textiles and jewelry. All art is available for sale. 

INSIDER TIPS: Purchase tasting tickets in advance directly from restaurants and shops.  Our favorite tasting is the Graham's Tent.

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CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Courthouse Parking Lot on 4th Street and James Street

DATES: Thursdays, July and August | 5pm - 7pm

FEATURES: Hosted at the historic Kane County Courthouse, join car collectors as they gather together to show off their rides. The audience comes from near and far to bop to the music of the 50s while they ogle the beauties and vote for their favorite make and model.

 

Please note: The Chamber will decide by 3 p.m. on the day of the show to cancel the car show in the case of questionable weather conditions. Call the Chamber Office at (630) 232-6060 to check the status.

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Back to School Festival

Peck Farm Park | 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva

NOT CURRENTLY SCHEDULED FOR 2021

FEATURES: Bring the whole family to Peck Farm Park and have one last fun-filled day before school starts! There will be games and activities, nature crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a Birds of Prey presentation. Hawks Hollow Nature Playground and the Butterfly House will be open for your enjoyment.

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TOUR D'ELEGANCE

Third Street and South Street, Geneva

DATES: August 22, 2021 | 10am - 4pm

FEATURES: Classic Car enthusiasts will view a beautiful collection of antique, classic, and modern automobiles. Participants from all over the Country displayed their prized automobiles on Third street, hoping to be awarded one of the coveted "Benz" Trophies. 

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Fox Valley Folk Festival

Island Park, Geneva

NOT CURRENTLY SCHEDULED FOR 2021

FEATURES: Eight stage areas present concerts, hands-on workshops, topical song and story workshops, dance, vocal and instrument classes and special things for the kids.

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Kane County Fair & Festival

Kane County Fairgrounds | 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles

DATES: July 14 - 18, 2021 | Wednesday & Thursday 3pm - 11pm, Friday - Sunday 12pm - 11pm

FEATURES: Wednesday is a FREE ADMISSION day!  Admission and hours vary, but you can find a monster truck show, demolition derby, bull riding, live music, amusement rides, kid attractions, petting zoo, and MORE!

  • Wednesday: FREE admission

  • Thursday: $5; children under 3 FREE

  • Friday—Sunday: $10/adult | $5/children 3-12 | FREE/children under 3

St. Charles

pickle palooza

1843 Durrant House | LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve | 37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles

DATE: July 11, 2021 | 1pm - 4pm

FEATURES: Join us for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun at our beautiful prairie farmhouse and grounds. Watch as the Durant House docents explain and demonstrate the art of pickling. Examples of the scrumptious undertaking will be presented in both the original 1840s Durant Hearth Room and the Victorian Kitchen added by Godfrey and Christina Peterson in the 1880s. Learn the process of this delicious aspect of history and enjoy an authentic day in the countryside!

ADMISSION: $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children between the ages of 3 and 12 years. 

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STC LIVE!

First Street Plaza, St. Charles

DATES: June 3 - September 9, 2020

FEATURES: STC Live! is FREE outdoor music in the 1st Street Plaza every Wednesday and Friday night!

Grab your friends and family and head downtown St. Charles for free, fun live music by local bands.

St. Charles

Fine Arts & Jazz Weekend

Various Locations

 

DATES: September 9 - 12, 2021

FEATURES: St. Charles Jazz Weekend is a four-day event that coordinates and promotes live jazz music in different downtown establishments. An array of downtown St. Charles venues will take part. Patrons can enjoy jazz music from lunch through the evening, with the opportunity to visit multiple venues, including the 1st Street Plaza on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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fishing derby

Clark Island, 2 E. Laurel St, Batavia, IL

DATE: June 19, 2021 | 10am - 12pm

FEATURES: Grab your gear and reel in the fun with your whole family! Enjoy a fun-filled morning of fishing. Bring your Dad to celebrate Father's Day! A limited supply of fishing gear is available, and there will be prizes too.

FREE ADMISSION

Batavia

Windmill City Festival

The Riverwalk

DATES: July 9 - 11, 2021

FEATURES: Many family-friendly attractions, participate in the golf challenge, Diaper Derby, Fun Zone, Pet Parade, enjoy food booths and the beer garden, listen to music played by great bands.

