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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 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


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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WINTER WONDERLAND ICE RINK Dec 1, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018
Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue at Fun Drive, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Skaters with their own skates may use ice rink daily beginning at sunrise. Rink closes when warming house closes.
Warming house/Skate Rental Hours (subject to change) M-Th 4-7PM; F 4-9PM; Sa 11AM-9PM; Su 12-7PM
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NATURE PLAY DAY Dec 12, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Join us for a nature-themed program geared toward 3-5 year olds. Hands-on activities may include a hike, story, games, music, art and more. Be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities. We encourage experiencing all types of weather, rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. Indoor facilities are accessible. Outdoor activities may take place on natural surfaces across uneven terrain
10-11:30AM
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HOLIDAY HAYRIDE Dec 14, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Join us for one of two time slots as we ride on a decorated hay wagon around the streets of Palos Heights singing Christmas carols. Upon return to the nature center we will enjoy food, fun and traditions.
6:30-8PM; 7-9:30PM
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TEEN THEATER PRESENTS IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Dec 14, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018
Tinley Park Performing Arts Center
16801 South 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
It’s A Wonderful Life’ is a story about the saga of George Bailey, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty. $8
F 8:30PM; Sa 7PM; Su 4:30PM
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MIRACLE ON MARTIN Dec 15, 2018
Martin Avenue Square
18020 Martin Avenue, Homewood, IL
708-798-3000
Join in more holiday fun at Miracle on Martin! Enjoy roasted marshmallows, holiday carolers, an old fashion horse wagon ride, and holiday shopping!
2-6PM
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WINTER BONFIRE Dec 15, 2018
Camp Shabbona Woods
15810 South Torrence Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Join us as we enjoy an evening around a bonfire telling stories, roasting marshmallows and sipping hot cocoa. Register by 1/18
4-8PM
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HOLIDAY MAGIC Dec 15, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL
708-688-8000
Start a new family tradition at Chicagoland's largest holiday lights festival featuring over one million twinkling lights, animated light displays and a laser light show! Many of our indoor exhibits will be open for viewing favorite animals, including our newest, Great Bear Wilderness. Plus, there is a special dolphin show each evening at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the zoo restaurants and food stands will be open with full menus and holiday treats, and gift shops will have hundreds of unique items for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones. Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and entertainment in the Pavilions. Outside enjoy nightly ice carving and an amazing magic show. Then step inside the Holly Jolly Theater and enjoy performances by local choirs and many more holiday themed performances.
Sa-Su 4-9PM
Visit Website $ h o
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
HOLIDAY MAGIC Dec 22, 2018 - Dec 23, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL
708-688-8000
Start a new family tradition at Chicagoland's largest holiday lights festival featuring over one million twinkling lights, animated light displays and a laser light show! Many of our indoor exhibits will be open for viewing favorite animals, including our newest, Great Bear Wilderness. Plus, there is a special dolphin show each evening at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the zoo restaurants and food stands will be open with full menus and holiday treats, and gift shops will have hundreds of unique items for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones. Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and entertainment in the Pavilions. Outside enjoy nightly ice carving and an amazing magic show. Then step inside the Holly Jolly Theater and enjoy performances by local choirs and many more holiday themed performances.
Sa-Su 4-9PM
Visit Website $ h o
HOLIDAY MAGIC Dec 26, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL
708-688-8000
Start a new family tradition at Chicagoland's largest holiday lights festival featuring over one million twinkling lights, animated light displays and a laser light show! Many of our indoor exhibits will be open for viewing favorite animals, including our newest, Great Bear Wilderness. Plus, there is a special dolphin show each evening at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the zoo restaurants and food stands will be open with full menus and holiday treats, and gift shops will have hundreds of unique items for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones. Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and entertainment in the Pavilions. Outside enjoy nightly ice carving and an amazing magic show. Then step inside the Holly Jolly Theater and enjoy performances by local choirs and many more holiday themed performances.
