Festivals Sept. 6-12: Good Old Days, Festival of the Vine, Elgin Fringe Fest & more
Festival of the Vine: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, around Fourth and State streets, Geneva. Features food from Geneva restaurants, wine tasting, demonstrations, music, arts and crafts show, free trolley and horse carriage rides. Arts and crafts show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on Campbell Street and the courthouse lawn. Free admission. www.genevachamber.com.
Winfield Good Old Days: 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in downtown Winfield. The 52nd annual fest features food, music, a car show, carnival, activities and more. Business Expo on Church Street from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday; noon to 7 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parade at 1 p.m. Sunday. Free. winfieldgoodolddays.com.
Platzkonzert Germanfest: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green, 5510 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. A family-friendly celebration of all things German with food, music, beer and more. Free. www.hoffmanestates.org.
Roots Aurora-Celebrating Our Cultures: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Water Street Mall, 44 E. Downer Place, Aurora. Features dance performances, music, art, children's activities and more. Free. www.facebook.com/Roots.Aurora/.
Bartlett Days 2019: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, in downtown Bartlett. The 10th annual fest features a bazaar, food, kids' fest, music, beer garden, classic car show, trolley rides, miniature golf, a pet-adoption event and more. Free. www.bartlettheritagedays.com.
MainStreet Libertyville's First Friday: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, on Main Street in Libertyville. Music, refreshments, special discounts at shops and more. Free. maintstreetlibertyville.org.
Movies in the Park: 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Nickol Knoll, 3800 N. Kennicott, Arlington Heights. See "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald." Free. ahpd.org.
South Elgin's Outdoor Movie Night: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Seba Park, 151 S. Water St., South Elgin. See "Wonder Park." Concessions available for purchase starting at 6:30 p.m. Free. southelgin.com.
ArtsFest-St. Charles: Friday, Sept. 6, to Sunday, Sept. 15, in venues around St. Charles. Ninth annual event features multiple artistic disciplines in venues all over the city including art, film, music, poetry and live theater. Schedule varies. Some fees apply. www.stcharlesartscouncil.org/artsfest-2019/ or www.facebook.com/stcharlesartscouncil/.
Elgin Fringe Festival: Runs Friday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 15, at various venues in downtown Elgin. Festival celebrates the performing arts and features music, film, visual art and more. Daily schedule varies. www.elginfringefestival.com.
Lake County Film Festival: Various times Friday, Sept. 6, through Tuesday, Sept. 10, at College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Watch films, interact with filmmakers and support local and independent film. $7 for an individual movie, $15 for a day pass and $35 for a full festival pass. www.lakecountyilfilmfestival.org/2019.
Wheaton French Market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in municipal parking lot 3 at Main and Liberty, Wheaton. Features fresh produce, flowers, music, foodie treats and more. Free admission. wheatonchamber.com/events.
Historic Elgin House Tour: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, at six historic homes and three public buildings on Elgin's far east side. Annual house tour starts at O'Connor Leetz Funeral Home, 364 Division St. Free walking tour "East of the Park: The Evolution of a Mid-Century Neighborhood" meets at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days at the fountain in front of Lords Park Pavilion. Requires 60 to 90 minutes of walking. Tickets in advance are $20; $15 for 65 or older; $10 for 18 or younger online or at various locations in town. Tickets the day of the tour are $25 or $20 for 65 or older; $10 for 18 and younger; cash or check only. Register between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday or 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday to get a tour booklet. www.historicelginhousetour.com.
Zurko Antiques and Flea Market: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Vendors sell antiques, estate jewelry, vintage clothing, collectibles, comics, TV/movie memorabilia, midcentury modern, furniture, decorative arts, old toys, advertising, coins and more. $7. zurkopromotions.com.
Autumn Art Tour: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Artists and fine craftsmen in Woodstock and throughout McHenry County open their studios to display and sell their work. This is a self-guided tour. Maps available at Material Things Artisan Market, 103 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Free. www.wpbw.org/art_tour.htm.
Big Truck Show: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7, at James O. Breen Community Park, 3615 Campton Hills Drive, St. Charles. The equipment may include emergency vehicles, a garbage truck, street sweeper, tractor, dump truck and crane. Representatives will be on hand to offer tours and answer questions. Free. www.stcparks.org.
Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, on Main Street, Downers Grove. The 42nd annual fine arts fest features 50 artists with a variety of mediums as well as music, boutiques, cafes and a children's art area. Free. www.downtownddg.org.
