WHEN: Friday, Sept. 14 from 4-10 p.m. & Saturday, Sept. 15 from Noon-10 p.m.
WHAT: It’s a festival to celebrate the changing of seasons with live music including headliners Charley Crockett and Shemekia Copeland, seasonal craft beer, wine, ethnic as well as domestic food options, and a Root Beer Garden for the little ones.
COST: Admission is free and open to the public.
WHERE: Enter at the intersection of Marion Street and North Boulevard in Downtown Oak Park.
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. I am still reeling from Sunday night’s catastrophic meltdown in the second half, but optimistic that they are a Wild Card threat. Right?! Can they do it???
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.
FOOD & DRINK: 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.
MUSIC: The great folks at Downtown Oak Park curated a Spotify playlist of all the artists playing this year here: https://spoti.fi/2mLRSFf
FUN FACT: Munich’s annual Oktoberfest in begins on Saturday, Sept. 22. If traveling to Europe to experience the real deal isn’t in the cards for you, celebrating in your home village of Oak Park just might inspire you to go abroad in 2019.