2024 Summer Festivals Filled with Great Music, Fair Food, and Family

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Summer festivals check off all types of summertime fun with one outing: delicious food, live music, carnival rides, face painting, inflatables, games, and so much more. These festivals throughout the western suburbs are packed with activities for everyone in your family.

Find out about special hours, family-fun zones, children’s entertainment, and other ways to maximize your family’s fun!

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Kids smiling and waving on a car-themed merry-go-round ride at a summer festival.

What’s Blooming on Harrison (Oak Park)
May 18, 2024 | 11:00am – 7:00pm
Children’s carnival rides, food, art vendors, and more hosted by the Oak Park Arts District.

Spring Fun Fest (Parkway Bank Park, Rosemont)
May 19, 2024 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Kick-off summer with bounce houses, petting zoo, and various family-friendly activities.

Cuisine at the Crossroads (North Aurora)
May 24, 2024 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Food truck festival hosted at Community Park.

Spring Fling Festival (Westmont)
May 24 – 26, 2024 | times vary
Live entertainment and carnival to kick off the fun over Memorial Day weekend.

Cream of Wheaton
May 30 – June 2, 2024 | times vary
Cream of Wheaton is back! Visit Memorial Park for the carnival, live entertainment and more.

Cavalcade of Planes 2024 (Clow Airport, Bolingbrook)
June 1 – 2, 2024 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Take a look inside, watch them fly, or even reserve a seat in advance for one of the planes at Cavalcade of Planes.

A Day in Our Village (Oak Park)
June 2, 2024 | 11:00am – 4:00pm
Join over 100 local restaurants and businesses in Scoville Park.

Old Canal Days (Lockport)
June 69, 2024 | times vary
Join the fun at this annual event in downtown Lockport. Carnival, food, games, and more.

Chicago’s Puerto Rican Festival
June 6 – 9, 2024 | times vary
Visit Humboldt Park for music, dancing, and celebrations of Puerto Rican culture.

Multicultural Festival (Warrenville)
June 8, 2024 | 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Celebrate various cultures at this event with delicious food and live performances.

Woodridge Jubilee
June 1316, 2024 | times vary
The annual Jubilee is back with a carnival, food vendors, BINGO, fishing derby, and much more.

PrairieFest (Oswego)
June 13 – 16, 2024 | times vary
Parade, games, carnival rides, and more opportunities for family fun will be at Prairie Point Park all weekend long.

Scottish Festival and Highland Games (DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton)
June 1415, 2024 | times vary
Celebrate all things Scottish at this two-day event.

Taste of Des Plaines
June 14 – 15, 2024 | times vary
Family activities, live music, food and more. Note: this event will be cashless in 2024.

Daisy Days (Clarendon Hills)
June 1415, 2024 | times vary
Join the fun at Clarendon Hill’s annual festival featuring a carnival, live entertainment and food from local vendors.

Geek Fest and Taste of Carol Stream
June 15, 2024 | 11:30am – 3:30pm
Inflatables, games, food, and crafts at this family-friendly event.

Swedish Days (Geneva)
June 19 – 23, 2024 | times vary
This staple of summertime fun in Geneva is filled with countless opportunities for family fun.

Downers Grove Rotary GroveFest
June 20 – 23, 2024 | times vary
Carnival, live music, food at this annual event in Downers Grove.

Hello Summer Fest (West Chicago)
June 22, 2024 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Kick off summer fun at Reed-Keppler Park.

Gathering on the Green (Western Springs)
June 21, 2024 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Gathering on the Green in Western Springs

Gathering on the Green (Western Springs)
Friday, June 21, 2024 | 4:00 – 10:00 pm

You won’t want to miss this fun-filled evening of local food, live music, entertainment, and activities for kids… all located on the Tower Green in downtown Western Springs.

Come and enjoy numerous fun activities for all age groups, including pony rides, a petting zoo, laser tag, pop-a-shot basketball, climbing wall, balloon twisting, face painting, bounce houses, belly bouncers, and a mega slide!

Enjoy a taste of Western Springs while relaxing at one of the picnic tables (there will be a lot of food options this year!) and enjoy a beverage from the beer, wine, and hard seltzer tent while Out for Hours, The Second Summer, and The Pigs are rocking the stage.

Summerfest (Villa Park)
June 22, 2024 | 11:00am – 10:30pm
Festivities will be going all day, but the kids’ attractions and entertainment are until 5:00pm.

Prairie Fest (Wood Dale)
June 27 – 30, 2024 | times vary
Wood Dale’s annual festivities include live music, food, and a carnival.

Food Truck Picnic at the Park (Glen Ellyn)
June 28, 2024 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Live music and various food vendors, with proceeds supporting the 4th of July committee.

Village Picnic (Bolingbrook)
June 30, 2024 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Join the fun at the annual Village Picnic featuring a fishing derby, petting zoo, art in the park, and much more.

Taste of Oak Brook
July 3, 2024 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Enjoy food from local restaurants and watch the fireworks to end the night.

Taste of Westmont
July 11 – 14, 2024 | times vary
Entertainment, food, and a carnival.

Glendale Heights Fest
July 11 – 14, 2024 | times vary
Four days of rides, games, activities, and bands for the whole family.

Windmill City Festival (Batavia)
July 12 – 14, 2024 | times vary
Pet competition, family-friendly 5K, music, carnival, family-friendly activities and much more.

