Festivals & Events

Come Celebrate in the Southland! All year long, visitors will find fun and excitement at any of the hundreds of festivals and events held throughout the Southland.

Antique and craft shows, music and theatre festivals, historical re-enactments, holiday festivities and ethnic celebrations are just a few of the events offered in the Chicago Southland every year. More information is just a phone call away. Just call or visit the website of the event of your choice to find out more about regional festivals and events.

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Below are the next 30 upcoming events in the Chicago Southland. Use the form above to search for specific events.

Nov 1, 2014-Nov 30, 2014 - LIVE HARNESS RACING
Balmoral Park Race Track
26435 South Dixie Highway, Crete, IL
708-672-1414
View Live Harness racing, simulcast harness and thoroughbred racing from this newly remodeled rustic themed venue. No live racing on Super Bowl Sunday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
W, Sa-Su 7:10PM
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Nov 1, 2014-Nov 30, 2014 - SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET
4350 West 129th Street
, Alsip, IL
708-344-7300
Chicagoland's finest-most modern indoor/outdoor permanent flea market. Over 800 individual booths of merchandise at bargain prices - every weekend.
W 7AM-2PM; Sa & Su 7AM-4PM
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Nov 2, 2014-Nov 30, 2014 - CANYON TOURS
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
The Sagawau Canyon is the only natural exposure of bedrock in Cook County. Join naturalists for a hike down the canyon to learn how it was formed and what lives there. Be prepared to wade through the stream; footing is unstable.
Su 1PM (No Canyon Tour Nov. 16)
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Nov 6, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - VILLAGE OF HOMEWOOD - POP-UP SHOPS
Downtown Homewood
, Homewood, IL
708-206-3375
Two dozen new retail options will open this holiday shopping season in downtown Homewood! Home goods, entertaining and gift giving needs, antiques, jewelry and accessories!
Th-Sa 10AM-7PM
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Nov 11, 2014-Jan 16, 2015 - CALL FOR ART: YOU ART WHAT YOU EAT | NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBIT
Union Street Gallery & Art Studios
1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights, IL
708-754-2601
CALL FOR ART: You Art What You Eat | National Juried Exhibit, February 25 – March 28, 2015; DEADLINE TO ENTER: January 16, 2015. Entry Fee: $25 for 2 entries, $30 for 3 entries
W-Th 12-5PM; F 12-6PM; Sa 11AM-4PM
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Nov 12, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - 4TH ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBIT
Union Street Gallery & Art Studios
1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights, IL
708-754-2601
This year the 4th Annual Members Exhibit will feature 17 talented local and regional artists who are artist members of USG
W-Th 12-5PM; F 12-6PM; Sa 11AM-4PM
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Nov 12, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - TWELFTH MONTH ANNUAL EXHIBIT & BOUTIQUE
Union Street Gallery & Art Studios
1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights, IL
708-754-2601
Union Street Gallery will once again presents “Twelfth Month”, its annual exhibit and boutique on November 12, 2014. This large exhibit of local art and craft will run through December 20, 2014.
W-Th 12-5PM; F 12-6PM; Sa 11-4PM; Reception November 22, 12-3PM
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Nov 21, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW
Tall Grass Art Gallery
367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL
708-748-3377
Tall Grass Gift Shop & Gallery are filled to the brim with original, affordable art work. Start your holiday gift giving here on Friday, November 21, 6-9PM.
Tu-Sa 11AM-4PM
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Nov 24, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Lansing Historical Museum
Lower Level of Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing, IL
708-474-7497
Christmas trees and other displays from over 30 countries are on exhibit along with explanations of a wide range of holiday customs.
M-Tu 6-8PM; W-Th 3-5PM; Sa 10AM-1PM; Closed F & Su
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Nov 28, 2014-Nov 28, 2014 - JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTION
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone, IL
708-997-0245
6PM
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Nov 28, 2014-Nov 28, 2014 - TASTE OF THE HOLIDAYS
Downtown Lansing
, Lansing, IL
708-474-4170
A gathering of festive food offerings for less than $3 each! Come taste fun food for the holidays.
5-7:30PM
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Nov 28, 2014-Nov 28, 2014 - SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS ARRIVE / TREE LIGHTING
Park Plaza
Ridge Road & Grant Street, Lansing, IL
708-474-4170
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck, greet children and promenade to the Lansing Christmas tree on Park Plaza, then light the tree.
6PM
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Nov 28, 2014-Nov 28, 2014 - 11TH ANNUAL BUTTERBALL BURNER
H-F Racquet & Fitness Club
2920 West 183rd Street, Homewood, IL
708-799-1323
8AM Check-in; 9AM Race time
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Nov 28, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS AT THE SANTA HOUSE
Park Plaza
Corner of Ridge Road & Grant Street, Lansing, IL
708-474-4170
Santa and Mrs. Claus will open their house to receive children and give out free goodie bags! Fridays & Saturdays.
F 7-9PM; Sa 1-3PM
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Nov 29, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - SHOP OAK LAWN KICK-OFF PARTY
Oak Lawn Patriot Station (Metra Station)
5120 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn, IL
708-424-8300
Music, food, kiddie crafts and games will help kick-start the shopping season in Oak Lawn. This event is in conjunction with the Village of Oak Lawn's "Santa on the Green." Together it's a don't miss!
11AM-3PM
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Nov 29, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - TOMFOLLERY SHOW
Ravisloe Country Club
18231 Park Avenue, Homewood, IL
708-798-5600