FREE ADMISSION

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bug fest

Red Oak Nature Center | 2343 S. River Street, Batavia 

DATES: August 21, 2021 | 9am - 1pm

FEATURES: Bug Fest is back and bigger than ever! Tickets must be purchased this year to enter Bug Fest where you will be greeted with games, activities, inflatables and more! Visit our participating agencies with their bug-themed activities or stop by one of our investigation stations where you can search for bugs in the pond, prairie or woodlands! Concessions are available at Red Oak Nature Center where you can grab everything from a Bug Fest t-shirt and bug related treats or play it safe with a slice of pizza and a drink. Complete all the stations and pick up your Bug Fest prize at the nature center as well before boarding the shuttle back to Schneider Elementary.

COST: Adults, $2 | Kids, $5

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Taste of Batavia Block Party

Various Locations, but centered around The Riverwalk

DATES: September 6, 2020 from 4:00p - 9:00p

FEATURES: Celebrate Labor Day weekend at the Downtown Batavia Block Party & Taste of Batavia. The party comes complete with awesome live music, a Classic Car Cruise Night, Pie Bake-off, enormous kid’s area and of course dancing!

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community read-a-thon

Peg Bond Center, 151 N Island Ave, Batavia, IL

DATES: July 17, 2021 | 8:00am - 8:00pm

FEATURES: A day full of children's books coming to life with hands-on activities, take home activities, games, lunch, dinner, a book walk, book/age themed raffle baskets, a goodie bag, book fair, and more!

COST: $30 per family advanced purchase, $35 day of event

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Hall quarry beach centennial celebration

Harold Hall Quarry Beach, 400 S Water St, Batavia, IL

DATES: June 27, 2021 | 1:00pm - 6:30pm

FEATURES: Join us in celebrating the Quarry's centennial with throwback games, music, and giveaways. More details will be available soon! Follow link for updates.

COST: FREE!

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Sandwich Fair

15730 Pratt Road, Sandwich

DATES: September 8 - 12, 2021

FEATURES: Celebrating 133 years, you will find carnival rides, cook-offs, craft and vendor fairs, truck pulls, demolition derbies, concerts, KIDS ADMITTED FREE Day on Wednesday, antique car shows, lumberjack shows, 

  • Country star, Chris Janson, performing on Friday, September 11!

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THe world of faeries festival

35 W 217 Route 31, South Elgin, IL

DATES: August 7, 2021, 10am - 7pm | August 8, 2021, 10am - 5pm

FEATURES: Please mark your calendars for 2021 for the 17th annual celebration, the World of Faeries Festival! "THE WIZARD, OAKS AND WILLOW" RAIN OR SHINE. Schedule is to be announced!

COST: $15 cash, or purchase online for a discount. 12 & under are free!

South Elgin

Riverfest Express in South Elgin

Panton Mill Park, South Elgin​

***FESTIVAL TBD

FEATURES: One of South Elgin's most popular fests, you can find food vendors, carnival rides, fireworks, craft show, and car show. And on the Thursday before Riverfest officially begins, they invite all kiddos with special needs to enjoy the rides AND food on the house (all additional family members and caregivers must pay for ride and food)!

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Elburn Days

Elburn Lions Community Park, 500 S. Filmore Street, Elburn, IL

DATES: August 20 - 22, 2021

FEATURES: In 1934 the Elburn Lions Club began an annual event known as “A Day in the Park”, which later became known as Elburn Days. For 85 years this event happened. 2020 was the first time that we needed to cancel due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Elburn Lions are happy to say we are planning on hosting our 2021 Elburn Days! Details will be posted as they are available, but plans include a carnival, food and drink, entertainment, parade and more!

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Strawberry Fest

Historic Downtown Long Grove

DATES: June 17 - 19, 2021, from 11a - 11p

FEATURES: Attendees of this annual festival experience everything from strawberry-infused creations like prime rib sandwiches slathered in strawberry salsa to classic strawberry pie-eating contests.  For those who like to mix it up, chef-driven barbecue and other decadent local treats offer something for every taste bud.  Strawberry Fest even has a classic carnival, multiple stages of live music, and the Kids Zone featuring enduring family activities at no charge.

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Frontier Days

Recreation Park  | 500 E. Miner Street, Arlington Heights 

***FESTIVAL CANCELLED FOR 2021

FEATURES: The Festival features FREE Entertainment on three stages. We have great food prepared and served by volunteers, assisted by local community groups. There are many FREE Family events and Sports Activities along with Carnival rides and one of the largest Fourth of July Parades in the northwest suburbs. One of the Festival’s highlights is the Citizen’s with Disability Day when people with special needs and their immediate families are invited to come to a complimentary, fun-filled, event.

