Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony, Sept. 11, 6 p.m., Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial, behind the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.  On the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Naperville Exchange Club is once again sponsoring Naperville’s annual remembrance.  This year’s program will feature Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel and speaker Brian Hastings, a retired New York Police Department detective, who will share his experiences as part of the team that coordinated the search and rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero. For more information on the Exchange Club, visit


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 visit the website


Charlie’s Center for the Arts —All over Town, Sept. 11-14, multiple venues in St. Charles. The entire city will be transformed into an Arts Center featuring art shows/galleries, music, live theatre, and more from some of the best local, regional, national and visual artists. For more information call (630) 443-3794 or visit


Showplace Fall Classic, Sept. 11-14, Lamplight Equestrian Center, 5N940 Dunham Road, Wayne. This show is the final competition of the “A” Circuit hunter jumper season in the Chicagoland area. Horses and riders will compete for year end high point awards in hunter, jumper and equitation divisions for horses and ponies. There is a cafe’ on grounds serving food  and beverages. Information: (630) 497-1770 or visit


Civil War Encampment, Sept. 12-14, Riverwalk Park, Batavia. Hear the rifles and cannon roar. Talk with soldiers and civilians. See the Cavalry and their horses.  Get your picture taken with Abraham Lincoln as History returns to Batavia for this free event. Information:


Performing Arts Benefit Gala, Sept. 13, 6:30-9 p.m., Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora. Dress to impress for this special dinner theatre performance. All proceeds benefit the growing dance, drama and music programming and productions at the Fox Valley Park District. Silent auction baskets will be available for bidding. Dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m. Open to all ages. $19 entry includes dinner. Information: (630) 859-8608. Tickets:


Fiestas Patrias, Sept. 13-14, RiverEdge Park, Aurora. 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. This festival brings the sound, culture and taste of Mexico to downtown Aurora. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the Hispanic culture in Aurora with a variety of music acts, food vendors, traditional dance and a carnival. Information: (630) 264-2422 or visit ahcc-il/com.


Art in Your Eye Fine Art Festival, Sept. 19-21, Batavia Riverwalk, 100 N. Island Ave. View art on display in the City Hall Exhibit and Student Legacy Exhibit, listen to live music performances featuring some of the area’s most popular bands, watch dance performances and learn to dance with national instructors, preview a sneak peak of local theater performances, tour downtown with Art Around Town – Museum Without Walls art walk, partake in a craft beer & wine garden, eat local food and enjoy new activities and exhibits.  Call (630) 220-1425 for more information.


120th Big Rock Plowing Match Festival, Sept. 19-21, Plowman’s Park, Big Rock.  Friday Night is kid’s night with rides and attractions. There is a plowing competition, horse show, arts and crafts show, children’s games, Junior and Ladies Fair auction, food, and much more. Free Parking. For more information call (815) 498-6333 or visit


Riverwalk Fine Art Fair, Naperville Riverwalk, Sept. 20-21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is a juried art fair held along the Naperville Riverwalk and downtown city streets of Naperville. The event is open to the public and admission and parking are free. For more information, visit 


St. Peter’s Barn Sale, Sept. 20-21, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.  Great Bargains…antiques & collectibles, books, clothing, seasonal & home decor, furniture, tools, hardware, bicycles, china, glass & much more. More information :


Active Senior Expo, Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Prairie Events Center at Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Dedicated to inform, educate, entertain senior citizens. Hundreds of products, services for seniors. Free health screenings. Free seminars. Live entertainment, prize drawings. Admission $2; free with coupon from website. More information: