Eid Fest is a not-for-profit event with the mission to bring the larger community together in a halal and festive environment. Photo courtesy of the fest
Eid Fest is a not-for-profit event with the mission to bring the larger community together in a halal and festive environment. Photo courtesy of the fest

Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend: Block Parties, Art Fests, Food Fairs, Zoo Run

It's the first full weekend of September, and there's So. Much. To. Do. in Chicagoland, most of it FREE. Banish the back-to-school blues with this weekend's packed lineup of festivals, art fairs, and neighborhood block parties.

The 79th Street Renaissance Festival is a beloved back-to-school tradition in Chicago—no doublets or jousting here, but plenty of live music, food, and South Side love. And that's just one of the big block parties this weekend: You'll also find kid-friendly fun at Elmhurst's Rock the Block PartyBarrie Fest in Oak Park, the Prairie District Festival, and the awesomely old-school Winfield Good Old Days festival.

Family-friendly art fairs this weekend include the Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival with a kids' booth hosted by the YMCA, the West End Arts Festival in LaGrange with jazz, local food, and art activities, the huge Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker Park, and Frida Fest on Sunday at the College of DuPage, celebrating the famous painter's life and works.

Cultural celebrations also take to Chicago's streets this weekend with the Ukrainian Village Festival on Saturday, the Fiesta Latina in Berwyn, and the Eid Al-Adha Fest all weekend at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. And Oktoberfest season kicks off this weekend with oompah-and-bratwurst-fueled fun in Tinley Park and Oak Park.

If you still have room after all that schnitzel, the Forest Park Ribfest promises to be a belly-buster, and Oak Park's Great Food Truck Rally is a tasty change of pace from cooking at home. Active kids will love running off the extra treats at the Brookfield Zoo Run Run or the BBQ Bolt in Downers Grove, or digging in to help plant trees on Grandparents' Day Sunday in Glen Ellyn.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg—there's also trucks, a circus, birdhouses, and Moana, among other assorted activities. See below for even more weekend picks, and keep an eye on our bursting-at-the-seams event calendar


Tinley Park Oktoberfest
18001 S. 80th Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477

DuPage County Fairgrounds
2015 Manchester Road
Wheaton , IL 60187

Auburn-Gresham
79th Street between Racine and Loomis
Chicago, IL 60620

Downtown Downers Grove
Main Street between Curtiss and Maple
Downers Grove , IL 60515

Stone Avenue Train Station
701 W. Burlington Avenue
LaGrange, IL 60525

Division St. between Damen Ave. & Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Downtown Winfield
Church and Beecher Streets
Winfield , IL 60190

Marcus Theatre Addison
1555 W. Lake Street
Addison, IL 60101

Foster Park
1440 WEST 84TH STREET
Chicago, IL 60620

Ukranian Village
2200 block of W. Superior St. between Oakley Blvd. and Leavitt St.
Chicago, IL 60612

Proksa Park
3001 S. Wisconsin Ave.
Berwyn, IL 60402

Ascension Church Oak Park
808 East Avenue
Oak Park , IL 60304

Altenheim
7824 Madison Avenue
Forest Park, IL 60305

McCollum Park
6801 Main Street
Downers Grove , IL 60516

Barrie Park
1011 S. Lombard
Oak Park , IL 60304

Downtown Elmhurst
York Street between First and Second
Elmhurst , IL 60126

South Loop
1800 South Prairie Avenue and Women's Park & Gardens
Chicago, IL 60616

Berens Park
493 N. Oaklawn Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Christ Church of Oak Brook
501 Oak Brook Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

McAninch Art Center
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Pilgrim Congregational Church
460 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Ackerman Park
800 St. Charles Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Graue Mill & Museum
3800 York Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Nelly's Playground
338 Georgetown Square
Wood Dale, IL 60191