Summer in Zion celebrates fresh food, live music, the good ol’ days

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Rich experiences create indelible memories and this summer in Zion.

Nostalgia Days

The 28th Annual Nostalgia Days Car Show, Carnival and Cruise is a four-day event that melds local food vendors, car-related vendors, children’s activities and games and live entertainment.

“It’s humble beginnings can be attributed back to 1987 when a group of business owners suggested having an antique and custom car show along with the city’s annual sidewalk sale to remember the good ol’ days,” said Sonolito Bronson, economic development coordinator, office of economic development, City of Zion.

“The first Nostalgia Days Car Show only took six weeks to plan and had over 80 cars that participated,” Bronson said.

Now, visitors can enjoy and be in awe of more than 400 automobiles. They make the trek every year from all across the country to not only vie for the coveted Best in Show trophy but also to participate in the Sheridan Road Cruise. This is the only closed cruise event in Illinois where cars can cruise up and down Sheridan Road as they did in times past.

“In addition to the antique and classic show, kids and kids-at-heart, can spend the day at the Nostalgia Days Carnival, provided by North American Midway Entertainment — complete with a tilt-a-whirl and the Freak Out for endless hours of fun!” said Bronson. “Games of chance and skill are abundant and the smell of funnel cakes, deep fried Twinkies and cotton candy is heaven to your nose.”

Families, community members and participants will benefit from live entertainment. Tunes played by cover bands will help you reminisce and muse over days gone by.

“To wrap up a fun-filled day, families are encouraged to bring a blanket and a lawn chair, and hang out in beautiful downtown Zion for an outdoor movie,” Bronson said.

Admission for spectators to the car show and for the outdoor movie is free. For more information, visit or call (847) 746-4056.

Farmers Market

Another big draw this summer is the City of Zion’s Farmers Market. Fresh fruits and veggies, baked bread and pastries, local honey and farm-fresh treats are waiting for you every Thursday from June through September.

“Whether you’re looking for fresh berries for dessert or the softest crocheted blanket to give as a gift, you’ll find what you weren’t expecting at the City of Zion’s Farmers Market,” Bronson said.

For more information, visit or call (847) 746-4056.

Concerts in the Park

For music-lovers and aficionados, Zion’s Concerts in the Park, which begin June 19 at the band shell located next to the Leisure Center building, are sure to please.

“A concert is scheduled every Thursday night through July 31,” Bronson said. “Family-friendly games and entertainment concludes with a spectacular fireworks display.”

For a complete schedule of performances or for more information, visit or call (847) 746-5500.