SeptemberFest: St. Matthew Church, 1555 Glen Ellyn Road, Glen Ellyn: Noon to close Sunday, Sept. 15. Wanna Be a Star vocal competition, 5K run, carnival, entertainment, film festival, beer tent, bingo, raffle and food. Free admission. septfest.com.
Charlie's Center for the Arts-All of the Arts-All Over Town: Downtown St. Charles: Sunday, Sept. 15. Charlie's, in a circa-1920 manufacturing building at 951 State Ave., features visual art galleries and studios, music, spoken-word performances, storytelling, dance, live theater and more. Bean bag tournament with boards painted by regional artists and auctioned off at the end of the tournament. Programming by Steel Beam Theatre, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Fox Valley Repertory, Arcada Theatre, Water Street Studios' PrintLab, and the Norris Cultural Arts Center, the civic partners, the park district, library and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. stcharlesartscouncil.org.
St. Charles Jazz Weekend: Downtown St. Charles: Sunday, Sept. 15. Jazz music at various venues. For a schedule, visit downtownstcharles.org.
Glendale Heights Oktoberfest: Camera Park, 101 E. Fullerton Park, Glendale Heights: Runs through Sunday, Sept. 22. 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. German food and beer, "Oompah" entertainment, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin patch and plant sale. $6-$8; free for kids 10 and younger. ghtsoktoberfest.com.
Geneva Art Studio Tour: various Geneva locations: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Features fiber artists, jewelers, metalworkers, media artists, mixed media artists, painters, photographers, sculptors and wood workers. Tour studios; see demonstrations. genevaartguild.com.
Oktoberfest: Hofbrauhaus, 5500 Park Place, Rosemont. Food, beer, entertainment and more. Runs through Thursday, Oct. 31. (847) 671- 2739.
Riverwalk Fine Art Fair: Riverwalk in downtown Naperville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, drawing, fiber arts and 2-D and 3-D mixed media. napervilleartleague.com.
Fiestas Patrias Aurora: RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St., Aurora. Celebration of Mexican culture features a parade, food, dancing, music, exhibit booths and more. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Parade at 11 a.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Kids younger than 3 and seniors older than 65 admitted free. Visit riveredgeaurora.com.
Des Plaines Fall Fest: Lake Park, on Lee Street, between Howard Street and Touhy Avenue, Des Plaines: Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Live music, carnival rides, games, food, beer, European-style Wine Garden, a KidZone! with crafts and pony rides, adult bags tournaments, custom car show, Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, fishing derby in the Country Fair Tent. Free admission. fallfestdesplaines.com.
Heritage Fest: Grafelman Park and downtown West Dundee: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Live musical entertainment, art and craft show, games, children's activities, classic car show, antique fair, business expo, Baggo tournament and more. Dundee Lions annual pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday. Dundee-Crown's annual Homecoming parade at 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. Trolley service available to the festival from Spring Hill Mall. (847) 551-3800 or wdundeeheritage fest.org.
60th Annual American Indian Center Chicago Powwow: Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Route 72, near Route 53, Elk Grove Village. Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 (grand entry at noon). Dance competitions, vendors, singers, artists, food and more. $5-$10. (773) 275-5871.
Depot Days: Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St., Lisle: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Celebrate Lisle's pioneer past with craft demonstrations, live music, hayrides, petting zoo, tours, games and pie-eating contests. Free admission. (630) 968-0499 or lisleparkdistrict.org.
Naperville Independent Film Festival: Ogden 6 Theater, 1277 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, and North Central College's Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville: Runs through Saturday, Sept. 21. Admission: $5 for each film or film group. naperfilmfest.org.
Barrington Art in the Park: Citizen's Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Opportunity for all artists in the community to showcase and sell their wares. Free admission. barringtonculturalartscenter.org.
Cantigny Car Show: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. More than 400 vehicles on display in the south parking lot at Cantigny Park. DJ music, food/drink concessions. Free. Parking is $5 (or $2 before 10 a.m.). (630) 668- 5151 or cantigny.org.
"Creation of a Fall Feast": Durant House Museum, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W370 Dean St., St. Charles: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. $2; $1 for kids. (630) 377-6424 or ppfv.org
Mexican Independence Day Parade and Celebration: downtown West Chicago: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Music and food. westchicago.org.
CS Barks Dog Festival: Carol Stream Town Center, 500 N. Gary Ave., Carol Stream: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Doggie birthday party, agility course, Frisbee demonstrations, off-leash play area. Free; there is a small fee for some activities. csparks.org.
North Central College's Film Central: Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville: 7 p.m. Sept. Sunday, 15, through Friday, Sept. 20. Third annual Fall Festival in conjunction with the Naperville Independent Film Festival. Foreign film winners from Paris' European Independent Film Festival and selected films submitted to NIFF from across the U.S. are featured. naperfilmfest.org.
Hanover Township Health and Wellness Expo: Township grounds, 250 S. Route 59, Bartlett: Noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Free health screenings, wellness information, food, music and activities for all ages. (630) 837-0301 or hanover-township.org.
Grazing Fest: Cosley Zoo, 136 N. Ave., Wheaton: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Local cuisine; beer, wine and cocktails; live entertainment; silent auction. Cost: $45 members; $50 nonmembers. Visit cosleyzoo.org.
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