Labor Day Events for Chicago Families

Looking for something fun to do with your kids for the holiday weekend? Check out our suggestions below.

What are your plans for Labor Day weekend? To help you fill your days in the last fling of the summer with the best festivals and events, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Labor Day events that you can enjoy with your family in Chicagoland.

Find even more kid-friendly events near you in our calendar.

Naperville Last Fling

Sept. 1-4, 2023

The festival includes an entertainment stage, food vendors, business expo vendors, family activities, Labor Day parade and a carnival.

Taste of Polonia

Sept. 1-4, 2023

Enjoy a true cultural experience that includes nonstop live music on three stages, authentic Polish food, arts and crafts, games, movie screenings, casino, face painting, balloons and more.

Frankfort Fall Festival

Sept. 2-4, 2023

This fest features more than 300 artisans, live entertainment, a carnival, food, beverages and a parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Schaumburg Septemberfest

Sept. 2-4, 2023

This outdoor festival features entertainment, arts and crafts show, a carnival, pony rides, fireworks and a Labor Day parade.

Art Fair on the Square

Sept. 3-4, 2023

This annual event features 120 exhibitors’ work in a variety of disciplines including glass, wood, fiber, ceramics, digital art, jewelry, metal, drawing/pastels, graphics/printmaking, painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival

Sept. 3-4, 2023

This fest offers five stage areas of fun both days with more than 30 acts, workshops, dancing, ghost stories and food vendors.

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Through Sept. 4, 2023

Travel back in time to the year 1574 and enjoy 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, music, food, drinks and more. Nearly 200 artisans display their work here and the Kids Kingdom offers more than an acre of kid-friendly fun.

Edgewater’s Monday Market

Sept. 4, 2023

Visit Edgewater’s Monday Market on Labor Day to purchase fresh from the farm produce, unique artisanal goods and more. It will showcase more than 20 local vendors and feature kids activities and live music.

Pompeii: The Exhibition

Through Sept. 4, 2023

See the immersive, educational exhibit, “Pompeii: The Exhibition.” You’ll be transported back in time to learn about Pompeii and see more than 150 historical artifacts.

Water for Life 5K

Sept. 4, 2023

This annual 5K fun run race, “Water is Life,” helps raise money for building wells in South Africa. Registration required.

The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Łódz Ghetto

Through Sept. 24, 2023

  • Address: Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
  • Cost: $18/adult, $12/ages 65-plus, $8/students up to age 22 w/ID, $6/ages 5-11, free/under 5

This exhibit explores a 14-year-old named Rywka Lipszyc’s diary that was discovered in the ashes of a destroyed crematorium at Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

The Malibu Barbie Café

Through Oct. 15, 2023

Experience the groovy beachside of 1970s Malibu, California, at this unique dining experience in Chicagoland. Take photos in the life-sized Barbie box, enjoy tasty food and shop exclusive Barbie merchandise at this pop-up. Tickets include a 90-minute reservation slot, an entree and a side item.

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