I am in some serious denial that the summer is almost over.  But there is no denying the fact that September on the North Shore offers a whole boatload of fun that makes the transition from the carefree days of summer to the brisk yet, exciting days of fall a bit easier to handle! So put away the bathing suits, grab a layer or two and enjoy!

Various Performances through Sept. 23
Writer’s Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe

It's 1975 and two young survivors (who may or may not be the playwright's parents) meet in a Vietnamese refugee camp in mid-America shortly after the fall of Saigon. Will this strange new land of cowboys, hippies and bikers allow them to fall in love? Playwright Qui Nguyen’s wildly creative, irreverent style flips stereotypes on their head, remixing history and culture into a sexy, funny and energetic fantasia as he imagines how two soul mates might have found each other in a turbulent time. Tickets: $35 - $80. For more info, click here.


Carillon Concert
Sept. 3: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm demonstration every 15 min/ 7 pm – 8 pm concert
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

Enjoy an enchanting one-hour musical performance of carillon bells on a warm summer evening and watch lights illuminate Evening Island.  Crafted in Holland, the tower's bronze bells and playing device with a range of four octaves constitutes one of the few hand-played carillons in the nation. Through a regularly scheduled series of concerts each summer, carillonneurs from around the world delight Garden visitors with the captivating music of the 48-bell Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon. Meet the performers and enjoy a free carillon tour and demonstration before the concert—you can even try your hand at ringing the bells. For more info, click here.


Community Garage Sale
Sept. 8: 9 am – 1 pm
Centennial Recreation Complex, 2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette

With summer winding down and the kids going back to school you may be feeling the urge to clean house. Gather up all your salvageable bits and pieces, and bring them over to the Community Garage Sale. Vendors have sold toys, appliances, décor, gifts and so much more at our past sales – you never know what you’ll find! The event is free to shop. Vendors pay a minimal fee to reserve 2 parking spaces for their setup. Register by September 6 to reserve your spot! For more info, click here.


Fall Family Festival
Sept. 9: 9 am – 11:30 am
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview

The annual Fall Family Festival is back, with some old favorites and some new exciting activities. Get ready for a jam-packed morning of animal discovery, harvest games, train rides, and physical activities to burn off the summer energy outdoors. Members: $15 per person/Non- members: $26 per person. For more info, click here.


Evanston Streets Alive + Green Living Festival
Sept. 9: 1 – 5 pm
Main-Dempster Mile, Main St from Florence to Chicago Ave, Evanston

Don’t miss this Open Streets celebration of active living, public spaces, and community! Walk, bike, skate and scooter up and down Main Street and enjoy live music, giant bubble-making, yoga in the park, martial arts demos, ceramic painting, bike decorating, outdoor games, pop-up play and delicious food and refreshments! For more info, click here.


The Great Mud Run
Sept. 15: 9 am – 12 pm
Watts Park, 461 Jackson Ave., Glencoe

The Great Mud Run is a 1.25 mile (2K) race through Watts Park for 7 – 14 years old.(3 different age brackets). This race will take your adventurous youth throughout the parkland of Glencoe. There will be 10-12 natural and man-made obstacles throughout the course challenging your drive and physical stamina. Participants will receive a T-shirt, finisher medal, and bragging rights. Click here to register; $30 through 9/13 or until space runs out. Race Day: $40.


Sept. 16: 1 pm – 5 pm
Performance Pavilion at Heritage Park, 201 Community Blvd., Wheeling

Enjoy an autumn afternoon with family and friends. Live music by Semple, plus fun activities including a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, and hayrides. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is free! For more info, click here.


Sept. 16: 12pm – 4 pm
Village Green park, Corner of Sherman and Meadow Rd., Northbrook

Take a step back in time at this fun-filled community fall festival. Collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, and food and fun for all ages! Plus, beautiful fall mums for sale! For more info, click here.

Downtown Skokie Block Party – Brown Street Music/Family Fest
Sept. 22: 4 – 10 pm
Downtown Skokie on Brown from Lincoln to Floral

Join the fun and meet the neighbors at the Downtown Skokie Block Party! Everyone is welcome to come and hang out for some awesome local music, storytelling, arts/crafts, and a whole lot more. Be sure to follow the Downtown Skokie FacebookInstagram and Twitter account for more details and information as they become available.

American Craft Expo
Sept. 21 & 22: 10 am – 6pm; Sept. 23: 10 am – 5 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

The American Craft Exposition (ACE) is one of the country’s premier fine craft shows, bringing together over 140 superior artisans exhibiting one-of-a-kind pieces, luxury collections and uniquely creative, museum quality artwork. A highly competitive juried show, ACE features hand-crafted work in 12 media – baskets, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood. For more info, click here.


Winnetka Park District Fall Fest
Sept. 29: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Duke Childs Field, 1321 Willow Rd., Winnetka

Fall Fest event is one of the village’s largest events, bringing around a thousand people each year to celebrate this great community and welcome fall amongst neighbors, friends, and family. Activities include: touch-a-truck, inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, pumpkin roll, and food + beer/wine for purchase. For more info, click here.

Sept. 29: 3 pm – 8 pm
Performance Pavilion at Heritage Park, 201 Community Blvd., Wheeling

Enjoy a day of food, beer, music and merriment at this annual Oktoberfest!  Drink German and domestic beer and eat bratwurst while enjoying live entertainment by Dan Mateja and the IPA (International Polka Association) Tribute Band and 7th Heaven.  The best part of this year's event is it's free!  Food and beer are available for purchase. For more info, click here.


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