10 things to do this weekend: October 6-9 | Chicago News

(Photo courtesy of Collaboration)

1. Ads

The three-day cultural event bringing independent black films to Gary, Indiana returns with audiences Gary International Black Film Festival (GIBFF). This annual event provides audiences with rich, authentic narratives celebrating black culture.

Details: 6:00 p.m. Friday, 1:00 p.m. Saturday, 4:00 p.m. Sunday at various locations in Gary, Indiana. Individual movie tickets start at $10.


Find more festivals: 2022 Summer Festival Guide


2. Haunting

St. Charles’ 37th yearbook Scarecrow Weekend returns this weekend with more than 85 handcrafted scarecrows on display across town for visitors to view and vote for their favorites. The weekend event includes live entertainment as well as an Activity Zone with festive photo ops, Scarecrow in a Box, Touch-a-Truck and a professional pumpkin carver.

Details: Midday – 6:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday at Downtown St. Charles, 2 E Main St. Admission free / MAP

Would you like to spend a wine evening with your friends or significant other? Well you’re lucky. The annual Lincoln Park Wine Fest returns to Jonquil Park, where sommeliers and brand ambassadors will guide you through a 2-hour tasting featuring 12 different wines and a dedicated tasting glass to remember.

Details: 5pm-10pm Friday, 11am-10pm Saturday, 11am-7pm Sunday at Jonquil Park, 1001 W Wrightwood Ave. $45 general admission, $50 day/ MAP


4. Tap

Dovetail Brewery and Begyle Brewing are teaming up to throw an outdoor party in their parking lot to celebrate Oktoberfest Oktoberfest. Attendees can enjoy special beer taps and regular beers from the breweries, as well as live music and food from local food trucks. There will also be activities for kids including balloon artists, painting activities, corn holes, root balls and more!

Details: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Saturday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday at Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W Belle Plaine Ave. $5 suggested donation / MAP(Photo courtesy of Dovetail Brewery)(Photo courtesy of Dovetail Brewery)


5. Boo!

Travel to the Brookfield Zoo to unleash your spooks boo! at the zoo! The weekend event is perfect for the family to get lost in a corn maze, take a spin on the carousel, pose for photos next to haystacks and wooden cutouts of Halloween characters. There will also be some pumpkins for zoo animals like polar bears and gorillas to play and nibble on.

Details: Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St. $25 for adults and $18 for children 3-11 years old / MAP


6. sway

To celebrate the Indian holiday festival of Diwali, Mandela presents South Asian Performing Art Diwali: The Story of Ram, a performance program combining dance, music and the 17th century arts from Mewar, a region of India. These performances will connect audiences to the vibrancy and color of the performing arts and traditions of South Asia.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St. Tickets range from $30 to $80 / MAP


7. Change

Collaboration presents their 7th PEACEBOOK Festival, a day of workshops, meals, round tables and performances all about peace. This year’s them focuses on “the future, past and present of healing theater” with two distinct shows, each featuring a diverse lineup of Chicago-based artists and activists.

Details: 3-8 p.m. at the Kehrein Center for the Arts, 5628 W Washington Blvd. Tickets are $15 to $30/ MAP


8. Begin

The party The Indigenous Peoples Day festival will be celebrated at the Logan Square Auditorium on Sunday, which will feature a variety of Indigenous music genres from rock, hip-hop, EDM and a final Indigenous dance party. Artists include DJ Shut, Mato Wayuhi, OPLIAM and Phnx. wave

Details: 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N Kedzie Blvd. Free / MAP


9. Singing

The City of Chicago has launched a new, one-of-a-kind, citywide singing competition titled “Chicago Sings Karaoke.” The competition is open to city dwellers ages 21 and up. The month-long competition begins October 9th and competes at 18 different venues in the neighborhood. The winner of the contest will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

Details: Sundays at Simone’s, 960 W. 18th St., Louie’s Pub, 1659 W. North Ave. and Lincoln Lodge, 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave. For free.


10. Dash (or Clock)

Are you trying to keep going even with the changing seasons? Open the yearbook Chicago Marathon, a 26.2-mile (42.8 km) trail through the city, starting from neighborhoods such as Pilsen, Chinatown, Boystown and Lincoln Park. Line the course to cheer on those who give it their all.

Details: 9:30 am Sunday at Grant Park, 337 E Randolph St. Free/ MAP


Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before heading out the door. Would you like to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future round-up? Send us an E-mail.


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