River Rhapsody Concert Series, Batavia Riverwalk, 100 Island Ave., Batavia, 7 p.m. Red Woody’s philosophy – there are great songs from every decade, why not play them all? Information: 630-879-5235.
PrairieFest, PrairieFest Park, 91 Plank Dr., Oswego. This four-day community festival celebrates its 30th year this June. PrairieFest draws approximately 75,000 visitors over the weekend with main stage headliners Sugar Ray and Keith Anderson, a carnival, food vendors and a parade. Admission, parking, and events are all free. Information: 630-554-1010.
Blues on the Fox, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. Two days of jammin’ blues music, cold beer, festival food and a good time, all overlooking the gorgeous Fox River. Information: 630-896-6666.
More on 34 Statewide Garage Sale, Route 34 Corridor, Plano, Yorkville Plano, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Find antiques and odd and unusual items galore. Enjoy city and scenic countryside views. You will find sales at homes, parking lots and fields along the route.
Juneteenth Freedom and Heritage Celebration, Martin Luther King Park, Farnsworth Ave. and Grand Blvd, Aurora, 3:30 p.m. JuneTeenth celebrates the anniversary of June 19th 1865 when the enslaved Africans in Texas were actually emancipated after President Abraham Lincoln signed this historical document. Event is free and will feature entertainment, singing, dance, spoken word, moon jumps, basketball tournament, games, chess, cake walk, motivational speakers and fun for the whole family. Information: 630-606-1910.
Scott Tipping Presents: Leland, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, 8:30 p.m. Leland is a collective that started with an idea by Steve Warrenfeltz to create a compilation album paying tribute to the Bluebird recordings recorded at The Leland Tower in Aurora. Since the album’s release Leland has gone out and done shows to promote the project, the town and the famous music that was created right here in Aurora. Information: 630-264-2739.
Aurora Pride Parade, Downtown Aurora, noon. A celebration of the LGBTQI community, families, friends, and allies in Chicagoland’s western suburbs and beyond. With dozens of floats and overwhelming support from the communities of the Fox River valley. Information: 630-256-3167.
Swedish Days, Geneva’s Midsommar Festival. The whole family will enjoy food, carnival rides, live music and entertainment nightly, 69th Swedish Days Parade at 1 p.m. on June 24.
River Rhapsody Concert Series, Batavia Riverwalk, 100 Island Ave., Batavia, 7-8:30 p.m. The band 1976 recreate all the favorites by bands and musicians like Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Heart, Boston, Steve Miller, Bad Company, Pat Benatar, The Cars, Elton John and other rock bands from the 70’s. Information: 630-879-5235.
Museums After Dark, SciTech Hands-On Museum, 8 1. Benton St., Aurora, 5-8 p.m. Bring the family to downtown Aurora when the stars are out, and enjoy a fun and educational treat for all ages. Aurora Regional Fire Museum, SciTech Hands On Museum, G.A.R. Museum, The Pierce Center and Santori Public Library will stay open “after dark”. Information: 630-859-3434.
Fiesta del Tequila y Mariachi, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, 3-11 p.m. The international Mariachi Sol de Mexico and the Sonora Santanera, among others, promise to provide an afternoon full of music and memories in the midst of a sensational atmosphere of celebration and tradition. Attendees will experience a variety of exhibitions: tequila bottles, music, art exhibitions, businesses, crafts, gastronomy and Tequila Tastings. Information: 630-896-6666.
The Loose Screws, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, 9 p.m. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, they have been knocking around making music, out and about since circa 1993.Featuring a wide array of cover songs and originals. Information: 630-264-2739.
Sunday in the Park, Lakewood Creek Park, 2301 Lakewood Creek Dr., Montgomery, 4 p.m. Join friends and neighbors for free ice cream and a visit from the Kendall County Mounted Patrol from 4-5 p.m., food trucks, games, activities for kids of all ages and live entertainment from 5-8 p.m. Bring a picnic basket, blankets and lawn chairs for some family fun.
River Rhapsody Concert Series, Batavia Riverwalk, 100 Island Ave., Batavia,7-8:30 p.m. Featuring Rockstar Rodeo delivering one of the most high-energy and professional performances in the Midwest. Information: 630-879-5235.
Downtown Alive! 97 Nine and Chicago 6, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, 6-11 p.m. Former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton has put the band back together with his former Super Bowl teammates Otis Wilson and Steve McMichael for a revival of the Chicago 6 – a band originally formed out of the free time created by the 1987 NFL strike. Information: 630-896-6666.
Super SciTech Saturday: Incredible Insects, SciTech Hands-On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., Aurora. Up to four children admissions to the general museum are free with a paying adult. Hands-on activities available for $1 or all activities for $5. Information: 630-859-3434.
Aurora’s Independence Day Celebration, downtown Aurora, 23 E. Galena Blvd., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Bring the family downtown for a monumental parade in the morning, family-friendly fun during the day and then for fireworks in the evening. Aurora’s Independence Day Parade steps off at 10am. This year’s theme is “Party on Aurora” in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Wayne’s World. Family activities and fireworks in two locations: RiverEdge Park – 360 N. Broadway Ave. Great food along with an amazing view of the fireworks at Aurora’s premier outdoor concert venue. Enjoy the American Legion Band and the Fox Valley Orchestra. Gates open at 3pm. McCullough Park – Illinois Ave. & Lake St. Local food vendors with taste-tempting treats and free fun for all with inflatables and music. More entertainment from 7-9:15 pm. followed by fireworks can be viewed from both locations. See their web site for free parking and shuttle information. Information: 630-256-3370.
Aurora Historical Society’s Independence Day Celebration, William Tanner House, 305 Cedar St., Aurora, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free. Join the Aurora Historical Society Open House at the Museum! Entertainment on the lawn, a picnic, petting zoo, magician, games, crafts, a pie-eating contest, music by Hudson Crossing and of course, the national bell-ringing ceremony at 1 p.m. Information: 630-906-0650.
Batavia’s 4th of July Sky Concert, Mooseheart Field / Engstrom Park, 326 Millview Dr., Batavia, 5-10 p.m. Batavia hosts one of the most celebrated fireworks productions in the western suburbs with a 50-year history of being produced and paid for by local citizens.
–Kane County Calendar of Events June 13 – July 4–