Kid-friendly art walks, harvest festivals, and cultural celebrations top the calendar for Chicago families this weekend. To start with, there's the usual full complement of fun fall festivities, including the Oak Brook Autumn Fest, Oak Park's Oaktoberfest, the Autumn in the Park Festival in Palos Park, Bolingbrook's big End of Summer Carnival, the Geneva Autumn Fest, and Naperville's activity-packed Harvest Pow-Wow where kids can learn about the harvest traditions of Native American cultures. The Chicago Japanese Matsuri bids summer farewell in traditional Japanese style with games, crafts, and tasty food.
The day culture fans have been waiting for arrives on Saturday with Smithsonian Free Museum Day: 20+ museums and institutions offer free ticketed admission, including the Adler Planetarium, but don't wait to book your tickets. Also on Saturday, the YAS! Youth Arts Showcase Fest in Millennium Park highlights the creativity of Chicago kids with exhibits and performances. Stick around for another creative, only-in-our-city event that night as the Moonlight Parade at the Bean fills Millennium Park with drummers, glow sticks, and lanterns.
This weekend is also opening day for the Chicago Children's Museum's exhibit devoted to the art of Mo Willems, much-loved author of the Knuffle Bunny and Elephant and Piggie books. Art-loving families can also stroll the Beverly Art Walk or explore the Andersonville Arts Week Fest this weekend.
Ready for Halloween yet? Pull out your ruby slippers and your lion costume early for the weekend-long Midwest Wizard of Ozfest in Tinley Park, with puppet shows, performances, and photo-ops on the Yellow Brick Road.
And those are just the highlights! There's lots more to do in this weekend's roundup and in our jam-packed Event Calendar.