The Friday night Concerts in the Parks series is a collaboration between the Park Ridge Park District and the Park Ridge Fine Arts Society, which each share part of the summer season.
Concerts generally start at 8 p.m. in Hodges Park (Prospect, Courtland and Vine, across from City Hall) on Friday night through August. Audience members can bring their own picnics, lawn chairs or blankets. None of these concerts charges admission, but the Fine Arts Society depends on sponsorships and contributions to continue.
On June 24, featuring an Irish theme, entertainment will start at 7 p.m. with the Trinity Dancers followed by Fagan and Friends at 7:30 p.m., more Trinity dancers at 8:15 p.m., and The Chancers at 8:30 p.m.
The Park District’s Sunday, July 3, fireworks concert shifts to the Maine East stadium. Those needing preferred parking must buy passes through the park district by June 24 ($20 for residents, $30 for non residents). Admission to the fireworks program is free, and picnics are allowed but no grills or alcohol. A dance party with park staff will start at 6:30 p.m., with a concert by New Standard at 8 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.
Concerts on Friday nights resume July 8 and July 15 at Hodges Park with the Park Ridge Fine Arts Society presenting the Park Ridge Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Barbara Schubert.
The July 29 concert will feature the Illinois Brass Band, also a Fine Arts Society event.
The July Aug. 5 and 12 concerts from the Fine Arts Society will feature Brian Patti and his Chicago Big Band, an annual favorite.
Aug. 19’s concert will present Rosie and the Rivets with late 1950s and early 1960s retro music.