‘INNOVATION NATION – LIVE’
WHERE: McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sept. 21
COST & INFO: $20 adult, $14 youth; www.atthemac.org
ABOUT: The two-time Emmy Award-winning CBS TV Saturday morning show comes to life in a brand new production highlighting major turning points in the past and present influencing the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, the environment and social justice. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
PASSPORT EUROPE FESTIVAL
WHERE: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 and 23
COST & INFO: Free with arboretum admission; www.mortonarb.org
ABOUT: Travel to Europe with culinary delights, musical performances, dancing demonstrations and more during the fifth annual festival featuring the dynamic cultures of Europe. Hike the trails and explore the Arboretum's collections of trees and plants native to central and northern Europe. Treat your senses to live music ranging from Spanish flamenco to Polish polkas and Italian jazz. Experience dances from Ireland, Germany and Greece. Try your hand at hurling, an Irish sport. Enjoy authentic European cuisine.
ELMHURST HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE
WHERE: Redeemer Center, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 345 S. Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst
WHEN: 1:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22
COST & INFO: $1; firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT: The unique craft show is a boutique where visitors can browse quality handcrafted creations and pay by check or cash at checkout. Sit and relax while having some coffee, tea and delicious goodies. Creations include home decor items, holiday decorations, floral, jewelry, stained glass, handbags and accessories, candles, baked goods and more.
FIRKIN BEER FEST
WHERE: CityGate Centre, 2155 City Gate Lane, Naperville
WHEN: 3 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22
COST& INFO: $20 to $79; napervillefirkinfest.com
ABOUT: The festival will include more than 30 one-of-a-kind firkins alongside some of the best traditional craft brews from breweries around Illinois and throughout the Midwest. A firkin is a cask ale that’s not filtered, clarified, pasteurized or force carbonated. Firkins are one time, one-off creations that are impossible to replicate due to the secondary fermentation that takes place inside the cask. Proceeds benefit Project HELP, a nonprofit that strives to combat child abuse and neglect.
TASTES AND CULTURES OF INDIA
WHERE: Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave., Naperville
WHEN: 11 a.m. Sept. 22
COST & INFO: Free; www.indianculturalfestival.org
ABOUT: Through the various folk dance presentations and tastes from different states of India, the festival’s aim is to demystify Indian traditions and to share its values of love and harmony. See dance forms such as Bharat Natyam, Kathak, Kuchipuri, Odissi, Mohiniyattam and other genre. Learn how to wear a traditional sari. Enjoy food demos, henna tattoos, a dance workshop, boutique and traditional jewelry shops, and find yoga and Ayurveda supplies plus added wares.