Summer Festivals in the Near Western Suburbs 2017

Think beautiful weather, tasty food, live music and carnival rides – it’s the perfect recipe for summertime fun. We have the line-up of all the summer festivals in our area with dates and descriptions! Click on the festival name to be taken to the full calendar listing.

This Summer Festivals Guide is brought to you by the Wheaton Park District.

Taste of Wheaton kicks off June 1! Enjoy four days of food vendors, arts and crafts, carnival rides, climbing wall, beer garden, business expo, entertainment, and the Cosley Zoo Run on Saturday. Admission is free and all-you-can-ride carnival wristbands can be purchased onsite for $25, or $20 prior to May 31 at the Wheaton Park District Community Center (1777 S. Blanchard St., Wheaton).  Some restrictions apply. More information can be found at

The 36th Annual Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K/10K and the kids’ ½ mile race is on Saturday, June 3, with kids’ activities following the race on Hale Street from 11:00 am -4:00 pm. There will be fun for the whole family, including touch-a-truck, face painting, a tie-dye station, strolling magic, and DJ. Kids can bring their favorite toy from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and visit the DuPage Medical Group’s Toy Clinic.


Summer Festivals

Taste of Wheaton
Thursday, June 1 – Friday, June 4, 2017
Enjoy four days of food vendors, arts and crafts, carnival rides, climbing wall, beer garden, business expo, entertainment, and the Cosley Zoo Run on Saturday. (see detailed description above!)

La Grange Pet Parade and Carnival (La Grange)
Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4, 2017
Carnival rides, games, food and popular pet parade on June 3rd.

A Day in Our Village (Oak Park)
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Over 100 activity and information booths as well as local restaurants set up for this community event in and around Scoville Park. Swimming and games will also be offered at Rehm Park.

Gathering on the Green (Western Springs)
Friday, June 9, 2017
Music, food, entertainment, and games for all ages. (more details coming soon!)

Oak Park’s Great Food Truck Rally (Oak Park)
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Gourmet food truck fare and live music.

Daisy Days (Clarendon Hills)
Friday, June 16 – Saturday, June 17, 2017
Carnival rides, local food, live music, and an arts and craft show are available during this two day fest.

Woodridge Jubilee (Woodridge)
Wednesday, June 14 – Sunday, June 18, 2017
Carnival rides for all ages begin Wednesday night and run throughout the event. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy entertainment, food, beverages and bingo. Saturday will also include free children’s activities along with carnival rides, food, beverages, entertainment and fireworks.

Summerfest (Villa Park)
Friday, June 16 – Saturday, June 17, 2017
Local food, bands, car show, kid’s attractions, business vendors and arts/crafts fair.

SJC Fest (Western Springs)
Thursday, June 22 – Sunday, June 25, 2017
Food, fun and entertainment for all. Also, a carnival, raffle and silent auction.

Rotary GroveFest (Downers Grove)
Thursday, June 22 – Sunday, June 25, 2017
Live bands, food expo, craft beers, handmade market, midway/carnival and car show.

Eyes to the Skies Festival and Carnival (Lisle)
Wednesday, June 28 – Sunday, July 2, 2017
Great food, music, kids activities, craft fair, carnival, parade, balloon launches/glows and fireworks.

Ribfest (Naperville)
Friday, July 30 – Monday, July 3, 2017
Carnival rides, food, music and free family area including a petting zoo, inflatables and more.

Fourth of July Festivities (Glen Ellyn)
Sunday, July 1, 2017 and Tuesday July 4, 2017
The Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta and Food Truck are on Sunday. Tuesday there will be moonwalks, inflatable obstacle course, carnival games, live music, dancing, face painting, a parade, and fireworks.

Taste of Oak Brook (Oak Brook)
Tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 2, 2017- TBA
Best of Oak Brook’s dining scene, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artists, live bands and fireworks.

Taste of Westmont (Westmont)
Thursday, July 13 – Sunday, July 16, 2017
Fun for the whole family featuring Kidzapalooza carnival specials, battle of the bands, car show, craft show, kids activities, face painting, beer tent and local restaurant food booths.

DuPage County Fair (Wheaton)
Wednesday July 26- Sunday July 30, 2017
Kids entertainment, live music, contests and exhibits.

Westchester Block Party (Westchester)
July 2017 dates TBA
Music, food and fun for all ages.

MusicFest (Forest Park)
Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23, 2017
Live music, dancing, beer gardens, food vendors, carnival games, arts and crafts and sidewalk sale. Family friendly activities including a giant slide, pony rides and face painting.

Family Fun Fest (Lisle)
Friday, July 21, 2017
Fun fair games, face painting, children’s entertainment, inflatables, prizes and more.

Riverfest (Riverside)
July 2017 TBA
Information not available at this time.

Biggest Block Party (North Riverside)
Saturday, July 30, 2017
Live music, food, carnival games, kid activities, and a gamer bus

Endless Summerfest (La Grange)
Friday, August 4 – Sunday, August 6, 2017
Carnival rides, food vendors, beer trailers, live music, bingo and fireworks.

French Connection Day at Cantigny (Wheaton)
Sunday, August 13, 2017
A fun, French-filled day with plenty of activities for the whole family.

Park Palooza (Elmhurst)
Saturday, August 29, 2017
End-of-summer music, food trucks, beer garden, face painting and kids activities.

Last Fling (Naperville)
Saturday, September 2 – Monday, September 4, 2017
Pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, family entertainment stage, crafts area, food and beverages.

Graue Mill Cornfest (Oak Brook)
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Picnic food for the whole family, fun entertainment, games, races, and a fishing tournament.

About the Author

Liz Haskins
Liz is a mom of three equally active and adorable sons, aged five, seven, and eleven. As a child, her family moved to Western Springs from Central Illinois, and she and her husband are thrilled to raise their own family here. She works two days a week as a medical assistant, so she tries to fill her time with the boys outside of school with activities that they can all enjoy. This winter, they’ve enjoyed swimming at a few indoor pools, and the boys love going to zoos and children’s museums. In the summer they love to do anything outdoors; they try to hit a different park every week! Their go-to for indoor days are open play spaces that have a range of activities to accommodate her children’s age differences. Outside of being a mom and working, Liz’s passions are photography, reading, and, as an extrovert, she loves meeting new people and connecting over mutual interests.

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