Fall is starting to bust out all over…and the fun has already begun. See our listings of “Festivals and More Fall Fun!” Event information is subject to change, we encourage you to check ahead and confirm.
- PrairieFest – 9/3 – 6. Children’s activities, carnival, pony rides, business expo and food vendors. Free. Oswego. prairiefest.com
- Last Fling – 9/3 – 6. Block party-style end-of-summer community celebration with music, food, carnival. Jackson Avenue in downtown Naperville. LastFling.org
- Wauconda Street Dance – 9/4. Live music, food, drink and dancing. Wauconda. waucondachamber.org.
- Septemberfest – 9/4 – 5. Carnival, two music stages, reduced Taste of Schaumburg, bingo, fireworks. Free. Schaumburg. villageofschaumburg.com/our-village/septemberfest.
- Irish Days – 9/4-6. Celebrate Irish culture with dance, food, music, folk bands, children’s activities. Long Grove. longgrove.org.
- VIRTUAL Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival – 9/4-6. Virtual bands, musicians, dancing, storytelling. foxvalleyfolk.com.
- Take a Hike & Lunch – 9/4-26, Weekends. View spectacular fall colors with guided hikes. Starved Rock State Park, Utica. starvedrockstatepark.org.
- St. Charles Jazz Festival – 9/9-12. Enjoy jazz performances at 14 different venues over the weekend. stcjazzweekend.com.
- Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm and Fall Fest – 9/10-10/31. Pumpkins, hay rides, pumpkin chucker. Homer Glen. pumpkinfarm.com.
- Itasca Oktoberfest – 9/10-11. German food, music and entertainment. Itasca. Itascaparkdistrict.com.
- Fall Festival at Veteran’s Memorial Park – 9/11. 11am-3pm. Giant pumpkins, family activities and entertainment. Kenosha., WI. kenosha.org
- Shades of Autumn Festival – Weekends 9/11-10/31. 10am-6pm. Pumpkins, farmer’s market, hayride, petting zoo, McHenry. stadesfarmandmarket.com.
- Irish Heritage and Harvest Fest – 9/11-12. Live music, tractors, dancing, dining. Tinley Park. chicagogaelicpark.org
- Glow in the Park Lantern Walk – 9/12. 5-8pm. Food, face painting, balloon artist, live music followed by a paper lantern walk around the lake. Glen Ellyn. gepark.org.
41st Annual Scandinavian Day Festival – September 12. 10am-5pm. Nordic Folk dancers, church services, pony rides and vendors. Vasa Park, South Elgin. www.scandinaviandayil.com
- Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo and Fall Festival – Opens 9/15-10/31. Farm zoo, hayrides, and pumpkin patch. Bolingbrook. johansenfarms.com
Tinley Park Oktoberfest – September 17-19. Authentic German Food, Domestic, Oktoberfest and Craft Beers, Carnival, Live Entertainment, and more! 108001 S, 80th Avenue, Tinley Park www.tinleychamber.org.
- Oktoberfest – 9/17-19. Downtown Ottawa Hosted by Tangled Roots Brewing Co with an Ooompah band. Fun for the whole family. Ottawa. pickusottawail.com.
- Fall Fest – 9/17-19. Carnival, free concerts, KidZone, Food, Free admission. DesPlaines. fallfestdesplaines.com
- Pollyanna Oktoberfest – 9/18. Pollyanna beer, and live music all day, $10. Food for purchase from Weber Grill and Forgefire Adventure Dining. The Forge: Lemont Quarries. forgeparks.com
- Autumn Fair – 9/18. 11am-3pm. Peck Farm Park. Crafts, games, hayrides, music, Free, Tickets purchased for pony rides, petting zoo and pumpkins. Geneva. genevaparks.org.
- Farm Frolic – 9/18. 10am-3pm. All ages. Petting zoo, wagon rides, pumpkin patch, straw maze and games. St. Charles. primrosefarm.org.
- Artfest – 9/18-19. Juried artists. Live music. Food. 10am-5pm. Michigan Ave., Chicago. amdurproductions.com.
