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Updated: January 14, 2013 4:17PM



The Mayans were wrong, the apocalypse has been thwarted (for now), and suddenly 2013 looks wide open.

So, what to do now?

Fortunately, we’ve got a few suggestions for you. Grab your calendar — or the new iPhone you got for Christmas — and start scheduling.

JANUARY

Twelfth Night: A French Holiday Tradition. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5. At Isle a la Cache Preserve, 135th Street, Romeoville. (815) 886-1467. Fpdwc.org.

Musher Mania: 12 to 4 p.m. Jan. 12. Monee Reservoir is located on Ridgeland Avenue, west of Route 50 and south of Pauling Road, Monee. (708) 534-8499. Fpdwc.org.

Chocolate Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19. Neuqua Valley Freshman Center, 3220 Cedar Glade Dr., Naperville. (630) 961-2992. Ncoyouth.org.

Bridal Expo 2013: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 20. Brides-to-be can do all of their wedding planning in one day. $8-$10. At the Rialto Square Theatre, 15 E. Van Buren St., Joliet. (815) 726-7171. Rialtosquare.com.

Husky Heroes: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 26-27. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074. Mortonarb.org.

FEBRUARY

Groundhog Daze: 11 a.m. Feb. 2-3 Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074. Mortonarb.org.

Celebrating Chocolate: Weekends in February. There will be several chocolate-themed events throughout the month. See Web site for times and costs. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074. Mortonarb.org.

Fish ‘N’ Freeze: 9 a.m. Feb. 2. Blackhawk Pond, 1479 Blackhawk Circle, South Elgin. (847) 622-0003 Southelgin.com.

MARCH

Maple Sugaring Days: Held in March. Call or check web site for dates and locations. (847) 741-8350. Kaneforest.com.

Manhattan Irish Fest: March 1-2. Downtown Manhattan. Manhattanirishfest.com.

Maple Sugaring Days: March 9-10. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. (630) 420-6010. Napersettlement.museum.

St. Charles St. Patrick’s Day Parade: 11 a.m. March 9. Main Street from Sixth Street to Fourth Avenue in downtown St. Charles. (630) 444-7460. Prideofthefox.com.

West Suburban Irish Parade: 10 a.m. March 16. The 20th annual parade includes floats, bands, dancers, bagpipes, drums and more in downtown Naperville. wsirish.org.

Sugar Bush Fair: 9 a.m. March 16-17. Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. (847) 985-2100. Parkfun.com.

Pioneer Festival and Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. March 23-24. Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Ave., Joliet. (815) 741-7277. Jolietpark.org.

APRIL

Kane County Cougars: Now an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, the Cougars kick off their 23rd season at home on April 4. Elfstrom Stadium, 34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva. (630) 609-6238. Kccougars.com.

Artistry in Wood Woodcarving and Woodworking Show: 9 a.m. April 27 and 10 a.m. April 28. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. (630) 668-5161. Cantigny.org.

Organ Extravaganza XV: 7 p.m. April 27. The Rialto Square Theatre’s Barton Grande Theatre Pipe Organ is the star of the show, which features songs from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Cost $30. Rialto Square Theatre, 15 E. Van Buren St., Joliet. (815) 726-7171. Rialtosquare.com.

MAY

Wine on the Fox: May 4-5. Hudson Crossing Park, Oswego. (630) 554-3618. Wineonthefox.com.

Fairy Festival: May 4. Pilcher Park Nature Center, Gougar Road, Joliet. (815) 741-7275. Jolietpark.org.

Six Flags Great America: The 2013 season opens at 10:30 a.m. May 4. See web site for hours and admission costs. 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee. (847) 249-4636. Sixflags.com.

Civil War Days: May 18-19. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. (630) 420-6010. Napersettlement.com.

Taste of Glen Ellyn: Held the weekend before Memorial Day in the Main Street parking lot between Hillside and Duane streets, Glen Ellyn. (630) 469-5510. Glenellynchamber.com

Joliet Slammers Baseball: May 17. The Joliet Slammers’ first home game is May 18. Silver Cross Field, 1 Mayor Art Shultz Drive, Joliet. (815) 722-2287. Jolietslammers.com.

Schaumburg Boomers: May 16. Schaumburg Baseball Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. (847) 461-3965. Boomersbaseball.com.

St. Charles Fine Arts Show: May 25-26. Riverside Avenue, St. Charles. (630) 513-5386. Downtownstcharles.org.

