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This Weekend

September 8, 2013



Winfield's Good Old Days: Beecher and Church Street, Winfield: noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Arts and crafts. live entertainment, beer tent, contests, bed races, teen dance, health expo, walking tours, pancake breakfast and outdoor movies. Free admission. (630) 231-3003 or

Festival of the Vine: Third and State streets, Geneva: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Taste fare from Geneva restaurants; wine tastings, arts and crafts show and flower market. Charge for wine and food tastings. Free admission.

Villa Park Oktoberfest: Lions Park, 320 E. Wildwood Ave., Villa Park: noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Live entertainment, bags tournament, food and bingo. Unlimited carnival rides $20 from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. (630) 834-8970 or or

Honey Bee Weekend: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Honey Bee Expo featuring honey and bee-themed products, presentations, hikes and children's activities. $9-$12; free for members and children age 1 and younger. (630) 968- 0074 or

Revolutionary War Re-Enactment: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Features mock battles of the Revolutionary War and examples of 18th century life with re-enactors from Northwest Territory Alliance. Free with $5 parking. (630) 668-5151 or

ARTumn Harvest Art Festival: Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road, Deer Park: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Handmade and fine art from more than 30 local artisans, plus an interactive art area for kids. Free.

An Art Affair Around the Square: Towne Square, Palatine Road and Smith Street, Palatine: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Annual juried art fair featuring artists in watercolor, acrylic, oil, pottery, fine jewelry, stained glass and pastels. Free admission.

Antioch Arts and Crafts Faire: On Toft Street and in the adjoining parking lot, Antioch: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Free admission.

Bartlett Heritage Days: Downtown Bartlett: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Free trolley rides. Flea market, arts/crafts, historical re-enactments, games, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival, live music, food trucks and beer tent. Free admission, some activities require tickets. (630) 924-4263 or

Bloody Mary Fest: Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Professional and amateur mixologists compete for the title of Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest. Live entertainment, farmers market, food, drinks and more. Free.

Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival: Main Street and Burlington Avenue, Downers Grove: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Original works from more than 130 juried artists. Live music, food, kids' events, interactive art demos and booth chats. Free admission, parking. (847) 926-4300 or

Mundelein Fine Arts Festival: Kracklauer Park, Seymour Avenue and Courtland Street, Mundelein: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Art from professionals and students will be on display and for sale. Music and food. Free. Visit

Ukrainian Village Festival: Corner of Oakley and Superior streets, Ukrainian Village, Chicago. 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Food, dancing, kids' activities and more. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older. (312) 829-5209.

Burlington Fall Fest: Burlington Park, 401 Park St., Burlington: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Parade at noon, car show, turkey drop game, food vendors, beer tent, live music, corn boil, petting zoo and more. Craft show 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations welcome. Sponsored by Odd Fellows Lodge 105. (847) 683-2237.

Lutheran Home Family Fall Festival: 800 W. Oakton St., Arlington Heights: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Activities for all ages include train rides, carnival games, inflatables, live music, food, beer, arts and crafts.

Grayslake Lions Club Steer Roast: Grayslake Middle School, 440 N. Barron Blvd., Grayslake: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Roast beef, corn on the cob, baked potato and more for all-you-can-eat. Tickets $6-$12; free ages 4 and younger. Takeout available. For information, email

Lake County Monarch Festival, Clayton and County streets, downtown Waukegan. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Festival focuses on healthy living through healthy food and physical activity. Features a farmers market, a climbing wall, sports physicals and more. Free admission. For information, call the Waukegan Public Library at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.

Scandinavian Day Festival: Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Traditional food of five Nordic cultures, cultural displays, children's games, pony rides, crafts, Scandinavian music, church service, more. $10; free 12 and younger. (847) 695-6720 or or

Septemberfest Community Picnic: Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines: Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Food, petting zoo, games and more. (847) 827-6656 or

Cornfest: Graue Mill, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Barbeque, roasted corn on the cob, homemade pies, taffy apples, races, games and fishing tournament for kids. Free admission; tickets for food, drinks and activities.


SeptemberFest: St. Matthew Church, 1555 Glen Ellyn Road, Glen Ellyn: 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14; 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.

Charlie's Center for the Arts -- All of the Arts-All Over Town: downtown St. Charles: Thursday, Sept. 12, through 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 Theater, Water Street Studios' PrintLab, and the Norris Cultural Arts Center, and the civic partners, the park district, library, and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. Hours vary. See

St. Charles Jazz Weekend: downtown St. Charles: Thursday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 15. Four days of jazz music at various venues. For schedule, visit

Glendale Heights Oktoberfest: Camera Park, 101 E. Fullerton Park, Glendale Heights: Thursday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 22; 5 to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. German food and beer, entertainment, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin patch and plant sale. $6-$8; free 10 and younger.

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