Get to know Naperville at these 10 events

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There are oodles of events this spring and summer in Naperville, from plant sales to community theater to free outdoor concerts. Pull out the calendar, here are some ideas to help get you started.

Culture

1. Every Thursday from June 6 to Aug. 15, the Naperville Municipal Band presents a free concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Concert Center, 55 Concert Lane, Naperville. Mark your calendars for July 18’s “A Haunted Evening in Central Park,” when children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and march in a costume parade. (630) 778-9994. Napervilleband.org.

2. Anderson’s Bookshop continually brings in the hottest authors (a relative unknown by the name of Stephenie Meyer was just there), and this spring is no exception. Caroline Kennedy (“Poems to Learn by Heart”) comes to North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall on April 4, and Nia Vardolas (“Instant Mom”) will be in town April 12 at a TBA location. Call (630) 355-2665 or visit Andersonsbookshop.com.

Shopping

3. Naperville boasts a bustling downtown shopping district. If you are looking to experience something with more of a community flair, Ellsworth Elementary hosts its spring clothing re-sale April 11 and 12 in the gymnasium, 145 N. Sleight St., Naperville. Times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 11, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12. Look for girls’ clothes sizes 5 to 18, boys’ sizes 5 to 20 and juniors’ sizes 0-17. Additionally, you’ll find pajamas, sports uniforms, shoes and accessories. Call (630) 420-6800 or email ellsworth.clothing@gmail.com.

Food

4. In addition to a vibrant dining scene, downtown Naperville presents local farmers selling fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and other produce in an open-air market. The Naperville Farmers Market opens June 1 and runs 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 26 at the Fifth Avenue Station parking lot, 200 E. 5th Ave., Naperville. Call (630) 369-5638 or visit Naperville.il.us.

History

5. New at Naper Settlement’s annual Civil War Days: generals will be talking about the famous battles of 1863 — Gettysburg,Vicksburg and Chancellorsville. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 and 19 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. (630) 420-6010. Napersettlement.org.

Festivals

6. Rick Springfield and Styx have been tapped to headline nights at the Exchange Club of Naperville’s 26th annual Ribfest, July 3 to 7 in Knoch Park in Naperville. Styx performs July 3 with Springfield playing on July 6. The annual fireworks display will be on July 4. Email info@ribfest.net or visit Ribfest.net.

7. Beer enthusiasts will have hundreds of reasons to celebrate this summer when Lou Dog Events hosts the inaugural Naperville Ale Fest on July 20 at the Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. In addition to food and live music, beer lovers can choose from more than 180 different beers from more than 75 American breweries. Tickets cost $45 or $75 for VIP. Visit NapervilleAleFest.com.

Family-friendly

8. It’s not too soon to start thinking about the beach! Early-bird memberships to Centennial Beach are on sale through May 13; a resident youth membership is $36 for kids ages 3-17; adult memberships cost $46, and a family membership costs $156. (After May 13, normal rates apply.) Head to the Naperville Park District’s administration building 320 W. Jackson Ave. or to the 95th Street Center, 2244 W. 95th St. with your proof of Naperville residency. Call (630) 848-5092 or visit centennialbeach.org.

Especially for pets

9. Fido’s going to get messy playing in the tall prairie grasses and creeks at the SpringBrook Prairie Dog Park, located at 83rd Street west of Book Road in Naperville. Owners must have a DuPage County Forest Preserve District permit if their dogs want to enjoy the off-leash area. Call (630) 933-7248.

10. Learn how to keep you and your pet healthy at the Wags and Wellness event from 1 to 5 p.m. June 8 at Seager Park in Naperville. There will be fun activities and health screenings for pets and their humans. Sponsored by the Naperville Area Humane Society. Call (630) 420-8989 or visit Napervillehumanesociety.org.