WHEN: Friday, Sept. 18 from 4:30-10 p.m. & Saturday, Sept. 19 from 12-10 p.m.
WHERE: At the intersection of Marion Street and North Boulevard in Downtown Oak Park.
WHAT: It’s a festival to celebrate the changing of seasons with live music including headliners Holly Williams and Uncle Lucius, seasonal craft beer, wine, ethnic as well as domestic food options, and a Root Beer Garden for the little ones.
WHY: It will be fun to attend because you should do anything you can to enjoy yourself before the weather starts getting colder and the Bears are not yet mathematically eliminated from the NFL playoffs (team isn’t looking great on paper).
COST: Admission is free and open to the public.
HOW: You mean how do you get there and where do you park? There is metered parking on Lake Street (bordering the festival to the North) and Forest Avenue (bordering the festival to the East). You can also choose to utilize the Holley Court Parking Garage, which is just south of the Oak Park Place Apartments, 479 N. Harlem Ave. If you don’t plan on driving, the CTA Harlem Green Line stop will drop you off right at the festival or you can take the Metra Union Pacific-West Line to the “Oak Park” station. For more information on the best way to get there, click here.
FUN FACT: The 182nd Annual Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany begins on Saturday, Sept. 19. If traveling to Europe to experience the “real deal” isn’t in the cards for you, take comfort in knowing you’ll be celebrating at the exact same time right here in Oak Park.
Anthony + the Tramps will kick off the music on Friday at 4:30 p.m. followed by indie outfit Tall Walker and headliner Holly Williams, who will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s music lineup will be Cardinal Harbor (2:30 p.m.), Seabird (4:30 p.m.), Lili K. (6:30 p.m.), and Uncle Lucius (8:30 p.m.).
Downtown Oak Park restaurants will line North Boulevard offering a variety of seasonal menu options to enjoy while those over 21 can purchase a 22-ounce Oaktoberfest souvenir mug + 3 drink tickets for $20 and choose from microbrews or wine. The Sugar Beet Schoolhouse (Friday night) and Huskie Wrestling Family (Saturday) will provide volunteers to work the beer/wine tents collecting tips to support their non-profit organizations, according to a press release from Downtown Oak Park.
The Kids’ Root Beer Garden will be located on Marion Street and will be open Saturday from 12-5 p.m. This area offers kids the chance to create and race their own zucchini cars. The Root Beer Garden will also feature a ninja obstacle course, root beer floats, and games sponsored by local organizations including Wonder Works Children’s Museum, Oak Park Public Library, Magical Minds, The Little Bits Workshop, Lil Kickers, Mathnasium of Oak Park River Forest, Success for all Youth, Sugar Beet Co-op, Little Huskie’s Wrestling Club, Trader Joe’s and more. Also, Oak Park School of Rock will perform on stage from 12-2 p.m., according to the press release.