Midwest travel: Jazz it up at 2016 Hyde Park Jazz Fest
A solid 10 on the jazz-o-meter
The 2016 Hyde Park Jazz Festival offers two days of live jazz on 11 stages in and around Midway Plaisance, near the Museum of Science and Industry. The 10th annual event features special acts including Randy Weston's 90th birthday solo at the Rockefeller Chapel; Dwight Trible joining Dee Alexander; a solo by Matana Roberts; and a commission by Miguel Zenon for Spektral Quartet, among many others. See and hear national and international jazz artists; spin on the outdoor dance floor; refuel at food and beverage vendors; shop artisan vendors; and check out the story-share booth.
1 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 24, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at various venues in Hyde Park, Chicago. Free, but a $5 donation is requested. hydeparkjazzfestival.org/.
In awe of paws
Animal lovers will yelp about the 23rd annual Barkapalooza, which is produced by and benefits the West Suburban Humane Society. The Lisle fest for pets and their owners allows pet lovers to raise money for homeless dogs and cats through a Dog Walkathon; attend a pet blessing; explore the Pet Expo for a variety of petfocused vendors; have pets microchipped for a fee, which benefits the West Suburban Humane Society; and see the Skydogz Frisbee Team and the West Suburban Humane Society Alumni Agility Dogs perform. Clowns, face painting, balloon sculptures and a scavenger hunt are on the docket for kids, and food trucks and other vendors will be selling food and refreshments.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. Adult walkathon registration is $20; kids 12 and younger can walk for free. Walkers with $100 or more in collected pledges will have their registration fee waived. wshs-dg.org/.
The 23rd Annual Barkapalooza in Lisle offers fun for animal lovers Sunday, Sept. 25.
- Courtesy of Barkapalooza
The 53rd Dose Market showcases the wares of more than 80 entrepreneurs, artists, chefs and bakers displaying the highest level of craftsmanship. Witness the live launch of custom-designed, hand-painted sneaks like Converse, Vans and Dr. Martens; luxury fashion lingerie made of Italian silks; stunning women's collections; foodstuffs by Hinton Cannery + The Chow Brothers reclaiming Southern and Polish family recipes; ski accessories; a preview of Labrabbit Optics known for its expertly curated, handmade eyewear collections; and much more. One-fourth of ticket sales will be donated to Chicago nonprofit youth arts organization Marwen.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Morgan MFG, 401 N. Morgan St., Chicago. Tickets cost $10 online; free for kids younger than 12. (312) 972-8400 or dosemarket.com/.
The 53rd Dose Market in Chicago showcases the wares of more than 80 entrepreneurs, artists, chefs and bakers Sept. 25.
- Courtesy of Dose Market
Weekend on the beach
Downtown St. Joseph, Michigan, is the place to be next weekend when it's packed with a Fall Festival, Wine Festival and the City of St. Joseph's Public Art Auction of its behemoth beach bug sculptures. It might be a good idea to spend the night so you can catch the Fourth Annual Rotary and Slumberland Great Bed Race; shop the Farmers Market for just-harvested fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats, cider and fall decorations; get in on face painting and a petting zoo for the kids; join in pumpkin carving and decorating contests; and stroll the St. Joseph Wine Festival, featuring vintages from state wineries, local cuisine, live music and front-row views of the sunset.
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, in St. Joseph, Michigan. (269) 985-1111 or stjoetoday.com/.
Cornish hens and roosters
The Wisconsin Cornish Society celebrates its heritage in the Mineral Point area with an unusual event that offers customs, food and fun of those who emigrated from Cornwall, the most southwestern part of England. The 24th Annual Midwest Cornish Festival features lacemaking and blacksmithing demonstrations, historic site tours, a Celtic card workshop, a pub night, kids' games, live entertainment, a pasty supper, Pirates of Penzance concert, museum tours, home tours and much more.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at various venues in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. cornishfest.org/.
The Wisconsin Cornish Society celebrates its heritage during Mineral Point's 24th Midwest Cornish Festival Sept. 23-25.
- courtesy of Midwest Cornish Festival
Barns and noble
Feel like a fall drive? Notable and historic barns throughout Iowa will be open to the public during the Iowa Barn Foundation's two-day, self-guided all-state barn tour. Some stops on the 2016 All-State Barn Tour feature refreshments like lemonade and cookies, while other barns have special displays, presentations and owners on-hand to answer questions. The organization aims to encourage barn preservation in the state, teach young people about Iowa's agricultural heritage and renew pride in American heritage. The tour is arranged so that you can go from barn to barn on your own, as time and distances permit; tour maps are available at each barn.
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25. Get details about the free, self-guided tour at iowabarnfoundation.org/.
Historic barns throughout Iowa, like the Kruger Barn in Waukon, Iowa, will open their doors to the public during the 2016 All-State Barn Tour Sept. 24-25.
- Courtesy of the Iowa Barn Foundation
Worth the Trip
Aer Lingus, Ireland's national airline, just launched a fall/winter sale on international fares to the Emerald Isle. Those traveling from Chicago can enjoy a European getaway for less than $650, but you must book at aerlingus.com/ by 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, and travel between Nov. 1 and March 31, 2017.