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Pumpkins, world music and a haunted house on the first weekend of fall


Your calendar makes it official, Saturday is the first day of fall. Also opening at the National Museum of Mexican Art are Reeling, the Day of the Dead exhibit, and dinosaurs in the western suburbs.

Celebrating art, music and creativity, this free, family-friendly festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The event will feature the works of 200 artists, street paintings, live music and art events in 40 different venues.

September 23rd from noon to 5pm at various locations in Beverly and Morgan Park; free, for more information: beverlyarts.org

Celebrate the beginning of fall at this outdoor experience spanning two acres. There’s a corn maze, carnival games, axe-throwing, fortune tellers, gem mining, food and drinks, and over 10,000 pumpkins.

September 21 – November 5, 1265 West Le Moyne, tickets: jackspumpkinpopup.com

Ten life-sized animatronic dinosaurs will roam west suburban Wheaton in a free outdoor exhibit presented by Imagine Exhibitions and Innovator. Plus a full calendar of related dino events.

along Front Street in downtown Wheaton through Oct. 8; more information at www.downtownwheaton.com

Nighttime action season kicked off this weekend with the opening of a string of haunted houses in the Chicago area; these include Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group’s atmospheric Old Joliet Haunted Jail. Also escape rooms and Zombie Laser Tag.

Sept. 23 through Nov. 4 at 401 Woodruff Road, Joliet; tickets $19.99 to $89.99 hauntedjail.com

During the festival spanning 10 days, 34 musical groups from 22 countries will meet in the city. Participants will have the chance to listen to world music and its subgenres from countries such as Brazil, South Korea and Senegal. The event kicks off this weekend with shows at Martyrs’ (3855 N. Lincoln Ave.), Avondale Music Hall (3336 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and Sleeping Village (3734 W. Belmont Ave.).

22 September-October. 1 in various venues; free, for more information: chicago.gov

Listen to live music, enjoy food trucks, and play games at this event; Then design your own lantern with messages of love, dreams and memories. As the sun begins to set, participants will suddenly throw their flashlights into the water. The lanterns are then collected for reuse and recycling.

Sept. 23, 4-8 p.m., Humboldt Park, 1400 N. Humboldt Drive; tickets start at $46 waterlanternfestival.com/chicago

"Day of the Dead, Living Being" opens this weekend.  Pictured by artist Ángel Gabriel Ortiz "Day of the Dead Vase," Part of the NMMA permanent collection.

The 37th annual Day of the Dead exhibition opens Friday at 6 p.m. with a reception at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. According to the museum, “Día de Muertos, Living Being”, which includes dozens of works as well as installations by 18 local artists, is held in memory of those who died in the earthquakes that occurred in Turkey and Syria, especially in February.

Through Dec. 10, National Museum of Mexican Art, Main Gallery, 1852 W. 19th St.; Free admission, nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

The 41st Chicago LGBTQ+ film festival, the second oldest festival in the United States, opened with screenings All over town.

through Oct. 8 at the Landmark Century Center Cinema, 2828 N. Clark St.; Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave.; and Chicago Filmmakers, 1326 W. Hollywood Ave. Tickets $12-$15; five selection passes are $55; Pick-10 passes are $100. Some movies are available for online viewing. For more information, visit 773-293-1447 and reelingfilmfest.org


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