One more month to school. August. It feels like the heavens are sautéing us on their stove. But Cook County makes sure that we and children will survive. Here’s their program for August:

Evanston's Lakeshore Arts Festival

Evanston’s Lakeshore Arts Festival

For Family

  • 1-2: Destination Asia Cultural Festival
    Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $14, adults ages 18–64; $12, seniors ages 65+ ; $9, youth ages 2–17; children 1 and younger are free.

Witness: A vendor expo, Asian food options, demonstrations of origami (paper folding), ikebana (flower arranging), henna art, a bonsai exhibit and more. Entertainment includes: Tsukasa Taiko Drummers, The Miyumi Project, Kerry Leung, Chicago Koto Group, Philippine American Cultural Foundation, and the BIBAK Breaths of Heritage.

  • 1-2: Lakeshore Arts Festival
    Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street, Evanston 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
    The festival includes work by more than 100 artists, live jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, rock and classical music, 11 food vendors and a children’s craft tent.
  • 14-16: Oktoberfest in August
    Schwaben Center, 301 N. Weiland Road, Buffalo Grove 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Sunday.. German buffet is $14 Saturday and Sunday. A $10 donation is requested for entry; children 11 and younger free.
    Offerings include German and domestic beer, bratwurst, food, live entertainment, arcade games, family friendly kid rides, singers and dancers.
  • 28-30: Skokie’s Backlot Bash
    Oakton Street, between Lincoln and Laramie avenues 6-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Free
    Enjoy more than 15 hours of live music, a large carnival midway, a 5K Run, classic movies at the historic Skokie Theatre, a children’s stage and kid’s activities, a classic auto show, bingo, a Sponsor and Community Resource Fair, sidewalk sale, dunk tank, a beer tent, Sunday pancake breakfast, the famous Farmer’s Market and food.


For Children

  • 8-9: Art at the Glen Town Center
    The Glen Town Center, 1800 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
    Featuring works by more than 185 juried artists. Includes interactive art demonstrations, live music and children’s activities.
  • 13-16: Lindenfest
    Village Hall Center, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road, Lindenhurst. 5:30-10 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday.
    The 32nd annual festival includes carnival rides, a parade (Saturday), food vendors, beer and wine, games, Bingo, live music and more.
  • 15-16: Lincolnshire Art Festival
    Village Green, Milwaukee Avenue and Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.
    Review fine art and crafts from more than 100 juried artists; enjoy live music, and savor food and refreshments. Activities for kids include an art scavenger hunt and spin art. You can show your talent in art demos and booth chats and contribute to an on-site mural.
  • 29: Rotary Day Rally
    The Depot/Keystone Park West, 401 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. 3-9 p.m.
    Here’s what you get: Food trucks, inflatables, beer, live music and kids activities.


For the Rest of Us

  • 4: Art Dans La Rue (Art in the Streets)
    Marion Street between Lake and North Boulevard, Oak Park. Noon to 9 p.m.
    Go to France without getting on a plane and enjoy a day of art, food, wine, music and demonstrations.
  • 6-27: Thursday Night Out
    Various locations, downtown Oak Park. Thursday nights from 5-9 p.m. through Aug. 27
    More than 20 downtown Oak Park restaurants provide drinks, appetizers and entrees for dining inside or out.
  • 19: Garlic Fest
    Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood 4-9 p.m.
    Join 5,000 people in sampling garlic creations. Have you ever tasted garlic ice cream, candy, or cupcakes? You will here. More ordinary morsels include cocktails, pastas, sauces, breads, and butters.
  • 30: Taste of Armenia
    St. James Armenian Church, 816 Clark St., Evanston. Noon-7:30 p.m.
    Oak Park offered you France. Evanston offers you Armenia. Come to the Church to taste charcoal-grilled kebabs and homemade Armenian specialties. Listen to music by local Armenian bands, and participate in children’s games and activities.

By Leah Zitter, Writer