If you think that summer is over after Labor Day Weekend. You are wrong. Would you believe that there is more to do this weekend than Labor Day weekend. With the summer festival season still going strong, a ton of Oktoberfest celebrations are hitting the calendar along with a hint of Halloween haunts and happenings in the wings.
So here’s are six things that we are liking for this weekend.
1. Heritage BBQ
The Heritage BBQ is a national culinary competition that takes place in major cities around the country. The competition features five celebrity chefs cooking whole, heritage breed pigs. The guests literally get an education in the techniques and global flavors of BBQ, not to mention, some delicious bites of Q. Finding inspiration from Korea to Cuba and Texas to Argentina, the event showcases heritage breed pigs–and is more for foodies and serious BBQ fans than someone just looking for a beer and a pulled pork slider. The competition comes to Loews Hotel Chicago (455 N. Park Drive) this Sunday, September 11, from 3 to 6 p.m. Click here for tickets.
Beer, wine, brats, music and a parade signals the start of the Oktoberfest season in Chicago when the German American Fest and Von Steuben Parade pull out all the stops this Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11. The parade steps off Saturday at 2 pm. at Lincoln and Leland Avenues. The rest of the celebration takes place under two large German hospitality tents. Hours are Friday, 5 pm. to 11 pm. (8 pm. opening ceremony); Saturday, noon to 11 pm; Sunday – noon to 10 pm (11 am. German Mass Service).
The 15th annual Ravenswood ArtWalk takes you through artists studios and outdoor displays along the Ravenswood corridor. Over 300 artists participate in the show that features paintings, sculpture, leatherwork, jewelry, and other unique and crafty items. Visitors can also walk through the Lillstreet Art Center (4401 N. Ravenswood), enjoy the beer garden, music, children’s activities and stop for a brew at one of the nearby breweries including: Dovetail Brewery (1800 W. Belle Plaine Ave.); Begyle Brewing Company (1800 W. Cuyler Ave.); Band of Bohemia (4710 N. Ravenswood Ave ). The free admission walk takes place September 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Ravenswood Avenue from Leland Avenue to Irving Park Road, 773 975 2088.
The 14th annual Renegade Craft Fair holds court in Wicker Park this weekend. The fair on Division Street from Damen Avenue to Ashland Avenue showcases 400 plus craftsmen along with entertainment, beer, wine and food from the likes of Puffs of Doom to Dia de los Tamales. hand-crafted goods. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Chicago’s annual celebration of world music, the 18th Annual World Music Festival, kicks off this Friday September 9th and runs through September 25th. The Festival, the largest of its kind in the United States, features more than 60 artists from 25 countries in 20 venues around town. And all events are free!
One of the many highlights, Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music starts Friday, September 9 at 6 p.m., and goes all night through 9 a.m. Saturday at Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Here’s the line-up for the all ages celebration:
6:00 – 7:15pm – Josh Feinberg, sitar with Anindo Chatterjee, tabla
7:30 – 8:45pm – GS Rajan, flute with M.S. Sukhi, mridangam
9:00 – 10:15pm – Partho Sarodi, sarod with Abhijit Banerjee, tabla
10:30 – 11:45pm – Aditya Prakash, vocals, with Salar Nader, tabla and Shiva Ramamurthi, violin
12:00am – 1:15am – Max ZT, hammer dulcimer with Salar Nader, tabla
1:30 – 2:45am – Anjna & Rajna Swaminathan, violin and mridangam
3:00 – 4:15am – Lyon Leifer, bansuri with Subhasis Mukherjee, tabla
4:30 – 5:45am – David Trasoff, sarod with Subhasis Mukherjee, tabla
6:00 – 7:30am – Sama Venkatesaiah Balakrishna Troupe – flute, vocal, mridangam, rhythm pad
7:45 – 9:00am – Manjiri Vaishampayan, vocals with Dhanajay Kunte, tabla and Amit Vaishampayan, harmonium
Click here for the complete line-up of performances and events.
A rite of fall is the annual Shock Top Oyster Fest that is Chicago’s unofficial kick off for all things seafood. You may have heard that it’s better to eat oysters in months ending in “r” so you are in luck for the next four months. The oysters and other culinary delights from local Roscoe Village restaurants will be served in tents. Not a fan of oysters, no worries there’s lots of other food and beverages from which to choose. The fest also features arts and crafts and entertainment. Oyster Fest runs 5-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Roscoe and Damen. Admission is a suggested donation of $7.
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