We’ve got the best bets for when the work week is over and you're ready to get out. Check our picks for the activities to hit.
1. JOY! BEETHOVEN
Where/When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday , 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.
Why Go: New Philharmonic's 35th anniversary season kicks off with this program of 's works including the overture from the acclaimed "Egmont, op. 84" and Symphony No. 9, op. 125 in D minor," Beethoven's last and most influential symphony.
2. FALL CARNIVAL
Where/When: 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday at , 1777 S. Blanchard St.
Why Go: The will include carnival rides, concessions, games and a chance to win prizes. A portion of all carnival proceeds will benefit the Wheaton Park District Leisureship Program, a scholarship program that provides recreation programming for those experiencing financial hardship.
3. SOLAR TOUR
Where/When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 4537 Ivanhoe Ave., Lisle.
Why Go: The is a self-guided, statewide event, with four Lisle locations, that demonstrates how Illinois homes and businesses are using solar, wind, geothermal, passive solar design, and energy efficiency to become energy independent. To register and download a guidebook visit www.illinoissolartour.org.
4. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD THEATRE-HIKE
Where/When: 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at , 4100 Lincoln Ave., Lisle.
Why Go: "" is performed while hiking through the Arboretum grounds. This show is suitable for ages 13 and up, due to violent content. The theatre-hike presents a different scene at a different location on the Arboretum grounds. Audience members walk to each location to enjoy the unfolding story. Regular hikes, which can cover up to two miles with multiple stops along the way, are on Saturdays, and low-impact hikes (suitable for walkers and wheelchairs) are on Sundays.
5. THE WILD MEN OF WEST SUBURBIA
Where/When: 10 a.m. Sunday at , 224 N. Main St., Wheaton.
Why Go: The Burning Bush Gallery will display an exhibition of paintings by , with a reception Sunday.