Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from festival fun and a theatrical comic gem to a Revolutionary War reenactment, an 11-day Oktoberfest and an event that's gone to the dogs in the best possible way.
WHERE: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8
COST & INFO: $5 parking; 630-668-5161, www.cantigny.org, nwta.com
The 27th annual Revolutionary War Reenactment calls to action 400 living history actors from the North West Territory Alliance. Visitors can stroll through an authentic encampment and witness how civilians and soldiers lived in the late 1700s. Mock battles complete with cannon and musket fire take place twice daily, and the skirmishes are narrated from the sidelines. A free, full-day symposium Saturday by visiting scholars requires advance registration at 773-948-9001. Restaurants, museums and elaborate gardens are among other attractions at Cantigny.
WHERE: Building K Theatre at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 to 22; preview Sept. 5
COST & INFO: $28 to $36; 630-942-4000, AtTheMAC.org
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents "Leading Ladies" by a master of farce, Ken Ludwig. Jack and Leo are down-on-their-luck Shakespearean actors [played by Robert Jordan Bailey of Chicago (left) and Bryan Burke of Glen Ellyn]. Overhearing that an old lady is to leave her fortune to her long-lost nieces, they decide to use their acting skills to get the cash by pretending to be someone and something they aren’t. The cast includes Wheaton’s Loretta Hauser, Carol Stream’s Melody Jeffries and Naperville’s Grant Schumacher. Kurt Naebig of Lombard directs for the professional Equity theater company.
BARTLETT HERITAGE DAYS
WHERE: Downtown Bartlett venues
WHEN: Friday to Sunday, Sept. 6 to 8
COST & INFO: Free admission; www.bartlettheritagedays.com, 630-924-4263
Bartlett Heritage Days will offer carnival rides, food, a wine and beer garden, live bands, arts, antiques and craft events, classic car show, historic encampment, animal show and family activities, with free trolley transportation between locations from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. History docents will lead 45-minute trolley tours, departing from Village Hall at noon and 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with free tickets available to reserve seats, starting at 11 a.m. each day. Fest hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
WHERE: Spring Avenue Dog Park, 185 Spring Ave., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7
COST & INFO: Free; www.gepark.org, 630-858-2462
Dogs need to have their share of fun just like humans, and will find much to bark about at the Glen Ellyn Park District’s Poochapalooza. The 2013 installment will offer sheep herding, the Windy City K-9 Disc Dogs, and plenty of other canine-related live entertainment. All dogs are welcome to enjoy an off-leash area, as well as the demonstrations, food, free goodies and rescue groups. Sponsors include DePaw University Canine Campus.
GLENDALE HEIGHTS 11-DAY OKTOBERFEST
WHERE: Camera Park, 101 E. Fullerton Ave., Glendale Heights
WHEN: Sept. 12 to 22: 5 to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday
COST & INFO: $8, free for children 10 and younger; 323-577-3893, www.glendaleheightsoktoberfest.com
After a resounding "ja" to the first Glendale Heights Oktoberfest in 2012, the village brings back the European fall tradition. The 11-day, rain-or-shine event will feature German and Austrian specialties from the Schnitzel Platz restaurant and an array of Oktoberfest Bier imported from such sources as the Hofbräu brewery in Munich, founded in 1589. German music flavors the event, along with a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkins, family activities and the sale of souvenirs, hats and German steins.