Throw on a warm cozy sweater, grab the kiddos and head out to one of these fun Fall Harvest Festivals. Enjoy apple pies, pumpkins, family activities, hay rides, contests, pony rides and more! This list provides some of our favorite Fall Festivals in Chicago and the suburbs! Enjoy and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Harvest Day at Garfield Park Conservatory – Chicago, IL
What: Simple and sustainable living is happening all around our busy city. City folk are keeping bees, caring for goats, making compost, and harvesting organic fruits and vegetables to feed their families. Come join us for this celebration of urban pioneer living!
Beekeeping demonstrations & honey tasting
Live goats and chickens
Kid’s activities and lawn games
Veggie bingo and hay bales
Live music and much more!
Date/Time: Saturday, September 17 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624
312-746-5100 Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest – Chicago, IL
Fall fest at Lincoln Park Zoo is country fun without leaving the city! This 2nd annual fall festival features a variety of family fun activities across the main zoo grounds and at the Farm in the Zoo. This free family celebration features animal chats, musical entertainment, a pumpkin carver and fall-themed enrichment for the animals.Attractions:
Corn Maze, Hay Mountain, Buy Pumpkins at Pumpkin Patch, Hay Ride, Ferris Wheel, Pumpkin Bounce House, Fun Slide, Pumpkin Carvers, Strolling Entertainers, Animal Chats and Learning Stations, Edible Garden, Sing Along By Neeleo, Educational Carts, Face Painting, Lionel Train Adventure, Inflatable Obstacle Course and Endangered Species Carousel.
September 30-October 2; October 7-9; October 14-16; October 21-23; October 28-30
Plus Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day)Time:
10 AM to 5 PMAdmission:
Free to enter. Activity tickets are $3 for 1 ticket, $27 for 10 tickets and $51 for 20 tickets.Location:
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Neighborhood: Lincoln Parkwww.lpzoo.orgLincoln Square Apple Fest – Chicago, IL
Ring in Fall with Lincoln Square’s 29th annual Apple Fest! This long standing tradition in the Lincoln Square community brings dozens of vendors selling everything from candy apples to pumpkins to scarves. Stop by and get your apple fix by picking up some delicious apple pie, bushel of apples, hot apple cider or even an apple cider donut.Attractions:
Vendors selling all things apples, purchase pumpkins, purchase gifts. Kid Zone features children’s activities throughout the day. Local musicians.Date:
Saturday, October 1st & Sunday, October 2ndTime:
9 AM to 6 PM
4700 Block of N. Lincoln Ave.
Between W. Leland and W. Lawrence
Neighborhood: Lincoln Squarewww.lincolnsquare.org
Fallapalooza – Wheeling, IL
Bring the whole family for a free and fun fall festival at Heritage Park. Food and refreshments also available.
Live music, petting zoo, pony rides, carnival rides, hayrides and live entertainment.Date:
Sunday, September 18, 2016Time:
1 PM to 4 PMAdmission:
222 S. Wolf Rd.
Wheeling, IL 60090
Area: Northwest Suburbswww.wheelingparkdistrict.com
Long Grove Apple Festival – Long Grove, IL
Long Grove’s Apple Fest is bushels of fun for the whole family! Everything apple you will find at the festival from apple pies, apple cider donuts, hot apple cider to caramel apple lattes. In addition to loads of delicious apple treats, find other delicious festival foods, musical entertainment as well as kid’s entertainment.Attractions:
Apple treats, pony rides, carnival rides, shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants serving up their delicious foods, Kid Zone activities such as potato sack races, football toss, tug of war, limbo competition, 3 legged race, pie eating contest and more!Date:
September 23, 24, 25, 2016Admission:
$5 per person per day, kids 12 and under get in free. Friday from 11 am – 2 pm there will be free admission for all.Location:
Historic Downtown, Village of Long Grove, IL
Area: Northwest Suburbswww.visitlonggrove.com
Pumpkin Patch Festival – Summit, IL
Our first annual all-age family 2016 Pumpkin Patch Festival is coming to Summit Park. This year the festival is a two-week event and takes place in Week One from Thursday, October 6th through Monday, October 10th (5 DAYS), and in Week Two from Thursday, October 13th through Sunday, October 16th (4 DAYS)
This two-week event features a number of big attractions such as a pumpkin patch, hay maze, huge carnival, magic show, pumpkin pie eating contest, kids haunted house, pumpkin jumpers, face painting, pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, petting zoo and hay rides.Date and Time:
Week One from Thursday, October 6th through Monday, October 10th (5 DAYS), and in Week Two from Thursday, October 13th through Sunday, October 16th (4 DAYS). Admission:
Single day adult admission is $10, single day child admission is $5. Five day pass for adult is $20, five day pass for child is $10. Kids 3 and under are free.Location:
5700 Archer Rd.
Area: Southwest Suburbswww.pumpkinpatchfestival.comScarecrow Fest – St. Charles, IL
For over 25 years, thousands of visitors have flocked to the annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest. This award winning festival has created memories for both adults and children over the years. The heart of the festival is the scarecrow contest, which boast over 100 hand crafted scarecrows. Make it a weekend visit if you are from out of town as St. Charles boasts 11 hotels to relax at. Visitors enjoy striking architecture and excellent dining, along with antique and boutique shopping. Outdoor recreation is plentiful, with Paddlewheel Riverboat cruises, beautiful hiking and biking trails, and scenic riverside parks.
The festival is filled with delicious festival foods, live entertainment, arts and crafts show and kid’s activities. Carnival, petting zoo, balloon artist, coloring tent, stilt walker, magician and make your own scarecrow to take home.
October 7, 8 and 9, 2016
Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM. Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.Admission:
Free entrance. Carnival tickets must be purchased to ride carnival rides.Location:
Downtown St. Charles, Between State and Main Streets
St. Charles, IL
Area: West Suburbswww.scarecrowfest.com
Fall Festival – Wheaton, IL
Celebrate the arrival of fall at Cantigny Park, filled with lots of family activities and fun.
Attractions: Fall craft show, music, hayrides, hot cider, hot chocolate, festival food, petting zoo, pumpkin sales, face painting, inflatables, juggling show, tilt walking and more.Date:
Saturday, October 8, 2016
10 AM to 4 PMAdmission:
Free with $5 per car parkingLocation:
15151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
Area: West Suburbswww.cantigny.org
Photo Credit: Scarecrow Fest