Embrace the End of Summer with These 31 Amazing August Events

Summer may be nearing its end, but the fun isn’t over yet! There are still tons of awesome events ahead during the month of August. Here at Kidlist, we’ve got you covered with kid-friendly activities and events throughout the western suburbs for every last day of summer.

31 Kid-Friendly Events in August 2019

Week One: Kid-Friendly Events August 1–3

Thursday, August 1: Thursday Night Out in Oak Park
Live music and al fresco dining at more than 20 downtown Oak Park restaurants.

Friday, August 2: Endless Summerfest Weekend in LaGrange
Family festival with live music, food, fireworks, carnival rides and outdoor activities.

Saturday, August 3: Destination Asia Festival at the Morton Arboretum
Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, and more.

Week Two: Kid-Friendly Events August 4–10

Sunday, August 4: Boating in the Park in Glen Ellyn
Enjoy beautiful Lake Ellyn by renting canoes, kayaks or a pedal boat.

Monday, August 5: Children’s Story Hour at Kline Creek Farm
Step back into the 1890s and enjoy an hour of popular children’s stories at the farm.

Tuesday, August 6: National Night Out in Burr Ridge
Free event at Harvester Park includes bingo, raffle and ice cream.

Wednesday, August 7: Morning Movie Series at the Tivoli in Downers Grove
Come early to see “Wonder Park” and join in on fun games and activities.

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Thursday, August 8: Lunchtime Live in Warrenville
Free lunchtime children’s music concert with Miss Jamie’s Farm at Cerny Park.

Friday, August 9: Summer Nights Concert at Brookfield Zoo
Enjoy an evening out at the zoo with dining, beer/wine garden, live music, roaming performers and laser light show.

Saturday, August 10: Kite Fest in Elmhurst. Fly the skies with the family and participate in a hula hoop contest at Berens Park. Food truck, too!

Week Three: Kid-Friendly Events August 11–17

Sunday, August 11: Veggie Fest in Lisle
A free, huge festival celebrating the science, food and compassion behind the vegetarian lifestyle. Food demos, children’s area and live music.

Monday, August 12: Morning Glories at Garfield Park Conservatory
Enjoy learning together at the conservatory with your little one during this free event.

Tuesday, August 13: Ceramic Arts Cafe in La Grange
Get creative painting ceramics and get 50% off studio time on Tuesday buddy days.

Wednesday, August 14: Movie in the Park in Glen Ellyn
Bring blankets and lawn chairs for a free outdoor showing of “Alice in Wonderland” at dusk.

Thursday, August 15: Sewing Workshop at Wonder Works Oak Park
Learn all about the basics of sewing, for kids 3 and up.

Friday, August 16: Naper Nights at Naper Settlement
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy cold drinks, great food and fabulous music.

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Saturday, August 17: Corrida del Mariachi 5K Run/Walk in Berwyn
Family-friendly race featuring mariachis, tamales, face painting and DJ on the course.

Week Four: Kid-Friendly Events August 18–24

Sunday, August 18: French Market in Geneva. A French-styled open air market where local businesses offer an assortment of wonderful goods.

Monday, August 19: Waterfall Glen in Darien. Hike along almost 11 miles of limestone and turf-covered routes.

Tuesday, August 20: DuPage County Forest Preserve Bike Trails
Take the family on a picturesque bike ride on one of the many beautiful trails in the western suburbs.

Wednesday, August 21: Farmers Market in Riverside
Pick up some of the freshest produce/goodies and catch some live music, too! More fantastic farmers markets here.

Thursday, August 22: Go Ape Chicago Zipline & Treetop Adventure at Bemis Woods
Inspire a love for the outdoors in your kids on this outdoor recreation adventure.

Friday, August 23: Tween Night at Ackerman Glen Ellyn
An evening of games/sports including dodgeball, wiffle ball, rock wall climbing and pizza dinner.

Saturday, August 24: Graue Mill Underground Railroad in Oak Brook
This theatrical experience simulates what it was like to be a passenger on the Underground Railroad.

Week Five: Kid-Friendly Events August 25–31

Sunday, August 25: Pinstripes Bowling & Brunch in Oak Brook
Kids eat for half-price from the Kids Menu every Sunday after 5pm with purchase of an adult entree. More awesome dining deals for kids here.

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Monday, August 26: Clocktower Mini Golf in Wheaton
Kids under 15 receive $1 off on Monday Kids Days. More great mini golf ideas here.

Tuesday, August 27: Cantigny’s Back to School Bop Kid Rock in Wheaton
This parent/child event for kids aged 1-5 includes singing and musical activities about school, new friends, colors, shapes and the alphabet.

Wednesday, August 28: Raging Waves Water Park in Yorkville
Spend the day riding the waves at Illinois’ largest waterpark.

Thursday, August 29: Centennial Beach in Naperville
Swim in a historic stone quarry that feels more like a beach than a pool.

Friday, August 30: Last Fling in Naperville.
Carnival rides, games, community and concert performances.

Saturday, August 31: Kane County Cougars Game in Geneva
Bring the family to “Star Wars Night” and enjoy some awesome Cougars baseball! Don’t forget to use the code KIDLIST for buy one get one free.

Check out our 2019 Chicagoland Summer Bucket List or all of our outdoor activities for kids for more fun ideas!

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

2 Comments on "Embrace the End of Summer with These 31 Amazing August Events"

  1. There is a closer kite festival on 8/11. Elmhurst Kite Fest in Behrens Park from 11am-2pm. Food trucks also will be on site so families can have a picnic lunch.

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