David Cassidy should know his way to Des Plaines -- after all, he played Rosemont just last year with the late Davy Jones.
Cassidy, who can still coax a swoon or two from the female fans in his audiences, will be the headliner Saturday night at the Summer Fling festival in downtown Des Plaines.
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Summer Fling is a weekend-long shindig for both the community and its neighbors Friday through Sunday. Back for the second year will be a nonstop music lineup, arts and craft vendors, kids' activities (including pony rides and a petting zoo), food vendors and carnival rides.
Carnival rides alone kick off the weekend early on Thursday, July 12. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in downtown Des Plaines, between River Road and Lee Street.
The festival, only in its second year as a replacement for the old Taste of Des Plaines, is already getting a reputation for music. Last year's headliner was 10,000 Maniacs. This year it's Cassidy, but a lot of people will also come to hear the classic band Ides of March, the Friday night headliners and Infinity, the Journey tribute band, on Sunday.
Admission is $3, carnival rides additional. For more visit www.chicagoevents.com or call (773) 868-3010.
Rivers Casino Main Stage
FRIDAY, JULY 13
6:30 p.m. Second Time Around (rock classics)
9:20 p.m. The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik
SATURDAY, JULY 14
Noon. Serendipity (female pop/dance band)
1 p.m. School of Rock (kids' rock)
2:30 p.m. Rumor Hazit (pop/rock)
4:30 p.m. Legendary Rockstars (pop/rock classics)
6-9 p.m. Generation (classic '60s pop/rock)
9:30 p.m. David Cassidy
SUNDAY, JULY 15
Noon. iPop (pop/dance)
1:30 p.m. X-Side (rock)
3 p.m. Diving for Dynamite (party rock)
5 p.m. Libido Funk Circus
7:45 p.m. Infinity (Journey tribute).