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Chicago Air and Water Show

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

One of Chicago's longest-running events, the show includes a wide variety of civilian acts with daredevil pilots performing their aerial stunts in the skies above Lake Michigan.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 16-17
Cost: Free

Farm & Barn Fest

Mokena, Ill.

FREE  

Features sheep-shearing demo, petting zoo, horse rides, farm antiques, horse-shoeing demo, raffle, stage entertainment, square dancing, kids games and activities, face painting and food vendors. Plus, woolcarding and corn-grinding demonstrations, baby contest, quilt show, flea market and country concert.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free; some activities cost extra

Festival of the Horse and Drum Pow Wow

St. Charles, Ill.

Includes Native American dancing and drumming; native and multicultural vendors; Nakota Horse Conservancy; tipi contest; Renaissance Faire; Bird of Prey exhibit; Medallion the stallion; kids' corral with pony rides; horse demos and more.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 16; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 17
Cost: Check website

India Independence Day Parade

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Parade route runs on Devon Avenue from Western to California Avenues. Celebration of Indian independence.

When: 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Active at the Arb

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

A day of outdoor activities, featuring an aerial yoga demonstration, group walks and runs, bike riding and hikes to learn about the edible plants that grow at the Arboretum. Participate in a stroller fitness demonstration and let the kids join the fun with a Tree Pose Yoga program in the Children’s Garden.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Learn about the summer festivals (matsura) celebrated in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to performances of Kokyo Taiko (Taiko drumming) and Chicago Koto Group (koto harp), enjoy traditional storytelling from Anne Shimojima, and watch a tea ceremony by the students of Dr. Nakashima. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate summer-create a paper fan, make a kite, and gyotaku fish prints at family-friendly, hands-on stations.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 16-17
Cost: Free; $20 parking

Civil War Days

Blackberry Farm | Aurora, Ill.

A full-scale reenactment on the historic grounds of Blackberry Farm, featuring simulated battles between Union and Confederate soldiers. Guest speakers and interpreters stage numerous demonstrations of 1800s-era war life, including a special “Meet the Lincolns” on Saturday that features a conversation with President and Mrs. Lincoln. Games and toys of Civil War days highlight each day.

When: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 16; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 17
Cost: Free with admission

Kids’ Concert: Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

Laura Doherty is celebrating the release of her third children's CD, “In a Heartbeat.” The band will rock  with their signature breezy folk-pop sound. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome.

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 parking

Amazing Amphibians

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Get to know a few of the museum's amphibians while learning about what makes an amphibian unique. Students observe live animals and participate in a hands-on activity.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: $3, free members

Trolleyfest

Fox River Trolley Museum | South Elgin, Ill.

Vintage trolleys and trains run in conjunction with South Elgin Riverfest Express.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $4, $3 seniors, $2 kids 3-11, free under 3; $8 all-day pass
 







 
 
 
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