Symbolism in Chinese Jade, through Aug. 21, Lizzadro Musuem of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst. The Museum’s permanent collection of jade carvings is filled with auspicious Chinese symbolism. This exhibit focuses on a selection of carvings from the Qing Dynasty and translates the hidden meanings in their visual motifs. Admission: $5. Information: (630) 833-1616.
Childhood Memories, through Sept. 25, DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton. Rekindle fond memories of childhood glory. Enjoy the simplicity of a time where play and learning were stimulated without electronics. Become absorbed in the delightful innocence of DuPage County’s past as you learn about the various toys and games of the 19th and 20th century. Information: (630) 510-4941.
JUNE 7-AUG. 23
Millennium Carrillon Summer Recital Series, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Millennium Carrillon, Naperville, Talented carillonneurs from across the country and all over the world delight concert goers with an evening of music. Free performances are held rain or shine (unless there is lightning). Picnicking on the lawns surrounding the tower is welcome. Post recital Moonlight Carillon Tours available for $3 per person from 8 to 9 p.m.
Free Family Fun Day at Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora, 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free admission for all Illinois residents (ID required). They’re quite popular, so expect big crowds and frequent lines for some of the attractions. If the park reaches capacity, admission will be put on hold – as people leave, those waiting are allowed in. Information: (630) 892-1550.
Rhythm on the Riverfront Summer Concert Series, North Aurora Riverfront Park, 25 E. State St., North Aurora, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bands play in the gazebo just west of Village Hall at Riverfront Park. Free parking is available at Island Park, North Aurora Activity Center and public lots on the southwest side of the riverfront area. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival of the Fox/Dragon Boat Races, Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St. Charles. The first “Festival of the Fox” offers two weekend days of Dragon Boat races on the Fox River, a “Picnic in the Park”, family activities, a community stage, a Family Movie Night, all in one place-beautiful Pottawatomie Park. A carnival June 9th-12th with a special invitation to Special Families on Friday afternoon noon-2p.m. Information: www.festivalofthefox.com
Museum Math Talk Symposium, DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville, 5:30-8 p.m. The museum invites early childhood educators and parents to a workshop that will offer many practical and hands-on experiences.
Rollin’ on the River, Riverwalk Free Speech Pavillion, Webster Street and Jackson Avenue , 7 – 9p.m. Join the Naperville Park District for live music on Friday evenings through Aug. 5.
Batavia Flag Day – 100 years! Kick-Off, Batavia Riverwalk & Peg Bond Pavillion, 151 N. Island Ave., Batavia, 3 – 7 p.m. One hundred years ago, Flag Day was established to honor our nation’s flag. Batavia resident, Dr. Bernard Cigrand, was coined the “Father of Flag Day” for all his efforts to create this holiday. Come down for a evening of celebrating our American flag and see the plans for the Flag Day Memorial honoring Dr. Cigrand. Enjoy an ice cream with Batavia Creamery, watch a Soapbox Derby and shop at the Red, White & Blue Market.
Chicagoland Tour de Cure, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. Last year, locally, more than 1,200 riders raised over $715,000 to Stop Diabetes. Information: email@example.com
Railroad Collectible Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. One of two shows in Chicago with Model Trains and Operating Layouts. Railroad Collectibles include items used by railroads such as: lanterns, china, silverware, keys, locks, timetables, train parts, maps as well as books, photography and DVDs on railroad topics. Information: (847) 358-1185 or visit rrshows.com
Gildan Esprit de She Naperville Triathlon, Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville, 7-11 a.m. This annual triathlon for females features a 0.5-mile swim, 13.3-mile bike and 3.1 mile run.
AAUW Used Book Donation Drive, Celebration Community Life Center, 919 S. Washington St., Naperville, 2-4 p.m. Donate items for the AAUW Used Book Sale
Batavia Flag Day – 100 years!, Batavia Riverwalk & Peg Bond Pavillion, 151 N. Island Ave., Batavia, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a patriotic pop-up chorus and the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest while 1,777 luminaria line the Riverwalk.
Brown Bag Lunch: The Cold War in Berlin, Elgin History Museum, 360 Park Street, Elgin, noon-1 p.m. Join Elgin resident and local historian, Steve Stroud, as he tells the history of Berlin during the Cold War. He will give insight and historical context into this fascinating time in world history from a personal perspective. Non-members: $3 / Members: Free
Naper Nights, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, 5 p.m. The community concert series kicks off with The Fortunate Sons, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, followed by Mr. Blotto, a local jam band. Saturday, June 18 will feature Beggars Banquet, a Rolling Stones tribute band, followed by American English, who will play the music of The Beatles.Information and tickets: www.napernights.org or call (630) 420-6010.
