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Activities

Buffalo Grove Days isn't just music and carnival rides.  We have fun activities planned for the entire weekend.

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Rotary Bingo

Thursday
6:30 pm

Join the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove for their annual Bingo night at Buffalo Grove Days.  Doors will open at 5:30; and, the first game will begin at 6:30 pm.  There will be a total of 10 games, with a prize purse of $1,600.  For more information, click on this link.

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Community Blood Drive 

Saturday
8 am - 1 pm

Give blood to those in need at the Community Blood Drive, sponsored by Vitalant, on Saturday, September 2 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Alcott Center, located at 530 Bernard Drive.

 

Your blood donation can help not only those experiencing trauma situations, but also cancer treatments and burn victims. The entire blood donation process is very safe and very fast. You can walk away knowing that your blood may help save lives!

 

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. Make an appointment to donate here. If you cannot make the blood drive event, you still have the option of donating another time at a blood donation center.
 

Meet Me On Main Street
Business & Craft Fair

Saturday
Sunday
Monday

While you're here, visit with a variety of local businesses and crafters, that will be selling a variety of fun and interesting items.  This part of the festival is being presented by the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce.  For information on being a vendor, please click on this link.

11 am - 7 pm
11 am - 7 pm
12 - 4 pm
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Barbecue Challenge

Saturday
1 - 5 pm
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Watch as participants put their grilling skills to the test in this fun competition to see who is truly the champion of the grill in Buffalo Grove!

 

Participants will be entering pork, ribs, brisket, burgers and chicken dishes, and they will be judged. Interested in becoming a judge? Email bbq@bgdays.com.

New this year: No one wants to smell that goodness cooking and not get a taste! A BBQ food truck from non other than Chicago Culinary Kitchen will be adjacent to the challenge so spectators can enjoy some of their award-winning BBQ while watching grillers compete.

Thank you to our in-kind sponsor, Melon Ink and Chicago Culinary Kitchen.

Children's Entertainment

We have a wide variety of children's entertainment planned for Buffalo Grove Days.  Below is a schedule of the different activities and performances.

Saturday
12:30 - 3 pm

Super Stolie

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Face Painting

1 - 3 pm

Magic

1:30 - 3 pm

 

Big Deal Highlights Show

1:30 - 2:15 pm

 

Reptile Show

2 - 3 pm

Buddy Baseball All-Star Game

Saturday
5 - 7 pm

The Buddy Baseball All-Star Game is a Commissions for Residents with Disabilities event that includes 50 - 60 players and buddies.  It will take place on Kendrigan Field at Rick Drazner Park (formerly called Twin Creeks Park), located at 401 Aptakisic Road on Saturday, September 2 from 5 - 7 pm.    The game will begin at 5 pm (players and buddies should arrive at 4:30 pm).

 

If we get rained out, the game will be rescheduled to the following day, Sunday, September 3 at 5 pm.

If you would like to participate as a buddy or player, submit an online application. For more information, contact Dean Klassman at 847.687.5307, dean@pif-fin.com.

Parking Information

The parking lot at Rick Drazner Park will be for players and those with handicapped parking placards only.  Parking for all buddies and spectators will be on LaSalle Lane, which is the street just south of Aptakisic (and the baseball field).  There will be signage directing people to LaSalle Lane, and a clearly marked walking path to the field.

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors - Lou Malnati's, Walgreens (Lake Cook & Buffalo Grove Road), and Brad Robinson of Beardley Design. 

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Parade

Sunday 
11 am

The Buffalo Grove Days Parade is set to return Sunday, September 3 at 11 am.  This year's route will head south on Buffalo Grove Road (from LaSalle), west on Deerfield Parkway, ending at Mike Rylko Community Park where the rest of the BG Days activities are held.  Come out and see your favorite local businesses, organizations and groups plus plenty of entertainment! 

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Rotary Duck Race

Sunday
5:15 pm

Join the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove for their annual Duck Race fundraiser at Buffalo Grove Days.  This year's race will be held off-site, but broadcasted live on the big screens near the music stage.

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Fun & Food

Monday
10 am - 12 pm

Every year, the Rick Kahen Commission for Residents with Disabilities team up with other BG Days volunteers to present this special program for people with disabilities and their immediate families (living in the same household) to enjoy the fun of the festival.  The event takes place in the carnival area.  This year, we will be providing a complimentary sack lunch, with the option for people to stay and eat in the tent or surrounding picnic tables.  Food will also be available for purchase, if desired.

 

Please note: Complementary sack lunches will be passed out at the event for the first 325 registrants and their family members. Pre-registration is required. Register here. Registration closes on Friday, August 25. 

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors - Keynote Consulting, Inc, Kona Ice, North American Midway Entertainment, McDonalds (Route 83 & Arlington Heights Road), Walgreens (Northeast Corner of Lake Cook Road & Buffalo Grove Road).

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Car Show

Monday
11 am - 3:00 pm

We are excited to also be bringing this popular event back, with a new twist.  This year it's a cruise-in style event, so you can see a mix of classic cars and models of newer generations. There will be live music for attendees and car owners to enjoy. Food trucks will be available on site, too! 

Want to bring your ride? No registration required! Just show up; gates open at 9 am to claim your spot of choice.  All participants will receive a souvenir. 

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Festival Map

Location

Get to know your way around the fest!

Mike Rylko Community Park

951 McHenry Road

Buffalo Grove

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