September 1-5: Buffalo Grove Days, Lake Cook Road and Raupp Boulevard, Buffalo Grove: Thursday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 5. Hours to be determined. Includes carnival, bingo, parade, barbecue challenge, kid's craft tent, arts and crafts fair, business fair, food tent, 5K run, entertainment and fireworks. Disability program for residents only at 10 a.m. Sept. 5. No admission fee. Free shuttle bus from several parking lots. No parking on site. Information (847) 459-2500.
September 2-4: Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival, Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills: 3 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Carnival, musical entertainment, food, beer garden, baggo tournament, skateboard competition, horseshoe tournament, 5K race, car show, fireworks and more. Free. (847) 658-4213 or summersunsetfest.com.
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September 2-5: Naperville's Last Fling, Downtown Naperville, Naperville: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5. Carnival, entertainment, beer gardens. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 in downtown Naperville. Fling Mile held before parade at 9:30 a.m. starting at Highland Street near Naperville Central High School and ending at Spring Street near Washington Jr. High School. Free shuttle, free admission. Tickets sold for concerts. (630) 961-4143 or lastfling.org.
September 3-4: Civil War Encampment, Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 S. York Road, Oak Brook: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4. 10th Illinois Regiment. Free. (630) 920-9720 or grauemill.org.
September 3-4: Invitational Fine Art Exhibition, Oakbrook Center, Route 83 and 22nd Street, Oak Brook: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. More than 150 artists display their works. Free. (630) 573-0700 or oakbrookcenter.com.
September 3-5: Schaumburg Septemberfest, 101 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg: Schaumburg's 41st annual Septemberfest, "Salute to Our Champions," will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5.The event features an arts and crafts show, carnival, food and all-day entertainment.septemberfest.org.
September 4: Downtown Block Party, Wilson Street and Route 31, downtown Batavia: 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Bands and Best of Batavia, featuring $2 samples at participating downtown restaurants from 5 to 9 p.m. North River Street will be blocked off. downtownbatavia.com.
September 4-5: Fox Valley Folk and Storytelling Festival, Island Park, Routes 25 and 38, Geneva: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, and Monday, Sept. 5. Enjoy traditional and modern music, storytelling, yodeling workshops, food and more. Bring your instruments for informal jamming. Includes old-time barn dance, ghost stories and folk singing lessons. foxvalleyfolk.com.