Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from a benefit music festival to a gardening guru speaking at a gourmet lunch, a klezmer concert, a community festival with fireworks, and Oktoberfest revelry.
WHERE: Berwyn's Depot District, Windsor and Grove avenues
WHEN: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
COST & INFO: Free admission; 708-788-8100, www.berwynoktoberfest.info
Prost! Soak in the last rays of summer at Berwyn’s Oktoberfest. The 13th annual event is back for another year of international foods, carnival rides, music, beer garden, crafters and an array of events for children at the family pavilion. Musical entertainment will include Sixteen Candles, R-Gang, Caliente, 7th heaven and Something’s Not Right, plus bands just for kids.
GARDEN BOOK AND EDIBLES
WHERE: Autre Monde, 6727 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5
COST & INFO: $60 for brunch and book, with early reservations recommended at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/443992; 708-775-8122, www.autremondecafe.net
Autre Monde welcomes organic gardening expert and author Jeanne Nolan to discuss preparing one's garden for winter. At the farm-to-table brunch, she will sign copies of her new book, "From The Ground Up: A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love and the Movement That's Changing the Nation." Interspersed with her personal story, Nolan shares the essentials for every aspiring gardener. The brunch will be created by Chefs Dan Pancake and Beth Partridge of Autre Monde, which recently attained Green Seal Certification.
WHERE: Village Commons, 2401 S. Des Plaines Ave., North Riverside
WHEN: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20
COST & INFO: Free to attend; www.northriverside-il.org, 708-447-4211
Celebrate the start of fall with a Chili Cook-Off, scarecrows and fireworks capping Autumn Fest at about 9 p.m. Although the weather may be cooler, the recreation department promises a smoking' hot event with a bags competition, pumpkins, inflatables, food, beer and plenty of chili for a free tasting between 7 and 8 p.m. The Cook-Off pits the culinary talents of village departments, local civic groups, churches and schools. A People's Choice trophy will be part of the judging.
WHERE: Plymouth Place Senior Living, 315 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park
WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23
COST & INFO: Free, but reservations requested at 708-482-6511 or email@example.com
The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band musicians aim to delight audiences with their joyous, soulful and humorous interpretation of Jewish music from eastern Europe. The band has played in Carnegie Hall, toured Europe and recorded five CDs. The quartet will feature a singer accompanied by clarinet, violin and keyboard players for the concert at Plymouth Place.
WHERE: Gordon Park, near La Grange Road and Ogden Avenue, La Grange
WHEN: 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
COST & INFO: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; www.therocktoberfest.com
Music fans can support a cause at Rocktoberfest, presented for a fifth year by the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Community Nurse Health Center. In addition to music by Wedding Banned and Teknikal Diffikulties, the night features Lyons Township High School students: Josie Dunne in a solo act, plus the band Far-Sighted, starring Christian Noval, Mitch Galgan and Nathan Zaworski. Fans of classic rock and blues, all three are classically trained musicians who play in the high school orchestra.