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.

Dec 1, 2016-Dec 8, 2016 - ORGANIC: WORKS BY KAREN ANI, RENEE ROBBINS, ALISON SVOBODA AND ANA ZANIC
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-708-7738
This show of paintings, works on paper and mosaic emphasizes forms that are organic, that is, that have rounded forms and are based on nature. Each of these Chicago artists uses different materials for their creations.
M-Th 9AM-3PM; W-Th 5PM-7PM
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Dec 1, 2016-Dec 8, 2016 - HOLIDAY DRAWING
Park Lawn
10833 South LaPorte Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL
708-425-6867
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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Dec 1, 2016-Dec 17, 2016 - CHARLES MATSON LUME | WHAT WAITS IS OFTEN DISGUISED (FOR WILLIAM STAFFORD)
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
Charles Matson Lume creates a site-specific installation using light and common materials to address issues around the ineffable, poetry and waiting. Matson Lume believes that the arts plays a vital role in the health of our civilization, and stands with the poet William Carlos Williams when he states: “It is difficult/to get the news from poems/yet men die miserably every day/for lack/of what is found there.”
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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Dec 1, 2016-Dec 31, 2016 - 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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Dec 1, 2016-Dec 31, 2016 - STEP BACK INTO A 1950s CHRISTMAS EXHIBIT
1950s Park Forest House Museum
227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Decorated in vintage Christmas including Christmas Gurley Candles. Visit for a nostalgic look at Christmas-Past. Adults $5; 12 and under free.
W & Sa 1-3:30PM or by appointment
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Dec 1, 2016-Dec 31, 2016 - FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Lansing Historical Museum
Lower Level of Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing, IL
708-474-7497
The Lansing Historical Society will display more than 30 Christmas trees, nativity scenes, recipes and other displays representing holiday customs around the world.
M-Tu 6-8PM; W 3-5PM; Sa 11AM-1PM
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Dec 1, 2016-Dec 31, 2016 - WINTER WONDERLAND ICE RINK
Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue at Fun Drive, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Skaters with their own skates may use ice rink daily beginning at sunrise. Rink closes when warming house closes.
Warming house/Skate Rental Hours (subject to change) M-Th 4-8PM; F 4-9PM; Sa 10AM-9PM; Su 12-7PM
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Dec 3, 2016-Dec 31, 2016 - 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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Dec 4, 2016-Dec 31, 2016 - CHRISTMAS IN THE COMMONS
Village Commons
101 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL
815-462-6400
Visit New Lenox to see a dazzling light display featuring the largest lighted Santa in the country! Don't miss our kick-off celebration on December 4.
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Dec 6, 2016-Dec 6, 2016 - THEN SINGS MY SOUL CHRISTMAS
Freedom Hall
Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest, IL
708-747-0580
“Then Sings My Soul Christmas” is an inspiring concert of great American music that includes well-known Christmas tunes, popular Broadway favorites, beloved jazz standards, and stunning spirituals. Join award-winning mezzo-soprano Cheryse McLeod Lewis and (Name of the Choir joining Ms. Lewis on the show) as they share some of the best American music and most famous Christmas songs ever written. This entertaining show consistently delights audiences of all ages and is a concert that is sure to satisfy the soul and get you into the Christmas spirit!
11AM
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Dec 6, 2016-Dec 6, 2016 - STUDENT RECITAL
South Suburban College
Kindig Performing Arts Center, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL
708-596-2000 x2316
While all concerts are free admission, donations to the Music Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated.
2PM
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Dec 7, 2016-Dec 7, 2016 - SHARING HOLIDAY MEMORIES
St. Mary's Catholic Church
227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Share holiday memories with the group. Step Back into a 1950s Christmas exhibit in the museum will be open for viewing.
7-8:30PM
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Dec 7, 2016-Dec 7, 2016 - ASTRONO-MONEE
Monee Reservoir
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27341 Ridgeland Avenue, Monee, IL
708-534-8499
Learn how to use a star chart to find fascinating objects in the sky. Telescopes and binoculars will available for viewing. The program will move indoors if the weather is uncooperative. Registration is required for this free, all-ages program by Dec. 5; call 708-534-8499.
7:30-9:30PM
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Dec 7, 2016-Dec 28, 2016 - 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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Dec 8, 2016-Dec 8, 2016 - MORAINE VALLEY PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE - HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The Percussion Ensemble celebrates their 12th season with three dynamic, high-energy performances featuring a wide range of music styles performed on marimbas, vibraphones, xylophones, drum set, timpani, bongos, congas, trash cans, cookware, cowbells and much more! This 15- to 20-member group is always wonderfully engaging and entertaining. Free Admission
7:30PM
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Dec 9, 2016-Dec 9, 2016 - WINTER HOLIDAY HAYRIDE
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Our annual holiday hayrides will feature the food, fun and traditions from the pioneers of North America. We'll ride on our decorated hay wagon through the streets of Palos Heights singing Christmas carols then return to the Nature Center to enjoy food, crafts and other activities. Registration and payment to be made in person or by mail no later than the Monday before hayride. $8 per person
7-9:30PM
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Dec 9, 2016-Dec 9, 2016 - JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTION
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone, IL
708-997-0245
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Dec 9, 2016-Dec 9, 2016 - HOLIDAY CONCERT
South Suburban College
Kindig Performing Arts Center, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL
708-596-2000 x2316
SSC Voices, PAC Rats and Symphonic. While all concerts are free admission, donations to the Music Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated.
