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Lisle, Ill.

This fundraiser for the West Suburban Humane Society features a Dog Walkathon, Pet Expo, blessing of animals at 10 a.m. It also includes an agility demonstration and more than 25 vendors. Kids' activities include clowns, face painting, balloon sculptures and a Kids and Kindness Zone. Food for humans and dogs available.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $20 registration, free kids 12 and under

Edgewater Arts Festival

Chicago, Ill.

Now in its fourth year, the fair features more than 100 exhibiting artists, 3 stages of eclectic live music, and food from local restaurants. Kid-friendly activities include the Children’s Activity Corner with entertainment for children ages 1-12: face painting, finger painting, sidewalk chalk drawing, interactive puppet shows, mask-making workshops, magic, and live storytelling. The Children’s Music Talent Showcase will feature performances by local elementary school age children. Plus, a Pet Parade & Costume Contest.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 suggested donation

Farm Heritage Festival

Wauconda, Ill.

Features hundreds of tractors, cars, engines and other farm machinery. Daily highlights include a tractor parade, sheep herding demonstrations, live music, scarecrow making, wagon and barrel train rides, and a petting zoo.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24-25, 2016
Cost: $10, $5 kids 4-17 and seniors 55+, free kids 3 and under. Includes museum admission, rides and parking

Highwood Starving Artists Festival

Highwood, Ill.


Art festival also features live music, food and kids' art activities.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24-25
Cost: Free

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Chicago, Ill.


Festival featues the finest in local jazz and national and international jazz artists; diverse performance venues; outdoor dance floor; food/beverage vendors and picnic areas; artisan vendors; and activities for kids.

When: 1 p.m-midnight Sept. 24; 1-8 p.m. Sept. 25
Cost: Free; $5 donation requested

Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus

Chicago, Ill.

Annual neighborhood event features food, music and entertainment on three stages, arts & crafts, and KinderFest with face paintings, storytelling, inflatables, dance parties and art activities on Saturday and Sunday.

When: 5-10 p.m. Sept. 23; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 24; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 25
Cost: $5

Huntley Fall Fest

Huntley, Ill.

Soar above town in tethered hot air balloon rides, enjoy carnival rides, car show, beer garden, food vendors, hay rides, craft show, business expo, ice cream eating contest, puppet show, live music, magic show, kids' stage, petting zoo, pony rides, straw maze, pumpkin bowling, scarecrow building, fireworks and more.

When: 5-11 p.m. Sept. 23; 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Sept. 24; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 25
Cost: Check website for cost

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. 24-25
Cost: Free with admission

Makin' Music Bluegrass Jam

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Make a simple instrument out of natural materials, then join us for an old-fashioned bluegrass jam. Bring basses, fiddles, mandolins, guitars, and banjos too.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Fall Fun Fest

Children's Museum in Oak Lawn | Oak Lawn, Ill.


This family-friendly fest features plenty of games, activities and other fun things. This year's theme is literacy.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free
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