Community Events

Northbrook Plein Air Photography Festival – June 1 to 14PHOTO plein Air Poster

This year, due to the cancellation of the Plein Air Painting Festival, the Northbrook Arts Commission is hosting a “Plein Air” Photography Festival for Northbrook residents only with over 100 prizes to Northbrook restaurants.

Normally, Plein Air (French for “in the open air”) refers to a style of painting where the artist paints what is before them. In the spirit of Plein Air painting, the Arts Commission is hosting an event with photography (camera or smartphone is fine) that allows virtually any Northbrook resident to participate!

The Festival, which takes place from Monday, June 1 to Sunday, June 14, will include daily challenges that will encourage you to celebrate life in our community, document this moment in history, and discover beauty that you might otherwise pass right by. Photos must be taken within the challenge time frame. 

Photo assignments will be issued twice per week with deadlines. Contestants will submit their digital photos online. Judges designated by the Northbrook Arts Commission will evaluate the entries for each daily challenge. Prizes will be awarded based on how well an entry meets the daily artistic assignment.

The Festival starts NOW! Take your photos in Northbrook.
Here is your first set of challenges.
Photos are due Sunday, June 7 by 5pm:

1.           A portrait or self portrait of someone with a mask

2.           A photo of a Northbrook garden. May be a home or community garden.

3.           A photo that shows evidence of physical distancing, isolation, or loneliness.

Enter your photos here!

Winning photos will be announced twice per week on the Village of Northbrook Facebook page:

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New details and guidelines for this year’s event. Pick up your flamingo on Friday, June 5 from 4 to 6pm at 1657 Shermer Road.

This year the Community Relations Commission will hold a flamingo distribution event on Friday, June 5 from 4 to 6pm at 1657 Shermer Road (just south of the Metra lot). Drive through to pick up your flamingo for a party or to paint! Volunteers will place your pink plastic flamingo in your back seat or trunk. You will also receive a free tote bag full of information on community happenings and summer fun, including instructions on how to host a safe Flamingo Friday event and a challenge to decorate your new feathered friend for Flamingos on Parade.

Flamingos on Parade

Decorate your flamingo or design a flamingo display in your yard, on your porch, or in your window! Submit a location/photo of your decorated feathered friend or display by Monday, June 15, and include your address so others can enjoy. A map featuring the locations of the Flamingos on Parade will be posted on Friday, June 19. 

About Flamingo Fridays and How to Host a Safe Event

When neighbors get to know one another, an improved sense of support, understanding, well-being, and safety are the result. Flamingo Fridays offer neighbors a casual opportunity to get together during the summer.

Every Friday around 6 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day a neighborhood gathering is held in someone’s driveway. The host provides the driveway – everyone else brings their lawn chairs, beverages, and snacks, as desired. Depending on the group, gatherings can last 30 minutes or several hours. Despite its name, Flamingo Fridays do not have to take place on Fridays. Each neighborhood can determine what time/date is most convenient. The neighborhood’s pink lawn flamingo travels from host to host. Display the flamingo early - Monday or Tuesday – to get the word out.

Gatherings should strictly adhere to State of Illinois guidelines for physical distancing and local regulations pertaining to gathering size. Host a safe event!

Look for an event around the neighborhood or on social media using #nbkflamingofriday!

Memorial Day Memorial Day

Please join us in observing Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, to honor those who gave their lives for our country. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Stay-At-Home Order in place, the traditional Memorial Day Parade and ceremony is canceled. 

Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony

In lieu of an in-person service, a virtual ceremony will be streamed at 10:30am on Memorial Day. The ceremony features American Legion Post 791 Commander Tom Mahoney, Retired Air Force Brigadier General Thomas Kittler, Village President Sandy Frum, and a special ’Post Everlasting’ ceremony to honor recently deceased members of the American Legion Post 791. 

4th of July Events are Postponed

The annual 4th of July festivities and fireworks are organized by the Park District and Village. The Rotary Club of Northbrook hosts the annual 4th of July Breakfast.

Text 4THJULY to 888777 to sign up for 4th of July information and alerts. You will receive updates about this year’s modified schedule. and weather related alerts.

Visit for additional details.

National Night Out - Postponed

Join Northbrook Police and the Northbrook Park District on the first Tuesday in August for an evening of fun, food, music, games, and prizes. National Night Out is designed to promote the partnership between the police and the community and to share information about crime prevention and public safety. The event is held at Meadowhill Aquatic Center from 6 to 9 p.m.

Check back often for details on the 2020 event!

Plein Air Painting Festival

The Northbrook Arts Commission, in partnership with the Park District, hosts the annual Plein Air Painting Festival. Held in the fall, the event features dozens of artists painting Northbrook landscapes throughout the Village. The event features live music, painting demonstrations, and a chance to purchase original art.

Check back for details on the 2021 event!

Fire Department Open House

Kids can climb in fire trucks, use a fire hose, meet Sparky the Fire Dog, view demonstrations, tour Fire Station 12, and dress in firefighter gear at the annual Fire Department Open House. The event takes place during October’s Fire Prevention Week. 

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Halloween & Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-Treat hours are 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Halloween, October 31, rain or shine. To welcome Trick-or-Treaters, switch on your porch lights or any exterior lights.

Safety tips for Trick-or-Treating:

  • Walk in groups or with an adult and stay on the sidewalks
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you
  • Bring a flashlight when heading out after dusk
  • Examine all treats before eating them and eat only factory-wrapped treats
  • Wear well-fitting costumes and comfortable shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls

Please welcome Trick-or-Treaters carrying official United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) collection boxes. Halloween is National UNICEF Day and many children share the holiday by Trick-or-Treating for the UNICEF.

Celebration of Cultures

Each year, the Village’s Community Relations Commission (CRC), in partnership with the North Suburban YMCA, hosts a Celebration of Cultures featuring many of the cultures represented in the North Shore.

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Earth & Arbor Day - POSTPONED 

Since 1989, the Village and Park District have hosted an annual Earth & Arbor Day Celebration in April. The celebration includes recycling opportunities, a sustainable vendor exhibition, and volunteer opportunities. 

Learn more about the 2020 Earth & Arbor Day Celebration here.