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.

Oct 1, 2014-Oct 23, 2014 - SLANT: NEW WORKS BY CAROL BROOKES
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Carol Brookes examines the hemisphere as a structure through a series of frame-like boxes constructed of wood and canvas filled with spherical sculptures created through the layering of materials such as paper, tubing, rope, and industrial insulation. Reception: Thursday, September 25, 3-5PM. Artist talk at 3:30PM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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Oct 1, 2014-Oct 23, 2014 - BARBARA DIENER | SEHNSUCHT
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Barbara Diener’s photographic portraits and landscapes represent the complex ritualistic and spiritual undercurrents of small towns and rural communities throughout the United States and Europe that are maintained despite a disappearing rural lifestyle.
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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Oct 1, 2014-Oct 25, 2014 - MATERIAL MATTERS | NATIONAL JURIED FIBER EXHIBIT
Union Street Gallery & Art Studios
1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights, IL
708-754-2601
Material Matters features a broad range of fiber and textile art from all over the nation, including 31 diverse artists showing 47 works of art from 16 states, from traditional to unconventional artworks.
W-Th 12-5PM; F 12-6PM; Sa 11AM-4PM
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Oct 1, 2014-Oct 29, 2014 - DROP-IN BIRD BANDING
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Banding has been used to study birds for centuries. Visit Sagawau's banding station to talk with the banders. Learn more about his method of studying birds and observe our bird species up close. Weather permitting.
W 8AM-12PM
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Oct 1, 2014-Oct 29, 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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Oct 1, 2014-Oct 29, 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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Oct 1, 2014-Oct 29, 2014 - KIWANIS BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-341-3161
Bingo, $4400 guaranteed payout. Doors open at 4:30pm. Early special at 6:15pm. Bulls eye, Fireplug, Raffle, Food, Free Coffee and Progressive Raffle.
W 6:30PM
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Oct 1, 2014-Oct 31, 2014 - BENGTSON'S PUMPKIN FARM
13341 West 151st Street
, Homer Glen, IL
708-301-3276
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Oct 1, 2014-Oct 31, 2014 - INSPIRATIONS | USG ARTIST MEMBERS EXHIBIT AT FLOSSMOOR LIBRARY
Union Street Gallery & Art Studios
1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights, IL
708-754-2601
Exhibit of artwork by USG Artist Members to celebrate the opening of the Inspiration Station at the Flossmoor Library, 1000 Sterling Avenue, Flossmoor.
M-Th 9:30AM-9PM; F-Sa 9:30AM-5PM; Su 1-5PM
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Oct 1, 2014-Oct 31, 2014 - STEP BACK INTO A 1950s HALLOWEEN EXHIBIT
1950s Park Forest House Museum
141 Forest Boulevard, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
The museum is decorated in vintage Halloween decorations including die-cuts and Halloween Gurley Candles, with a few extra special touches. Visit for a nostalgic look at Halloween in the 1950s.
W & Sa 10:30AM-3:30PM or small groups by appointment
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Oct 1, 2014-Oct 31, 2014 - ODYSSEY FUN FARM
Odyssey Fun World
19111 South Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
708-429-3800
The Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is fun for all ages! It is a 110 acre farm! We boast a 13 acre pumpkin patch that you will be able to walk through to find the perfect pumpkin for your family. Our exclusive corn maze is 15 acres! It is shaped to say Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park and displays our mascot Chipper! We also have a 5 acre courtyard full of family friendly activities: The Odyssey Petting Zoo, The Inflatable Kidz Zone, corn cannons, pig races, a cow train, hay rides and pony rides! (Pony Rides only available on Saturday and Sunday. Max weight of 90lbs.) Smoking and alcohol are strictly not permitted within The Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. Smoking is only permitted within the front parking lot. No outside food or beverages allowed on the Farm!
10AM-6PM
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Oct 2, 2014-Oct 30, 2014 - FARMERS MARKET - EVERGREEN PARK
Yukich Field
90th Street & Kedzie Avenue, Evergreen Park, IL
708-422-8776
Fruit, vegetables, breads, bagels, dry cooking mixes, flavored oils, herbs, spices, nuts, home baked goods, homemade soaps and flowers will be sold. For bus service call two days in advance.
Th 7AM-1PM
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Oct 4, 2014-Oct 25, 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.
