St. Joe’s Oktoberfest
♦ Oct. 4-6
♦ 529 Madison St., Lockport
Lockport’s popular Oktoberfest, a fundraiser for St. Joseph’s School, returns this weekend.
Oktoberfest runs Friday to Sunday at St. Joseph’s School in Lockport. There will be a carnival with wristband specials, casino gambling, a heated beer garden, children’s activities, a craft show and business expo, bake sale and a variety of concessions, including bratwurst, barbecued pulled pork and roast pig sandwiches.
Entertainment includes bands on the main stage throughout the weekend, casino-style gaming with Hold ‘Em poker tournaments on Friday and Saturday evenings, plus children’s performances and activities during the day on both Saturday and Sunday.
Headlining the main stage Friday is Simple Remedy, playing from 7 to 11 p.m. Strung Out plays from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday and polka group Eddie Karosa Jr., and the Boys from Illinois play from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Children’s Tent runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Activities include T-shirt tie-dying, scarecrow building; face painting, pumpkin decorating, super hero mask decorating, coloring pages and hair braiding.
♦ Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville
♦ Tickets, $10-$15
♦ (630) 420-6010
Get ready to hoist a mug and oompah ‘til you bust.
At Naperville Oktoberfest, guests can enjoy traditional German music, beer and cuisine from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday under the tent at Naper Settlement.
There will be family-friendly activities from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters’ Appreciation Day will be Sunday and features Naperville firefighters competing against each other in a chili cook-off.
Entertainment Friday includes DJ Scott from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by Alpine Thunder from 6 to 8 p.m. playing German folk and pop songs. The band OMT will play rock and country hits from 8 to 10 p.m.
Music will liven up the event all day Saturday, with Jimmy’s Bavarians kicking things off at noon. Freeze Dried plays polka from 2 to 4 p.m., The Happy Wanderers play German-style music from 4 to 6 p.m., and The Polkaholics perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Classic rock cover band The Legends take the stage from 8 to 10 p.m.
The entrance to the festival will be through the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center. Parking is available in the Municipal Parking Garage on the corner of Eagle and Aurora and in the Naper Settlement visitor’s lot on Porter Avenue and Webster Street. All proceeds benefit the Naperville Heritage Society.