Kane and DuPage area events

18th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show returns to downtown St Charles May 28-29. (Photo courtesy Fine Art Show Facebook page)

18th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show returns to downtown St Charles May 28-29. (Photo courtesy Fine Art Show Facebook page)

MAY 21-30

Aurora Vets Week, City of Aurora, daily, various venues. Activities will include a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorials, a car show, a World War II exhibit, a Paramount Theatre show, a barbecue, a picnic, a patriotic concert and a 5K run. And of course on Monday, May 30, the community honors the fallen with a Memorial Day parade that kicks off at noon. Information: (630) 896-7800 or email info@CommunityFoundationFRV.org.

MAY 26

Red Angry Bird Appearance, York Theatre, 150 N. York St., Elmhurst, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., free. Meet Red, the Angry Bird. Sony Pictures’ official Red costume character will appear at the York, Theatre. He will pose for pictures. “The Angry Birds Movie” features flightless birds, who lead a mostly happy existence, except for Red, who just can’t get past the daily annoyances of life. Confirm details at www. classiccinemas.com.

Graduation Concert, Wentz Concert Hall, East Chicago Ave., Naperville, 7:30 p.m., free. North Central College’s annual Graduation Concert features the college’s Concert Choir in a program of sacred, secular, contemporary and multicultural music, which will include a variety of repertoire and a farewell to graduating seniors. Visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/show or call (630) 637-7469.


MAY 27

Winfield Wide Garage Sale Registration, Antiques of Winfield, 27W461 Beecher Ave., Winfield, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $10. Register to participate in the sixth annual Winfield Wide Garage Sale. A $10 registration fee takes care of your publicity and promotion so you can concentrate on your sale. Registration will continue into early June. Garage sale dates are June 10 and June 11. Questions? Call (630) 344-9130 or email winfieldwidegaragesale@yahoo.com.


Friday Fish Fry, Villa Park VFW Post 2801, 39 E. St. Charles Road, Villa Park, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $11. The menu includes made-to-order cod, fried or grilled, with coleslaw. Burgers and hot dogs also are available.



MAY 27-29


Red, White & BBQ Festival, Ty Warner Park, 700 Blackhawk Drive, Westmont. Come celebrate Memorial Day with Westmont Lions Club. Enjoy the best BBQ vendors in the Midwest and an all ages carnival. his free admission, three- day event, will be fun for the whole family!


MAY 28-29

18th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show, Downtown St Charles, Riverside Avenue. The award-winning, highly regarded show features the work of 100 juried artists in various mediums including watercolor, oil, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, wood, glass, which are exhibited and available for sale during the event. Information: www.downtownstcharles.org/events/saint-charles-fine-art-show


MAY 28

Family Field Day, St. James Farm Forest Preserve, Winfield Road, Warrenville, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy a special celebration at a historic preserve, and meet our naturalists, interpreters, rangers, volunteers and guest performers. Free. Information: (630) 933-7248.

Opening Day at Raging Waves, Raging Waves Waterpark, 4000 N. Bridge St.

Yorkville, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Don’t miss a single opportunity for fantastic waterpark fun. Information:


Beach Opening, Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., various fees. A new swimming season begins. Because of changes in computer software, all new and returning beach members are required to get a photo identification card. Returning members can renew online, however, a new photo must be taken before visiting the beach for the first time this season. Information: www.napervilleparks.org or call (630) 848-5000 to register.


Saturday Family Movie, Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove, free, 2 p.m.

Children and adults alike are invited to enjoy “Babe: Pig in the City.” In the movie, Babe, fresh from his victory in the sheepherding contest, returns to Farmer Hoggett’s farm, but after Farmer Hoggett is injured and unable to work, Babe has to go to the big city to save the farm


MAY 31

Cruise Night, Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli, 300 W. North Ave., West Chicago, 6-9 p.m. free.

Augustino’s invites the public to come out and enjoy Cruise Night. The theme for May 31 is Street Rod Night. Information: (630) 293-8602.



Wednesday Walking Club, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, 8-9 a.m., free. Get fit the old-fashioned way during Naper Settlement’s Wednesday Walking Club, an active stroll around the 12-acre museum campus. Check in at the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center, located at the southwest corner of Aurora Avenue and Webster Street, then log your minutes (not miles). No registration is required for this drop-in program for all ages. Earn reward tickets to Naper Settlement programs and events.
Downtown Concert, City Centre Plaza, 100 block of south York Road, Elmhurst, 5:30-8:30 p.m., free

Live musical concert is designed for the whole family.

Outdoor Concert, Bob Walters Commons, on Stafford Place between the Warrenville Public Library District and Warrenville City Hall, 7 p.m., free. Enjoy an outdoor concert every Wednesday evening through Aug. 31. Picnics are welcome, but alcohol is not permitted. For more information, call (630) 393-1171. The band performing in the season’s first concert is Soda, playing a variety of pop music.


JUNE 3-4


Two Brothers Summer Festival, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St., Aurora. Two Brothers Summer Festival was created to raise money and awareness for a growing list of charities, as well as give back to the local and regional community. This year The Two Brothers Brewing Company will donate net proceeds from the festival to Make a Wish Illinois and local charities. Music lineup includes Cold War Kids, Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow and PHOX. Children age 12 and under can enter the festival for free with a paid adult ticket. Sunday is Family Day with activities for the kids, everyone enters for free, no ticket required. Tickets are non-refundable. Information: (630) 896-6666.



Aurora’s First Friday Artwalk, Downtown Aurora (various venues). Enjoy a night of art, fun, music, dance, and community at local businesses and venues in downtown Aurora on the first Friday evening of the month. Free entrance, free art viewing, free trolley rides, free fun. Information: www.auroradowntown.org/



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, 8 kayak divisions and 1 open (non-competitive) division. From the ultra-competitive to young families and newbies just wanting to enjoy a memorable paddling experience. 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.




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