Fall is officially here and there's plenty of fun to have this season with festivals taking place across the Chicago area. Use this guide to help you plan your next fall outing that your family and friends can enjoy.
Lincoln Park Zoo
When: Fridays – Sundays, Sep. 28 – Oct. 28 & Mon. Oct. 8 n Where: Lincoln Park Zoo n Hours: Friday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Columbus Day, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. n Admission: Free n Why Go: This is a free family-friendly event festival with plenty of fun activities including pumpkin picking, hay mountain climbing, and pumpkin carving. There will also be ticketed attractions such as a Ferris wheel, a corn maze, an inflatable course, and more.
Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest
When: Oct. 6 & 7n Where: Lincoln Ave., between Lawrence & Eastwood, Lincoln Squaren Hours: Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.n Admission: $5 suggested donationn Why Go: This is the 31st annual Lincoln Square festival that celebrates the apple and its many varieties. There will be plenty of vendors selling everything from apple cider to candy apples, apple pies to apple strudel and even handcrafted items. There will also be a fun kids zone and live music playing all day.
When: Oct. 13 & 14n Where: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd., North Side (North Park Village Nature Center)n Hours:10 a.m. – 3 p.m.n Admission: Freen Why Go:This festival “celebrates the harvest by focusing on the animals that begin to prepare for the long winter ahead after gathering their fall goodies.”You’ll be able to make some nature-centric crafts, do some shopping in the farmers market, watch the scarecrow building contest, listen to storytellers and enjoy live music.
When: Sep. 8 – Oct. 28; In September, Saturdays & Sundays, In October, Friday-Saturday including Columbus Day n Where: Stade’s Farm & Market, 3709 W Miller Rd.n Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.n Admission: Ages 3-64 /$15, Ages 65 & over/$10, Ages 2 & under/Freen Why Go: Bring the entire family for a fun filled day at the farm. This annual fall festival will have more than 25 family-friendly attractions including hayrides, pumpkin picking, a petting zoo, and more. There will be an antique tractor and truck show and a pumpkin barrel train. Vendors will also be selling yummy food and goodies.
When: Sep. 22 & 23n Where:523 S. Webster St.n Hours: Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.n Admission: Adult/$12, Ages 3-12/$7, Ages 3 & under/Freen Why Go: Learn about the Native American culture all while celebrating the harvest through dancing, cultural demonstrations, craft-making, and other special activities. These pow wows will surely be a unique, rich-learning experience for anyone attending.
Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau
When: Oct. 5 - 7n Where: Route 64 & the Fox Rivern Hours: Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.n Admission: Freen Why Go: This 33rd annual festival centers around its scarecrow contest where you’ll get to see over 50 handcrafted scarecrows compete for being named the best. There will also be an arts & crafts show, live music, and carnival rides.
When: Sep. 22 - Oct. 28, weekends onlyn Where: 8512 S. Union Rd.n Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.n Admission: $19, Ages 3 & Under/Freen Why Go: Experience the Wild West at this family themed park where there will be many entertaining activities: faux gold panning, canoe rides, pumpkin painting, pony rides and so much more. Don’t miss out on the Old Wild West shows that will be performing throughout the day.
When: Sep. 14 – Oct. 28, Thursday – Sunday (Thurs only in Oct.) n Where: 6042 Newcastle Rd., Lafayette, INn Hours: Varies depending on day of the weekn Admissions: General & discount admission depending on dayn Why Go: This maze’s design is inspired by the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things”. Stretching over 10 miles, visitors will surely have a fun time trying to get through this maze. For those who are not up for the challenge, the farm features a large pumpkin patch that they can take a stroll through instead.
The Great Pumpkin Patch
When: Sep. 8 – Oct. 31n Where: 1749A County Road 1900 N.n Hours: 9: a.m. – 6 p.m.n Admission: Prices vary by age and depending on day of week, Ages 5 & under/Freen Why Go: Get to see over 300 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds from more than 30 countries around the globe grown right on this family farm. Not only that but the farm also has various mazes sprawled throughout and is home to several friendly animals.
When: September 21 – October 30n Where: 13341 W 151st St.n Hours: Mon-Thur 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Times slightly change in Oct.)n Admission: Prices depend on day of the weekn Why Go:This family-friendly farm has a fall festival as well as a pumpkin patch that the whole family will surely enjoy. It has entertaining attractions such as pony rides, a petting zoo, rides, and many others.
When: Weekends only, Sep. 22-Oct. 28n Where: 8512 S. Union Rd., Union, ILn Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.n Admission: $19, Ages 3 & Under/Freen
Why Go: Experience the Wild West at this family themed park where there will be many entertaining activities: faux gold panning, canoe rides, pumpkin painting, pony rides and so much more. Don’t miss out on the Old Wild West shows that will be performing throughout the day.
When: Oct. 13 n Where: 1 S 151 Winfield Roadn Hours:10 a.m. – 4 p.m.n Admission: No admission, Parking/$5n Why Go:Celebrate the new fall season at Cantigny Fall Festival. There will be hayrides, a craft show, a live show, and other activities for the whole family.
When:Oct. 13n Where: 1 S. 151 Winfield Road n Hours: Mon-Thur/12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Fri /12 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sat & Sun/10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun/ 10 a.m./7 p.m.n Admission:Charge for certain activities n Why Go:This fall festival offers visitors the chance to pick out their own pumpkin, go on hayrides, walk through the maze, and more.
Schaumburg Park District
When: Oct. 7 n Where: 1 S. 151 Winfield Roadn Hours: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.n Admission: $5/person, $20/family, Ages 3 & under/Free n Why Go: Autumn Fall Festival takes guests back into time. The festival “includes hands-on demonstrations of frontier-era and 1880s farm life including cider pressing, blacksmithing and grain threshing.” There will also be plenty of fall treats.
Chicago Park District
When:Oct. 7n Where:2500 W. Lunt Ave.n Hours:10 a.m.- 2 p.m.n Admission:Freen Why Go:The main attraction of this fall fest is its pumpkin patch. After choosing a pumpkin, visitors can decorate them as well as enjoy the many other activities such as the Halloween-themed carnival games, pony rides, and the petting zoo.
Chicago Park District
When:Oct. 20n Where:410 W. Chicago Ave.n Hours:11 a.m.-1 p.m.n Admission:Freen Why Go:Spend a fun fall day at the park. Visitors will find plenty to do such as games, a pumpkin painting station, bounce houses, and many more.
Chicago Park District
When:Oct. 7n Where: 3546 W. Addison St.n Hours:10 a.m - 3 p.m.n Admission:Freen Why Go:Enjoy a day at the park with a ton of fall activities such as a pumpkin patch, face painting, petting zoo, and more.