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Festivals + Events

Kane County Fair & Festival

Kane County Fairgrounds

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!

DATES: July 17 - 21, 2019



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

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

DATES: May 27, 2019, parade steps off at 10:00am



On Third Street and adjacent streets

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!

DATES: June 18 - 23, 2019


Geneva Arts Fair

On Third Street

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. 

DATES: July 27 - 28, 2019



Various Locations Downtown Geneva

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. 

DATES: September 6 - 8, 2019



Various Locations Downtown Geneva

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.

DATES: Thursdays in July & August


Back to School Festival

Peck Farm Park

4038 Kaneville Road 

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.

DATE: Saturday, August 17 from 11:00a - 2:00p



Third Street

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. 

DATES: August 25, 2019 from 10:00am - 4:00pm


Fox Valley Folk Festival

Island Park

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 1 - 2, 2019, from 11:00a - 6:00p


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 28, 2019 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


On First Avenue, between Main Street and Illinois Avenue

FEATURES: Family-friendly art show for those wanting to purchase art or those wanting to enjoy it!  Several LIVE & INTERACTIVE exhibits, including 3D Chalk Art and kid-friendly events at Fox Island Square (Kimmer's parking lot)

DATES: May 25 - 26, 2019

St. Charles


Various Locations

FEATURES: Enjoy live, free entertainment at a variety of venues. These may include a local jazz combo, an aspiring vocalist, a magician, a dance troop, or an aspiring band. Visit our Facebook page each week for time, locations, and performers.

DATES: May 31 - August 30, 2019

St. Charles

Sculpture in the Park

Mt. St. Mary's Park

FEATURES: A magnificent exhibition of original sculptures placed in beautiful Mt. St. Mary Park for visitors to view and enjoy.

DATES: May 1 - September 30, 2019

St. Charles

UNwind Wednesday

First Street Plaza

FEATURES: Every Wednesday through the summer, the First Street Plaza will once again be open to alcohol if you purchase your drink from either McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub, Pizzeria Neo, or Puebla Modern Mexican while you enjoy FREE music in the Plaza!

DATES: June 5 - August 28, 2019

St. Charles

St. Charles Artsfest

St. Charles

Jazz Weekend

Various Locations

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.

DATES: September 12 - 15, 2019

St. Charles

Windmill City Festival

The Riverwalk

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.


DATES: July 12, 2019 from 5:00p - 11:00p, July 13 from 8:00am - 11:00p, July 14 from 11:00a - 8:00p


bug fest

Red Oak Nature Center 

2343 S. River Street, Batavia 

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. 


DATE: August 17, 2019 from 9:00a - 1:00p


Taste of Batavia

Block Party

Various Locations, but centered around The Riverwalk

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!

DATES: September 1, 2019 from 4:00p - 9:00p


Sandwich Fair

15730 Pratt Road, Sandwich

FEATURES: Celebrating 129 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, 

DATES: September 4 - 8, 2019


Riverfest Express in South Elgin

Panton Mill Park, South Elgin

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)!

DATES: August 16 - 18, 2019 

South Elgin

Elburn Days

Lions Park, Elburn

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!

DATES: August 16 - 18, 2019 


Strawberry Fest

Historic Downtown Long Grove

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.

DATES: June 21 - 23, 2019, from 11a - 11p

Long Grove

Frontier Days

Arlington Heights

Naperville Rib Fest

Knoch Park 

724 S. West Street, Naperville 

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.  This year, Flo Rida, KC & The Sunshine Gang, Billy Idol, Living Colour, Randy Houser, Brantley GIlbert, and Bad Company will all be performing.

DATES: July 3 - 5, 2019 


Great Galena Balloon Race

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa 

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.

DATES: June 21 - 23, 2019 


Sugar Grove Corn Boil

Volunteer Park 

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!

DATES: July 25 - 28, 2019 

Sugar Grove

Jelly Belly Carnival

Jelly Belly Visitor Center 

10100 Jelly Belly Lane, Pleasant Prairie, WI 

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.

DATES: June 28 - 30, 2019 

Pleasant Prairie, wi

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