Hop Stop 2023 

Saturday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Bring your friends and family and raise your glass to another Hop Stop Festival! Presented by Riverside Foods and the Olmstead Society, this collaboration brings you over 50+ tastings available from craft brewers, cideries, and Quincy Street Distillery. This festival will provide you with your own commemorative glass where you can taste what every participant has to offer. If you attend, be safe and make sure to either use the free bicycle valet or the Metra which will drop you right on-site. Family activities include art for children, live music, and food vendors. Everyone is welcome. For tickets, visit riversidehopstop.com. Riverside Train Station, 90 Bloomingbank Rd.

Michelle Robbins, of Westchester, and Pandora Slawinski, of Lyons, look at the jewelry available at the Elevated Gems booth on Sept. 21 at the Brookfield Fine Arts Festival in Kiwanis Park. (File 2019)

Brookfield Fine Arts Festival 

Saturday, Sept. 30,  9 a.m.-4 p.m.,

Do you appreciate original, unique, local art? If so, join the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce in the celebration of the arts at Kiwanis Park on Saturday. The Art Festival will include artwork of all shapes, sizes, and categories. Artists’ booths will be set up across the park, along with food trucks, craft beer, and wine. Families are welcome, for there is art for kids, live music, morning yoga sessions, and even a sidewalk chalk contest! There will even be an art mural for members of the community to contribute their beautiful art to! General Admission is free. Come together with your neighbors and support local, hardworking artists. Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave.

Navigating College Admissions Successfully in 2023

Wednesday, Sept. 27,  7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Parents and students: college admissions got you scared? Figure out the ins and outs of college admissions with Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper from Stand Out for College at the library this Wednesday. The two will conduct a zoom call where they will explain the current landscape of admissions and how it affects students. Parents and students will learn helpful tips for improving applications, learning up-to-date admissions trends, and timelines for the application process. Increase your student’s chances for acing college admissions by attending this free and beneficial presentation at the library. Register for this event along with others online, by phone, or in person. www.lsfbrookfieldlibrary.org   708-485-6917 Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave.

Spanish Family Movie Night

Thursday, Sept. 28   6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Brookfield Library on Thursday. Get the full movie night experience by enjoying some popcorn while watching Coco. Coco, released in 2017, follows Miguel, a young musician, who is trying to follow his dreams in the music industry. This movie is all about bringing people together through the love of music and family. To celebrate this month to the fullest, the screening of Coco will be in Spanish. This evening of fun is free for all families so no need to break open your wallets! Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave.

Riverside Township Radio Players Show

Friday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. 

The Radio Players are back for their 25th season. Twenty-five years of performances will kick off with an episode of The Magnificent Montague named “Montague’s Father” and The Adventures of Dick Tracy “The Case of the Dark Corridor.” The Radio Players perform old time radio programs and bring them to life on stage. Montague’s Father originally aired in 1951 and The Case of the Dark Corridor in 1946. This show is a great opportunity to see something you have never seen before! Admission is free and will occur in the Auditorium of Riverside Township Hall. Riverside Township, 27 Riverside Rd.

Pete’s Diary Rock Night 

Friday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 

If you love rock music, join Pete’s Diary at Kiwanis Park Friday. This night of music is sponsored by The Village of Brookfield Parks & Rec Summer Concert Series. Music includes blues-based and classic rock songs from your favorite rock bands, including ZZ Top, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and others. Pete’s Diary is a Chicago rock band first formed in 2021. The trio includes Peter Dankelson on guitar, Mac McRae on vocals and bass, and Ryan “Rocky” Johnson on drums. The band just released their debut EP All Screwed Up. Go check them out, admission is free! Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave.