Summer is winding down, and the kids are going back to school, so it is just the time to enjoy some quality family fun. In the northern suburbs of Chicago, Buffalo Grove is known for its quaint downtown area. It has plenty of restaurants, locally-owned shops, and major retailers all in close proximity. In addition, it is a great community for families, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city and O’hare International Airport. Here are some late summer activities in Buffalo Grove for families.

Buffalo Grove Days

Buffalo Grove Days is a six-day festival taking place over Labor Day weekend. It runs Wednesday, August 28th through Monday, September 2nd. This fest is chock-full of fun activities for the entire family, including:

  • Labor Day parade
  • Classic car, truck, and motorcycle show
  • BBQ competition
  • Fine arts & crafts show
  • Business fair
  • Special needs events
  • local nonprofit organization showcase

On top of all these great events are carnival rides, food vendors, live entertainment, and a beer tent. Families looking to buy carnival wristbands for their children can purchase tickets online ahead of time and save $5. A one-day pass is $22 (online) or $60 for the entire six days. For more information, head over to the Buffalo Grove Days website!

Irish Days

Located down the road from Buffalo Grove in the historic downtown village of Long Grove is a unique festival called Irish Days. This Labor Day weekend event celebrates the Irish culture with music, ethnic food, and plenty of beer to go around. The festival will feature a Gaelic tent to promote awareness of the Irish language, and local Chicago area Irish musicians, dancers, and singers. Another fun event at Irish Days is the Irish Dog Competition where any dog (Irish or not) can enter the contest to become the King, Queen, Prince, and Princess of the day. Attendees can also catch the “Best Looking Men’s Legs in a Kilt” contest, snack on corned beef hash, and sip on a Guinness Stout! Families can enjoy the 3-day festival for free! Check out the Irish Days website or Facebook event for the full event schedule for 2019.

Kid’s Fest Bowlero

Who’s up for a round of bowling? Head on over to Bowlero in Buffalo Grove on Saturday, September 14th for a fun-filled day at the lanes! The best part is bowling and shoe rental are entirely free to all kids for one hour, and adults can score a discounted rate. Each child will also receive a free $5 loaded card to spend on any games at the arcade. Other specials include:

  • $1 soft drinks
  • $1 cookies
  • $2 hot dogs
  • $14 pizza pies

Visit the event link to reserve your spot at the bowling alley to avoid busy lines on the day of the event.


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