Labor Day Events for Chicago Families

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

What are your plans for Labor Day weekend? Fill your days in the last fling of the summer with the best festivals and events to attend in Chicagoland.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Labor Day events that you can enjoy with your family on Sept. 5. Find even more kid-friendly events near you in our calendar.

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Through Sept. 5, 2022

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.

Jurassic Oceans: Monsters of the Deep

Through Sept. 5, 2022

  • Address: Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
  • Cost: Chicago residents: $18/basic adult admission, $26/discovery adult pass, $32/all-access adult pass; Illinois residents: $24/basic adult admission, $32/discovery adult pass, $38/all-access adult pass; Out of state visitors: $26/basic adult admission, $34/discovery adult pass, $40/all-access adult pass; Ticket discounts are available for child, student, and senior visitors at checkout (ID required)

The show features more than 100 fossils and models of underwater giants that lived over 200 million years ago and bill be presented in both English and Spanish. Great for all ages.

Shanghai: Safe Haven During the Holocaust

Through Sept. 5, 2022

The exhibition highlights Rothstein’s photographs and features artifacts from local Holocaust survivors. 

The Art of Brick

Now-Sept. 5, 2022

The largest display of Lego art. It will feature more than one million LEGO bricks transformed into more than 100 sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya at The Art of the Brick. 

Naperville Last Fling

Sept. 2-5, 2022

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

Taste of Polonia

Sept. 2-5, 2022

Enjoy a true cultural experience that includes non-stop live music, dance performances, authentic Polish food and beer, exhibitions, local merchants, a casino, beer garden, a kid’s stage and more.

Frankfort Fall Festival

Sept. 3-5, 2022

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

Irish Days

Sept. 3-5, 2022

This family-friendly celebration features folk bands, Irish dancers, Men’s Kilt Contest, Irish Dog Competition and more.

Schaumburg Septemberfest

Sept. 3-5, 2022

This outdoor festival will feature entertainment on three stages, arts and crafts show, a carnival, pony rides, fireworks and a Labor Day parade.

Art Fair on the Square

Sept. 4-5, 2022

This annual will feature 115 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. 4-5, 2022

  • Address:  Island Park, 2 IL-25, Geneva
  • Cost: $25/adult, $15/teens and elders, free/ages 12 and under

This fest offers six stage areas fun both days with 25 acts, barn dance, ghost stories and a children’s area.

Bitter Jester Music Festival

Sept. 5, 2022

Join Navy Pier for the 16th Annual Bitter Jester Music Festival, which rounds up the “Best of” bands for a six-hour long concert.

Labor Day Special

Sept. 5, 2022

Families can enjoy a free ice cream with a paid round of golf at Tinley Junction Mini Golf.

Labor Day WOOGMS Parade

Sept. 5, 2022

  • Address: Corner of Pine Grove and Wellington Avenues, Chicago
  • Cost: Free

The one-of-a-kind DIY neighborhood Labor Day parade returns in person as the Wellington Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society marchers celebrate with the 60th annual Labor Day Parade where everybody marches and nobody watches.

Radio Gaga in Tank Park

Sept. 5, 2022

This outdoor concert is a unique show that features many Lady Gaga hits, choreographed dancers, concert changes, video displays and more. It features lawn seating and guests are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket.

Water for Life 5k

Sept. 5, 2022

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

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