10 Things to Do This Weekend: Sept. 30-Oct. 3

(Steven Koch / GoPride.com / Northalsted)(Steven Koch / GoPride.com / Northalsted)

1. Celebrate

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Chicago Pride Fest returns with entertainment on a trio of stages, including DJs, drag shows and musical acts. Headliners include VINCINT (Friday), Mýa (Saturday) and Nina Sky (Sunday). Arts and crafts vendors, a pet parade (noon Sunday) and dancing are also on tap. Attendees should be fully vaccinated or wear a mask, according to organizers, who say free COVID-19 testing and vaccination will be available.

Details: 4-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Halsted Street from Addison to Grace streets. $15 suggested donation / MAP

Find more fests: 2021 Festival Guide

2. Boogie

Electronic music floods Addams/Medill Park as dozens of artists perform at Spring Awakening Autumn Equinox, including Diplo and Excision (Saturday) and Martin Garrix and Doctor P B2B Funtcase (Sunday).

Note: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending are required.

Details: 1-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Addams/Medill Park, 1301 W. 14th St. $116.18-$124.06 / MAP

3. Listen up

Real-life stories about breakups, hilarious misunderstandings and racial injustices get a musical twist at Story Jam. Several performers will also present their tales in 99 seconds (!) – so pay attention or you just might miss it.  

Details: 8 p.m. Friday at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. $23-$25 / MAP

4. Connect

Billed as the largest lifestyle expo for Latinas in the Midwest, the Chicago Latina Expo features seminars, demonstrations and the World Fashion Festival.

Details: 6-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Macy’s, 111 N. State St. $20-$75 / MAP

5. Acquire

More than 120 creators showcase their wares at The Other Art Fair. Be sure to check out Illustration Corner to see artists create 60-second illustrations, which will be given to lucky attendees, and All Star Press’s booth to watch screen printing in action, as well as contribute to the interactive mural.

Details: 3-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market. $15; free for kids 12 and under / MAP

(Credit: The Other Art Fair)(Credit: The Other Art Fair)

6. Enchant

Whimsical Fairy Houses, from a magic treehouse to a fairy chocolatier, are on display at Big Marsh Park to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the city’s natural areas. Learn more about the fairy houses.

Details: Dawn-dusk Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 29 at Big Marsh Park, 11555 S. Stony Island Ave. Free / MAP

7. Plant

At the Terrarium Building Workshop, you’ll learn placement design, lighting, watering, temperature and pruning tips to maintain your tiny garden. All materials and plants are included.   

Details: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at The Plant Chicago, 4459 S. Marshfield Ave. $25 / MAP

8. Applaud

Watch Chicago’s top young artists perform at T.I.P. (Teens in the Park) Fest. Participants were selected at audition events over the summer and will vie for a trio of prizes. Music industry professionals will judge the performances.

Details: 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. Free / MAP

9. Dress up

Don your best dresses and suits, and of course, macabre makeup for the Zombie Quinceañera. Live music and DJs, zombie face painting, free paletas and a zombie costume contest are also on tap.

Note: Event is for adults 21 and up, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a face mask are required to attend.

Details: 8 p.m. doors open Friday at Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark St. $10-$15 / MAP

10. Shine

Bask in the glow of dozens of electric works of art at the Neon and Light Museum. Highlights include a 14-foot tall sculpture titled “Breathe” whose image changes as you move and a neon homage to a drawing by Beatle John Lennon. Get a sneak peek from our “Chicago Tonight” story.

Details: 4-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31 at 325 W. Huron St. $25, reservation required / MAP

A work of art featured at the Neon and Light Museum. (WTTW News)A work of art featured at the Neon and Light Museum. (WTTW News)

Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before you head out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Send us an email.

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