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With over 800 Festivals & Events running year round, concerts that include the top touring musical acts, countless farmers markets and car shows in the Chicago Southland, the hard part isn’t deciding IF you should come but rather which event you ARE going to attend.

Whether it is Snow Day Festival at the Plum Creek Nature Center in January, Irish Fest at Chicago’s Gaelic Park in May, any of our year round farmers markets or Lansing Autumn Fest in October, you won’t have to travel far to find family friendly activities for any age.

Please click here to view our blog and to find out the latest information about what is happening this weekend in the Chicago Southland.



 
Agricultural / Food / Harvest
Cultural Events
 
Displays / Arts & Crafts
 
Expo / Consumer Show
Fairs / Carnivals
 
Holiday Celebrations
 
Outdoor Activities
Parades
 
Sports Events
 
Workshops / Seminars



Below are the next 30 upcoming Arts events in the Chicago Southland. Use the form above to search for specific events.

Wheelchair Accessible
d Displays/Arts/Crafts
ag Agricultural/Food/Harvest
c Cultural Event
w Workshop/Seminar
$ Admission Fee
h Holiday Celebration
o Outdoor Activity
s Sports Event/Recreational
f Fair, Carnival
e Expo/Consumer Show
p Parade


FARMERS MARKET - OAK LAWN Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 25, 2018
52nd Avenue & Dumke Drive
Oak Lawn, IL
708-499-7744
The village has lined up great vendors where you can pick out fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, find unique gifts and visit with Oak Lawn businesses.
W 7AM-1PM
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SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET (W, SA-SU) Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018
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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SUMMER CAMP Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018
Markham Park District
16053 Richmond Avenue, Markham, IL
708-596-3366
Parents!! School is almost out and you need a place to send your little sweet peas amd honey bees to run free! Send your child to the Markham Park District summer camp! It will be packed with lots of fun filled activities including arts and crafts, theater, swimming, field trips, educational activities, and much more. On top of all of that, they will even receive free breakfast, lunch, and a camp T-shirt! Sign up today! Prices vary.
Before Care: 6-9AM; Camp Hours 9AM-3PM; After Care: 3-6PM. 3 sessions June 4-22; June 25-July 13; July 16-August 3.
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STUDIO CONVERSATIONS Jul 2, 2018 - Jul 19, 2018
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-3636
Works by Mary Bookwalter, Carol Weber and Janice Meister. This is an exhibition of three sisters who have for years collectively discussed and critiqued their art.
M-Th 9AM-4PM; W & Th 5-7PM
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CRUISIN' INTO LOCKPORT Jul 2, 2018 - Jul 30, 2018
Central Square
222 East Ninth Street, Lockport, IL
815-838-1183
FREE event featuring cars from all different eras. Enjoy our music and farmers market as you browse!
M Farmers Market: 4-8PM; Bands 4:30-8:30PM
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GALLERY 2018 JURIED COMMUNITY ART EXHIBITION Jul 2, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The local community is invited to submit artworks for this annual juried exhibition with cash prizes for the “Best of Show” artwork.
M-Th 9AM-4:30PM
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FARMERS MARKET - PALOS HEIGHTS Jul 4, 2018 - Jul 25, 2018
City of Palos Heights
Municipal Parking Lot, 12217 South Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1800
Great locally grown produce, food products and plants every Wednesday morning. LINK cards accepted.
W 7AM-1PM
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DOLTON FLEA MARKET Jul 4, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
The Dolton Bazaar
14900 Greenwood Road (South Lot), Next to Melanie Fitness Center, Dolton, IL
708-201-2960
Come participate in Dolton's Flea Market and Community Bazaar featuring deals on EVERYTHING! Early bird specials available for vendors.
W, F & Sa 8AM-2PM
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BOOMER TOYS AND DOLLS (W, SA) Jul 4, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
1950s Park Forest House Museum, St. Mary's Catholic Church
