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Chicago SummerDance

Chicago, Ill.


Free one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors and two hours of live music and dancing are presented as a part of the largest annual outdoor dancing series in the U.S. Highlights include Chicha Libre (Psychedelic Cumbia), House DJ nights with DJ Alan King and DJ Terry Hunter and many more sessions.

When: 6-7 p.m. dance lessons, 7:30-9:30 p.m. live music and dancing Friday-Saturday; 4-5 p.m. dance lessons, 5-7 p.m. live music and dancingSunday. June 27-Sept. 14, 2014.
Cost: Free

Family Fun Festival

Chicago, Ill.


A summer long fun festival featuring interactive activities, arts and crafts and games for kids. Highlights include daily appearances by Wiggleworms instructors at 10 a.m., daily reading circle at 11 a.m. and Movement Music Mondays at 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Kenosha, Wis.

More than 1,200 performers, artisans and merchants will take visitors on a trip through Elizabethan England with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music, and special entertainment. Kids Kingdom is an enclosed play area filled with oversized sand boxes, a climb-aboard pirate ship, interactive games, crafts and other child-friendly diversions.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends
Cost: $19.95, $9.50 kids, free kids 4 and under. Visit the website for discounted tickets

Albany Park World Fest

Chicago, Ill.

The northwest side neighborhood celebrates its melting pot diversity with food, music, arts & crafts and activities for kids and families.

When: Noon-10 p.m. Aug. 16-17
Cost: $5 donation

Edison Park Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Includes music, food, craft fair, dog show, bags tournament and basketball clinic. Kids' Play Area features a rock climbing wall and waterslide, and Children's Stage has kid-friendly performances, craft booths and a playground.

When: Visit website for schedule
Cost: Free

Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest | Chicago, Ill.


Includes a street art fair, indoor art displays, and live entertainment on three outdoor stages featuring 48 acts. KidFest Area features free hands-on arts activities. On both days, the South Stage offers family friendly circus, theater, dance and music acts (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

When: 6-10 p.m. Aug. 15; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 16-17
Cost: Free

Illinois State Fair

Springfield, Ill.

This event features entertainment, carnival, parade, kids' tent, petting zoo and animal shows.

When: Aug. 7-17. Grounds open 7 a.m.-midnight, buildings open 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $7, $3 kids 5-12 and seniors, free kids under 5

Indiana State Fair

Indianapolis, Ind.

Enjoy the farm animals, agricultural exhibits, competitive exhibitions and entertainment. Visit website for schedule of events. Aug. 1-17, 2014.

When: Gates open at 8 a.m. daily
Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the gate; $5 parking

South Elgin Riverfest

South Elgin, Ill.


Featuring food, carnival, kids' activities, arts and crafts show, live music and entertainment.

When: 5-10 p.m. Aug. 14; 5 p.m.-midnight Aug. 15; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 16; noon-10 p.m. Aug. 17
Cost: Free

Taylor Street Festa Italiana


Features uthentic Italian activities, delectable Italian cuisine, cooking demos and live entertainment. Plus, a meatball-eating contest and grape-stomping.

When: 5-11 p.m. Aug. 14-15; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 16; noon-10 p.m. Aug. 17
Cost: $5, free kids 12 and under

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