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The Weekender: September 11th-13th in Chicago Southland

There is something to do for all interests this weekend in Chicago Southland. Whether you’re looking for concerts, Fall Festivals or outdoor events, you will find it just beyond the city limits.


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Festivals


Friday, September 11th - Sunday, September 13thMidwest Wizard of Oz Corn Maize
MIDWEST WIZARD OF OZ FESTIVAL
Odyssey Fun Farm
19111 South Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park
(708) 429-3800
The 2015 corn maize design celebrates the Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival at Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maize. Click your ruby red slippers together because there's no place like Chicago Southland! Included in this festival will be Wizard of Oz costume characters, children / adult costume contests, Auntie Em Pie Eating Contests, Dorothy Gale Farm Area with a petting zoo, cow train and so much more! Also featured will be an auction with unique Wizard of Oz collectibles.
F 12-6PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6PM

Friday, September 11th - Sunday, September 13thFall-fest-header1
MONEE FALL FEST
Firemen’s Park
5162 West Court Street, Monee
(708) 534-8301
There is no place like Monee for fun. Free admission & parking with great bands, food, beer garden and a parade carnival with family entertainment. Throughout the fest, you’ll want to watch the Great Lakes Timber Show, which is a lumber show featuring chainsaw carving, ax throwing, wood chopping, one and two-man crosscut sawing, log rolling and a lot of clean family humor. On Saturday, there is a spectacular fireworks display. On Sunday, you’ll want to wake up early for the Cub Scout Pancake breakfast and then view the Classic Car Show. Also on Sunday, is the chance for children with special needs to ride for free from 12-2PM. There will also be a Color-A-Thon Fun Run and a Beanbag Tournament on Sunday.
8AM-11:30PM

Friday, September 11th - Sunday, September 13th
2009_Oak Lawn fall on the greenIMG_5123FALL ON THE GREEN FESTIVAL
Village Green
9446 Raymond Avenue, Oak Lawn
(708) 636-4400
Experience the delicious meals from local food vendors, shop from arts and craft vendors, drink and be merry at the beer tent while rocking out to the live musical guests all weekend long. Let the kids enjoy bouncing around on the inflatables and challenging themselves in the obstacle course. There is also a teen area, where all the cool kids will be hanging out. Admission, parking and shuttle buses are free.
F 6PM-12AM, Sa 11AM-12AM, Su 11AM-8PM

Saturday, September 12th
ALSIP STREET FAIR
4516 Mulberry Lane
One block North of Alsip Village Hall, Alsip
(708) 385-6902
This FREE event is a community favorite and encompasses numerous entertaining activities throughout the day. Attendees this year will enjoy live music, including 2 children’s concerts from prominent children’s musician Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats. The Southwest Community Concert Band will be performing midday. And the headlining band, Brass from the Past, is considered by many as one of the best brass cover bands in Chicago. There will also be a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable bouncy houses, kids crafts and gaming, face painting, balloons, bingo, cocktails, food, raffles and MORE!
10AM-8PM

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GOODENOW GROVE FALL FEST
Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve
27060 South Dutton Road, Beecher
(815) 727-8700
This popular event pays homage to autumn and features a day of enjoyment for the entire family. Pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, live music, a climbing wall and numerous children's activities are all a part of the fun. Don't forget to visit Plum Creek Nature Center to add even more fun and adventure to your day. Staff will guide you in a host of exciting activities: you can watch birds at the feeders, meet resident reptiles, view busy bees, explore the nature playscape, visit the campfire and check out tiny worm bin creatures under the microscope. There is a lot to see and do during "Fall Fest" and there is always something new to discover!
11AM-5PM

Saturday, September 12th
GLENWOOD LIONS CLUB ANNUAL RIBFEST XXVI FUNDRAISER
Glenwood Plaza
183rd Street & Cottage Grove Avenue, Glenwood
(708) 508-2100
In connection with Glenwood's Community Garage Sale & Shredding event (see listing below under Shopping for Deals), diners can purchase meals of half or full slabs of homemade ribs, corn on the cob and beans. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available.
11AM-5PM

Saturday, September 12th
FLOSSMOOR FEST
Downtown Flossmoor and Flossmoor Park
Flossmoor Road and Argyle Avenue, Flossmoor
(708) 798-2300
Flossmoor will celebrate summer's end with our Annual Flossmoor Fest. The Flossmoor 5k run will start the day off right with check in at 7AM and the race beginning at 8AM. Bring family and friends and enjoy the great food from Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery, Fresh Starts Restaurant, Siam Thai Restaurant and Wiley’s Grill Restaurant. There will be live entertainment throughout the day. The children's activities include pony rides, fair rides and a kiddie express train as well as crafts by Art 4 Soul and so much more.
11:30AM-10PM

Saturday, September 12thMokena food & wine fest
MOKENA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Historic McGovney-Yunker Farm
10820 LaPorte Road, Mokena
(708) 479-2468
Join us for our 12th Annual Festival of Food and Wine on the grounds of historic McGovney-Yunker Farm. Taste a variety of food, wines and craft beers from local restaurants. Enjoy the festival atmosphere, browse the artisan booths and listen to live performances. Ages 21 and over ONLY. ALL TICKET SALES FINAL. (This is an outdoor event. For your comfort please dress accordingly).
12-6PM

