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Family Fun

Elmhurst bids farewell to summer with Park Palooza

Marley Gustafson has a rainbow painted on her face during a past Elmhurst Park District Park Palooza at Berens Park.
Marley Gustafson has a rainbow painted on her face during a past Elmhurst Park District Park Palooza at Berens Park.

ELMHURST – Summer eventually must come to a close, but there’s one more celebration in Elmhurst to end the season on a high note.

Park Palooza will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 25 at Berens Park, 493 N. Oaklawn Ave.

The sixth annual event will feature live music, a free family fun area, food trucks and an expanded beer and wine garden.

"We want to put our stamp on the end of summer,” said Pat O’Neill, the Elmhurst Park District’s community events and development supervisor. "This is our big wrap-up of summer."

Two bands will take the stage during the one-day event.

The Music Dudes will perform a selection of rock, folk, rhythm and blues, jazz, soul and blues from 5 to 7:10 p.m., followed by Red Woody, who will perform rock and pop selections from 7:40 to 10 p.m.

There will be eight food trucks at the fest – four that serve food selections and four that offer sweets and desserts, O’Neill said. Additionally, concessions at the Hub will be open throughout the event.

The beer and wine garden has been expanded to encompass a larger part of the grounds following feedback from patrons who attended last year's event, O'Neill said. The garden will be open from 5 to 10 p.m.

"What has changed most this year is that we've expanded the beer and wine area," O'Neill said.

Several selections of wine and craft beer will be available.

"We only had beer last year," she said.

About 2,500 people attended the 2017 edition of Park Palooza, O'Neill said.

The free family fun area will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. and offer face painting, sand art, an inflatable obstacle course, sponsor tents and giveaways, she said.

The park's splash pad will be open until 8 p.m., and the batting cages and mini golf course will be open until 10 p.m.

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If you go

WHAT: Park Palooza

WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 25

WHERE: Berens Park, 493 N. Oaklawn Ave., Elmhurst

COST: Free

INFO: epd.org

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