W-SU 4-9PM
Visit Website $ h o
NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY PARTY Dec 31, 2018
Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park
7759 South Harlem Avenue, Burbank, IL
708-598-8580
Celebrate 2019 at Chicago’s Greatest Family New Year’s Eve Bash – Monday, December 31st from 8 PM to Midnight! Enjoy great food and fun games plus ring in the New Year with a special balloon drop, toast and countdown celebration! Advanced reservations required. Visit www.hauntedtrailsburbank.com for more info! $25.95/guest
8PM-12AM
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WINTER WONDERLAND ICE RINK Jan 1, 2019 - Jan 31, 2019
Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue at Fun Drive, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Skaters with their own skates may use ice rink daily beginning at sunrise. Rink closes when warming house closes.
Warming house/Skate Rental Hours (subject to change) M-Th 4-7PM; F 4-9PM; Sa 11AM-9PM; Su 12-7PM
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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
Visit Website $ d o
WINTER ON THE GREEN Jan 5, 2019 - Jan 26, 2019
Breidert Green
Kansas Street & Ash Street, Frankfort, IL
815-469-2177
Share hot cocoa and cookies with your family and friends while participating in various winter activities. Experience the magic of the season.
12-2PM
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NATURE PLAY DAY Jan 9, 2019
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Join us monthly for nature-themed programs geared toward 3-5 year olds. Hands-on activities may include a hike, story, games, music, art and more. Be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities. We encourage experiencing the outdoors, rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.
10-11:30AM
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MORNING BIRD HIKE Jan 12, 2019
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Join other birders as we learn, explore and search for birds. This hike will highlight birds that live in the woodlands and fields of the preserve around the nature center. Winter is a great time for bird-watching. With the leaves gone from the trees, it’s easier to spot the birds. Bring your binoculars and favorite bird field guide. Participants will enjoy a hike of 1.5 to 2 miles on paved and natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Dress for the weather.
8-10AM
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SNOW DAY FESTIVAL Jan 19, 2019
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Cure your cabin fever with some winter recreation at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. Snowshoe the preserve’s trails or conquer its giant hill on a sled or a tube, and meet and greet Siberian husky sled dogs. Warm up by the campfire, and while you’re there, make some s’mores. Spend time warming up inside the nature center and explore the hands-on exhibits. Plum Creek Nature Center is open year round; discover what the winter forest has in store for you! Free! All ages.
12-4PM
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WINTER WONDERLAND ICE RINK Feb 1, 2019 - Feb 18, 2019
Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue at Fun Drive, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Skaters with their own skates may use ice rink daily beginning at sunrise. Rink closes when warming house closes.
Warming house/Skate Rental Hours (subject to change) M-Th 4-7PM; F 4-9PM; Sa 11AM-9PM; Su 12-7PM
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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
WINTER ON THE GREEN Feb 2, 2019 - Feb 23, 2019
Breidert Green
Kansas Street & Ash Street, Frankfort, IL
815-469-2177
Share hot cocoa and cookies with your family and friends while participating in various winter activities. Experience the magic of the season.
12-2PM
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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
THE ARTS COMMISSION PRESENTS: SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND Feb 17, 2019
Cultural Center
14760 Park Lane, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
2-3:30PM
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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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OAK FOREST FLEADH Mar 2, 2019
Cicero Avenue Corridor
151st to 159th on Cicero Avenue, 15536 Cicero Avenue, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-4600
The Oak Forest Fleadh includes customer appreciation parties, a 5K run/walk, an open streets event (ride, blade, skate), a family parade and a pub and restaurant open house.
5K 8:30AM; Open Bike ride 10AM; Parade 11AM; Pub & Restaurant open house 5PM-3AM
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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
DOWNTOWN TINLEY IRISH PARADE Mar 3, 2019
Downtown Tinley Park
Along Oak Park Avenue, 183rd to 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL
708-444-5678
The annual Downtown Tinley Irish Parade will step off at 2PM. The Parade proceeds along Oak Park Avenue. The family-friendly event features floats, community groups, local schools and businesses.
2PM
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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
Visit Website $ d o
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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EASTER EGG HUNT Apr 13, 2019
Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue at Fun Drive, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Hippity Hop…the bunny is making his stop at Centennial Park. Come out and help us gather eggs. Ages 1-9
10AM SHARP
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