By Anna Lothson
Oak Parkers can welcome October early with the 21st annual Oaktoberfest in downtown Oak Park this weekend, Sept. 14-15.
Starting at 4 p.m. Friday, guests can enjoy a variety of live music, fall foods from local restaurants, specialty microbrews and a kids' root beer garden. Other activities, like the zucchini race will offer a chance for kids to create and race their own zucchini cars. The kids' area also features a traveling zoo, karaoke, games and other activities.
Seasonal favorites and international specialties such as pulled pork sandwiches, smoked corn on the cob, brats, chicken kabobs and more from Luo's Peking House, Mancini's, Puree's, Golden Lamb, Khyber Pass, Jerusalem Cafe, Sugar Fixe, Barclay's American Grille, Aripo's Venezuelan Arepa House, and OPRF Chamber of Commerce.
The fest is located on Marion Street between Lake and North Boulevard and on North Boulevard between Marion and Forest.
Live music starts at 4 p.m. Friday and runs until 10 p.m. Music runs from noon-10 p.m. Saturday. For a full line up, check out Downtown Oak Park's website.