ROGERS PARK — It's officially fall in the city's northernmost neighborhood and activities planned throughout the community prove it: vampire-themed movies, pumpkins and festive farmers markets all harmonize this weekend in a symphony of fun things to do.
When checking out these events, feel free to leave the wallet at home (lots of them are free), or be a good citizen and bring it along — many also benefit local nonprofits and neighborhood organizations.
Check out our roundup of some weekend highlights and let sweater season begin.
• Rock Out For Homeless Youth: Want to get down for a good cause? Head over to Red Line Tap, 7006 North Glenwood, Friday night between 7 p.m.-1 a.m. as they rock out for homeless youth in Chicago. As part of the Rock In Chicago program, the Songs For Shelter event benefits kids in the area struggling with stable housing.
• Fall in Love With Free Hay Rides, Pumpkins and Treats: The gem of the weekend is the 2015 Harvest Fest Celebration at Willye B. White Park, 1610 West Howard between 1-4 p.m. Promising free hay rides, pumpkins, treats and plenty of entertainment for the family, the festival signals the start to the seasonal change in the Far North. Bring the family, friends and yourself to indulge in this autumnal extravaganza.
• Learn How to Turn Flowers Into Paper: Head to the Hello!Howard Community Garden, 7519 North Ashland, on Saturday between 12-1:30 p.m. to learn how to use anything from fabric to flowers to seeds to make your own paper. It's like Pinterest in real life, but this time it will work.
• Get Spooky With a Hotel Transylvania 2 Party: The New 400 Theater is hosting a Halloween party and everyone is invited. For $15 movie-goers can play Halloween-themed games like spooky putt-putt golf, pin the nose on the pumpkin and Halloween bean bag toss, plus make witchy hat crafts, play scary Bingo, win prizes and more. The price also includes a 1 p.m. showing of Hotel Transylvania 2, a popcorn and drink. For $6, you can get into the showing without all the frills.
• Say Hello to a New Park and Soccer Field: Langdon Park Playground, along with a new soccer field, is ready to make its community debut with a ceremonial ribbon cutting this Saturday with Ald. Joe Moore. The park was funded through the ward's participatory budgeting process, and included the mini-soccer field for sports-minded little ones looking to pick up the skill and burn off some energy. Be at 1754 W. Albion at 10 a.m. to welcome the new park to the neighborhood.
• Get Rhythm in the Garden: On Sunday, head back to the Hello!Howard Community Garden at 1565 W. Howard to enjoy the sounds of the Urban Rhythm Band before the weekend comes to a close. Bring a blanket to the garden space between 3-5 p.m. to relax with family, a loved one, friends or just to get some much-needed alone time. You deserve it, after all.
• Shop the Local Farmers Market: At the Glenwood Sunday Market, families can peruse local flora and produce at Rogers Park's favorite farmers market every Sunday between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Glenwood Avenue between Morse and Lunt. Check out a large selection of pastries (including gluten-free choices), fruits, veggies, jellies, jams and more.
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