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September Chicago festival calendar

Bring your summer to a close at these Chicago festivals, featuring family-friendly food, entertainment and culture

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Punks, headbangers and rockers unite for the Riot Fest Chicago, September 13, 2013

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.

Taste of Polonia

Feast on potato pancakes, kielbasa, pierogi and more at this Polish celebration. After you've stuffed yourself, dance to some polka music, watch a cover band or play a few bingo cards.

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Copernicus Center , Jefferson Park Friday August 31 2018 - Monday September 3 2018

African Festival of the Arts

The 25th annual fest, a tradition for many Hyde Park families, includes cultural food, music and shopping. A fine art market, an African market, a drum village and three stages of performers and events focusing on culture fill the park with activities.

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Until Mon Sep 1
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The Hideout Block Party & Onion A.V. Fest

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.

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Until Sun Sep 24

Chicago Turkish Festival

If all you know is that it's Istanbul and not Constantinople, head on over to this event to sip Turkish coffee, eat baklava and orchid ice cream, and learn about Turkish culture. See the whirling dervishes and browse grocery stands, handmade ceramics and jewelry.

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Until Sat Aug 27
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Windy City Wine Festival

Sample more than 300 wines from around the world at this annual sommelier extravaganza in Grant Park. Area restaurants and caterers will be serving up their signature dishes while bands provide musical accompaniment to your wine tasting journey.

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Until Sat Sep 9

German-American Fest

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Relive the famous Ferris Bueller scene at this parade celebrating Deutschland heritage. The street party features German food, music and dancing and the Von Steuben Parade kicks off on Saturday at 2pm.

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Lincoln Square , Lincoln Square Friday September 7 2018 - Sunday September 9 2018
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Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival

It's going to be sheer sheep madness at this three-day fest featuring fiber arts and knitting workshops, herding and milking demonstrations, and dog and sheep shows.

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Until Sun Sep 7

Bit Bash

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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.

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Until Sat Aug 13
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Shock Top Oyster Fest

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Oyster shuckers and beer drinkers unite at this annual Roscoe Village get-together, featuring hundreds of pounds of fresh seafood and an eclectic live music lineup.

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Until Sat Sep 10

Renegade Craft Fair

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The 12th annual fair is an opportunity for serious crafters from around the country to sell their handmade arts and wares. And for serious shoppers to buy them. Workshops, local food vendors and live music invade Division Street.

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Until Sun Dec 3
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