LAKE IN THE HILLS SUMMER SUNSET FESTIVAL, Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, Sunset Park, Lake in the Hills. Features parade, carnival rides, craft show, Battle of the Bands, Classic & Custom Car Show, horseshoe and bags tournaments, arts, Got Talent competition, wine tasting and fireworks. Among the bands on the Main Stage are Cat Fight, Boy Band, Dick Diamond and the Dusters, Tres Moustache, 7th Heaven, RadioHouse, The Party Doctors and Red Woody. Information: 847-960-7400 or www.summersunsetfest.com.
3RD ANNUAL HARVARD BALLOON FEST, 4 to 10 p.m. Aug. 31 and noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 1-2, Milky Way Park, 300 Lawrence Road, Harvard. Featuring hot air balloons, tethered hot air balloon rides, helicopter rides, skydiving exhibitions, open air market, live music, lawn games, food and more. Admission: $5 per day, $20 wristbands per day, $20 tethered balloon rides, $40 helicopter rides, free admission for those 42 inches and shorter. Free parking. Information: https://harvardballoonfest.com/.
JOHNSBURG WINE WALK, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 1, Angelo's Shopping Center, 4000 N. Johnsburg Road, Johnsburg. There will be six tasting stations and at least 30 different wines. This year's guest winery is Lynfred Winery. Must be age 21 or older to attend. Entry fee: $15 includes a commemorative wine glass, hors d'oeuvres at each location (Angelo's Market, Stucky's Bar and Grille, Raymond's Bowl), entertainment at Stucky's during the walk, and a bonus bottle of wine. Information: Kirk Donald, 815-575-5123, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.johnsburg.org/community/page/johnsburg-wine-walk.
SUNSET DOXIE & DOGGIE DERBY, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 1, Bark Park, 9027 Haligus Road, Lake in the Hills. Whether your tiny racer is a sure-bet hot dog, a real long shot or a Weenie Wannabee register for the friendly competition of family pets and companions is different than the Kentucky Derby, and is run on a much smaller course, by much smaller animals. Spectators welcome. Sponsored by Lake in the Hills Parks and Recreation Department. Cost: $15. Register online at https://www.raceentry.com/race-reviews/sunset-doxie-derby. Information: 847-960-7460.
DENNIS CHRISTIE – MASTER DECEPTIONIST, 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 1, Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Dennis Christie M.D. (Master Deceptionist) amazes both young and old with his jaw-dropping performance as he blurs the lines of reality. He wins over scores of people with his fun-loving, laid back, and approachable personality. His mentalism skills, illusions, and close-up magic leave people mind-blown. Tickets: $35 A Seating, $30 adults and $15.00 Children 12 and under B Seating. Tickets and information: 815-338-5300 or http:///www.woodstockoperahouse.com/operahouse/page/dennis-christie-master-deceptionist.