Fests & More Fall Fun
So many fun fall activities to enjoy near you: Family Fests, Music, Parades, Car shows, Food and Wine Tastings, Oktoberfest…and much more!
- Buffalo Grove Days – 8/28-9/2. Parade, car show, BBQ challenge, arts and crafts, business fair. Buffalo Grove. Bgdays.com.
- Hometown Days Festival – 8/29-9/1. Carnival, baby contest, food, music, air dogs competition, craft show. Yorkville. yorkville.il.us/459/Hometown-Days-Festival.
- African Festival of the Arts – 8/30-9/2. Simulated African village with drumming, collectible artifacts, textiles, food, film. Washington Park, Chicago. Aihusa.org/African-festival-of-the-arts.
- Lebanese Festival – 8/30-9/1. Authentic, old world food, entertainment, kids activities. Our Lady of Lebanon Church, Lombard. ollchicago.org.
- Summer Sunset Festival – 8/30-9/1. Bags tournament, carnival, parade, food, wine tasting, music, horseshoe tournament, car show, fireworks. Lake in the Hills. Summersunsetfest.com.
- Taste of Melrose Park – 8/30-9/1. Carnival, entertainment, food, fireworks, laser show. Melrose Park. melrosepark.org/taste-of-melrose-park/
- Naperville Jaycees Last Fling – 8/30-9/2. Music, food, carnival, parade. Naperville. lastfling.org
- Taste of Polonia Festival – 8/30-9/2. A celebration of all things Polish – live music, food, casino, kids’ activities, carnival. Copernicus Center, Chicago. topchicago.org
- Wauconda Street Dance – 8/31. Live music on multiple stages, kids stage, food, drink and dancing. Wauconda. waucondachamber.org/street-dance
- Frankfort Fall Festival – 8/31-9/2. Parade, arts and crafts, live entertainment, carnival, food. Frankfort. frankfortchamber.com/fall-fest
- Irish Days – 8/31-9/2. Celebrate Irish culture with Irish dance performances, food, music, dog beauty contest, best looking men’s legs contest, bag pipers, folk bands, children’s activities. Long Grove. longgrove.org
- Jubilee Days – 8/31-9/2. Beauty pageant, ice cream social, concerts, parade, food, fireworks. Zion. zionjubileedays.com
- Septemberfest – 8/31-9/1. Live music on 3 stages, food, carnival, arts and crafts, juried art show, parade, fireworks, Miss Septemberfest competition. Robert Atcher Municipal Center Grounds, Schaumburg. septemberfest.org
- Richardson Adventure Farm and Corn Maze – 9/1-11/4. All ages attractions including corn bin, pedal trikes, goat walk, giant slides, ORBiting (get inside 11’ rolling ball), campfires, food, corn maze. Spring Grove.
- Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival – 9/1-2. Eight stages with bands, musicians, dancing (including a traditional barn dance), storytelling, kid’s activities. Geneva. foxvalleyfolk.com
- Taste of Serbia – 9/1-2. Traditional cuisine, music, cultural events and dance, raffles. St. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church. Noon-11 PM. Lake Forest. tasteofserbia.org
- Sandwich Fair – 9/4-9/8. Carnival rides, food, exhibitors, entertainment, rides, demolition derby, harness racing, live bands, tractor pull. Sandwich Fairgrounds. sandwichfair.com
- Winfield Good Old Days Festival – 9/5-9/8. Steak cookoff, bike race, entertainment, carnival, kid’s zone and more. Winfield. winfieldgoodolddays.com
- Rock the Block Party – 9/6-7. Family-friendly street fest featuring Midwest bands, local food, beer and wine tents. Elmhurst City Centre. elmhurstcitycentre.com.
