CHICAGO — Riot Fest begins Friday in Douglass Park as part of a packed weekend of events in Chicago. You can celebrate fall, Mexican independence, take in several neighborhood art shows and much more.
Still making your weekend plans? Here’s a roundup of fests, shows and more:
Douglass Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive
Tickets are available online.
5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday
6100 block of North Highway
This fall fest is a family-friendly event by day and music festival by night. There will be food trucks, games and activities, live entertainment and local businesses. It’s also a fundraising event by the Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce, and there is a suggested $5 donation upon admission.
2-8 p.m. Saturday
Third Place Chicago, 4651 N. Milwaukee Ave.
There will be photography, paintings and mixed media work by local artists on display and for purchase at this pop-up art show.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Lawndale Pop-Up Spot, 1408 S. Central Park Ave.
This free-to-attend event centered on Afrofuturism will have a parade, face painting, costume making, mask creation and more. A parade kicks off 12:30 p.m., heading down Central Park Avenue from Douglas Boulevard to Ogden Avenue. There will also be a festival with food, music, arts and crafts, games and more.
6-9 p.m. Friday
Bronzeville Winery, 4420 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Stop by for a chance to hear “the real stories we live every day” by nonprofessional, unrehearsed storytellers. Doors open and signups start at 6 p.m. Storytelling starts at 7 p.m.
7-9 p.m. Friday
Tacotlán, 4312 W. Fullerton Ave.
BYOB and enjoy a night of food and live mariachi music at Tacotlán in celebration of Mexican independence.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Granville Avenue and Broadway
Twenty artist vendors will showcase their work at the event. There will also be bands paying tribute to Pearl Jam and Paul McCartney, and a kids’ activities area featuring School of Rock.
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday
Madison Street between Morgan Street and Racine Avenue
The block party, hosted by the West Central Association, will feature musicians, artists, kid-friendly games, neighborhood bingo and free fitness classes throughout the day. Businesses along the corridor will offer deals and activities, according to the West Central Association.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday
Time Out Market Chicago, 916 W. Fulton Market
Celebrate Mexican independence with acoustic performances at Time Out Market. Admission is free.
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday
233 E. Riverwalk
This is the first of three Oktoberfest weekend celebrations. This three-day weekend celebration on the Riverwalk will have live music, sausage, cider, pretzels, beer and more.
10-11:30 p.m. Friday
Bughouse Theater, 1910 W. Irving Road
This variety showcase features some of Chicago’s best stand-up and improv comedians. Performance artist Chris Fair will also bring his drawings to life with voice acting, sound effects and laser-reactive technology on a specialized glow-in-the-dark fabric.
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Southport Avenue between Addison and Roscoe streets
Visitors can try tacos stuffed with a range of meat and vegetarian options from local restaurants. People can text to vote for the festival’s “Best Taco” award.
The festival will also feature beer-and-taco pairings, two music stages, Mexican wrestling demonstrations, kids’ activities and more.
Principle Barbers Timbre Jazz Festival
1-7 p.m. Saturday
3820 W. Ogden Ave.
This free jazz festival will feature the Jeremy Joél Quarter, Blvck Spvde Cosmos, Sam Thousand & Justin Dillard and J. Daphaney. There will also be DJs.
Noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Emporium Arcade Bar, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave.
This free-to-attend event features thousands of records from vendors, plus a Cafe Tola food truck.
8:30 p.m. Saturday-1 a.m. Sunday
Latin Street Music & Dancing, 600 W. Roosevelt St.
This event focuses on Cuban dancing and music. Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door.
7-10 p.m. Friday
Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway
Open Books & Laugh will feature performances from some of the city’s best comedians to help support literacy in Chicago. General admission tickets start at $35 in advance online here and $40 at the door. Proceeds will fund Open Books’ literacy and book access programs.
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday
Alliance Contemporary, 2411 W. 105th St.
This free, family-friendly event features 150 artists and an Uprising Craft Market. There will be street paintings, a food court, live public art activations and more.
4-7 p.m. Saturday
Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St.
Try more than a dozen different martinis at this three-hour River North tasting event. Tickets are available starting at $49 online here.
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