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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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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 Holiday 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


BOOMER TOYS AND DOLLS (W, SA) Jun 2, 2018 - Jun 30, 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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2018 PARTY IN THE PARK CELEBRATION Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018
16700 Street/Haven Avenue
16553 South Haven Avenue, Orland Hills, IL
708-349-7211
Three day outdoor festival which consists of a car show, live entertainment, food vendors, family tent, children's events, adult bingo, bean bag tournament and fireworks.
F 5PM-12AM; Sa 4PM-12AM; Su 4PM-10PM
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THUNDER OVER MIDLOTHIAN Jun 29, 2018
Memorial Park
145th & Homan, Midlothian, IL
708-371-6191
Thunder Over Midlothian is a small festival that features food, beer garden, music, carnival games and fireworks.
6-10PM
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BEECHER 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION Jun 30, 2018
Firemen's Park
675 Penfield Street, Beecher, IL
708-946-2261
Carnival, food, raffles, live music, beer tent, bingo! Parade on July 4th. Something for everyone -- bring the entire family!
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BEECHER 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 4, 2018
Firemen's Park
675 Penfield Street, Beecher, IL
708-946-2261
Carnival, food, raffles, live music, beer tent, bingo! Parade on July 4th. Something for everyone -- bring the entire family!
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JULY 3RD BASH Jul 3, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Join us for the official Palos Height’s Independence Day celebrations. The firework display begins at dusk and there is free entry for all. Optional tickets available for $25 per person to reserve a spot on the Clubhouse balcony for the best view in the park. Includes drinks and light snacks.
7-10PM
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FREEDOM'S EVE Jul 3, 2018
T. F. North High School
755 Pulaski Road, Calumet City, IL
708-868-2530
Join us as we celebrate our nation's liberty on the eve of Independence Day! The entire family will enjoy the live music, food and fireworks!
5-10PM
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VETERANS' LIBERTY RUN Jul 3, 2018
Centennial Park
153rd Street Metra Station, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Join us on July 3rd for this race through Centennial Park, or participate in the walk on this holiday eve. All participants will receive a race shirt and wristband for free entry into Centennial Park Aquatic Center good for us on July 1, 2, 3 or 4 and entry into a post race raffle drawing
7:00PM
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KIDS RUN FOR FUN 50 YARD DASH Jul 3, 2018
Centennial Park
153rd Street Metra Station, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Come cheer on our happiest participants in the 50 yard, everyone wins dash! No pre-registration required for this free event. The first heat will start at approximately 7:30 p.m. Sign up near the Liberty Run start/finish line. Awards to all participants. FEE: FREE
7:30PM
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OAK FEST Jul 3, 2018 - Jul 8, 2018
159th & Central Avenue
Oak Forest, IL
630-306-7516
The Oak Fest Committee is proud to give Oak Forest the Best Fest on the Southside! Remember that every dollar raised goes right back to the community!! Food, rides and fun...Oak Fest offers it all!
Tu 6-8PM; W 3-6PM; Th 6-8PM; F 6-8PM; Sa 3-6PM; Su 12-3pm
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VILLAGE OF OAK LAWN 4TH OF JULY PARADE Jul 4, 2018
95th Street between 51st & 54th Courts
Oak Lawn, IL
708-499-7837
The Village of Oak Lawn will hold their annual Fourth of July parade on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. The parade will kick off at 95th Street and 51st Avenue. The procession will head westbound on 95th Street to 55th Ct. 95th Street will be closed during this event. Spectators are encouraged to view the parade on both sides of 95th and should plan on arriving early for a good spot along the route
11AM-1PM
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INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Jul 4, 2018
Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Come out this Fourth of July before the fireworks and Take a swing back to the 70’s as Shagadelics bring out their disco groove playing our favorite dance tunes! You will surely be moving and grooving at this high energy band performs funky tunes and far out dance moves that are sure to have you singing and dancing along! Don’t forget your polyester, platform shoes, and bling! Stake out a spot early and enjoy the show!
7:15-9:15PM Concert; 9:15PM Fireworks
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OAK LAWN PARK DISTRICT 4TH OF JULY PARTY IN THE PARK Jul 4, 2018
Memorial Park
102 North Hubbard Street, Oak Lawn, IL
708-857-2225
The day includes a variety of family activities such as a treasure hunt, inflatables, bingo, crafts, concessions and more. Musical entertainment to follow.
Memorial Park 12-4PM; Stony Creek Golf Course 4-7PM
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HOMEWOOD'S JULY 4TH PARADE Jul 4, 2018
Ridge Road from Dixie Highway
Homewood, IL
708-798-3000
Enjoy this Homewood tradition, Homewood’s July 4th Parade! The parade is complete with decorated floats, clowns, live music, and much more!