Arlington Heights

field of honor American flag display

Seven Gables Park, 1750 S Naperville Rd, Wheaton, IL

DATES: June 30 - July 4, 2021 | ALL DAY

FEATURES: Creating an awe-inspiring panorama, United States flags will fly in a solemn formation at Seven Gables Park. This stirring display of 2,000 flags will bring the community together in a patriotic tribute to honor our heroes. Each U.S. flag represents an individual and tells a story. Flags may be sponsored to honor individuals currently serving in our Active-Duty Military, Fallen Servicemen & Women, First Responders, Heroes in Our Lives, all Veterans, and Home Town Heroes.

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Naperville jaycee's last fling

Downtown Naperville, IL

DATES: September 3 - 6, 2021

FEATURES: The Naperville Jaycees' Last Fling is a family-friendly community festival which takes place over Labor Day Weekend near Downtown Naperville and, for many, is a fun way to say farewell to summer! The Last Fling offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages to enjoy including: musicians on multiple stages, Family Fun Land area, a carnival, unique special events, a business expo and a running event.

COST: TBD

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naperville food truck festival

Naper Settlement, 523 S Webster St, Naperville, IL

DATES: August 7, 2021 | 1pm - 7pm

FEATURES: The 2nd Annual Naperville Food Truck Festival will feature 30+ of the area's best food trucks, live DJ entertainment, face painter, beer garden, bubble artist and a vendor village featuring local businesses. This is a family friendly event with entertainment for kids and everyone can enjoy the historical grounds.

COST: $5-10, children 10 & under are free!

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naperville fine arts and artisan festival

Naper Settlement, 523 S Webster St, Naperville, IL

DATES: June 26 and 27, 2021 | 10am - 5pm

FEATURES: Enjoy the sun and shade as you stroll to see the wares of over 110 artists and artisans. All tents will be socially distanced apart. Channel your own inner artist as you paint one part of a 12' x 8' community mural. (Then watch it come to life throughout the two day event). Let the kids create their visions at the Petite Picasso Tent. Feast on exciting food options.

COST: FREE!

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Great Galena Balloon Race

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa 

DATES: Tentatively June 18 - 20, 2021

FEATURES: Take in the balloon race and enjoy “country elegant” accommodations only minutes from historic downtown Galena, IL. Tethered balloon rides and bounce houses make it fun for the kids. Wine tastings, Ale Fest, and great food make it fun for adults.

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Sugar Grove Corn Boil

Volunteer Park 

DATES: CANCELLED FOR 2021

FEATURES: Although corn is a major part of this festival, you will also find live entertainment, classic car shows, parades, fireworks, food & beer, outdoor movies, and more family-friendly fun!

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prairiefest

91 Plank Drive, Oswego, IL

DATES: September 3 - 6, 2021

FEATURES: Oswego’s four-day community celebration brought to you by the Oswegoland Park District, generous business sponsors, civic organizations, and hundreds of volunteers. We warmly invite you to be a part of the community celebration. Whether supporting the fest, hosting an event, or participating in the fun, there’s a place for you at your community festival. PrairieFest events are held throughout Oswego with the main festival grounds located at PrairieFest Park, 91 Plank Road, Oswego, IL.

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Maple park fun fest

County Line Road, Maple Park, IL

DATES: September 4 - 5, 2021

FEATURES: Craft Show, Car Show, Bags Tournament, Kids’ Bike and Wagon Parade, live entertainment, food vendors, 5K race/2 mile walk, and the Kid Zone, loaded with activities.

Fun Fest is a not-for-profit event, run completely by volunteers. Funds that we raise are mainly used to support the festival the following year, but we also purchase items for the village of Maple Park.

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street eats festival

Montgomery Park, 301 River St., Montgomery, IL

DATES: June 12, 2021 | 11:00am - 7:00pm

FEATURES: Hey Foodies! The Village of Montgomery is bringing you the Inaugural Montgomery Street Eats Festival. Featuring 10+ of the regions best food trucks, live DJ Entertainment, a beer garden and a Vendor Village (featuring local businesses) - it's fun for the whole family.

