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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.

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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


SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET Dec 1, 2018 - Dec 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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ELF ON THE SHELF WORKSHOP Dec 12, 2018
Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center
8125 West 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
In this workshop, we will have fun making crafts featuring Elf on the Shelf, singing songs, and playing games. $12 residents; $16 nonresidents
4:30-6PM
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PALOS HEIGHTS FARMERS MARKET Dec 15, 2018
Palos Heights Recreation Department
6601 West 127th Street, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1800
Indoor Farmers Market to be held at the Palos Heights Recreation Department on Saturday November 17 and December 15, 2018, and Saturday January 12, February 9 and March 9, 2019
8AM-12PM
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WINTER SOLSTICE BUCKTHORN BURN Dec 21, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Visit Website $ d o
SPORTS CARDS AND MORE SHOW Dec 23, 2018
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-334-4237
9AM-2PM
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NEW YEAR'S COUNTDOWN Dec 31, 2018
Founders Community Center
140 Oak Street, Frankfort, IL
815-469-9400
Kids, get ready to countdown to 2019!!! Celebrate New Year’s Eve with dancing, party games, a giant inflatable, crafts and ice cream. There will be a “Countdown to 2019” balloon drop at noon to celebrate the New Year! 4-10 Yrs.
11AM-12:30AM
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SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET Jan 2, 2019 - Jan 30, 2019
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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GIANT GAMES Jan 4, 2019
Crete Public Library District
1177 North Main Street, Crete, IL
708-672-8017
Double the size equals double the fun! Come and play Giant Jenga, Colossal Connect Four, and more. For ages 6-12. Pre-registration is requested.
2-3:30PM
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ROBERT F. DECAPRIO RETROSPECTIVE Jan 10, 2019 - Jan 31, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The Robert F. DeCaprio Retrospective features a solo accolade to the artist’s passion for a life of art. Featured interests range from classic automobiles, European travel and architecture to graphic design. The collection of representational work shows the immense attention to detail and realism. Photography and comprehensive private travel journals will be shown as they provide insight to the artist’s eyes and creative mind. The exhibition will be featured in his commemorative gallery and will continue into the atrium. Reception: Jan. 18, 6:30-8PM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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PALOS HEIGHTS FARMERS MARKET Jan 12, 2019
Palos Heights Recreation Department
6601 West 127th Street, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1800
Indoor Farmers Market to be held at the Palos Heights Recreation Department on Saturday November 17 and December 15, 2018, and Saturday January 12, February 9 and March 9, 2019
8AM-12PM
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CREATE A VISION BOARD Jan 12, 2019
Crete Public Library District
1177 North Main Street, Crete, IL
708-672-8017
Participants will create a vision board for their 2019 goals. Registration is required and limited. Please call the library to register.
10AM-12PM
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INDOOR FLEA MARKET Jan 13, 2019
The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center
10847 West LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL
708-390-2401
Don't let the winter weather stop you from bargain shopping! Shoppers are admitted free. Or maybe you are cleaning out after the holiday season and you would like to be a vendor. Early Bird Vendor registration: $30R/$35NR. After Dec. 13, additional fees apply. Vendor registration deadline: January 4, 2019. Vendors must be preregistered. Day-of-event registration is not accepted.
9AM-1PM
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PAJAMA STORYTIME Jan 15, 2019
Crete Public Library District
1177 North Main Street, Crete, IL
708-672-8017
A special storytime for families with children of all ages. Pajamas may be worn. No pre-registration is needed.
6PM
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RECEPTION FOR DREAMING EXHIBIT Jan 16, 2019
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-7738
Reception for artists whose work is in Dreaming. Artists include Jim Waid, AZ; Clark Ellithorpe, Highland Park, IL; Teresa Pankratz, Chicago; Anne Hughes, Chicago area, and Reggie Coleman, Chicago area. Artists will be present.
11:30AM-2PM
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FROZEN FEST Jan 29, 2019
Crete Public Library District
1177 North Main Street, Crete, IL
708-672-8017
Enjoy Frozen-themed activities: make Sven antlers, Elsa icicles, and glitter snow globes. Frozen costumes encouraged. For grades K-5. Pre-registration is requested.
