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Updates / Things to do this weekend around Naperville – Sept. 15-17


Above / The winding brick path along the DuPage River again will provide a backdrop for the Naperville Art League Riverwalk Fine Art Fair along Jackson Avenue this Saturday and Sunday. Look for the NAL information booth across from the Dandelion Fountain, Jackson Avenue at Webster Street.

***Friday, Saturday and Sunday   /  **Saturday and Sunday


Brats at Kreger’s / 10AM to 3PM Fridays and Saturdays at Kreger’s Brat and Sausage Haus – 606 N. Ellsworth Naperville, IL 60563 / Stop by for lunch, conversation and camaraderie. Plan a barbecue and pick up handcrafted bratwurst for the grill. And be sure to tell Bill Kreger that you know his wurst is the best. Football season is here!

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***Loaves & Fishes Night to End Hunger Post Auction Now Online / Now through 2PM Sept. 22 / View Post Auction. / Every generous donation will help provide nutritious food and essential services for the over 8,000 people who visit Loaves & Fishes each week. Thank you.

***Weed Ladies Fall Sale / 10AM-3:30PM Thursday-Saturday and 1-3:30PM Sunday at Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540 / Free to attend the sale / The Weed Ladies Fall Sale features creative seasonal floral arrangements for sale. Each one-of-a-kind silk or dried floral creation has been designed by the Weed Ladies of the Naperville Heritage Society volunteer group. Proceeds benefit the Naperville Heritage Society. Admission to the Fall Sale is free. Please enter the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center and inform the Guest Services Team that you are attending the Fall Sale. Learn More.

***Exchange Club of Naperville Ribfest / Sept 15-17 at DuPage Event Center and Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton. Purchase tickets ($5 park admission) at www.ribfest.net / HOURS: Noon to 10PM Sept. 15 & 16 as well as Noon to 8PM Sept. 17. Park admission price ($5) includes entrance to park to purchase the ribs; plus, enjoy Expos and Family Fun Area. Concert area tickets vary, the admission price is included in ticket price. Click here to purchase tickets for Friday concert area (starts at $40) and Saturday concert area (starts at $35).

***Enjoy Family-Friendly Quigley’s Irish Pub / 8:30PM at Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / Quigley’s Irish Pub features live music Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Stop by for a cool pint, live music and honest pub fare. Weather permitting, the patio is open every day!

World premiere features South Asian dance traditions and Indo-jazz score Mandala South Asian Performing Arts. (Photo by Tom Rossiter)

The Jazz Yatra / 7 to 9PM at Wentz Concert Hall – 171 East Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / $25 / World premiere featuring South Asian dance traditions and Indo-jazz score Mandala South Asian Performing Arts, which connects audiences and students with the vibrancy, flavors, and colors of the performing arts traditions of South Asia, presents the world premiere of The Jazz Yatra, showcasing South Asian dance traditions with an Indo-jazz score by acclaimed jazz guitarist Fareed Haque. Tickets at https://www.eventcombo.com/e/the-jazz-yatra-68742.

***Changing Seasons on the Patios at Mesón Sabika / 11:30AM to 9PM / Find a choice in patios at Mesón Sabika to sample Spanish tapas and delicious sangria for lunch and dinner. Located just west of downtown Naperville at 1025 Aurora Avenue, Mesón Sabika has been serving the community since 1990. Built in 1847, the historic mansion with eight air-conditioned dining rooms is set in a beautifully landscaped four-acre estate, providing a welcoming sight with plenty of parking for lunch, dinner, special events, benefits, weddings, meetings and family gatherings throughout the year. For reservations or information, call (630) 983-3000 x 2.


Naperville Farmers Market / 7AM to Noon at Fifth Avenue Station – 200 East 5th Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / The Farmers Market runs June through November with June-November we host 50-plus vendors every Saturday 7AM-noon.

Check out Booth #112 where the artist has taken creative license to design portraits and maps. (PN Photo, September 16, 2023)

**Riverwalk Fine Art Fair / 10AM to 5PM in downtown Naperville along Jackson Ave. and the Riverwalk / Naperville Art League’s Riverwalk Fine Art Fair has been in the spotlight since its launch in 1985. It will commence this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. The juried show will be home to 115 top-rated national artists who will fill the downtown area with an eclectic collection of fine art and fine wares.