7PM
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Dec 9, 2016-Dec 11, 2016 - THE CHRISTMAS BUS BY ROBERT INMAN
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
It’s Christmas Eve, and Mrs. Frump, the director of the Peaceful Valley Orphanage, is planning what she believes will be the most special Christmas ever for her kids. Come see what happens in this adventure. Tickets: $14 Adults / $12 Senior & Student / $10 Child (12 & under)
F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM
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Dec 9, 2016-Dec 11, 2016 - ALABAMA STORY
The Drama Group
Studio Theatre, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-755-3444
(DRAMA) A gentle children’s book with an apparent hidden message stirs the passions of a segregationist senator and a no-nonsense state librarian in 1959 Montgomery, just as the civil rights movement is flowering. Inspired by true events, Alabama Story puts political foes, star-crossed childhood friends, and one feisty children’s author on the same page to conjure a Deep South of the Imagination.
F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM
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Dec 10, 2016-Dec 10, 2016 - BREAKFAST WITH SANTA HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Matteson Community Center
20642 Matteson Avenue, Matteson, IL
708-441-4500
Join the Village for festive ambiance, holiday cheer and good tidings! Enjoy a special tree lighting and breakfast with your family! Children will visit and have their pictures taken with Santa (additional cost), finish up any last minute shopping with our local vendors and each child will receive a gift from Santa.
10AM-1PM
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Dec 10, 2016-Dec 10, 2016 - MOM & SON DATE NIGHT
H-F Sports Complex
18211 Aberdeen Street, Homewood, IL
708-957-0300
The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District is hosting a special night just for moms and their sons. No need to get all dressed up, it’s a pajama party! The night will start off with a delicious holiday themed buffet that is sure to satisfy everyone’s appetite. Moms and Sons are encouraged to wear their most comfortable pair of pajamas, bring cozy blankets, sleeping bags and pillows so they can snuggle up and watch a holiday classic film. This event is sure to create some memories that will last a lifetime! Participation is limited so please register early. Registration Deadline: December 3.
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Dec 10, 2016-Dec 10, 2016 - A WELL-STRUNG CHRISTMAS
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The all-male string quartet Well-Strung has been receiving rave reviews all over the world, from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Leicester Square Theatre in London. A Well-Strung Christmas includes the most beautiful and traditional melodies, such as Silent Night to irreverent “newly observed” versions of things like I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus and the famous Sleigh ride, to George Michael’s This Christmas… and everything in between. There will be opportunities for the audience to participate and walk away from the evening’s holiday celebration with some special moments they will remember and keep close to their hearts. You might even see a little snow!
7:30PM
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Dec 10, 2016-Dec 10, 2016 - LANSING COPPER MUGGERS BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
TF South High School Cafeteria
18500 Burnham Avenue, Lansing, IL
708-474-4170
Come and have a pancake breakfast with Santa! Every child who visits with Santa gets a goody bag. Bring your camera!
7-11AM
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Dec 10, 2016-Dec 10, 2016 - PEOTONE'S CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE
Throughout the Village
Peotone, IL
708-917-0265
A community celebration taking place throughout the Village. Pancake breakfast, crafts, entertainment, Sand and lighted parade. Like the Village of Peotone on Facebook for schedule.
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Dec 10, 2016-Dec 10, 2016 - SANTA IS COMING TO OUR TOWN
Palos Park Metra Depot
123rd Street & 82nd Avenue, Palos Park, IL
708-671-3760
Santa Claus and his elves are making a stop in Palos Park from the North Pole! Children will feel the holiday excitement with a variety of crafts, activities and a special visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus as they arrive by TRAIN! Each child will have the opportunity to tell Santa their Christmas wishes and receive a little early Christmas gift from Santa himself! Holiday music and stories will fill the air as you enjoy a hot meal with your family. Bring your camera for those precious candid photos. Please Note: Fee is per person attending. When registering please include the names of parents, grandparents, child/children and other family members. Pre-registration is required by Friday, December 2
10:30AM-12PM & 1:15-3:15PM
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Dec 10, 2016-Dec 10, 2016 - HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Eisenhower Center
2550 178th Street, Lansing, IL
708-474-8552
Don't miss Lan-Oak Park District's holiday arts and craft fair!
10AM-3PM
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Dec 10, 2016-Dec 10, 2016 - MORNING BIRD HIKE
Monee Reservoir
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27341 Ridgeland Avenue, Monee, IL
708-534-8499
Explore and learn which migrating bird species are stopping in Will County forest preserves. Bring binoculars and a favorite field guide. Dress for the weather. Hikes range from 0.5 to 1.5 miles. The free program is for ages 18 and older. Registration is required by Dec. 8; call 708-534-8499.
8-10AM
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Dec 10, 2016-Dec 11, 2016 - A SOUL CHRISTMAS
SPAA Theater & Performing Arts Center
350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, IL
708-748-9470
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Dec 10, 2016-Dec 11, 2016 - HOLIDAY MAGIC
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL
708-688-8000
Start a new family tradition at Chicagoland's largest holiday lights festival featuring over one million twinkling lights, animated light displays and a laser light show! Many of our indoor exhibits will be open for viewing favorite animals, including our newest, Great Bear Wilderness. Plus, there is a special dolphin show each evening at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the zoo restaurants and food stands will be open with full menus and holiday treats, and gift shops will have hundreds of unique items for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones. Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and entertainment in the Pavilions. Outside enjoy nightly ice carving and an amazing magic show. Then step inside the Holly Jolly Theater and enjoy performances by local choirs and many more holiday themed performances.
Sa-Su 4-9PM
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