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Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts

Evanston, Ill.

Eclectic art festival with diverse works from 300+ artists. Plus, unique folk and Native American music on two stages, an "EcoVillage" green vendor area, a children's park with kids' activities, and the cuisine from more than 30 restaurants.

When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 21-22
Cost: $1 donation

Wicker Park Green Music Fest

Chicago, Ill.

Fest blends cutting edge, environmentally-conscious bands with environmentally-friendly production, eco-minded vendors and services, sustainability demonstrations, green arts & crafts and the always popular Green Family Fun Fest.

When: Noon-10 p.m. June 21-22
Cost: $5 donation

Highland Games & Scottish Festival

Itasca, Ill.

Events includes a highland dance competition, athletics competition, cultural exhibits, car show, kids' crafts and activities.

When: 4-10 p.m. June 20, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. June 21
Cost: $12, free kids Friday; $20, $5 kids 3-12. Parking $5. Discounted tickets available on website

Make Music Chicago

Chicago, Ill.


Live, one-day, free music festival on the first day of summer in tandem with a growing global phenomenon called Fête de la Musique. Throughout the day, people of all ages and from all backgrounds gather in Chicago's public spaces, including Daley Plaza, Millennium Park, John Hancock Center, Lincoln Park Zoo and over 25 Chicago Park District sites, to perform music of all genres. Grand finale concert is 6-9 p.m. at St. James Cathedral Commons.

When: 7 a.m.-midnight
Cost: Free

Swedish Days Festival presented by Cadence Health

Geneva , Ill.


Geneva celebrates its Swedish heritage with a festival featuring American and Swedish food including a craft beer tent, a carnival, Kids' day, "Geneva's Got Talent" and Sweden Väst, musical entertainment and the Grand Parade.

When: Visit website for schedule of events.
Cost: Free. Fee for some activities and carnival.

Scandinavian Midsommar Celebration

Scandinavian Midsommar Festival | South Elgin, Ill.


Festival opens with Children's Parade and dancing around the Maypole, followed by crafts, games and horse-drawn wagon rides. Bonfire lighting and traditional toast begin at sunset. Bring a family dish to pass at picnic.

When: 3:30-10 p.m.
Cost: $5, free kids 12 and under

Villa Park Summerfest

Villa Park, Ill.


Friday night includes a car show, bands, food and drink. Saturday features kids' attractions, craft show, bands, kid's entertainment stage. Wristbands for all day access to attractions for a wide range of ages, such as kiddie games, a bounce house, a 4-person Euro-Bungy, and more. Enjoy magic shows, a face painter and balloon artist. Excellent food from local restaurants.

When: 6-11 p.m. June 20; 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. June 21
Cost: Free, $10 wristbands

Children’s Garden Campout

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

A campout designed especially for families complete with hands-on activity stations, snacks, night hikes and bedtime stories. Pitch your tent on the lawn inside the Children's Garden and get ready for a night filled with fun. Bring your own tent. Light evening snacks and light breakfast included.

When: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m.
Cost: $37, $30 members

Family Geocaching

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Heller Naturalists teach the whole family how to use GPS units to follow and set geocache trails, then discuss ways to get started geocaching at home.

When: 3-5 p.m.
Cost: $25 adult/child pair; $3 each additional person

Try It! Water Sports Day

Monee Reservoir | Monee, Ill.


Dabble with different types of kayaks and canoes as you paddle around Monee’s inner bay. A certified canoe/kayak instructor will be on the water at all times. Safety will be covered beforehand.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

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