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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 - PARK FOREST Sep 1, 2018 - Sep 29, 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 Sep 1, 2018 - Sep 29, 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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BEE-LIEVE IT OR NOT! THE SECRET LIVES OF HONEY BEES Sep 1, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
Forest Preserve District of Will County
Plum Creek Nature Center, 27341 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
This interactive exhibition provides a fun approach to learning about the amazing world of these incredible creatures. The exhibition includes life-size honey bee habitat furniture to hide in, an interactive exhibit gallery displaying text and graphics, and an educational video game about pollinators. Be sure to see the other pollinators that live in our native garden surrounding the nature center. The exhibition was organized by the Purdue Agriculture Exhibit Design Center, Purdue University, and is brought to the Forest Preserve through funding provided by The Nature Foundation of Will County. The exhibition will be located indoors in an accessible facility.
Tu-Su 12-4PM
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SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET (W, SA-SU) Sep 2, 2018 - Sep 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
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FARMERS MARKET - THORNTON Sep 5, 2018 - Sep 26, 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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FARMERS MARKET - PALOS HEIGHTS Sep 5, 2018 - Sep 26, 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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FARMERS MARKET - OAK LAWN Sep 5, 2018 - Sep 26, 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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STEP BACK INTO A 1950s HALLOWEEN EXHIBIT Sep 15, 2018 - Sep 29, 2018
1950s Park Forest House Museum
227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Vintage Halloween decorations including die-cuts, Halloween Gurley Candles, and more. Park Forest 70th Anniversary exhibit. Visit for a nostalgic look at Halloween in the 1950s.
W & Sa 1-3:30PM or by appointment
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EAST HAZEL CREST CENTENNIAL VILLAGE FEST Sep 29, 2018
173rd & Throop Street
East Hazel Crest, IL
708-798-0213
East Hazel Crest is celebrating their 100th Year (1918-2018). Come join us for games, parade, music, food vendors, beer tent, entertainment, bouncy house, bean bags, crafts.
10AM-12AM
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HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION Sep 29, 2018
Township Senior Building
12633 South Ashland Avenue, Calumet Park, IL
708-596-6040 x3168
Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, featuring authentic Hispanic music, food & entertainment. All are welcome.
9:30AM-2PM
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FALL FEST Sep 29, 2018
McCarthy Park
16801 South 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
Families are invited to make a festive scarecrow to take home, Tinley Junction Golf Course will be holding their Ghostly Golf event and there will be pumpkin decorating.
6-9PM
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HOMEWOOD'S FALL FEST Sep 29, 2018
Downtown Homewood
18020 Martin Avenue, Homewood, IL
708-798-3000
Fall Fest offers something for everyone to enjoy! Chili Cook-Off, horse drawn wagon, pumpkin decorating, live music, warm foods, scare crow contest and more!
11AM-10PM
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ARTS & DRAFTS 2018 Sep 29, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
Orland Crossing
14225 95th Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-349-2972
Arts & Drafts gathers unique art, craft beer, live entertainment and good eats for a memorable experience.
11AM-6PM
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G CONNN Sep 30, 2018
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-872-8806
Comic books, nostalgia, and a whole lot more! Join us at the Orland Park Civic Center on Sunday, September 30th for a day of locating that hot book, classic comic, and raffles! $3 entry
9:30AM-2PM
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MATERIALITY Oct 1, 2018 - Oct 25, 2018
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
709-708-7738
This show features artists who use unusual materials that may not be thought of as media for artists. Works by Ragnhildur Steffansdottir (from Iceland); Marjorie Woodruff; Margi Weir; Nnenna Okore; Ann Rosen and Mille Guldbeck. Works include installations, sculpture and wall pieces.
M-Th 9AM-3PM
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SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET (W, SA-SU) Oct 1, 2018 - Oct 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
Visit Website $ d o
BEE-LIEVE IT OR NOT! THE SECRET LIVES OF HONEY BEES Oct 2, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Forest Preserve District of Will County
Plum Creek Nature Center, 27341 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
This interactive exhibition provides a fun approach to learning about the amazing world of these incredible creatures. The exhibition includes life-size honey bee habitat furniture to hide in, an interactive exhibit gallery displaying text and graphics, and an educational video game about pollinators. Be sure to see the other pollinators that live in our native garden surrounding the nature center. The exhibition was organized by the Purdue Agriculture Exhibit Design Center, Purdue University, and is brought to the Forest Preserve through funding provided by The Nature Foundation of Will County. The exhibition will be located indoors in an accessible facility.
