You don’t have to be Irish and it doesn’t have to be Saint Patrick’s Day for an Irish Celebration. Head to Mt. Prospects Irish Fest and celebrate like you are Irish. With Irish Music, Irish Dancers, Irish Food and of course plenty of Irish Beer. All in a heated tent. Hop on the Northwest Line and let Metra do the driving.
Celebrate the coming of Groundhog Day with this week-long celebration in the charming town of Woodstock. Woodstock Square was the filming site for the 1993 Movie ‘Groundhog Day’. Come and welcome Woodstock Willie and take part in this week long celebration. You will find fun for everyone, with Walking Tours, Screenings of the Movie at the Woodstock Theater, Dances, Bowling, and the Groundhog Day Prognostication.
Head to Downtown Palatine to enjoy Live Entertainment, German food and of course some German Beer. The Palatine Rotary’s Oktoberfest also features a family friendly time on Saturday afternoon. Admission to Oktoberfest is free and all monies raised will support local charities.
Experience Christmas Traditions from around the world, never having to leave Chicago. Just catch a Metra train into the city for Holiday Bazaars, Teas, Dinners, a Glögg Competition or Breakfast with Tomten, (mmm have Swedish pancakes with Santa)
Edison Park Fest, a 3-day extravaganza of entertainment, family fun, delicious food and music for all ages. Music and dancing will be non-stop as the fest’s live entertainment rivals that of any neighborhood festival in Chicago.Including local bands, such as Modern Day Romeos, Hi-Infidelity, and Hillbilly Rockstarz. Please note that the headliner bands are 21 and over shows.
If you would like to start some holiday traditions this year, Barrington’s Holiday Events, may be one of the best places to start. Along with their usual traditions this year they have added the ChristKindlfest, with a market, entertainment, food & drink it promises to be a new favorite.
Follow the Festivals along the Metra Northwest line. Almost every town along the line has a festival planned for July. There is something for everyone; entertainment, food and fun. Gather up your friends & family and head out for a taste of summer.
Great bands (like headliner Foghat) and Pizza get together and the first Pizza Fest is born. Both Friday & Saturday will feature a fantastic music lineup, as well as activities for the kids. All within walking idstance of the train.
Combine live jazz music, food, wine, and art, and you have a great formula for a perfect evening. Mark your calenders for “Uncork Barrington”. This is an opportunity to sample 50 wines from around the world and pair cuisine from local restaurants to complement the wine selections. New this year, an art fair featuring select artist.
If you are looking for some great family entertainment or some great grown-up entertainment, there is something for you in one these Fall Festivals. With dates from Sept 14th to Oct 31st, there is sure to be one that will fit the bill.