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This is your last weekend in September to do something awesome - don't blow it! Ben Folds Five has a concert at the Chicago Theatre on Sunday night (9/30). If you're a piano loving-drowning slowly-child of the ‘90s, you don't want to miss that one. Charlie Murphy (of Chappelle Show fame) has a stand-up gig at the UP Comedy Club Friday night (9/28). And the White Sox play a make-or-break season series against the Rays. Here's what else is going on this week:

The 39th Ryder Cup (Now-9/30)

Watch our country's best golfers tee-off against our European allies at the 39th Ryder Cup. This golf tournament at stunning, suburban Medinah Country Club features some of the biggest names in the sport. Whether you're a fan of long drives, clutch puts, or just like screaming "Get in the hole!" and "Mashed potatoes!" this one's for you

Oktoberfest Chicago (9/28-9/30)

The event name is a bit misleading, but Oktoberfest is one of September's most worthwhile occasions. Beer, bratwurst and oom-pah on the corner of Southport and Lincoln will escort you into the late year feasting season. It goes: Oktoberfest, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner, and a six day gorge to usher in the New Year. Your diet begins tomorrow or, in this case, January. Prost!

Museum Day Live (9/29)

Smithsonian magazine's annual "Museum Day Live" gives the opportunity for people to walk the hallowed halls of our country's finest cultural institutions for free. The program includes close to 1500 museums nationwide with local participants like: Adler Planetarium, Museum of Contemporary Art, Swedish American Museum and more. But you can't just walk into the joint all willy-nilly and expect to see ancient artifacts and whatnot. You'll have to download tickets first by clicking here

Chicago Gourmet (9/29-9/30)

The 5th annual event brings over 160 of the best restaurants and chefs from Chicago for a two day epicurean retreat. Millennium Park will be adorned with tents and cooking stations for what amounts to Lollapalooza for foodies. Admission gets you access to tasting areas, cooking demonstrations, and world renowned vintners. If you're looking for tickets, click here and act fast!

Hyde Park Jazz Festival (9/29-9/30)

If you like regular music, you'll loooooove jazz music. Hyde Park Jazz Fest is like a Katy Perry concert, only with fewer backup dancers and more swing notes. What started out as a glorified block party six years ago, has turned into one of the fall's most anticipated street festivals. Why? Because Hyde Park Jazz Fest is bold and offers an ever changing lineup of accomplished acts. It's jazz as it should be: pulsating. 

For a detailed and up-to-the-minute calendar of Chicago events, click here.