Summerfest (La Grange)
July 12 – 14, 2024 | times vary
Milk Money Brewing hosts their annual family-friendly festival in downtown La Grange.

Peach Festival (Windy City Acres, West Chicago)
July 13 – 14 and 20 – 21, 2024 | 10:00am – 6:00pm
Enjoy games, music and festivities along with peach-themed desserts.

Elk Grove Rotary Fest (Elk Grove)
July 17 – 21, 2024 | times vary
Rides, live music, and food vendors at this 5-day event.

Voyage en France (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
July 20, 2024 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bonjour! Celebrate this annual event filled with French favorites.

Family Fun Fest (Lombard)
July 20, 2024 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Free admission to the festival and the pool during this event with raffles, DJ, games and more.

Taco and Art Fest (West Chicago)
July 20, 2024 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Children’s activities, live music, and more at Reed-Keppler Park.

DuPage County Fair (Wheaton)
July 25 – 28, 2024 | times vary
Held on the expansive DuPage County Fairgrounds, this festival has something for everyone.

Streamwood Summer Celebration
July 26 – 28, 2024 | times vary
Music, carnival rides, live entertainment and more.

Downtown Block Party (Mount Prospect)
July 26 – 27, 2024 | times vary
Children’s activities, music, food vendors and more at this 2-day event.

Wicker Park Fest (Chicago)
July 26 – 28, 2024 | times vary
Celebrating its 20th year, listen to live music, enjoy delicious food and local vendors.

Romeofest (Romeoville)
August 1 – 4, 2024 | times vary
BINGO, fireworks, food, music, art fair, laser show, and much more at Romeoville’s annual event.

Taste of Roselle
August 2 – 4, 2024 | times vary
Bring your family and come out and enjoy food, live entertainment, a carnival, the bingo tent, and a craft fair.

North Aurora Days
August 2 – 3, 2024 | times vary
Live music, face painting, delicious food, and more at North Aurora’s annual event.

Willow Fest (Willowbrook)
August 8 – 11, 2024 | times TBA
Visit Village Circle for this annual event. More details to come.

Darien Fest
August 9 – 11, 2024 | times vary
BINGO, carnival, music, craft fair, and much more at Darien Fest.

Blueberry Festival (Windy City Acres, West Chicago)
August 10 – 11 and 16 – 17, 2024 | 10:00am – 6:00pm
Enjoy games, music and festivities along with blueberry-themed desserts.

Chicago Air and Water Show
August 10 – 11, 2024 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Marvel at the skies at this favorite event held right on Lake Michigan.

SJC Fest (Western Springs)
August 15 – 18, 2024 | times vary
Visit this annual festival supporting St. John of the Cross.

Taste of Glen Ellyn and Carnival
August 15 – 17, 2024 | times vary
Music, food, and carnival rides are back for Glen Ellyn’s annual summer festival.

Montgomery Fest
August 16 – 18, 2024 | times vary
Celebrating for the 39th year, Montgomery Fest includes a petting zoo, parade, fishing derby, carnival, and more.

Taste of Burr Ridge
August 17, 2024 | 12:00pm – 8:30pm
Live music, games, food vendors, and face painting at Burr Ridge Village Center.

Park Palooza (Elmhurst)
August 17, 2024 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Say goodbye to summer with Elmhurst Park District.

Back to School Picnic (Berwyn)
August 18, 2024 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
End the summer with free festivities hosted at Proksa Park.

Oak Park’s Great Food Truck Rally
August 24, 2024 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Food trucks, inflatables, games, and more can be found at this annual event.

Back 2 School Celebration (Westchester)
August 28, 2024 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Find live music and more at this end-of-summer festival.

Last Fling (Naperville)
August 30 – September 2, 2024 | times TBA
More details to come about Naperville’s annual end-of-summer festivities.

Batavia Block Party and Taste of Batavia
September 1, 2024 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Car show, live music, and free kids’ entertainment.

Taste of Chicago (Grant Park)
September 6 – 8, 2024 | times vary
With smaller pop-up events throughout Chicago in the summer, the big festivities return to Grant Park in mid-September.

Good Old Days (Winfield)
September 6 – 8, 2024 | times TBA
Trolley ride, parade, and the Kid Zone, along with the duck race, dance contest, car show, and so much more.

Septemberfest (Bloomingdale)
September 7, 2024 | 11:00am – 10:00pm
Visit Old Town Park for this annual festival celebrating the end of summer.

Naperville Irish Fest (Central Park)
September 20 – 21, 2024 | times vary
Join this festive event filled with Irish cultural activities, food, and music.

2024 Festivals To Be Determined

The following organizations have not published their summer festival plans for 2024 as of the time of publishing this article. Check their websites for the most up-to-date information.

We have so many festival options, we had to separate them! Check out our roundup of all of the 4th of July Festivities, as well as art fairs and festivals.

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3 Comments. Leave new

  • Joe Laxamana
    May 28, 2018 7:29 am

    Great summary for the west suburbs. We go to a few of these every year, and will check out some additional festivals. Thanks for the handy list!

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  • Joni Acamovic
    June 8, 2018 2:00 am

    Jill, this is just the list I was looking to find! Thank you for Festival names, dates and locations! We are always up for fun places to go on the weekends whenever we are in town!!

    Reply
  • Erika Miranda
    May 25, 2019 6:16 pm

    Yes!! This information is perfect! Thank you

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