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The Village of Skokie is known for its many festivals and celebrations – filling the calendar with more fests than any other North Shore community. The community bubbles with excitement and an abundance of special events throughout the summer months.

April

Skokie’s Spring Greening
Celebrations begin with Skokie’s Spring Greening. The event, which just finished its sixth year, promotes sustainable and green living. Features include a recycling event, an indoor fair featuring green products and services, the sale of repurposed crafts, family activities and music.

May

The Skokie Festival of Cultures celebrates Skokie’s rich diversity. Since its inception in 1991, the event has become one of the premier ethnic festivals in the state, attracting more than 38,000 visitors each year. Guests enjoy two days of ethnic folk music and dance, food, unique arts, children’s games, a merchandise grand bazaar and dozens of cultural booths.

June

Now in its ninth year, the Taste of Skokie Valley features the mouth-watering flavors of 19 of Skokie’s finest restaurants and specialty shops. The celebration of gourmet food at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie is a charitable event co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Skokie Valley and the Chamber of Commerce, benefiting various community causes.

Wednesdays on the Green is presented by the Skokie Chamber of Commerce & Industry in cooperation with the Village of Skokie, Skokie Park District, Skokie Public Library and the Independent Merchants of Downtown Skokie to bring another summer of FREE festivities beginning at 7 p.m. from June to August. Bring a blanket or folding chair to enjoy a variety of musical entertainment and family fun. The sounds of summer come alive as artists including Skydeck, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, the Empty Pockets, Hillbilly Rockstars, Chicago Soul Revue and others celebrate music in this wonderful open-air venue. In addition, many Downtown Skokie restaurants offer specials and dining discounts on Wednesday nights throughout the summer.

Kaleidoscope Dance studios “gets on the moves” with musical acts such as Spoken Four and Shout Out. Exciting family and children’s programs are presented by the Skokie Public Library and are sure to captivate young and old alike. As a special bonus, Evanston Subaru in Skokie will present the Michael Lerich Orchestra to finish off the season.

For more information, visit www.wednesdaysonthegreen.com. The Village Green is located between the Village Hall and the Skokie Public Library at 5127 Oakton St. All performances will be presented rain or shine, with rain locations being held in the Petty Auditorium of the Skokie Public Library.

July

The North Shore Festival of the Arts is expected to attract more than 90,000 art lovers to the Skokie community at the end of July. The 28th annual event will feature an abundance of fine artwork, live music, and more. Situated at the outdoor Westfield Old Orchard shopping mall, the event benefits the Skokie Chamber of Commerce & Industry. This Festival is organized by Amdur Productions and is one of the finest juried Art Festivals in the Chicagoland Metropolitan Area.

August

Skokie’s Backlot Bash, closing the summer season, draws 55,000-60,000 people to an action-packed downtown summer street festival. The name “Backlot” pays tribute to downtown Skokie’s heritage as a major silent film industry back lot set between 1907 and 1915.

This year’s Backlot Bash will feature more than 15 hours of free live music – both regional and national acts – on a main stage. The event also features an amusement park/carnival, 5K run, silent movies at the historic Skokie Theatre, classic auto show, business expo and sidewalk sale, teen activities, bingo, food and beer, the Rotary Club pancake breakfast and more.

The event is a collaboration of the Independent Merchants of Downtown Skokie, the Skokie Park District, the Village of Skokie, the Skokie Public Library and the Skokie Chamber of Commerce & Industry, any of which can be contacted for further information and dates, or visit www.backlotbash.com.

All Summer Long

Skokie’s Farmers Market, located at 5127 Oakton St. and celebrating more than 25 years of operation, brings farmers and vendors from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin to Downtown Skokie 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays from June through the first Sunday of November. The market features the very finest and freshest seasonal produce, flowers, cheeses, baked goods and more.

Farmers Market continues to proudly boast of this community-spirited event and the freshness of its vegetables, fruits, cheeses and flowers, often picked just hours before being made available to customers.

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