This Weekend Around Oak Park

March 2-4

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When I think of March, the color green comes to mind. The start of spring. More money after filing taxes (unless you’re me; I owed the state money). St. Patrick’s Day decorations everywhere… And I guess that’s about it unless you plan on making several trips to Seven Point Dispensary over the next four weeks.

To welcome the month of green, we thought of all kinds of ideas on how to spend your weekend and we kept all demographics in mind. Family person? Plenty of activities for you and the kids. Artistic type? I hope you like movies and music. Party personality? We always try to have ideas for you and this week is no different.

Read on to find out what’s happening Around Oak Park Friday through Sunday. It’s going to be a great weekend.

Forest Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The annual Forest Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade is regarded as the premier St. Paddy’s Day celebration of Chicago’s western suburbs and it’s going down Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. on Madison Street. If you like bagpipers, Irish dancers, and supporting the local economy, head on over with family and friends. For more information, read our guide on the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Forest Park.

7th Annual One Earth Film Festival
Today is the official kickoff weekend for the 7th Annual One Earth Film Festival, a celebration of environmental movies that began in Oak Park and has now spread to almost 45 Chicagoland locations. This weekend you can catch Chasing Coral Saturday at 10 a.m. at Lake Theatre, Evolution of Organic Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Good Earth Greenhouse in River Forest, and Island Earth Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library. For a full list of film times and locations, read our guide to the One Earth Film Festival.

KidsFest
The Oak Park Conservatory is hosting KidsFest on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. KidsFest will feature information and displays on bees, moths, wasps, and butterflies that pollinate flowers, as well as a look at other animals that we may find in the backyards of our OPRF area homes, according to the Facebook group. This is a free event but tickets must be acquired through the Park District of Oak Park.

Sunday Funday at Doc Ryan’s
If you didn’t get a chance to check out the Paddy’s Day Parade in Forest Park on Saturday, there’s no reason you can’t take advantage of Sunday Funday at Doc Ryan’s with these deals…

Jazz Thaw
If you love free live music, specifically jazz, go to any one of the 13 participating Oak Park bars and restaurants for Jazz Thaw on Saturday from 3-10 p.m. For a full schedule, visit downtownoakpark.net.

Oscarthon at OPPL
The 10th Annual Oscarthon will be showing four Oscar-nominated films from the past year at the Oak Park Public Library: Coco at 9:15 a.m., Darkest Hour at 11:10 a.m., Big Sick at 1:20 p.m., and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail at 3:30 p.m. This event will take place in the Veteran’s Room on the second floor. Check it out if you like popcorn, raffle prizes, and great movies.

Baking Classes at Cheney Mansion
If you find baking impossibly difficult, try attending the Sweet Goodness Baking Class Sunday from Noon-3 p.m. at Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park. Local pastry chef Andrea Miller will be leading this hands-on class focused on breakfast pastries. To register, visit the Park District of Oak Park website.

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