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Weekend Spotlight: Bug Fest, Alley Art Fest and More! 

The kids are mostly back in school, the end of August is upon us. But there's still plenty of fun to be had! Here are highlights from the Go West Calendar:

The Alley Art Festival will take place in downtown Aurora on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.NORTH AURORA: The Red Oak Nature Center is hosting its annual "Bug Fest" on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a free, family-friendly event feature bug-related games, crafts and demonstrations. You're asked to start your adventure at nearby Lippold Park (1/2 mile north of Red Oak on Route 25), then head into the woods toward Red Oak to search for bugs and participate in more activities. Snacks, beverages and bee products will be available for purchase. There will be parking at Lippold Park and Schneider School (304 Banbury Road in North Aurora) with free shuttle service. Here's a link to the Bug Fest Guidebook and some coloring pages to get you started.

AURORA: The Alley Art Festival will take place on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. on the Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. The mall is located between Downer and Galena, next to City Hall. This is a free event, featuring about 50 artists and artisans, along with musicians and food vendors. There will be activities for children, including an art tent and puppet shows, and artwork and handmade items will be for sale. 

GENEVA: The Kane County Cougars are home from Saturday through Tuesday, taking on the Burlington Bees. There will be fireworks only after Saturday night's game.

WHEATON: Cantigny still has a few more outdoor musical concerts scheduled before the summer ends. On Sunday, the First Division Museum will host the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America for a 3 p.m. concert. The performance is included with the regular $5 parking fee at Cantigny. Bring your chairs and sunscreen!

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