Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wednesday Weekend Windup (Labor Day Festivals, Irish Days, Dinosaurs, Cheese-A-Palooza and More}

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Labor Day Festivals, Irish Days, Dinosaurs, Cheese-A-Palooza and More Chicago Suburban Fun August 30-September 2, 2019

We have a LONG weekend ahead and there are plenty of festivals for you to enjoy that last blast of summer. Here are my picks 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
Wednesday, August 28
Friday, August 30
  • August 30-September 1 Nashwood in Highwood, Nashville Meets Highwood! music on a variety of stages and at many venues, kids activity area, see more info on website, free admission
  • August 30-September 1 Jurassic Quest, Grayslake, Lake County Fair Grounds, science stations, robotic dinos, fossil digs, dino rides, dino displays and more, tickets $22-30, see website for info
  • August 30-September 2 Naperville Jaycees Last Fling, live music, carnival rides, family fun day, Labor Day parade, general admission $10 pp per day, 12 and under free with paying adult, purchase tickets and see more packages on website, separate price for rides, see info about mega pass for carnival
Saturday, August 31
  • August 31-September 1 Yorkville Hometown Days Festival
  • August 31-September 2 Irish Days, Long Grove, Irish music, dancers, genealogy information and more, dog competition, food from Harrington's and more, free admission, food for purchase, see schedule on website
  • August 31-September 1 Cheese-A-Palooza, Kenosha, along the harbor between 2nd and 6th Avenue at 54th Street, 11AM-10PM, cheese inspired food vendors, live music, kids zone, cheese eating contests and more, plant to visit earlier on Saturday and explore Kenosha's HarborMarket (9AM-2PM)
  • August 31-September 2 September Fest, Schaumburg
  • August 31 Alley Art Festival, Aurora, 12PM-5PM. along Water Street Mall, grassroots art festival
Sunday, September 1
  • September 1 & 2 Fox Valley Folk Festival, Island Park, Geneva, 11AM-6PM, stories, music and more, $25 pp per day, $15 for seniors and teens, kids 12 and under are free, discount for both days
  • September 1 Lifting Logs, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, see who makes decaying trees their home, wear closed toed, sturdy shoes, 1-1.5 hour walk, free
  • September 1 & 2 Creature Feature, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, learn about one of the preserves resident creatures, free 
Monday, September 2
  • September 2 Museums Open For Labor Day! Cantigny's museums are usually closed Mondays but will be open for this Labor Day, plus there will be an American English concert at 3PM, $10 parking, free admission, Wheaton

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