Friday, Oct. 3: Another reason to shop local: The Avenue Business Association’s annual Harvest Sidewalk Sale. Starting at noon, look for three days of deals on clothing, giftware, art and home accessories from the shopkeepers along Oak Park Avenue and at the Lake Street intersection. On Friday, the sidewalks will be stocked with Avenue shop specials. On Saturday and Sunday, visiting artists will add to the off-retail mix. This is the business district that includes such distinct shops as Botanica, Anana’s, Filoni, Fly Bird and Chameleon and-for the non-shoppers in tow-such nearby dining as Winberie’s, Geppetto’s, the Pasta Shoppe and PapaSpiros. Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.
Saturday, Oct. 4: Resisting a Charlie Brown reference, we must report the Great Pumpkin Fest at Beye School. From 1 to 4 p.m., kids 3 and older and the adults with them will have such entertainment options as penny carnival games and a pumpkin moon jump. For kids who can sit awhile, there’s a chance at 2:30 to see the Cold-Blooded Creature Show. $8 for Oak Park residents, $12 for others. Seating for the show is limited: Reserve a spot at oakparkparks.com. Beye is at 230 N. Cuyler.
Sunday, Oct. 5: Seasonal spirit continues through the weekend with Autumnfest at Cheney Mansion. The open house from 1 to 4 p.m. at 220 N. Euclid Ave. is free. So stroll the home and the gardens designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Take in a cooking demo. And go on a garden scavenger hunt.