Summer Guide: Fairs and Festivals in Northern Illinois

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 by

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In northern Illinois, summer is time for fair and festival season!


These events will be listed on the Go West Calendar, and often in Weekend Spotlights, too. But for your own calendar-planning purposes, I thought I’d post the basic details and links now. Know of a festival or fair that we missed? Or want to tell readers why one of these festivals or fairs is a can’t-miss event for your family? Let us know in the comments section.



Fairs and festivals in northern Illinois in summer 2017.



Date Name Location
 May 27-28  St. Charles Fine Art Show St. Charles
 June 1-4  Taste of Wheaton Wheaton
 June 8-11  Festival of the Fox St. Charles
 June 15-18  PrairieFest Oswego
 June 16-18  Elgin Ribfest  Elgin
 June 20-25  Swedish Days Geneva
 June 23-25  Strawberry Fest Long Grove
 June 30-July 3  Ribfest Naperville
 June 30-July 2  Eyes to the Skies Festival Lisle
 July 14-16  Windmill City Festival Batavia
 July 20-23  Kane County Fair St. Charles
 July 26-30  DuPage County Fair Wheaton
 July 27-30  Sugar Grove Corn Boil  Sugar Grove
 July 26-30  Lake County Fair Grayslake
Aug. 3-6  RomeoFest Romeoville
 Aug. 3-6  McHenry County Fair Woodstock
 Aug. 3-6  Kendall County Fair Yorkville
 Aug. 3-13  Wisconsin State Fair West Allis, Wis.
 Aug. 4-6  North Aurora Days North Aurora
 Aug. 10-13  Mendota Sweet Corn Festival Mendota
 Aug. 10-20  Illinois State Fair Springfield
 Aug. 17-20  RiverFest Express South Elgin
 Aug. 11-13  Montgomery Fest Montgomery
 Aug. 16-20  Winnebago County Fair Pecatonica
 Aug. 18-20  Elburn Days Elburn
 Aug. 23-27  Will County Fair Peotone
 Aug. 25-26  Corn Fest DeKalb
 Sept. 1-3  Hometown Days Yorkville
 Sept. 6-10  Sandwich Fair Sandwich



5 thoughts on “Summer Guide: Fairs and Festivals in Northern Illinois

  1. Amy Youngberg

    Thanks so much for putting together such great info on local activities! Your site is our “go to” for planning activities!

    1. Tara Burghart Post author

      Awwww, thanks Amy! I love this time of year because there is always so much to write about on Go West. Plus, I try to convince myself that I wouldn’t appreciate summer so much if I lived in a place with nicer winters! Thanks for your sweet comment; it made my day!

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