August 2021 Family-Friendly Events

I’ll admit I always get a little sad when I see August on the calendar, as I know our time for summertime adventures are winding down. I can’t help but get excited when I see the fun ways that these local organizations will keep the fun going all the way to Labor Day! Pack a picnic, listen to an outdoor concert, or lace up your gym shoes for these family-friendly events. Before you go, make sure to click on the links for information about social distancing requirements, advance registration details, and other guidelines to help your family enjoy their time together.

August 2021 Events

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Please note that MOST of these events require registration in advance. If an event interests you, check it out now to make sure you get a spot!

Naperville Irish Fest (Frontier Park)
August 6 – 7, 2021 | times tba

Shakespeare in the Park (Memorial Park, Wheaton)
August 26 – 28, 2021 | 7:00pm
Advance ticket sales are required.

Midday Spray (Rotary Hill, Naperville)
Weekdays starting June 14, 2021 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Farmer’s Market (Burlington Park, Hinsdale)
Mondays from May 31 – October 25, 2021 | 7:00am – 1:00pm

Summer Concert Series (Downers Grove)
Tuesdays from May 25 – August 17, 2021 | 7:00pm
Reserve in-person viewing area or watch live-streamed at home.

River Rhapsody (Batavia)
Wednesdays from June 16 – August 4, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Must register in advance.

Concerts in the Park (St. Charles)
Thursdays from May 27 – August 5, 2021 | 7:00pm

Uniquely Thursdays (Burlington Park, Hinsdale)
Thursdays from June 10 – August 12, 2021 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Concerts In Your Park (Naperville)
Select Sundays from June 13 – August 1, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location moves to a new park each week.

Week of August 1, 2021

Outdoor Concert: Cadillac Groove (Darien)
August 1, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

National Night Out (La Grange Park)
August 2, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

National Night Out (La Grange Park)
August 3, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Family Picnic in the Park (Lisle)
August 3, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

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Fun in the Sun Series (Kemmerling Pool, Roselle)
August 4, 2021 | all day

Lunch on the Lawn: Dan Gogh’s Magic and Art Show (Burlington Park, Hinsdale)
August 4, 2021 | 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Let’s Go to the Movies in the Park: The Rookie (Butterfield Park District, Lombard)
August 4, 2021 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Must register in advance.

Movies in the Park: Coco (Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion, Oak Brook)
August 4, 2021 | starts at 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Free Movies in the Park: Onward (Trumbull Park, River Grove)
August 4, 2021 | starts at dusk

Summer 2021 Concert Series: Hello Weekend (Roselle)
August 5, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Movies in the Park: Raya & The Last Dragon (Bolingbrook)
August 5, 2021 | 8:45pm

Escape the Farm (Primrose Farm, St. Charles)
August 6, 2021 | 12:00pm, 2:00pm or 4:00pm

Frida Fridays! (Downtown Wheaton)
August 6, 2021 | 2:00pm – 9:00pm

Family Obstacle Night (Bolingbrook)
August 6, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance.

History Lives Here! (Westmont)
August 6, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Advance registration is encouraged.

Movie in the Park: Raya and the Last Dragon (Wilder Park, Elmhurst)
August 6, 2021 | entrance begins at 7:30pm, movie starts at dusk
Registration is required.

Movies in the Park: The Goonies (Berwyn)
August 6, 2021 | begins at dusk

Free Movies in the Park: Ferdinand (Westmont)
August 6, 2021 | 8:30pm – 11:00pm

Naperville Food Truck Festival
August 7, 2021 | times tba

Fishing Derby (Barth Pond, Downers Grove)
August 7, 2021 | 8:00am – 11:00am
Must register to earn prizes.

Parkie’s Youth Try-Athlon (Bolingbrook)
August 7, 2021 | 9:00am

Go Fish (Northside Park Boy Scout Cabin, Wheaton)
August 7, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:30am

Disc Golf Frenzy (St. Charles)
August 7, 2021 | 9:00am – 11:30am
Must register in advance.

Bounce Back to School (Lombard)
August 7, 2021 | 10:00am – 12:30pm

Free Rusty Rodeo (Batavia and St. Charles)
August 7, 2021 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Escape the Farm (Primrose Farm, St. Charles)
August 7, 2021 | 12:00pm, 2:00pm or 4:00pm

Kidlist Park Playdate (Katherine Legge Memorial Park, Hinsdale)
August 8, 2021 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Week of August 9, 2021

BINGO (Turner Park, Roselle)
August 10, 2021 | 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Must register in advance.

