Festivals June 18-24: Juneteenth celebrations, Rotary Fest, Swedish Days and more
Elk Grove Rotary Fest: 6-10:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 16-17; 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 18; 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 19; and 2-9 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at 164 Lions Drive, Elk Grove Village. Carnival with rides and games; live music featuring Wedding Banned at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 7th Heaven at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Lounge Puppets at 10 p.m. Saturday; Taste of Elk Grove food court as well as a beer court including wine and seltzers. Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. www.elkgroverotaryfest.com.
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. Unlimited ride specials available for $25-$30. Carnival is cash only; an ATM will be available. Hosted by the Oswegoland Park District. www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org.
Get Growing! Expo: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, June 18-20, at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield. Free workshops led by plant experts and master gardeners; make-and-take a terrarium at the reservation-only workshops; and plants for sale from Plant Truck Chicago. Zoo admission is $24.95, $17.95 kids 3-11, $19.95 seniors, $15 parking; www.czs.org/OnlineTicketing. getgrowingfoundation.org/expo.
Dundee Concerts in the Park: 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Lions Park, at Park Street and Penny Avenue, East Dundee. The StingRays will perform. Food and drinks will be sold by the Dundee Township Lions Club. All proceeds will benefit the community. Free. www.wdundee.org.
25th Anniversary Tuna Kahuna: Registration on-site opens at 8 a.m. and the event runs from 9-11 a.m. at Blackhawk Pond, 1479 Blackhawk Circle, South Elgin. The South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department hosts the 25th annual fishing contest for ages 15 and younger that features a DJ, concessions and bait sales. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Participants must bring their own equipment and be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids to preregister will get a free lure. southelgin.com/registration.
Batavia Fishing Derby: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 19, at Clark Island, 2 E. Laurel St., Batavia. A morning of fishing for the whole family. A limited supply of fishing gear will be available. bataviaparks.org.
Brothers' Field Fairytale Festival: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Brothers' Field, 344 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. See your favorite princesses in a safe, outdoor show with group games, singing, dancing and more. Dress up is encouraged. VIP Experience available with limited capacity for a meet and greet, Q&A and exclusive photo op. $20; $50 for VIP. www.brothersfieldlonggrove.com.
Burr Ridge Art Fest: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20, at the Burr Ridge Village Center, 701 Burr Ridge Parkway, Willowbrook. More than 70 juried artists will be showcasing their work in a variety of different mediums. Free admission. amdurproductions.com.
Grayslake Arts Festival and Wine Tasting: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in downtown Grayslake. Arts festival with entertainment provided by Slam Funk and Dance Connections, food truck, and a wine tasting from 1-3 p.m. Wine tasting admission: $12 in advance, $15 the day of the event. (847) 223-6888 or www.grayslakechamber.com.
Kids Fest: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Heritage Park, 109 Community Blvd., Wheeling. Games, crafts and entertainment by Ralph's World for kids 3-10. For a schedule, visit www.wheelingparkdistrict.com.
Summer Beer Tasting: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Event features 20 local craft breweries serving ciders, meads and more. $60. For ages 21 and older only; timed entries required. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org.
Deer Park Food Truck Series: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road, Deer Park. Food trucks will be located in the road in front of Pottery Barn and Kendra Scott. Free admission and parking. For details and the food truck lineup, visit shopdeerparktowncenter.com.
Elgin Juneteenth Motorcade and Festivities: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at 24 Tyler Creek Plaza, Elgin. Lineup at noon for the 1 p.m. motorcade parade throughout the city showcasing the 54 flags of all the countries of Africa. Pre-registration is required to be in the parade. After the parade, O.N.E. Fitness Center will be hosting music, food, Fight Night and more. exploreelginarea.com/event/elgins-annual-juneteenth-motorcade-and-festivities/ or facebook.com/events/198757518751628.
Juneteenth Celebration: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at 1211 Catalina Drive, Hanover Park. Presented by Kenneth Young Center and the CPYD Coalition. This celebration of black culture includes speakers, poetry and spoken word, a bounce house, music with a DJ, a Father's Day celebration and more. Social distancing and masks are encouraged. For questions, email Jalen at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.eventbrite.com/e/156568906815.
Aurora Juneteenth: Car parade at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, June 19. Line up at 2:30 p.m. on Smith Street at Phillips Park in Aurora. Sponsored by the Community Advocacy Awareness Network. A festival follows at 3:30 p.m. at MLK Park, 42 S. Farnsworth Ave., Aurora. Activities include food, vendors, a talent contest, games, face painting and a basketball tournament. Organized by the African American Men of Unity. (630) 606-1910 or aamou.org/.
Father's Day Love and Laughter Fest: 8-11 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago. A drive-in concert featuring Bone Thugs and Harmony, Twista, Rodney Perry, TK Kirkland and Red Grant. It's $500 for up to six people per car or eight people per SUV. Advance purchase required. ticketweb.com, keyword "love and laughter."
