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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: August 18-20


***Friday, Saturday and Sunday


Brats at Kreger’s / 10AM to 3PM Fridays and Saturdays / Kreger’s Brat and Sausage Haus, 606 N. Ellsworth / Stop by for lunch, conversation and camaraderie. Plan a barbecue and pick up handcrafted bratwurst for the grill. And be sure to tell Bill Kreger that you know his wurst is the best.

Naper Nights Community Concert Series / 5-10PM at Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540 / $20/adult (13+), $15/youth (4-12) / Continues Saturday, August 19 / Get ready for cold drinks, great food, and fabulous music! Naper Nights continues on August 18 with a Neil Young tribute by Johnny V’s Heart of Gold Band and a tribute to John Prine by Prine Time. August 19 will include a tribute to Dixie Chicks by Gaslighter and a Taylor Swift tribute by Sparks Fly. For more information and tickets, visit NaperNights.org. KINDLY NOTE! Naper Settlement has announced: Tickets for tonight’s Naper Nights Community Concert (August 19, 2023) are sold out.

Enjoy outdoor and indoor dining at Meson Sabika.

***Summertime on the Patios at Mesón Sabika / 11:30AM to 9PM / Find a choice in patios at Mesón Sabika to sample Spanish tapas and delicious sangria for lunch and dinner. Located just west of downtown Naperville at 1025 Aurora Avenue, Mesón Sabika has been serving the community since 1990. Built in 1847, the historic mansion with eight air-conditioned dining rooms is set in a beautifully landscaped four-acre estate, providing a welcoming sight with plenty of parking for lunch, dinner, special events, benefits, weddings, meetings and family gatherings throughout the year. Looking ahead…Mesón Sabika will host a fundraiser with the American Red Cross on Tues., Sept. 5, to help fund relief for Maui, Hawaii. 100 percent of sales on Sept. 5 will benefit Maui fire and disaster relief. For reservations, call (630) 983-3000 x 2. Thank you!


Naperville Farmers Market / 7AM to Noon at Fifth Avenue Station – 200 East 5th Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / The Farmers Market runs June through November with June-November we host 50-plus vendors every Saturday 7AM-noon.

How do fish measure up at Whalon Lake?

***Go fish! Click here to a link with photos of big and little fish caught right here in Naperville when just by chance PN cameras were there! Imagine all the big ones that got away! “Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.” —Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) 31st U.S. President 

***Enjoy Family-Friendly Quigley’s Irish Pub / 8:30PM at Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / Quigley’s Irish Pub features live music Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Stop by for a cool pint, live music and honest pub fare. Weather permitting, the patio is open every day!


Naperville Community Gardeners’ 2013 Flower & Garden Show presented award-winning flowers in The Barn. (PN File Photo)

Naperville Community Gardeners’ 40th Annual Flower & Garden Show / 8AM to 4PM at Alfred Ruben Riverwalk Community Center – 305 Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / The Flower & Garden Show is open to the community. It resembles a county fair with exhibits of vegetables, flowers, fruits, herbs, hanging baskets, original garden art, and collections of plants. Discover more than 200 categories and many winners. Awards will be presented for best of class, best flower, best vegetable, and best of show. A special section will be designated for young gardeners (through high school senior). Winners will be awarded certificates and some awards will be cash prizes. Entrants must follow rules for the presentation of exhibits. Exhibits should be brought to the show between 8-10AM. The show floor closes at 10AM for judging. After the judging, the public is invited to view the exhibits and see the results of the judging from 1:30 to 3PM. There is no charge to enter exhibits in the show or to view the exhibits.

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Old Naperville Day Block Party / Noon on West Chicago Ave. in downtown Naperville / Old Naperville Day is an annual block party celebrating the friends, family, and neighbors who make up one of the best communities in the nation. Celebrating each August on W. Chicago Ave. in front of Naperville’s iconic tavern The Lantern, guests enjoy live music, delicious food from Naperville restaurants, ice cold beverages, a kids activity area, and plenty of fun for everyone. Proceeds from the block party support an end to local homelessness at DuPagePads. This event is family friendly, free, and open to all neighbors and visitors alike. 

***Flying into Summer in downtown Naperville / YESTERDAY, NOW, TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY THIS SUMMER! / Come-see-ums, a.k.a. benches in the shape of dragonflies, welcome folks to explore talents of local artists such as teens at the Alive Center that tell encouraging and vibrant stories from now until September on the streets where local residents live. Come shop, dine and/or sit for a spell! Click here for story about 19 dragonfly-shaped benches “Flying into Summer.”

Remember to watch out for youngsters as school begins again. The speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise marked. Be sure to note school zones where speed is even slower. Be safe. (PN File Photo)

Every day this summer… Dine Naperville!

The Dandelion Fountain in the Civic Plaza marks the spot for gathering along the Riverwalk along Jackson Avenue at Webster Street. Come experience the sights and sounds that lead to shopping, dining and entertainment in downtown Naperville. (PN Photo)

Every day this summer… Visit Naperville!

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