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wheaton brew fest

Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave, Wheaton, IL

DATES: August 7, 2021 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm

FEATURES: Wheaton, Illinois’ annual outdoor craft beer fest takes place in Memorial Park featuring unique brews from local and national breweries. AGES 21+

COST: TBD

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all night flea market

DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, IL

DATES: August 21, 2021 | 3:00pm - 3:00am

FEATURES: Our Markets host antique, vintage, and collectible dealers from throughout the Midwest in indoor buildings, open-air and heated tents. Offered for sale will be a variety of antiques and collectibles, including country furniture, estate jewelry. Victoriana, postcards, art glass and porcelains, advertising items, old toys, vintage clothing and linens, coins, decorator items, paintings, primitives, treasures, and much, much more.

COST: $10 per attendee | Children 12 years and under free with adult | Free parking. Tickets available at the gate.

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shakespeare in the park

Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave, Wheaton, IL

DATES: August 26 - 28, 2021

FEATURES: Shakespeare in the Park is a high-quality theater event presented free of charge to the public by the Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College’s Arena Theater. More information to come dependent on COVID-19 restrictions.

COST: FREE!

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brew at the zoo

Randall Oaks Zoo, 1180 S. Randall Rd, West Dundee, IL

DATES: July 17, 2021 | 5:00pm - 9:00pm

FEATURES: Join us for this fun, first of its kind, 21 years and older event at Randall Oaks Zoo. Features East Dundee's own microbrewery Black and Gray Brewing Company, cash bar, food trucks Fat Tomato and My Funnel, live music, free admission into the Zoo, raffles & silent auction, games, and more! 

COST: $15 - $30 per ticket. AGES 21+ ONLY.

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alley art festival

Water Street Mall, 13 Water St, Aurora, IL

DATES: August 28, 2021 | 12pm - 5pm

FEATURES: Alley Art Festival is a local, grassroots outdoors art festival typically held at Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora on the last Saturday of August. It’s a day of fun, music, and art – with tons of local artists! ALL AGES

COST: FREE!

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Fox river arts ramble + aurora arts weekend

Downtown Aurora, IL

DATES: June 5, 2021 | 9am - 5pm. Some vendors will also be presenting on the evening of June 4 for Aurora's First Fridays event, 5pm - 9pm

FEATURES: The Fox River Arts Ramble is a collaborative effort of the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, the St. Charles Arts Council and Water Street Studios. The event was created in 2018 with the mission of promoting arts and culture in the Fox River Valley. Over 50 artists opened their studios to the public that year! The event will be held rain or shine.

COST: FREE!

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Wines + Finds

Starts at 434 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL

DATES: June 17, 2021 | 5pm - 8pm

FEATURES: Enjoy this wine tasting + shopping event as couples, friends and wine enthusiasts are invited to spend that Thursday evening enjoying Glen Ellyn’s historic downtown and all that it offers. You’ll receive your Wines & Finds tasting glass and a program detailing the participating businesses. Each store will offer two wine selections to taste and light appetizers specifically chosen to pair well with the wines. All wines will be available to purchase and pickup at the end of the evening. Wine experts will be on hand throughout the hosting boutiques to explain each wine and answer any of your questions.

COST: $30 - $35 per ticket

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festival of the arts glen ellyn

Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL

DATES: August 28 - 29, 2021 | 10am - 5pm

FEATURES: Join us for the 52nd Annual Festival of the Arts in Glen Ellyn. This is a juried fine arts show held in the Chicago western suburb of Glen Ellyn. All booth spaces are along a concrete walkway that winds through century old oak trees surrounding picturesque Lake Ellyn.

COST: FREE!

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Wine and Art walk

The Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL

DATES: August 21 - 22, 2021 | 10am - 5pm

FEATURES: The Morton Arboretum's sixth annual Wine & Art Walk will take place near our main Visitor's Center and booths will be placed around the paved 0.6 mile trail surrounding Meadow Lake and the adjacent area. A selection of approximately 50 artists will be chosen for this juried event, based on their submission of nature-themed artwork. Multiple wine, beverage, and snack stations are located around Meadow Lake Trail, as well as music each day.

COST: $11 - $16 per ticket

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ribfest

Deer Crossing Park: 1050 W. Romeo Road, Romeoville, IL

DATES: CANCELLED FOR 2021 SEASON 

FEATURES: New Location for 2021! Additional information is TBA.

COST: TBD

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Bartlett 4th of July festival

Stearns Rd + Bartlett Road, Bartlett, IL

DATES: July 2 - 4, 2021 | Hours to be announced.

FEATURES: Carnival, food, beer, bands. Friends. It's on! More info to be released. Fireworks are scheduled for Friday, July 2, and the parade on Saturday, July 3rd! Live music all weekend.

COST: FREE ENTRY!

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