Beat the Labor Day traffic with a stay-cation. There happens to be quite a few events holiday weekend events in and around Chicago and the suburbs should you find yourself wandering away from the lawn chair, grill and beer cooler. Below is our guide to the best ways to celebrate at home.
North Shore and Lake County
Thursday, Aug. 28: Sunset on Summer: Beach Bash @ Glencoe Beach The island party includes light refreshments, games, entertainment and a Caribbean show by the band Tropixplosion. For season-token holders only.
Friday, Aug. 29: Michael McDonald and Toto Concert @ Ravinia Pavilion McDonald has played with The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and Kenny Loggins and has had a successful solo career. Gates open at 3 p.m.
Aug. 31 and Sept. 1: Fair on the Square @Market Square The Deer Path Art League hosts its 60th annual art festival featuring specialty art booths, an interactive children’s art tent, the entrepreneurial Young Artists gallery, the Emerging Artists area and more. The event begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
Saturday, Aug. 30: Labor Day Food @ Whole Foods Northbrook Celebrate Labor Day and the beginning of the school year with $1 tacos, snow cones and grilled corn available in front of the store.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Jubilee Days @ Various locations
Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Last weekend of Bristol Renaissance Faire @ Renaissance Faire Grounds
Sept. 1: Labor Day at Arlington International @ Arlington International Racecourse Labor Day brings an end to the summer festivities at the racetrack. Band The Screamin’ End plays live, the national anthem colors are presented by Marine Air Control Group-48 and Sunday Family Day activities are offered. Gates open 11:15 a.m.
Aug. 28-Sept. 1: Buffalo Grove Days @ BG Days Fairgrounds This five-day Labor Day weekend festival is the perfect way to end summer with a bang. The fest features live music, a beer garden, carnival rides, a business fair, a Sunday night firework show and, of course, lots of food.
Lake in the Hills
Aug. 29-31: Summer Sunset Festival @ Millner Road and Albrecht Road The festival includes competitions, a crafters showcase, carnival, car show, fireworks, talent show, parade, wine tastings, 5K and more. The three-day festival begins at 3 p.m. Aug. 29, 10 a.m. Aug. 30 and 11 a.m. Aug. 31.
Monday, Sept. 1: Free Water Spray Day @ Golf Maine Park District Celebrate Labor Day with a free day at the water spray park. The temperature must be at least 70 degrees to open.
Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Septemberfest @ Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center The family festival includes live music, a Labor Day parade, arts and crafts, a carnival, pony rides, local restaurants and more. The fest opens at 10 a.m. Aug. 30 and 9 a.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
Sunday, Aug. 31: Downtown Batavia Block Party @ Batavia Riverwalk The block party celebrates Labor Day weekend with “a Taste of Batavia” party, classic car show, live music, a pie bake-off, hula hoop competition, other activities and dancing. For a list of participating “Taste of Batavia” restaurants and the live entertainment schedule, visit www.downtownbatavia.com/blockparty.
Aug. 31 and Sept. 1: Fox Valley Folk Festival @ Island Park Come swing by for a concert, storytelling, workshops, crafts, dances, stories, lessons and more at this festival. Refreshments are available for purchase. Donations are collected by the Fox Valley Folk Society.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Naperville Last Fling on grounds near Naperville Central High School Check out a detailed guide to the Last Fling. Events include free concerts, big name bands like O.A.R. and Smash Mouth, a Labor Day run and a 10 a.m. Labor Day parade.
Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Frankfort Fall Festival @ Downtown Frankfort The fall festival offers live music throughout each day, the Lions Club “German Wurst Fest Night,” concessions by the Lincoln Way East High School Music Boosters, an artisan bazaar, a carnival and a parade. The parade is 1 p.m. Aug. 31 and begins at the intersection of Ash St. and Nebraska St.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Labor Day Family Camp @ Greater La Grange YMCA Take the family out for a weekend camping experience at YMCA’s Camp Duncan. Swimming, boating, fishing, blobbing, high ropes climbing, games, archery and campfires are just some of the activities that will be available for families to participate in. Each family gets their own cabin and food is served for each meal. Camp runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. Contact Rona Roffey at email@example.com to register.
Sept. 1: The Oak Brook Half-Marathon @ Kensington Road west of Jorie Blvd. to Central Park
Aug. 28-31: Chicago Jazz Festival @ Millennium Park The Chicago Jazz Festival, in it’s 36th year, celebrates jazz in all its variety. Performers include the Sun Ra Arkestra, David Holland and the Prism band, Tom Harrell’s Colors of a Dream and a host of local talent. For a full lineup and schedule, visit www.jazzinchicago.org/jazzfest. Aug. 29-Sept. 1: African Festival of the Arts @ Washington Park Aug. 29-31: North Coast Music Festival @ Union Park Other performances include Alesso, Dada Life, Nicky Romero, Zeds Dead, Dr Dog, Little Dragon, Slightly Stoopid, the New Deal, Adventure Club, Griz, Showtek, Wolfgang Gartner, W&W, Action Bronson, Boombox, Cashmere Cat, Chet Faker, Emancipator Ensemble, the Floozies, Future Islands, Future Rock, Keys n Krates, Lettuce, Papadosio, Riff Raff, Washed Out, What So Not, Wild Belle, Autobody, Bad Bad Not Good, Break Science, Cosby Sweater, Dopapod, Grandtheft, J Phlip, Midnight Conspiracy, the Motet, Muzzy, the Nth Power, Ookay, Orchard Lounge, Porn and Chicken, ProbCause, Thibault, Tourist, Wick-it the Instigator and Zebo. Sunday, Aug. 31: Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Cole Swindell @ Soldier Field Tickets run $55 to $400.Tags: Guide