Festivals June 11-17: Pride celebrations, concerts in the park and more
Grads and Grease: 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 10-11; 1-11 p.m. Saturday, June 12; and 1-9 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at the Metra lot in downtown Highwood. Carnival with unlimited ride wristbands available for $25 from 5-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 2020 and 2021 graduates and anyone dressed in "Grease"-themed attire will receive a $5 off unlimited ride specials. Buffo's will be holding the Sheridan Road Cruz'n Nite car show from 5 p.m. to sundown Saturday. www.celebratehighwood.org.
Dundee Concerts in the Park: 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 11, at Grafelman Park, 112 N. 5th St., West Dundee. The Band Sundance will perform. Food and drinks will be sold by the Dundee Township Lions Club. All proceeds will benefit the community. Free. www.wdundee.org.
Wildwood Movie in the Park: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 11, in Rule Park, 33325 N. Sears Blvd., Wildwood. Watch "The Emperor's New Groove" starting at 8:45 p.m. There will be concessions, a bounce house, and the Tropical Chill Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Ice Cream Truck. Bring chairs and blankets for seating. Register at www.wildwoodparkdistrict.com or (847) 223-7275.
11th Annual Going Dutch Festival: Various times June 11-13, virtually and around downtown Elgin. A celebration of the female voice in dance, music, theater and the visual arts produced by Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. Features outdoor performances, interactive workshops and a visual art exhibition available in person and online. Festival passes are $15 and grant admission to one or all festival events. For tickets and a schedule, visit www.sidestreetstudioarts.org/goingdutch.
Wheaton Art Walk: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13, at Hale Street and Karlskoga Avenue, Wheaton. Second annual juried art festival will showcase the work of many juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more. Also: artist demonstrations, booth chats, live music, kid-friendly activities, a graffiti wall and epicurean delights. amdurproductions.com/event/2021-wheaton-art-walk.
Glenview outdoor concert: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at Jackman Park, 1011 Lehigh Ave., Glenview. Jodi and the Jigglejam Band will perform. Limited space available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sponsored by the Glenview Public Library. Masks required. Concert subject to state COVID-19 safety guidelines. Free. glenviewpl.org.
Music in Mundy Park: 8-10 p.m. Saturday, June 12, and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. Chicago Blues Angels perform Saturday. Funkadesi performs Sunday. $15 for bring your own chair lawn seating; $20 for terrace seating. www.eventbrite.com.
Care Center Grand Reopening: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Willow South Barrington Campus, 67 Algonquin Road, Building G, South Barrington. The Care Center is reopening and celebrating eight years with food, music, inflatable games, a dunk tank, a petting zoo, activities and more. Free and open to the public. wccarecenter.org/reopening.
Eric Fischer Memorial Ride and Celebration: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 13. The event starts with a motorcycle ride beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Willow Creek Church, 67 Algonquin Road, South Barrington, and will end with a celebration from noon to 3 p.m. at North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook. A memorial celebration, which will be held at the Y from noon to 3 p.m., includes food, music and motorcycle mania. Proceeds benefit the Eric Fischer Memorial Fund. Bike entry $20; celebration event $10. cbo.io/tickets/purchase_tickets.php?slug=ride&form_name=ride.
Aurora Pride Drive: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13, around Aurora. Organizers encourage residents, business owners and clergy members to decorate their homes, businesses and houses of worship in support of the event. Donation boxes will be located along the route to collect nonperishable food items to benefit the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. Visit the website for a route map. aurorapride.org.
Woodstock Pride Fest Parade: 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 13, at Woodstock Square, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock. The socially distanced, family-friendly parade includes walkers, riders and floats. Post-parade activities include entertainment and food vendors. Masks are required. woodstockilchamber.com.
Elk Grove Village Pride Celebration: 3 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 1400 Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. popumc.com.
Wheeling Summer Entertainment Series: 5 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Heritage Park, 109 Community Blvd., Wheeling. Howard & The White Boys will perform. Free. www.wheelingparkdistrict.com.
Semple Band plays Live Music in the Parks Wednesday, June 16, at Lehmann Mansion in Lake Villa.
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Flag Day: 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 14, at Veterans Park, 1300 N. Weiland, Buffalo Grove. The Buffalo Grove Police and Fire Departments Honor Guard will present the colors. The guest speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Keith Cowan, with music provided by the 484th Army Band's Windwind Quintet. Social distancing guidelines will be maintained. Dessert will be served. Free. bgparks.org/event/summer/flag-day.aspx.
Crystal Lake Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, at Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake. Food, beverages and small charcoal grills are allowed (no glass). Mason Rivers will perform. Dress in country attire and enjoy line dance lessons. The T-Mobile truck crew will be there at 6:30 p.m. for contests, trivia and giveaways to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Crystal Lake Park District. In the event of inclement weather, the decision to reschedule will be made by 4 p.m. Call (815) 410-4475, ext. 6. Free. www.crystallakeparks.org/special-events.
Live Music in the Parks: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at Lehmann Mansion, 485 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa. Semple will headline. www.lindenhurstparks.org.
River Rhapsody Concert Series: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at Peg Bond Center, 151 Island Ave., Batavia. Spoken Four will perform and there's a rock 'n' roll trivia contest. Free. bataviaparks.org.
PrairieFest Carnival: 5-9 p.m. Thursday, June 17; 4-10 p.m. Friday, June 18; 1-10 p.m. Saturday, June 19; and 1-6 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at Prairie Point Community Park, 4120 Plainfield Road, Oswego. Rides and midway games. Sponsored by the Oswegoland Park District. Carnival is cash only, but an ATM will be available. www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org.
Rockin' in the Park: 7-10 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Southern Accents will perform. Plus, food and beverage tents on the park's great lawn. Free. rosemont.com/thepark/events-calendar.
St. Charles Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 17, in Lincoln Park, along Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, St. Charles. One Night Band will perform. Free. stcparks.org/summer-concerts.