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

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1. View

The three-day cultural event bringing together independent film noir in Gary, Indiana, audiences return with the Gary International Black Film Festival (GIBFF). This annual event offers audiences rich and authentic stories to celebrate black culture.

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


Find more festivals: Guide to summer festivals 2022


2. Scare

37th Annual St. Charles’s Day scarecrow weekend returns this weekend with over 85 handcrafted scarecrows showcased throughout the city for visitors to view and vote for their favorites. The weekend event includes live entertainment, plus an activity zone with festive photo ops, a scarecrow in a box, Touch-a-Truck and a professional pumpkin carver.

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

Do you want to spend a wine evening with your friends or your partner? Well, you’re in luck. The directory Lincoln Park Wine Festival is back at Parc Jonquil where sommeliers and brand ambassadors will accompany you on a two-hour tasting session with 12 varied wines and a commemorative tasting glass of your own.

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


4. Press

Dovetail Brewery and Begyle Brewing are teaming up to host an outdoor Oktoberfest party in their car park, featuring Oktoberfestiversary. Attendees can enjoy specialty beers and regular beers from breweries, as well as live music and food from local food trucks. There will also be activities for the kids including balloon artists, coloring activities, a corn hole, rooting floats and more!

Details: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday at Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W Belle Plaine Ave. Suggested donation of $5 / MAP(Photo courtesy of Dovetail Brewery)(Photo courtesy of Dovetail Brewery)


5. Boo!

Get down at Brookfield Zoo to scare with 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 alongside bales of hay and wooden cutouts of Halloween characters. There will also be pumpkins for zoo animals, such as polar bears and gorillas, to play and nibble on.

Details: 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St. $25 for adults and $18 for children ages 3-11/ MAP


6. Swing

To celebrate the Indian festival of Diwali, Mandela South Asian Performing Art presents Diwali: the story of Ram, a performance program that combines dance, music and 17th century art from Mewar, an Indian region. These performances will connect audiences with the vibrancy and colors of South Asian performing arts and traditions.

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


7. Change

Collaboraction presents its 7th BOOK OF PEACE Festival, a day full of workshops, meals, panels and performances around peace. This year, them focuses on “the future, past and present of healing theater,” with two different shows, each featuring a diverse lineup of Chicago artists and activists.

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


8. Start

Celebration Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated on Sunday at the Logan Square Auditorium, which will feature a variety of Indigenous musical genres ranging from rock, hip-hop, EDM and an Indigenous closing 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. Sing

The City of Chicago has launched a unique new citywide singing competition called “Chicago sings karaoke. The contest is open to city residents ages 21 and older. The month-long contest will begin Oct. 9 and compete at 18 different neighborhood locations. The winner of the contest will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

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


10. Dash (or watch)

Are you still trying to run during the changing seasons? Access the annual chicago marathon, a 26.2-mile trail through the city from neighborhoods like Pilsen, Chinatown, Boystown, and Lincoln Park. Line the course to encourage those who gave their all.

Details: 9:30 a.m. 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. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Email us.


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