Festivals Sept. 23-29: Oktoberfests, Long Grove Apple Fest, Art in the Barn & more
Starts before Friday
Didier Farms Pumpkinfest: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sunday, Oct. 30, at Didier Farms, 16678 W. Aptakisic Road, Lincolnshire. Hayrides, corn maze, pig races, Animal Land Zoo, Pumpkin Playland. Prices vary by activity. didierfarms.com.
Goebbert's Fall Festival: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23-29, at Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard, 42W813 Reinking Road, Pingree Grove, goebbertspumpkinpatch.com, and 40 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington, goebbertspumpkinfarm.com. Animals, mazes, wagon rides, pig races, fall food and produce and more. Tickets are $18 on weekdays, $22 on weekends and holidays; $12 seniors; free for kids 2 and younger.
Glendale Heights Oktoberfest: 5-10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, Sept. 25, at Camera Park, 101 E. Fullerton Ave., Glendale Heights. The 10th annual fest features German food and beer, entertainment including oompah music and vendors selling German products. Music from Paloma at 8 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free; $5 for adults after 5 p.m. and free for kids 16 and younger. glendaleheightsoktoberfest.com.
Richardson Adventure Farm corn maze: 3-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 30, at Richardson Adventure Farm, 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove. The maze features 10.3 miles of trails across 28 acres. This year's maze celebrates the history of James Bond and includes a 10-minute option (left turns only) and a 1.5-hour option. Also features a 50-foot observation tower, train rides, a carousel, wagon rides, a zip line, 150- and 100-foot slides, Zorbing, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, pedal kart tracks, live music on weekends, a kiddie play area, jumping pillows, pig races, air cannons, a paintball shooting gallery, a craft beer tent, food trucks and 13 acres of sunflowers. $18, $16 for kids 3-12, and free for kids 2 and younger. richardsonfarm.com.
Chicago Gourmet: 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22; 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Sept. 23; 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, on the Rooftop of the Harris Theater at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago. Features Tacos and Tequila, a showcase of gourmet tacos and agave spirits, on Thursday; Hamburger Hop, with burgers from top chefs, beer, wine and spirits from 6-9 p.m., followed by the Late Night Gourmet after party from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday at TAO Chicago, 632 N. Dearborn St.; the Grand Cru, featuring wines and spirits from Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits and cuisine from award-winning chefs on Saturday (two sessions available); and Prost! In the Park, an Oktoberfest-style event featuring chefs' takes on classic German food, oompah bands, cocktails and beer on Sunday. Also includes Somm Sessions, where two of Chicago's top Sommeliers go head-to-head with wine and song pairings from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at LİRA, 905 W. Fulton Market, Chicago. $60-$1,985. chicagogourmet.org.
Six Flags Great America Fright Fest: Select times and days through Friday, Oct. 30, at Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Drive, Gurnee. Daytime hours are family-friendly with trick-or-treat and Halloween crafts. Evening hours include haunted mazes, roaming zombies, scary clowns and spooky shows. Tickets start at $54.99 for a one-day ticket; Haunted Attractions pass starts at $29.99. For hours, visit sixflags.com/greatamerica.
Friday, Sept. 23
International Origami Exhibition: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. The Chicago Area Origami Society hosts a display of international origami art from more than 25 countries. Features world famous origami designers and folders in attendance, including Robert J. Lang and John Montroll, and free workshops. Free. chaosorigami.org.
Brick-or-Treat Monster Party: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, to Monday, Oct. 31, at Legoland Discovery Center Chicago, 601 N. Martingale Road, Suite 130, Schaumburg. Join the Lego Monsters at their Brick-or-Treat Monster Party to celebrate the release of the movie "The Great Monster Chase" with games and Halloween activities. Tickets start at $24.99. legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
Aurora Greek Fest Fall 2022: Noon to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23-25, at Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 1855 W. 5th Ave., Aurora. A taste of Greek hospitality, culture and food. auroragreekfest.com.
