1. North Aurora Days
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 3
WHERE: Clocktower plaza at Randall Road and Oak Street in North Aurora
COST/INFO: The North Aurora Days festival will feature live music; food vendors and a beer and wine tent; a used book sale at Messenger Public Library; a pet parade; the emergency vehicle lights and sirens parade; a car, truck and bike show; fishing derby; Run for the Riverfront; rides and games; fireworks; and more. For a complete festival schedule of events, visit northauroradays.com.
2. Fox Valley Irish Festival
WHEN: 1 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2
WHERE: RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St., Aurora
COST/INFO: The Fox Valley Irish Festival will feature live music by the Tossers, Bogside Zukes and Anish on the Main Stage. Family-friendly activities will include a petting zoo, freckle contest, ice cream-eating contest, Irish crafts for kids, bag pipers, Irish dancers, a bounce house, food vendors and face painting. Activites more geared toward adults will include a Jameson whiskey tasting, Irish beer, a hurling demo, Guinness glass etching and Irish authors Mary Pat Kelly and Conor Cunneen. Tickets cost $10 for those ages 15 and older and $5 for those ages 14 and younger. Children ages 2 and younger will be admitted free of charge. For more information, visit riveredgeaurora.com.
3. Marvel Day at Barnes & Noble
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 2
WHERE: Barnes & Noble, 102 Commons Drive, Geneva
COST/INFO: Barnes & Noble in the Geneva Commons will host Marvel Day as part of Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble, a pop culture celebration running through Sunday, Aug. 10, in its stores nationwide. As part of Marvel Day, there will be activities, giveaways and product offerings. As part of the celebration, NFL player and "The Protectors" comics creator Israel Idonije will sign autographs beginning at 2 p.m. (Purchase of a "The Proctectors" comic is required for a signature.)
4. Southern Rock Reunion concert
WHEN: 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3
WHERE: Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave., Elgin
COST/INFO: Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin will present The Southern Rock Reunion concert, featuring The Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchett, The Outlaws and The Artimus Pile Band (of Lynyrd Skynyrd). Tickets cost $19 for lawn seating, $39 for Queen seating, $59 for King seating and $79 for Ace seating. To purchase tickets, visit www.oshows.com.
5. The World of Faeries Festival
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.
WHERE: Vasa Park, along Route 31, in South Elgin
COST/INFO: One of the oldest fairy festivals in Illinois, "The World Of Faeries Festival," will host its 10th annual festival, “Celebration of the Dragon,” states a news release. The festival will showcase local musicians, and fairy artisans will display their talents and skills in the vendor village. Families are encouraged to dress in festive costumes and attire. Admission for adults costs $11, and seniors cost $8. Children younger than 12 years old will be admitted free of charge. Parking is free. For more information, visit theworldoffaeries.com.