DOWNERS GROVE – September is shaping up to be a busy month in Downers Grove with numerous activities likely to pique practically everyone’s interest.
Everything from harvesting honey, brewing beer, preparing vegan meals, learning about historic Downers Grove homes and celebrating Harvestfest and Oktoberfest is on tap in September.
The calendar is full. Here's a closer look at some of the events going on in Downers Grove.
Field to Fermenter will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at Lyman Woods, 901 31st St. The fee for the 21-and-over event is $55.
Participants will learn about honey and brewing, including how the two come together in Downers Grove to produce craft beer.
Participants will meet at Alter Brewing Co. and travel to Lyman Woods to learn from experts about the history of local beekeeping and the science behind how honey is made. At Lyman Woods, participants will suit up and visit the apiary, harvest honey from the hives and enjoy honey tasting.
The day ends at Alter Brewing Co. for lunch, a tour of the facility and a presentation on the basics of brewing, followed by a tasting of Alter’s brews, including the limited brew crafted using Lyman Woods honey.
The opening reception for "Hearth and Home: The Significance of Downers Grove’s Historic Houses" will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave.
The exhibit explores the histories of houses in Downers Grove built between the 1830s and 1930s and the families, past and present, who turned them into homes.
Participants will get the chance to meet with museum staff who curated the exhibit. Additionally, local history experts will answer questions about historic home research, recognition programs and preservation. The exhibit runs through Jan. 5.
September also is a month for celebrations, starting with the 42nd annual Downtown Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival.
The fest will be Sept. 8 and 9 on Main Street in downtown Downers Grove. The event features live music, boutiques, cafes and a children’s art area, as well as the work of several artists.
One week later, the Downers Grove District 58 Foundation will hold its annual Oktoberfest.
The event will be from noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 16 and noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 in downtown Downers Grove. The celebration will feature traditional German fare and beverages, as well as children’s activities and karaoke, a high school brat-eating contest, a high school doughnut-eating contest and entertainment.
Oktoberfest, which raises money for District 58 schools, is free for children with a paying adult, volunteers, and active military and veterans with a military ID. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 55 and older and teenagers 14 to 17 years old.
Yet another annual autumn celebration, Harvest Fest and the DG 5&8 Miler, will be Sept. 29.
The day begins with the 41st annual DG 5&8 Miler, a race through the neighborhoods of Downers Grove. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., and ends at Harvest Fest, which will be at Fishel Park, 1050 Grove St.
The festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., will feature free activities, including live music, a craft fair and the pumpkin patch children’s area. A pie-eating contest and bags area also will be part of the fun. Local food vendors will serve a variety of entrees, and cold beverages will be on tap.