Sa 1PM
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Oct 4, 2014-Oct 25, 2014 - FARMERS MARKET - PARK FOREST
271 Lakewood Boulevard
Corner of Lakewood Boulevard & Cunningham Drive, Park Forest, IL
708-748-1118
This market offers fresh garden produce, bakery items, and herbs. Freshly cooked pork sandwiches and tamales are also available. Come to the market to meet friends, chat, browse and shop. For more information, visit our website or call.
Sa 7AM-12PM
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Oct 4, 2014-Oct 25, 2014 - MOKENA DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS MARKET
On Front Street between 11100 & 11120
, Mokena, IL
708-479-9619
Community market open to all types of vendors; fruits, vegetables, plants, breads, pastries, crafts and other community services. Local talent for entertainment. Parking available at the Metra lot.
Sa 8AM-1PM
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Oct 5, 2014-Oct 26, 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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Oct 6, 2014-Oct 30, 2014 - THE DISCERNING EYE
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-3636
The Discerning Eye features photography masters Dawoud Bey, Terry Evans and Joseph Jachna presenting photographs including environmental landscapes, large scale portraits, and details of nature.
M-Th 9AM-4PM & W-Th 5-7PM; Reception 4:40-7PM October 9th
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Oct 16, 2014-Oct 31, 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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Oct 24, 2014-Oct 24, 2014 - HALLOWEEN PARTY
Palos Park Recreation Center
8901 West 123rd Street, Palos Park, IL
708-671-3760
Ages: 3-10; Fee: $3.00 per child (pay at door)
7-8:30M
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Oct 24, 2014-Oct 24, 2014 - ANIMALS IN THE NIGHT SERIES
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Learn about different spiders as we hunt for them on the woodland floor. Max: 25 Registration required.
7-8:30PM
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Oct 24, 2014-Oct 24, 2014 - MORAINE VALLEY FLUTE CHOIR - FALL CONCERT
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The Flute Choir explores flute music from a wide range of eras and styles. Free admission
7PM
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Oct 24, 2014-Oct 24, 2014 - HALLOWEEN FUN FAIR
Don Gorman Rec Center
4412 Henry Street, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-8882
Children ages 3-10 come to the Don Gorman Rec Center for fun games, prizes, refreshments, raffles, door prizes, and best costume contest!
6-8PM
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Oct 24, 2014-Oct 24, 2014 - JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTION
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone, IL
708-997-0245
6PM
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Oct 24, 2014-Oct 24, 2014 - COSTUME, CANDY & CAMPFIRE
Sgt. Means Park
20712 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields, IL
708-481-7313
Trick or Treat, games and more. Must pre-register by October 17, 2014.
5:30-7:30PM
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Oct 24, 2014-Oct 24, 2014 - CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER
TOYOTA PARK
7000 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, IL
888-MLS-FIRE
7PM
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Oct 24, 2014-Oct 25, 2014 - EXTREME ADULT SCAVENGER HUNT
Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club
19433 Renwick Road, Crest Hill, IL
815-838-1183
We're on the hunt! Get your team of six together to compete in an extreme adult-only scavenger hunt. Each team will need to bring their own digital camera with a removable memory chip to take 30 pictures. You will receive a two-hour limo service to complete up to 30 questions and/or actions, three hours of open bar and appetizers and a photo booth for FUN. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st place team and the team with the most original costume.
7PM-1AM
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Oct 25, 2014-Oct 25, 2014 - SPOOKVIEW
Oak View Community Center
4625 West 110th Street, Oak Lawn, IL
708-857-2200
Activities include magic, inflatables, concessions, dance performances, black light room, eerie crafts, interactive maze. Come enjoy the Spooktacular event!
1-5PM
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Oct 25, 2014-Oct 25, 2014 - UNIQUE CREATURE FEATURES
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Reptiles & Amphibians: Explore why these animals are some of the slimiest and scaliest animals around. Max: 25 Registration required.
1:30PM
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Oct 25, 2014-Oct 25, 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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Oct 25, 2014-Oct 25, 2014 - LEAVE NO CHILD INSIDE: FAMILY FUN DAY!
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Spend some time outside with the kids and have fun with our naturalists. Enjoy activities and games, an obstacle course, nature scavenger hunt and more.
11AM-2PM
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