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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: October 27-29


***Friday, Saturday & Sunday  / **Friday & Saturday


**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.

**Howlin’ at the Moon / 5-10PM Friday and Saturday at Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540 / $20 / Enjoy thrilling performances and attractions at this Halloween bash for adults (21+). Howl along to live music, feast your fangs on delicious local cuisine at the Food Truck Graveyard, and quench your undying thirst in the BOOze Bar. Take a stroll through the Moonlight Market to purchase eerie and bizarre items, wander through the Dark Art Gallery, and participate in a costume contest. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in costumes. Howlin’ at the Moon is for adults twenty-one years of age and older only. No one under the age of twenty-one is permitted. IDs will be checked at the entrance. Tickets and info at www.napersettlement.org/627/Howlin-at-the-Moon.

Meson Sabika
Historic Meson Sabika

***Changing Seasons at Mesón Sabika / 11:30AM to 9PM / Find a choice in dining rooms and private spaces 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. (Note also that making reservations for the annual complimentary Thanksgiving Day “take-out turkey dinner” for families in need is now in progress.)


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, hosting 50-plus vendors every Saturday 7AM-noon.

The Panto Company USA’s ‘Cinderella’ / 10AM and 1PM at Pfeiffer Hall – 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville, IL 60540 / $10-15 / The Panto Company USA presents “Cinderella.” Bullied by her two mean Step-Sisters, Cinderella’s future looks bleak until her Fairy Godmother casts a spell and sends her to the ball. How will the Prince ever find her when she flees at midnight, leaving behind a single glass slipper? True to the story, bringing to life this tale for all time, a slice of amazing Panto Company USA fun, full of original modern songs, bursting with more hilarity than you can imagine and, of course, a happy ending. Tickets at www.northcentralcollege.edu/show/artists/panto-cinderella.

Naperville Pumpkin Race hosted by Turning Pointe Autism Foundation / Noon to 4PM / Race track will be set again near Moser Tower along Rotary Hill. All ages are welcomed to enter a creatively-designed pumpkin racer. Or just be there with family, friends and neighbors for the fun of it from one heat to the next. Admission to watch is free of charge. 


Downtown Naperville Halloween Hop / 10AM to noon throughout downtown Naperville / Calling all costumed characters, ghouls, goblins, witches, and super heroes. Come to Downtown Naperville on Sunday to enjoy a great morning filled with fun and surprises (both candy and non-candy goodies). Dozens of downtown businesses will be open early (at 10AM) and will be handing out Halloween surprises. STOP BY AT TOP FASHION (corner of Main Street/Jackson Avenue) – for a treat and a printed map of participating businesses (while supplies last). Enjoy this fun fall day with your family. Hop aboard for fun and Free Trick or Treat Trolley rides with drop off and pick up spots at the corner of Van Buren & Webster (J.Jill/ White House Black Market) and on Water Street too by Elements. (See map for details). Two trolleys will circle downtown every 10-15 minutes for kids and their parents to take a fun ride! FREE!

Halloween Hop 2022 was a time when costumed youngsters reminded downtown visitors that it’s up to everybody to help promote public safety. (PN File Photo)

***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! Stop by Sunday to Trick or Treat!

Trick Or Treat at Naper Settlement / Noon to 5PM / Come in costume and enjoy trick or treating at Naper Settlement’s historical homes for Halloween treats. Watch the blacksmith at his forge and more! Children under 18 must attend with an adult. Adults must be accompanying a child. Purchase $5 Tickets in advance.

Halloween Happening near Riverwalk Grand Pavilion / 1PM to 4PM / Naperville Park District will host its annual Halloween Happening near the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, just west of Centennial Beach. Enter the festivities via the “Ghoulish Trail” located just east of the Jaycees Playground near the Centennial Beach parking lot. FREE!

Looking for additional events this week and next?

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, all pedestrians and other vehicles. The speed limit in Naperville is 25 mph unless otherwise noted.

Every day… Dine Naperville!

Follow the brick path along Webster Street and head over the Riverwalk covered bridge to the Civic Plaza, Jackson Avenue at Webster. 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 “trick or treat” Halloween Hop on Oct. 29 in downtown Naperville. (PN File Photo)
When strolling the Riverwalk, look for bronze plaques that help tell the story of this community’s can-do spirit to create the Riverwalk Park along the DuPage River. In 2021, dozens of commemorative plaques from Main Street to Jefferson Avenue were restored by the Riverwalk Foundation.

Every day… Visit Naperville!

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PN Ombudsman
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