It’s the grandest fall festival in the Southland. Autumn In the Park Fest opens this Friday, Sept. 20, running through Saturday, Sept. 21.
The fest features music, fun and food for all ages, including chilli and BBQ rib cook-offs, 10 food vendors and a wide variety of beer, petting zoo, hayrack rides, jumpy jumps, an arts colony, and much, much more.
This year’s festival has been enhanced and expanded to include more food, fun, and entertainment for all ages.
5 to 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20
11 a.m. parade, Saturday, Sept. 21
12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21
FREE festival parking is available on the festival grounds, with handicapped parking at the Kaptur Building 8999 W 123rd Street
Saturday ParkingFREE parking is available off-site at the following locations:
Palos Park Metra Commuter Parking Lot at 123rd Street & 82nd Avenue,
Presbyterian Church at 12312 S. 88th Ave.
Village Courtyard at 8301 W. 123rd St.
Trolley/Shuttle Service (Saturday)
FREE trolley and shuttle service at all off-site parking locations during SATURDAY fest hours. Trolley service will run on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., making stops every 10 minutes.
Frangella’s Italian Market
Kekes Fun Food
Also, the Palos Lions Club, Palos Park Women’s Club, and C.O.P.S. will also be offering a variety of menu items for sale including Sno-Cones, Sweet Corn on the Cob, and Hot Dogs.
The Autumn In the Park Parade kicks off at 11 a. m. down 123rd Street.
The McCord Gallery and Cultural Center and Palos Fine Arts from 12:30 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday. These two community organizations will have a full lineup of demonstrations, displays, and shopping available for fest-goers. Be sure to visit the arts colony for the very popular Wine Tasting by Cooper’s Hawk Winery.
This 9th annual chili cook-off is sanctioned by both the International Chili Society (ICS) and Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI). Prizes will be awarded in several categories. There will be a public tasting and a chance for patrons to vote for the “People’s Choice” chili winner.
Amateur BBQ Rib Cook-Off Contest
Entries are closed but you can taste the ribs. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and People’s Choice Awards will be handed out.
Hitsville Revue Band & Show (Motown), main tent, 7-10 p.m. Friday
Skip Towne and the Grehounds, 3-6 p.m., Saturday
Libido Funk Circus (highly energetic show), 7-10 p.m. Saturday