The official start of fall is this weekend and Chicago area festivals have taken on the fall and Oktoberfest themes. The weather might be brisk, so bring a jacket and enjoy the fresh air with music, food and dancing. Following are the highlights of festivals in Chicago, Berwyn, Crystal Lake, Palatine, Rockford, Wauconda, Deerfield and Lake Villa.
Chicago: Sam Adam's Lakeview Fest runs Sat.-Sun., Sept. 21-22. The inaugural festival features a variety of tacos from local restaurants, beer and live music. The bands on Sat. include Rico, Get Up with the Get Downs and Freddy Jones Band. The band lineup on Sun. includes Stache, Kashmir and Wedding Banned. Located on Southport between Addison and Newport in Chicago.
Chicago: Andersonville City Made Fest is being held for the first time. on Sat.-Sun. (noon-8 p.m.). Chicago based musicians perform a diverse array of genres that make up the larger Chicago music scene, including folk, blues, indie rock, hip hop, world and Latin. Local Chicago breweries offer selection of beers crafted in the Windy City. The festival is on Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen. Admission is $5.
Chicago: Chicago's World Music Festival in various locations, including Navy Pier. The final day of the festival is on Sun. and all performances will be at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Berwyn: Berwyn's Historic Depot Oktoberfest is celebrated on Fri. and Sat., Sept. 20-21 in the Depot District on both sides of the Metra tracks. The festival in the western suburbs includes lots of food, live performances, amusement rides, kids' activities, crafters, vendors and a beer garden. The band lineup on Fri. includes R-Gang and Sixteen Candles. On Sat. the lineup is headlined by Caliente and 7th Heaven.
Crystal Lake: The Crystal Lake Centennial is celebrated with a three day festival at Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake, in McHenry County. Crystal Lake celebrates centennial with festival
Palatine: Rotary of Palatine Oktoberfest is a three day festival that runs Fri.-Sun. in a heated big tent across from the Palatine Train Station, in the northwest suburbs. The opening ceremony is on Fri. at 5 p.m.. Scarecrows on Parade will be at the Firemen's Memorial on Sat. (noon-12:30 p.m.). German food, sandwiches, pizza and more will be sold by local restaurants. Entertainment includes live music, dance, children's entertainment, kid's activities and magic. The band lineup includes Jimmy's Bavarians, The Musikmeisters, Phenix and Johnny Wagner.
Rockford: World War II Reenactment at Midway Village in Rockford is held on Sat.-Sun.. Over 1,000 WWII re-enactors from around the country will feature a special program about the Battle of the Bulge, battlefields, pyrotechnics, 1940s style historic buildings and more. One-day pass $12 adults, $6 children. Two day pass $18 adults, $9 children. Free for WWII Veterans and Museum members. On Sat. night there is a 1940s style swing dace with music by Rockford's big band Moonlight Jazz Orchestra. Dance cover charge is $5.
Wauconda: Lake County Farm Heritage Festival is on Sat.-Sun., Sept. 21-22, at the Lake County Discovery Museum in the Lakewood Forest Preserve. The festival recreates a day on the farm with hundreds of tractors, cars, engines and farm machinery. Highlights of this family friendly festival include a tractor parade, sheep herding demonstrations, scarecrow making, wagon and barrel train rides and a petting zoo. Admission: $10 adults, $5 seniors (55+), $5 youth (4-7) and free for kids 3 and under.
Deerfield: Deerfield Historical Society Fall Festival and Antique and Classic Car Show is on Sun. (noon-4 p.m.).
Lake Villa: American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest in Lake Villa draws a crowd from around the Chicagoland area. The festival runs three Saturdays, Sept. 22, 29 and Oct. 6 (6:30-midnight). The music on Sept. 22 is by Austrian Express. The fest features German dancing, food, beer, liquors. Admission $8.