Here are some highlights of the weekend ahead. For free (or nearly free) fun in the water, check out the Go West Splash Park Guide. A trip to a farmer’s market or a French market can make a great family activity. And make sure to sign up for the free Go West email newsletter to stay “in the loop” on free activities, special events and insight into making the most of your family time this summer. I promise you won’t regret it!
DuPage County Fair
Wheaton: The DuPage County Fair is underway through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Wheaton, and it features a carnival, a dedicated “dog adoption” tent, craft fair, live music, race track, 4-H demonstrations, car shows and more.
Cost: Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-12, $5 for seniors. Kids 2 and under are free. Military personnel, with ID, get in free to the fair.
Sugar Grove Corn Boil
Sugar Grove: This year is the 50th anniversary of this family friendly festival that features live music and other entertainment, bingo, a carnival, a “Kidszone” with sing-alongs and magic shows for children, and of course sweet corn. It raises money for local not-for-profit groups, too.
Dates: Daily through July 30. Event details here.
Cost: There’s no mention of an admission fee on the website, and I think based on my memory of going years ago, that there is free admission to the festival, you just pay for your food and carnival rides, etc.
Wizards and Wonders
Aurora: Blackberry Farm is being transformed on Friday for the first ever “Wizards and Wonders” event there. The Fox Valley Park District promises activities, snacks, crafts and fun.
Dates: Friday, July 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Admission is $10 a person, and you are urged to buy tickets online in advance. Call 630-892-1550 for more info.
Movie Night at Cantigny
Wheaton: Cantigny Park will be hosting an outdoor showing of “The Great Gilly Hopkins” (about an unfriendly foster child who opens up after being placed with a devout older woman) at dusk on Friday night.
Dates: Friday, July 28, with the movie starting at about 8:30 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Included with the regular $5 weekday parking fee.
Rolling on the River
Naperville: The Naperville Park District’s Rollin’ on the River concert series continues on Friday with the band Gecko Club playing guitar/pop at the Riverwalk Free Speech Pavilion.
Date: Friday, July 28, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Event details here.
Kane County Cougars
Geneva: The Kane County Cougars have a home-stand at Northwestern Medicine Field through Tuesday. On Friday, they’ll take on the Beloit Snappers at 6:30 p.m., on Saturday the Quad City River Bandits at 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, the River Bandits again at 1 p.m. The evening games feature fireworks after the games as well as other promotions. Sunday is a “Kids Eat Free on Sunday Funday.”
Dates: Friday, July 28 through Monday, July 30. Game times vary. Event details here.
Cost: Ticket prices vary.
Harry Potter Party
Naperville: Downtown Naperville is celebrating all things Harry Pottery on Saturday with “The Return of the Party That Shall Not Be Named,” featuring costume contests, wand making, Quidditch games, butterfeer, sorting hats, free trolley rides and more. About 50 businesses are participating in the event.
Cost: Some events are free, some will have a cost, and many are “while supplies last.” The movie showing is free.
Note: Aurora is also hosting a Harry Potter-related party, on Sunday, but it requires tickets and they are sold out.
Super SciTech Saturday
Aurora: SciTech Hands on Museum is hosting a “Super SciTech Saturday” with a special project that will focus on the eclipse.
Dates: Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Up to four child admissions are FREE with a paying adult. (Adults are $8.) The eclipse-related project is $5 per person.
Wheaton: Cantigny Park has the third of its fourth “Family Concerts” on Sunday, this time featuring Laura Doherty & the Heartbeats performing at the Cantigny bandshell. Bring chairs or blankets!
Dates: Sunday, July 30, at noon. Event details here.
Cost: Included with the regular $10 weekend parking fee.