Lucky for you, even as summer winds down to its inevitable end, this weekend is packed with phenomenal festivals to fill up your calendar. Best of all, most of the events are free -- which is especially good for those of you who just plopped down tickets to see Prince later this month.
Each Friday throughout the remainder of the summer, HuffPost Chicago is spotlighting five of that weekend's must-go festivals and other events.
Need more ideas? The city also maintains a calendar of neighborhood events taking place throughout Chicago.
Did we miss something great that's on your calendar this weekend? Tell us about it in the comments.
Windy City Wine Festival
Do you consider yourself a bit of a wino? Would you like to learn more about some 345 different wines originating from around the world? Mark your calendar for the <strong><a href="http://www.windycitywinefestival.com/" target="_hplink">Windy City Wine Festival</a></strong>, kicking off Friday. The rain-or-shine event is dedicated to all things wine, featuring seminars, cooking demonstrations, live music and, duh, tastings. <br> <em>Friday, Sept. 7 (4-10 p.m.) & Saturday, Sept. 8 (3-9 p.m.) <br> Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, 200 N. Columbus <br> $28 in advance, $35 at the door (includes 10 tastings), $10 for designated drivers</em> <br> Photo: Facebook
Open Streets Chicago
Think city streets would be way radder if they weren't so packed with all those pesky cars? <strong><a href="http://openstreetschicago.org/" target="_hplink">Open Streets Chicago</a></strong> is the festival for you. In the first of two free events this month, Open Streets is taking over a <a href="http://openstreetschicago.org/loop/event-map/" target="_hplink">stretch of pavement on State and Monroe streets</a> with the aim to create a safe public space on a car-free street. The event offers a mobile skate park, yoga, relay races, breakdancing demonstrations, four square, a kids' zone and more. Next weekend, the event, spearheaded by the Active Transportation Alliance, hits Bucktown. <br> <em>Saturday, Sept. 8 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) <br> State and Monroe <br> FREE</em> <br> Photo: Facebook
Renegade Craft Fair
Though the <strong><a href="http://www.renegadecraft.com/chicago" target="_hplink">Renegade Craft Fair</a></strong> is no longer a Chicago exclusive -- since its inaugural 2003 edition in the city's Wicker Park neighborhood, it has expanded to Brooklyn, San Francisco, Austin and London -- it still has a DIY, local-friendly vibe that the Windy City can be proud of. The 2012 fair will feature hundreds of vendors, plus workshops, a free photo booth, delicious grub and Goose Island all set to a soundtrack provided by some of the finest DJs Chicago has to offer. <br> <em>Saturday, Sept. 8 & Sunday, Sept. 9 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) <br> 2000 W. Division <br> FREE</em> <br> Photo: Facebook
The Garfield Park Conservatory plays host to its inaugural <a href="http://www.garfield-conservatory.org/1st-annual-harvest-days-celebration.htm" target="_hplink"><strong>Harvest Days</strong> celebration</a> this week, a family-focused event packed with activities intended to shine a light on simple and sustainable living. Among the many activities are horse-drawn hay rides, beekeeping demonstrations (plus honey tastings), live music, food trucks and a veggie bingo swap and share. <br> <em>Saturday, Sept. 8 & Sunday, Sept. 9 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) <br> Garfield Park Conservatory's City Garden, 100 N. Central Park <br> $3 suggested donation, kids under 3/conservatory members FREE</em> <br> Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryochijiiwa/3759812205/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">ryochiji/Flickr</a>
Chicago Turkish Festival
The 10th annual <strong><a href="http://www.chicagoturkishfestival.com/index.php" target="_hplink">Chicago Turkish Festival</a></strong> kicks off Sunday in the heart of the Loop. The event spotlights the vivid art, dance, music, food and films of Turkey with over 40 booths, special exhibitions and more. Crowd favorites include the whirling dervishes, the Ottoman army marching band, tantalizing baklava and the trademark Kahraman Maras orchid ice cream. The opening ceremony is set for 11:30 a.m. Sunday. <br> <em>Sunday, Sept. 9-Wednesday, Sept. 12 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) <br> Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington <br> FREE</em> <br> Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/3577156117/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">quinn.anya/Flickr</a>