The weekend is ripe for fun — especially if you kick it off at the Long Grove Strawberry Festival. The northwest suburb will offer the fruit in all kinds of delicious forms and has never looked more charming. After that, follow the sounds of bagpipes to the Scottish Festival & Highland Games in Itasca, then head to the city for an old-fashioned ice cream social, vaudeville show, pirate party and more. Read about all these fresh picks here!
At this special celebration, local vendors showcase their berry best: chocolate covered strawberries, fruit smoothies, ice creams, donuts, baked goods and, of course, farm-fresh berries. For the less strawberry obsessed, there will be live entertainment throughout this adorable town. For true strawberry addicts, there will be strawberry pie eating contests. Held Fri.-Sun. in downtown Long Grove. $5 admission. All ages. Event details.
Green Family Fun Fest
The kid-friendly aspect of the Green Music Fest offers organic cooking demos, talks by bug experts and make-it-yourself musical instruments. You’ll also dig the face painting, puppets, drumming, dancing and local kindie rock acts, like Miss Jamie from the Farm (Saturday at 1:30 p.m.) and Future Hits (Sunday at 1:30 p.m). Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m. Held at Damen & North Aves. $5 suggested donation for admission. All ages. Event details.
Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band Concert
Shopping is a great way to escape the heat, especially when great music is involved. While you are looking at the latest from Land of Nod, you can get down with a concert by this husband-wife kindie rock sensation. As an added bonus, you will also receive 10% off your in-store purchase. Held Fri., 11-11:30 a.m. at the Oakbrook Land of Nod store and 4-4:30 p.m. at the North & Clybourn store. All ages. Event details.
Free Ice Cream Social
Who wants free ice cream? We all scream for it, so come check out the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social at Hotel Lincoln for your complimentary scoop. The cool treat is brought to you by hometown favorite, Bob Tail Ice Cream Company. There will also be free face painting, and kids can show off their artists side with a chalk art competition. All participants will get a prize. Sat., 10-noon. All ages. Event details.
Family Vaudeville Show at Six Corners
It’s showtime! Get swept away with a projection of original footage of vaudeville acts, a performance by Mask Actors, and an experimental act where anything can happen. Show up early for a special juggling workshop with a pro from the show. Sun., 7 p.m. Held at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. $10/adults; $5/kids. All ages. Event details.
The World’s Fair Midway Comes Alive
Party like it’s 1893. The Field Museum’s World’s Fair exhibit is a hit and you can celebrate the spirit of the original event in the museum’s main entrance hall. Take a trip back to simpler times with acrobats, stilt walkers and belly dancers. Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.mu. Free with museum admission ($18/adults, $13/children (3-11). All ages. Event details.
Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Put on a kilt and pass the haggis. It’s an extravaganza of music, athletics, and cultural presentations. Families will be amazed by the Heavy Athletics U.S. Open Championship, which features the 22-pound Hammer Throw. Children can also have endless fun with mini golf, crafts and carnival attractions. On Saturday, the festival’s grand finale is a must-see Massed Bands Show with 1,000 bagpipers and drummers. Fri., 4-10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Held at Hamilton Lakes. Admission varies. All ages. Event details.
This classic ode to summer has kids’ events for six straight days and a dedicated kids’ day (June 20). Parades, ice cream eating contests, a “creation station” and dodge ball tournament are just a few of the can’t-miss activities that honor Geneva’s roots as one of the Chicago area’s original Swedish communities. Held Tues-Sun. in downtown Geneva. Admission is free. All ages. Event details.
Tempel Lipizzans Horse Show
Unicorns may not be real, but you might start questioning that after you see the gravity-defying horses. They dance and leap during their performance of the “Ballet of the White Stallions.” Wed. & Sun. 1-3 p.m.; Sat., 6-8 p.m. Tempel Farms. $15-$30. All ages. Event details.
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— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis