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, 2016-Oct 29, 2016 - FARMERS MARKET - PARK FOREST
271 Lakewood Boulevard
Corner of Lakewood Boulevard & Cunningham Drive, Park Forest, IL
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 1, 2016-Oct 29, 2016 - CANYON TOURS
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
Sagawau Canyon will highlight the geology of Northeastern Illinois. Hike is over rough terrain, wading through a stream is necessary. Registration in person or by phone, starts the Monday prior to the program date. No groups. Space is limited.
Sa 10AM
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Oct 1, 2016-Oct 29, 2016 - VILLAGE OF ROBBINS - OPEN AIR MARKET
13900 Claire Boulevard
Robbins, IL
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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Oct 1, 2016-Oct 30, 2016 - SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET
4350 West 129th Street
Alsip, IL
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, 2016-Oct 31, 2016 - ODYSSEY FUN FARM
Odyssey Fun World
19111 South Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
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!
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Oct 1, 2016-Oct 31, 2016 - BENGTSON'S PUMPKIN FARM
13341 West 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL
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Oct 1, 2016-Oct 31, 2016 - HOLIDAY DRAWING
Park Lawn
10833 South LaPorte Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL
Tickets are available for Park Lawn’s Holiday Drawing with the grand prize of $5,000.00. Second prize is $1,500.00 and third prize is $500.00. Ticket $50.00. Drawing will be on December 8th at 12PM.
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Oct 1, 2016-Oct 31, 2016 - STEP BACK INTO A 1950s HALLOWEEN EXHIBIT
1950s Park Forest House Museum
227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
The museum is decorated in vintage Halloween decorations including die-cuts and Halloween Gurley Candles. Adults $5; 12 and under free.
W & Sa 1-3:30 or by appointment
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Oct 1, 2016-Oct 31, 2016 - PICK. AT GARDEN PATCH FARMS
Pick. at Garden Patch Farms
14158 West 159th Street, Homer Glen, IL
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Oct 2, 2016-Oct 30, 2016 - PEOTONE WINDMILL TOURS
427 West Corning Avenue
Peotone, IL
Tour and explore three floors of the largest Dutch/German Illinois Windmill built in 1872, filled with antiques and exhibits.
Su 1-3PM
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Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
This exhibition of works by artists and artisans from Ghana is being sponsored by the Chicago Heights Sister Cities Program and will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Christopher Art Gallery. Carvings, masks, clothing and jewelry by contemporary artists from Ghana will be featured.
M-Th 9AM-3PM; W-Th 5PM-7PM
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Oct 3, 2016-Oct 31, 2016 - KATE SHANNON | YOU DESERVE MORE
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
Kate Shannon uses digitally manipulated photographs, animations, and videos to explore notions such as happiness, love, and loss.
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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Oct 6, 2016-Oct 27, 2016 - FARMERS MARKET - EVERGREEN PARK
Yukich Field
88th Street & Kedzie Avenue, Evergreen Park, IL
12th Season of Evergreen Park Farmers' Market - 25 Vendors, every Thursday, May 7-October 27
Th 7AM-1PM
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Worth Park District Terrace Centre
11500 South Beloit, Worth, IL
Will you survive the nightmare? weave your way through 12+ rooms of terror. Admission $8
F-Su 7-10:30PM (Oct 7-23); F-Su 7-11PMPM (Oct 28-30)
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Oct 27, 2016-Oct 27, 2016 - S.E.N.I.O.R.S.
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
Are you a senior who wants to stay active and remain a lifelong learner? Nature will inspire a different activity at each gathering. Seniors only.
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Oct 27, 2016-Oct 30, 2016 - LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
The Drama Group
Studio Theatre, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights, IL
(MUSICAL) Seymour works at a flower shop, attending a plant who he has named Audrey II (after the love of his life, Audrey). However, his plant is no normal plant. It came from outer space and requires a diet of fresh blood. Seymour starts by giving the plant his own blood, but, when people start dying, the plant wants more than a few drops of blood.
Th-F 7:30PM; Sa 2PM & 7:30PM; Su 2PM
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Oct 28, 2016-Oct 28, 2016 - HIKE UNDER THE NEW MOON
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
Come join us for a night hike followed by a tasty snack. Registration required. Adults only. Limit 25
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Oct 28, 2016-Oct 28, 2016 - JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTION
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone, IL
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Oct 28, 2016-Oct 28, 2016 - BRUSHES AND BOTTLES
Sgt. Means Barn
20712 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields, IL
Join OFPD for their own Paint & Wine Night!!! Bring your friends, snacks, & drinks, and we'll bring the rest. $35
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Oct 28, 2016-Oct 28, 2016 - DUSK BIRD HIKE
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
Join us as we go on a sunset walk to see what birds we may find at day’s close. Space is limited. REGISTRATION: Call Sand Ridge at 708-868-0606. Deadline: 10/26
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Oct 28, 2016-Oct 29, 2016 - HAUNTED HILLS OF PALOS HILLS
Pleasure Lake Park
10801 South Roberts Road, Palos Hills, IL
Travel by wagon through the haunted woods. 6-7PM is a less scary ride. Refreshments will be sold.
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Oct 28, 2016-Oct 30, 2016 - FREAKY DEAKY MUSIC FESTIVAL
7000 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, IL
Freaky Deaky Halloween Festival is an 18+ festival. Everyone will be required to show a government issued ID upon entry.
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Oct 29, 2016-Oct 29, 2016 - TRUNK OR TREAT
Village Green
Kansas & White Streets, Frankfort, IL
815-469-2177 x243
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Oct 29, 2016-Oct 29, 2016 - EVERYDAY SCIENTIST
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
Learn how you can help collect information used by scientists to better understand our planet and save species. For ages 12 & up.
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Oct 29, 2016-Oct 29, 2016 - HALLOWEEN STORY TIME
Paperback Trading Co.
8825 South Ridgeland Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL
A good time for the 3-7 year old children for a Halloween Scary Story, Craft and Activity. FREE
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Oct 29, 2016-Oct 30, 2016 - BOO! AT THE ZOO
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL
Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin' good time! Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy. For more information, visit www.CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8000.
Sa-Su 11AM-4PM
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Oct 29, 2016-Oct 30, 2016 - FAT PIG
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus-sized - and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, he finally comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks.
Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM
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Oct 30, 2016-Oct 30, 2016 - DOWNTOWN TINLEY BOO BASH
Oak Park Avenue Train Station
174th & Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
Dress up and head out to the Downtown Tinley Boo Bash. Wear your costume, trick-or-treat, games, crafts, prizes, enjoy food and refreshments.
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Oct 30, 2016-Oct 30, 2016 - ALL HALLOW'S EVE
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
Come and learn about bats, spiders and snakes and why they’re really not so scary. Costumes strongly encouraged.
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Oct 31, 2016-Oct 31, 2016 - HAUNTED TRAIL & TRICK OR TREAT LANE
Roesner Park
16053 Richmond Avenue, Markham, IL
Bring the family out for a night full of fun. Event includes, Haunted Trail, Trick or Treating, Pumpkin Picking, Hayride and much more.
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