Summer isn’t over yet. Take advantage of the last days of the season with a garden tour and more with our picks of the top eight things to do around Elmwood Park this weekend. For more happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.
1. Artists and Authors Fine Arts Fair, 10 a.m. Saturday
The whole family is invited for a weekend of arts and crafts. The event is open at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 and 11 a.m. Sept. 7. Fischer Farm, West Grand Avenue and Old Grand Avenue, Bensenville. Free.
2. Trek to Rec 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m. Saturday
The run highlights area parks and facilities and raised funds help assist less fortunate families in Leyden. The run starts at Westdale Park, located 3045 Sandra Ave., Melrose Park, and ends at the Bradley A. Stephens Community Center, 2620 N. Mannheim Road, Franklin Park. Those who register before August 16th receive a swag bag and shirt. Leyden Township Community Center, 2620 N. Mannheim Road, Franklin Park. $20.
3. Guided Bicycle Tour, 9:30 a.m. Friday
Explore the historic Oak Park neighborhoods on a guided bicycle tour of 22 structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Sites include Wright’s Home and Studio, Unity Temple, Frank Thomas House, Heurtley House, Cheney House, Furbeck House and more. Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion St., Oak Park. $30-$35.
4. Battle Of The Bags Cornhole Tourney, noon Saturday
The tournament has both competitive and social divisions. Payouts for the competitive division are: first – $1,000, second – $750, third – $500, fourth – $300, fifth and sixth – $200, seventh and eighth – $150, ninth-12th – $100 and 13-16th – $50. The social division receives cash and gift cards. For more information, call 815-440-4096. MB Financial Park at Rosemont, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont.
5. Birds, Bees and Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour, 2 p.m. Sunday
Tour 10 public and private native gardens. A guided bike tour leaving from the Cook County Forest Preserve at 2 p.m. is also offered. Tour-goers can go at their own pace by bike or car as well. A Native Garden Fair runs from 4-5:30 p.m. Register in advance at www.greencommunityconnections.org. Cummings Square, 536 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest. $7 suggested donation.
6. ‘Urinetown,’ 7 p.m. Friday
The comedic musical is performed. Tickets are available online at www.oakpark.revtrak.net. Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park. $10; $8 students and seniors.
7. Eisenhower Mini Comic Con, 10 a.m. Saturday
The Mini Comic Convention is a celebration of all things geeky, including comics, toys, video games, television, original art, collectibles, anime, manga and a big costume contest. Meet comic creators Gene Ha, Bill Reinhold, Linda Lessmann and others. Eisenhower Public Library, 4613 N. Oketo Ave., Harwood Heights.
8. Start Your Nature Journal, 1 p.m. Saturday
Keeping a nature journal is vital for remembering plants, wildlife and of course, showing off your adventures. Use pencil, paper and even smartphone apps to keep track of your natural discoveries. Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. $15.
To submit an event, visit pioneerlocal.suntimes.com/submit-content.Tags: Cummings Square, Eisenhower Public Library, event roundups, Fischer Farm, Greenline Wheels, Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum, Leyden Township Community Center, MB Financial Park at Rosemont