- Jun 18, 2015
You don’t need to go any farther than downtown Northbrook to find plenty of fun activities this summer. Village Green will be hopping with artists, musicians, parade participants and the site of the biggest festival of the year.
Fourth of July
The all-day celebration on July 4th begins at Village Green Park with a pancake breakfast from 7:00 am – 11:00 a.m. The Liberty Loop 5KRun/Walk begins at 7:30 a.m. at Techny Prairie Park and Fields. Sportsman’s Country Club is sponsoring a mini-golf tournament with open play from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The annual Police vs. Fire Department softball game starts at 10:00 a.m., immediately followed by the Rubber Ducky Race at Village Green beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Bike Parade starts at 2:15 p.m. at Cherry and Western , immediately followed by the Mile Long Parade at 2:30 p.m. featuring floats, music and giveaways. The festivities culminate with fireworks at dusk at Meadowhill Park. For information, visit www.northbrook4thofjuly.com
Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dozens of merchants and outside vendors will offer great deals on gifts, clothes, jewelry, books, party products and other items in the downtown, with displays located at Meadow Shopping Plaza. There will be plenty of great refreshments provided by House 406 and Sunset Foods. There will also be a daily drawing for a chance to win $500 as well as gift baskets. For information call (847)398-6488.
Art in the Park
Saturday, July 18
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 19
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Northbrook’s Village Green walkways will be lined with displays of the works of over 70 talented artists from across the country. Throughout the festival, there will be live music, treats from Dairy Queen and other restaurants. A children’s art area will be set up, as well as a young artists’ exhibit. Visit www.northbrookarts.org for more details.
Park Fest Music Concerts
The Northbrook Park District will host free outdoor music concerts Tuesday evenings at the gazebo on the Village Green. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy bands including Billy Clark and the 5-Alarm (performing country classics, as well as originals) on July 7, Classical Blast (a mix of classic rock and classical music) July 14, and Spoken Four (featuring pop tunes from the 1960’s to Top 40 current tunes) July 21. Food service begins at 6 and concerts begin at 7. Food will be available for purchase from Viccino’s Pizza, Whole Foods and Pinstripes. For more information visit www.nbparks.org. In case of rain, call the hotline at (847) 291-2985.
“A Sundae in the Park”
Sunday, July 12, Noon – 4:00 p.m.
The Northbrook Historical Society celebrates summer with ice cream, baseball, musical entertainment and a taste of history. Visit www.northbrookhistory.org for more information.
Northbrook Days Festival
Wednesday, Aug. 5 – Sunday, Aug. 9
From Wayne Messmer’s iconic rendition of the National Anthem officially opening this year’s Northbrook Days festival on Wednesday until the closing act of the Chicago Hall of Fame Blues Band on Sunday night, Village Green Park will be rocking with non-stop entertainment and family fun. The park will be filled with a variety of live music for all tastes, lots of traditional festival food items, games, and fun for all ages. Again this year, there will be 17 carnival rides throughout the park. The Grand Prize, sponsored by Fields Auto Group features the choice of a new car worth up to $25,000 or $20,000 in cash.
A highlight of the event will be the many musical performances on the main stage located in the baseball outfield close to Shermer Road. American Idol runner-up Gina Glocksen will kick off the festival on the main stage from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. Thursday will feature a tribute to the 70s with a salute to ABBA starting at 8:00 p.m. Get out your cowboy hat and boots for 95.5 F. M. Country Night on Friday, with Hillbilly Rockstarz from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Chicago festival favorite Mr. Blotto performs on Saturday night from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. featuring Americana jam music. Closing out the weekend will be three bands as part of the Chicago Hall of Fame Blues Jam from 5:30 – 8:45 p.m.
The new re-designed 40 foot x 40 foot Beer and Wine tent will again face the main stage, but this year will not be fenced in, removing any restrictions from moving back and forth from the picnic area. The tent will also be available for private parties. Bocce ball will be located near the tent with a tournament at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Beer and wine will be sold anytime the fest is open.
This year a record number of sponsors are supporting the event, according to organizers. For more information, including a map of the festival, list of sponsors, complete list of all musical performances and information on raffle prizes and ride promotions, visit www.northbrookdays.org or visit their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/NorthbrookDays.