6-7PM
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ROBERT F. DECAPRIO RETROSPECTIVE Feb 1, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
The Robert F. DeCaprio Retrospective features a solo accolade to the artist’s passion for a life of art. Featured interests range from classic automobiles, European travel and architecture to graphic design. The collection of representational work shows the immense attention to detail and realism. Photography and comprehensive private travel journals will be shown as they provide insight to the artist’s eyes and creative mind. The exhibition will be featured in his commemorative gallery and will continue into the atrium. Reception: Jan. 18, 6:30-8PM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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WINTER FEST Feb 2, 2019
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Arts, crafts, vendors, food and children activities.
12-4PM
Visit Website $ d o
SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET Feb 2, 2019 - Feb 27, 2019
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
RECEPTION FOR IMPACT EXHIBITION Feb 6, 2019
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-7738
Reception for Impact, a social justice exhibition addressing the impact of climate change. Artists Brad Temkin (recent Guggenheim Fellow), Cydney Lewis, Chicago; and the Coral Project, works by Helen Dannelly (Chicago) and Sandy Miot, CA will be present to discuss their work.
11:30AM-2PM
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NEW WORK - LYNN PETERS Feb 6, 2019 - Feb 28, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
An exhibition of new ceramic works by Lynn Peters, professor of sculpture and ceramics at Moraine Valley, developed during her recent sabbatical. Lynn will talk about her new work and about her residency at the opening reception. Reception Feb 7th 10:30AM-12PM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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PALOS HEIGHTS FARMERS MARKET Feb 9, 2019
Palos Heights Recreation Department
6601 West 127th Street, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1800
Indoor Farmers Market to be held at the Palos Heights Recreation Department on Saturday November 17 and December 15, 2018, and Saturday January 12, February 9 and March 9, 2019
8AM-12PM
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WINTER WARM-UP Feb 18, 2019
Whistler Woods
480 West 134th Street, Riverdale, IL
800-870-3666
Learn how to stay warm this winter with fire building, shelter building, DIY projects, and more.
11AM-2PM
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NEW WORK - LYNN PETERS Mar 1, 2019 - Mar 8, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
An exhibition of new ceramic works by Lynn Peters, professor of sculpture and ceramics at Moraine Valley, developed during her recent sabbatical. Lynn will talk about her new work and about her residency at the opening reception. Reception Feb 7th 10:30AM-12PM
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
Visit Website c d
SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET Mar 2, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019
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
PALOS HEIGHTS FARMERS MARKET Mar 9, 2019
Palos Heights Recreation Department
6601 West 127th Street, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1800
Indoor Farmers Market to be held at the Palos Heights Recreation Department on Saturday November 17 and December 15, 2018, and Saturday January 12, February 9 and March 9, 2019
8AM-12PM
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35TH ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION Mar 13, 2019 - Mar 18, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
A showcase of this year’s talented students from 11 local high schools: Victor J. Andrew, Argo Community, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Alan B. Shepard, Chicago Christian, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carl Sandburg, Harold L. Richards, Evergreen Park Community, Oak Lawn Community and Reavis.
W-F 10AM-7PM; Sa 10AM-5PM
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STEP BACK INTO A 1950s EASTER (W, SA) Mar 16, 2019 - Mar 30, 2019
1950s Park Forest House Museum
St. Mary's Church, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
The museum is decorated in vintage Easter decorations including die-cuts, Easter Gurley candles and Vintage Easter baskets. 70th Anniversary Exhibit continues.
W & Sa 1-3:30PM; other days and times by appointment
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ILLINOIS SKYWAY COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE JURIED ART EXHIBITION Mar 25, 2019 - Mar 30, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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ILLINOIS SKYWAY COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE JURIED ART EXHIBITION Apr 1, 2019 - Apr 17, 2019
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL
708-974-5500
M-F 9AM-4:30PM
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STEP BACK INTO A 1950s EASTER Apr 3, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019
1950s Park Forest House Museum
St. Mary's Church, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL
708-481-4252
The museum is decorated in vintage Easter decorations including die-cuts, Easter Gurley candles and Vintage Easter baskets. 70th Anniversary Exhibit continues.
W & Sa 1-3:30PM; other days and times by appointment
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