227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Toys and dolls, several on loan, played with from the late 1940s into the mid-1960s will be on display, along with books about them.
W & Sa 1-3:30PM
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MARKET AT THE PARK Jul 5, 2018 - Jul 26, 2018
Crescent Park
9705 West 142nd Street, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Over 50 vendors offer a variety of fresh produce, flowers, plants, pasta, bakery items, gourmet spices, artisanal cheeses, olive oil, and more.
Th 4-8PM NEW! FREE! CRUISE NIGHT 4 PM – 8 PM
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SUMMER NIGHTS Jul 6, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL
708-688-8000
Our summertime event is back for a fourth season (4-9PM Friday and Saturday Nights). Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, kid entertainment, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.
F & Sa 4-9PM
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FARMERS MARKET - PARK FOREST Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
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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FARMERS MARKET - HOMEWOOD Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
Martin Avenue Square
18020 Martin Avenue, Homewood, IL
708-798-3000
Meet your family and friends at Homewood’s farmers market, a true regional market! Enjoy fresh produce, prepared foods, flowers, entertainment and much more!
Sa 8AM-1PM
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FARMERS MARKET - THORNTON Jul 11, 2018 - Jul 25, 2018
Hubbard Park
102 North Hubbard Street, Thornton, IL
708-877-4454
2018 Market in the Park FARM STAND ONLY featuring Dotson's Farm fresh produce & plants.
W 8AM-2PM
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STEM STUDIO OPEN HOURS FOR MAKING Jul 11, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
Homewood Science Center
18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL
708-206-3369
STEAM Studio Open Hours for Making at Homewood Science Center Wednesdays July 11-August 22 from 4pm-8pm & Saturdays July 28-August 25 from 10am-1pm Last entry 30 minutes before closing time Join Homewood Science Center to create, connect, and explore as we open our STEAM Studio to families! Design and build something cool on your own or get inspiration from one of our feature makers or try a featured project! This is for the whole family- it is not a drop-off program. We have plenty of materials to choose from, all you need to bring is your creativity.
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FRANKFORT BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018
Kansas & White Streets
Frankfort, IL
Nonprofit Bluegrass Festival, IBMA nominator for event of the year, national and local acts
Sa 10AM-10PM; Su 10am-8PM
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ACRYLICE PAINT POUR FUNDRAISER FOR CRETE CREATIVE Jul 18, 2018
Evil Horse Brewing Company
1338 Main Street, Crete, IL
708-304-2907
Create a beautiful work of art to take home with acrylic paint pouring! Food will be available for a donation. Live music with Grace & John from 7-9. $25 a person
Painting sessions at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30
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RIDGE FEST 2018 Jul 26, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018
Freedom Park
6252 Birmingham Avenue, Chicago Ridge, IL
708-425-7700
Annual festival with national bands/acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts, special guest and children's entertainment.
Th 5:30-10:30PM; F 5:30-11:30PM; Sa 3-11:30PM; Su 2-10:30PM
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GALLERY 2018 JURIED COMMUNITY ART EXHIBITION Aug 1, 2018
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The local community is invited to submit artworks for this annual juried exhibition with cash prizes for the “Best of Show” artwork.
M-Th 9AM-4:30PM
Visit Website c d
SUMMER CAMP Aug 1, 2018 - Aug 3, 2018
Markham Park District
16053 Richmond Avenue, Markham, IL
708-596-3366
Parents!! School is almost out and you need a place to send your little sweet peas amd honey bees to run free! Send your child to the Markham Park District summer camp! It will be packed with lots of fun filled activities including arts and crafts, theater, swimming, field trips, educational activities, and much more. On top of all of that, they will even receive free breakfast, lunch, and a camp T-shirt! Sign up today! Prices vary.