Fall Family Fest: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road, Cary. Annual event features hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, crafts, pumpkin patch and more. $9 for 3 or older; $5 for kids 1-2; and free for adults and infants. www.carypark.com.
Law Enforcement Expo: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee. Family-friendly event featuring squad cars, police motorcycles, demonstrations, giveaways and more. Free. GurneeMills.com/LawEnforcementExpo.
Ninth Annual Mundelein Arts Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, at Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave., Mundelein. This juried art fest showcases the works of 45 artists who work in a variety of media, as well as local musicians and food. Mundelein Fine Arts Festival will also highlight artwork by select students. Free admission. www.mundeleincommunityconnection.org.
Deer Park Art Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road, Deer Park. More than 50 juried artists will showcase and sell a variety of works. Free. amdurproductions.com.
Revolutionary War Re-Enactment: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Dozens of re-enactors from the Northwest Territory Alliance camp at the park to stage mock battles and provide a look at what life was like in the 18th century. Free with paid $10 parking fee. cantigny.org.
Stade's Fall Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on various days from Saturday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 27, at Stade's Farm & Market, 3709 W. Miller Road, McHenry. Farm animals, pumpkins, food, pumpkin-barrel train and other family activities. $10-$15; free for kids 2 and younger. www.stadesfarmandmarket.com.
TheosoFest Mind, Body, Spirit Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Theosophical Society, 1926 N. Main St., Wheaton. Mind-body-spirit festival featuring vegetarian food, holistic vendors, a Kids' Korner and hands-on demonstrations in tai chi, yoga and other practices. Talks on meditation, Buddhism, holistic healing and more. Free admission; lawn parking is $5 per vehicle. Hybrid and electric cars park for free. www.theosophical.org/theosofest.
Hip Hop in Chinatown Festival: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Chinatown Plaza, 2133 S. China Place, Chicago. Fest aims to empower and unify youth with celebration of hip-hop and Chinese culture. Free. facebook.com.
Bloomingdale Septemberfest: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Old Town Park, 111 Third St., Bloomingdale. Performances, carnival rides, crafts, food and beer tent and car show. Free. www.villageofbloomingdale.org.
Elgin Fringe Festival Family Fringe: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St., Elgin. Celebration of family and fun with juggler Brad French, a bounce house, performances, art making, games and more. Free. www.elginfringefestival.com.
Glen Ellyn Backyard Barbecue: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Glenwood Avenue parking lot, Crescent Boulevard, Glen Ellyn. The 11th annual barbecue contest benefits Bridge Communities. Music, beer, piglet playground, bounce houses, games, face painting, dunk tank and more. Free. www.glenellynbackyardbbq.org.
Randhurst Village Street Fest: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Randhurst Village shopping center, Elmhurst and Rand Roads, Mount Prospect. Randhurst Village hosts family-friendly events featuring exhibits, demonstrations, food, a performance by 7th heaven at 3 p.m. and more. Free. www.randhurstvillage.com.
Bluesmobile Cruise Nights: 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Mount Prospect Train Depot, Northwest Highway and Emerson Street, Mount Prospect. View classic cars. Sponsored by the Mount Prospect Lions Club. facebook.com/BMBCruiseNights.
United Fall Fest: 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Congregational United Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., St. Charles. Ninth annual event features music, a bags tournament, Kids' Corner, reptile show, car show, food and beer tents, bonfire and fireworks at 8:15 p.m. Fox Mill 5K at 8 a.m. and 1-Mile Color Run at 9:30 a.m. Register at foxmill5k.com. Proceeds to benefit local charities. Free. www.unitedfallfest.com.
Truck Off: 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Woodstock. More than 30 food trucks will be on site for this family-friendly event benefiting Helping Paws of Woodstock. Also features music, magic, games and activities. General admission is free. VIP packages available. mchenrycountyliving.com.
Rock the Block: 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at 70 E. Main St., Lake Zurich. Three bands will take the stage. Also food and activities. Free admission. www.lakezurich.org.
Saturday Cruise Nights: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Hanover Park Metra West Commuter Lot. See classic, muscle and newer model cars. With music. Free. hpil.org.
Huntley Hootenanny Glow 5K Run/Walk: 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11704 Coral St., Huntley. The Huntley 158 Education Foundation hosts the second annual 5K fun run/walk. Participants of all abilities are welcome to wear their glowiest gear. A neon dance party and food on the square will follow. $10-$25. www.district158.org/5k/.
