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Central American Parade

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

The Central American Parade celebrates Central America's independence, Central America includes Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

When: Noon
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

Four Star Bike & Chow

Chicago, Ill.

Get to know the parks, architecture and other landmarks during Chicago's longest-running annual ride and sample a Chicago treats like pierogies, egg rolls and tacos at the rest stops along the way. Four routes from 12-62 miles fit all types of riders. Registration includes an event T-shirt, rest stop access, food samples and entry into the post-ride festival with entertainment and purchase options for a full lunch and beer.

When: 7-9:30 a.m. start waves
Cost: $37, $32 members, $15 kids 17 and under.

German-American Fest

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

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.

Cornfest Family Fun Day

Oak Brook, Ill.

FREE  

Celebrate the beginning of fall with an old-fashioned family picnic featuring burgers and hot dogs, roasted corn on the cob, homemade pies and taffy apples. Entertainment includes games, races and a fishing tournament for kids. Kids can use hammers, nails and paint to create a craft project in the giant woodpile.

When: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; food and activities cost extra

Lake County Mariposa Festival

Lake County Monarch Festival | Waukegan, Ill.

FREE  

This  open-air festival presents a celebration of nature, art, and culture. More than 50 booths showcase handcrafted art and host games and activities for kids. A stage presents a variety of music and dancing and local restaurant vendors offer diverse food options.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Scandinavian Day Festival

South Elgin, Ill.

Festival celebrating the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Morning church service and entertainment throughout the day by ABBA Salute, Scandinavian dancers and singers. Cultural displays and Scandinavian food and vendors.

When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $10, free kids under 12 free; free parking

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

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

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sunday

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

FREE  

Enjoy hands-on activities related to Japanese gardens and culture, and make a take-home project. Different projects and activities are featured each week, including raking miniature dry gardens, trying chopsticks and practicing calligraphy. Sept. 7 and 21.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
 







 
 
 
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