Where to catch a free concert, movie in the park or car show Aug. 8-10
Free! Yes, free. There are tons of outdoor concerts, movies in the park and car shows happening all over the suburbs over the next week that won't cost you a dime.
Tuesday, Aug. 8
Vintage Rides: 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, on Liberty Drive in downtown Wheaton. Admire cars from Model Ts to Teslas. Free. downtownwheaton.com/vintagerides.
Summer Nights in Hillside: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, in the Hillside Commons, 4950 Washington St., Hillside. Food and drinks, market place and cruise night start at 5 p.m. Serendipity and 7th heaven will perform at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Free. hillside-il.org.
Broadway in your Backyard: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Washington Square Park, 901 N. Clark St., Chicago. Chicago performers sing favorite songs and hidden gems from the Broadway canon. For all ages. Bring chairs or blankets. Free. PorchlightMusicTheatre.org.
Concert in the Park: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Harrer Park, 6250 Dempster St., Morton Grove. Cadillac Groove will perform at 7 p.m. Food vendors China Chef and Kona Ice will be on-site from 6-7 p.m. Free. mortongroveparks.com.
Acoustic Jams in the Park: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Mount St. Mary Park, off Route 31, St. Charles. Luis Martinez will perform. Free. stcparks.org.
Tuesdays in the Park Concert Series: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Village Green Park, 1810 Walters Ave., Northbrook. Entertainment from the cast of "Matilda The Musical" for younger audiences starts at 6:30 p.m. and all-ages entertainment from The Beatelles is at 7:15 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave. Free. nbparks.org.
Bloomingdale Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Old Town Park, 111 Third St., Bloomingdale. Music from Billy Elton, food trucks and kids' activities for ages 4-10 at 6:30 p.m. Free. bloomingdaleparks.org.
Crystal Lake Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake. HiFi Superstar will perform. Free. crystallakeparks.org/special-events.
Downers Grove Summer Concert Series: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Fishel Park's Veterans Memorial Pavilion, 1036 Grove St., Downers Grove. Mackenzie O'Brien Band will perform. Food and beverage sales start at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free. dgparks.org/summer-concert-series.
Huntley Concerts in the Square: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Huntley Town Square on Coral Street, Huntley. Music from Radio Gaga. Free. huntley.il.us.
Waukegan Band Summer Concert Series: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Stiner Pavillion at Waukegan Municipal Beach, 201 E. Seahorse Drive, Waukegan. Free. waukeganband.com.
Wednesday, Aug. 9
Car Fun on 21: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Milwaukee Avenue and West Church Street, Libertyville. Classic car show featuring cars, trucks and motorcycles 25 years and older, music and food. Free. mainstreetlibertyville.org.
Wine Down Wednesdays: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Depot, 319 N. River St., East Dundee. Mr. Myers will perform. Concessions for purchase. Free. eastdundee.net.
South Elgin Concerts in the Park: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Panton Mill Park, 10 N. Water St., South Elgin. Associates will perform. Free. southelgin.com/pantonmillpark.
Wickstrom Lincoln Concert Series: 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. 7th heaven will perform. Free. shopthearb.com.
Batavia's River Rhapsody Concert Series: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Peg Bond Center, 151 N. Island Ave., Batavia. Howard & The White Boys will perform. Free. bataviaparks.org.
Itasca Outdoor Concert Series: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Usher Park, off South Walnut Street, Itasca. Valius will perform. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Free. itascaparkdistrict.com.
Lake Villa-Lindenhurst Live Music in the Parks: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Lake Villa District Library, 140 N. Munn Road, Lindenhurst. GooRoos will perform. Free. lindenhurstparks.org.
Bensenville Music in the Park: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Town Center, off Center Street, Bensenville. Classic car cruise nights start at 6 p.m. The Blooze Brothers will perform. Free. bensenville.il.us.
Movies on the Green: Dusk Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Centennial Green at the Mount Prospect Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect. Watch "Sonic the Hedgehog." Bring blankets and chairs. Free. mpdowntown.com/events/moviesonthegreen.
