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Free Events

Third Place Commons is a community supported, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that takes a three-pronged event to fostering and enriching real community in real space. One of these prongs is hosting hundreds of free events each year through our Community Events and Weekend Music programs. Check our online calendar to see what’s coming up.

Community Events

In addition to the weekly live music, Third Place Commons partners with dozens of local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and small businesses to bring a wide variety of free public events to our stage and our space.

Broadly speaking, community events fall into two main categories – recurring events/meet-ups and unique, stand-alone or annual events.

Some examples of community events include:

  • Weekly foreign language conversation groups (German, French, and Spanish)
  • Weekly writers meet-ups
  • Monthly book and movie clubs
  • Bimonthly Computer Q&As
  • Solo musicians and singer/songwriter performances
  • Small theatrical productions
  • Local music and dance studio recitals
  • Local school performances
  • End of camp session showcase performances
  • Educational and informational lectures
  • Annual summertime and holiday season crafts fairs
  • Annual City of LFP Earthsmart Green Fair
  • Annual Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park Garden Tour & Market
  • Annual Halloween at the Commons
  • Biannual LFP City Council Candidate Forum

If you’re interested in bringing your event to Third Place Commons, see Host an Event.

Weekend Music

Join us every Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 8:45 PM for great live music and an open dance floor. The Weekend Music line-up includes a wide variety of musical genres – from big band and swing to blues and soul to honky tonk and hot jazz – always with a focus on danceability. Once in a while, you might even get a dash of Celtic, zydeco, or polka just for fun.

Come grab a bite to eat while you enjoy terrific live music and great community. Maybe take a spin on the dance floor while you’re here. Weekend Music is always fun and always free!

Check our online calendar to see what’s coming up. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates or sign-up for our eNews.

Special thanks to the Town Center at Lake Forest Park and Merlone Geier Partners, the mall ownership and management, for their generous support that helps make the Weekend Music program possible.