EcoFest: Held in May at the Centennial Beach parking area, 500 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville. Napervilleparks.org.

Taste of Wheaton: May 30-June 2 at Hale St. and Karlskoga Ave, Wheaton. (630) 668-6464. Wheatonparkdistrict.com.

JUNE

Kickoff to Summer Festival: Usually held in early June at Plainfield Central High School, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Dr., Plainfield. (815) 609-6130. Mainstreetplainfield.org.

Aurora Paddlesports Festival and Art in the Park: June 8-9 in Phillips Park on Mastodon Lake, Aurora. Illinoispaddlesportsfestival.org.

Pride of the Fox RiverFest: June 7-8. Along the Fox River from Pottawatomie Park to Lincoln Park, St. Charles. (630) 513-5386. Prideofthefox.com.

Elgin Brewfest: Held in June. Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave., Elgin. (847) 842-0006. Elginbrewfest.com.

Scottish Festival and Highland Games: June 14-15. Highlights include the Caber Toss, the 22-pound Hammer Throw and haggis eating contest and shortbread contest. Hamilton Lakes, I-290 and Thorndale Ave., Itasca. (708) 447-5092. Chicago-scots.org.

Blues on the Fox: June 14-15. Along the Fox River at New York and River streets, Aurora. (630) 896-6666. Downtownaliveaurora.com.

Oswego PrairieFest: Held in June at PrairieFest Park, 91 Plank Road, Oswego. (630) 554-1010. Prairiefest.com.

Old Canal Days: June 15-16. State and Ninth streets, Lockport. (815) 838-4744. Oldcanaldays.com.

Art in Bloom Fine Art Fest: June 17. $5 per car. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. (630) 668-5161. Cantigny.org.

Old Campground Festival: June 15. The United Methodist Church Campground, off U.S. Route 30, one mile east of I-80 at Exit 137 in New Lenox. (815) 485-8271.

Naperville Jazz Fest: June 16 in Central Park in downtown Naperville. Napervillejazzfest.com.

Midsommar Festival Swedish Days: June 18-23 in downtown Geneva. (630) 232-6060. Genevachamber.com.

Big Rock Wine Fest: June 22. Plowman’s Park, 48W508 Hinckley Road, Big Rock. Bigrockwinefest.com.

Rotary Grove Fest: Held in June at Fishel Park in Downers Grove. (630) 729-0351. Rotarygrovefest.com

The Taste of Joliet: June 28-30. REO Speedwagon returns to the 2013 festival; which includes a carnival, car and truck show, kids’ activities, food vendors, eating contests, bag tournament and several more bands. Joliet Memorial Stadium, 3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. (815) 741-7275. Tasteofjoliet.com.

JULY

Lisle Eyes to the Skies: July 3-6. The famous hot air balloon festival includes a carnival, two musical stages, bags tournament, children’s area, craft fair and parade with fireworks each night. Held at Short Street and Illinois 53, Lisle. (630) 541-6095. Eyestotheskies.org.

Ribfest: July 3-7 at Knoch Park, 724 S. West St., Naperville. (630) 779-2702. Ribfest.net.

Jazz in Glen Ellyn: July 13 on Main Street between Crescent Blvd. and Pennsylvania Ave., Glen Ellyn. (630) 469-0907. Jazzinglenellyn.org.

Naperville Women’s Club 54th annual Fine Art Fair: Held in July at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. (630) 420-9680. Napervillewomansclub.com.

Ribs on the River: Held in July at Bicentennial Riverfront Park, 131 E. Hydraulic St., Yorkville. (630) 553-8574. Yorkville.il.us.

Windmill City Festival: Held in July at the Riverwalk in downtown Batavia. (630) 879-7134. Windmillcityfest.org.

Frankfort Bluegrass Festival: July 13-14. Breidert’s Green, White and Kansas, Frankfort. (815) 469-6321. Frankfortbluegrassfest.com.

Kane County Fair: July 17-21 at Route 38 and Randall Road, in St. Charles. (630) 584-6926. Kanecountyfair.com.

Plainfield Fest: July 19-21 at the Fox River and Chicago streets, downtown Plainfield. (815) 436-5510. Plainfieldfest.org.

Sugar Grove Corn Boil: Held in July at Volunteer Park, behind the school at 85 S. Main St., Sugar Grove. (630) 466-5166. Sugargrovecornboil.org.

