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Annual Ginza Holiday

Annual Ginza Holiday Festival | Chicago, Ill.

Experience a taste of Japan at this cultural festival, which features Japanese cultural exhibits and demonstrations, classical dances, drumming, ukelele, martial arts and fencing. Skilled master craftsmen (Waza) demonstrate crafts which will be offered for sale. Traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered and other Japanese merchandise. On Saturday at 8 p.m., Yoko Noge and Japanesque perform.


When: 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 9, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 10
Cost: $7, $6 seniors and students, free kids under 12

Bud Billiken Parade, Picnic & Festival

Bud Billiken Day Parade and Picnic | Chicago, Ill.


Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. and features floats, bands, drill teams, dance teams and celebrities. At the end of the parade route, there is a picnic with entertainment, food and music.

When: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free

Chicago Botanic Garden's Kite Festival

Glencoe, Ill.


Members of the award-winning Chicago Fire Kite Team perform sport kite ballet and precision flying demonstrations, and experts will offer kite-flying tips. Guests can purchase kites or can bring their own. Kids are encouraged to join in the fun by making their own kite during the kite-making workshops.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free. Parking $20.

Retro on Roscoe

Chicago, Ill.

Festival features local restaurants, artisans, vendors, chili cookoff and a family area with crafts, balloon artists, face painting, music, rides and more.

When: Noon-10 p.m. Aug. 9-10
Cost: $10

Veggie Fest

Naperville, Ill.


Fest features health booths, vegetarian food demos, talks by health professionals, drawings, live music, food to purchase, and kids' activities.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Drive-In Nights

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Enjoy a nostalgic family movie night under the trees during our first-ever drive-in movie series, complete with theater-style concessions available for purchase. On Friday, see “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial." On Saturday, audiences will be treated to the Gene Kelly classic “Singin’ in the Rain.”


When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $40 carload; $30 member carload

Family Camping

Garfield Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.

Take a nature hike, go fishing, learn basic camping principles and enjoy a campfire. Learn basic camping skills from our experts; camping and fishing equipment will be provided. Bring your own sleeping bag and brown bag lunches. Hotdogs and marshmallows will be provided.

When: 2 p.m.-10 a.m.
Cost: $50 family (up to six members)

Rotary Days

Wagner Farm & Heritage Center | Glenview, Ill.

Stop by and enjoy an ice cream social, face painting and hay rides.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $5 donation

S'more Celebration

Irons Oaks | Olympia Fields, Ill.

Bring the family out to Irons Oaks for an evening celebrating a favorite campfire treat, the s’more. Participate in stories, songs and skits while digging into that melting marshmallow and chocolate deliciousness.

When: 7:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $5, $3 resident; free kids under 2

Animal Super Heroes

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Take a closer look at some of the fantastic adaptations of these amazing creatures.

When: 1:30-3 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

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