Ticket to the Moon headlines the free Rockin' in the Park Summer Concert Series Thursday, Aug. 10, at Parkway Bank Park.
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Thursday, Aug. 10
South Elgin Senior Concert Series: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Panton Mill Park, 10 N. Water St., South Elgin. The Wayouts will perform. Free. southelgin.com.
Cruisin' Lake Zurich Car Show: 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Culver's Lake Zurich, 645 N. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Food, raffles and cars. Free. lzacc.com/cruisinlz.
Geneva Classic Car Show: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the historic Kane County Courthouse, off Fourth and James streets, Geneva. Music, food and vote for your favorite make and model. To display your vehicle, show up after 4:30 p.m. and find a spot in the lot behind the courthouse. Free. genevachamber.com/events/classic-car-show.
Pearl Street Market & Music in the Park: 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Veteran's Memorial Park, 3400 Pearl St., McHenry. Vendors from McHenry County will sell handmade and homegrown goods from 5-7:30 p.m. The McHenry City Band will perform from 7-8:30 p.m. Free. mchenrychamber.com.
Westmont Cruisin' Nights: 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, on Cass Avenue in Westmont. Three blocks will be closed off for the classic car show, family activities and more. Jonny Lyons & The Pride will perform. Free. westmontevents.com/cruisin-nights.
Addison Rock 'N Wheels: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Village Green, east of Addison Village Hall, 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison. Love Drive and Judas Rising will perform. Plus, kids' activities, food from local restaurants, and a car show along Lake Street. Free. ithappensinaddison.com/events.
Barrington Cruise Nights: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the BMO Lot, 210 W. Station St., Barrington. See a variety of cars and hear from host Bob the DJ. Free. barrington-il.gov.
Darien Fest: 6-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 10-11; 1-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12; and 1-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at QBAR Lot, 8109 S. Cass Ave., Darien. Family-friendly event with music, food, a beer garden, bingo, a business expo and a carnival. Free. darienchamber.com.
Hampshire Coon Creek Country Days: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10; 6-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, on State Street in downtown Hampshire. Carnival, crafters, beer garden, food, Touch-A-Truck, petting zoo, corn roast, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and parade at noon Sunday. Music from Smokin Gunz at 7 p.m. Thursday; Hillbilly Rockstarz at 6:30 p.m. and Semple at 9 p.m. Friday; The Couch Coins at 6:30 p.m. and Modern Day Romeos at 9:30 p.m. Saturday; and The Mackenzie O'Brien Band at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. hcccd.com.
Movies in the Park: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Meineke Park, 220 E. Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg. Watch "The Avengers." Free. parkfun.com.
Plaza Concert Series: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Wheeling Town Center, 351 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling. Kind Saturday will perform. Free. thewheelingtowncenter.com/events.
Algonquin Summer Concerts: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Towne Park, 100 Jefferson St., Algonquin. LP Vinyl will perform. Free. algonquin.org/summerconcerts.
Groovin' in the Grove: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove. The Rockin' Fenderskirts will perform. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food trucks. Free. facebook.com/groovin60554.
It's Thursday Concerts: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Antioch Bandshell, 900 Skidmore Drive, Antioch. Mike & Joe will perform. Free. antioch.il.gov.
Rockin' in the Park Summer Concert Series: 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Music from Ticket to the Moon, food and beverage tents and a fireworks display after the concert. Free. rosemont.com/thepark/events-calendar.
St. Charles Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Lincoln Park gazebo, off Fifth and Main streets, St. Charles. Classical Blast will perform. Bring a blanket and chairs. Free. stcparks.org/summer-concerts/.
Summer Sounds on the Green Concert Series: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Village Green, 5510 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. Oh Yes! will perform. Bring a picnic, coolers, chairs, blankets and small tables. Food and beverages for sale. Free. hoffmanestatesarts.com/new-summer-sounds-on-the-green.
Naperville Municipal Band: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Community Concert Center in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. The concert theme is "Prelude to Fall." Free. napervilleband.org.
Outdoor Movie Night: 8-9:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, 256 E. Palatine Road, Palatine. See "Mulan." Free. (224) 219-0007, ext. 16, or palatineparks.org.