Oktoberfest

Friday, October 5 • 5­­­­–10 PM & Saturday, October 6 • Noon–10PM

Enjoy live musical entertainment and traditional cuisine celebrating all things German. MyChef will be dishing out hearty German delicacies and Schamberger Brothers is back with a fall selection of craft brews that put the fest in Oktoberfest! Children’s activities are available on Saturday from 1-4 PM. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 4-12). Members and children under 4 receive free admission.

This year’s Oktoberfest line-up will wow the crowd, from classic German Oompah to polka to rock. On Friday, the festivities kick off with Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push, a 12-time Grammy Award Nominee and member of the International Polka Music Hall of Fame, followed by returning rockers Polkaholics. Saturday’s line-up is a non-stop roller coaster of German jams, featuring the musical stylings of returning artists The Happy Wanderers and Freeze Dried – singing generational classics with a polka twist – as well as new groups Steve Meisner Trio and headliners Mike & Joe, the Midwest’s most renowned cover band, bringing the night to a rock n’ roll finale.

The Making of ME=WE

Sunday, October 7 • 7–8PM | Reservations required

A photographer and author who uses his art to explore cultural identity, Wing Young Huie spent a week in Naperville photographing residents of Chinese, Indian, and Japanese descent. Huie will share his insights about his time in Naperville that resulted in the exhibit “ME=WE: A Community Portrait”. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Naperville Plays!

Saturday, October 13 • 9 AM–Noon

Visitors will quadruple their fun in this partnership of programming with hands-on activities and storytelling provided by the DuPage Children’s Museum, Naper Settlement, Knoch Knolls Nature Center and the Naperville Public Library. This program take place at the Nichols Library.

History Speaks Lecture Series: Evolution of the Modern Zombie

Sunday, October 14 • 4–5 PM | Non-Members: $10/adult, $9/youth (4-12) and students | Members: $8/adult, $7/ youth (4-12)

Join Scott Kenemore, best-selling author of The Zen of Zombie and Zombie Illinois, on a rollicking tour of the zombie’s origins – from its roots in Haitian mysticism through its evolution in pop culture to the ravenous zombies of today. Kenemore has previously presented at numerous colleges, universities, and at top fan conventions like San Diego Comic Con and Chicago Comic Con.

All Hallows Eve

Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20 • 6:30–10PM

Experience two of the darkest nights of the year with haunting creatures, eerie entertainment, and must-see horrors! This one-of-a-kind experience brings some of the scariest characters of the past, present, and future to life. Not recommended for children under 8 years old. Please note that access to the haunt in the Martin Mitchell Mansion is limited. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Tickets are $20 per guest. Members and children under 4 receive free admission.

Fourth Thursday Evenings

Thursday, October 25 • 7–8 PM

Come experience curator-led tours of our 2018 signature exhibits, “ME=WE” and “Come As You Are”, followed by a unique experience encompassing exhibit themes. In October, patrons will enjoy a panel discussion featuring representatives of Naperville’s Asian-American communities as they discuss the history, growth, and influence of Naperville’s Indian and Chinese residents in the 20th and 21st centuries. Naper Settlement is open late from 4-8 PM. This program is free with general admission and is available at our winter rate admission price.

Juliette Low Birthday Bonanza

Sunday, October 28 • 1–4 PM | $13/Girl Scout; $10/Adult | Registration through Girl Scout Councils only

Celebrate the founder of the Girl Scouts on her 158th birthday! Meet Juliette Low and hear about her life, play games in our historic buildings, and complete a take-home craft. Scouts will receive a fun patch.

History comes to life at Naper Settlement, Chicagoland’s outdoor history museum, located at 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. Visit www.napersettlement.museum or call (630) 420-6010 for tickets and info.