Before Care: 6-9AM; Camp Hours 9AM-3PM; After Care: 3-6PM. 3 sessions June 4-22; June 25-July 13; July 16-August 3.
Visit Website $ d o s
CURRENTS, FIBERS AND FORMS Aug 1, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018
Homewood Science Center
18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL
708-206-3369
August 1-25th Gallery Hours: Wednesdays 4pm-8pm | Saturdays 10am-1pm $5 per person | Children 12 and under free* *children must be with an adult at all times Homewood Science Center | 18022 Dixie Highway | Homewood, IL Currents, Fibers, and Forms is a CodeCreate Collective exhibit that partners making and technology. With the intention to bring together art, science, and worlds, the exhibit consists of eight custom-designed cardboard engineered pieces including Blengin, a dragon paying homage to artist Henry Darger. Another piece, NeuroPentaptych alludes to the trauma of chronic illness. A video reel brings CodeCreate's design process to life. We hope you will be inspired to create your own masterpieces using common materials! #think Homewood #STEAM #STEM Opening Reception | August 4th| $10 register online
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STEM STUDIO OPEN HOURS FOR MAKING Aug 1, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018
Homewood Science Center
18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL
708-206-3369
STEAM Studio Open Hours for Making at Homewood Science Center Wednesdays July 11-August 22 from 4pm-8pm & Saturdays July 28-August 25 from 10am-1pm Last entry 30 minutes before closing time Join Homewood Science Center to create, connect, and explore as we open our STEAM Studio to families! Design and build something cool on your own or get inspiration from one of our feature makers or try a featured project! This is for the whole family- it is not a drop-off program. We have plenty of materials to choose from, all you need to bring is your creativity.
Visit Website d w
FARMERS MARKET - THORNTON Aug 1, 2018 - Aug 29, 2018
Hubbard Park
102 North Hubbard Street, Thornton, IL
708-877-4454
2018 Market in the Park FARM STAND ONLY featuring Dotson's Farm fresh produce & plants.
W 8AM-2PM
Visit Website ag d o
FARMERS MARKET - PALOS HEIGHTS Aug 1, 2018 - Aug 29, 2018
City of Palos Heights
Municipal Parking Lot, 12217 South Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1800
Great locally grown produce, food products and plants every Wednesday morning. LINK cards accepted.
W 7AM-1PM
Visit Website ag c d o
FARMERS MARKET - OAK LAWN Aug 1, 2018 - Aug 29, 2018
52nd Avenue & Dumke Drive
Oak Lawn, IL
708-499-7744
The village has lined up great vendors where you can pick out fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, find unique gifts and visit with Oak Lawn businesses.
W 7AM-1PM
Visit Website ag d o
DOLTON FLEA MARKET Aug 1, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018
The Dolton Bazaar
14900 Greenwood Road (South Lot), Next to Melanie Fitness Center, Dolton, IL
708-201-2960
Come participate in Dolton's Flea Market and Community Bazaar featuring deals on EVERYTHING! Early bird specials available for vendors.
W, F & Sa 8AM-2PM
Visit Website ag d o
SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET (W, SA-SU) Aug 2, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018
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
Visit Website $ d o
HAZELNUT FESTIVAL AND PARADE Aug 3, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018
Hazel Crest Municipal Center
3000 West 170th Place, Hazel Crest, IL
708-335-9600
The Parade step-off time is 11AM at 175th St. near Kedzie and ending at 171st on the Municipal Center grounds. The Parade concludes with the famous Hazelnut Festival. There are lots of activities, food, tournaments and music for all ages.
11:30AM-7PM
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SUMMER NIGHTS Aug 3, 2018 - Aug 18, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL
708-688-8000
Our summertime event is back for a fourth season (4-9PM Friday and Saturday Nights). Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, kid entertainment, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.
F & Sa 4-9PM
Visit Website $ c d o
BEECHER LION'S CLUB SUMMER FEST Aug 4, 2018
Firemen's Park
675 Penfield Street, Beecher, IL
708-946-2261
Beef and pork - sandwiches and dinner! Exhibits, crafters, live entertainment in the evening. Food and Fun!
10AM-10PM
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