September festival guide for Chicago’s suburbs

A man aims an antique rifle in the living history area of the Homer Harvest Days.
A man aims an antique rifle in the living history area of the Homer Harvest Days.

Summer may be nearing its final days, so squeeze in that last bit of warm-weather fun with one of these suburban festivals happening in September.

For a guide to September festivals in the city, visit our friends at ViewsMix Chicago.

St. Cletus Parish Fall Fest and Carnival, La Grange, Sept. 4-7

The four-day festival has a carnival, games, rides, bingo, a cash raffle, live entertainment, food vendors and a beer garden. Featured bands include Maggie Speaks, American English, Chicago Tribute Anthology and The Breakfast Club Band. All performances are free. Wristbands are available for purchase for carnival rides. St. Cletus Church, 600 W. 55th St.

Artists and Authors Fine Arts Fair, Bensenville, Sept. 6-7

The whole family is invited for a weekend of arts and crafts. The event is open at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 and 11 a.m. Sept. 7. Fischer Farm, West Grand Avenue and Old Grand Avenue.

Passport Europe Summer Festival, Lisle, Sept. 6-7

The many cultures of Europe converge on the Arboretum for this festival of food, music, dance, demonstrations and other attractions. Attendees may also explore the Arboretum grounds. The festival is free with admission. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois 53.

Seventh Annual Homer Harvest Days, Homer Glen, Sept. 6-7

Enjoy a wide variety of activities, ranging from food and music to pony rides and craft vendors. Live entertainment includes music from The Chris Talley Trio, Innisfree Classical Folk Ensemble, Grand Prairie Dulcimers and Battlefield Balladeers.

Greek Fest, Glenview, Sept. 7-8

The indoor festival runs 1-10 p.m. both Sept. 7 and 8. Attractions include Greek food, homemade pastries, loukoumades and hot dogs for kids. Free parking is available in the two lots along Wagner Road. Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Road.

28th Annual British Car Festival, Palatine, Sept. 7

This festival features one of the finest displays of British cars and motorcycles in the U.S. Awards start at 3 p.m. Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road.

Streets Alive, Evanston, Sept. 7

The mile-long event connects four of Evanston’s nine wards and two key parks to the Main Street business district and transit node. The street hosts activities, including art-making, music, skating, bicycling, walking and yoga. Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St.

Jazz and Blues Festival, La Grange Park, Sept. 12

The family-friendly festival includes raffles, food vendors, a beer and wine tent, performances by three jazz bands, a car show and more. Memorial Park Amphitheater, 132 Oak Ave.

‘Moves Like Tori’ Fun Fair, Northbrook, Sept. 13

The Tori Wilensky Foundation hosts a fundraiser in support of the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Program and other charities. “Moves Like Tori” offers an afternoon of family fun celebrating the memory of a Northbrook toddler who passed away in August 2012. Attractions include a DJ dance party, an appearance by Dave Dinaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles and an assortment of inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses, and other fun activities for young and old. Adults may enjoy bidding in live and silent auctions. North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road.

Oktoberfest Family Friendly Festival, La Grange, Sept. 13

The event features brats, food and drinks, games for children and music by Strung Out, a local La Grange 80′s cover band. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 203 S. Kensington Ave.

Rock The Block Street Festival, Lake Zurich, Sept. 13

Lake Zurich’s annual rockin’ block party features three live bands, beer, wine, Mike’s Hard, water, non-alcoholic beverages, food trucks, giant slide, face painting and balloon art. There are no outside food items or beverages permitted. Over 21 wristbands are $1. Beer tickets are $3 each, 7 for $20 or 14 for $40. All other alcoholic beverages are $5. Downtown Lake Zurich.

Airborne Day 2014, Naperville, Sept. 14

Airborne Day features an all-you-can-eat pig roast and full picnic, glider men and paratroopers from WWII to present day, military vehicles and memorabilia, demonstrations and games. Also celebrated are the 70th anniversaries of five WWII combat parachute jumps in 1944: Operation Overlord (France), Operation Dragoon (France), Operation Market Garden (Holland), Operation Table Tennis (New Guinea) and Operation Table Top (Philippines). This event is open to the public and family-friendly. Proceeds benefit the Chicago Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association and its various charities. Judd Kendall VFW, 908 W. Jackson Ave.

Elmwood Park Fall Fest, Sept. 19-21

The whole family is invited to a weekend of fall fun. The event will feature live entertainment, local food vendors, beer and wine, a pumpkin patch, pony rides, a petting zoo and much more. West Diversey and North 73rd Avenues.

Oktoberfest, Oak Brook, Sept. 20

The Village of Oak Brook and the Ronald McDonald House present Oktoberfest, featuring live music, kids activities, food, Two Brothers Beer and adult soccer and softball tournaments. Central Park West, 1500 Forest Gate Road.

International Food Truck Festival, Villa Park, Sept. 20

Enjoy food trucks such as GiaVia Cupcakes, Husky Hog BBQ, Bombay Wraps and others. Children’s entertainment is provided by Jeanie B and music is played by R-Gang. Heritage Park, 1S325 Ardmore Ave.

Riverwalk Fine Art Fair, Naperville, Sept. 20-21

The two-day festival includes original work by local and national artists. The festival opens at 10 a.m. Sept. 20 and 21. Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 500 W. Jackson Ave.

Harvest Pow Wow, Naperville, Sept. 20-21

Celebrate Native American heritage with dancing, cultural demonstrations, children’s games and crafts, special presentations and more. The events begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 20 and 21. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St.

Shermerfest, Northbrook, Sept. 21

Take a step back in time at this fun-filled community fall festival. The event includes a collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, hot dogs, soup and homemade sweets. Village Green, 1325 Shermer Road.

Deerfield Area Historical Society’s Fall Festival, Sept. 21

The family-friendly festival includes historic building tours, food, entertainment, vintage games, hands-on activities and a showcase of cars from the 1970s and earlier. All profits will be used to help restore buildings in the Historic Village. Deerfield Historic Village, 517 Deerfield Road.

Evanston Green Living Festival, Sept. 27-28

The 2014 Green Living Festival will present a wide spectrum of green exhibitors, fun and educational stations addressing the urban forest, plenty of stimulating activities for adults and children and a delicious food menu. Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.

21st Annual Barkapalooza, Lisle, Sept. 28

The West Suburban Humane Society celebrates all things dog-related at their 21st annual Barkapalooza, a family-friendly festival for dogs and their people. Attendees can raise money for homeless pets in the Dog Walkathon by collecting pledges for the walk. All proceeds support the West Suburban Humane Society. Also at the festival are food and music, a pet vendor expo, a pet blessing and a demonstration by the Frisbee Sky Dog Team. For kids, there are clowns, face painting, balloon sculpture and a scavenger hunt. Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St.

Indian Summer Festival, Woodridge, Sept. 28

Enjoy a fall-themed festival complete with a hayride and family activities. Concessions are available for purchase. Participate in the 16th Annual Build Your Own Scarecrow. Hay is provided, but bring clothes to dress it up. Castaldo Park, 71st Street and Roberts Drive.

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