- Oktoberfest – 9/6-8. Traditional oom-pah and polka musicians, carnival, beers. Tinley Park. tinleyparkoktoberfest.com
- Festival of the Vine – 9/6-8. Wine tastings, flower market, arts and crafts show, live music, food, family activities. Geneva. genevachamber.com/festival_of_vine.php
- Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival – 9/6-8. Sheep and fleece shows, demonstrations, classes. Jefferson, WI. wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com
- Platzkonzert Germanfest – 9/6-8. Authentic German recipes from vendors, traditional music, contests, Kinderplatz Children’s Area, Brew Garden, drone-flying event. Hoffman Estates. hoffmanestates.org
- TW Craft Beer Fest – 9/7. Sponsored by Hinsdale Bank & Trust Co. Enjoy 20 Craft Breweries, 40 different beers
- 2 Food Trucks and music. Ty Warner Park, Westmont. eventbrite.com
- TheosoFest Mind, Body Spirit Festival – 9/7. Mind-body-spirit festival featuring vegetarian food, holistic vendors, Kid’s Korner. Theosophical Society, Wheaton. theosophical.org
- Taste of Lemont – 9/7. Fun, family friendly event will feature some of the best food and beverages the Lemont community can offer, a substantial split the pot raffle, and an 8 p.m. concert from Hi Infidelity. Metra station Lemont. implerum.com/lhsef/
- Rock the Block – 9/7. Traditional street bands, food and children’s activities. Downtown Lake Zurich.
- Northern Illinois Airshow – 9/7. Aerobatic flight performances, helicopter rides, historic and military aircraft displays. 9:30 AM – 5 PM. Waukegan. northernillinoisairshow.com
- Septemberfest – 9/7. Parade, live music, car show, food and craft vendors. Bloomingdale. villageofbloomingdale.org
- Deer Park Art Show – 9/7-8. Exceptional artwork, food, live music, art activities for kids. Deer Park. amdurproductions.com/event/deer-park-art-show-2019/
- Fine Arts Festival – 9/7-8. Artists line Main Street with a variety of mediums and price points. Live music, children’s art area. 10 AM-5 PM. Downers Grove. downtowndg.org.
- West End Arts Festival – 9/7-8. Juried art show, live performance art, and art auction. LaGrange.
- World War II Days – 9/7-8. More than 1,200 re-enactors engage in elaborate battles, along with skirmishes in the woods, demos, displays and encampments. Lockport.
- Shades of Autumn Festival – Weekends 9/7-10/27. Pumpkins, farmer’s market, hayride, petting zoo. McHenry. stadesfarmandmarket.com/fall-festival/shades-autumn/
- Harvest Fest – 9/8. Come and enjoy the day with us and pony rides, petting zoo, music, Taylor’s Battery, jump and games, sheep shearer and spinner, Wings and Talons from Itasca, good food and lots of fun. Wood Dale. wooddalemuseum.org
- Misericordia Family Fest – 9/8. Live entertainment, children’s games, raffles, food. Benefits Misericordia. Chicago.
Scandinavian Day Festival – Sun., September 8, 10 AM to 5 PM. Traditional Food, Crafts, Games, Gifts and Entertainment. Celebrating 5 Nordic Cultures. Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin. FREE parking. Adults/$10 Children 12 and under FREE. 847-695-6720. www.scandinaviandayil.com.
- Weed Ladies Fall Floral Design Sale – 9/12-15. Hand-made seasonal floral arrangements and dried bouquets. Thu-Sat 10 AM-4PM; Sun 1-4 PM. Naper Settlement. napersettlement.org/238/Weed-Ladies-Floral-Sales
Oktoberfest – 9/12-22. Authentic German Food and Bier, live bands, dancing and lots of fun for the whole family. Camera Park, Glendale Heights. glendaleheightsoktoberfest.com
Fall Fest Des Plaines – Sept. 13th (6-11pm), 14th (noon-11pm) & 15th (noon-7pm). A Three-Day Family-Friendly Festival! Great bands, carnival rides, food, Fun family activities. FREE Admission. Lake Park, 2200 Lee St., Des Plaines. www.FallFestDesPlaines.com.
