THROUGH JUNE 3
Once the Musical, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Once is based on the Oscar-winning movie and is an eight-time Tony Award-winning musical, including Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Book. It is both big and grand in its themes of love and longing, yet simple and subtle in its execution. Information: 630-896-6666.
1920s Murder Mystery Event: Crime and Pun-ishment, Club Arcada, 105 E. Main Street St., St. Charles, 7 p.m., dinner, 7:45 p.m. murder mystery, starts at $50 per person. Things take a turn for the gutter at Mafia Don Lou Zar’s juice joint when someone is put on ice. The crowd is chock full of potential suspects. Jealous, jilted lovers, a rival Mafioso, and a pair of undercover feds make an appearance at this speakeasy and not a single person is muttering a word. Information: http://clubarcada.com/events/murder-mystery/
4,000 Miles, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 West Main Street, St. Charles, Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m. This Pulitzer-prize finalist for 2012 presents a funny, moving look at two outsiders who must find their way towards each other in a complicated world. Information: 630-587-8521 or visit www.steelbeamtheatre.com/4000-miles
Farmers Market Preview; FVGC Gardeners’ Plant Sale, Aurora Transportation Center, 233 N. Broadway, Aurora, 8 a.m.-noon. The event will introduce the market’s local producers and allow visitors the opportunity to meet local farmers and growers. In addition, visitors will have the first chance at all the early spring produce fresh from the farm, including asparagus, rhubarb, lettuces and more. Plus, the Fox Valley Garden Club’s annual Plant Sale will offer an endless variety of annuals, perennials, vegetable plants and much more. Information: 630-256-4636.
Aurora Kite Festival, Jake’s Bagels and Deli , 220 N. Broadway, Aurora, 10 a.m.-noon. The festival welcomes everyone and all ages to come fly a kite with us! Bring a kite or make a kite. Enjoy a colorful morning in downtown Aurora. One hundred free kites to the first 100 kids courtesy of City of Aurora. Information: 630-906-0332.
Swing into Summer Barn Dance, Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Road, St. Charles, 6 p.m., $10 in advance, $15 at door. Twist, twirl, spin your way into summer with an evening of dancing and live music at this traditional 1930’s barn dance. Information: www.primrosefarmpark.com or call 630-513-4370.
Vets Week Aurora , various locations, Aurora. The third annual event begins with a car show Saturday and ends with the traditional Memorial Day Parade downtown. Other events include a 5K at Phillips Park, Tom Hanks movie “Saving Private Ryan” at the Paramount Theatre, Civil War Memorial Dedication, drive through BBQ, Anniversary Recognition, picnic, patriotic concert and much more. Information: http://vetsweekaurora.org/
Free Airplane Rides with Young Eagles, Aurora Municipal Airport, 43W752 Rt. 30, Sugar Grove, 9 a.m.-2. Kids ages 8 and 17 years who are interested in aviation can take a free Young Eagles flight and see what pilots do on the ground and in the air. No reservations required. Information: 630-256-3120.
Let the Blues Be Your Muse Poetry Reading, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia, 7 p.m. This blues-themed literary event can include poetry, prose, essays and other written creations that evoke or celebrate blues music, this uniquely American art form with African roots. Information: 630-777-6474.
Party in the Park, Garfield Park, 817 Forest Ave. , Aurora, 5-8 p.m. Simply Destinee Youth Center’s annual fundraiser is a fun, family-friendly evening of music and activities at Garfield Park. Enjoy a sundae at Banana Split and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the outh inspired dance team promoting suicide prevention & awareness. Information: 630-256-3730.
Moonlight Tour of Farnsworth House, 14520 River Rd., Plano, 7 p.m. Discover Mies van der Rohe’s celebrated Farnsworth House in a new light during a special Moonlight Tour. These exclusive tours will start at dusk and return after dark, lasting approximately 90 minutes. Information and tickets: 630-552-0052
Super SciTech Saturday: Racing Rivers, 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 Memorial Day Parade, David L. Pierce Art & History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora, 11:30 a.m. The City of Aurora will honor the service men and women who gave their lives for our country during the annual ceremony and parade on Monday with a pre-parade ceremony – In Memory of Many, In Honor of All – at 11:30 a.m. at the reviewing stand in front of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center. The parade steps off at noon from River and Benton streets. Information: 630-256-3370.
Race to Market 5K and WellBatavia Expo, Peg Bond Center, 151 N. Island Ave., Batavia, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Join Batavia Mainstreet and Batavia Park District they celebrate the 23rd Opening Day of the Batavia Farmers’ Market. Race to Market in the 5K and check out the WellBatavia Expo health and wellness fair.
Bluegrass Music Festival, Lyon Farm, 7935 State Rte 71, Yorkville, noon-6 p.m. Bring a comfortable chair for the annual festival where the jamming doesn’t stop! Primitive camping available Friday and Saturday nights. Canteen open Saturday. Information: 630-553-6777.
Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race, McCullough Park, 101 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. This historic, amateur canoe/kayak race is for paddlers of all ages and abilities, featuring 11 canoe divisions, eight kayak divisions and one open (non-competitive) division. Two race options are available, 10 miles from St. Charles and 6 miles from Batavia. Lunch, T-shirt, shuttle and goodie bag included. Post-race party and awards ceremony, too. Information: 630-966-4527.
Batavia’s Second Fridays, Downtown, Wilson St., Batavia, 6-9 p.m. Whether it is a live performance, craft demo, a book signing or one of the many other programs, there is something for everyone. Pick up a map at Water Street Studios. Free and family-friendly. Information: 630-761-3528.
–Kane County Calendar of Events May 16 – June 8–