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Central American Parade

Chicago, Ill.


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

Cornfest Family Fun Day

Oak Brook, Ill.


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.


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

Illinois Mycological Association Mushroom Show & Sale

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

The show celebrates the richness of fall mushrooms in Illinois with a varied display of mushrooms foraged from area forests. Association members will be available to answer questions. The event also includes an education area for children and mushroom-related items for sale.

When: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, $20 parking

Family Team Building

Irons Oaks | Olympia Fields, Ill.

Family Team Building Day sets your family up with unique challenges, obstacles and activities outside in our beautiful, shaded woods that are teaming with wildlife.

When: 1-6 p.m.
Cost: $5 per household

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

Grandparents’ Day Bingo!

Wilmette Historical Museum | Wilmette, Ill.

Celebrate Grandparents’ Day with various family-friendly activities at the Wilmette Historical Museum.

When: Check website for time.
Cost: Check website

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

Rally Day Fun Fair

St Matthew United Church of Christ | Wheaton, Ill.


Includes a moon jump, dunk tank, balloons, games, prizes, face painting, hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn and live music.

When: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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

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