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Campfire Magic (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
August 10, 2021 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Community Bonfire (Mraz Park, Berwyn)
August 10, 2021 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Register in advance.

Illinois Resident Free Day (Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)
August 11, 2021 | all day

Music in the Park (Melrose Park)
August 11, 2021 | 7:00pm

Movies in the Park: The Croods: A New Age (Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion, Oak Brook)
August 11, 2021 | starts at 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Movies in the Park: Up! (Lombard)
August 11, 2021 | starts at dusk
Registration is required.

Lunchtime Live!: Jeanie B. (Cerny Park,Warrenville)
August 12, 2021 | 11:30am

Back to School Bonfire (Roselle)
August 12, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Must register in advance.

Summer Movies in the Park: Up! (Warrenville)
August 12, 2021 | starts at dusk

Drive-In Summer Movies: The Croods New Age (Batavia)
August 12, 2021 | 8:30pm
Must register in advance.

Pop-Up Party in the Park (East End Park, Elmhurst)
August 13, 2021 | 9:00am – 11:00am

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament (Bolingbrook)
August 13, 2021 | 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Must register in advance.

Movies in the Park: Frozen II (Bensenville)
August 13, 2021 | start time is approximately 8:30pm

Movies in the Park: Detective Pikachu (St. Charles)
August 13, 2021 | starts at approximately 8:00pm

Back to School Luau (Phillips Park, Aurora)
August 14, 2021 | time tba

Community Volunteer Day (Roselle)
August 14, 2021 | times tba
Must register in advance.

Junior Tour de Naperville
August 14, 2021 | 9:00am – 11:45am
Must register in advance.

Reptile Rockstars (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
August 14, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Must register in advance.

Back to School Picnic (Berwyn)
August 15, 2021 | 12:00pm -2:30pm

Family Geocaching (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
August 15, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Week of August 16, 2021

Unplug and Play Hinsdale (KLM Park)
August 17, 2021 | 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Registration is required.

Summer Concert Series (Veterans Memorial Park, Westmont)
August 18, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Back to School Rectivity Box (Oakbrook Terrace)
August 19, 2021 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Must register in advance.

Odlum Park Grand Opening (Roselle)
August 19, 2021 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Must register in advance.

Family Fun Canoeing (Northside Park Canoe Cabin, Wheaton)
August 19, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Must register in advance.

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Summer Movies in the Park: Grease (Warrenville)
August 19, 2021 | starts at dusk

Summer Movies in the Park: Onward (Darien)
August 19, 2021 | begins at dusk

Down in the Dirt (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
August 20, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Movies in the Park: Wizard of Oz (Robbins Park, Hinsdale)
August 20, 2021 | movie begins at dusk

Bug Fest (Lippold Park, Batavia)
August 21, 2021 | 9:00am – 1:00pm

Community Garage Sale (Berwyn)
August 21, 2021 | 9:00am – 2:00pm

Park Palooza (Berens Park, Elmhurst)
August 21, 2021 | 5:00pm

Just Plain Batty Night Hike (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
August 21, 2021 | 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Week of August 23, 2021

Music in the Park (Melrose Park)
August 25, 2021 | 7:00pm

The Dog Days of Summer (Prospect Park Pavilion, Clarendon Hills)
August 27, 2021 | activities begin at 7:00pm
Registration is required, for residents only.

A Night at the Movies: Wall-E (Rotary Hill, Naperville)
August 27, 2021 | starts at approximately 7:45pm

BBQ Bolt 5K/1M (Downers Grove)
August 28, 2021 | 8:00am
Register in advance.

Parkie’s 5k (Bolingbrook)
August 28, 2021 | 8:00am
Register in advance.

Kidlist Park Playdate (Memorial Park, La Grange Park)
August 28, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:30am

Youth Fishing Tourney (Woodridge)
August 28, 2021 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Save $5 by registering with early-bird discount.

Let’s Go to the Movies in the Park: The Croods (Butterfield Park District, Lombard)
August 28, 2021 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Must register in advance.

Totally Turtles (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
August 29, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Animal Feeding (Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia)
August 29, 2021 | 10:30am – 11:15am
Must register in advance.

Week of August 30, 2021

Check out our family resources page for more tips and insights into life with kids in the west suburbs.

We do our best to provide comprehensive, accurate and useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from press releases, websites, signs around town and word of mouth. However, details change and people make mistakes, so please confirm the details before you go. Kidlist is not responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities listed on this site.

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Annie Tandy
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