Long Grove Apple Fest: Noon to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. The 31st annual Apple Fest features apple treats, from apple cider doughnuts to apple wine to green apple cotton candy to apple tempura. Plus, live music, family activities, a carnival and more. Music from Pettykings at 6:30 p.m. and Hillbilly Rockstars at 9 p.m. Friday; 7th heaven at 5 p.m., The Gingers at 7 p.m. and Terrapin Flyer at 9 p.m. Saturday; and Sixteen Candles at 4 p.m. Sunday. $5; free for kids 11 and younger. longgrove.org/festivals/apple-fest.
East Dundee Oktoberfest: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at The Depot, 319 N. River St., East Dundee. Food, drinks, scarecrow contest, beer stein-holding contest at 7 p.m. Saturday, inflatables, Touch-A-Truck, face painting and more. Live music from the Polkaholics at 5 p.m. and Radio Gaga at 8 p.m. Friday, and Wurst Case Scenario at 2:30 p.m., Million Mile Scream at 5 p.m. and The Spazmatics at 8 p.m. Saturday. Free. eastdundee.net.
Huntley Fall Fest: 5-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Deicke Park, 11419 S. Route 47, Huntley. The 17th annual fest includes entertainment, 2-mile run/kids dash, beer garden, food vendors, carnival midway, model train display, craft and business show, scarecrow building and contest, and fall activities. Car and tractor show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Music from My Metal Heart at 6:15 p.m. and 7th heaven at 9 p.m. Friday; Serendipity at 11:45 a.m., EZ FM at 1:45 p.m., In The Stix at 3:45 p.m., The Lounge Puppets at 6:15 p.m. and Recaptured, a Journey tribute, at 9 p.m. Saturday; and The Student Body at noon, Two Beer Tommy at 2:15 p.m. and Hi Infidelity at 5 p.m. Sunday. Fireworks at 8:45 p.m. Saturday. huntleyfallfest.com.
Libertyville Oktoberfest: 5-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the back lot at Mickey Finn's, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Best-dressed contest, Bavarian beers, German food and live music. 21-and-older event. General admission: $25 (includes a plastic stein and one beer ticket); VIP: $50 (early admission, VIP seating, two beer tickets and a commemorative glass stein). mainstreetlibertyville.org/oktoberfest-in-libertyville/ or mickeyfinnsbrewery.com/oktoberfest/.
Oktoberfest Chicago: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at St. Alphonsus Church, 1429 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago. Oktoberfest food and drinks, dancing, plus music on two stages from Rod Tuffcurls at 8 p.m. and The Bratwurst Brothers at 8 p.m. Friday and 16 Candles at 8:15 p.m. and The Polkaholics at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $10 Friday and Saturday. Watch the NFL game for free on Sunday. Plus, there are two craft beer tasting nights -- from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 4-7 p.m. Saturday -- that include 15 tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. chicagoevents.com/events/oktoberfest-chicago.
Village of Island Lake Oktoberfest: 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, at Water Tower Park, 429 W. State Road, Island Lake. Beer, food, stein-holding contest, dancing and Dachshund Derby Race at 7 p.m. Saturday. Music from Phenix at 7 p.m. Friday and Frankie "K" and Co. Quartet at 7 p.m. Saturday. villageofislandlake.com.
Berwyn Blues Festival: 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, at FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Blues music from Shemekia Copeland at 9 p.m. Friday; Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears at 9 p.m. Saturday; Ronnie Baker Brooks at 7:45 p.m. Sunday and more. fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/berwyn-blues-fest.
Huntley Fall Fest Run/Kids' Dash: 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Betsey Warrington Park, 12209 W. Main St., Huntley. Kopf Running presents the fourth annual fundraiser for Action for Healthy Kids with a half-mile kids' dash at 6 p.m. and a 2-mile run/walk at 6:15 p.m., followed by a raffle drawing and race awards. Includes a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Rec Center and two free beer tickets for those older than 21. 2-mile run: $30; kids' dash: $5. huntleyfallfest.com.