- West Dundee Heritage Fest – 9/13-15. Art and antique shows, fireworks, auto show, bag-go tournament, parade, children’s activities. West Dundee. wdundeeheritagefest.org
- Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm and Fall Fest – 9/13-11/3. Pumpkin chucker, petting zoo, gemstone mining, haunted barn, pig races. Homer Glen. pumpkinfarm.com
- Depot Days – 9/14-15. Pioneer demonstrations, games, pie eating contest, model train display, hayride, craft fair. 12-5 PM. Lisle. villageoflisle.org/262/Depot-Days
- Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest – 9/14. Sample from 30 breweries, trolley, food, ice cream, raffle. Benefits Elmhurst Heritage Foundation. 1-5 PM. Elmhurst. elmhurstcraftbeerfest.com.
- Goebbert’s Fall Festival – 9/14-10/31. Pumpkin eating dinosaur, games, animals, duck derby, café, bakery. South Barrington. goebbertsgardencenter.com/fall-festival.html
- Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo and Fall Festival – Opens 9/14-10/31. Farm zoo, pony rides, hayrides, flowers, gift and décor shop, sweet treats, mini golf, pumpkin patch. Bolingbrook. johansenfarms.com
- Pets-A-Palooza – 9/14. Pet-themed contests, demos, pet parade, canine stunt show. Mooseheart.
- Woodstock Harvest Fest and Craft Fair – 9/14. Bluegrass bands, fiddle contest, craft show. Woodstock. offsquaremusic.org.
- Sonny Acres Farm and Fall Festival – 9/14-11/4. New haunted house and hayrides. Carnival, petting zoo, country store and costume shop. West Chicago. sonnyacres.com
- Fallapalooza – 9/15. Live music by Semple, plus fun activities like a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables and hayrides. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com
- Shermerfest – 9/15. Music, food, performances, games. Village Green Park, Northbrook. northbrooknine.com/shermer-fest.html
Kuipers Pumpkin Farm Festival – 9/15-10/31. Hay rides, autumn treats, corn maze, pig races, Big Rig Pumpkin. Maple Park. www.kuipersfamilyfarm.com.
- Berwyn Oktoberfest – 9/20-21. Live music, food, carnival, rides, family entertainment pavilion, crafters and vendors, plus the Beer Garden. Depot District, Berwyn. berwyn.net/events
- Oaktoberfest – 9/20-21.Two-day music festival offering a premier lineup, seasonal food, microbrews, wine and Kids’ Root Beer Garden. Downtown Oak Park. downtownoakpark.net/signature-events/
- Palatine Oktoberfest – 9/20-22. German music, food and beverages. Family activities. Downtown Palatine. palatinerotary.com/Oktoberfest.php
- Autumn Fest – 9/21 Kids activities, food from local vendors, beer from Two Brothers Artisan Brewing and wine. Oak Brook. obparks.org.
- Kizuki Chicago Japanese Matsuri 2019, Japanese Festival – 9/20. An indoor and outdoor festival will celebrate Japanese culture with authentic food, drink, performances and over 30 vendors. NEWCITY Lincoln Park, Chicago.
- Oktoberfest – 9/20-21. Traditional German food, beer, music. Elk Grove Village. elkgrove.org/visitors/oktoberfest
- Glow in the Garden Festival – 9/20-21. Floating lanterns, family stations, 5K run. Wear something that glows! Rockford. Rockfordparkdistrict.org
- Apple Fest – 9/20-22. Bushels of apple inspired treats, pie-eating contest, live music. Long Grove. longgrove.org/festivals/apple-fest/
- Fall Fest – 9/20-22. Entertainment, beer garden, food, carnival, tethered balloon rides, fireworks, petting zoo, pony rides, kids’ events. Huntley. HuntleyFallFest.com.
Taste of Egypt Festival – 9/21-22. Egyptian food, camel rides, petting zoo, jewelry, games, kids’ corner. St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church of Chicago, Burr Ridge. TasteOfEgyptFestival.com.
