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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: August 25-27


Above / Enjoy the sunshine, cooler temperatures and colorful wildflowers during a walk around the pond in May Watts Park. Look for the green heron, recently spotted for the first time along the shoreline by Wendy Schild.

Great blue herons and egrets are popular sights at May Watts Park. A green heron was spotted this week, a newcomer among all the wildlife in this natural treasure located between West Wind and Countryside subdivisions. (Photo courtesy Wendy Schild)


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. Plan ahead for Labor Day Weekend grilling, too. And be sure to tell Bill Kreger that you know his wurst is the best. Football season is here!

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 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.

Homecoming Fest / 2-10PM at Saints Peter and Paul – 36 North Ellsworth Street Naperville, IL 60540 / $2-10 / Entertainment, games, kids’ activities, live music and parish history. Pre-event tickets are $5 for adults/seniors 12 and up, $2 for children ages 5 to 11, and free for children younger than 5. Day-of-event tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 11, and free for children younger than 5. www.eventbrite.com/e/homecoming-fest-2023.

*** Changing Seasons 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!


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.”

During the August City Council meeting, Mayor Scott Wehrli presented Ron Keller with a street sign that now hangs on a lamp post in Central Park along Court Place. (PN Photo)

Retirement Reception for Dr. Ron Keller, Director Emeritus NMB/ 2:30PM to 5:30PM / Public open house welcomes the community to stop by for a brief time to share memories with Ron Keller and the Naperville Municipal Band at the Judd Kendall VFW Post, located at 908 W. Jackson Avenue. Light refreshments, including cake and coffee, will be served. A cash bar will be available. Tables will be set up so guests can fill out cards with hand-written memories of their experiences that include Dr. Ron Keller and the Naperville Municipal Band. Or simply bring a card or previously written memory that will help Naperville’s Music Man continue to tell his story. No gifts, please.

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… Dine Naperville!

The Dandelion Fountain in the Civic Plaza marks the spot for gathering along the Riverwalk, 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… Visit Naperville!

Looking ahead to Labor Day Weekend…

The 2023 Ashley Whippet K-9 Frisbee World Championships will be held from 9:30AM to 4PM, Sat., Sept. 2, and Sun., Sept. 3, at the Nike Sports Complex, located at 288 W. Diehl Road and Mill Street.

Ashley Whippet Invitational Returns to Nike Park… Click here for details.


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