Dates: September 1-4, 2017
Location: Downtown Naperville & Riverwalk
Hours: Friday: 5P-11P
Demographics: Educated, white collar, upscale suburban families
Admission: General admission is free
Various registration fees for some ancillary events and activities
Theme: End of Summer Party
|• Concerts featuring big name national music headliners each night
• Family Funland
• Business Expo
• Fling Mile
• Labor Day Parade
• Special Events & Activities vary from year to year and may include:
Pie Eating Contest
Strong Man Contest
Rib Cook Off
Windy City Canine Classic
|Super Soccer Shoot Out
Last Fling Skaters Picnic
Kids Slam Dunk Contest
Big Wheel Race
Ashley Whippet Invitational
Apple Pie Bake Off
Spaghetti Eating Contest
In the event business, an insider term for a high quality event like Naperville's Last Fling is 'white glove'.
Naperville Last Fling is a four-day event of huge proportions that began as a small carnival 51 years ago, and is now the second largest event throughout Chicago's entire collar county area, attracting more than 350,000 people over Labor Day Weekend, and delivering more than $1M back to the community over the past decade.
It's also an event that makes the end of summer go down a whole lot easier for it's throngs of attendees. In fact, this event manages to pack an entire summer's worth of fun into four days- big, big fun for every family member from toddlers to grandparents. No matter what your age or what your particular brand of fun, you will more than likely find it at the Fling.
Last Fling books big name, national and international music headliners every day of the festival. For the minimal ticket price of $15, attendees experience world-class entertainment in a beautiful, pristine outdoor lawn setting. Big names such as Collective Soul, Blues Traveler, The Bodines, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Goo Goo Dolls, Gin Blossoms, Jerrod Niemann, Gavin McGraw, Blue Oyster Cult, Pat Benatar, have sold out the venue year after year and night after night. Fling organizers strive to 'up the musical entertainment ante' by bringing bigger and bigger name acts each year.
Although the Mainstage is where all the big name acts perform, the Fling also produces an 'Entertainment Stage' which offers excellent, top quality musical entertainment simultaneously to the Main Stage and, it's free!
The Over-the-Top, Unique Family Funland:
Enter the term 'White Glove' again… for this is the best way to describe the Fling's Family Funland. It's a huge area packed with kid-centric fun. A popular component is the Midwest's top ranked, high quality petting zoo that offers kids a chance to pet and get up close to exotic and common farm animals including a huge snake and giant rabbits. Another highlight of Family Funland is the unique Percussion Petting Zoo- a thrilling, interactive, percussion show for kids utilizing all manner of percussion including African drums, tambourines, maracas, inflatable bongos, and much more. Family Funland also features a huge chalkboard where kids can scribble and draw, craft tent activities, and a stage offering a steady line-up of quality kid-focused live entertainment. There will be many other unique activities and happenings at Family Funland soon to be announced.
Of course there has to be a carnival- and this one more than measures up to the Last Fling quality standard. It covers an entire city block- and features state of the art rides for all ages, as well as games of chance and skill and of course- prizes.
Last Fling produces a Business Exp which is centrally located and offers local, regional and national companies and brands the opportunity to market and promoten themselves to this demographically desirable crowd.
The Last Fling has an entire roster of events and activities for all ages and tastes and abilities. To name a few: there is a running race, a Labor Day Parade, Bed Races, Big Wheel Races, Seniors Bingo, a Diaper Derby, Horseshoes, a Canine Show, a pie- eating contest, a talent show, a rib cook off, a strong man show, a wine tasting… and much, much more.
Naperville Last Fling is put on by the Naperville Jaycees- an incredibly tight and effective not for profit community organization made up of 200 young volunteers from all walks of life who share one thing in common: a desire to give back to their community. Over the years, The Naperville Jaycees have donated profits to hundreds of charitable organizations that have helped people in a wide variety of ways. Funds have been received by organ transplant recipients, At Risk Moms, Family Shelter Services, breast cancer researcher, sick children, deaf children, the blind, Habitat for Humanity, the Naperville Riverwalk, and hundreds more. The Naperville Jaycees give new meaning to the concept of giving back to the community. This organization truly walks the walk.
The Town of Naperville:
Naperville has been ranked in the top five best places in the nation to live for three out of the past six years by Money Magazine and has been named by Fortune Small Business as one of the best places to live and launch a new business. Naperville demographics are nearly perfect- boasting high real estate values, high income and education levels. Crime and unemployment rates are way below the state and national average and civic participation and volunteerism is way up. For the past nine years, Naperville has also had the number one ranked library system in the country.
Although Naperville is just 30 miles from downtown Chicago, it is no bedroom community. Far from it! Naperville has a thriving downtown filled with a wide range of excellent dining, shopping and entertainment options. Naperville has so many attractions, and so little detraction, that it gives its residents practically no reason to leave and every reason to stay.