Happy Jack Hustle 5K and Fun Run: 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard, 42W813 Reinking Road, Hampshire. Race starts at 8 a.m. Race registration includes general admission to the farm that day, a T-shirt, medal and doughnuts and cider at the finish line. $45 (online fees apply). Cost for groups of four is $35 per person; free for kids 2 or younger. $15 spectator fee. Sign up at runsignup.com.
Mount Prospect Lions Club Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Mount Prospect Train Depot, Northwest Highway and Emerson Street, Mount Prospect. Features fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and more. Free. mplions.org.
33rd Annual Chicagoland British Car Festival: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Show cars must register and pay an entry fee. Free to the general public. www.britishcarunion.com.
52nd annual Lake Forest Antiques and Treasures in the Field: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Deerpath Middle School, 95 W. Deerpath Road, Lake Forest. The Lake Forest Chapter of the Angel Harvey Infant Welfare Society of Chicago hosts the event behind the school. More than 50 dealers from across the Midwest featuring furniture, textiles, glassware, garden accessories, vintage jewelry and clothing. $10; free for kids. www.lakeforestantiquesale.com.
Geneva French Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in downtown Geneva. Vendors sell items such as vegetables, flowers, oils, cheeses, tea, baked goods and soaps. Free admission. www.geneva.il.us/calendar.aspx.
Rally Day Fun Fair: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at St. Matthew United Church of Christ, 1420 S. Gables Blvd., Wheaton. Blessing of the Backpacks during 9:30 a.m. worship, followed by Fun Fair at 10:30 a.m. Moon jump, balloons, face painting, games and prizes, as well as hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones. Free. www.stmatthewucc.org.
Scandinavian Day Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin. This 40th annual fest features traditional food from Nordic cultures, children's games, crafts, beer tasting, living history events and music, including the ABBA Salute. $10; free for kids 12 and younger. (847) 695-6720 or www.scandinaviandayil.com.
Burlington Fall Fest: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Burlington Park, 401 Park St., Burlington. Features craft and vendor show, food booths, 50/50 raffles, pony rides and a parade at noon. Donations welcome. www.vil.burlington.il.us. Held in conjunction with Odd Fellows Lodge 105 Three Links Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Advance entry fee for car show is $12 by Saturday, Sept. 7, or $15 at the gate. www.threelinkscarshow.info.
Caboose Days: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Fox River Trolley Museum, 361 S. La Fox St., South Elgin. Ride in the big red caboose or in the locomotive. Fares are $5 adults; $3 for seniors, 65 and older; $2 for kids 3-11; and free for kids younger than 3. All-day passes for $8. (847) 697-4676 or foxtrolley.org.
Trinity Lutheran Church's Septemberfest Community Picnic: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Family-friendly afternoon with food, games and more. Free admission; donations welcomed. www.trinitydesplaines.org.
Chicago's Mexican Independence Day Parade: Noon Sunday, Sept. 8, in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. Parade runs on 26th Street, from Albany to Kostner Avenue. Free. www.chicago.gov.
Evanston's Streets Alive & Green Living Festival: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, on Main Street from Florence to Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Celebration of active living, public spaces and community. Free. www.cityofevanston.org.
Peck Farm Park -- A Family Legacy: Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Geneva History Museum, 113 S. Third St., Geneva. Join manager Trish Burns for a celebration of the Peck Farm House's 150th anniversary. $3-$5. Register at genevahistorymuseum.org.
Broken Oar's Car and Bike Show: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Broken Oar, 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington. Bring your custom and classic cars, trucks and bikes; all makes and models. Hosted by Steve Salzman of 95.1 WILL Rock. Free. www.brokenoar.com/events.
Park On Park Car Show: 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 469 N. Seymour Ave., Mundelein. At the corner of Park and Seymour streets. Free. www.parkonpark.org.
Glendale Heights Oktoberfest: 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, from Thursday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 22, at Camera Park, 101 E. Fullerton Ave., Glendale Heights. German food prepared by Chef Wolfgang of the Schnitzel Platz Restaurant and German beer. Entertainment including "Oompah" music, pumpkin patch, plant sale and vendors selling German products. Free; $5 adults after 4 p.m. and free for kids 16 and younger. www.glendaleheightsoktoberfest.com.