Friends of the Sister Cities Commission promoted their community spirit and the 3rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival during the recent Naperville Jaycees Labor Day Parade. Give them a wave this Saturday in Central Park. (PN Photo)

Naperville Hispanic Heritage Festival / 6 to 9PM at Central Park – 104 East Benton Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540 / The Naperville Hispanic Heritage Festival is a vibrant celebration of the rich cultural heritage and contributions of the Hispanic community in Naperville, Illinois. This annual event brings people together to experience traditional dances, music, authentic cuisine, and engaging activities. It fosters community unity and promotes cultural understanding while honoring the pride, resilience, and achievements of the Hispanic community. Celebrate the vibrant tapestry of Hispanic culture in Naperville.

During the annual Tootsie Roll Drive, buckets on the table collect cash to help persons with intellectual disabilities. (PN Photo, September 16, 2023)

Knights of Columbus 2023 Tootsie Roll Drive / 10AM to 5PM Sat. and Sun / Stationed at Main Street and Eagle Street at the entrances to the NAL Riverwalk Fine Arts Fair along Jackson Avenue, the Knights of Columbus from Ss. Peter and Paul, host the 2023 Tootsie Roll Drive to benefit those individuals with intellectual disabilities. Event programs also are available at both locations. (PN Photo, Sept. 16, 2023)


***Constitution Day! / Commemorate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 dedicated and brave individuals on September 17, 1787. Plan an hour to read the founding document that makes a difference in this nation every day. Consider the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Learn all 27 Amendments. 

Heads up throughout downtown Naperville when the Judd-A-Thon welcomes an impressive Lima Lima flyover just prior to the start the 0.lK Race. Applause. Applause. (PN File Photo)

10th Annual Judd-A-Thon / 10.01AM at Naperville VFW – 908 Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / The 10th annual Judd-A-Thon .1K will take place again near the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. The short event will go a long way to help veteran and military families when it starts promptly at 10:01AM on Sun., Sept. 17. That means participants still have more than enough time to implement a rigorous training program to prepare for the grueling 0.1K endurance race that has become a hallmark of the fitness community in Naperville, notes organizer Pablo Araya with the promise of a Lima Lima flyover, race bibs, t-shirts and goodie bags. Costumed runners and walkers are encouraged to add local color to the Judd-A-Thon. For details and registration ($20 in advance/$25 day of race), visit www.napervfw3873.org, (Click on Judd-A-Thon) or pick one up an entry form in the Canteen at the VFW Post, 908 W. Jackson Ave.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Naperville / 9:30AM at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium – 455 South Brainard St. Naperville, IL 60540 / This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Register at act.alz.org.

**Riverwalk Fine Art Fair / 10AM to 5PM in downtown Naperville along Jackson Ave. and the Riverwalk / Naperville Art League’s Riverwalk Fine Art Fair has been in the spotlight since its launch in 1985.  Admission is free. The juried show will be home to 115 top-rated national artists who will fill the downtown area with an eclectic collection of fine art and fine wares.

Constitution Day “Bells Across America” Carillon Concert / 3PM / Fort Payne Chapter NSDAR has arranged for the 72-bell Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower to ring in honor of the Constitution. City Carillonneur Tim Sleep will perform beginning with a bell strike, followed by “America,” “America the Beautiful,” and “Star Spangled Banner.”

Looking for additional events this week and so on?

Check PN’s recently updated event link to find more concerts, entertainment and local happenings. Plus, event planners can post upcoming things to do. Find the “EVENTS” link available 24-7 on the navigation bar.

Signs around town are reminders that keeping the community safe is everyone’s responsibility. Lock it or lose it. Always be a Crime Stopper. If you see something suspicious, say something. Call 9-1-1. Always remember to watch out for children, cyclists and all pedestrians. The speed limit in Naperville is 25 mph unless otherwise noted.

Every day… Dine Naperville!

The Dandelion Fountain in the Civic Plaza marks the spot for gathering along the Riverwalk, Jackson Avenue at Webster Street. Note the plaque that says the Riverwalk celebrated its first 42 years on Sept. 7, 2023. Come experience the sights and sounds that lead to shopping, dining and entertainment in downtown Naperville. (PN Photo)

Every day… Visit Naperville!

Last Updated, Sept. 16, 2023.

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