St. Vincent Fall Fest (September 12–14)

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As with much else in Kenwood, parking for the SVF festival can be kind of a drag. That’s what happens when you set up rides, games, food booths, and a stage on a prime lot. But your effort will be rewarded.

   

The main stage features a different band each night; we caught Midnight Special rocking an unabashedly faithful version of “Don’t Stop Believing” before moving on to more ’70s arena rock. The beer last year was standard fare (Bud products, Michelob Ultra, Yuengling), but a rolling wine bar—a cart equipped with wine on ice and an inflatable palm tree—also served festival-goers. We particularly enjoyed the two-sided ring-toss tent: wine on one side, two-liters of pop on the other. Gamblers have multiple options—stud poker and blackjack inside, Beat the Dealer, Hi-Lo, and more blackjack outside.

 

There’s a kiddie corner with little-guy games like Duck Pond, plus a handful of (mostly tame) rides—although they do have a Round-Up, which will happily send anyone spinning into oblivion. One big change for 2014: The festivities have shifted to September. You can still rely on three nights of music and fun: Midnight Special, Naked Karate Girls, and Ooh La La & the Greasers headline this year.

7754 Montgomery Rd., Kenwood, svfchurch.org/festival

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