- Native American Harvest Pow Wow – 9/21-22. Native American dancing and drumming, cultural demos, children’s games and crafts, special presentations. Naper Settlement, Naperville. harvestpowwow.com
- Fall on the Farm – 9/21-22. Tent sale, food, beverage, tractors to touch, Farmyard, barrel train rides, pumpkin painting, sand art, face painting, decorate a cookie. Lambs Farm, Libertyville. lambsfarm.org
- Norge Autumn Ski Jump Festival – 9/21-22. Watch ski jumpers from around the world on 70-meter hill. Food trucks, beer, wine, Hi-tech plastic hill instead of snow. Fox River Grove. norgeskiclub.com.
- Passport Europe Festival – 9/21-22. Cultural festival featuring authentic music, culture, dance and cuisine in outside venue. Morton Arboretum. Lisle. mortonarb.org/events/
- Riverwalk Fine Art Fair – 9/21-22. Outdoor juried art exhibition and sale along the DuPage River. 10 AM-5PM. Naperville. napervilleartleague.com
- Sam Adams Taco Fest – 9/21-22. Mexican wrestling, taco vendors and music. Lakeview neighborhood, Chicago
- Vintage Illinois Wine Festival – 9/21-22. More than 25 wineries, plus music and food. Matthiessen State Park, Utica. vintageillinois.com
- Konow’s Corn Maze – 9/21 thru 10-31. Oktoberfest celebration in the Barn, food, mazes, animal rides, duck races, live music, indoor play area. Homer Glen, konowscornmaze.com
- Park Forest Art Fair – 9/21-22. A showcase of fine art with music and food. 10 AM- 5 PM. Downtown Park Forest. tallgrassarts.org.
- Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest – 9/21-10/31. Hayrides, corn maze, farm stand, pig races, Mobile Room Escape, Silly String Asylum. Lincolnshire. didierfarms.com/pumpkinfest/
- Primrose Farm Frolic – 9/22. Corn cannons, old-fashioned games, farming demos, hayrides, food. St. Charles. primrosefarmpark.com
- Hoe-Down – 9/22. An afternoon of pony rides, hayrides, games, food and fun. Darien Park District. darienparks.com.
Warrens Cranberry Festival – Sept. 27 – 29. Arts and crafts booths and 100 food vendors; tour of cranberry marsh. Warrens, WI. www.cranfest.com.
- Fall Style Weekend & Wine Walk – 9/27-29. Celebrate style with fashion show, food, special sales. Wine Walk Sun Noon-5 PM. Downtown Naperville. downtownnaperville.com/event/
- Fall Fest Lincoln Park Zoo – 9/27-10/28. October Weekends. Corn maze, obstacle course, Ferris wheel, corn pool, bounce houses and educational activities. Chicago. Lpzoo.org.
Harvest Fest – Sept. 28 from 12 PM to 7 PM. Beer, food, kids’ area, pie throwing booth and live music. Fishel Park • 1036 Grove Street, Downers Grove. 630.960.7500. www.dgparks.org/harvestfest.
- Vernon Hills Fall Fest – 9/28. Kids crafts, pumpkin painting, food, domestic beer and live music. Vernon Hills. vernonhills.org
- Oktoberfest – 9/28. Food, beer, live music and merriment. Wheeling. Wheelingparkdistrict.com
Ottawa’s Scarecrow Fest – Saturday, Sept. 28. Recognized as Illinois biggest “Toddler Friendly” festival! This Annual Fest has something to offer every member of the family! From face painting to giant bouncy houses, and vendors! Downtown Ottawa. 815-434-2737. www.pickusottawail.com.
- Deerfield Harvest Festival – 9/28 Children’s activities, entertainment, games, fireworks. Deerfield. Deerfield.il.us.
- Elim Dutch Fest – 9/28. Pancake breakfast, Dutch Village shops, Dutch treats, parade, petting zoo and wooden shoe dancing. Crestwood. elimcs.org/dutch-festival/
- Autumn Pioneer Festival – 9/28-29. Crafts, historical lifestyles, food, skills of pioneers and Native Americans in the 1800’s. Belvidere. bccdil.org/autumn-pioneer-festival/
- Moravian Day Festival – 9/28-29. Enjoy polkas and dancers of all ages. Have traditional food & bakery and imported Czech beer. Purchase arts & crafts from the Czech and Slovak Republics. Lemont. unitedmoraviansocieties.org
- Fall Harvest and Art Festival – 9/28. Vineyard tours, live music, grape stomping, art show and more. Galena. galenacellars.com
- Fall Fest 9/28. Festival features live entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, games, a pumpkin patch children’s crafts, and local cuisine. Homewood. village.homewood.il.us
- Johnny Appleseed Festival – 9/28. Pumpkin bowling, pie baking and eating contests, crafters, pumpkin train, wagon rides. Crystal Lake. Downtowncl.org.
