Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup: {Balloons, International Flair and Festivals!}

Image via Japan Day
Have you been wracking your brain about what to do this weekend? We have uncovered plenty of fun events! Here are our picks for this weekend:

Road Trip: Go up, up and away this weekend during the Waterford Ballonfest in Wisconsin! Balloon launches on July 17, 18 and 19. Check schedule for more info.

  • July 17-Nov 1, 2015 *First Weekend* Nature Connects: Lego with Art by Sean Kenney, Morton Arboretum, amazing lego structures honoring nature, 27 figures, free with admission, $14 per adult, $12 seniors 65+, $9 kids 2-17, under 2 free
  • May 23-Sept 7 Butterflies and Blooms, Chicago Botanic Garden, 10AM-5PM, $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child 3-12, 2 and under free, members get $1 discount, parking $30 per car on weekends
  • Butterfly House at Peck Farm, Geneva, Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12PM-5PM, suggested $2 donation per person, $5 per family, see our previous visit to Peck Farm
Thursday, July 16
  • July 16-19 Summer Celebration, Vernon Hills, carnival, fireworks on Jul 16, live music, kiddie corner Jul 18 1PM-3PM with balloon artist, face painting and free crafts, Jul 19 car & bike show 9AM-2PM, kiddie corner with trivia, face painting, petting zoo, bags tournament and more 1PM-5PM
Friday, July 17
  • July 17-19 Highland Fest, Highland Park, live music, movie in the park, art fair, business fair, inflatables, petting zoo, fireworks 7/18, all Ford car and truck show and more, check website for more info
  • July 17-19 Alpine Fest, Lake Zurich, Firefighter water fights July 17, parade, carnival rides, games and more, see website for more info
  • July 17-18 Irish Fest, Arlington Heights, Irish Dancers, learn to jig, Wee Folks tent Saturday, Irish Music, Mike and Joe, Friday 5PM-11PM, Saturday 4PM-11PM, adults $5, kids free on Fri, $2 Sat (ages 2-14), see schedule
  • July 17 Barrington Birthday Party, Citizen's Park, 5:30PM-8:30PM, roaming magician, flying fool, inflatables, bubble show, face painting, food available for purchase, free
  • July 17 Glenview Road, Main Street, Glenview, 6PM-11PM, art, music, shopping and fun, free admission, prizes, stamp passport to win prize
  • July 17 Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Community Concert Center, Central Park, Naperville, 7PM, free performance
Saturday, July 18
  • July 18 Arts in the Park, Towne Center, Palatine, 10AM-2PM, free
  • July 18-19  Art in the Park, Village Green, Northbrook, 10AM-5PM Sat, 10AM-4PM Sun, artwork, children's activities, youth art exhibit, live music, free admission
  • July 18-19 Butterfly Festival, Red's, Northbrook, Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 9AM-1:30PM, butterfly release Sunday at 2PM, mingle with live butterflies, free!
  • July 18 Rock & Mineral Identification, Lizzadro Museum, Elmhurst, 10:30AM-11:45AM, $5 per person, must register, call 630-833-1616
  • July 18-19 Japan Day, Arlington Racecourse, Arlington Heights, 12PM-5PM each day, food, performances, exhibition with origami, bonsai, samurai armor try on and more, kids corner with traditional Japanese kids games, admission $6 per adult, kids (4-17) free if you purchase online, $8 and $3 respectively at the door
  • July 18 Family Nature Club, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, come and connect with nature, meet animals and enjoy activities, free
  • July 18 Grand Opening, Gold Fish Swim School, Mundelein, 2PM-6PM, free family swim, carnival games, bouncy house, giveaways and more!
  • July 18 Parking Lot Party, Rolling Meadows, Community Center Parking Lot, 3PM-11PM, dunk tank, bounce house, games, live music, food trucks, BYOB and even grill, rent a spot for $15, set up the coolest spot and win a prize, attending is free, check website for more details
  • Also, see ongoing events and BalloonFest, Summer Celebration, Highland Fest, Alpine Fest and Irish Fest from above.
Sunday, July 19
  • July 19 Illinois Mammals, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, stop by and learn about the mammals that live in Illinois, free
  • July 19 Butterfly Festival Release, Red's, Northbrook, Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 9AM-1:30PM, butterfly release Sunday at 2PM, mingle with live butterflies, free!
  • Also, see ongoing events and BalloonFest, Summer Celebration, Highland Fest, Alpine Fest, Art in the Park and Japan Day from above.

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