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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 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 (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
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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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HAYRIDE OF HORROR & CURSE OF THE BAYOU Oct 1, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Dellwood Park
199 E. Woods Drive, Lockport, IL
815-838-1183
This spine-tingling excursion will chill you to the bone as you ride our Hayride of Horror through the heart of Dellwood Park. 1 Attraction &15; 2 Attractions $25; Speedpass $35
F & Sa 7-10PM
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BENGTSON'S PUMPKIN FARM Oct 1, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
13341 West 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL
708-301-3276
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FARMERS MARKET - EVERGREEN PARK Oct 4, 2018 - Oct 25, 2018
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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FARMERS MARKET - CALUMET CITY Oct 5, 2018 - Oct 26, 2018
Pulaski Park
204 Pulaski Road, Calumet City, IL
708-891-8138
Come taste the difference of fruits and vegetables fresh from farm! Plus other vendors! Enjoy a on-site freshly made barbeque lunch! Hope to see you there!
F 12-3PM
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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
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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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COUNTRY MARKETS - FRANKFORT Oct 7, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018
Village Green
Kansas & White Streets, Frankfort, IL
815-469-2177
Outdoor farmers market featuring fresh produce, vegetables and homemade food. Entertainment weekly.
Su 9AM-1PM
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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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SPARTAN RACE Oct 20, 2018
Toyota Park
7000 Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, IL
The Stadium Series is a unique opportunity to run in some of the most iconic sports stadiums in the world. No matter if you're an elite athlete looking for explosive competition, or a first time racer looking to break into the world of Spartan racing.
7AM-7PM
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HOWL THROUGH THE HILLS 5K RUN/WALK Oct 20, 2018
Hickory Hills City Hall
8652 West 95th Street, Hickory Hills, IL
708-598-4800
This is a charity event that raises money for the Hickory Hills Lions Club and other local organizations.
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LEAVE NO CHILD INSIDE: FAMILY FUN DAY! Oct 20, 2018
Sand Ridge Nature Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Bring the kids to spend some time outside and have fun with our naturalist staff. We will have ongoing activities including games, a nature scavenger hunt and more.
11AM-2PM
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SPOOKTACULAR GOLFING Oct 20, 2018 - Oct 21, 2018
El Morro Park
Forest Trails Mini Golf, 15500 Arroyo Drive, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-4160
With this “spook”tacular set up, ghosts and gruesome goblins inhabit this golf course for the weekend to create a unique and fun golfing experience. $5
2-6PM
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IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN PARTY Oct 24, 2018
Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center
8125 West 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
Join us for some Halloween fun. We will have crafts and games in celebration of the “Great Pumpkin.”
4-5:30PM
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FALL HAYRIDE AND CAMPFIRE Oct 26, 2018
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL
708-361-1873
Lake Katherine's annual Fall Hayride and Campfire is back. The hayride will be followed by pumpkin painting, treats and songs around the campfire. Registration and payment to be made in person or by mail no later than the Monday before the event.
7-9:30PM
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HALLOWEEN PARTY AT HAUNTED TRAILS BURBANK Oct 26, 2018
Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center
7759 South Harlem Avenue, Burbank, IL
708-598-8580
Join us for a spirited good time! Haunted Trails' Spooky Costume Parade includes Trick or Treat stations, Raffle, Balloon Drop, Pizza & Pop, Karaoke Stage Games, $10 in Game Play & UNLIMITED Crazy Cabs, & Miner Mike Coaster rides for only $11.95/person. Seating is limited. Call 708-598-8580 to reserve.
