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Fall GO! Guide

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Looking for the best fall activities near you? You’ll want to add all of these fun ideas in our “Fall GO! Guide” section to your fall bucket list.

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Kuipers Family Farm
Season begins August 28th with our Sunflower Festival.  Visit the orchard for apple picking (Saturday, Sunday & Holidays). Check website for weekday picking) and fresh apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pies, fudge, farm-pressed apple cider and hand-spun caramel apples from The Orchard Shop and Bakery. Sample our hard ciders & fruit wines at The Bin Tasting Bar! Take a scenic ride around the farm on The Farmview Railroad! September 18th over 30 farm-themed activities open at the Pumpkin Farm. FREE PUMPKIN with a paid admission! Exclusions apply. While supplies last.  www.YouPickFun.com for more information.
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Shop, Dine, and Play in Arlington Heights!
The Village of Arlington Heights is open for business, offering an abundance of ways to shop, dine, and play! Discover our one-of-a-kind Downtown ambiance with some of the most unique and eclectic boutique stores in the Chicago suburbs. Live music, theater, and comedy are all showcased at the intimate Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. And savor Chicagoland’s best outdoor dining atmosphere with Arlington Alfresco, concluding with live music, great eats, and family fun at Harmony Fest on October 1 and 2!  For more great experiences, visit www.DiscoverArlington.com.
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Harmony Fest, Downtown Arlington Heights
Save the date for Harmony Fest in downtown Arlington Heights, Oct. 1 & 2! Enjoy 50 vendors, amazing eats, and popular bands at this end of summer event that also marks the conclusion of Arlington Alfresco. https://www.facebook.com/events/1206869366485671/?active_tab=discussion
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Park Forest Art Fair
One of Chicagoland’s treasures, the Park Forest Art Fair, will be held September 18 and 19 from 10 until 5, on the Village Green. The fair features artists exhibiting in a variety of media from painting, printmaking and photography to sculpture, woodworking, glass and jewelry. This year, 19 artists will be participating for the first time. The fair is family friendly with “kids art alley” offering crafts projects and an art contest. On Saturday, the village hosts a music fest. On Sunday, folk artists “Patchouli” will perform. For info: www.tallgrassarts.org or call 708-748-3377
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Scarecrow Fest in St. Charles, Illinois
The 36th Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest takes place Oct. 8-10, 2021 in downtown St. Charles. This family-friendly fall festival, famous for its unique scarecrow displays, features an array of activities for everyone to enjoy. The Fest continues to feature new attractions along with its signature events.  Come see why St. Charles, Illinois Scarecrow Fest has once again been named one of the country’s “Top 22 Fall Festivals to celebrate the season” by Country Living. St. Charles Business Alliance (630)443-3967 www.ScarecrowFest.com
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St. Charles Park District’s Farm Frolic
Don’t miss this year’s old-fashioned farmyard fun on Sept. 18 from 10am-3pm. All ages are welcome to celebrate the harvest season with pumpkin painting, pony rides, petting zoo, straw maze, tractor-drawn wagon rides, historic demonstrations, such as rope making, candle dipping, blacksmithing, corn shelling and more! Primrose Farm is located at 5N726 Crane Road in St. Charles, IL. Refreshments available for purchase. $10/person. Advance tickets sales: www.primrosefarm.org
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Warrens Cranberry Festival
Warrens Cranberry Festival marks the 48th celebration! Sept. 24 – 26.  Located 8 miles northwest of Tomah off Interstate 94 West to Exit #135 in central Wisconsin’s “Heart of Cranberry Country”. “Making Memories Since 1973” the Festival is perhaps best known for its shopping of over 800 arts & crafts booths (unusual works of art), 300 flea & antique booths (primitives, pottery and antiques), 100 farm market booths (fresh fall produce) and 100 food vendors that make for a three-mile shopping extravaganza! Free a guided tour to see a cranberry marsh on Friday & Saturday and Sunday morning. www.cranfest.com
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Richardson Farm
Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, IL is celebrating the Adventure Farm’s 20th Anniversary – 20 Years of A-MAZE-ING Farm Fun!  The farm offers a variety of activities and experiences for all ages.  Sure, we have the world’s largest and most intricate corn maze, but we have so much more to experience!  Train & Carousel Rides, Slides & Pedal Carts, Pig Races & a Petting Zoo, Fresh Donuts & Kettle Corn, Pumpkins galore, a Picnic Area with Campfires, a 700’ Zip Line, and more! Open Thursdays through Sundays from September 11th to November 7th plus Columbus Day.  Visit www.RichardsonFarm.com. Come visit our farm and be part of celebrating two decades of family fun and traditions!
