South Elgin 18th annual Riverfest Express, Thursday-Sunday, Payton Mill Park, across from Village Hall. Live entertainment, car show, craft show, carnival rides, attractions and fireworks. Information:


85th Elburn Days, Aug. Friday-Sunday, Elburn Lions Park, 500 Filmore St., Elburn. A fundraiser for Lions Club charities, the event includes a variety of activities including a carnival, live entertainment, car raffle and a Sunday pork chop and chicken dinner. Information: Information:


Day out with Thomas, Saturday-Sunday, Illinois Railway Museum, Union. Tickets include one train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, unlimited rides on all other trains and streetcars; all entertainment (puppet shows, live music, magic shows, etc.); and access to all Museum exhibits on the date specified on the ticket. 7000 Olson Road, Union. Information: www.


Paramount Theater season kickoff party, Friday, Aug. 22, 5-7 p.m.  A $10 ticket includes samples of food from area restaurants, cash bar, silent auctions items, including a couple behind-the-scene packages, in our silent auction. Tickets for Happy Together 30th anniversary tour, 8 p.m., sold separately. 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora.


Geneva History Museum 10th anniversary, Saturday, Aug. 23. The museum celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new name, new logo and unveiling of a new main gallery. events start at 11 a.m., 113 S. Third St. Information:


Village of Maple Park Fun Fest, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. A classic small town festival over Labor Day weekend, visitors can celebrate summer’s end with live entertainment, arts and crafts show, a 5K run, parade and fireworks. Most events on Main St. Information:


Last Fling, Naperville, Aug. 29-Sept. 1. The Naperville Jaycees’ end-of-summer party includes events and live music will occur along the Riverwalk on Jackson Avenue and at Rotary Hill near the Millennium Carillon.  Also featured is a carnival, run, parade and a family fun area. Information: www.