Cielito Lindo, the Chicago family band profiled recently on Chicago Tonight by Jay Shefsky, takes the stage in Pilsen. Stick around after the performance to see the museum’s seasonal exhibition “#30 Dia de los Muertos: Journey of the Soul.”
Details: 1 p.m. Saturday at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. Free. | MAP
Raise a stein at Rocktober Beerfest. The seasonal sudsfest features German fare, oompah music and local party bands, costume contests and more. On tap: Samuel Adams Octoberfest, Boston Lager, Rebel IPA and more.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Randolph Street and Ogden Avenue. $10 suggested donation. | MAP
3. Tread lightly
The annual nighttime Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5K run and walk winds through the historic resting place of such notable Chicagoans as Oscar Mayer, John G. Shedd, Jack Brickhouse and Julius Rosenwald. Before you expire, head to an after-party at nearby Fireside Restaurant.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday at Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave. $30-$35. | MAP
The gods of wine and music will be in mind at Bachtoberfest Bachanalia, a benefit for Bach Week Festival 2016 featuring performances of Bach, Boccherini and Couperin by Jason Moy and Andrew Rosenblum, and Caratini and Gabrieli by Axiom Brass. Tickets also include a wine tasting, appetizers and a silent auction.
Details: 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $50. | MAP
5. Saddle up
The annual celebration of horses that is the Danada Fall Festival includes a parade of breeds, dressage and jumping demos, performances by equestrian drill teams and others, hayrides, pony rides, stable tours, pumpkin painting and more.
Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Danada Equestrian Center, 3S507 Naperville Road, Wheaton. Free. | MAP
This troupe of fancy felines comprising The Amazing Acro-Cats has been trained beyond the litter box. See them perform feats of balance and dexterity–not to mention musicality, the grand finale includes “real instruments”–inspired by human trainer/cat lover-rescuer Samantha Martin. Partial proceeds benefit Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Vittum Theatre, 1012 N. Noble St. $21-$23. | MAP
Nearly 90 composers and 350 performers take part in the first-ever Ear Taxi Festival of new contemporary music in Chicago. The five-day fest featuring 54 world premieres kicked off Wednesday and takes place at a half-dozen locations, including the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel (5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.), Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and Constellation (311 N. Western Ave.). On Thursday, see the 35-member International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) with students from the People’s Music School at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E. Randolph St., $20; $10 for students). See the full schedule-at-a-glance here.
Details: Continues through Monday at various times and locations. Single tickets: $5-$26.
8. Clown around
See a blend of circus arts, theater and music under the big top with UniverSoul Circus. The group’s five-week run continues through Oct. 30.
Details: 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; noon, 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Sunday; 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Monday. Shows continue through Oct. 30. Check box office for additional dates, times. Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave. $12-$95. | MAP
Watch thousands of runners wend their way through 29 neighborhoods during the 39th annual Chicago Marathon, which last year drew some 1.7 million spectators. A post-race party in Butler Field is open to spectators from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Get the full spectator guide here.
Details: Racers start Sunday between 7:20-8 a.m.; expected to cross finish line from 9:35 a.m.-3 p.m. Free for spectators. See course map here.
The Chicago-based ensemble Kaia String Quartet performs music by contemporary and traditional Latin American composers as part of the 11th annual Chicago Latino Music Festival, which continues through Dec. 1. Learn more about the festival here.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Chicago Public Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St. Free. | MAP
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