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Mid-Continent Railway Museum
All aboard! Located near Wisconsin Dells, Mid-Continent Railway Museum welcomes visitors for a 55-minute ride aboard antique passenger train cars and to explore the museum’s railyard filled with dozens of beautifully restored trains from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Open Saturdays and Sundays thru Oct. 17. Autumn Color trains, Pumpkin trains, and other special events offered. Info at www.MidContinent.org or call 800-930-1385. E8948 Museum Rd., North Freedom, WI.
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Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
Savage Gardens
Explore the captivating real and imaginary world of carnivorous plants! The display features dozens of species, including Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, trumpet plants, butterworts, sundews, and more. Get a close-up view of these amazingly adapted plants while immersing yourself in this unique world, and experience larger-than-life interactive sculptures that will give you a “bug’s eye” view of these unique flora. Exhibit runs through November 7. Regular admission rates apply. Pre-purchase admission tickets prior to visiting encouraged. Reduced rates apply for children, youth, seniors, and veterans. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL. Call 815-987-8858 or visit www.nicholasconservatory.com/savagegardens for details.
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Village of Lemont
You can’t fake real, and you don’t have to when you have the most picturesque terrain in Chicago and the best outdoor activities in the Midwest. Our downtown eateries, taverns, and shops are nestled into our hills and housed in original limestone buildings stamped with the names of families who have been here for generations. In these buildings, you’ll find local makers who took a leap to create one-of-a-kind food, shops, and adventures. We’re continuing this legacy of hustle into the future by investing in recreation, transit-oriented development, and state of the art waterfront parks. No matter where you find yourself in Downtown, you’ll always experience Lemont Real. YOU CAN’T FAKE REAL. Learn more at www.lemontdowntown.com.
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Sonny Acres Farm
Fall & Spooky Season is upon us! Sonny Acres Farm is open for their annual Fall Festival (September 18-October 31). Fun for all ages, the fest offers the chance to pick the perfect pumpkin, eat, drink and enjoy the various new amusement rides, haunted experiences, train and pony rides, a giant jumping pillow among much more! Located at 29W310 North Avenue, West Chicago, IL. 630-231-3859. For a full lineup of events, hours and activities, visit www.sonnyacres.com.
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Keller’s Farmstand
Keller’s Farmstand is a local day trip that everyone will enjoy! Come any day for apple picking at one of Chicago’s largest orchards or pick a pumpkin in our HUGE pumpkin patch. On weekends, explore our eight-acre corn maze, bring the kids to our Farmland playground and see the horses and animals. Our Farmstand is open daily with unique foods and homemade donuts on weekends! It’s safe outdoor fun for the whole family! Open through Halloween, visit KellersFarmstand.com for more.
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Apple Holler
Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard, family farm and bakery café while enjoying 78 acres of fresh air & wide-open spaces! Various food and drink options available for purchase at the Apple Holler Bakery Café and outdoor applewood grill. Four seasons of family fun for visitors to enjoy all year long! Apple Holler is located between Racine and Kenosha, WI, right off of I-94 at Exit 337, simply follow the signs to the FUN! (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100 or visit www.appleholler.com for further information.
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Oakhurst Forest Preserve
Join the Forest Preserve District of Kane County for a grand reopening celebration of Oakhurst Forest Preserve! The ribbon-cutting with take place on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome! Afterwards, enjoy our fall festival, “Harvest of the Acorn Moon,” from 12-3 p.m. We’ll have pumpkin painting, mule-drawn hay rides, outdoor games, nature crafts, folk music, guided hikes, and refreshments. Admission is free! There’s a nominal fee for crafts and refreshments. Oakhurst Forest Preserve is located at 1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora, IL 60504. For more information on both of these events, call 630-232-5980 or visit www.kaneforest.com.
