Oktoberfest at St. Alphonsus Church (Chuan D. Vo/For RedEye )
5917 N. Broadway
Celebrate all things animal-free at Chicago VeganMania, which features cooking demonstrations by YouTube sensation the Vegan Black Metal Chef and others, lifestyle and cookbook author presentations, a food court, dozens of vendors, live music and swag bags for the first 100 visitors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. No cover. Schedule: chicagoveganmania.com
3159 N. Southport Ave. 773-525-2508
If your weekend checklist includes food, beer and an upgraded music collection, you can address all three at Pig, Swig & Record Dig, which includes a pig roast ($6-$12 for pulled pork dishes), $2 Goose Island 312 cans and drafts, records from eight vendors including Dusty Groove, Bucket o' Blood and Jazz Record Mart, prints from the Schubas and Lincoln Hall archives and raffles. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. No cover.
RAISE A STEIN
St. Alphonsus Church
1429 W. Wellington Ave. 773-868-3010
One of the city's oldest churches celebrates its German roots during Oktoberfest Chicago, which features brats, beer and German and American bands on two stages—plus a Jumbotron for Sunday NFL football viewing—during this 12th annual indoor-outdoor bash. 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. $5.
Newport and Southport Avenues
Take your pooch out for a 1.5 mile group stroll at Chicago Canine Rescue's Mutt Strut which also includes a block party with DJ music, contests, food, drink and canine service vendors, adoptable pets and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. $10-$40. RSVP: chicagocaninerescue.com.
(Free!) WALK THIS WAY
Ravenswood Avenue between Irving Park Road and Lawrence Avenue
How much inspiration can you pack into one neighborhood corridor? Plenty, you'll discover, at the Ravenswood Art Walk, which includes more than 200 spots showcasing fine art, crafts, performances and design. There's also a street fair featuring food trucks, live music and works for sale by 50 artists. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Schedule: ravenswoodartwalk.org.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Zane Lamprey of AXS-TV's "Drinking Made Easy" hosts an Oktoberfest celebration Saturday at Joe's Bar: drinkingmadeeasy.com.