Outdoor Movie Night: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May St., Aurora. A free screening of "Shrek" with hot dogs, candy, snacks and beverages. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. wesleyumcaurora.org.
Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, and Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. Two weekends of inspiring, engaging dance performances. $35 general admission; $25 livestream; $18 student/senior/military. hccdf.com.
Saturday, Sept. 24
Hustle S'More 5K/10K: 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. 5K/10K run and kids' mile through the prairie. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Kids Mile for ages 3-12 and the first wave begins at 8 a.m., 5K and 10K at 9 a.m. Proceeds support the Geneva Park District Scholarship Fund. $20-$45. Register at genevaparks.org.
Chicago Civil War Show and Sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Civil War dealers from throughout the U.S. offer items such as memorabilia from the Revolutionary War and the Spanish-American War, plus there will be a special display of Civil War cannons and artillery. $10. Free to veterans with a valid ID. chicagocivilwarshow.com.
First Congregational Church of Des Plaines Craft and Market Day: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at First Congregational Church of Des Plaines, 7666 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines. Features a variety of craft booths, vendors, baked goods and refreshments for sale. Free admission. fccdp.org/craftandmarketday.html.
Johnny Appleseed Festival: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Williams and Brink streets, Crystal Lake. Scarecrow-decorating contest, games, petting zoo, food vendors, craft fair, pumpkin train, kids' activities, live music and more. downtowncl.org.
Randall Oaks Fall Festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Saturday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 30, at Randall Oaks Zoo, 1180 N. Randall Road, West Dundee. Pedal tractors, pumpkins for sale, and on weekends, hayrides for $3 and animal shows. $4.25 for residents, $5 for nonresidents, and free for kids 1 and younger and U.S. military with ID. dtpd.org/fall-festival-3/.
Art in the Barn: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Route 22, Barrington. Features more than 150 selected artists exhibiting works in acrylics, ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, oils, pastels, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolors, wood and more. Situated in the barns and tents throughout the property, the fest also features entertainment, food and more. $5; free for kids 11 and younger. artinthebarn-barrington.com.
Big Truck Show: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24, at James O. Breen Community Park, 3615 Campton Hills Drive, St. Charles. The show includes trucks, cars and tractors. Free. stcparks.org.
Burr Ridge Art Fair: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, at 701 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge. Artisans and makers will be showing and selling items in a variety of mediums, including paintings, flat arts, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, wearables, fashion, accessories, 3D art pieces, sculptures and more. Free. amdurproductions.com.
Business Expo and Community Showcase: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Falcon Park Recreation Center, 2195 N. Hicks Road, Palatine. Features 60 exhibitors, family-friendly activities, a talent show, dog adoptions, police dog demonstrations, raffle baskets, 50/50 raffle and concessions. Sponsored by the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce. palatinechamber.com.
Crafty Creations Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Features a variety of products for sale and food for purchase. Free. trinitydesplaines.org.
Fall on the Farm: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, at Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville. Family-friendly event with fall-themed crafts, kids' games, barrel train rides, touch-a-tractor, vendors, music, food and more. $15 for kids; $8 for adults. Free admission to the food and beer tent and vendor fair. lambsfarm.org.
Kendall County Historical Society Fall Festival and Car Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Lyon Farm, 7935 Route 71, Yorkville. Craft fair, flea market, a harvest wagon, children's games, DJ, petting zoo, hayrides and more. Car show on Sunday features antique tractors, cars, trucks, gas engines and other antique equipment. Car show entrance fee is $5; registration is from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. lyonfarmkchs.org.
Randolph Street Market Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, at Randolph Street Market, 1341 W. Randolph St., Chicago. European flea-market-style experience and family-friendly event featuring 175 vendors from across North America, plus live music, food vendors and more. $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, free for kids younger than 12. randolphstreetmarket.com.