10AM
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4TH OF JULY WE THE PEOPLE FEST Jul 4, 2018
Glenwoodie Golf Club
19301 South State Street, Glenwood, IL
708-757-2318
Festivities will take place in the south parking lot at Glenwoodie. Spend the day with us in Glenwood, IL for great food, live music from The Muddsharks and fun for the whole family. Interested in becoming a vendor? Please contact Katie at 708-757-2318.
4-8PM
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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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OLD TIMES FAMILY PICNIC Sep 2, 2018
Central Park Grounds
15601 South Central Avenue, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-7270
Entertainment, Games, Petting Zoo and Pony Ride, Beanbag and Water Balloon Tournaments, Concessions Available and More!
12PM-dusk
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THE GREAT PUMPKIN PARTY Sep 29, 2018
Cultural Center
14760 Park Lane, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Gather the family and head out to Centennial Park to join us for a fun-filled day. You’ll enjoy a variety of fall activities.
1-5PM
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ODYSSEY FUN FARM Oct 1, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Odyssey Fun World
19111 South Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
708-429-3800
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! Sept. 23-Oct. 31
10AM-6PM
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BENGTSON'S PUMPKIN FARM Oct 1, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
13341 West 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL
708-301-3276
Visit Website $ h o
HALLOWEEN HOLLOW Oct 12, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
Main Park
10925 LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL
708-390-2401
Spend a spook-tacular day at Halloween Hollow! Carnival, Ghoulish Goodies Food Court, contests, horse rides, hayrides, free stage entertainment, Scarecrow Laboratory, Free Kid’s Straw Maze, face painting, Free Ghost Town Games, and the Free Pumpkin Painting area. Some activities require a fee and are offered for a limited time. Visit our website for a complete schedule of activities and entertainment.
F 5-9PM; Sa 1-9PM
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NIGHTMARE AT THE TERRACE Oct 12, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018
Worth Park District Terrace Centre
11500 South Beloit Avenue, Worth, IL
708-448-7080
Nightmare at the Terrace is a 12+ room Haunted House. Each room is filled with more terrors then the previous. Can you survive the nightmare? $10 per person
F-Su 7-10PM
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BOO! AT THE ZOO Oct 13, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL
708-688-8000
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!
Sa & Su
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HALLOWEEN PARADE & PARTY Oct 25, 2018
Palos Park Recreation Center
8901 West 123rd Street, Palos Park, IL
708-671-3760
Boys and ghouls of all ages are welcome to join us on the Village Green for our annual outdoor, judged costume parade. We will move into the gym following the parade for a night for fun games, surprises, crafts, and more. Admission $3-5
6PM Check in for Parade; 6:15 Parade begins; 6:30 Games and crafts
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DOWNTOWN TINLEY BOO BASH Oct 28, 2018
Oak Park Avenue Train Station
174th & Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
708-444-5678
The annual Boo Bash includes spooky hayrides, games, crafts, DJ entertainment, costume contest, and much more. Food and beverages are available.
12-3PM
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VETERAN'S DAY SERVICE Nov 10, 2018
Thornton Township Senior Center
1420 Huntington Drive, Calumet City, IL
708-596-6040
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46TH ANNUAL SETTLER'S DAY Nov 18, 2018
Sand Ridge Nature Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Step back into America’s past with costumed living-history demonstrators, history hikes, crafts, an imaginary wagon train adventure and more! Admission is free, though donations of nonperishable food or money to benefit a local food depository will be gratefully accepted.
10AM-3PM
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SANTA ON THE GREEN Nov 24, 2018
Village Green
9446 Raymond Avenue, 94th & Cook Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL
708-499-7837
Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty will be in attendance and will be available for pictures – please bring your own camera. This year the event will include live reindeer, an ice carving demonstration, children's rides & inflatables, and an elf stilt walker.
12-3PM
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HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING Nov 25, 2018
Chicago Ridge Village Hall & Lions Club
10455 South Ridgeland Avenue, Chicago Ridge, IL
708-425-7700
The 3rd Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 25th at the 7:00 p.m. in front of the Chicago Ridge Village Hall.
5-9PM
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CHRISTMAS PAST Dec 9, 2018
Sand Ridge Nature Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Visit our pioneer cabins as we celebrate this joyous time of year in a simpler way with homemade toys, chestnuts roasting and popcorn popping in the open fire. Everyone is invited to make a craft to take home.
11AM-3PM
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