Saturday, September 12th
BALMORAL PARK SUPER NIGHTsuper nights
Balmoral Park Race Track
26435 South Dixie Highway, Crete
(708) 679-1414
And they’re off… Super Night at Balmoral Park Race Track is known as “The Most Exciting Night in Harness Racing.” This event offers you an evening of fun, excitement and non-stop entertainment! The Miller Lite First Turn Tent party features an all-you-can-eat buffet, giveaways, dueling pianos and more. There is racing for over a million in purse money. Have fun! Win big (hopefully)!
5:30PM doors open

Saturday, September 12th - Sunday, September 13th
HOMER HARVEST DAYS 2015
Trantina Farm
15744 West 151st Street, East of Gougar Road, Homer Glen
(708) 301-0522
Homer Harvest Days provides acres of old-fashioned fun that celebrates the rural, agricultural and historical heritage of our country. History comes alive with demonstrations of farm activities and old-time handmade items, old-fashioned entertainment, live animal exhibits, pony rides, antique tractors, hayrides, food, children’s activities, vendors, live music and other amusements and diversions from a simpler and more rural era. Free Activities and parking.
11AM-5PM

Saturday, September 12th - Sunday, September 13th
3RD ANNUAL HARVEY FEST
City Hall Campus
15320 Broadway Avenue, Harvey
(708) 210-5300
Old School House Music, Hip Hop, R&B, Gospel, Blues, Jazz, youth and adult basketball, face painting, bingo, games, prizes & other activities!
Sa 12-8PM; Su 2-8PM

Sunday, September 13th
MONARCH BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights
(708) 361-1873
Lake Katherine will host its popular festival celebrating the Monarch migration down to Mexico plus all things harvest. Attractions will include a butterfly tent, hayrides, scarecrow making, canoe & kayak rental, children's games & crafts and food vendors.
11AM-4:30PM

Shopping for Deals


Friday, September 11th
JERRY ROSSEN PUBLIC AUCTIONS
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone
(708) 997-0245
Auctions will include antiques, collectibles, furniture and more!
6PM

Friday, September 11th – Saturday, September 12thFetching_Market_Banner
FETCHING MARKET AT FORD HANGAR
Ford Hangar at Lansing Municipal Airport
3250 Bob Malkas Drive, Lansing
(708) 895-9465
Quality vintage and handcrafted wares all within an historic atmosphere! You’ll love shopping for barn finds, old doors, old windows, silver, ironstone, vintage glassware, collections, skilled craftsmanship, project finds, tables, chairs, lighting, garden items, beautiful jewelry, great food, craft beers, cocktails, live music all for a great cause! Find, taste and discover all that Fetching Market has to offer, all while benefitting the Ford Hangar Foundation. Happy Fetching!
F 5-9PM, Sa 10AM-6PM

Friday, September 11th – Saturday, September 12th
CRETE AREA GARAGE SALE
Throughout Crete
(708) 672-9216
The Garage Sale is throughout the entire town. There is a map on the internet with all homes listed. This is the best time of year for visitors to buy great items for less money.
9AM-3PM

Friday, September 11th – Sunday, September 13th
GLENWOOD'S COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE & SHREDDING EVENT
Throughout Village of Glenwood
One Asselborn Way, Glenwood
(708) 753-2400
Residents participate in Village-wide garage sales. Treasures galore! Something for everyone! A map is available on the website. Saturday September 12th, stop by the Village of Glenwood office at One Asselborn Way to purge up to 4 boxes of documents you would like shredded and receive your certificate of destruction!
8:30AM-5PM

Saturday, September 12th
VILLAGE OF RICHTON PARK GARAGE SALE
Richton Park Metra Station
22300 Richton Square Road, Richton Park
(708) 481-8408
The Fall Village Wide Garage Sale is upon us already! All at one location, Saturday September 12th! The alternative Rain Date will be September 19th.
9AM-2PM

Saturday, September 12th
JUNK IN THE TRUNK RUMMAGE SALE
Eisenhower Center
2550 178th Street, Lansing
(708) 474-8552
Vehicles will be parked in the Eisenhower Center's parking lot and goods will be sold out of the trunks of your vehicle-what an easy set up! Spots are limited. Pre-registration required.
10AM-2PM

Concerts


Friday, September 11thKid Rock
KID ROCK'S FIRST KISS: CHEAP DATE TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUEST FOREIGNER
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
19100 South Ridgeland Avenue, Tinley Park
(312) 559-1212
Country friendly rocking rapper and international playboy Kid Rock is hitting up over thirty cities on his 2015 summer tour. Joined by the unlikely, but mighty, support act Foreigner. Get ready to rock, people! This is the rescheduled date and tickets for the July 26th show will be honored.
6:45PM