- Villa Park Brewfest – 9/28. Craft beer from regional breweries and tasty food truck cuisine. Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park. eventbrite.com.
- Fall Fest – An Explosion of Color – 9/28. Live music, games, food and fireworks. Bolingbrook. Bolingbrookparks.org
- Harvest of the Acorn Moon Festival – 9/29. Pumpkin painting, games, guided hikes, nature crafts. Aurora. kaneforest.com.
- Indian Summer Festival – 9/29. Pony rides, performers and games! Concessions. Bring clothes to make a scarecrow. Castaldo Park, Woodridge. woodridgeparks.org.
- Oak Park Fall Fest – 9/29. Tractor driven hayrides, pumpkin patch, fall foods, live bats and skunks, games and activities. Rehm Park, Oak Park, IL pdop.org/events/
- Blackberry Farm Pumpkin Weekends – October Weekends. Pumpkin princess meet and greet, crafts, giant corn crib, professional storytellers and pony parade. Aurora. Foxvalleyparkdistrict.org
- Cody’s Farm and Orchard Pumpkin Festival – October Weekends and Columbus Day (10/14). Giant pumpkin patch, corn maze, corn tunnel, rubber duck races, autumn treats. Marengo. codysfarm.com
- Pumpkin Fest – 10/1-31. Farm animals, straw pyramid, cornstalk tunnel, fall treats. Cosley Zoo, Wheaton. cosleyzoo.org
International Houby Fest – October 3 – 6. Celebrating 50th Year Carnival, float filled parade, live music, food, crafts and more. Rich, cultural tradition. Parking Lot 34th St and Laramie Ave. The Towns of Cicero and Berwyn. www.cicerofestivals.com.
- Oktoberfest at Naper Settlement 10/4-5. Live music, German Beer Garden, German Cuisine, NaperSettlement.org
- Fall Bulb Festival – 10/4-6. Over 225 varieties of bulbs plus harvest market, live music and fall treats for purchase. Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe. chicagobotanic.org/bulb.
- Bayfield Apple Festival – 10/4-6. A celebration of the autumn harvest. Live music and carnival. Bayfield, WI bayfield.org
- Moonlight Hayrides – 10/4-19. Fridays and Saturdays. Family-friendly tractor-drawn rides with bonfire, marshmallow roast, hot chocolate and cider. primrosefarmpark.org.
- Harvest Fest – 10/5. Enjoy family friendly games, attractions and entertainment. Halloween pumpkins available for purchase. All ages. FREE! Glencoe. glencoeparkdistrict.com
- Galena Oktoberfest – 10/5. Children’s activities, live music, polka dancing, wiener dog races, pumpkin decorating. Galena. galenalions.org/galena-oktoberfest.
- Apple Fest – 10/5-6. Enjoy all things apple from good to games with entertainment and kids’ activities. Lincoln Square Ravenswood, Chicago. lincolnsquare.org/apple-fest.
- Fall Fest – 10/5. This FREE event will feature live music, a scarecrow building contest, kids zone, kiddie straw maze, snacks, hayrides and more! Lemont. lemontparkdistrict.com
- October Fest – 10/5.Enjoy a family-friendly evening in downtown Wheaton, complete with food, live entertainment and a beer garden. Dupagemuseum.org.
- Epic FallFest – 10/5. Pumpkin painting, sidewalk sale, hayrides, games, firepit with s’mores, off-snow demos, bounce houses. Wilmot Mountain, WI. wilmotmountain.com.