Trinity Cemetery Walk: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Trinity Cemetery, 127 W. Irving Park Road, Roselle. As part of Roselle's centennial, the Roselle History Museum hosts a walk and tour of the historic cemetery and discussions on Roselle history and families from a costumed docent. facebook.com/rosellehistorymuseum.
Annual Fall Ski Jump Tournament: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, at Norge Ski Club, 100 Ski Hill Road, Fox River Grove. The competition begins at noon both days. On Saturday, Junior Jumpers will compete off the smaller ramps. On Sunday, the "Top Guns" of the sport will leap from the 150-foot tower, attempting to fly more than 250 feet. Food and drinks will be available for purchase; no carry-ins, no dogs. Admission is $20; $15 if purchased before Saturday from local merchants; free for kids 12 and younger. norgeskiclub.com.
Brookfield Zoo Oktoberfest: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, on the East Mall at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Live polka music, Oktoberfest beer and a special menu featuring pretzels with cheese, bratwurst, sausages and more. General admission is $24.95 adults, $19.95 seniors 65 and over, $17.95 kids 3-11. czs.org/.
2022 Chicago Horror Film Festival: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, at Cinema Chatham, 210 W 87th St., Chicago. Single-day pass: $30; VIP weekend pass: $55. chicagohorrorfest.com.
Glenview Blocktoberfest: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, along Glenview Road between Church and Pine streets, Glenview. Food and drinks from local restaurants, crafts and children's activities, a kids' music stage curated by Twelve Tone Music and School of Rock Glenbrook, and main stage acts including Not For Profit, Twelve Tone House Band, Sincerely Sarlacc, Victor Brown Band, Rico McFarland and headliner Cracker at 9 p.m. Free admission; $100 in advance ($125 at the event) for VIP concert seating. glenviewblocktoberfest.com/.
Hyde Park Jazz Festival: Starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at 14 venues throughout Hyde Park, Chicago. The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is a collaborative platform dedicated to supporting the presentation and ongoing development of jazz, particularly on the South Side of Chicago. Free, but $10 donation appreciated. hydeparkjazzfestival.org/hpjf2022.
Progress in Progress Celebration: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in downtown Naperville. Princess Storytime, face painting, balloon artist, magician, food truck, live music and more. downtownnaperville.com.
95 WIIL Rock Fest: Noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Performances include Shinedown, Falling in Reverse, Jelly Roll, Jackyl, Saliva, Royal Bliss, Through Fire and Lilith Czar. $85-$249. 95wiilrock.com.
Chicago Live: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept, 25, at the East End Plaza, the Wave Wall Platform and the Lake Stage in Polk Bros. Park at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. More than 60 of the city's top marquee names will give back-to-back performances. Participating companies include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Black Ensemble Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Improv Olympics, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Blue Man Group, Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Neo-Futurists. Free. navypier.org.
Legions of Craft Beer Festival: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Gurnee American Legion, 749 Milwaukee Ave., Gurnee. Craft beer festival with proceeds benefiting veterans, their families and programs of Gurnee American Legion Post 771. $40 in advance, $50 the day of, $10 designated driver. gurneeamericanlegion.org.
The Great Outdoors Beer Trail: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Fel-Pro RRR Conservation Area, 1520 Crystal Lake Road, Cary. Walk a one-mile, partially wooded, paved trail while visiting regional brewers along the way. Plus, music, bags and food from local food trucks. $60 includes 3-ounce tastes from multiple brewers and a souvenir glass; $10 for designated driver. mccdistrict.org.
Highwood Wine & Beer Walk: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in downtown Highwood. Stroll through Highwood for small pours of wine and beer, plus food, music and more. $40. Buy tickets at highwoodchamber.com.
Rake-O Family Fall Fest: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Gail Borden Public Library, Rakow Branch, 2751 Bowes Road, Elgin. Family Fall Festival with live music, a pumpkin patch, children's games, a craft, a photo op and treats. gailborden.info.
HOPS! 2022 Oktoberfest: 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at VFW Post 5079, Bridgeport, 3202 S. May St., Chicago. Homebrewers' Pride of the Southside's annual Oktoberfest with craft beer and food. HOPS! members will offer beer advice, style critique and more. $40. chihops.com.
