Things to do around Niles this weekend, July 18-20

Baklava at a Greek Fest
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Opa! Grab your toga and head to Greek Fest for a lot of baklava and dancing. This and more with our picks of the top ten things to do around Niles this weekend. For a complete list of events happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.

1. The Big Greek Food Festival of Niles, 5 p.m. Friday
A three-day festival of all things Greek. Food options include souvlaki, Athenian chicken, homemade pastitso, mousaka, tyropita and spanakopita, as well as pastries and much more. Professional dance groups are scheduled to perform and there will be a special kids section with a magic show, face painting, games and more. Holy Taxiarhai and Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 N. Caldwell Ave., Niles. $2 adults, $1 seniors, free for children under 12.

2. Family Campfire, 7 p.m. Friday
Stories, songs and s’mores are on tap for this night of outdoor family fun. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, as well as a flashlight for a hike around the lake. Wildwood Nature Center, 529 Forestview Ave., Park Ridge. $15 per family.

3. Barbecue for the Troops, 11:30 a.m., Saturday
Evanston Subaru in Skokie hosts a USO fundraiser to help support U.S. troops and their families. Evanston Subaru, 3340 Oakton St., Skokie.

4. Aerial Dance Chicago and Elements Contemporary Ballet, 7 p.m. Saturday
Aerial Dance Chicago and Elements Contemporary Ballet perform in “Silk and Steel.” This performance features “Surge,” a world premiere collaboration between Elements and ADC. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $26-$46.

5. Summer Fun at the Rec, 4 p.m. Friday
Activities include a jump house, inflatable obstacle course, jousting ring and dunk tank. Elmwood Park Recreation Center, 2 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park. $5 nonresidents.

6. Colin Jost, 8 p.m. Friday
Co-Anchor of “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live and head writer for SNL Jost comes to Zanies. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $25.

7. Canoe to Steak ‘n Shake, 10 a.m. Sunday
Canoe from the Ecology Center to the Steak ‘n Shake on Oakton Street for lunch. Fee does not include lunch. Trip will go on rain or shine, except in the case of lightning. Maximum two adults and two children per canoe. Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston. $22 members, $26 resident, $28 nonresident, $10 children age 5-11.

8. EVP Rocks Rosemont Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament, 10 a.m. Friday
All-American professional men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams compete. The teams have faced off in 20 cities across the country in order to qualify for this championship tournament. MB Financial Park at Rosemont, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont.

9. Coffee, Classic Cars and Connections, 9 a.m. Sunday
Join car aficionados of all ages to check out pre-1980 muscle cars, sports cars and luxury cars at this monthly event to benefit The Center of Concern, a Park Ridge nonprofit that serves the elderly and disabled. Visit the website or call to register. Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge.

10. Healthy Desserts in Under a Minute, 2 p.m. Saturday
Laura Bruzas from Healthy Dining offers recipe ideas for desserts using seasonal, local and organic ingredients. Delicious desserts will be prepared for you to taste. Call 708-867-2299 to register. Eisenhower Public Library, 4613 N. Oketo Ave., Harwood Heights. $3.

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