Music in Mundy Park: 8-10 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. Outdoor concert featuring Smiley Tillmon Band with Kate Moss. $15 for bring your own chair lawn seating; $20 for terrace seating. www.eventbrite.com.
Still We Rise Annual Juneteenth Festival: 2-7 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts, 555 E. 51st St., Chicago. Festival celebrates Black people, Black culture, Black businesses, Black excellence and Black love with food, vendors, children's activities, games, giveaways, entertainment and more. Free. www.eventbrite.com.
Wheeling Summer Entertainment Series: 5 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at Heritage Park, 109 Community Blvd., Wheeling. The Four C Notes will perform. Free. www.wheelingparkdistrict.com.
Buffalo Grove Summer Concert Series: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, at Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Road, Buffalo Grove. Bring blankets and chairs for an outdoor concert featuring Industrial Drive. Social distancing circles will be painted in the grass in front of the pavilion. Face coverings will be required when not in your circle. Free. bgparks.org.
Bloomingdale Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, at Circle Park, 163 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale. Peach's Beach Party, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, performs. Presented by the Village of Bloomingdale, Bloomingdale Public Library and Bloomingdale Park District. Parking is available at Circle South, Westfield Middle School, Johnston Recreation Center and on Fairfield Way. Free. www.bloomingdaleparks.org.
Crystal Lake Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, at Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake. The Millennials will perform. Food and beverages and small charcoal grills are allowed (no glass). Plus, there's a Crystal Lake Trivia Contest. The T-Mobile truck crew will be on hand 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.
Downers Grove Summer concerts: 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, at Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Fishel Park, 1036 Grove St., Downers Grove. Brass from the Past performs. Food, beer and wine sales will begin at 6 p.m. Free. dgparks.org.
Elgin Summer Concert in the Park: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, at Wing Park band shell, 1010 Wing St., Elgin. Classical Blast performs. Bring picnic food, lawn chairs and blankets. Free. www.facebook.com/cityofelgin/.
Cantigny Cruise Night: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, in the south parking lot of Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Bring your classic or restored vehicle to the park, mingle with fellow car enthusiasts and talk shop. No fee to participate, but the $5 per car fee applies. cantigny.org.
Block A Food Truck Social: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Lake Zurich Promenade, 173 W. Main St., Lake Zurich. Weekly rotation of food trucks. For the schedule, follow @blockasociallakezurich on Facebook and Instagram. www.lakezurich.org.
South Elgin Cruise Nights: 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Panton Mill Creek, 10 N. Water St., South Elgin. Show off your cool ride or just come down to Panton Mill Park to check them out. No registration required for attendees or participants. Concessions available. www.southelgin.com/pantonmillpark.
Cary Cruise Nights: 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, on Main Street in Cary. On Aug. 18 and 25, it will end at 8 p.m. DJ and food trucks. carygrovechamber.com.
Live Music in the Parks: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Parkman Pavilion, 2200 E. Grass Lake Road, Lindenhurst. Hello Weekend will perform. www.lindenhurstparks.org.
River Rhapsody Concert Series: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Peg Bond Center, 151 Island Ave., Batavia. Wild Daisy will perform, and there's a rock 'n' roll trivia contest. Free. bataviaparks.org.
Swedish Days: 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 24; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 25; 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 26; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 27, in downtown Geneva. Features family-friendly activities including live music, a carnival, food and more. Friday is Kids' Day. Join the chocolate crawl on Sunday. www.genevachamber.com.
Cary Summer Concert in the Park: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Lions Park Rotary Bandshell, on Silver Lake Road, north of Three Oaks Road in Cary. One Night Band performs rock, Motown, hip-hop, country and pop. Free. carypark.com.
Live & Uncorked Concert Series: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora. Libido Funk Circus performs. Bring a blanket, picnic basket and drinks. For age 21 or older; ID checked prior to entry. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Purchase online tickets for $6 at www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/summer-concerts/ or $7 at the door.
Naperville Municipal Band Concert: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Under the leadership of conductor Ron Keller, the Naperville Municipal Band continues its 11-week summer concert season. Featuring music by the Jazz Band and bake sale vendor, Holly's Safe House for Strays. www.napervilleband.org.
Rockin' in the Park: 7-10 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Led Zeppelin 2 will perform. Food and beverage tents will be on the park's great lawn. Free. rosemont.com/thepark/events-calendar.
St. Charles Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 24, in Lincoln Park, along Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, St. Charles. The Wayouts will perform. Free. stcparks.org/summer-concerts.
Wheaton Municipal Band: 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Memorial Park, 225 Karlskoga Ave., Wheaton. On "Conductor's Night Out," band teachers and conductors who are dedicated performers in the Wheaton Municipal Band step onto the podium for a program of audience favorites. Free. wheatonmunicipalband.org.
Wheeling Movies in the Park: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Heritage Park, 109 Community Blvd., Wheeling. Watch "The Croods: A New Age." Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating. Free. www.wheelingparkdistrict.com.
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