Another Slice of Summer Fun in Naperville Jaycees Last Fling

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The Naperville Jaycees Last Fling is a fun way to say goodbye to summer over Labor Day weekend.

The free, family-friendly community festival returns Friday through Monday, September 2-5, near downtown Naperville. The Last Fling offers a variety of attractions for all ages including: Musicians, Food and Beverage Vendors, Family Fun Area, Carnival, Special Events, Trade Show and Parade.

Festival hours will be 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday along Jackson Avenue. For more details, visit lastfling.org.

live music

On Friday, Within 4 Days, the band from Naperville known for their vocal harmonies, will open the festival at 5 p.m. with covers of artists like The Beatles, Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Zac Brown Band, Matchbox 20, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Darius Rucker, and more. Headliners Boy Band Night returns to the festival, recreating the music and moves of classic boy bands, at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, country rock trio Yankee Cowboy opens the festival stage at noon, followed by Motown Nation playing hits from Temptations, The Spinners, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and more at 2:30 p.m. Mixtape Junkies perform covers of bands like Level 42, The Tubes, The Fixx and more at 5:15 p.m. Headliners Too Hype Crew recreate the old-school hip-hop experience at 8 p.m.

On Sundays, Le Grande Band performs cover music from Bieber to the Beatles at noon, followed by 90s Pop Nation playing hit wonders and 90s dance and pop hits at 2:30 p.m. The Ron Burgundys will perform Yacht Rock from the 60s to 80s at 5:15 p.m. Sixteen Candles, the dance group of the 80s, will take over the Jackson Avenue stage at 8 p.m.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

On Monday, rockabilly band Rick Lindy and the Wild Ones will perform at noon. Classic rock tribute band ARRA will close the festival at 3:45 p.m.

Parade

2022 United States Special Olympics athletes Ryan Gronowski, Lou Pisani and Peter Silagi, who won gold in flag football for Team Illinois, will be honored as grand marshals during of the annual Labor Day Parade on Monday. The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Mill Street near Naperville North High School and end on Porter Avenue near Naperville Central High School. You can also watch the parade live on Naperville Community Television (Channel 17 in Naperville) or stream it at www.facebook.com/NCTV17. Footage from the parade will also be available on the NCTV website at a later date.

Family fun

A variety of family attractions, presented by Goldfish Swim School-Chicagoland, will take place all weekend at the Riverwalk Amphitheater.

On Saturday, find out who can do the longest and most creative jumps in the “Hula Hoops Challenge” from 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., or join the “Slam Challenge-Recess!” from 1 to 2 p.m. where adult and child participants can pick up a sand-filled ball and slam it on the ground as many times as they can in 30 seconds. On Sunday, from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., young and old can take part in the Water Balloon Toss.

Got a sweet tooth? On Saturdays, kids can participate in the Cotton Candy Eating Contest from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. or the Freezer Pop Eating Contest from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., or see how many cupcakes you can eat in a minute from 11:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. .

Senior Bingo will be offered in the sponsor tent in the Riverwalk parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Get ready for a live, interactive experience with reptiles and amphibians from around the world with Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sunday, and 1 p.m. at 2:15 p.m. Sunday noon.

Stilt-walking, juggling, and balloon animal making will be just some of the magical activities you can experience from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sunday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

From 1 to 1:45 p.m. Saturday, DJ Kurt will spin the best music for anyone who can shake it and DJ Chryptik will play a healthy mix of top 40s, dance classics and hits from the 1970s to 90s from 12 15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sunday.

On Saturdays, catch performances by McNulty Irish Dance from 2:30-3 p.m. and 3:30-4 p.m.; meet the Princess with Character Parties from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and see the American Martial Arts Academy from 4-5 p.m.

On Sunday, Amy Phillips of Green Earth Institute Conservation will be gardening with children. Join her to play with the dirt, plant seeds, and make gardening fun from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Then enjoy the Saddle Up line dancing from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. or band performances School of Rock from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

On Monday, the Capellas, under the direction of Axel Hageman and Cam Green of Road Show Inc., will perform from noon to 12:30 p.m. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. , paper and temporary tattoos will be provided.

Carnival

Take advantage of “Carnival Deal Days” all weekend with unlimited rides during carnival hours for $30 per person per day. Carnival hours are: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday on Jackson Avenue between Eagle and Ewing streets . Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is Special Needs Day where customers with special needs will get exclusive, priority, no-wait seats with a special wristband. All participants must be accompanied by a companion and wristbands are reserved for people with special needs.

A Carnival Mega Pass grants access to unlimited carnival rides throughout the weekend. Mega Passes are available for $55 at Jewel-Osco stores at 1227 Naper Blvd., 127 E. Ogden Ave., 1759 W Ogden Ave. or 2855 95th St. Mega Passes priced at $65 are also available at the Carnival box office.

No shuttle service will be provided. Guests can park in surrounding parking garages in downtown Naperville.

The Naperville Jaycees are a nonprofit youth service organization dedicated to personal development through community service. Proceeds from the Last Fling are donated to nonprofits in the community and DuPage County. Over the past two decades, the Naperville Jaycees have raised and donated over $1 million to various organizations in the Naperville community. Visit www.naperjaycees.org for more information.

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