Labor Day gives us an extra day to enjoy the weekend -- all the better to unofficially usher out summer. Here are five great suburban ways to keep entertained, and you'll find more in our online calendar.
Civil War redux:
Find out what life was like in the 1860s when members of the 10th Illinois Regiment depict a union military camp during the Civil War Encampment at Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 S. York Road, Oak Brook. See black powder firing demonstrations and drills, plus learn about cooking, toys, crafts and more. Free. grauemill.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The German Fest and The People's Fireworks promise loads of beer, bratwurst, family activities and a pyrotechnic display at Steitz's Restaurant and Marina, 25400 W. Bluff Lane, Antioch. (847) 395-4050 or antiochchamber.org. Noon to midnight Saturday.
If you grew up in the 1970s, then brother-and-sister stars Donny and Marie Osmond probably factored into your pop-culture consumption. Catch these singing siblings at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $69-$99. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.
'Too Much Light':
For 26 years, the Neo-Futurists have been performing a rotation of 30 ultrashort plays in 60 minutes in "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind." Today's the last day to see it at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $20. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.
Experience concerts, storytelling, instrument lessons, yodeling workshops, craft demonstrations, a barn dance and more during the Fox Valley Folk Festival at Island Park, 2 E. State St., Geneva. $20 donation for adults; $15 for teens and seniors; free for kids 12 and younger. foxvalleyfolk.com. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday.