Looking for something to do this weekend? We have 10 suggestions.
BMO HARRIS BANK BLAST ON THE BEACH
WHEN: Aug. 10
WHERE: Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Kid’s Fun Fair, Craft Fair, Treasure Hunt in the Sand, food vendors, beer/wine, live music by The Lounge Puppets and children’s entertainment by Circus Boy. Free. Information: www.crystallakeparks.org.
WHIRLING BROS. CIRCUS
WHEN: Aug. 9-10
WHERE: McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Woodstock
COST & INFO: Three-ring circus featuring elephants, White Tigers of Vegas, Russian Cossack Riders, wild animal zoo, baby animal nursery and more. Schedule: 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $9.75 adults online, $8 children; $19.75 adults ringside, $13.75 children ringside. Tickets and information: 888-718-4253 or www.whirlingbroscircus.com.
WOODSTOCK MOZART FESTIVAL
WHEN: Aug. 10-11
WHERE: Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock
COST & INFO: In its 27th season and under the banner “Mozart ... and More!,” guest conductor format enabling patrons to enjoy music of Mozart in different performance styles. Features orchestra and world-class artists. Information: www.mozartfest.org.
CLASSIC CAR & HOT ROD SHOW
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10
WHERE: Tom Peck Ford, 13900 Auto Mall Drive, Huntley
COST & INFO: 13th annual event featuring classic, hot rod and collector cars, live music, food, raffles and prizes. Car entry fee: $10. Free admission. Information: 847-669-6060 or www.tompeckford.com.
MICHAEL SMITH IN CONCERT
WHEN: 8 p.m. Aug. 10
WHERE: Unity Spiritual Center, 225 Calhoun St., Woodstock
COST & INFO: Popular singer/songwriter performs. Admission: $12 donation. Reservations and information: 815-338-5164; firstname.lastname@example.org or www.offsquaremusic.org.
“KEEP THE SPIRIT OF 45 ALIVE”
WHEN: 5 p.m. Aug. 11
WHERE: Veteran’s Park, Park and Pearl streets, McHenry
COST & INFO: Fourth annual national day of remembrance honoring all members of “The Greatest Generation.” Program will recognize couples married in the 1940s. World War II veterans will be honored guests. Entertainment provided by the Lakes Area Swing Band and radio broadcast host Lou Rugani. White Doves of Peace will be released. There will be an Honor Guard rifle salute and rolling Taps. Free. Information: 815-482-2070.
OPEN HOUSE & PUMP-IN
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10
WHERE: Northern Illinois Fire Museum, on Route 23, 4 miles south of Route 20, Marengo
COST & INFO: The annual open house and pump-in includes fire truck rides ($1 per person), fire truck demonstrations, flea market, museum tours, games and food. The museum has 20 antique fire vehicles that represent hand, to horse, to gas, to diesel-fueled equipment. Admission: $5 per car/van. Donate three nonperishable food items and get $1 off admission. Information: 815-568-8950 or www.nifm.net.
WHEN: noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 10
WHERE: Cary United Methodist Church, 500 N. First St., Cary
COST & INFO: Street rods, electric cars, and others can be viewed. Free lunch will be offered at noon. Games available 2 to 3 p.m. Car judging and awards will be 2:15 to 2:30 p.m. Free admission. Donations accepted. Information: 847-525-5348.
BAND ORGAN RALLY
WHEN: 10 a.m. to sundown Aug. 10-11
WHERE: Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, Union
COST & INFO: Presented by the Carousel Organ Association of America featuring colorful and historical musical instruments. Admission: $14 adults, $10 children. Information: 815-923-4000; 800-BIG-RAIL or www.irm.org.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS QUILT FEST
WHEN: through August
WHERE: anchor sites across Northern Illinois’ six counties
COST & INFO: Three months’ worth of quilt exhibits and activities with quilted barns, quilt gardens and art exhibits. Locations and Information: www.northernillinoisquiltfest.com.