1. Say Prost!
It’s time to take out your lederhosen and your dirndl for Chicago Oktoberfest. Feast on bratwurst and pretzels, and drizzle them with a cold Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer. Polka music and cover bands are also on the menu.
Details: 5 pm-10pm Friday; 11 am-10pm Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Alphonsus Church, 1429 W. Wellington Ave. $ 5- $ 10 / MAP
Find more festivals: 2021 Summer Festivals Guide
2. Get connected
Almost 30 live performances highlight the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, featuring sets by Makaya McCraven, the Marques Carroll Septet, Trio Waz and the Elixir Ensemble by Coco Elysses.
Details: 1 pm-10pm Saturday; 12 pm-7pm at several locations including Midway Plaisance, 1130 Midway Plaisance. Suggested donation of $ 5 / MAP
3. Treat yourself
The pancake and alcohol art exhibition returns for its 10th year, serving artwork from over 100 artists with an all-you-can-eat pancake accompaniment, DJ performances, and live body art and painting.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at Reggie’s Rock Club, 2109 S. State St. $ 15 / MAP
Live art, music, sports clinics, a health fair, craft market, and community workshops are among the highlights of the annual event. Puerto Rican Festival. Performers include Michael Stuart and Charlie Cruz (Saturday) and Pete Perignon and Frankie Negron (Sunday).
Details: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Humboldt Park, California Avenue and Division Street. $ 10 to $ 15; free for 12 years old and under / CARD
5. Well done
TO Red Bull Dance Your Style, the best freestyle dancers of the Midwest compete against each other, with impromptu performances inspired by the music being played at that time. Members of the public will decide which dancer qualifies for the national final.
Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test within 72 hours of visit is required.
Details: 19:00 opening of the doors; 8 p.m. show on Friday at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St. $ 11 / MAP
Japanese taiko, Bollywood dance, Indonesian gamelan and kung fu performance are on the program of Destination Asia. Be sure to take a look at the Arboretum’s collection of trees from China, Japan, and Korea during your stay.
Details: 9 am-4pm Saturday at Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Included in timed general admission tickets: $ 16; $ 14 for seniors; $ 11 for children aged 2 to 17 / CARD
The Elim Dutch Fest includes a pancake breakfast, farmers market, Dutch wooden shoe dancers and reptile show, plus a chance to sample Dutch cuisine like banket (almond-filled pastries) and hutspot ( beef and potatoes).
Details: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Elim Christian Services, 13020 S Central Ave., Crestwood. Free / CARD
The Chicago Aubudon Society runs a Autumn migration bird walk through woods, wetlands, meadows and oak savannah in search of migrating birds.
Details: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road. Free / CARD
Join ethnobotanist and urban forager Nina Lawrin to learn how to identify over 10 perennials growing in Chicago at Reconnect with nature: the urban fall food search. The class will review urban foraging sustainability practices, safety and legality. You’ll also learn tips and tricks for harvesting and processing, and sample forage treats.
Details: 10:30 a.m.-12: 30 p.m. Saturday at Plant Chicago, 4459, avenue S. Marshfield $ 35 / CARD
The arrival of autumn is a good excuse to party in Apple festival, where you can snack on apple-inspired dishes, apple cider donuts and apple wine with granny apple popcorn and apple goat cheese. Live music, family activities, and carnival rides round it out.
Details: 12 pm-11pm Friday; 10 am-11pm Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. $ 5; free for children under 5 / MAP
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