This weekend brings fests to Itasca and Lake in the Hills, while rodeo fans can enjoy an exciting display of riding in Wauconda. Here are five ideas for the weekend ahead. For others, go to dailyherald.com/calendar.
Lake in the Hills Rockin' Ribfest
Enjoy the combo of bands and barbecue at Lake in the Hills Rockin' Ribfest, at Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills. Vendors and kids games are also featured. Admission is $10 Friday and 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday; $7 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and all day Sunday; free for active military with ID and kids 12 and younger accompanied by an adult. (847) 742-3378 or lithribfest.com. 4:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 13; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 14; and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 15.
55th Annual Championship Rodeo
Watch bull riding and more at the 55th Annual IPRA Championship Rodeo at Case and Rand roads, Wauconda. Suburban Cowboys play Saturday, while Sunday is family day with pony rides, a bouncy house and panning for gold. $6-$15. www.waucondachamber.org. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 14, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15.
Bring the family for carnival rides, music, food vendors and more at Itasca Fest at Washington Park, 350 E. Irving Park Road, Itasca. The event includes a Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and a Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. itascalions.org. 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 13; noon to midnight Saturday, July 14; and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 15.
First Folio Theatre's 'Shrew'd!'
Catch First Folio Theatre's "Shrew'd!" -- a new musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew" -- outdoors at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., Oak Brook. The production features music and stars Sierra Schnack as the willful Kate and Christopher W. Jones as the suitor who promises to "tame" her. $29-$44. (630) 986-8067 or firstfolio.org. 8:15 p.m. Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15; runs through Aug. 19.
Display of Gradens at Cantigny Park
Check out the Display Gardens of Wheaton's Cantigny Park, which are reopening on Saturday at 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Then stick around that evening for a concert by the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra performing American classical music. Free admission to the garden; parking $5-$10. Concert admission is $35 and includes parking. (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. 10 a.m. ribbon cutting; concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14.