The heat is subsiding, the summer cocktails are disappearing, and the leaves will soon begin changing, but there's still plenty of festival fun to be had in September. Start your month off by dancing in the streets at the Hideout Block Party & Onion A.V. Fest or experience the punk rock carnival at Riot Fest. Put on your lederhosen, fill your stein and celebrate the arrival of fall at Berghoff Oktoberfest or Oktoberfest Chicago. Make the most of you last gasps of summer and peruse our list of the best concerts, food and art festivals that are happening this month.
The annual throwndown on the dead end of Wabansia always brings a solid mix of roots music and '90s indie nostalgia. Death Cab for Cutie, the Dismemberment Plan, the Meters, Mac DeMarco and the War on Drugs top the bill in 2014. Check out the lovely synth-pop stylings of duo Sylvan Esso, too.
Step into the Threadless HQ, grab a joystick and enjoy more than 30 new indie video games at this first annual interactive arts festival. Delve into the 10-player madness of Killer Queen or strap on an Oculus Rift and experience the elephant trunk-enabled destruction of Dumpy. Arcade Brewery and Dark Matter Coffee provide refreshments, with a portion of proceeds benefitting local charity Chicago Loot Drop.