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139 ARTISTS WAY HAUNTED HOUSE Oct 26, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Village Hall
350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, IL
708-748-2005
Come support a good cause and visit our Haunted House. Every year has a different twist to it. Haunts Against Hunger collects canned goods and funds to donate to the local Rich and Monee Township Food Pantries. Tickets will be $6 with canned goods; $8 without canned goods; and $50 for a group of 10 or more ($5 per person), with or without canned goods. Pick a day or two, bring your entire family, friends and enjoy. Early ticket sales will start October 1. Tickets can be purchased at the Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest (Rec & Parks Counter, 1st Floor/Lobby), 9a-5p. After 5p, the day of the Haunted House, ticket sales will be one hour prior to start and 15 minutes prior to closing, in the Lobby of Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Questions, call 708.748.2005 or 708.283.5621. Sponsored by: Haunts Against Hunger, Park Forest Police and Economic Development & Planning Department.
F 7-10PM; Sa 6:30-10PM; Su 6:30-9PM; Halloween 6-9PM
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FALL FEST Oct 27, 2018
Somonauk Park
266 Somonauk Street, Park Forest, IL
708-748-2005
Come join us for an evening of fun for the entire family. Get your friends and family together and join the fun. This is a FREE event. Chili Cook off, Stories around the Bon-Fire, Scavenger Hunt, S’mores, Trunk n’ Treat, and so much more. Join us to vote for the best chili! Sponsored by: Recreation & Parks Commission, Park Forest Police and Economic Development & Planning Department. Join us at Somonauk Park and Sangamon Street.
1-4PM
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FALL NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE Oct 27, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Meet inside Plum Creek Nature Center to briefly learn what seasonal changes and other nature notes are happening in fall at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. Then, enjoy a hike with a naturalist and take photos along the way. This program is recommended for any camera – smartphones through digital SLRs – and will focus on technique and composition, not on camera operation. The program begins indoors in an accessible facility and continues outside for a hike of approximately 1 mile on natural terrain across uneven surfaces. Ages 16 or older. Registration required by Thursday, October 25.
8:30-10:30AM
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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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CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER Oct 28, 2018
TOYOTA PARK
7000 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, IL
888-MLS-FIRE
Nothing beats live soccer. Watch the Chicago Fire at TOYOTA PARK - get your tickets today.
3:30PM
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DOWNTOWN PARK FOREST CANDY WALK Oct 31, 2018
Village Hall
350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, IL
708-748-2005
Join us for a candy walk in DownTown Park Forest with the businesses until exhausted. We will also have a costume contest for the little ones starting at 4:15pm. We will start at the Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.
3PM
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BUNCO BLAST Nov 2, 2018
Krueger Park Recreation Center
9100 South 88th Avenue, Hickory Hills, IL
708-598-1233
Sign up to play this old parlor game. You will be treated to pizza, popcorn, refreshment and a chance to win some fabulous prizes.
7-9PM
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TRACKING WILDLIFE Nov 3, 2018
Forest Preserves of Cook County, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
See the world through the eyes of a naturalist. Be a part of a field excursion to use your powers of observation to help identify ecological connections. For adults & interested teens. Registration required.
1PM
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SWAP O RAMA FLEA MARKET Nov 3, 2018 - Nov 28, 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
TINLEY PARK TURKEY TROT Nov 4, 2018
Vogt Woods
6527 West 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
Awards will be given to first, second and third place runners in all age categories, male and female, based on chip timing.
8-10AM
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CREATIVE REUSE 101: EARTH ART Nov 4, 2018
Forest Preserves of Cook County, Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Have you ever wondered what life was like 200 years ago? Visit our cabins and find out what Illinois’ pioneers experienced. Free
1:30PM
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ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION WORKDAY Nov 4, 2018 - Nov 17, 2018
Forest Preserves of Cook County, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL
630-257-2045
Invasive shrubs threaten our native plant populations. Help protect the woodlands by helping us remove these invaders. Families welcome. Registration required.
Su 11:30AM
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RISE ABOVE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN TRAVELING EXHIBIT Nov 8, 2018 - Nov 11, 2018
4455 Sauk Trail
Richton Park, IL
708-481-8950
Unique, interactive RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit tells story of Tuskegee Airmen to audiences across country. Films showcase Airmen's story. Special exhibit in gym too. With VIP night.
9AM-5PM
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