NORTH AURORA DAYS
A three-day festival from Aug. 2 to 4 will have something for everyone – from fireworks, bands and sporting events to a book sale at the library. Mooseheart will pitch in by hosting Kids Safety Days including touch-a-truck activities. A carnival (pictured on the cover) and beer and wine tent are part of the brimming festival lineup detailed on the website.
WHEN: Aug. 2 to 4
WHERE: Various locations in North Aurora
COST: Free admission
MUSIC MATTERS SUMMER FESTIVAL
The Fox River provides the backdrop for the second annual Music Matters Summer Festival on Aug. 9 and 10. The family friendly lineup will offer lots of music by numerous bands from the area, as well as student performers from the Music Matters school. The entertainment will be complemented by a kids zone, art zone and food and craft beer. All proceeds will go to CHIP IN Batavia this year. Its mission is to ensure that Batavia School District 101 students who are facing the obstacles of poverty and/or temporary housing have the support they need to be successful in school.
Food will be offered by Verita (a new name for Gaetano's, continuing under the same ownership), Fernando's Street Kitchen, Bernie's Bully Dogs, Team FIB BBQ, River's Edge Bar and Grill, and Cream King.
WHEN: 5 p.m. Aug. 9 and 2 p.m. Aug. 10, continuing both evenings
WHERE: Peg Bond Center at Batavia Riverwalk, off Houston Street and Island Avenue, Batavia
COST: Free, with suggested donation of $5, designated for CHIP IN Batavia charity
HIGHWAY LIFE MUSIC FEST
The third Highway Life Music Festival in St. Charles is an Aug. 10 benefit for a Maple Park therapeutic horseback riding organization. A group of residents and musicians come together every year to celebrate “music, love and community." It's sponsored by the villages of Lily Lake and Campton Hills, plus Campton Township along with many local businesses.
The one-day music festival will feature all local homegrown talent: Major’s Junction, The Western Sage and The Frizz. Highway Life will donate proceeds to HorsePower of Maple Park, which doesn’t turn away riders for inability to pay, therefore keeping their riders in the saddle with a scholarship program.
WHEN: 2 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10
WHERE: Poynor Park, 6N330 Swanberg Road, St. Charles