This weekend, explore the colors of the season with a variety of fall-related activities, as well as music, theater and more in our top 10 picks of events taking place around Highland Park. For a complete listing of events, visit lakeforest.suntimes.com/calendar.
1. Highland Park Players Presents 'CATS,' 8 p.m. Friday
The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is knows as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. The production runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 19 and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 20. Visit www.highlandparkplayers.com for more information. Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook. Call 847-291-2367. $20.
2. Great Pumpkin Day, 10 a.m. Saturday
Enjoy food, entertainment, games, a petting zoo and more activities for all ages at this free celebration. Kalk Park, Park Avenue and Green Bay Road, Glencoe.
3. Illinois Orchid Society Fall Show and Sale, 10 a.m. Saturday
Individual orchids in 128 classes, from the rarest of species to cultivated hybrids, will be artistically displayed. Runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Call 847-835-5440.
4. Fall Colors Photography, 10 a.m. Saturday
An REI Outdoor School instructor will share simple techniques on how to take pictures of the magnificent color displays of the season. Ryerson Conversation Area, 21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods. $20-$25.
5. PTO Pumpkin Patch Sale and Monster Mash Bash, noon Saturday
Just in time for Halloween, the public is invited to downtown Highland Park for free family fun, including mask making, face painting, spooky stories, movies ("It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" at noon Oct. 12, "Twilight" at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12, "Monsters Inc." at noon Oct. 13 and "Monster House" at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13), hayrides and more. Events begin at noon Oct. 12-14. Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave., Highland Park.
6. Meet the K-9 Comfort Dogs, 1 p.m. Saturday
They've responded to tragedies across the country, from the mass shooting in Sandy Hook, Conn., to the tornado that hit Oklahoma, and now they're making a trip to the Deerfield Public Library. Learn more about this unique canine ministry and then meet the awe-inspiring dogs that helped these communities cope. Register by calling 847-945-3311. Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Road, Deerfield.
7. From Ferris Wheel to Forest Preserve, 1 p.m. Saturday
Davis Schneiderman leads a discussion on Chicago, dating back to the 1893 World's Fair. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park. Call 847-433-6901.
8. First Run Feature: 'The Way, Way Back,' 2 p.m. Saturday
This 2013 film tells the story of a shy 14-year-old who goes on vacation with his mother, her boyfriend and her boyfriend's daughter. Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Allison Janney. 103 minutes. Presented in 35 mm. Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook. Call 847-272-6224.
9. Patchouli, 7 p.m. Saturday
Nationally touring, award-winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel blend elements of folk, pop, flamenco and jazz with world beat rhythms. Stained Glass Coffeehouse, 225 Wilmot Road, Deerfield. Call 847-945-0176. $15.
10. Fall Camouflage Hike, 2 p.m. Sunday
Learn about animals that use camouflage to help them survive on this guided hike. Ryerson Conservation Area, 21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods. $1-$7.