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Alley Art Festival

Aurora, Ill.


Local artists converge on Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora and engage passerby with their art, craft, talent and more. Over 60 artists display their wares, food is available for purchase, free yoga and hula hoop demonstrations, lots of family-friendly activities and live music.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Irish Days

Downtown Long Grove, Ill.


Features live entertainment, competitions for Best in Show Irish Dogs and Best Lookin’ Men’s Legs in a Kilt, Irish food, Sunday morning mass and arts and crafts, face painting, tattoos and a village-wide Leprechaun Hunt for the wee ones.

When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Naperville Last Fling

Naperville , Ill.

Enjoy entertainment (free and ticketed), carnival, unique contests and a Family Fun Land with pony rides, petting zoo, Bounce Town, family stage, crafts, food and beverages, Radio Disney, and a family-focused business expo. Proceeds are given to nonprofit organizations throughout DuPage County.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Varies

Frankfort Fall Festival

Frankfort, Ill.


Featuring artisans, live entertainment, carnival and a parade on Sunday at 1 p.m. Check website for detailed schedule.

When: Visit website for schedule of events.
Cost: Free

Remix Chicago


Art fair features juried art made from recycled and found materials and music, food and workshops/educational events for all ages.

When: Noon-10 p.m. Aug. 30-31
Cost: $5 gate donation

Country Fair

Kline Creek Farm | West Chicago, Ill.


Experience a re-created 1890s country fair for the whole family at this living-history farm. Take in entertainment like a flea circus and an acrobatic performance. Join in games, hop on a horse-drawn hayride and more.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 30-31
Cost: Free

Family Scavenger Hunt

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.


Explore the prairies, woodlands, and wetlands of Glacial Park, searching for the items on your scavenger hunt sheet. Bring your completed sheet back to claim a prize.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Kids Identification and Safety Seat Event

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.


DuPage Children's Museum, the Illinois Tollway and State Police District 15 help to keep kids safe by providing free safety seat inspections and child identification cards. Certified passenger safety technicians provide safety seat inspections and installations, and specially trained professionals take photographs and fingerprints of children 3 and older and gather information to include on an I.D. card.

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

Cooking with Whole Foods Market of Schaumburg

Elk Grove Historical Museum | Elk Grove Village, Ill.


Discover how to prepare simple dishes using local and seasonal produce. Food samples and tips for packing a sustainable lunch are included.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free; reservation required

Kids Count!

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.


At this back-to-school family event, kids can open a student checking or savings account for $5 and get a $15 deposit match from the Monroe Foundation. The first 100 savings accounts opened receive a one-year DuSable Museum membership (limit one per family). Plus, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable will talk on being an entrepreneur and the importance of saving and finance and Elijah McCoy will be on hand to speak on being an inventor and the importance of saving. Bring a copy of each child's social security card.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

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