September Fun On the North Shore For the Whole Family!


Just because everyone is back in school and the lake is cooler and the days are shorter, it doesn’t mean there is an end to the fun! We will eke out every last minute of outdoor revelry! Your entire September can be filled with fun *outdoor* events for the whole family. Beer, wine, food, music & inflatables! I wouldn’t advise drinking a beer on the inflatable, but you be you!

Saturday, September 9, 2017 enjoy The Northfield Park District State Fair/Ribfest. If you have never been - this day is a blast! The festivities are at Clarkson Park, 1950 Willow Road. The day begins at 3 and ends with fireworks at dusk. Live music, inflatables, a ribfest and even a pie baking contest. You will see friends and neighbors from all over the area.

There is a lot to do SaturdaySeptember 16, 2017 on the North Shore. Start your day with the first annual Great Mud Run, sponsored by the Glencoe Park District. It's for kids ages 7-14 and takes place at Watts Park. Click on the link for more info about the obstacle course and the community sponsors.

Also on September 16, after you have cleaned the kids off, head over to Duke Childs Field in Winnetka for the Fall Fest. From 4-9 enjoy music, games, inflatables, food, beer and wine. Enjoy a pumpkin roll and the evening concludes with the movie Trolls at Dusk.

In between events on September 16, head over to St. Joseph’s Oktoberfest in Wilmette. There is a huge antique fair in the large parking lot on the corner of Ridge and Lake, followed by Oompa music, a biergarten and traditional Oktoberfest food.

After all that partying, you should participate in the 5th annual North Shore Triathlon, on Sunday September 17. Start and finish at Gillson Park and bike through the villages of Wilmette, Kenilworth, and Winnetka. Not quite ready for a triathlon, volunteer! Participate, help or cheer the athletes to the finish! 

Don’t miss The Worldwide Day of Play at Vattmann Park in Wilmette, on Saturday, September 23 at 10am. There will be a bouncy house, water balloon toss and much more - a day of play, what could be better??

Katie Hauser