A free concert by suburban talents, a beer fest and a sampling of Shakespeare are options for the weekend ahead. Here are five ideas in the suburbs. For others, go to dailyherald.com/calendar.
Talent at Taste
The Top 10 finalists from Suburban Chicago's Got Talent will perform Saturday at the Taste of Arlington Heights and then the winner will be announced. Festivities start Friday with the Mane Event at the intersection of Vail Avenue and Campbell Street in Arlington Heights. The Taste of Arlington Heights follows Saturday. Free. (847) 253-1703 or arlingtonhcc.com or dailyherald.com/entertainment/talent. Mane Event runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, and Taste of Arlington Heights runs from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Top 10 perform at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Shakespeare on the go
Janus Theatre presents a William Shakespeare-inspired lineup for its eighth annual Walkabout: Theater on Your Feet mini-festival weekend. Tour guides will lead audiences to various downtown Elgin locations -- among them Al's Cafe and Blue Box Cafe -- where they will see scenes from "The Taming of the Shrew," "The Merchant of Venice" and "Two Gentlemen of Verona." Tours start at the Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St., Elgin. $16. See janusplays.com. Tours begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7.
Lake Villa Days returns with music, food, rides, games and water fights at Lehmann Park, 89 Cedar Ave., Lake Villa. Firefighter water fights are at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Businessmen and businesswomen water fights are at noon Sunday. Free. (847) 356-2525 or lake-villa.org/. 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 5; 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 6; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.
More than 80 beers from local and national breweries will be on tap at the sixth annual Wheaton Brew Fest at Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton. $45 general admission (includes commemorative glass and 32-taste pass); $75 VIP early admission at noon; $20 designated drivers; $35 VIP designated drivers (admission at noon). 21 and older only. (630) 510-4989 or wheatonbrewfest.com. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.
Country singer Alan Jackson shares the bill with Lauren Alaina for an outdoor concert Saturday at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. $55. (630) 896-6666 or riveredgeaurora.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.