- Depot Days – 9/18-19. 12-5pm. Straw bale maze, wagon rides, gift shop, Vintage Automobiles. Lisle. Villageoflisle.org.
- Goebbert’s Fall Festival – Mid-September-10/31. Pumpkin eating dinosaur, games, animals, duck derby, haunted house. South Barrington. goebbertsgardencenter.com/fall-festival.html.
- Kuipers Pumpkin Farm Festival – 9/18-10/31. Hay rides, autumn treats, corn maze, pig races, Big Rig Pumpkin and a jumping pillow. Maple Park. kuipersfamilyfarm.com.
- Autumn Fest. 9/8 – 2-5 PM. Kids activities, food vendors, DJ, carnival games. Oak Brook. obparks.org.
- Riverwalk Fine Art Fair – 9/18-19. Outdoor juried art exhibition along the DuPage River. 10 AM-5PM. Naperville. napervilleartleague.com
- Vintage Illinois Wine Festival – 9/18-19. More than 25 wineries, plus music and food. 11am-6pm Sat; 11-5pm Sun. Carey Memorial Park, Utica. vintageillinois.com.
- FALLAPALOOZA – 9/19. Live music, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables and airbrush tattoos. 1-5 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, wheelingparkdistrict.com
- Windy Acres Farm – 9/19-10/31. Family fun, food, music, Grand Slam playground with zipline. Geneva. windyacresfarmstand.com.
- Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest – 9/19-10/31. Mini Zoo, corn maze, farm stand, pig races,. Lincolnshire. didierfarms.com.
- Fall Fest – 9/23-26. Entertainment, beer garden, food, carnival and fireworks. Huntley. HuntleyFallFest.com.
- Warrens Cranberry Festival – 9/24-26. Arts and crafts booths, food vendors and tour of cranberry marsh. Warrens, WI.cranfest.com
- Apple Fest – 9/24-26. Bushels of apple inspired treats, pie-eating contest, live music. Long Grove. longgrove.org/festivals/apple-fest.
- Johnny Appleseed Festival – 9/25. Live entertainment, scarecrow decorating contest, Great Ball race. Crystal Lake. downtowncl.org.
- Harvest Fest – 9/25. 10:30am-6pm. Petting zoo, games, live music, beer garden and food. Bensenville. bvilleparks.org.
- Scarecrow Fest – 9/25. 10am-4pm Illinois’ biggest “Toddler Friendly” festival with a balloon artist, puppet show and petting zoo. Ottawa. pickusottawail.com.
- Harvest of the Acorn Moon Fall Festival – 9/26. 12-3 p.m. Pumpkin painting, mule-drawn hay rides, games, crafts and music. FREE. Oakhurst Forest Preserve, Aurora. kaneforest.com.
Harmony Fest – October 1 – 2. Food & Local Business Tents, Family Fun and Live Music! Downtown Arlington Heights. DiscoverArlington.com. www.ArlingtonHCC.com
- Pumpkin Fest – 10/1-31. Farm animals and 1000’s of pumpkins. Children’s rides for additional fee. Cosley Zoo, Wheaton. cosleyzoo.org
- Bayfield Apple Festival – 10/1-3. Tour the orchards and wineries, peruse fine arts and crafts. Live music and carnival. Bayfield, WI. bayfield.org.
- Autumn Hayrides – Fridays & Saturdays 10/1-23. Tractor-drawn wagon ride, bonfire & s’mores. Primrose Farm, St. Charles. Register: primrosefarm.org
- Oktoberfest at Naper Settlement – 10/1-2. Live music, German Beer Garden, German Cuisine, Family Activities. Naperville. napersettlement.org.
- Family Day – 10/2. Enjoy art, nature, architecture, treats, stories and more. 10am-2pm. Plano. farnsworthhouse.org.
- Galena Oktoberfest – 10/2. 12-10pm. Food and beer, Polka lessons, Bean Bag tournament, bounce house. Galena.visitgalena.com.
- Pumpkin Weekends – 10/2- 31.11am-4pm.
