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.

Apr 1, 2014-Apr 24, 2014 - GARY CAWOOD EXCAVATION
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Little Rock-based photographer Gary Cawood started the series that would become Excavation in 2006. His color images explore the surface scars and remains on a landscape that is often considered expendable in our culture.
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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Apr 1, 2014-Apr 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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Apr 1, 2014-Apr 30, 2014 - CHICAGO WHITE SOX BASEBALL
Chicago White Sox
US Cellular Field, 333 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL
312-674-1000
The Chicago White Sox play spectacular Major League baseball providing great entertainment for families from April through September.
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Apr 2, 2014-Apr 30, 2014 - KIWANIS BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-403-6200
W 6-9:30PM
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Apr 2, 2014-Apr 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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Apr 6, 2014-Apr 27, 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
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Apr 23, 2014-Apr 23, 2014 - TOTS AND TRAILS
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Children, 3-5 years old, and their favorite adult are invited to join us on a nature hike. Please dress for the weather. We’re exploring rain, snow or shine. Severe weather will cancel this program.
10:30-11:30AM
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Apr 25, 2014-Apr 25, 2014 - SPRING FLING DADDY DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT
Oak View Center
4625 West 110th Street, Oak Lawn, IL
708-857-2200
Dads and daughters will enjoy music, princess crafts, games with friends, and a build your own ice cream sundae bar!
6:30-8:30PM
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Apr 25, 2014-Apr 25, 2014 - HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN
The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center
10847 LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL
708-390-2401
Here’s your chance to see a movie on the big screen! Can you guess the movie? It may take you 101 chances to guess the family friendly classic about love and puppies. Costumes are optional but bring your trick-or-treat bag to get some goodies. Admission is $1 and includes a bag of popcorn provided by SBI Mokena. Children ages 2 and under are free. No outside food/drinks are allowed. Bring your blankets to lay on the ground and because it might get chilly in the gym! Open seating will also be available on folding chairs and bleachers.
7-9PM
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Apr 25, 2014-Apr 27, 2014 - ACADEMIC THEATER DEPARTMENT CRIMES OF THE HEART
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
John and Angeline Oremus Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital.
F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 3PM
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Apr 26, 2014-Apr 26, 2014 - EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Bring the whole family to Lake Katherine for a day of nature-themed activities, crafts, and educational displays. Free admittance.
10AM-2PM
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Apr 26, 2014-Apr 26, 2014 - MORNING BIRD WALK
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Spring migrants are in the air and an early morning walk is the best way to see them. Dress for the weather. Please bring binoculars if you have them.
7-8:30AM
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Apr 26, 2014-Apr 26, 2014 - EARTH DAY 2014
Wolfe Wildlife Refuge
109th & Laramie, Oak Lawn, IL
708-857-2200
Bring the family out to learn about sustainable practices and proper recycling! Free shows, giveaways, raffles, demos, kids activities and more.
10AM-2PM
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Apr 26, 2014-Apr 26, 2014 - DEE ALEXANDER IN CONCERT
The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University
One University Parkway, University Park, IL
708-235-2222
Chicago's Best Singer (2009 Chicago Magazine) Dee Alexander celebrates the music of Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Nina Simone, and Dinah Washington, highlighting her versatility as a jazz, gospel, soul and world music vocalist.
8PM
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Apr 26, 2014-Apr 26, 2014 - EARTH DAY AT THE OAKS
Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center
20000 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields, IL
708-481-2330
11AM-2PM
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Apr 26, 2014-Apr 26, 2014 - ANNUAL EARTH DAY PARKS & PRESERVES CLEANUP
Whistler Woods
480 Acme Drive, Riverdale, IL
800-870-3666
Help clean up the preserves in the morning and then celebrate with fun activities, recycling, hikes and more. Register at earthdaychicago.com. In partnership with Friends of the Parks.