Tu-Su 12-4PM
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VISITING ARTIST TALK BY NNENNA OKORE AND RECEPTION FOR MATERIALITY EXHIBIT Oct 3, 2018
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
709-708-7738
Renowned artist Nnenna Okore will discuss her work in the exhibition and beyond in her artist's talk as our 2018 Visiting Artist. After the Artist's Talk, the reception features the artists whose work is in Materiality: Ragnhildur Stefansdottir, from Iceland; Nnenna Okore, Chicago; Marjorie Woodruff, Chicago; Mille Guldbeck, Ohio; Margie Weir, Detroit MI; and Ann Rosen, Highland Park IL. Artists will be present.
10:30AM Artists Talk; 11:30AM-2PM Reception
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FARMERS MARKET - PALOS HEIGHTS Oct 3, 2018 - Oct 10, 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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FARMERS MARKET - OAK LAWN Oct 3, 2018 - Oct 10, 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
STEP BACK INTO A 1950s HALLOWEEN EXHIBIT Oct 3, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
1950s Park Forest House Museum
227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
Vintage Halloween decorations including die-cuts, Halloween Gurley Candles, and more. Park Forest 70th Anniversary exhibit. Visit for a nostalgic look at Halloween in the 1950s.
W & Sa 1-3:30 or by appointment
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LANSING AUTUMN FESTIVAL Oct 5, 2018 - Oct 7, 2018
Fox Pointe
Ridge Road and Henry Street, Lansing, IL
Family fun in downtown Lansing, IL. Live Music, Food, Beer Garden, Kids Area, Market Place, Military Tribute. Bringing the Hometown Back to Lansing!!!
F 4-11PM; Sa 8AM-11PM; Su 10AM-5PM
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THE AWE OF NATURE FESTIVAL Oct 6, 2018
Midlothian Meadows Forest Preserve
155th & Crawford Avenue, Markham, IL
708-825-9369
The Awe of Nature Festival Connects People to People & People to Nature with nature related activities, live entertainment & vendors. FREE Admission. Advance Registration. Rain or Shine. Unplug & Become One with Nature.
11AM-3PM
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EMPTY BOWLS: HELP US FIGHT HUNGER! Oct 6, 2018
New Lenox Village Commons
199 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL
815-485-3584
Purchase a hand-painted bowl and receive unlimited soup tastings. Profits will go to the NL Township Food Pantry and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. $10 pre-registration; $15 day of the event
2-6PM
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PAINTING WITH A PURPOSE Oct 6, 2018
City Hall Community Room
16313 Kedzie Parkway, Markham, IL
708-331-4905
Join us for Painting with a Purpose as we raise awareness and funds during breast cancer awareness month. $20 fee
6-9PM
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FARMERS MARKET - PARK FOREST Oct 6, 2018 - Oct 27, 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
Visit Website ag d o
FARMERS MARKET - HOMEWOOD Oct 6, 2018 - Oct 27, 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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YOGA AND WALKING MEDITATION Oct 8, 2018
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
708-534-4021
Join Liz Smith of serendipityyogaandwellness.com for an opportunity to merge yoga, meditation and creative expression. Begin with a 45 minute yoga class designed for individuals with all levels of yoga experience. Following class, you will be led through a walking meditation in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Participants will stop at each piece of art for a guided meditation designed to inspire creativity, peace and artistic expression.
5:30-7:30PM; $10 donation
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LADIES NIGHT OUT FALL FUN Oct 12, 2018
Vogt Visual Arts Center
17420 South 67th Court, Tinley Park, IL
708-614-6503
Join us for a Paint Night where you can create your own custom wood sign/home decor piece. $39 residents; $50 nonresidents
6-9PM
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WEAVINGS & DIVERSITIES Oct 13, 2018
St. John's Lutheran School
4231 183rd Street, Country Club Hills, IL
708-747-9246
Weavings & Diversities has a large array of woven garments, artwork, felted items, jewelry, knitting, basketry and other textile arts for sale as well as demonstrations. https://sites.google.com/site/weaversguildsouth/
10AM-4PM
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