This fun-filled comedy-based variety event will feature some of Chicagoland's funniest comedians and also some fine music to relax...and dance to!!! Providing the musical variety will be DJ Rex Albrecht, who will keep things moving before, during and after the comedy!! Please join us for what is surely to be a spectacular evening of fun!! Doors open at 7:00 PM and the comedy begins at 8:00 PM! Cash bar is available!!
7PM doors open 8PM show
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Nov 29, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - ATTRACTING BIRDS
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Feeding the birds is a great way to attract winter residents to your yard. Learn how to provide a refuge for birds with proper landscaping and placement of bird feeders.
1PM
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Nov 29, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - CHICAGO PORTAGE - NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Help assist in the removal of invasive plant species that are destroying the biodiversity that once thrived here. Groups are welcome! Please bring work gloves if you have them. This is a great way for scouts and high school students to fulfill their community service requirements. Chicago Portage National Historic Site is located at 49th & Harlem Ave. just north of I-55.
9AM-12PM
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Nov 29, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - THE ILLINOIS PRAIRIE
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Delve into the history of prairies. We'll also take a look at our own prairie to see plants being preserved today.
1:30PM
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Nov 29, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - 15TH ANNUAL SPIRIT OF THORNTON TOWNSHIP
Thornton Township
333 East 162nd Street, South Holland, IL
708-596-6040 x3168
Join Thornton Township as we welcome Santa and light the Christmas trees, a total of 18 trees, refreshments served, public welcome.
5:30-9PM
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Nov 29, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - SPORTS COLLECTIBLE SHOW
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-423-1758
Sports Collectable Show. Sports Cards, NASCAR, Toys, Comic Books, Collectable cards and other collectable items..
9AM-1PM
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Nov 29, 2014-Nov 29, 2014 - CHRISTMAS IN THE SQUARE & FESTIVAL OF TREES
Central Square
222 East Ninth Street, Lockport, IL
815-838-1183
Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the holidays at the Annual Christmas in the Square Event. Come visit Santa and his reindeer, live from the North Pole. Santa will have a special gift for each child. Be sure to stop by the Gladys Fox Museum to see the Festival of Trees. The tree lighting ceremony will be at 4:30pm on the front lawn of Central Square. This event is sponsored by: Lockport Township Park District, City of Lockport, Lockport Township Government, Lockport Chamber of Commerce and a variety of local businesses.
1:30-4:30PM
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Nov 30, 2014-Nov 30, 2014 - A NOSTALGIC CHRISTMAS
The Pickwick Society Tea Room, Gifts & Antiques
122 Kansas Street, Frankfort, IL
815-806-8140
Our sixth annual Nostalgic Christmas Tea with more memories of a more idyllic time, with snow, gifts and songs, a time to ponder days gone by and times yet to come. Take a deep breath, enjoy some tea, and open your heart for the upcoming season. Enjoy an afternoon tea of laughter, tears, songs and stories. Join our Pickwick Players for a Nostalgic Christmas to remember. Cost for this event is $40.
12:30-3PM
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Nov 30, 2014-Nov 30, 2014 - 5TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TEA
Gladys Fox Museum
231 East Ninth Street, Lockport, IL
815-838-1183
Our 5th Annual Christmas Tea will feature tea sandwiches, homemade Christmas cookies from a variety of holiday recipes, a beautiful tea cup with treat, tea pot raffle, a handmade Christmas quilt and Christmas music entertainment by Harpist Phyllis Caneva.
1:30-3:30PM
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Nov 30, 2014-Nov 30, 2014 - STEP BACK INTO A 1950s CHRISTMAS EXHIBIT
1950s Park Forest House Museum
141 Forest Boulevard, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Decorated in vintage Christmas including Christmas Gurley Candles. We put up our rotating Black Forest Green tree, pre-decorated with glass ornaments. Christmas decorations are in every room. Visit for a nostalgic look at Christmas-Past.
W & Sa 10:30AM-3:30PM; or small groups by appointment
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Nov 30, 2014-Nov 30, 2014 - FAMILY FUN NIGHT EVENT
Ice Arena
9320 South Kenton Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL
708-857-5173
This is a perfect event to try out ice-skating and spend quality time with your family and friends.
2-4:30PM
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Nov 30, 2014-Nov 30, 2014 - HOLIDAY FESTIVAL & MAYOR'S TREE LIGHTING
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-403-6150
Kick-off the holiday season at the annual winter holiday festival. Several afternoon activities will be offered. The Mayor's official tree lighting will take place at 5:45.
3-6PM
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Nov 30, 2014-Nov 30, 2014 - CARRAIG CHALLENGE ANNUAL 5K RUN
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-9323
The entire event will take place on the 55 acres of Gaelic Park. Awards to the top three male and female age group finishers in the Run Category. The registration is $25.00 in advance or $30.00 on race day. Online registration is available at www.racetime.info or www.chicagogaelicpark.org/Carraigchallenge Proceeds benefit Gaelic Park Charities – providing to those in need throughout the Chicagoland area. For further information call Gaelic Park at 708-687-9323 or visit the web site at www.chicagogaelicpark.org
10:30AM
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Dec 1, 2014-Dec 19, 2014 - SUITE PRINTS: 25TH YEAR OF CHICAGO PRINTMAKERS COLLABORATIVE
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-3636
This exhibition features the works of 10 artists from this 25 year old collaborative. Artists Reception on November 20th, 4:30-7pm
M-Th 9AM-4PM; W-Th 5PM-7PM
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Dec 1, 2014-Dec 23, 2014 - MVCC ART FACULTY EXHIBITION | NEW WORK
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The Art Faculty share recent work with the college, their students, and community in this popular group show. Reception: Thursday, December 4, 3-5PM. Artist talk at 3:30PM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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