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Autumn Drive
The 33rd Annual Autumn Drive is a Fall Festival for the whole family. On October 15-17, from 9 am to 5 pm, in Rural Woodstock/ Marengo in McHenry County, Illinois, the country colors come alive and our neighborhood turns into an eclectic collection of talents.  With a leisurely country drive from homes to farms you can discover: antiques, art, crafts, pumpkin patches, apple picking, corn mazes, food, music, and even garage sales and barn sales. For many more details, maps, and stories check out our web site at www.autumndrive.net. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/autumndrive
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Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm
Enjoy family-friendly fall festivities at Blackberry Farm! Weekends in October & Columbus Day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission includes all rides and attractions, pumpkins can be purchased for an additional cost. Check the Blackberry Farm website or Facebook page for a detailed schedule of events. All ticket sales are final. 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora.www.blackberryfarm.info/
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Fall Fun for Everyone in Downtown Aurora!
Aurora Downtown welcomes you this fall with free events for everyone to enjoy. Join us each month at First Fridays, a night of art, music, and more throughout downtown Aurora. Visit Sugar Skull City from October 15 to November 7 and enjoy Day of the Dead activities. Stop by and see Santa at the Gazebo from 1 to 3 p.m. the first three Saturdays in December. Enjoy family-friendly events all year-round in downtown Aurora. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www.auroradowntown.org
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Abbey Farms
Create fall memories at Abbey Farms’ Pumpkin Daze! Abbey Farms offers safe fun for all ages on a huge farm with outdoor attractions that let you disconnect from the digital world. Explore Kane County’s largest corn maze, our weekend petting zoo, the Emporium Cafe, or our half-mile hayride. Enjoy the weekend craft beer & wine tent with live music, and take home some pumpkins or donuts! Located at 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora, IL. Visit abbeyfarms.org for more!
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Oak Brook Park District’s Autumn Fest
Save the date for Autumn Fest on September 18th from 2-5pm at 1500 Forest Gate Road! This free, family-friendly event will start with kid entertainment from 2-3:30pm with a DJ, Juggler, face painter, carnival games, arts & crafts, hayrides, and more! Feel Good Party Band will be on stage performing from 3:30-5pm. All the while there will be food, beer, and wine available for purchase. For more information visit www.obparks.org/special-events/autumn-fest
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Westmont Park District’s Fall Fun
Look no further than the Westmont Park District for bales of fall fun! Our Last Straw Fall Event kicks it off on October 3…don’t miss this great, free, family event for all ages! For those brave ones, walk and ride through our annual Haunted Forest Tour.  We are once again offering The Pumpkin Flotilla; families can carve a jack-o-lantern that will float on the Diane Main Park Pond.  Little ghouls and goblins can attend our annual Spooktacular Fun Night with games, costume parade and more on October 29. For more info call 630-963-5252 or visit www.westmontparks.org
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Bensenville Park District’s Harvest Fest
Harvest Fest, on September 25 from 10:30am-6pm at Fischer Farm in Bensenville, is a family fun event which will feature live music, food, games, a petting zoo and all sorts of other Autumn activates. This event is sure to be one you and your family will not want to miss; tickets are only $10 per person. Visit www.BvilleParks.org for more info.
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WhirlyBall
Whether you’re planning your next date night, work outing or family gathering, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s eight bowling lanes, a four-lane bowling suite, HyperBowling and a multilevel laser tag area. Offering a relaxed yet elevated dining experience featuring fresh takes on classic American fare, an expansive collection of 24 rotating craft beer selections and refreshing signature cocktails. Reserve your space today! www.WHIRLYBALL.com/NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800
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The Forge: Lemont Quarries
The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a first-of-its-kind adventure park designed to deliver unique year-round outdoor activities. From ropes courses, ziplines, and climbing walls, to mountain biking, hiking trails, and adventurous dining options, The Forge: Lemont Quarries has something to Exhilarate, Educate, and Entertain adventurers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Located near beautiful downtown Lemont, The Forge offers an outdoor experience unlike anything else. Head to www.forgeparks.com for more information.
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Midwest Pond & Koi Society
The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, road trips, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting on September 17th, Topic: Preparing your pond for fall and winter. Darien. October 15th,  Topic: Bonzai.Chandlers, Schaumburg. Visit our web site www.mpks.org for more information.
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Oktoberfest and All Hallows Eve
at Naper Settlement
Traditional German cuisine and beer will be overflowing at Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest! Celebrate fall inside a giant heated tent with German cuisine, live polka and rock music, themed contests, and local and traditional Oktoberfest beer varieties. During the day on Saturday, an expanded children’s area will have activities for the whole family! Naper Settlement transforms into a site for the eerie and bizarre at All Hallows Eve! Get ready to experience frightening attractions, spooky exhibits, and spine-chilling performances.  523 S Webster St, Naperville. www. napersettlement.org
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