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Click Here to View Our Interactive VideoWith 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 Outdoor 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


H2 WHOA! Apr 2, 2019 - Apr 30, 2019
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
“H2-WHOA!” is a fun, interactive exhibit that teaches visitors about what lies below the surface of their local water resources. Walk through and around a 10’ fabric dome to learn how flora and fauna, such as fresh water mussels and lichens, serve as indicator species. A hands-on, interactive station demonstrates how pollution and sediment have negative effects on fish and other animals. Learn how to contribute to water conservation efforts and answer a call to action to “Take the Pledge” to protect local water resources. 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.
Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM; Su 12-4PM
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SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET (W, SA-SU) Apr 3, 2019 - Apr 28, 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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CHICAGO WHITE SOX BASEBALL Apr 4, 2019 - Apr 30, 2019
Chicago White Sox
Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL
312-674-1000
The Chicago White Sox play spectacular Major League baseball providing great entertainment for families from April through September.
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2019 ORLAND TOWNE CENTER SPRING CARNIVAL Apr 8, 2019 - Apr 21, 2019
Orland Towne Center
9400 West 159th Street, Orland Hills, IL
708-349-7211
A Spring Carnival which will be held in the Orland Hills Towne Center that will consist of amusement rides, games, food and refreshments for the family.
M-F 4pm-12pm, Sa & Su 12pm-12am
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RECYCLE YOUR BICYCLE Apr 16, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019
Monee Reservoir
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27341 Ridgeland Avenue, Monee, IL
708-534-8499
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to recycle your bicycle. This program is designed to practice environmental stewardship while helping others, which is a win-win! Monee Reservoir will collect bicycles to donate to Working Bikes, an organization that will refurbish them for kids, individuals with disabilities, and families in developing countries to use for transportation. The bikes are redistributed to people locally, regionally and globally. Bikes can be in any condition: new or beyond repair. Be green – reduce, reuse, recycle! Let the Forest Preserve be an avenue to make that happen, especially to benefit someone in need.
6AM-5PM
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FISHING FOR TRASH Apr 23, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019
Monee Reservoir
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27341 Ridgeland Avenue, Monee, IL
708-534-8499
Celebrate Earth Day by making a visit to Monee Reservoir and helping to keep the preserve free of trash. Fishing line, as well as other debris, poses serious threats to wildlife. Animals often become entangled in the line, or can swallow hooks or bits of plastic. Help keep the preserves clean. To participate, stop by the concessions window, pick up a trash bag and gloves, and fill the bag with any trash you collect. Bring the bag back to the concessions window and receive a free gift. Sidewalks are easily accessible; trails are on natural, uneven terrain.
6AM-5PM
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EARTH DAY SAFARI Apr 23, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Visit the nature center and pick up an adventure pack to begin your own journey through the forest! Explore the hidden gems of the preserve using our official safari gear including a back pack, safari hats, binoculars, critter containers, magnifying lenses, journals, reference books and more. Discover all that our natural areas have to offer on your very own safari! Indoor facilities are accessible; outdoor hike may take place on natural surfaces across uneven terrain. For all ages
Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM; Su 12-4PM
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EARTH DAY & ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION 2019 Apr 27, 2019
Oak View Center
4625 West 110th Street, Oak Lawn, IL
708-857-2200
Citizen science groups will educate participants about nature and conservation. Tree Climb, scavenger hunt, plant sale, tree planting demo, raffles, and more!
10AM-2PM
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EARTH, WIND AND FIRE EVENT Apr 27, 2019
McCarthy Park
16801 South 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
Celebrate Earth Day with hands-on games and activities. The Wind will be blowing at the kite fly on McCarthy Field, bring a kite to fly and fill the sky with spring colors! Stop by the warming bonfire to roast some tasty marshmallows.
10AM-12PM
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CHICAGO RED STARS SOCCER Apr 27, 2019
SeatGeek Stadium
7000 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, IL
773-697-8699
At Toyota Park, Red Stars fans will enjoy an exciting game day environment in a major league stadium, while our players and the rest of the teams in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will enjoy the benefits of competing on a world class, natural grass pitch.
7PM
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COUNTRY MARKETS - FRANKFORT Apr 28, 2019 - Apr 30, 2019
Village Green
Kansas & White Streets, Frankfort, IL
815-469-2177
The market features locally grown produce, grass-fed meats, eggs, baked goods, infused oils, freshly prepared foods and so much more. Enjoy live music on our local flavor stage and other special events throughout the season.
Su 9AM-2PM
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SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET (W, SA-SU) May 1, 2019 - May 26, 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
CHICAGO WHITE SOX BASEBALL May 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Chicago White Sox
Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL
312-674-1000
The Chicago White Sox play spectacular Major League baseball providing great entertainment for families from April through September.
Visit Website $ o s
H2 WHOA! May 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
“H2-WHOA!” is a fun, interactive exhibit that teaches visitors about what lies below the surface of their local water resources. Walk through and around a 10’ fabric dome to learn how flora and fauna, such as fresh water mussels and lichens, serve as indicator species. A hands-on, interactive station demonstrates how pollution and sediment have negative effects on fish and other animals. Learn how to contribute to water conservation efforts and answer a call to action to “Take the Pledge” to protect local water resources. 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.
Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM; Su 12-4PM
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FITNESS IN THE FOREST May 2, 2019
Hickory Creek Preserve-Laporte Road Access
Forest Preserve Distirct of Will County, 10501 West LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL
708-946-2216
Join Armando Cisneros, certified personal trainer and owner of Level Set Fitness in Plainfield, for a fun and educational group fitness class outdoors. This 45-minute class is designed with the beginner in mind and will cover exercising basics, including warmup techniques, bodyweight exercises and proper form to keep you safe. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes, and don’t forget a water bottle and a workout/yoga mat. This program will take place on natural, uneven terrain. ages 18 or older. $7 Registration required by Tuesday, April 30: 708.946.2216.
6-7pm
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STORIES AT THE LAKE May 2, 2019
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Free event for kids! Lake Katherine volunteer educator Nicole Snyder will host story time, reading aloud from a nature-themed children's book. Plus fun activities. No need to book in advance - just turn up!
4-5PM
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FARMERS MARKET - EVERGREEN PARK May 2, 2019 - May 30, 2019
Yukich Field
88th Street & Kedzie Avenue, Evergreen Park, IL
708-422-8776
13th Season of Evergreen Park Farmers' Market - 25 Vendors, every Thursday, May 4-October 26
Th 7AM-1PM
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ANNUAL FISHING DERBY May 3, 2019
89th Place & 78th Avenue
8047 West 91st Place, Hickory Hills, IL
708-599-7337
Awards will be given for the longest fish caught in each age division (6 yrs & up). You must furnish your own pole and bait.
6-7:30PM
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LANSING GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY PARADE May 4, 2019
Downtown Lansing
Wentworth Avenue & Ridge Road to Torrence Avenue, Lansing, IL
708-474-4170
2-4PM
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STAR WARS TWILIGHT GOLF May 4, 2019
Tinley Junction Miniature Golf and Batting Cages
16801 South 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
Join us in a galaxy not so far away for a Star Wars themed season opening of the Tinley Junction Mini Golf course. Bring your family and friends out for intergalactic fun which will include a round a golf with a glow in the dark golf ball and a free popcorn!
7-9PM
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FAMILY KITE FLY May 4, 2019
Jesk Park
155th & Ridgeland Avenue, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-7270
All ages are invited! Bring your kite to share a day of sunshine and kite flying. Concessions will be available. Build-a-kite kits will also be available for the first 75 participants!
10AM-2PM
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EARTH DAY CELEBRATION May 4, 2019
Dropseed Prairie
15652 Homan Avenue, Markham, IL
Come out and help the prairie by doing general clean up and litter removal. Pick up some information, join in an activity, purchase a new IBP t-shirt or hat and have some free refreshments. Bring a friend. This event will take place rain or shine so dress for the weather.
10AM-2PM
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BIRDING BIG SIT May 4, 2019
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
All day long at all six of our Nature Centers we will be counting how many birds we can spot or hear without leaving a 17-foot circle. This ‘citizen science’ can help us make better decisions about the conservation of bird habitat. We need birders of any experience to help us for part or all of the day. Stop by anytime, grab a seat and join in.
6AM-12PM
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THE BIG SIT May 4, 2019
Little Red Schoolhouse
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL
708-839-6897
Help identify all the birds seen or heard from a 17-foot-diameter stationary circle. No registration required.
6AM-12PM
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H2 WHOA! EXLPORE May 4, 2019
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Today is the day to explore the “H2-WHOA!” exhibit indoors and outside! Indoors, experience the fun interactive exhibit, “H2-WHOA!” Outdoors, take a short walk down the hill on Snapper Pond Trail and join a naturalist to learn what lies beneath the surface of Snapper Pond. 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. The outdoor portion of the program includes hiking preserve trails for a short distance over uneven terrain.
11AM-1PM
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WELCOME TO THE BARK SIDE May 4, 2019
Canine Campus
18200 South 84th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
The Canine Force awakens on May the 4th! There will be a costume contest, photo area and out of this world activities! Open to members AND the public!
10AM-12PM
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FARMERS MARKET - PARK FOREST May 4, 2019 - May 25, 2019
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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WILDFLOWER SELF-GUIDED TOUR May 5, 2019
Racoon Grove Nature Preserve
5851 West Pauling Road, Monee, IL
708-946-2216
For only a brief time, spring wildflowers fill the forest floor with blues, pinks, yellows, bright whites and more. Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve is a restoration success story. Stop by anytime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. where you will find a naturalist posted at the trail entrance. Pick up a flower guide to help explore the 0.25-mile loop at your own pace. Hiking will be on natural surface trails over uneven terrain.
1-3PM
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GARLIC MUSTARD PULL May 5, 2019
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Stop this invasive plant from spreading through our woodlands.
1PM
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COUNTRY MARKETS - FRANKFORT May 5, 2019 - May 26, 2019
Village Green
Kansas & White Streets, Frankfort, IL
815-469-2177
The market features locally grown produce, grass-fed meats, eggs, baked goods, infused oils, freshly prepared foods and so much more. Enjoy live music on our local flavor stage and other special events throughout the season.
Su 10AM-2PM
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