It's that time again when food, music, games and a lot of family fun make their way to town. It's Gilberts Community Days weekend.
Debra Meadows, village clerk, said the board really stepped up this year to feature more events, more food and more activities. And the best part is, it's free.
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If you goWhat: Gilberts' fourth annual Community Days festival
When: 5-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 31-June 1; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 2; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3
Where: Town Center Park, Route 72 and Center Drive
Cost: Free for fairgrounds; $20 for unlimited carnival rides
Details: (847) 428-2861; villageofgilberts.com
The fourth annual festival aims to have a variety of options in every aspect of the weekend. The community will be able to experience a variety of music styles, taste food of different cultures and enjoy entertainment for every age.
Meadows said not many family-friendly events these days are free and encouraged the community to celebrate the town.
"I hope everyone comes out because I really do think it will be a lot of fun," she said.
Last year, musical acts were only performed on Friday and Saturday. But this year, the festival will host two big-name acts and many other local groups.
American English, a Beatles tribute band, and Deep Six, a modern, alternative and classic rock band, will play from 8-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, respectfully.
Music groups will be on the stage all weekend to give the town nonstop entertainment. Meadows said the board invited many different types of groups to play starting on Thursday, May 31. The acts will range from country to folk to rock 'n' roll. The board hopes the attendance of the festival will greatly increase with more entertainment, Meadows said.
Food vendors will offer fare from Italian to Mexican to Chinese, and of course, American cuisine. Restaurants will offer everything from crepes to burgers to cupcakes. A beer and spirits tent will be open all weekend for adults, while lemonade and ice cream vendors will be available for kids.
"Saturday is really geared toward the families," Meadows said. The fair will have a magician walking around the grounds, face painting tables and a petting zoo area. To finish the day, St. Peter's Church will host a pig roast.
Windy City Amusements will provide carnival rides and games with prizes. Wrist bands for all-day passes will be on sale for $20 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 2.
Gilberts will celebrate the town Thursday to Sunday, May 31-June 3, at Town Center Park and the admission is free.