Fun carnival rides, petting zoos, live music, art fairs, dancing, craft and art shows, kid’s activities, parades…and so much more!



  • Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest – 7/2-3. Entertainment and family fun. Community Park.
  • Carnival Jamboree – 7/3-5. Fun carnival rides and great food. Arlington Heights.
  • Mt. Prospect Lions Club Annual Festival – 7/1-4. Fireworks, carnival, live music and car show. Melas Park, Mt. Prospect.
  • Independence Day Extravaganza – 7/3. Live entertainment, kids’ zone and fireworks. Centennial Park, Lemont.
  • LibertyFest – 7/4. Entertainment and fireworks. Redmond Park, Bensenville.
  • Lake Forest Festival – 7/4. Community event with fireworks. Deerpath Community Park, Lake Forest.
  • Windy City Ribfest – 7/2-4. Live music, arts and crafts, kids’ area and ribs from local and national vendors. Uptown, Chicago.
  • Taste of Chicago – 7/7-11. Live music, dance performances, cooking demonstrations and family activities. Grant Park, Chicago.
  • McHenry Fiesta Days – 7/8-17. Live music, art fair, parade. McHenry.
  • Palos Hills Friendship Festival – 7/8-11. Petting zoo, carnival rides, games, live music, car show. Palos Hills.
  • Rockin’ Ribfest – 7/8-11. BBQ cook-off, live music and carnival. Sunset Park, Lake in the Hills.
  • Bristol Renaissance Faire – 7/10-9/6. Weekend medieval fair with jousting, sword swallowing, dancing, crafts and music. Kenosha, WI.
  • Taste of Westmont – 7/11-14. Food, live music and craft show. Downtown Westmont.
  • Libertyville Days Festival – 8/12-15. Carnival rides, arts and crafts, music and parade. Downtown Libertyville.
  • Kane County Fair – 7/14-18. 4H Fair, livestock judging, live bands, bull riders and carnival rides. Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles.
  • North Shore Tagie Fest & Highwood Days – 7/15-18. Carnival rides, music and tacos from area vendors. Downtown Highwood.
  • Antioch’s Taste of Summer & Sidewalk Days– 7/15-18. Headline bands, Carnival, Food Vendors, Sidewalk Sales.
  • Chinatown Summer Fair – 7/17-18. Far East culture, artisans, great cuisine, activities for families. Chicago.
  • Belmont – Sheffield Festival– 7/17-18. Live music and kids’ activities. Chicago.

RidgeFestThurs. – Sun. July 23-25. Music, carnival, food, beer garden & more. Chicago Ridge.

Pierogi Fest – Friday – Sunday. 7/23 -25. Dozens of food vendors, children’s activities, live music, arts & crafts and wacky activities. Whiting, Indiana.

  • Streamwood Summer Celebration – 7/23-25. Parade, mini golf, carnival rides and entertainment. Streamwood.
  • Algonquin Founders’ Days – 7/23-25. Carnival rides, live music, parade and fireworks. Spella Park, Algonquin.
  • El Gran Festival Columbiano – 7/24-25. Columbian marketplace, artists, musicians and cuisine. Humboldt Park, Chicago.
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue – 7/24-25. 100+ vendors, art, music, kids’ activities and pony rides. Lincoln Park.
  • Glenview Summer Art Fair – 7/24-25. More than 100 artists exhibiting, children’s activities, food and music. Glenview.
  • Geneva Arts Fair – 7/24-25. Fine artisans from around the country are showcased at this festival. Geneva.
  • EAA AirVenture –7/26-8/1. Unique aviation celebration with air shows, live music and activities. Oshkosh, WI.
  • Kendall County Fair – 7-29- 8/1. Carnival rides, truck and tractor pull, live music, demolition derby and petting zoo. Yorkville.
  • Taste of Roselle – 7/30-8/1. Food, entertainment, bingo, carnival rides and craft show. Main St., Roselle.
  • Taste of Orland Park – 7/30-8/2. Food from local eateries, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Orland Park.
  • International Dragon Boat Festival – 7/31. Boat races, food trucks, music, health and wellness expo. Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village.


  • McHenry County Fair – 8/3-8. Carnival, variety of grandstand entertainment, music, farm exhibits. Woodstock.
  • Taste of Elmwood Park – 8/5-8. Local restaurant food, live entertainment. Central Park, Elmwood Park.
  • Summer Chi.ill Music Festival – 8/5-8. Tropical rock music. Benefits Cornerstone Services. Chicago Marriott, Schaumburg.
  • La Grange Endless Summer Fest – 8/6-8. Carnival rides, live music, and fireworks. Gordon Park, La Grange.
  • The Fest for Beatle Fans – 8/6-8. Celebration with music, art, lectures, contests. Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont.

“17th Annual Celebration” The World of Faeries Festival Aug. 7 (10AM-7PM), Aug. 8 (10AM-6PM). This is a fairy/fantasy festival and we encourage you to come in costume. Showcases music and a vendor village along with family entertainment. Vasa Park, 35W217 Rt. 31, South Elgin. 815-788-1630 Discount Shopping Cart Online at:

  • Illinois State Fair – 8/12-22. Live entertainment, livestock, 4H exhibits, carnival rides and tractor-pulls. Springfield.
  • Waukesha Rotary BluesFest – 8/13-14. Live music each day, food and art show. Naga-Waukee Park, Delafield, WI.
  • Venetian Festival – 8/18-22. Water ski show, lighted boat parade, carnival rides and fireworks. Lake Geneva, WI.
  • Milwaukee Irish Fest – 8/20-22. 100+ acts celebrating Celtic culture, contests, crafts, demonstrations and food. Milwaukee.
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest – 8/20-22. Art fair, live entertainment, kids’ activities and live demonstrations. Rogers Park, Chicago.
  • Sangria Festival – 8/21-22. Hand-crafted Sangria, Spanish food, arts, flamenco dancing and bands. Humboldt Park, Chicago.
  • Will County Fair – 8/25-29. Demolition derby, rodeo, chili cook-off, carnival rides, and entertainment. Peotone.

Windmill City Festival – August 27-29. 18 Live Bands on TWO Stages! Family Fun & Traditions Galore: Craft & Vintage Market, Golf Challenge, Firehose Challenge, Pet Competition, Children’s Activities, Games, Food & More! Batavia Riverwalk.

  • DeKalb Corn Fest – 8/27-29. Carnival rides, corn boil, kids’ activities, and live music. Downtown DeKalb.
  • Taste of Greektown – 8/27-29. Music, dance performances, gyro eating contest, and kids’ activities. West Loop, Chicago.
  • Street Fest – 8/27-29. Live music, local food vendors, kids’ activities. Downtown Palatine.

Alley Art Festival August 28. Enjoy local art from over 40 artists! Family-friendly activities and live music all afternoon. Outdoors on Water Street Mall and the Fox River Walk. Art, music, and spectacle for all ages. Downtown Aurora.

  • Naperville Ale Fest – 8/28. Unique craft beers, live music and food. Naper Settlement, Naperville.
  • Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts – 8/28-29. Juried fine arts show and live music. Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn.

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PrairieFestSeptember 3 – 6. Children’s activities, concerts, carnival rides, pony rides, business expo, and food vendors. Free admission & free parking. As seen on Food Network! Oswego. 630.554.1010.

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