Don’t miss the Highwood Craft Beer Festival and more with our picks of the top fifteen things to do around Wilmette this weekend. For more happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.
1. Highwood Craft Beer Festival, 1 p.m. Saturday
The festival features many seasonal and year-round brews from small, local independent breweries to some of the best-known microbreweries nationwide. Attendees can sample from 40 breweries offering up to 80 different beers. The festival includes live music by Almost Joe and Snafu. A portion of the proceeds benefit Arts of Life. Tickets include 20 3-ounce drink tickets, souvenir glass, wristband, a brewer’s list card, map of event and entertainment. Everts Park, 111 North Ave., Highwood. $39-$50.
2. Northbrook Days, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
A five-day festival, now in its 90th year, celebrates the Northbrook community. Performers include American English, The Harry Peter Project, Maggie Speaks, Eliminator, Piano Man and more. The event includes a carnival, live entertainment for all ages, face painting, local food selections and a beer and wine garden every evening. All proceeds go back to the Northbrook community. Festival events begin at 6:30 p.m. July 30 to Aug. 1, 9:30 a.m. Aug. 2 and 2 p.m. Aug. 3. Village Green, 1325 Shermer Road, Northbrook.
3. Pirates at the Pier, 7 p.m. Friday
Explore a giant inflatable pirate ship shored on Glencoe Beach. Little buccaneers are invited to an almost campout, complete with a bonfire and plenty of pirate games and activities. Glencoe Beach, 160 Hazel Ave., Glencoe.
4. Glencoe Festival of Art, 10 a.m. Saturday
The outdoor festival offers works from more than 110 juried artists from around the world, featuring ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography and wood. Interactive art demos, live music, food, an art scavenger hunt and other kid’s activities are available. The festival is held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3. Downtown Glencoe, Green Bay road and Park avenue, Glencoe. Free.
5. Pirates Family Camp Out, 7 p.m. Saturday
Families can pack up their camping gear for a night at the beach. Grills will be available for use. The event includes a showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” bonfires and a continental breakfast in the morning. Call for more information. Tower Road Park, 899 Sheridan Road, Winnetka. Free with Family Beach Pass, $5 for resident families, $10 for non-resident families.
6. Lakeshore Arts Festival, 11 a.m. Saturday
The fine arts and crafts festival features 140 juried artists displaying and selling their work, silent auctions, live music and a children’s craft tent. The festival opens at 11 a.m. Aug. 2 and 3. Dawes Park, Sheridan road and Church street, Evanston. Free.
7. Garden Chef Series, 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Learn how to cook using ingredients fresh from the garden. Chefs from premiere restaurants around Chicago will give demonstrations in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. Seating is first come, first served. Visit the website for the full lineup of chefs. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Free.
8. Activator Cycle Shop Ride, 7:30 a.m. Saturday
Road rides can be from 25 to 80 miles long. Rides start promptly at 8 a.m. Call for more information. Activator Cycles, 79 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff. Free.
9. Vintage Games Day, 2 p.m. Sunday
Visitors may play with vintage toys and games including the traditional hoop and stick, horseshoes, checkers, marbles and jacks. Toys are available for sale in the gift shop. Deerfield Historic Village, 517 Deerfield Road, Deerfield. Free.
10. ‘Legally Blonde,’ the Musical, 5 p.m. Saturday
ATC Summer Musical Intensive presents the musical about a college sorority girl who gets dumped by her boyfriend and decides to follow him to Harvard Law School. Performances at 5 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 with an additional performance at 11 a.m. Aug. 3. Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. $15.
12. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Outdoor Performance, 6:30 p.m. Friday
The Citadel Theatre performs “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” outdoors in a woodsy setting. The performance is family-friendly and runs for an hour. There are shows Aug. 1, 2 and 3 at the same time. Registration is recommended. The registration deadline is July 31. In the case of inclement weather, the production will be held indoors, with limited seating available. Call 847-968-3321 or visit www.brushwoodcenter.org for tickets. Brushwood Center, 21850 Riverwoods Road, Deerfield. $10.
13. Joey DeFrancesco Trio, 8 p.m. Friday
Two-time Grammy nominated Joey DeFrancesco with George Fludas and Jeff Parker create jazzy vibes with their swinging style. They have participated in countless all-star projects all over Europe and America. Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $20-$35.
14. See a Juggler, Be a Juggler, 10:30 a.m. Saturday
Join Jason Kollum for a family show that includes juggling, balancing and other stunts. Registration is required. Register online or by phone. Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Road, Deerfield. Free.
15. ‘Port Authority,’ 8 p.m. Saturday
A series of interconnected stories explore the heart and soul of three generations of Irishmen. The production will run 7:30 p.m. most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 16. Additional performances at 4 p.m. Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays with exceptions. Visit www.writerstheatre.org for a complete schedule. Writers’ Theatre at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe. $20-$65.
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