- Pumpkin Bounce House, Face Painter, World’s Tallest Scarecrow, Balloon artist and Trick-or-Treat. $8, Blackberry Farm, Aurora. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
- Oktoberfest – 10/2. 3-8pm. Food, beer, music and live entertainment. Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com.
- The Last Straw – 10/3. 12-4pm. Scarecrows, pumpkins, pan for gold, hayrides, learn about life in the past. The Gregg House Museum. Westmont. westmontparks.org.
- Autumn Opener Festival – 10/3. Pony rides, petting zoo, performers and games. Bring clothes to make a scarecrow. Castaldo Park, Woodridge. woodridgeparks.org.
- Devonshire County Fair – 10/3. 12:30-3:30pm. Petting zoo, hay wagon rides, field games, crafts and Heroes and Princesses. Skokie. skokieparks.org.
St. Charles Scarecrow Festival – Oct. 8-10. Fri 12pm -6 PM. Sat and Sun 10 AM- 6 PM. Scarecrow Stroll Contest, Arts & Craft Show, Family Zone, Scarecrow in a Box, Professional Pumpkin Carver, Photo Opportunity. St. Charles, Illinois. 630-443-3967. www.scarecrowfest.com
- Screech Cinema – 10/9. Itasca. Enjoy a free movie at the Itasca Nature Center. Fire pit, hot chocolate and marshmallows. Movie TBD. Itascaparkdistrict.com
- Pumpkin Swim – 10/8. Pumpkin hunt at the Family Aquatic Center, Oak Brook. Search for candy and prizes in the pool, with free swim after until 8:45. Oak Brook. obparks.org.
- Great Pumpkin Giveaway – 10/9. 10-1pm. Free family event including live animals, kids’ activities and more. Plainfield. threeriverschurch.com.
- Cantigny Fall Festival – 10/9. Harvest-time fun for all ages. Food, music, crafts, inflatables.10am-4pm. Wheaton. cantigny.org.
- Burgoo Festival 10/9-10. Annual village street party featuring vendors, craftsmen, musicians, and other entertainment, and a classic car show. Utica. lasallecountyhistoricalsociety.org.
- The Great Pumpkin Hunt – 10/10-30. Locate hidden pumpkins in Mokena’s local parks. for a prize. Mokena. mokenapark.com.
- Autumn Drive – 10/15-17. Progressive festival with barnyards, farmhouse doors and studios open to the public. Garage and antique sales. Woodstock to Marengo. autumndrive.net.
- Fall Fest – 10/15-17. Fall Fest parade, great food and music, arts and crafts, kids’ activities and classic car show. Sister Bay, WI. sisterbay.com.
- Fall Fest – 10/16. Safety Town trick-or-treating, photo ops, fall games. The Depot at Wild Meadows Trace, Elmhurst. epd.org.
- Escape the Mansion – 10/16. 1-9pm. Stephen Persinger Rec. Center. Use the clues to escape the haunted mansion before time runs out. $10R/$15NR. Geneva. genevaparks.org.
- The Great Pumpkin Hunt – 10/16-17. Grab a list of clues and head to the forest to find the Great Pumpkin. Red Oak Nature Center, Aurora. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
- Flea Market Frenzy – 10/17. 9am-4pm. Find hidden treasures among the antiques, furniture, tools, jewelry, video games and more. Skokie. skokieparks.org
- Boonanza – 10/22. 4-7pm. Children 10 and under, pumpkin decorating, crafts, carnival games, and balloonist. Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com.
- Howlin’ at the Moon – 10/22-23 5-10pm 21yrs and older only – local bands, food trucks, fire dancers and curiosities. Naperville. napersettlement.org.
STEM Fest – Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Free family fun celebrating science, technology, engineering and math. Science demo shows, hands-on activities, expert speakers. Explore robots, weather balloons, VR technology and more! Northern Illinois University, DeKalb Campus. www.Go.niu.edu/STEMFest
- Sycamore Pumpkin Festival – 10/27-31. Decorated pumpkins, 2 carnivals, craft shows, vendors and a parade. Sycamore. sycamorepumpkinfestival.com.