Pollyanna Oktoberfest at The Forge: 2-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at The Forge, 1001 Main St., Lemont. Beer and cocktails from Pollyanna Brewing Company and food from Weber Grill Restaurant Lombard and Forgefire Adventure Dining. Music from JD Kostyk from noon to 3 p.m., Bruce Karosa from 3:30-6 p.m., Good Time Heroes from 6:30-8 p.m. and ARRA from 8:30-11 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 the day of. Rain date is Saturday, Oct. 1. forgeparks.com/events-races/special-events/pollyanna-oktoberfest/.
WPB Art Quest: 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in Wicker Park/Bucktown, Chicago. A self-guided tour of Wicker Park and Bucktown, including dozens of vibrant murals, public sculptures and galleries in addition to photo ops, trunk shows and public programming. $35 in advance, $45 the day of. wickerparkbucktown.com.
Bluesmobile Cruise Nights: 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Metra parking lot, near the intersection of Route 83 and Northwest Highway, Mount Prospect. Classic cars, entertainment and more. facebook.com/BMBCruiseNights.
Elgin Cemetery Walk: 3 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Drive, Elgin. 35th annual event with a guide leading visitors on a 70-minute tour that showcases grave sites of seven former residents, portrayed by actors in period costumes. Chairs available at each site along the three-quarter mile walk. Bus tours for those with limited mobility. Virtual version available. $15; tickets must be purchased in advance. elginhistory.org.
Water Lantern Festival: 3:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Lincoln Park South Lagoon, 2341 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. waterlanternfestival.com/chicago.php.
Fall Fest: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Winnetka Park District, 540 Hibbard Road, Winnetka. Music, kids' activities, eSports demo, food and beer/wine and inflatables. Register at winpark.org/event/fall-fest.
HopStop Craft Beer Festival 2022: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Riverside Train Station, 90 Bloomingbank Road, Riverside. Sample more than 30 offerings from local craft brewers, cideries and Riverside's Quincy Street Distillery. There will be local food vendors, art activities for kids and live music. $40-$50. riversidehopstop.com.
Trails & Ales: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Heritage Farm, 201 S. Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg. Take a walk through Heritage Farm and the autumn woods and enjoy seasonal craft beers paired with snacks. Timed entry. Finish around a campfire. Ages 21 and older only. $20-$25. parkfun.com.
Alter Fest 2022: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Alter Brewing Company, 2300 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 213, Downers Grove. Food, music, and beer on tap. $35 in advance, $45 at the door, includes two beers. Buy tickets at eventbrite.com.
Blocktober Fest: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Redtail Golf Club, 7900 Redtail Drive, Lakewood. Food trucks, kids' activities and fireworks at 9 p.m. Semple Band will perform. business.clchamber.com/.
Big Timber Brew Fest: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Camp Big Timber, 37W955 Big Timber Road, Elgin. Sample more than 30 craft brews, seltzers and ciders. Plus, music, food trucks and lawn games. $60 general admission, $75 VIP (5 p.m. entry). bigtimberpumpkinfest.org/brew-fest.
Cristo Rey St. Martin Elevate Festival: 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Cristo Rey St. Martin, 3106 Belvidere, Waukegan. A Ravinia-style concert under the stars featuring Waukegan's own Ivy Ford and food and bourbon tastings. $75. cristoreystmartin.org/elevate/ or waukeganil.gov.
St. Alphonsus Liguori Oktoberfest: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church, 411 N. Wheeling Road, Prospect Heights. German or Polish dinner, beer tent, drinks, dancing and plenty of Gemütlichkeit. 21 and older. $30 includes dinner. saintalphonsusph.org/oktoberfest.
Lake Villa Oktoberfest: 6:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 24, at the German-American Cultural Center, 259 W. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. German beer and food, music from Phenix and a performance by the Rheinischer Fanfaren Drum & Bugle Corp. Rain or shine; admission is $9. americanaidsocietyofgd.org/events.
