I hope everyone enjoyed themselves at OAKTOBERFEST last weekend. The fact that this marquee event is now being followed by the autumnal equinox tomorrow (Sept. 22) can only mean one thing… It is officially fall!
Everybody rejoice in the comfortable weather. Say good riddance to the mosquitoes who have been biting you the past five months. Go get lost in a corn maze. Fire up Netflix and watch scary movies. Buy pumpkin-spiced everything on your next trip to the grocery store.
How will you be spending your first weekend of every Midwestern white girl’s favorite season? We’ve got some ideas…
Head to the Oak Park Conservatory or Rehm Park on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy Fall Fest. Expect to see a pumpkin patch, hayrides, train rides, food, live animals, and one free pumpkin for each child (while supplies last). There is no fee or registration required to take part in Fall Fest, just show up. Rehm Park is located at 515 Garfield Street and the Conservatory is located just west of East Ave.
Oktoberfest Kick-Off at Bar Louie
Bar Louie Oak Park is hosting an Oktoberfest Kick-Off party on Saturday with a stein hoisting competition starting at 2 p.m. Specials include $3.50 Sam Adams & Angry Orchard drafts, and half off Bavarian flatbreads & pretzels. Lederhosen is not necessary but definitely encouraged if you’re really trying to get in the spirit. Bar Louie is located at 1122 Lake Street in Downtown Oak Park. Prost!
Wild Onion Weekend Brunch
If you love Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, and breakfast food as much as we do, head to Wild Onion Tied House on Saturday or Sunday to enjoy their brunch menu served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured items include various skillets, breakfast burritos, and of course the fully stocked bar. Wild Onion is located at 1111 South Boulevard, Oak Park. For a full list of other brunch ideas, check out Brunch Around Oak Park.
Pizza Making Class
Bricks Wood Fired Pizza is teaching a pizza making class on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Taught by one of our Pizzaiolo’s, learn how to make, roll, and stretch dough the Neopolitan way as well as make your own pizza that you will then enjoy with a glass of wine or craft beer,” according to the Facebook event page. “Additional food and drinks may be purchased during your class.” Bricks is located at 128 N. Oak Park Ave.
The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items for sale include locally grown produce, flowers, bedding plants, honey, cheese, frozen meat, bread, and doughnuts. Cash is the preferred method of payment but credit and debit are available depending on the vendor. The Farmers’ Market is located in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot, 460 Lake Street, Oak Park.
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