5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs

  • Racing returns to Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights this weekend.

    Racing returns to Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights this weekend. Daily Herald file photo by Joe Lewnard

Daily Herald staff report
Updated 5/4/2018 2:43 PM

Horse racing returns to Arlington International, Elgin hosts a global fest and Sears Centre welcomes the circus -- offering plenty of picks for the whole family. Here are five things to do this weekend in the suburbs. For others, go to dailyherald.com/calendar.

Horse racing returns to Arlington Park


Head to Arlington Heights for one of the first sure signs of summer -- the return of racing at Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. Check out Opening Day Friday and Derby Day Saturday. Opening day is free with online registration; $10 at the gate. Derby Day general admission is $18, $5 for youth. (847) 870-7223 or arlingtonpark.com. Opening day 3:15 p.m. Friday, May 4; Derby Day 1:20 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

Cinco de Mayo in Elgin

Go global this weekend when downtown Elgin hosts a Cinco de Mayo celebration Friday, followed by the sixth annual Elgin International Fest on Saturday. The Cinco de Mayo event features Mexican music and art, while the International Fest offers dance performances, markets and more. Events in downtown Elgin are near 30 DuPage Court. Free. elgincincodemayo.com or elginifest.org. Cinco de Mayo event 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 4; International Festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

Carden Super Spectacular Circus

Take the kids or grandkids to see the acts and animals of the Carden Super Spectacular Circus this weekend at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. Tickets $20 to $45; parking $10. 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4; 10:30 a.m., 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5; 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

'Outside Mullingar' at Buffalo Threatre Ensemble

Catch Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's production of John Patrick Shanley's romantic comedy "Outside Mullingar" at McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The play is about a man and a woman from feuding families in rural Ireland who begin an unlikely romance. $37. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5; 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

Williams Street Repertory performs 'Sylvia

Find out what happens when a man in the throes of a midlife crisis falls for a stray dog -- and his wife doesn't share the love -- in A.R. Gurney's relationship dramedy "Sylvia." Williams Street Repertory concludes its season with the revival at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $35.50. (815) 356-9212 or wsrep.org. 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5.

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