Elgin Short Film Festival: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Hemmens, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. 14th annual festival will have in-person viewing and virtual viewing. Top prescreened films up to 20 minutes in length will be presented. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and the audience. Red carpet preshow entertainment at 6 p.m. $10. cityofelgin.org/1828/Elgin-Short-Film-Festival.
Sunday, Sept. 25
Barkapalooza 5K Fun Run and Rescue Fest: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. USATF-certified, chip-timed 5K at 8 a.m. Rescue Fest with food trucks, shopping, live music and more starts at 9 a.m. Register at tinyurl.com/Bark22.
Ray Graham Monarch Walk: 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 25, at North Central College Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard, Naperville. Fundraising walk for the Ray Graham Association. After party includes a DJ and dance party, carnival games, vendors, raffles and more. Register at classy.org/event/monarch-walk-22/e410911.
G Con Comic Con: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 S. Rainia Ave., Orland Park. Comic book dealers, memorabilia, cosplay and more. $5 (9:30 a.m. entry), $10 (early bird entry from 9-9:30 a.m.), free for kids 10 and younger. gconnn.wixsite.com/home.
Chicago Toy Soldier Show: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, 1800 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg. Over 300 tables of toy soldiers and related items. $10 for adults, $5 for veterans with ID, free for kids 12 and younger when accompanied by an adult. ChicagoNorthwest.com.
Farm Stroll 2022: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at various addresses in McHenry County. A free self-guided tour of 11 diversified family farms. (815) 338-1520 or mchenrycfb.org.
Fall Caboose Days: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Fox River Trolley Museum, off Route 31, South Elgin. Ride with the conductor in the Big Red Caboose or with the engineer in the locomotive. $5-$8. foxtrolley.org/special-events.
Pets-AH-Palooza: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Northwestern Medicine Field, 34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva. Anderson Humane will host a festival for pets and people with performances by the Canine Stars stunt dogs, as well as adoptions, workshops, merchandise, an agility course, exhibitors and more. Free. petsahpalooza.com.
Fall FUNdraiser Festival: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Batavia Covenant Church and Preschool, 1314 Main St., Batavia. Kids' activities and games, petting zoo, food trucks, live music and live auction. Donations of any amount accepted for the Batavia Covenant Preschool. bataviacov.org.
Harvest of the Acorn Moon Fall Festival: Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Oakhurst Forest Preserve, 1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora. Pumpkin painting, mule-drawn hayrides, games, guided hikes, nature crafts, folk music and refreshments. Free. kaneforest.com.
Pioneer Day: 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Stacy's Tavern Museum, 557 Geneva Road, Glen Ellyn. Previously called Tavern Day, the Glen Ellyn Historical Society celebrates the early settlers of Glen Ellyn. Features live farm animals, craft-making for kids, make your own candles, corn shelling, apple peeling, help with vegetable harvest, pioneer games and toys, how to rope a bed, do laundry 1840s style, experience 1840s school in an outdoor classroom, tour the Tavern and more. $8, $4 for kids 3 and older. gehs.org.
Solisti Di Camera String Quartet: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Lizzadro Museum, 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook. The string quartet performs a selection of music from the Baroque to Classical. Includes a brief discussion about the music selections. $15. Register at lizzadromuseum.org/calendar.
Glen Ellyn Wine Festival: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Lake Ellyn Boat House, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn. Taste 50 international and domestic wines while musician Gavin Coyle performs. $75. Buy tickets at eventbrite.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 28
Block A Food Truck Socials: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, on Main Street. across from the Promenade in Lake Zurich. Two food trucks will be available. lakezurich.org.
Thursday, Sept. 29
Taste of Fulton Market: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Morgan's on Fulton, 952 W. Fulton Market, Chicago. This year's Taste of Fulton Market, featuring a variety of food and drinks, is taking over all three levels of the historic Morgan's on Fulton. Free. tasteoffultonmarket.com.