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, 2015-Apr 29, 2015 - 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 1, 2015-Apr 29, 2015 - 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, 2015-Apr 29, 2015 - KIWANIS BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-403-6200
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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Apr 1, 2015-Apr 30, 2015 - STEP BACK INTO A 1950s EASTER
1950s Park Forest House Museum
141 Forest Boulevard, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
The museum is decorated in vintage Easter decorations including die-cuts and Easter Gurley Candles, with 1950s-style Easter baskets and rabbit and chick decorations in every room.
W & Sa 10:30-3:30 or by appointment
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Apr 1, 2015-Apr 30, 2015 - 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, 2015-Apr 30, 2015 - SOUTH SUBURBAN DRUM CIRCLE
Chuck's Haven Banquet Hall
14844 Chicago Road, Dolton, IL
708-849-2100
Thursday nights Adult Drumming Circle ALL skill levels welcome. BYO Beverage. Parents can Call to register their son/daughter for Saturday Youth drum classes limited seating available.
Th 7-9PM
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Apr 2, 2015-Apr 30, 2015 - VILLAGE OF ROBBINS - OPEN AIR MARKET
13900 Claire Boulevard
, Robbins, IL
708-385-8940
Thinking of going into business? Let us be your testing ground. Become a vendor/or shop till you drop. We have new and used merchandise.
Tu,Th & Sa 6AM-3:30PM
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Apr 4, 2015-Apr 25, 2015 - MIGRATORY BIRD HIKES
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Join a naturalist to observe resident and migratory birds at Sagawau. Learn to identify birds by field marks, behavior, sound and habitat. Binoculars available for loan. Weekday hikes will be followed by optional off-site birding trip.
Sa 7:30AM
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Apr 4, 2015-Apr 25, 2015 - 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.
1PM Saturdays in April (plus Sundays April 5 & 19)
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Apr 7, 2015-Apr 28, 2015 - 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 and check out some colorful warblers.
Tu 8AM
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Apr 15, 2015-Apr 30, 2015 - BIO-SYNTHESIS, AVIVA ALTER, ANGELA DIEFFENBACH, VESNA JOVANOVIC
Union Street Gallery & Art Studios
1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights, IL
708-754-2601
Art inspired by science, medicine and the human body, featuring work by Aviva Alter and Vesna Jovanovic from Chicago and Angela Dieffenbach from Peoria, IL. Reception Saturday April 18, 12-3PM.
W-Th 12-5PM; F 12-6PM; Sa 11AM-4PM
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Apr 15, 2015-Apr 30, 2015 - JOURNEY: THE ART OF HEALING
Union Street Gallery & Art Studios
1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights, IL
708-754-2601
Journey is a regional juried exhibit featuring art in response to physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
W-Th 12-5PM; F 12-6PM; Sa 11AM-4PM
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Apr 16, 2015-Apr 30, 2015 - ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS
Chuck's Haven Banquet Hall
14844 Chicago Road, Dolton, IL
708-849-2100
Classes are a mix of Zumba and Zumba toning
Th 6:50-7:50PM
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Apr 24, 2015-Apr 25, 2015 - KIMBERLY AKIMBO
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
708-235-2222
This hilarious play follows a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life amidst dealing with a totally dysfunctional family, her own mortality, and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.
8PM
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Apr 24, 2015-Apr 26, 2015 - A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
John and Angelina Oremus Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Joe Egg is a dark comedy that addresses every expectant parent’s deepest fears. Bri, a school teacher, and his wife, Sheila, have a 10-year-old spastic child named Josephine, who has been entirely dependent upon her parents since birth. Bri sees a hopeless future and hides behind irony and sarcasm to cope, while Sheila believes the child is her penance for a promiscuous past and hopefully looks for even the slightest hint at Josephine’s recovery. In the end, Bri and Sheila must decide how to confront the future: as a family, as a couple, or on their own.