9AM-2PM
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Apr 26, 2014-Apr 26, 2014 - EARTH DAY
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Join us for a day set aside as a reminder to be good stewards of our planet every day. Activities include hikes, puppet shows, a craft and Earth Day Jeopardy!
10AM-3PM
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Apr 27, 2014-Apr 27, 2014 - BIRD WALK
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Join a naturalist to observe wild birds. Learn to identify birds by field marks, behavior, calls and habitat. Binoculars available for loan.
7:30AM
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Apr 27, 2014-Apr 27, 2014 - SPORTS COLLECTIBLE SHOW
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-423-1758
Sports Cards, Toys, Nascar & More
9AM-2PM
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Apr 27, 2014-Apr 27, 2014 - JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTION
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone, IL
708-997-0245
6PM
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Apr 27, 2014-Apr 27, 2014 - RINGING THE DINNER BELL
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Pizza is NOT on this menu! Learn about what we feed our exhibit animals to keep them healthy as we watch them eat. A different animal will be featured for each date
2-2:30PM
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Apr 27, 2014-Apr 27, 2014 - FREE RECYCLING EVENT
Brookfield Zoo
North Parking Lot, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL
708-688-8000
Free electronic and bicycle recycling! Celebrate Earth Day at Brookfield Zoo by recycling your old unwanted electronics and bicycles for FREE and then enjoy our Party for the Planet.* Plus, receive free parking in the North Parking lot if you bring an approved item to recycle that day.
12-6PM
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Apr 27, 2014-Apr 27, 2014 - PARTY FOR THE PLANET
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL
708-688-8000
Every day is Earth Day at Brookfield Zoo, but on this very special day we will be showcasing some of the steps you can commit to that will truly make a difference for animals across the globe!

This year we will focus on the African Painted Dog which are medium-size dogs that live on the savannah and in the open woodlands of central and southern Africa. They have a distinctively patterned coat, and no two are exactly alike. Black, yellow, white, and dark brown are the main colors in the wild dog pallet, and these colors are in an almost unlimited combination of patterns. You can see African Painted Dogs at Habitat Africa! The Savannah. African Painted Dogs are more endangered than elephants, rhinos and lions.
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Apr 27, 2014-Apr 27, 2014 - COUNTRY MARKETS - FRANKFORT
Breidert Green
Oak & Kansas Streets, Frankfort, IL
815-469-2177 x243
Enjoy local produce, homemade prepared foods, plants in an outdoor farmer's market. Special events throughout the year. Every Sunday in downtown Frankfort.
Su 10AM-2PM
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Apr 28, 2014-Apr 30, 2014 - MVCC JURIED STUDENT ART EXHIBITION
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The annual selection of student work showing the breadth and depth of the college's emerging artistic talent.
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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Apr 28, 2014-Apr 30, 2014 - ANNUAL PSC GRADUATING STUDENT SHOW
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-3636
M-Th 9AM-3PM & W-Th 5-7PM Reception May 1st 12-2PM
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Apr 29, 2014-Apr 29, 2014 - TUESDAY MORNINGS ARE FOR THE BIRDS!
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Bring binoculars and enjoy spring migration with a naturalist. We'll Visit Sand Ridge's best birding spots.
8AM
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May 1, 2014-May 1, 2014 - SENIORS IN NATURE
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Seniors Enjoying Nature Inside/Outside Rain or Shine! Seniors, are you looking for a new way to stay active that involves nature? If so, you are invited to have fun and get some fresh air with friends. Different activities will be featured each week. Seniors 55 years and up.
1:30-3:30PM
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May 1, 2014-May 19, 2014 - MVCC JURIED STUDENT ART EXHIBITION
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The annual selection of student work showing the breadth and depth of the college's emerging artistic talent.
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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May 1, 2014-May 22, 2014 - ANNUAL PSC GRADUATING STUDENT SHOW
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-3636
M-Th 9AM-3PM & W-Th 5-7PM Reception May 1st 12-2PM
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