Sept. 6-8: Festival of the Vine, Homer Harvest Days, Elwood Days, Downers Grove Art Fair, South Elgin Scandinavian Day Fest, Bartlett Heritage Days, Graue Mill Corn Fest
By Annie Alleman For Sun-Times Media September 5, 2013 8:42AM
A variety of arts and crafts is on sale during Geneva’s Festival of the Vine. | File photo
Updated: September 5, 2013 8:42AM
Although summer is rapidly fading in the rear view mirror, there is still plenty to do on the weekend.
This weekend marks the return of Geneva’s popular food and wine celebration, the Festival of the Vine; plus Homer Harvest Days, Elwood Days, Downers Grove Art Festival, South Elgin Scandinavian Day Fest, Bartlett Heritage Days and Graue Mill Corn Fest.
There’s enough variety for anyone to find something to do.
Festival of the Vine
♦ Sept. 6-8
♦ North Fourth and Rt. 38 (West State Street), Geneva
♦ (630) 232-6060
Savor the flavor of Geneva during Festival of the Vine, the autumn harvest celebration.
The festival includes a flower show, bands, arts and crafts show, wines from around the world, food from Geneva restaurants, live demonstrations, free trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides and a Kids’ Corner.
Fest hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8.
Headline entertainment includes the Dennis O’Brien Band Friday, Hiline Band Saturday and the Blind Roosevelts Sunday.
Visitors to the Flavor Fare can sample from 22 of Geneva’s eateries and from 17 wines. Each ticket costs $1 (cash only); entrees cost 1 to 5 tickets each. Wine costs 4 to 12 tickets per glass.
The Arts and Crafts Show will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Third and Campbell streets. The event features more than 75 exhibitors displaying all types of contemporary arts and original crafts.
Homer Harvest Days
♦ Sept. 7-8
♦ Trantina Farm, 15744 W. 151st St., Lockport
♦ (708) 301-0522
The sixth annual Homer Harvest Days will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Trantina Farm.
The event will feature food, live music, old-fashioned entertainment and games, children’s activities, living history and pioneer demonstrations, a petting zoo, pony rides, antique tractors, hay rides, arts and craft vendors and more.
Music will be provided by the Chris Talley Trio (bluegrass and gospel), Innisfree Classical Folk Ensemble (performing music from Revolutionary War to the Civil War) and the Grand Prairie Dulcimers with Rocco Bartolini.
Elwood Community Days
♦ Sept. 6-8
♦ Downtown Elwood
♦ (815) 423-6757
The theme of the 23rd annual Elwood Days is “I Love the ‘80s.”
Events kick off Sept. 6 with a carnival, beer garden and DJ from 5 to 11 p.m. Other activities tonight include the annual car show, plus bingo and Jim Nesci’s Cold Blooded Creatures Show.
Sept. 7 activities include a youth fishing contest, tractor show, 23rd annual Elwood Days Parade at 11 a.m., craft show from 12 to 5 p.m., carnival, beer garden, DJ, bingo and cow pie bingo. There’s also a display by the Historical Society, kiddie tractor pull, bean bag tournament, talent show and fireworks at 8:45 p.m.
On Sept. 8, bingo continues as does the carnival and beer garden. The highlight of the day will be a Guns and Hoses softball game at 12:30 p.m.
Check the website for carnival mega pass and wristband specials.
Downers Grove Art Festival
♦ Sept. 7-8
♦ Main Street and Burlington Avenue, Downers Grove
♦ (847) 926-4300
The 37th annual Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival features original works from more than 130 juried artists in a variety of mediums.
The hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8. Fest-goers will find ceramics, jewelry, glass, photography, paintings and more with prices ranging from $20 to $2,000.
There will be food on-site, live and art activities for kids, like an art scavenger hunt and art spin. Several artists will have interactive demonstrations and booth chats during the festival.
South Elgin Scandinavian Day Fest
♦ Sept. 8
♦ Vasa Park, Route 31, South Elgin
♦ Tickets, $0-$10
♦ (847) 695-6720
Come out and celebrate the five Nordic cultures with traditional food, crafts, music and entertainment at the 34th annual Scandinavian Day Fest, held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at Vasa Park in South Elgin.
Scandinavian entertainment includes musical groups and folk dancers, along with organizations representing the Nordic Cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Additionally, more than 50 vendors will sell arts and crafts, gifts, specialty foods and travel opportunities unique to ethnic origins.
Culinary delicacies will include Scandinavian Day favorites likes fried herring, breakfast Scandinavian variety plate, Norwegian lapkaus, aebleskivars, danske polser, specialty pastries and baked goods, Swedish pancakes, Norwegian polser, foods of Finland, Icelandic hangikjot, Swedish glass, vafflor. There will also be a beer garden.
Bartlett Heritage Days
♦ Sept. 6-8
♦ Leiseberg Park, 325 E. Devon Ave., Bartlett
♦ (630) 830-0324
The Bartlett Heritage Days Carnival is presented by the Bartlett Chamber of Commerce at Leiseberg Park. Hours are from 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 6, 12 to 11 p.m. Sept. 7 and 12 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8.
There will be live music, food, a beer garden and carnival rides. The band Friction plays tonight at 7 p.m. On Saturday, look for The Leftovers at 5 p.m., followed by headliners Pipe Dream at 7 p.m.
Graue Mill Corn Fest
♦ Sept. 8
♦ Graue Mill, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook
♦ (630) 655-2090
Come out to the Cornfest Family Fun Day from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8. The popular family picnic returns with hot dogs and hamburgers along with roasted corn on the cob, homemade pies and sweet taffy apples.
Entertainment includes games, races and a fishing tournament for kids. Children can use hammers, nails and paint to create projects from the giant woodpile. There is no general admission fee, and tickets will be available for all food, drinks and activities.