Festivals + Events

Kane County Fair & Festival

Kane County Fairgrounds | 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles

DATES: July 15 - 19, 2020

FEATURES: Wednesday is a FREE ADMISSION day!  Admission and hours vary, but you can find a monster truck show, demolition derby, bull riding, live music, amusement rides, kid attractions, petting zoo, and MORE!

  • Wednesday: FREE admission

  • Thursday: $5; children under 3 FREE

  • Friday—Sunday: $10/adult; $5/children 3-12; FREE/children under 3

St. Charles

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

On Third Street between South Street and ends at West Side Cemetery

***CANCELLED FOR 2020 

FEATURES: This traditional parade is hosted by the American Legion Post 75 to honor Geneva Veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

GENEVA

SWEDISH DAYS

On Third Street and adjacent streets

***CANCELLED FOR 2020 

FEATURES: Enjoy fabulous food, carnival rides live music & entertainment, plus Sweden Väst, our tent that's everything Swedish.  The 70th Annual Swedish Day Parade will occur on Sunday, June 23 at 1pm!

Geneva

Geneva Arts Fair

On Third Street

***CANCELLED FOR 2020 

FEATURES: More than 140 artists will show their work – from drawing, painting and sculpture to ceramics, glass, textiles and jewelry. All art is available for sale. 

Geneva

FESTIVAL OF THE VINE

Various Locations Downtown Geneva

DATES: September 11 - 13, 2020

FEATURES: More than 140 artists will show their work – from drawing, painting and sculpture to ceramics, glass, textiles and jewelry. All art is available for sale. 

INSIDER TIPS: Purchase tasting tickets in advance directly from restaurants and shops.  Our favorite tasting is the Graham's Tent.

Geneva

CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Courthouse Parking Lot on 4th Street and James Street

DATES: Thursdays in July & August

FEATURES: Hosted at the historic Kane County Courthouse, join car collectors as they gather together to show off their rides. The audience comes from near and far to bop to the music of the 50s while they ogle the beauties and vote for their favorite make and model.

 

Please note: The Chamber will decide by 3 p.m. on the day of the show to cancel the car show in the case of questionable weather conditions. Call the Chamber Office at (630) 232-6060 to check the status.

Geneva

Back to School Festival

Peck Farm Park | 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva

***FESTIVAL TBD

FEATURES: Bring the whole family to Peck Farm Park and have one last fun-filled day before school starts! There will be games and activities, nature crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a Birds of Prey presentation. Hawks Hollow Nature Playground and the Butterfly House will be open for your enjoyment.

Geneva

TOUR D'ELEGANCE

Third Street and South Street, Geneva

***CANCELLED FOR 2020 

FEATURES: Classic Car enthusiasts will view a beautiful collection of antique, classic, and modern automobiles. Participants from all over the Country displayed their prized automobiles on Third street, hoping to be awarded one of the coveted "Benz" Trophies. 

Geneva

Fox Valley Folk Festival

Island Park, Geneva

FEATURES: Eight stage areas present concerts, hands-on workshops, topical song and story workshops, dance, vocal and instrument classes and special things for the kids.

DATES: September 6 - 7, 2020, from 11:00a - 6:00p

Geneva

pickle palooza

1843 Durrant House | LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve | 37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles

FEATURES: Join us for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun at our beautiful prairie farmhouse and grounds. Watch as the Durant House docents explain and demonstrate the art of pickling. Examples of the scrumptious undertaking will be presented in both the original 1840s Durant Hearth Room and the Victorian Kitchen added by Godfrey and Christina Peterson in the 1880s. Learn the process of this delicious aspect of history and enjoy an authentic day in the countryside!

DATE: July 19, 2020 from 1:00p - 4:00p

ADMISSION: $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children between the ages of 3 and 12 years. 

St. Charles

STC LIVE!

First Street Plaza, St. Charles

DATES: June 3 - September 9, 2020

FEATURES: STC Live! is FREE outdoor music in the 1st Street Plaza every Wednesday and Friday night!

Grab your friends and family and head downtown St. Charles for free, fun live music by local bands.

St. Charles

Fine Arts & Jazz Weekend

Various Locations

 

DATES: September 10 - 13, 2020

FEATURES: St. Charles Jazz Weekend is a four-day event that coordinates and promotes live jazz music in different downtown establishments. An array of downtown St. Charles venues will take part. Patrons can enjoy jazz music from lunch through the evening, with the opportunity to visit multiple venues, including the 1st Street Plaza on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

St. Charles

Windmill City Festival

The Riverwalk

***CANCELLED FOR 2020 

FEATURES: Many family-friendly attractions, participate in the golf challenge, Diaper Derby, Fun Zone, Pet Parade, enjoy food booths and the beer garden, listen to music played by great bands.

FREE ADMISSION

Batavia

bug fest

Red Oak Nature Center | 2343 S. River Street, Batavia 

***DATES AND DETAILS TBD FOR 2020

FEATURES: Join us for a day full of fun and bugs! This annual FREE event has you searching for bugs from Lippold Park to Red Oak and all the stops along the way.  A free shuttle takes you to and from the event if you park at Schneider School. Buggy presentations, visiting bug enthusiasts and much more await you at this year’s Bug Fest!