- Autumn Harvest Festival – 10/5-6. Step back in time and experience 1880s life with cider pressing, black smithing, grain threshing, games, food and music. Schaumburg. parkfun.com.
- Pumpkin Palooza – 10/5-6. Giant pumpkins, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin games, hayrides, games and music. The Growing Place Aurora. thegrowingplace.com.
Fox Fall Fest – Sunday, October 6th. 9AM – 4PM. Downtown Oswego. Association brings Fall Family Fun with Handcrafted, Handmade artesian show, crafters, music, children’s activities, food & more! Downtown Oswego. www.facebook.com/FoxFallFest.
- The Grove Folk Fest – 10/6. Costumed interpreters relive local history with folk music, square dancing and hayrides and hearty food. The Grove, Glenview Park District. glenviewparks.org.
- Harvest Days at Garfield Farm – 10/6. See demos of farm and household skills, 19th century music and food from the 1800s. 11:30 AM-4 PM. Campton Hills (5 miles west of Geneva). garfieldfarm.org.
- Glass Pumpkin Patch – 10/9-13. Annual exhibit of blown glass artwork with demos and sales. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Mortonarb.org
St. Charles Scarecrow Fest – Oct. 11-13. Fri-Sat 10 AM- 9 PM; Sun 10 AM- 5 PM. Scarecrow contest, Carnival Arts & Craft Show. Live Entertainment. St. Charles, Illinois. 630-443-3967. www.scarecrowfest.com.
- The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival – 10/11-13. Trick or treating, costume contests, pumpkin parade, carnival rides, hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo. Downtown Highwood. celebratehighwood.org.
- Art and Craft Show – 10/11-13. 170 Artisans displaying jewelry, metal art, stained glass. St. Charles. artoftheheartland.com
- Fall Festival/Oktoberfest – 10/11-12. Pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treat candy line, hayrides, music, Authentic German food and beer. Mount Prospect. mpdowntown.com.
Cantigny Fall Festival – Oct. 10 – 12. Fall craft show, music, hayrides, hot cider and hot chocolate, sweet treats. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. www.cantigny.org.
- Fall Festival – 10/12. Pony rides, petting zoo, wagon rides, make and take crafts, riding demo, pumpkin sales, craft vendors, kids’ zone with bounce houses, food and drink. Palatine. Palatineparks.org.
- Harvest Fest – 10/12. Petting zoo, pony rides, art and craft sale, candle dipping, pumpkin painting, blue grass band. Bensenville. bensenvilleparkdistrict.org
- Burgoo Festival 10/12-13 The Burgoo Festival is an annual village street party featuring flea marketers, craftsmen, musicians, and other entertainment. Over 350 vendors. Utica. lasallecountyhistoricalsociety.org
- Autumn Drive, Woodstock to Marengo 10/18-20. Progressive festival with barnyards, farmhouse doors and studios open to the public. Pick up fall produce, apples, pumpkins
- and baked goods, crafts, pottery, jewelry, lawn ornaments. Garage and antique sales. Autumndrive.net.
- Autumn Craft and Vendor Show – 10/19. Juried arts and crafts, bake sale, raffles, lunch, Pumpkin Patch fundraiser. Batavia High School, Batavia. Bataviamothersclub.org.
- Fall Colors Weekend – 10/19-20. View spectacular fall colors with guided hikes. Starved Rock State Park, Utica. starvedrockstatepark.org
- The Pumpkin Trolley – 10/19-20 and 10/26-28. Pick up a pumpkin at the patch and enjoy a treat. Inquire about Ghost Story Train. Fox River Trolley Museum, South Elgin. foxtrolley.org
- Pumpkin Flotilla Fest – 10/20. Live entertainment, food and drink, activities, games, pumpkin carving, train and canoes rides, bounce houses. Flotilla at dusk. Lake Ellyn. Glen Ellyn. Gepark.org.
- Fall Festival at the Promenade 10/25-27. 50+ vendors, crafters, artisans, and food companies set up on Sandburg and Row. Bolingbrook. Shoppingpromenade.com