Last Fling: Everything you need to know

Carnival rides are just part of the fun at Last Fling in Naperville Labor Day weekend. | File photo
Carnival rides are just part of the fun at Last Fling in Naperville Labor Day weekend. | File photo

Another summer is coming to a close, and Naperville intends for it to go out with a bang.

The Naperville Jaycees are hosting their annual Labor Day Weekend festival, celebrating the end of the season with music, carnival rides and food. To help you make the most of the last days of summer, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about this year’s Last Fling.

Last Fling grew from bucket of beer to 4 days

What started out as some beer and a band is now a four-day fest that attracts national acts and hundreds of thousands of people. Naperville’s Last Fling, presented by the Jaycees, is coming up on 50 years and has grown exponentially in the last four decades.

What’s happening at Naperville Last Fling

Naperville Last Fling has something for everyone, whether it’s concerts by big names like O.A.R. and Smash Mouth, days packed with family fun events like apple pie and slam dunk contests or plain old carnival rides. See our one-stop guide for a full roster of goings-on at the Last Fling.

O.A.R., Smash Mouth and others play Naperville Last Fling

If there’s anything to be said about the headliners at the Jaycee’s Naperville Last Fling, it’s both their variety and penchant for taking one back into the past. Find a brief preview of this year’s offerings.

Contest winners to perform at Last Fling

Singing at the Fling Finals will be held at the Entertainment Stage at the Last Fling at noon Aug. 31, and the first place winners in each age group will sing on the Main Stage on Sept. 1.

Free concerts at Naperville Last Fling

Sure, headliners like O.A.R. and Smash Mouth are great and all, but free is a price that’s unbeatable. Here’s the low down on what’s happening on the free stage at the Naperville Last Fling.

Pradel is man of the hour for Last Fling’s Labor Day parade in Naperville

This year’s parade theme has been announced: A Celebration of Military Service. Leading up the procession will be military veteran, former cop and outgoing longtime Mayor A. George Pradel.

A real Fling: Festival to include dog disc throwing event

A portion of the weekend also goes to the dogs. This year, some four-legged heavy hitters in the world of disc catching will be turning up at the Riverwalk’s Grand Pavilion, home base this weekend for national and worldwide championships in their sport.

Getting ready to party: Last Fling launches Friday

Set for Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, the Naperville Jaycees’ annual Labor Day weekend festival features music, carnival rides, food and a broad array of other family-friendly fun, culminating in the hugely popular Labor Day parade on the final day.

Poll: Who are you most excited to see perform?

Dozens of artists will perform at the festival’s two stages. Who are you most excited to see?

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