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Bloomingdale Septemberfest

Bloomingdale, Ill.


The annual end-of-the-summer gathering is held the first Saturday in September.  It kicks-off with a parade that leads into a full day and evening of events and entertainment in Old Town Park, including a car show, stage performances, and scholarship presentations.  The fest also hosts a variety of food and craft vendors, and a Lions Club beer tent.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Festival of the Vine

Geneva, Ill.

FREE   When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 5-6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7, 2014
Cost: Free; cost for food and wine

German-American Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Celebrate German Day and the von Steuben parade at the German-American Festival. Enjoy German food, beverages, dance and music. The parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday on Lincoln Ave. from Irving Park Rd. to Lawrence Ave.

When: 5-11 p.m. Sept. 5; noon-11 p.m. Sept. 6; noon-10 p.m. Sept. 7
Cost: Free. Extra costs for food and booths.

The Festival on Prairie Avenue

Chicago, Ill.

Annual Festival includes music, inflatables, sports games, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, magic shows, historic tours, and arts and crafts.

When: Noon-6 p.m.
Cost: $7 donation, free kids 12 months and under; food costs extra.

Von Steuben Parade

Chicago, Ill.


Featuring floats, ethnic costumes and marching bands. Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road and Lawrence Avenue.

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free

West End Art Festival

West End Art Festival | La Grange, Ill.

An end-of-summer celebration of art in many forms. The weekend features an eclectic blend of artists from throughout the U.S., art activities, children’s events, and musical entertainment. Prominent local chefs display their culinary talents with live cooking demonstrations of The Art of Food; local musical groups demonstrate performance art.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Check website

Passport Europe Festival

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe with culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and more. Hike the trails and explore the Arboretum's collections of trees and plants native to central and northern Europe, some of the oldest collections on the Arboretum grounds.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 6-7
Cost: Free with admission

Full Moon Tram Tour: Nature at Night

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night when no one is around. With the moon shining through the trees a tram ride reveals a captivating symphony of sounds, mysterious spaces, and wildlife on the move. The evening will include a discussion of night ecology and stories of moon lore.

When: 7-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 members

Youth Archery and White-tailed Deer: Create the Connection

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.

Learn about the habits and behaviors of white-tailed deer and how this relates to the sport of archery from Conservation District educators and instructors from T.A.Z. Archery in Woodstock. Participants will also receive basic archery and safety instruction from Certified USA Archery Instructors and get the chance to shoot at a variety of targets from a traditional bulls-eye to a deer replica. All equipment provided.

When: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $7, $5 resident

A River Thru History: The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous

Forest Preserves of Cook County | Willow Springs, Ill.

The Rendezvous recreates the history of the area during the fur trade era of voyageurs and local tribes before Chicago became acity. Meet DuSable, along with fur traders, craftsmen, pioneer musicians and entertainers, as they gather along the banks of the Des Plaines River. Includes craft demonstrations, a children’s trading post, live animals, storytelling, Native American and French games, a skillet toss, a fashion show, tomahawk throwing, archery and more. Enjoy frontier food like fry bread, kettle corn and root beer.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 6; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7
Cost: $25 family (2 adults, up to 4 kids); $10 adult; $5 senior and kids 6-17, free kids under 6

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