Blues on the Fox, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St., Aurora. 7-10 p.m. Friday, 3-10:30 p.m. Saturday. What started as a street fair in 1996 exploded into a colorful, world-renowned festival, drawing blues fanatics from around the globe. Friday: The Robert Cray Band & Marcia Ball. Saturday: Tedeschi Trucks Band – Los Lobos – Larry McCray – Leland. Information: (630) 896-6666.
More on 34 Statewide Garage Sale, Rt. 34 Corridor of Sandwich, Plano, Yorkville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Statewide garage sale that extends along Rt. 34 corridor including Sandwich, Plano, Yorkville and Aurora. More on 34 was an idea conceived in Kewanee and with the help of a small group and now stretches over 100 miles on US Route 34. Information: (815) 312-4963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration, Martin Luther King Park, Farnsworth Ave. and Grand Blvd., Aurora, 3:30-7:30 p.m., free. The event celebrates the anniversary of June 19, 1865 when the enslaved Africans in Texas were emancipated after President Abraham Lincoln signed this historical document. Activities include inspirational speakers, music, food, games, prizes, basketball tournament and entertainment for youth, adults and elders of all ethnicities. Information: (630)606-1910 or email email@example.com
10th Annual Air Classics Museum of Aviation Open House, Air Classics Museum of Aviation, 44W546 U.S. Hwy. 30, Sugar Grove. Free event to honor members and WWII Veterans. Pedal car raffle. Located 1 mile west of main airport entrance and 2 miles west of intersection of Routes 47 and 30. Information: (630) 466-0888.
Chair Sculptures Revealed, downtown Naperville. Sponsored by local businesses and painted by local artists, 18 painted round chair sculptures will be on display until after Labor Day at various sidewalk locations downtown. Information: www.downtownnaperville.com.
Naperville Classic Car Show, downtown Naperville, Jackson Avenue, along the Riverwalk, 9 a.m.-noon. Enjoy the looks of up to 100 Classic Cars in all makes and models.
Picnic on the Farm 50’s and 60’s Style, Historic Corron Farm, 7N761 Corron Road, St. Charles. Fourth Annual Summer Fun, 1950’s style at Corron Farm. Families welcome. Events include Rick “Elvis” Saucedo, Cougar’s mascot Ozzie, children’s activities, vendors, wagon rides through the prairie, tours of Historic house, food, silent/live auction, raffles. Information: (515) 745-2043 or visit www.corronfarmpreservationsociety.org
Good Templar Park Swedish Day Festival, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva, 9 a.m The Midsommar Festival has been offering up a smorgasbord of family and cultural activities including Scandinavian music and dance, old time games, traditional foods (both Swedish and American), and the largest maypole celebration west of the Allegheny Mountains. Admission is $5 for adults; kids 12 and under are free, as well as anyone in traditional Scandinavian costume. Parking is also free. There is a cash raffle at 4 p.m. Information: (847) 845-2640, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit swedishday.net
Swedish Days Festival, downtown Geneva. The whole family will enjoy fabulous food, carnival rides, live music & entertainment nightly, plus Sweden Vast, our tent that’s everything Swedish. Information, (630) 232-6060
Free Family Fun Day at Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission for all Illinois residents (ID required). They’re quite popular, so expect big crowds and frequent lines for some of the attractions. Farm hours today are from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Four By Four: A Musical Tribute To Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St., Batavia. From the creative team that brought you the hit show Oh What a Night! A Musical Tribute To Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, comes a unique concept in tribute shows… Celebrating the music of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Bee Gees and Motown all in one show. Information: (630) 937-8930 or email email@example.com
Kool and the Gang, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, 7:30 p.m. In over 4 decades, Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, won 2 Grammys and 7 AMAs, racked up 31 gold and platinum albums and scored a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This June, they’re bringing their funky jams to RiverEdge Park. You won’t be able to stay in your seat when these guys roll out hits including “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down On It.” Tickets: $45. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Information: (630) 896-6666
Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, 8 p.m. Willie Nelson may have been inducted into Country Hall of Fame 23 years ago, but he’s been considered a living legend for decades longer. After spending years writing smash hits like “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “For the Good Times,” Kris Kristofferson tried his hand at performing his own tunes with his ballad-heavy album The Silver Tongued Devil and I. Tickets and information: (630) 896-6666
Free Airplane Rides, Aurora Municipal Airport, 43W752 Rt. 30, Sugar Grove, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 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 visit the EAA 579 website and click on the Young Eagles tab.
Weird Al Yankovic – Return of the Mandatory World Tour, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. “Weird Al” Yankovic is the best-selling comedy recording artist in history. His mind-blowing ability to parody world-famous musicians like Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, U2 and Madonna launched Al into superstardom himself, and after almost 40 years of leaving millions of fans of every age in stitches, he’s still going strong. Tickets and information: (630) 896-6666.
— Kane and DuPage county events calendar —