Oak Lawn’s Fall on the Green opens Sept. 6
BY STEVE METSCH email@example.com September 6, 2013 5:03PM
People stroll past booths during last year's Fall on the Green festival in Oak Lawn. | File photo
Updated: September 6, 2013 5:06PM
Summer may have unofficially ended with Labor Day, but nobody said the fun had to end.
Oak Lawn’s 18th annual Fall on the Green festival returns Sept. 6 through 8.
The festival wraps around the village hall and the public library, and, as in past years, offers a bit of something for everyone.
Deanne Adasiak, assistant to the director of business operations for the village, oversees the event. She has been busy.
“It’s family friendly, fun and it’s free. The only cost is for people who buy food or drinks. All the rides are free,” she said in her office in the lower level at the village hall.
New this year is a zipline in the teen area, she said.
“We have a Ferris wheel, a ton of teen rides, zero gravity, a twister ride, ton of inflatables for the kids, a main stage for bands and a huge beer tent which also features bands,” she said.
Volunteers will tend to the serving up of beer, with Park Lawn getting a share of the proceeds, Adasiak said.
A wide range of music will be heard, featuring local musicians from throughout the Southland, along with big name draws popular at other festivals.
Maggie Speaks, a local cover band, will play on the main stage from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 8. American English, a Beatles tribute band, will channel the Fab Four from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7. Sept. 8 wraps up with CTA, a Chicago tribute band, playing from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The beer tent will have live music throughput the weekend.
Some highlights include South of Disorder, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 7; The Hat Guys from 10 p.m. to midnight Sept. 7; and Slippery When Wet, playing the music of Bon Jovi, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8.
The inflatables will be in the children’s area, along with face painting. For adventurous spirits, there will be a rock climbing wall and a tattoo parlor. There’s also a food court, a business tent area and an arts and crafts area featuring more than 75 vendors.
Parking is on area streets and at the parking garage near the train station. A shuttle bus service will run to and from the parking garage every 15 minutes starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 6, 4 p.m. Sept. 7 and 1 p.m. Sept. 8.
The festival hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 6, 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 7 and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8.
“It’s a very popular event and it’s successful because of all the volunteers, truly, and good weather. We’ve been so lucky with the weather. Let’s kick off the fall,” Adasiak said.