Inside Scoop: From the Vine Street BBQ fest and Park Ridge’s Trucktoberfest to Rosemont’s Family Fall Fest, Goebbert’s Farm and Sketchbook Brewing’s Oktoberfest, we have your September covered
Oktoberfest at Goebbert’s Farm Sept. 15-17
Just 30 minutes from Park Ridge, Oktoberfest at Goebbert’s Farm in Pingree Grove is an authentic German celebration. The weekend of September 15-17 will be filled with festivities including live bands, fireworks, games, competitions, plenty of beer and German cuisine. All regular farm activities will still be open for you to enjoy in addition to the Oktoberfest event. Friday is family friendly from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. with fireworks. Saturday is 21+ only after 6 p.m. Sunday is family friendly all day from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
42W813 Reinking Road in Pingree Grove. Goebberts.com
39th annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast Sept. 16
Kiwanis of Park Ridge has helped build a family-oriented community and supported thousands of kids for 98 years, and the local Park Ridge chapter will be hosting their annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Sept. 16 from 7-11 a.m. $10 adult and $ kids tickets include pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice and milk. Proceeds and 50/50 raffle benefit local charities for children, teens and young adults. Located at the Park Ridge Presbyterian Church at 1300 W. Crescent. KiwanisPR.org
Vine Street BBQ Competition & Festival is Sept. 16 in Uptown Park Ridge
The Vine St. BBQ Competition & Fest is back for another year, and the day promises to be filled with family-friendly fun, great food and drink, live music and finger-licking good BBQ. The competition is early in the afternoon, but the fest runs from noon-12 p.m. on Sept. 16 in Hodges Park. Vine St. BBQ uses the proceeds from the fest to donate to select local charitable organizations. Visit VineStreetBBQ.org for more information.
Family Fall Fest at Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park Sept. 17
Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park entertainment district will kick off the fall season with the return of its annual Family Fall Fest on Sunday, September 17 from 1-5 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature a variety of free activities including bounce houses, face painting, a petting zoo, balloon sculptors and more. Families can also rock out to music from Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans.
Parking for Family Fall Fest is available at the Parkway Bank Park parking garage and is free with validation from any of the park’s venues. 5501 Park Place in Rosemont. For more information, visit ParkwayBankPark.com
Park Ridge Trucktoberfest on Sept. 23 in Hodges Park
Trucktoberfest is everything you love about the annual Park Ridge Oktoberfest, just with a new name! The 2023 event is presented by the Park Ridge Park District, MPowered Orthodontics, Harp & Fiddle, and Beer on the Wall. Swing by Hodges Park on Saturday, Sept. 23 to sample an assortment of beer and delicious food from local food trucks from 12-9 p.m. The children’s inflatables and activities area will be from noon-6 p.m. with a $5 wristband per child. Live music and entertainment will be right throughout from noon-9 p.m.
Sketchbook Brewing’s annual Oktoberfest Sept. 22-24
Think tradition — with a few twists! Local food, fun games, contents and live music all three days. Celebrate in Sketchbook’s spacious Skokie taproom, brewery and beer garden or their more intimate taproom in Evanston, right across from two train stations. The Friday and Saturday night rock concerts will be held out back in the Skokie brewery space and will be 21+. Also new this year: Sketchbook’s own relaxed take on Hammerschlagen! Three German beers (Märzen, hefeweizen and helles lager) will be ready to fill your steins, plus a wide range of other styles.
Sketchbook is also thrilled to announce that Forza Meats will once again be grilling up their awesome sausages and more for all three days in Skokie. 4901 Main Street in Skokie. 821 Chicago Avenue in Evanston.
More info: SketchbookBrewing.com/Oktoberfest-2023
Park Ridge Newcomers Club kids sale Sept. 23
Head to the St. Andrews Lutheran Church on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for the semi-annual Park Ridge Newcomers Club kids sale. $2 admission fee per adult until 11:30 a.m., and no strollers or carts allowed. Come shop for strollers, shoes, toys, games, books, baby gear, fall and winter clothing, maternity items and more. Have gently used kids toys and clothes? Sellers are needed. For more information, visit ParkRidgeNewcomersClub.org