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With both feet snuggled into boots and a scarf wrapped around your neck, it's time to bid a bittersweet goodbye to the summer. Oktoberfest Chicago marks the unofficial end of fest season, but at least the year goes out with a bang. Relish the beer choices at that popular Lakeview fest, scope out the cool aesthetics at Design Harvest, take in some music at Hyde Park Jazz Festival or do the wholesome hayrides-and-pumpkin thing at Rogers Park Harvest Celebration. Whichever fest you choose this weekend, make sure to pack in some final fun before the winter Netflix hibernation sets in. firstname.lastname@example.org | @redeyeeatdrink
When: 5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
Where: St. Alphonsus Church (1429 W. Wellington Ave.)
How much: $5 admission Friday and Saturday; Free admission on Sunday; $30 Craft Beer Night option on Friday includes 20 beer tastings (purchase at ticketfly.com); Military veterans with valid ID receive free admission (plus one guest) all weekend
Don't miss: This German-style fall fest—and arguably Chicago's most rockin' church party—is back for a 13th year with Bavarian pretzels, craft beer and two stages of music. New this year is the Friday night craft beer option, which offers 20 pours of brews from Ale Syndicate, Central Waters, Mikkeller, Virtue Cider and more. Regular admission includes music, with beer and food available for separate purchase.
When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Grand Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street
How much: $5 suggested donation
Don't miss: The fourth annual spotlight on West Town's design scene highlights a range of artistic objects, from furniture to home goods to garden items to vintage and antique furniture. Browse tents from notable designers including Beau Hale, Kylie Egge, Eric Erf, Dock 6 Collective and Urban Remains. Live music, programmed by The Hideout, favors bluegrass and country acts with performances by Jane Baxter Miller (4:40 p.m. Saturday), Al Scorch & the Country Soul Ensemble (6:30 p.m. Saturday), Gin Palace Jesters (4:40 p.m. Sunday) and others.
Rogers Park Harvest Celebration
When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Willye B. White Park (1610 W. Howard St.)
How much: Free to attend
Don't miss: This family-friendly fest offers a crash course in fall with free cider, cinnamon rolls and apples, plus a kids' cooking demonstration, pumpkin activities and hayrides.
Hyde Park Jazz Festival
When: 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday; 1-8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Various locations; transportation hub is The Midway Plaisance (1130 Midway Plaisance)
How much: Free to attend; $125 Jazz Pass ensures preferred seating at select indoor venues (purchase at http://hydeparkjazzfestival.org/get-involved)
Don't miss: The seventh annual two-day music festival again brings a stellar line-up to a smattering of excellent venues in Hyde Park, including the DuSable Museum, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and other indoor and outdoor spaces. Check out the full schedule online (hydeparkjazzfestival.org), then plan your route accordingly. Free shuttles between the venues will circulate throughout performance hours, and beer, wine and refreshments will be available for purchase at many venues at the Midway.
BONUS: Follow @redeyeeatdrink on Twitter for dispatches from this weekend’s food and wine fest, Chicago Gourmet.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.