F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 3PM
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Apr 25, 2015-Apr 25, 2015 - CHICAGO BLISS
TOYOTA PARK
7000 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, IL
800-653-8000
Women's Lingerie Football League
8PM
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Apr 25, 2015-Apr 25, 2015 - 2015 ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
144th between Union & Halsted
, Riverdale, IL
708-596-6040
Plant trees and learn about tree care and maintenance. Bring work gloves, shovels (if possible) and wear closed-toe shoes.
11AM-1PM
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Apr 25, 2015-Apr 25, 2015 - MORNING BIRD WALK
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Spring migrants are in the air! Take an early morning walk through various habitats in search of birds making their way north. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them. No registration required.
7AM
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Apr 25, 2015-Apr 25, 2015 - ICE SCULPTURES BY AFTER DARK ICE
All Aboard! Family Dining & Amusement
20831 South LaGrange, Frankfort, IL
815-806-9005
After Dark Ice will be performing ice sculptures at 12pm & 6pm. Come enjoy family fun & great food!
12PM & 6PM
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Apr 25, 2015-Apr 25, 2015 - SPORTSPLEX FAMILY HEALTH FAIR
Orland Park Sportsplex
11351 West 159th Street, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Everyone is invited to our eleventh annual Health Fair. Free & Open to all ages.
9AM-12PM
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Apr 25, 2015-Apr 25, 2015 - FRANKFORT HALF MARATHON
Frankfort Old Plank Trail
24 West Elmwood, Frankfort, IL
708-542-2852
The Frankfort Half Marathon will begin and end in the beautiful historic district of downtown Frankfort. The race will commence right outside the door of Running Excels on the Old Plank Trail and run westward. After 2.7 miles of running on the scenic, tree-lined Old Plank Trail, the racers will turn off into the Hickory Creek Forest Preserve. The rolling hills of the forest preserve will provide a picturesque tour for the runners as they reach the halfway and turn-around point in the race. The runners will then proceed back through the forest preserve and to the Old Plank Trail for their final journey towards the finish line and the post-race party on the Breidert Green.
7AM
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Apr 25, 2015-Apr 25, 2015 - NIGHT SKY PROGRAM
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Peak at the universe through telescopes; guided by the Chicago Astronomical Society. No registration required.
7-10PM
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Apr 25, 2015-Apr 25, 2015 - 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 26, 2015-Apr 26, 2015 - 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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Apr 26, 2015-Apr 26, 2015 - DROP-IN FOSSIL HUNT
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Visit an ancient coral reef. Piece together the habitat of the Silurian Sea while searching for fossilized invertebrates.
10AM-2PM
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Apr 26, 2015-Apr 26, 2015 - COUNTRY MARKETS - FRANKFORT
Village 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 26, 2015-Apr 26, 2015 - IN THE MOOD
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
708-235-2222
A retro 1940s musical revue featuring the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra. Relive the 1940s with a combination of up-tempo big band instrumentals and intimate, romantic ballads. This was the time when the music moved the nation’s spirit!
4PM
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Apr 27, 2015-Apr 30, 2015 - 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. The exhibition features work from across all areas of study, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, design, and printmaking. The accompanying atrium display will feature designs submitted by students to this year’s exhibition poster and invitation card competition. Reception: Thursday, April 30, 3-5PM. Artist talk at 3:30PM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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Apr 27, 2015-Apr 30, 2015 - GRADUATE STUDENT EXHIBITION 2015
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-3636
This is our annual exhibition of work by students graduating from Prairie State College, with an art major. The exhibition is curated by Professor Paul Rinaldi, area supervisor of fine arts.
M-Th 9AM-3PM; W-Th 4PM-7PM
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Apr 29, 2015-Apr 29, 2015 - COMPETENT COMMUNICATION: KEYS TO BUILDING AND SUSTAINING PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
South Suburban College
15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL
708-596-2000 x2346
The South Suburban College Business & Career Institute (BCI) presents a three-part Breakfast with BCI Workshop entitled, Competent Communication: Keys to Building and Sustaining Professional Relationships. All workshops will be held in the South Suburban College Heritage Room from 9:00 a.m. – noon a.m. (check-in and continental breakfast to begin at 8:30 a.m.).
8:30AM-12PM
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