Here are some highlights of the Father’s Day weekend ahead. If you are looking for a new picnic spot on Sunday, the “Great Parks” are always a good starting point. For free (or nearly free) fun in the water, check out the Go West Splash Park Guide. 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!
Oswego: PrairieFest is Oswego’s nearly 30-year-old community celebration, organized by the Oswegoland Park District. Events are held throughout Oswego with the main festival grounds at PrairieFest Park. The festival features live music, a car show, carnival, acrobatic circus and more. Here’s a detailed schedule for the upcoming days.
Dates: Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18. Event details here.
Cost: Free admission.
Family Night at Cantigny
Wheaton: Cantigny Park is hosting one of its monthly “Family Nights” on Friday, and it will feature a Cruise Night theme – with live music by Joe Kalish at 5 p.m. and Final Say at 7 p.m. Then you’re invited to stay for an outdoor showing of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at about 8:30 p.m.
Dates: Friday, June 16, starting at 5 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Included with the regular $5 weekday parking fee.
Summer Concert Series
Geneva: The Geneva Commons is hosting its 15th annual Summer Concert Series on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays in June. All are free. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. The Friday show will feature Ear Candy, playing dance, rock and pop music from the 1970s through today. The Sunday show will feature SEMPLE, playing ’70s rock through modern pop songs.
Dates: Friday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 18, at 5 p.m. Event details here.
Wheaton: The Art in Bloom Festival at Cantigny Park is a Father’s Day Weekend tradition, taking place both Saturday and Sunday. It features a juried art show, nearly 100 exhibiting artists, activities and crafts for kids, demonstrations, live music, food trucks and more.
Dates: Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Included with paid parking fee of $10. The wax hands craft for kids is an extra $5 each.
Sensory Garden Play Day
Lisle: For three Saturdays this summer, the Sensory Garden Playground in Lisle will host a free “Play Day” from 10 a.m. to noon featuring fun activities like face painting, planting and more. This month there will also be a sensory-friendly story time offered by a local library. Here’s a bit about what to expect on a visit to this unique playground.
Dates: Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. Event details here.
Movies in the Park
Aurora: The animated film “Sing” will be shown on Saturday night as part of the “Movies in the Park” series in Aurora’s Phillips Park. Before the movie starts, there will be family activities – music, dancing and giveaways.
Dates: Saturday, June 17, at dusk. Event details here.
Geneva: While the popular and large Swedish Days festival in Geneva doesn’t get underway until Tuesday, the “Swedish Day” celebration (organized by the International Organization of Good Templars) in the city’s Good Templar Park is Sunday. It features an arts and craft fair, Scandinavian food, a maypole celebration, live music, children’s choir, tours of the cottages on the grounds, tours of a replica Viking ship and more.
Dates: Sunday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Adults are $5, children 12 and under are free.
Oak Brook: If dad loves cars, then consider heading to the 49th Annual Father’s Day Classic Car Show at Oak Brook Center. More than 90 antique, classic, vintage and specialty automobiles will be on display from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 70,000 visitors are expected to attend.
Dates: Sunday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Event details here.
Geneva: Another Father’s Day option is to head to Northwestern Medicine Field and see the Kane County Cougars take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Promotions include a petting zoo and pony rides in the KidZone, pre-game autographs and kids ages 3-10 get a voucher at the gate for a free hot dog and small soda. Fans can also play catch in the outfield before the game – bring your own gloves and baseballs.
Dates: Sunday, June 18, at 1 p.m. with pre-game activities starting earlier. Event details here.
Cost: Ticket prices vary.