Summer Festivals in the Southwest Suburbs 2018

There are so many great summer festivals in the southwest suburbs this year! Bookmark this list and you can visit a different fest every single week this summer… or whenever you wake up looking for something fun to do as a family. Live music, rides, festival food, and more abound at these events, making them a great choice for a wide range of ages. This summer festivals guide is sponsored by RomeoFest.

RomeoFest (Romeoville)
Thursday, August 2 — Sunday, August 5, 2018
Deer Crossing Park (1050 W. Romeo Road) and Village Park (900 W. Romeo Road)

RomeoFest kicks off with the Food Fest 1 Mile Race and continues with four days of music, food, family entertainment, a carnival, and car show. The Village of Romeoville fills every day with non-stop free entertainment for all ages to enjoy, including laser tag, character photo ops, animal shows, kids trivia bubble show, dance parties, free petting zoo, face painting, watermelon eating contest, and so much more! A mega pass will give you unlimited rides in the carnival and there is shuttle bus service for your convenience. You won’t want to miss the food, live entertainment, and family fun!

Click here for the full schedule of entertainment and activities.

2018 Summer Festivals in the Southwest Suburbs

Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest (Oak Forest)
Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28, 2018
Delicious food, petting zoo, Irish horse exhibition, live music and great family entertainment.

Pixie Fairies and Pirates on the Farm (Lockport)
Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, June 3, 2018
A fun-filled day at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm best suited for kids ages 2 – 12. Food, express train, pirate ship, play castle, jumping pillows, goats/chicks and more!

Burgers, Brews and Blues (Bolingbrook)
Saturday, June 9 – Sunday, June 10, 2018
Enjoy food, craft beers and Midwest blues acts along with an assortment of activities for kids and families.

Old Canal Days (Lockport)
Thursday, June 14 — Sunday, June 17, 2018
Carnival, parade and fun for the whole family.

Homer Community Fest (Homer Glen)
Thursday, June 21 — Sunday, June 24, 2018
Music, food, rides and family fun!

Orland Hills Party in the Park (Orland Hills)
Friday, June 22 — Sunday, June 24, 2018
Live music, family activities, fireworks and fun for all ages!

Taste of Joliet (Joliet)
Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2018
Food vendors, carnival, kids’ zone and headline entertainment.

Evergreen Park Day in the Park (Evergreen Park)
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Music, craft show, face painting, food and beer/wine garden.

Hickory Hills Street Fair (Hickory Hills) 
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Great event for families featuring rides for the kids, beer garden, bingo tent, food and crafters.

Thunder Over Midlothian (Midlothian)
Friday, June 29, 2018
Beer/wine garden, food festival, games and inflatables with a spectacular firework show to end the evening.

Oak Fest (Oak Forest) 
Tuesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 8, 2018
Food, bands, carnival, car show, bean bags, bingo, crafters and more!

Olympia Fields Summer Festival (Olympia Fields)
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Live music, fun games, kids races, inflatables and more.

Palos Hills Friendship Fest (Palos Hills)
Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15, 2018
Carnival, face painting, arts and crafts, bingo, pony rides, petting zoo, car show, live music and food court.

Lemont’s Heritage Fest (Lemont)
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Food, drinks, live music, kids activities and entertainment.

Downtown Tinley Block Party (Tinley Park)
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Food and family fun including bean bag tournament, rides and inflatables, KidZone activities, a classic car show, live music and more!

Frankfort Bluegrass on the Green (Frankfort)
Saturday, July 14 — Sunday, July 15 2018
Bluegrass bands, food, vendor tents, craft activities and fun for the whole family.

Plainfield Fest (Plainfield)
Friday, July 20 — Sunday, July 22, 2018
Music, bags tournament, food and craft vendors.

Proud American Days (New Lenox)
Thursday, July 26 — Sunday, July 29, 2018
Great food, live music, carnival, craft fair and kids activities.

RomeoFest (Romeoville)
Thursday, August 2 — Sunday, August 5, 2018
Deer Crossing Park (1050 W. Romeo Road) and Village Park (900 W. Romeo Road)

RomeoFest kicks off with the Food Fest 1 Mile Race and continues with four days of music, food, family entertainment, a carnival, and car show. The Village of Romeoville fills every day with non-stop free entertainment for all ages to enjoy, including laser tag, character photo ops, animal shows, kids trivia bubble show, dance parties, free petting zoo, face painting, watermelon eating contest, and so much more! A mega pass will give you unlimited rides in the carnival and there is shuttle bus service for your convenience. You won’t want to miss the food, live entertainment, and family fun!

Click here for the full schedule of entertainment and activities.

Taste of Orland Park (Orland Park)
Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 5, 2018
Lots of food and entertainment, car show and bingo.

Shorewood Crossroads Festival (Shorewood) 
Friday, August 3 — Sunday, August 5, 2018
Parade, carnival, kids zone, entertainment, car show and fun for the whole family.

Kidzfest (Joliet)
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Food, entertainment and many types of interactive, educational and fun activities sponsored by a variety of vendors.

Festa Italiana (Crest Hill)
Saturday, August 11 — Sunday, August 12, 2018
Music and delicious Italian food!

Homewood’s Block Party (Homewood)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Fun activities, face painting, food, live music, jump house, games, zip line, adventure slide, crafts, and much more!

Paarlburg Fest (South Holland)
Monday, September 3, 2018
Crafters, food vendors, magician, DJ, line dancing and live music. 

Fiesta en la Calle Street Festival (Joliet)
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Palomas, food, live music and kids zone!

Flossmoor Fest (Flossmoor)
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Live music, food booths, children’s activities, movie at dusk and video gaming truck.

For more family fun, check out summer festivals in the west suburbs, or find tons of outdoor activities to do with kids.

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!

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