DuPage County Fair: July 24-28. 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton. (630) 668-6636. Dupagecountyfair.org.

Catfish Days: July 25-28 at North Island, Wilmington. (815) 476-7597. Catfishdays.com.

Proud American Days: Held in July at the Lions Community Center, One Manor Drive, New Lenox. (815) 485-1737. Proudamericandays.com.

Woodstock Mozart Festival: Held over three weeks at the end of July and into August at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. (815) 338-5300. Mozartfest.org.

Geneva Arts Fair: July 27-28 at South Third Street, Geneva. (630) 232-6060. Genevachamber.com.

AUGUST

Warrenville Summer Daze: Usually held in August at the Southwest corner of Route 56 and Batavia Road, Warrenville. (630) 393-9427. Warrenville.il.us.

RomeoFest: Usually held in August at 900 W. Romeo Road, Romeoville. (815) 886-6222. Romeoville.org.

Crossroads Festival: Usually held in August at Four Seasons Park, 25520 W. Seil Road, Shorewood. (815) 725-2900. Shorewoodchamber.com.

North Aurora Days: Usually held in August at Oak Street and Randall Road, North Aurora. Northauroradays.com.

KidzFest: Usually held in August in downtown Joliet. (815) 774-6066. Jolietdowntown.com.

World of Faeries Festival: Aug. 3-4 at Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin. (815) 788-1630. Theworldoffaeries.com.

Montgomery Fest: Held in August in downtown Montgomery. (630) 896-8080. Ci.montgomery.il.us.

South Elgin RiverFest: Aug. 15-18. Panton Mill Park, 9 N. Water St., South Elgin. (847) 774-1151. Riverfestexpress.net.

The Family Fiesta: Held in August at the Spanish Community Center, 309 N. Eastern Ave., Joliet. (815) 727-3683. Spanishcenter.org.

Elburn Days: Aug. 16-18. 500 S. Filmore St., Elburn. (630) 365-6315. Elburnlions.com.

Naperville Wine Festival: Aug. 23-24 at the CityGate Centre, I-88 and Route 59, Naperville. (847) 382-1480. Napervillewinefestival.com.

Will County Fair: Aug. 21-25. Located a quarter-mile west of Illinois Route 50 on Peotone-Wilmington Road, 1 mile east from Route 57 on Peotone-Wilmington Road, Peotone. (708) 258-9359. Willcountyfair.org.

Midwest Brewers Fest: Aug. 24 at 24321 W. Lockport St., Plainfield. Midwestbrewersfest.com.

Alley Art Festival: Aug. 31 at Water Street Mall between Downer and Galena in downtown Aurora. E-mail downtownauroran@gmail.com or find Alley Art Festival on Facebook.

Yorkville Hometown Days: Usually held in August at Beecher Community Park, 908 Game Farm Road, Yorkville. (630) 553-2582. Yorkville.il.us.

Bolingbrook Jubilee: Usually held in August at the Town Center in Bolingbrook. Bolingbrookcaca.org.

Frankfort Fall Fest: Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Kansas Street, downtown Frankfort. (815) 469-3356. Frankfortfallfestival.info.

SEPTEMBER

Naperville Last Fling: Held over Labor Day weekend held at Main Street and Jackson Avenue along the Riverwalk, Naperville. (630) 961-4143. Lastfling.org.

Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Fest: Sept. 1-2 at Island Park in Geneva. (630) 897-3655. Foxvalleyfolk.com.

Sandwich Fair: Sept. 4-8. U.S. 30 and Pratt Road, Sandwich. (815) 786-2159. Sandwichfair.com.

Festival of the Vine: Sept. 6-8. Downtown Geneva. (630) 232-6060. Genevachamber.com.

Elwood Days: Sept. 6-8. Downtown Elwood. Elwooddays.com.

Bartlett Heritage Days: Sept. 6-8. Held in downtown Bartlett. (630) 924-4263. Bartlettheritagedays.com.

Downers Grove Art Festival: Sept. 7-8. Held in downtown Downers Grove. (847) 926-4300. Amdurproductions.com.

Scandinavian Day Fest: Sept. 8. Vasa Park, Route 31, South Elgin. (847) 695-6720. Scandinaviandayil.com.

Graue Mill Corn Fest: Usually held in September at Graue Mill, 3800 S. York Road, Oak Brook. (630) 655-2090. Grauemill.org.

Fiestas Patrias Aurora: Usually held in September in downtown Aurora. Ahcc-il.com/fiestas-patrias.

