5 Things to do this Weekend: September 30

Autumn is here with more amazing events for you to enjoy the arts, explore different neighborhoods, discover new cultural opportunities through food and festivals, and so much more. Here’s a round-up of five activities this weekend that we think you will love!

Partake of Autumn’s Bounty

The calendar may turn to October this weekend and fresh peaches may be a summer memory, but there’s still plenty of fresh local produce at the Wicker Park Farmer’s Market! You’ll find pumpkins, squash, apples and other autumn fare along with tempting baked goods, sweets, artisanal cheeses and more.

Date: October 2
Time: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: 1425 N. Damen Ave, Chicago
More Info: wickerparkbucktown.com

Fall Fest at the Zoo

This family-friendly celebration brings fall fun to the Lincoln Park Zoo! In addition to a fall pop-up bar with seasonal food and drinks, there will be musical entertainment, a pumpkin patch, professional pumpkin carvers, and fall-themed enrichment for the animals. Plus, enjoy ticketed attractions like a Ferris wheel, harvest maze and pirate ship ride!

Date: Sep 30 and Oct 1 & 2
Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: Free admission. Ticketed attractions from $4.
Location: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2400 N. Cannon Dr, Chicago
More Info: lpzoo.org

10,000 Pumpkins? That’s Only the Beginning!

Kickstart your autumn fun at Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up. Besides the epic pumpkin patch, there’s non-stop fun for all ages with a corn maze, axe throwing, food trucks, multiple full bars, carnival games, and unique props that are perfect for creating memory-making photo ops!

Date: Sep 30 and Oct 1 & 2
Time: 4:00 to 11:00 pm on Fri; 11:00 am to 11:00 pm on Sat; 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on Sun
Cost: Admission & Corn Maze from $25 with online purchase. Other ticket packages available.
Location: 1265 W. Lemoyne St, Chicago
More Info: jackspumpkinpopup.com

Ghost Tour? Or Pub Crawl?

You don’t have to choose on this guided tour through the streets and alleys of Lincoln Park. Hear gruesome stories of murdered mobsters and long-gone landlords who continue to haunt their buildings. Along the way, you’ll stop in a couple bars where you can purchase a drink and enjoy the company of your fellow guests and gregarious tour guide.

Date: Sep 30 and Oct 1 & 2
Time: 8:00 & 8:30 pm
Cost: From $25
Location: Tours begin at Lincoln Station, 2432 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
More Info: nightlyspirits.com

Join Your Peers at the Pier for Pumpkin Lights

Navy Pier’s Pumpkin Lights extravaganza is back! Along with the Pier’s iconic skyline views and world-class shopping & dining, you can enjoy a variety of larger-than-life pumpkin pop-up installations. Discover hundreds of jack-o-lanterns and lighted displays that are truly spectacular after dusk.

Date: Oct 1 & 2
Time: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Sat; 11:00 am to 8:00 pm on Sun.
Cost: Free
Location: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago
More Info: navypier.org