The Northbrook Historical Society’s fall festival, Shermerfest, was first celebrated in 1979.

Typically, this fun-filled family event is held on the third Sunday of September on the Village Green in downtown Northbrook. Refreshments like popcorn, soft drinks, and ice cream will be available for sale. Also, visitors may purchase colorful Mums, and take a guided tour of the Northbrook History Museum located nearby.

Shermerfest is the second-oldest outdoor event in Northbrook and it’s a community tradition! It is free and open to the public.  A classic car show & car parade, a themed raffle, and live music in the Village Green gazebo highlight the festival, which has become the Northbrook Historical Society’s largest fundraising event.

Classic vehicles are welcome in both the car show and the parade for a small monetary donation per vehicle. To participate in the CARavan parade and Classic Car Show, drivers must fill out a registration form and sign a waiver which is made available in the weeks leading up to the event.  Awards will be given to the favorite vehicles in the park!

For the past several Shermerfests, a unique themed raffle has been held called Cowpie Moolette! Tickets for this raffle are available online and in-person from Historical Society board members you may see around town.  Moolette tickets may also be purchased directly at the Northbrook History Museum (Sundays 2 – 4pm) and at the Heritage Center Archives (Thursdays 10am – 2pm) in-person.

A special thank you to the Wagner Farm in Glenview for providing the key participant in this unusual event.


Please remember, all are welcome at Shermerfest and it has no admission fee, but still it serves as an important way for the Northbrook Historical Society to raise the necessary funds to keep our two historic Northbrook buildings open for all who value Northbrook’s history.  These two building store the artifacts, photographs, yearbooks, ledgers, etc that tell the story of the people, the businesses, and the village that we love!

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