Chicago Air & Water Show
Saturday-Sunday along the lakefront; free
The lakefront fills up rapidly for this event, especially at the North Avenue Beach "Main Stage", where you'll get the best views and play-by-play commentary. You can get good views from other locations, including nearby Oak Street Beach. Wanna beat the crowds? Check out the practice flights, which go on periodically Thursday and Friday.
Catalina Wine Mixer
5 p.m. Friday at Faith & Whiskey; free
Inspired by the movie "Stepbrothers," this after-work event will feature $30 tableside boxed wine and $5 Harvey Wallbangers, DJ Texas Street Jesus spinning "Yacht Rock" hits, a $100 cash prize for best nautical-themed outfit and free pizza. "It's the f---ing Catalina Wine Mixer!"
The People's Drum Circle Pandora
Friday-Sunday at Quest Theatre Ensemble; free (donations accepted)
Let your inner flower child make some noise with Quest Ensemble. This take on the story of Pandora (and her box o' troubles) features a genius hippie-style drum circle, with the audience invited to bang away. Yes, a drum circle. You've been warned. Like everything produced by Quest, this show is as free as love.
Saturday-Sunday at Seminary and Roscoe; $5
Put your street fest donation to good use, as proceeds benefit Resurrection Lutheran Church's after-school program and preschool. A Kids' Zone includes pony rides, a petting zoo, moonwalk, climbing wall and plenty more activities to keep little ones occupied. And don't forget to enter the bags tournament.
Long Grove Art Festival
Saturday-Sunday at Archer Municipal Lot near Fountain Square; free
Find a wide variety of original artwork: watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, jewelry, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fiber and mixed media. Continuous live music plays all weekend and a great variety of food and drink offered throughout the Fest. There's also a Wine & Dine in the Mill Pond lot off Robert Parker Coffin Road.