No registration required. Snacks, beverages, and other attractions will be available for a small fee. Additional parking is available at Schneider School. 

FREE ADMISSION

Batavia

Taste of Batavia Block Party

Various Locations, but centered around The Riverwalk

DATES: September 6, 2020 from 4:00p - 9:00p

FEATURES: Celebrate Labor Day weekend at the Downtown Batavia Block Party & Taste of Batavia. The party comes complete with awesome live music, a Classic Car Cruise Night, Pie Bake-off, enormous kid’s area and of course dancing!

Batavia

Sandwich Fair

15730 Pratt Road, Sandwich

DATES: September 9 - 13, 2020

FEATURES: Celebrating 133 years, you will find carnival rides, cook-offs, craft and vendor fairs, truck pulls, demolition derbies, concerts, KIDS ADMITTED FREE Day on Wednesday, antique car shows, lumberjack shows, 

  • Country star, Chris Janson, performing on Friday, September 11!

Sandwich

Riverfest Express in South Elgin

Panton Mill Park, South Elgin​

***FESTIVAL TBD

FEATURES: One of South Elgin's most popular fests, you can find food vendors, carnival rides, fireworks, craft show, and car show. And on the Thursday before Riverfest officially begins, they invite all kiddos with special needs to enjoy the rides AND food on the house (all additional family members and caregivers must pay for ride and food)!

South Elgin

Elburn Days

Elburn Lions Community Park, Elburn

DATES: August 21 - 23, 2020

FEATURES: Elburn Days is the largest annual fundraiser for the Elburn Lions Park and Elburn Lions Charities. Live entertainment, food and drink sales, carnival rides, beer garden, parade, craft show, cook-offs, mud volleyball, and tractor pulls can all be found at this three-day fest!

Elburn

Strawberry Fest

Historic Downtown Long Grove

DATES: June 26 - 28, 2020, from 11a - 11p

FEATURES: Attendees of this annual festival experience everything from strawberry-infused creations like prime rib sandwiches slathered in strawberry salsa to classic strawberry pie-eating contests.  For those who like to mix it up, chef-driven barbecue and other decadent local treats offer something for every taste bud.  Strawberry Fest even has a classic carnival, multiple stages of live music, and the Kids Zone featuring enduring family activities at no charge.

Long Grove

Frontier Days

Recreation Park  | 500 E. Miner Street, Arlington Heights 

***FESTIVAL CANCELLED FOR 2020

FEATURES: The Festival features FREE Entertainment on three stages. We have great food prepared and served by volunteers, assisted by local community groups. There are many FREE Family events and Sports Activities along with Carnival rides and one of the largest Fourth of July Parades in the northwest suburbs. One of the Festival’s highlights is the Citizen’s with Disability Day when people with special needs and their immediate families are invited to come to a complimentary, fun-filled, event.

Arlington Heights

Naperville Rib Fest

Knoch Park  | 724 S. West Street, Naperville 

***FESTIVAL CANCELLED FOR 2020

FEATURES: Ribfest is a fundraiser put on by the Exchange Club of Naperville to raise funds to help fight child abuse, domestic violence.  Known for the great BBQ (especially ribs) and fantastic headliners, this is a festival not to be missed.  

naperville

Great Galena Balloon Race

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa 

***FESTIVAL CANCELLED FOR 2020

FEATURES: Take in the balloon race and enjoy “country elegant” accommodations only minutes from historic downtown Galena, IL. Tethered balloon rides and bounce houses make it fun for the kids. Wine tastings, Ale Fest, and great food make it fun for adults.

galena

Sugar Grove Corn Boil

Volunteer Park 

DATES: July 23 - 26, 2020

FEATURES: Although corn is a major part of this festival, you will also find live entertainment, classic car shows, parades, fireworks, food & beer, outdoor movies, and more family-friendly fun!

Sugar Grove

prairiefest

91 Plank Drive, Oswego, IL

DATES: September 4 - 7, 2020

FEATURES: With performers, a parade, carnival rides, food, and an expo village, you're bound to find much to do at PrairieFest!

oswego

Maple park fun fest

County Line Road, Maple Park, IL

DATES: September 5 - 6, 2020

FEATURES: Craft Show, Car Show, Bags Tournament, Kids’ Bike and Wagon Parade, live entertainment, food vendors, 5K race/2 mile walk, and the Kid Zone, loaded with activities.

Fun Fest is a not-for-profit event, run completely by volunteers. Funds that we raise are mainly used to support the festival the following year, but we also purchase items for the village of Maple Park.

maple park

Jelly Belly Carnival

Jelly Belly Visitor Center | 10100 Jelly Belly Lane, Pleasant Prairie, WI 

***FESTIVAL TBD

FEATURES: Enjoy rides for the whole family and other activities. The indoor, interactive Jelly Belly Train Tour experience is free. There is a cost for tickets for Carnival rides.

Pleasant Prairie, wi

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