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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

Secret Life of Bugs

The Grove | Glenview, Ill.

Discover what lives in the soil, under the leaves and in the fallen logs.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $15 pair; $12 resident pair

Artists and Authors at Fischer Farm

Fischer Farm | Bensenville, Ill.


Enjoy the fresh air, explore the farm buildings, touch the artifacts, and connect with history. Fine arts, memorabilia, and crafts for all ages will be on display and for sale. Plus fiction and non-fiction books for all ages and musical performances by the Elmhurst College Brass Quintet and the Elmhurst College Woodwind Ensemble along with a balloon artist and face painting for the kids. Picnic favorites will also be available for purchase.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 6; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 7
Cost: Free

Fall Fest and Carnival

St. Cletus Church | La Grange, Ill.


A family-focused event with carnival rides, games for kids, cash raffle, bingo, food vendors, and more. The event will also feature free performances by Maggie Speaks, American English, Chicago Tribute Anthology, Breakfast Club Band and local performers.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free; wristbands for rides

TheosoFest! Mind, Body and Spirit Festival

The Theosophical Society in America | Wheaton, Ill.


Family friendly event offers dozens of unique vendors featuring jewelry, clothing, natural and organic products, vegetarian food and a kids korner with storytellers, music, puppets, crafts and more. Experience hands-on demonstrations in Tai Chi and Qijong; talks on ayurveda, yoga, chakras, energy work, holistic healing, spirituality, dream interpretation; and participate in the Drumming Circle. Visit the Theosophical Society's Olcott Library, labyrinth and Buddha Meditation Garden.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 parking

Rock The Block

Elmhurst City Centre | Elmhurst , Ill.


Includes live music, food and drink vendors, and kids activities.

When: 4-10 p.m. Sept. 5; noon-10 p.m. Sept. 6
Cost: Free

Touch a Truck

Elk Grove Park District | Elk Grove Village, Ill.


Features fire trucks, dump trucks, police cars and other cool trucks. Bring a camera for photo ops.

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

Art in the Park

Lisle Park District | Lisle, Ill.


Art-themed activities for children and adults include art booths, sidewalk chalk art competition and a Community Art Project Auction of Toddler Adirondack Chairs of Lisle. Food and drinks available for purchase.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Free


City of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Features West African Drumming by Diamana Diya; Oshun Danse- A West African dance performance orchestrated by Jen Halman Cynthia Cobb and Seven S'Aba (Parrish Collier) the stars of Gershwin & Friends; The Lost Brigade, a band which combines honest roots music mixed with fresh, fun creative rock. WaterDance is a benefit for the Guinea Water Project, a volunteer fundraising campaign to bring safe drinking water to Guinea, Africa. For more information, visit

When: 9 p.m.-midnight
Cost: $20

Kidical Mass

Audubon School | Chicago, Ill.


A free bike ride for kids and their families. The Roscoe Village ride is held the first Sunday of every month. Rain or shine. For more information, visit Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7.

When: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free

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