Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Walking Plays, Vintage Days, Fred Fest and More}

Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois
Walking Plays at Morton Arboretum. Image credit Morton Arboretum.

Walking Plays, Vintage Days, Fred Fest and More Weekend Fun in the Chicago Suburbs August 16-18, 2019

A fun filled summer weekend is ahead! Here are my picks for fun in the Chicago suburbs this weekend:

Ongoing:
  • May 18-September 21 Butterfly House, Peck Farm, Geneva, Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM, Sun 12PM-5PM, closed Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day, $2 pp donation, $5 per family
  • May 25-September 2 Butterflies and Blooms, Chicago Botanic Garden, 10AM-5PM daily, see website for fees, weather dependent
  • May 24-September 15 Nature Connects Lego Sculptures by Sean Kenney at The Morton Arboretum, comes with regular admission, see previous post for more details
  • July 6-September 2 Bristol Renaissance Faire on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day
Friday, August 16:
  • August 16-18 Mid-America Bonsai Show and Sale, Chicago Botanic Garden, Friday 12PM-5PM, Sat & Sun 9AM-5PM, display of over 200 trees, items and trees for sale, $30 per car parking weekend, $25 on Friday
  • August 16-18 Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival, 4-9 Fri, 10-9 Sat, 10-5 Sun
  • August 16 Back to School Campfire, Vera Meineke Nature Center, Schaumburg, 7:30PM-9PM, $2 pp, bring a blanket or lawn chair, take a wagon ride, roast a marshmallow, s'mores kits for purchase
Chicago Adventure August 17-18 Chicago Air and Water Show

Saturday, August 17:
  • August 17 Hummingbird Fest, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont, 9AM-2PM, activities, viewing, demos of banding, free
  • August 17 Bug Fest, Red Oak Nature Center, 9AM-1PM, free and fun bug related activities, demos and crafts, pollinator express train for $2 per ride or $10 for unlimited (you will also receive a Bug Fest Bag)
  • August 17 & 18 Vintage Days, Long Grove, 10AM-6PM, 2 day market for all things vintage, antique, repurposed and upcycled, live music, free tractor rides starting at 12PM
  • August 17-18 Wine and Art Walk, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, 10AM-5PM, peruse and shop art from Midwest artists around Meadow Lake, refreshments for purchase, included in normal admission
  • August 17 Back-to-School Community Adventure Day, Rolling Knolls, Elgin, 10AM-1PM, paddling, archery and more, equipment provided, free
  • August 17-18 Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival, Chicago Botanic Garden, 10AM-3PM, tea ceremony at 10:30AM, music, drumming, storytelling and more, free with parking ($30)
  • August 17 Fred Fest, Fox River Forest Preserve, Fort Barrington, 12PM-6PM, live music, food and drink to purchase, activities, raising money to restore Grassy Lake Forest Preserve, tickets $10 per adult, $5 per child, $25 for families
  • August 17 Tour Viking, Good Templar Park, Geneva, 1PM-4PM, $5 per adult, $3 per teen, ages 12 and under free, tour the replica Viking ship with a history
  • August 17 &18  Walking Plays Alice Through the Looking Glass, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, 6PM, $20 adult/$15 child ($15/$10 for members), reserve tickets online
Sunday, August 18:
  • August 18 Hummers & Flowers, Crabtree Nature Center, 1PM, go on a 1.5 mile hike looking at wildflowers and for hummingbirds, free
  • August 18 Wheeling International Festival, Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, 1PM-7PM, performers, vendors and organizations exemplifying the diversity of the area, free admission

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