Updated: July 8, 2012 6:39PM
Pride of the Fox RiverFest: St. Charles’ RiverFest celebrates it’s 30th year on Friday through Sunday at nine venues throughout the downtown — on the water, on the stages and on the beach. Featuring a main stage with the best Chicago-area musicians, dragon boat racing, a 40-ton Fantasy Sand Sculpture, car show, water ski shows, Dock Dogs and pet boutiques, Kansas City BBQ Cookoff, and an assortment of events and entertainment for all ages. 630-444-7460 or www.prideofthefox.com.
Six free, family-fun events: Aurora has special activities happening this weekend from early morning until later evening. The day begins at 7:30 a.m. at the downtown Aurora’s Farmers Market, Wilder Promenade, 350 N. River St. Students from NIU will stage cooking demonstrations using food from the market. (EBT) link cards will be accepted for purchases. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Louche Puce Market, an outdoor European-style vintage and collectible fair, returns to the Water Street Mall. The Aurora Green Fest will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Prisco Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave. The event even includes a solar-powered concert and a green car show. On Saturday and Sunday, the Aurora Paddlesports Festival and Art in the Park are happening at Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive. The two-day events includes canoeing, kayaking, and other water and land activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mastodon Lake. Art in the Park from noon to 5 p.m. has live music, an art sale and show, refreshments for purchase and wine tasting on both days. About 9 p.m. Saturday, Movies in the Park opens for the season with “Real Steel.” Pre-movie activities start at 8 p.m. www.aurora-il.org.
Red, White and Bluegrass: The fundraiser festival to benefit the Farmer Veteran Coalition (www.farmvetco.org), a group dedicated to connecting returning veterans with the sustainable farming community, takes place from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Prairie Farm, 2n308 Brundige Road, Elburn. The family-oriented festival includes kids activities and games, locally grown food, beer and wine offerings, and music by Bubbly Creek Blue Grass, Cpt. Captain and Fox Valley Grass. Tickets are $20, 12 and younger admitted free. Barbecue buffet tickets are $25, 12 and younger $10. Available at www.heritageprairiefarm.com or 630-443-5989.
Antique Truck Show at the Farm: The Dickson-Murst Farm Partners and the Northwest Illinois Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society present the free show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the farm, 2550 Dickson Road, on the west side of Montgomery. Old-time trucks, from semis to pickups to fire trucks to military vehicles and some great old cars, will be featured. Bluegrass music is provided. Food is available for purchase. 630-272-0686 or www.theconservationfoundation.org.
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