Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, September 26, Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28:
1. Oktoberfest at St. Alphonsus
St. Alphonsus Church
1429 W. Wellington St. (Lakeview)
Friday, September 26, 5 - 10 pm
Saturday, September 27, 11 am - 10 pm
Sunday, September 28, 11 am - 7 pm
$5 admission on Friday and Saturday
Free admission on Sunday
Oktoberfest is going on now - and you can celebrate it with your family this weekend in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Oktoberfest at St. Alphonsus offers something for the whole family. In addition to enjoying German good, music and libations, you can let your kids get in on the fun at the festival's Kinderfest area from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. There, kids can learn how to polka, get their face painted, join in on a dance party, make their own crafts, jump in inflatables, and more.
The UniverSoul Circus blends together circus arts, theater and music - all in one show. It strives to celebrate the "unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities." This year, the family entertainment production features the Zhen Jiang acrobatic troupe from China, The Willy Family high-wire act fro Columbia, The Olate Dogs from Chile, Caribbean Calladloo from Trinidad, Men of Steel from Cuba, Queens of Sheeba from Ethiopia, Soul Illusion from Trinidad, Andrzej & Tomasz from Poland, The Clown Class from South Africa and Guinea, and more. It's here in Chicago from now until October 19.
3. Elim Dutch Festival
Elim Christian Services
13020 S. Central Ave. (Palos Heights, Ill.)
Saturday, September 27, 7:30 am - 4 pm
The Elim Dutch Festival celebrates all things Dutch. During the one-day festival, you can sample Dutch treats, browses the wares at The Dutch Village shops, and watch dancers perform Dutch klompendanskunst (clogging). Families also will enjoy the petting zoo, magic show, face painting, carnival, games, live music, and more. The event gets started nice and early with a pannekoeke (pancake) breakfast at 7:30 am.
4. Fiesta Familiar
Lincoln Park Zoo
2200 N. Cannon Dr. (Lincoln Park)
Saturday, September 27, 10 am - 5 pm
On Saturday, the largest Hispanic family event of is kind in the Midwest is coming to the Lincoln Park Zoo. The mission of Fiesta Familiar is to enrich the lives of children and families by creating a unique experience that inspires learning - and you couldn't ask for a better place for them to do just that than the Lincoln Park Zoo. The one-day event features five pavilions with hands-on activities focused on: Arts & Crafts, Health & Nutrition, Music & Entertainment, Home & Gardening, and Science & Technology.
5. Rogers Park Harvest Celebration
Willey B. White Park
1610 W. Howard St. (Rogers Park)
Saturday, September 27, 1 - 4 pm
On Saturday, you can celebrate the start of fall at the Rogers Park Harvest celebration. The three-hour event features hayrides, inflatables, entertainment, and a pumpkin patch.
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