West Aurora Farmers Market, Aug. 27, 1-5 p.m., West Aurora Plaza, 1901 W. Galena, Blvd. The City of Aurora Farmers Markets are more than a place to get your vegetables. An excellent way to kick off your Saturday morning with a mini-festival of socializing, food, music and much more. Get to know area farmers, producers, and local artisans; bring your knives for sharpening; and meet friends at Aurora’s Farmers Market for food demonstrations and enjoy weekly entertainment. Information:(630) 256-3370 or


Village of Maple Park Fun Fest, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. A classic small town festival over Labor Day weekend, visitors can celebrate summer’s end with live entertainment, arts and crafts show, a 5K run, parade and fireworks. Most events on Main St. Information:


Last Fling, Naperville, Aug. 29-Sept. 1. The Naperville Jaycees’ end-of-summer party includes events and live music will occur along the Riverwalk on Jackson Avenue and at Rotary Hill near the Millennium Carillon.  Also featured is a carnival, run, parade and a family fun area. Information: www. lastfling.orgl.


Hometown Days Festival, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 908 Game Farm Road, Yorkville. Carnival, food, Pride & Joy Car Show, live entertainment, pet parade, baby contest, hometown pride. Information: (630) 553-4357 or


Alley Art Festival, Aug. 30. Art, music, and spectacle will return once again to downtown Aurora’s Water Street Mall as Alley Art Festival celebrates its fifth year on Saturday, August 30. Over 60 local artists, a full lineup of musical acts, and other performances will be part of the annual event that runs from noon to 5 p.m. in downtown Aurora near City Hall. To find out more about Alley Art Festival, visit


Music Under the Stars, Aug. 30, 7-9 p.m., Yorkville. Various evenings in June, July and August from 7-9 p.m. in Town Square, Rt. 47 and Main Street or Riverfront Park, 131 E. Hydraulic St. Enjoy a warm summer evening listening to great music in one of Yorkville’s beautiful parks. Features a variety of music throughout the summer, including jazz, rock, big band, reggae and more.  Information:(630) 553-4357 or


38th Annual Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival,  Island Park, Geneval, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Families can enjoy eight stages of folk music and storytelling. There will also be an Old-Time Community Barn Dance from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday as well as Ghost Stories on the Main Music Stage from 7:30 to 10 p.m. For a list of Folk Festival performers and additional details, visit


Sandwich Fair, Sept. 3-7, 1401 Suydam Road, Sandwich. Illinois’ longest consecutively running fair. Country music stars, carnival, arts and crafts, horse shows, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby, petting zoo, and livestock judging. Information: (815) 786-2159 or


First Friday / Art walk, downtown Aurora, Sept. 5, 5-11 p.m. First Fridays invites the community to enjoy art, music, food and drinks, live theatre, and much more with a series of pop-up galleries in downtown Aurora. Information:


Downtown Neighborhood Assocation of Elgin, 16th birthday, Sept. 5, 7-10 p.m. DNA Sweet 16 Party. Music, food and fun as DNA celebrates new space and its 16th Birthday. Information: or call (847) 488-1456.


Third annual St. Charles Jazz Weekend , Sept. 11-14, downtown. Eight venues  will host jazz musicians eager over  four days. For a schedule of times, venues, and musicians please visit the website