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Darien

DarienFest opens Friday featuring rides, food, live music

In addition to carnival rides and games, DarienFest will host Darien Idol and Battle of the Bands this weekend. (Erica Benson - ebenson@shawmedia.com)
In addition to carnival rides and games, DarienFest will host Darien Idol and Battle of the Bands this weekend. (Erica Benson - ebenson@shawmedia.com)

DARIEN – Summer may be nearing its end but not before residents can enjoy one more outdoor party this weekend in Darien.

The 26th annual DarienFest will take place from Sept. 6 to 8 at Darien Community Park located at 71st Street and Clarendon Hills Road. Back this year will be Darien Idol, Battle of the Bands and Radio Disney. There also will be food, live music and carnival rides.

Hours are from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Entertainment schedule:

Friday, Sept. 6:
• 5:45 to 6 p.m. – Eisenhower Junior High Marching Band
• 6:15 to 8 p.m. – R-Gang
• 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. – The Moods with special guest Abraha Rayford

Saturday, Sept. 7:
• Noon – Battle of the Bands
• 3 to 4 p.m. – Radio Disney
• 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. – Forget Hannah
• 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Arra

Sunday, Sept. 8:
• Noon – Hinsdale South Eta Sigma Steppers
• 12:30 p.m. – Darien Idol
• 2 p.m. – Q Bar and Grill Bags Tournament
• 2 p.m. – 10 Above
• 4 to 6 p.m. – The Redmonds
• 7 to 9 p.m. – Andrew Salgado

Kidbucks Game Shows:
• Friday – 7:45 and 9:15 p.m.
• Saturday – 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m.
• Sunday – 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Pet Parade:
• Saturday – Noon to 2 p.m.

Windy City Amusements:
• Unlimited ride specials from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for $20 per person per day

For more information, visit darienchamber.com/darienfest2013.htm.

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