Saturday, September 12th
LOCKROCKS: FREE CONCERT SERIES, RAISE YOUR GLASS
Dellwood Park
Route 151 & Woods Drive, Lockport
(815) 838-1183
Raise Your Glass is the Headliner During WWII Days (see listing below under Learn Something New). Raise Your Glass is formulated from Chicagoland's top-tier musicians. Together, they bring the best performance of chart-topping hits from Motown to Today and everything in between.
8-11PM

Sunday, September 13th
CONCERTS ON THE GREEN
Village Green
Oak & Kansas Streets, Frankfort
(815) 469-2177 x243
Bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnics with your friends and family to watch and listen to The Lincoln Way Area Chorale. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Frankfort Park District Founders Center at 140 Oak Street, Frankfort.
5-6PM

Explore Nature


Saturday, September 12th
GREEN THUMB SATURDAYS
Village Hall
2020 Chestnut Road, Homewood
(708) 206-3393
Green Thumb Saturdays provide a free, how-to presentation about various gardening topics, co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program and the Village of Homewood’s Tree Committee.
9:30-10:30AM

Saturday, September 12th
RESTORATION WORK DAYS
Little Red Schoolhouse
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs
(708) 839-6897
Immerse yourself in the outdoors, restoring wildlife habitat. Nature will restore you. Individuals and families welcome. Ages 10 & up. Participants under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
10AM-12PM

Saturday, September 12th
NATURE TALES: FIND YOUR WAY!
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Learn how to read a trail map. Then join the naturalists at Sand Ridge on a hike to put your new skill to use. For children in grades 1-4.
1:30PM

Farmers Markets


Click here for a complete list of the Farmers Markets throughout Chicago Southland.

Family Fun


Saturday, September 12th
FAMILY TIME MAGAZINE BABY EXPO
Moraine Valley Community College
9000 West College Parkway, Building M, Palos Hills
(815) 806-8844
This is considered by many the biggest and best baby expo in the Chicagoland area. Vendors will have booths where parents can find baby medical services, baby care supplies, stylish diaper bags, childcare centers, safe furniture, baby/children’s clothing, neighborhood parks and museums, enrichment programs, child book stores, libraries and more. Don’t miss out on the expert demonstrations about car seat safety, strollers, high chairs, pack and plays and more! Kids can have fun with all of this year’s free activities including free pony rides and Diaper Derby! Inside there will be free jump bouncers, singing and dancing, face painters to create incredible designs on tiny faces and arms, balloon artists, giveaways, door prizes and more to keep your kids entertained all day long!
9AM-3PM

Saturday, September 12th - Sunday, September 13th
FALL FAMILY CAMPOUT
Kasey Meadow Park
8047 West 91st Place, Hickory Hills
(708) 598-1233
Our annual camp out will include music, games, face painter & campfire under the stars. Bring a tent or camper (parking lot). Bring your own food, grilling will not be allowed.
Sa 4PM check in; Su 10AM check out

Sunday, September 13thWoofstock
WOOFSTOCK: A BARK IN THE PARK & PET PARADE
Main Park
10925 LaPorte Road, Mokena
(708) 390-2401
This event is a great time for pets and their owners to socialize, enjoy demonstrations, receive free samples and participate in pet parade, contests and raffles.
1-4PM

Learn Something New


Saturday, September 12th - Sunday, September 13th
549034_652515188105772_134248424_nWORLD WAR II DAYS EVENT
Dellwood Park
Route 151 & Woods Drive, Lockport
(815) 838-1183
Experience history like never before. Come see re-enactments of World War II camps, weapon demonstrations, enjoy performances from the Andrews Sisters or watch a baseball game featuring the Rockford Peaches. Listen to authentic sounds of WWII produced by Digity in our concession area. Join us in our tribute to WWII Veterans and all service members. Stay for the most realistic WWII battles to be reproduced with pyrotechnics, aircraft flyovers and vehicles from the period including WWII tanks. Things really heat up Saturday night with a free USO concert in Dellwood Park's outdoor band shell. The beer garden will be open, so stop by for a drink because this event only happens one a year. Free event for all ages.
Sa 9AM-11:30PM; Su 9AM-5PM

Sunday, September 13th
HISTORY OF THE FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Come along on a short hike and learn about the history and founding of the Forest Preserves and Sand Ridge Nature Center. Dress for the weather.
1:30PM

Ongoing
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: SELF MADE IN AMERICA
Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis
700 East Tri-State Tollway, South Holland
(708) 596-8300
Last year the exhibit, "Abraham Lincoln: Self Made in America" came to the Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis. The traveling exhibit was created by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. The exhibit features eight kiosks and covers Lincoln's childhood, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the 1860 Presidential election, the Civil War, the 13th Amendment and Emancipation Proclamation, his assassination and other important periods and events in his life. This is a temporary exhibit, so don't miss the opportunity to learn about a famous part of America's history!
Open 7 days a week


Sports


Saturday, September 12th
SPORTS COLLECTIBLE SHOW
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park
(708) 423-1758
Sports Collectible Show. Sports cards, NASCAR, toys, comic books, collectible cards and other collectible items.
9AM-2PM

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