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Things to do in Naperville this holiday weekend


Ribfest! Ribfest! Ribfest!  Begins Friday Night!  Fireworks July 3!

Saturday 30

RIBFEST, RIBFEST, RIBFEST! / Noon-10PM Sat., June 30 / The Exchange Club of Naperville will host the 25th Annual Ribfest through July 3. Enjoy family fun and a presentation of the best ribbers and live musical entertainment  in one place in the Midwest at Knoch Park.  INFO: www.ribfest.net.  Note: Independence Day Fireworks at dusk on July 3.

RIBFEST & THE NEAR BEER BAND / 3:30-4:30PM Sat., June 30 / Performance on the  Show Wagon Stage where the “Ribbers” are located. Members of the Near Beer Band have been playing music together almost 40 years. Genre is Country Rock, Rockabilly, Cajun and Old time Rock and Roll.  INFO: www.reverbnation.com/thenearbeerband. Stay tuned, too! The Near Beer Band will be playing at Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest on Oct. 6.

ONE MORE TIME (OMT) PLAYS AT RIBFEST / 2PM Sat., June 30 / A bunch of homegrown Naperville musicians will take the stage at Ribfest.

DUPAGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE / 8PM Sat., June 30 / DSO will perform patriotic music from Europe and the Americas, including “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “Finlandia,” “New World Symphony” and a host of popular folk tunes from American history. Held at the Naperville Community Concert Center in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave.    INFO:  (630) 778-1003 or visit www.dupagesymphony.org. FREE

Sunday 1

25TH ANNUAL RIBFEST HOSTED BY EXCHANGE CLUB OF NAPERVILLE / June 29-July 3 / Four fun-filled days of family events and concerts at Knoch Park / www.ribfest.net  / REO Speedwagon will take the North Stage to perform the opening night music for Ribfest 2011: / Admission: $12 at the gate.  $9 if purchased in advance.  www.ribfest.net / Funds raised during Ribfest help fight child abuse, domestic violence and strengthen families in our local communities. If you’d like to know the history, click Ribfest Nostalgia.

RIBFEST FEATURES 5 OFF-SITE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICES TO KNOCH PARK / 11:30AM-10:30PM, June 29-July 3 / FREE public shuttles serving Ribfest run continuously on all days except from the Burlington Commuter Lot and Naperville North High School. Shuttle service from the Burlington Commuter Lot will begin at 6PM on July 1 and 2. Shuttle service from Naperville North High School will begin at 2PM on July 1 only. Following are the 2010 Ribfest shuttle bus locations:

*Burlington Commuter Parking Lot, southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington St.

*Cowlishaw Elementary School, 1212 Sanctuary Lane

*Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St.

*North Central College, corner of Brainard Street and Highland Avenue

*Neuqua Valley High School, 2360 95th St.

WHERE’S WALDO? FIND THE 25-YEAR-OLD CELEBRATING THROUGHOUT NAPERVILLE’S INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES! Watch for special promotions with prizes and more featured all month.  For info about IndieBound Naperville, visit www.indieboundnaperville.com.

Monday 2

STOP BY THE POSITIVELY NAPERVILLE RIBFEST EXPO BOOTH AT RIBFEST! SIGN UP FOR A CHANCE TO WIN AN AQUARIUM PROVIDED BY DOG PATCH PET AND FEED Since 1973, Dog Patch has been serving the greater Chicago area from its home at 1108 E. Ogden. Specializing in all things pet and feed, discover Naperville’s independently-owned pet center, a fun place for people and animals!  Phone: (630) 420-2120.

RIBFEST HOSTED BY EXCHANGE CLUB OF NAPERVILLE / June 29-July 3 / Four fun-filled days of family events and concerts at Knoch Park / Sammy Hagar will play Ribfest on one of two main stages on Friday, July 2.  www.ribfest.net/

Tuesday 3

WEST SUBURBAN IRISH PUB QUIZ AT QUIGLEY’S IRISH PUB  / Usually the first Tuesday, but NOT July. / The public is welcome to the next Quiz Night at 7PM on Aug. 7.  The no Quiz Night in September because of the Jaycees Last Fling & Labor Day.  Quiz play is free. Arrive early for the best seats. / For a lot more West Suburban Irish info, visit www.wsirish.org.

SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS IN NAPERVILLE! / At dusk or approximately 9:30PM, Mon., July 3 / See the extravagant display  from vantage points all along West Street, Hobson West Parking Lot, Sequoia Road, Naperville Plainfield Road, Rotary Hill and Knoch Park. Thanks Exchange Club, City of Naperville and Naperville Park District.  Happy Birthday, America, on the eve of Independence Day!

POST 3873 POST! ALERT! WATCH 2012 FIREWORKS IN NAPERVILLE ON JULY 3 —NOT JULY 4 / 5PM Tues., July 3 / In keeping with Judd Kendall Post 3873 tradition, members will watch  Naperville’s spectacular fireworks display held on July 3 from the lawn at the Post. The grill will be available for cooking. Festivities include fun, frolic and camaraderie as the order of the day. Visit with family and friends.  NOTE! Due to drought conditions, tarps, blankets, etc. are prohibited this year to help save the grass.  Thanks for your cooperation. Happy Independence Day! Peace.

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