5 September fests to cure your fall funk

This week’s blog post is by The Paternity Test co-host Matt Boresi, who lives in the Edgewater Glen neighborhood of Chicago with his wife (“Professor Foster”) and their 5-year-old daughter Viva, who hasn’t had a pumpkin spice latté and does not care.

Everyone seems to be a fall fetishist now. “Hooray!” they squeal on their Facebook pages, “Sweaters! Brown leaves! Apples!” Seriously? Sweaters make you do just that–sweat. (Especially when it’s 60 degrees in the morning at 80 degrees at 2 p.m.) Apples are the pigeons of fruit–they are ubiquitous and they are disgusting. It’s getting dark earlier and earlier. The Bears already stink. Kids are surly from homework and sitting at desks all day. Parents are surly from work and sitting at desks all day. Oh, and winter is coming like an army of White Walkers lurching inexorably towards you (once you finish raking up all these bug infested leaves). Fall is the worst, and you can stick that in your cider and mull it.

… but we’re stuck with it, aren’t we? I mean, the leaves are going to change and the gourds are gonna gourd. Fall, like middle age, is settling in on us whether we like it or not. so we might as well enjoy it. If you’re like me, you’re already missing summer street fests and are ready to go back to drinking an IPA and bopping around to Sixteen Candles in a t-shirt. But those halcyon days are behind us now (or way ahead of us, if you’re a glass half-full type). So, we might as well enjoy the fall along with all the people rubbing pumpkin spice all over their body and rhapsodizing over the new TV line-up. Fall has its own slate of happenings, streets fests and events, and this coming week/weekend alone is busy with programming.

Edgewater Arts Fest

Sept. 24-25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

You might as well pick up some new art by local artists–you’re going to be stuck inside your house ‘til May. This weekend, head to scrappy lakeside neighborhood Edgewater to scratch that street fest itch with live music, 120 artists, a kids’ corner, food by Flacos Tacos and Ethiopian Diamond, a pet parade and perhaps most importantly, a beer garden. You might even be able to buy an artisanal scarf. ($5 suggested donation, free and metered parking)

Lincoln Square Thursday Night Farmers Market


Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Sept. 22 and Oct. 1-2

Lincoln Square continues it’s Thursday Night Farmers Market well into October. Stop by this week while the nights are still warm and grab some made-to-order Dinky Donuts or all manner of local farm fresh goods.

And even though it’s apple-centric and just after September, Lincoln Square’s Apple Fest has fantastic musicians, a well appointed kids zone and … apples, all in Lincoln Square’s beautiful downtown. ($5 suggested donation)

Oktoberfest Chicago

Sept. 23-26

Nothing says September like Oktoberfest. Head to West Lakeview for a tasting with over 40 craft beers, German bands AND regular bands (including the aforementioned Sixteen Candles), and on Saturday and Sunday you can treat your brat to a bratwurst at Kinderfest. ($5 admission, free to active military and veterans with ID)

Rogers Park Harvest Fest

Sept. 24, 1-6

You’re not going to get out of September without a hayride, are you? Take one on Howard, hit up a Pumpkin Patch (It’s time), jump in some bounce houses, get your face painted and more in Willye B. White park. (Free)

While I’m never going to be happy about candy corn and wicker or whatever it is people love so much about fall, at least the city is providing plenty of celebrations to help me endure until next Memorial Day.

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