Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Powwow, Bonfire, Art in Nature, Oktoberfest & More}

Powwow at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village, IL.
Powwow at Busse Woods. Image via Forest Preserve District of Cook County.

You have ALMOST made it to the WEEKEND! Here are my picks for local fun this weekend--it is a big one!

  • April 8-September 25 Ribbit! The Exhibit, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, 23 larger-than-life copper frog sculptures of frogs performing different activities throughout the arboretum, free with admission, $14 Adults ages 18–64, $12 Seniors ages 65+ , $9 Youth ages 2–17 (discounted admission on Wednesdays)
  • Through 9/17 Butterfly House at Peck Farm, Geneva, Monday-Saturday 9AM-5PM, Sunday 12PM-4PM, $2 suggested donation, $5 per family, weather dependent
Road Trip:
Friday, September 16:
  • September 16-18 Fall Fest Des Plaines, Lake Park, Des Plaines, live music, carnival rides, car show, open air market, kids zone, free admission but check schedule
  • September 16-18 Palatine Oktoberfest, across from Palatine Metra Station, German Food and beer, live music, kids day Sept. 17, see schedule, free admission
  • September 16-17 Oaktoberfest, Oak Park, beer garden, local food, kids root beer garden, kids activity tent Saturday 1PM-5PM, free admission, see schedule 
  • September 16 Howl at the Moon Hike, Vera Meineke Nature Center, Schaumburg, 7:30PM-9PM, for ages 5+, $7 per resident, $10 per non
Saturday, September 17:
  • September 17-18 63rd Annual American Indian Center Powwow, Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village, 10AM-8PM Saturday, 10AM-5PM Sunday, $10-$15 admission, see website for more info
  • September 17 Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Adventure, Hodges Park, Park Ridge, 9AM-5PM, art on display, art for sale, art demos, free admission 
  • September 17-18 Harvest Weekend, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, 11AM-4PM, learn how to harvest and preserve your homegrown produce, hands-on activities for families, Garden Chef series, local vendors, free admission, parking $30 per car--discount if purchased online
  • September 17 Glenview Haus Oktoberfest, Glenview, 11AM-11PM, German food, beer & music, bouncy house 11:30AM-5:30PM, free admission
  • September 17 Free Trail Walk at Fuller Air Station Prairie, Glenview, 11AM-12PM
  • September 17 Autumn Fair, Peck Farm, Geneva, 11AM-3PM, crafts, pony rides, petting zoo and more, free admission
  • Sept 17 Harvest Bonfire, Volkening Heritage Farm, Schaumburg, 6PM-8PM, enjoy a wagon ride, lantern lit tour of the farm, roast hot dogs and marshmallows, $7 per person, 3 and under free
  • Also, Fall Fest Des Plaines, Oaktoberfest and Palatine Oktoberfest from above.
Sunday, September 18:
  • September 18 Marche Francais, Mount Prospect Farmers Market, Metra Commuter Lot, Mount Prospect, 8AM-1PM, Mount Prospect Farmers Market takes on a French twist for the day with French linens, jewelry, baked goods and more, The Wildbird Shack will be there with unique birding items, storytime will be at 10AM
  • September 18 Fall Bird Walk, Fuller Air Station Prairie, 9AM-11AM, free
  • September 18 Cantigny Car Show, Wheaton, 9AM-3PM, free with $10 parking
  • September 18 Art in Nature, Crabtree Nature Center, 10AM-4PM, local artists paint in nature, try your hand at various art activities, live music, vote for favorite artwork, artwork for sale, concessions, free admission
  • Sept 18 Motoring at the Museum, Historical Museum, Arlington Heights, 11AM-3PM, free, $15 car entry fee
  • September 18 Pioneer Day, Elk Grove Village, 1PM-5PM, petting zoo, crafts and games, music, dancing, historic demos, make a scarecrow to take home ($10), free general admission
  • September 18 Shermerfest, Village Green, Northbrook, 12PM-4PM, magic show, train rides, animals, balloon twisting, classic car and truck show, more, free admission
  • Also, Fall Fest Des Plaines, Powwow, Harvest Weekend and Palatine Oktoberfest from above
All weekend Fall Festivals at Stade's and Richardson's Corn Maze.

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