Homer Harvest Days: Usually held the weekend after Labor Day at the Homer Township Trantina Farm, 15800 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. (708) 301-0632. Homerharvestdays.org.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Dollar General 300: Sept. 13-15. Chicagoland Speedway, 500 Speedway Blvd., Joliet. (815) 722-5500. Chicagolandspeedway.com.

Big Rock Plowing Match: Sept. 13-15. Plowman’s Park, 48W508 Hinckley Road, Big Rock. Bigrockplowingmatch.com.

Will County Celtic Fest: Sept. 14. St. Joseph’s Park, 1500 N. Raynor Ave., Joliet. Willcountycelticfest.com.

Harvest Pow-Wow: Sept. 21-22. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. (773) 585-1744. Midwestsoarring.org.

Grundy County Corn Festival: Sept. 25-29. Held in downtown Morris. (815) 942-2676. Cornfestival.org.

Art in Your Eye: Sept. 21-22 at the Batavia Riverwalk, Batavia. (630) 761-3528. Artinyoureye.com.

Huntley Fall Festival: Sept. 27-29. Deicke Park, 12015 Mill St., Huntley. (847) 669-3180 Ext. 394. Huntleyfallfest.org.

OCTOBER

Oktoberfest: Oct. 4-5. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. (630) 420-6010. Napersettlement.com.

Scarecrow Festival: Oct. 4-6. Lincoln Park, Main and Fourth streets, St. Charles. (630) 377-6161. Scarecrowfest.com.

Fox Valley Oktoberfest: Usually held in October on the festival grounds at N. Island and Houston in downtown Batavia. Foxvalleygermans.org.

Cantigny Fall Festival: Oct. 12. 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. (630) 668-5161. Cantigny.org.

BatFest: Oct. 21. Batavia Riverwalk, 327 W. Wilson St., Batavia. (630) 897-5235. Bataviaparks.org

All Hallows Eve Village of Fear: Oct. 18-19. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. (630) 420-6010. Napersettlement.museum.

Nightmare on Chicago Street: Oct. 26. Downtown Elgin. (847) 488-1456. Downtownelgin.com.

Bartlett Heritage Halloween Fun Fest: Oct. 26. Downtown Bartlett. (630) 924-4263. Bartlettheritagedays.com.

NOVEMBER

Symphony of Lights Celebration: Held in November at the Bolingbrook Promenade mall, 631 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. (630) 296-8340. Thepromenadebolingbrook.com.

Christmas Fest: Held in November in downtown Mokena. (708) 479-2468. Mokena.org

Christmas Crossroads Craft Show: Nov. 16-17. Lockport East High School Field House, 1333 E. 7th St., Lockport. Christmascrossroads.com.

Holiday Under the Stars: Held in November in downtown Yorkville, Route 47 and Hydraulic Street, Yorkville. (630) 553-4357. Yorkville.il.us.

Hometown Holidays: Held in November in downtown Naperville. (630) 544-3372. Downtownnaperville.com.

ComEd Festival of Trees: Held in November at the Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. (815) 774-6066. Visitjoliet.org.

Holiday Homecoming and Electric Christmas Parade: Usually held after Thanksgiving in downtown St. Charles. (630) 513-5386. Downtownstcharles.org

Celebration of Lights: Usually held the day after Thanksgiving along the Riverwalk in Batavia. (630) 879-5235. Bataviaparks.org.

DECEMBER

Holiday in the Grove: Usually held in December at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St., Sugar Grove. (630) 466-7160. Holidayinthegrove.com.

Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic: Dec. 1-31. Brookfield Zoo, First Avenue and 31st Street, Brookfield. (708) 688-8000. Czs.org.

Lights of Lisle: Held the first Saturday in December in downtown Lisle. (630) 271-4100. Villageoflisle.org.

Festival of Gnomes: Usually held the first Saturday in December at the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, 201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. Call (815) 724-3760. Bicentennialpark.org.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony: TBA. Civic Center Plaza, 150 Dexter Court, Elgin. (847) 931-6100. Cityofelgin.org.

Christmas Walk and House Tour: Dec. 6-7 in downtown Geneva. (630) 232-6060. Genevachamber.com.

Holly Days: Held in December in the gazebo and parking lot of Albright Park across the street from City Hall on Stafford Place, Warrenville. (630) 393-9427. Warrenville.il.us.



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