After a four-year hiatus, the Lightning Bug Music Festival comes back to Valparaiso, Indiana for a two-day event full of bluegrass and American folk music performed in a 238-acre county park. Artists spearheading the performance lineup include Railroad Earth, Ghost Light, Lindsay Lou, Charlie Parr and more, along with arborist-led hikes, yoga and mediation being offered.
Details: Doors open at 11 a.m. at Sunset Hill Farm, 775 Meridian Rd. $65 single-day general admission, $149 two-day general admission / MAP
Find more fests: 2022 Summer Festival Guide
Celebrate with the village of Monee at an event full of live music, arts and crafts, vendor booths, a carnival, beer garden, food vendors and more at their local Fall Fest.
Details: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday at Firemen’s Park, 5130 W. Court St. Free admission / MAP
Monarch butterflies are set to take flight and migrate from Chicago to Mexico and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum wants to celebrate their journey. Flutter into Fall will be a day-long celebration full of monarch butterfly tagging demos, guided walks, and of course, two First Flight Butterfly Releases.
Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr. $6 for Children, $9 for Adults / MAP
Take a stroll around Edgebrook's Business District for their 8th Annual Craft Beer Stroll, where guests can sample various craft beers by traveling around 19 participating local businesses, including Alarmist, Cigar City, Forbidden Root, Goose Island and more.
Details: 2-5 p.m. at the Edgebrook Business District at Devon and Central avenues. $25 tickets / MAP
Ted Talks are coming to Chicago with TEDxChicago, a one-day event featuring talks from eight Chicago leaders, artists and movement makers. These Chicagoans will be using their various backgrounds as a social psychologist, world hunger ambassador and a poker player to deliver talks on how they made their impact in Chicago and beyond.
Details: 3:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St. $89 general admission / MAP
The Ravenswood ArtWalk (RAW) Tour of Arts and Industry is celebrating their 20th anniversary of featuring creative talent in the local community. The weekend-long event features open studios and galleries, pop-up performances, an outdoor arts market with 50+ local artists, and even a Malt Row beer garden.
Details: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Ravenswood Industrial Corridor, between Lawrence and Irving Park Road. Free admission / MAP
Over 150 juried artists of all mediums, such as painting, sculpture, photography, furniture, jelwery and more, will be attending this year’s Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. Original pieces are for sale at the event, along with live demonstrations, entertainment stages and other family-friendly activities to partake in.
Details: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Broadway, along Belmont and Hawthorne. Free admission / MAP
Are you a big bookworm needing to scratch an itch for a new book? You’re in luck! The 2022 Printers Row Lit Fest returns for weekend festival full of five stages of authors and panelists, 100 booksellers and a careful selections of books considered ‘rare’ to ‘hot off the press,’ newly published works.
Details: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on South Dearborn Street, from Ida B Wells to Polk St. Free admission / MAP
The 2022 Art on the Fox returns to downtown Algonquin for the second year, showcasing works of 75 artists across the nation, along with live musical performances, sand art, face painting, a graffi wall, and an interactive kid’s art tent. Original art pieces will also be up for sale with varying price points.
Details: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Main St. and Washington St. in Algonquin, IL. Free admission / MAP
For this Sundays in Jane Byrne Park, the theme is ‘Chicago is a Rainbow,’ where there will be live music from the renowned Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus and Coco Sho-Nell’s Drag Queen Story Time, along with live art and food vendors.
Details: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Jane Byrne Park, 835 N Michigan Ave. Free admission / MAP
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