Connect with makers of all kinds at a pair of North Side festivals. Artisans, manufacturers and brewers are on display at the Ravenswood ArtWalk, where you’ll find pop-up performances, a 60-second film festival, an arts market and a beer garden. The Edgewater Arts Festival delivers more than 50 artists, 10 bands and family-friendly activities; purchase art and watch demonstrations.
Details for the Ravenswood ArtWalk: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Ravenswood Avenue from Lawrence Avenue to Irving Park Road. $5-10 suggested donation / MAP
Details for the Edgewater Arts Festival: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday along Granville Avenue from Broadway to Kenmore Avenue. / MAP
Looking for more events? Riot Fest, the Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest, West Loop Bavarian Block Party and Celebración de los Árboles are just a handful of the weekend’s events. Check out those and more in our 2023 Chicago Festival Guide.
2. Say ‘Prost!’
Get into the fall spirit at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Oktoberfest, a 21+ event featuring a polka band, beer, wine, pretzels, brats, lawn games and more. Don’t drink? Oksoberfest delivers all the adults-only zoo fun with non-alcoholic beer and craft mocktails on hand.
Details for Oktoberfest: 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St. $25-35 / MAP
Details for Oksoberfest: 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St. $25 / MAP
Celebrate Mexico’s diverse cultural traditions at the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade. This year’s theme — “Tu Mexico, Tu Chicago” — is meant to emphasize each state in Mexico with brightly colored floats, mariachi bands and folkloric dancing.
Details: Parade kicks off at noon Saturday at the Little Village Arch (26th Street and Albany Avenue) before proceeding west along 26th Street to Kostner Avenue. Free / MAP
The Englewood Jazz Festival is celebrating its 24th anniversary with three days of live music from homegrown and emerging performers. Featured artists include pianist Alexis Lombre (performing a world premiere), vibraphonist Joel Ross and saxophonist Isaiah Collier.
Details: 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St. Free / MAP
Bounce houses, balloon sculpting and a petting zoo are just some of the attractions at Rosemont’s annual Family Fall Fest. An afternoon of activities also includes live music, face painting and pumpkin painting.
Details: 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place in Rosemont. Free / MAP
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.