Chicago Fall Fun: 20+ Best Fall Festivals, Events and Activities for Kids and Families
Find the best Chicago Fall Fun for kids and families with this roundup of local Fall Fun events and activities. There are so many family-friendly events taking place including pumpkin patches, scarecrow walks, pumpkin fests, harvest festivals, Oktoberfests and more. See our top picks for Chicago's best fall fun activities below, and visit to see a full listing on our Fall Fun calendar page!
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Gala
September 3 Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St., Chicago
A multi-genre, multi-cultural medley is staged, including song singing, instrumental playing, folk dancing, Peking opera episodes, and fashion shows, among others, to honor an important Asian festival when back in their home countries people get together for family re-unions to celebrate a fruitful harvest, typically under a full moon. All ages. 4-7pm. FREE.
Chicago German-American Oktoberfest
September 9-11 Lincoln Square, Lincoln and Western, Chicago
Try authentic German food and traditional drinks. Dance to the music of German bands and spend the evening with friends and enjoy a fabulous festival. Traditional singing and dancing groups from Chicago will perform on Saturday after the parade and on Sunday at 2pm. Add to your entertainment with a visit to the amusement section of the fest and enjoy the many carnival games. All ages. Friday – 5pm to 11pm, Saturday – Noon to 11pm, Sunday – Noon to 10pm. FREE.
Flutter into Fall
September 10 Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago
Join the Nature Museum on Saturday, September 10, for our day-long celebration of monarch butterflies as they begin their annual migration from Chicago to Mexico. Participate in monarch butterfly tagging demos, guided walks, two First Flight Butterfly Releases, and more! Explore our special program schedule below, and explore the Museum from 10am to 2pm. With the exception of Butterfly Haven Yoga which requires a registration fee, all of our Flutter into All ages. 10am-2pm. Included with admission.
Fall Fun at Dollinger Farm
September 12 - October 30 Dollinger Family Farm, 7502 E. Hansel Rd., Channahon
Come and find your perfect pumpkin for carving, decorating, or making a pie. There is also a wide variety of gourds, squash, corn shocks, straw bales, mums, and mini pumpkins. Fall fun on the farm includes a 4-acre corn maze, farm animals, a bee barn, corn bin, Tipi, hay rides, train rides and more. Fees for some activities like corn maze, face painting and train. All ages. 10am - 6:30pm. Free admission, fees for some activities.
Des Plaines Fall Fest
September 16-18 Lake Park, 2200 Lee Street, Des Plaines
The free festival offers live music and entertainment, with a carnival, a Kid Zone, car show, food and vendors.
All ages. Friday, September 16: 6-11pm Saturday, September 17: noon-11pm Sunday, September 18: noon-7pm. FREE.
Highland Park Oktoberfest
September 16-17 The Lot, 523 Central Avenue, Highland Park
Enjoy a beer garden with great music and delicious, traditional bites to bring the community together. Prost! All ages. Friday 5:00 PM 10:00 PM, Saturday 12:00 PM 10:00 PM. FREE.
Long Grove Apple Fest
September 23-25 Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove
Long Grove’s Apple Fest is known for the apple pies, donuts, caramel dipped to candied apples, apple wine, sangria, and more! In addition to all of the delightful apple specialties, you can even try some options right off the menu at our local hometown restaurants. Plus enjoy a stage full of great rhythm and sounds showcasing all your favorite styles of music, and curated artisans showcasing their wares and talents. All ages. Fri noon - 11pm, Sat 10am - 11pm, Sun 10am - 6pm. $5 Children 6 & Under are FREE.
St. Al's Oktoberfest
September 23-25 St. Alphonsus Church, 1429 W. Wellington, Chicago
Bring on autumn and pull out the lederhosen! One of Chicago’s most popular celebrations of fall and all things Bavarian — Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus — returns for its 19th year of seasonal revelry. It takes place both in and outside the iconic church located in Chicago’s West Lakeview neighborhood. All ages. Friday 5-10pm, Saturday Noon - 10pm, Sunday Noon - 7pm. $10.
Huntley Fall Fest
September 23-25 By Diecke Park, 12015 Mill St., Huntley
Fall Fest is a three-day community celebration brought to you by the Huntley Fall Fest Committee, generous business sponsors, civic organizations, and hundreds of volunteers. The 2022 Huntley Fall Fest features THREE DAYS of entertainment, a beer garden, food vendors, a full carnival midway, plenty of fall activities, and a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night. All ages. See web site for schedule. FREE, fees for some activities.
Homewood Fall Fest
September 24 Homewood, Martin Ave & Kroner Rd., Homewood
Homewood’s favorite fall time festival features live entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides through downtown, craft vendors, a pumpkin patch, children’s crafts, and scrumptious cuisine prepared by local eateries. The event is located on tree-lined Martin Avenue from Hickory Road to Ridge Road. Art and craft vendors join the event, so come out for fun and crafts! Also, making a return is Homewood's Chili Cook-Off! Bring on your best Chili recipe. There will be a judging panel and people's choice. All ages. 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Brookfield Zoo Oktoberfest
September 24 Brookfield Zoo, First Avenue and 31st Street, Brookfield
Zoogoers can toss on their lederhosen and enjoy live polka music from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oktoberfest beer, along with a seasonal menu with bratwurst, sausages, pretzels with cheese and more will be available for purchase. Spot the Leinie’s mobile pedi-cab roaming the zoo! All ages. 11am - 5pm. Regular admission applies.
September 24 - October 31 Siegel's Cottonwood Farm, 17250 S. Weber Road, Crest Hill
Attractions abound at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm's Pumpkin Fest. Enjoy pony rides, pumpkin patch, cornfield maze, straw maze, gem mine, a giant slide, baby chick nursery, petting zoo, climbing wall and more. Pick up fall treats from Kaity’s Country Store and Fudge Shop. Visit the website for coupons, hours, fees and directions. All ages.
Oktoberfest at Naper Settlement
September 30 - October 1 Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville
Under our large heated tent, guests will enjoy German cuisine, local and traditional Oktoberfest beer varieties, and a blend of polka and rock music throughout the weekend. On Saturday, test your strength by participating in our stein holding contest. There will also be a variety of lawn games for the whole family. Grab your lederhosen and join us at this fun German festival! Entertainment Friday is New Generation Polka Band (5:30-7:30 PM) and Polkaholics (8-10 PM). Saturday is Ed Wagner's Lustige Blaskapelle (3-5 PM), Freeze Dried (5:30-7:30 PM), Wedding Banned (8-10 PM). All ages. Friday 5-10pm, Saturday noon - 10pm. Adult: $20 | Youth (4-12): $15.
September 30 - October 30 Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago
Fall Fest features several ticketed experiences, including a Pumpkin Walk at Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo with live professional pumpkin carvers on Saturdays and Sundays, a Harvest Maze, various rides (including a 65-foot Ferris wheel, Fun Slide, and Pirate’s Revenge), Lionel Train Adventure, and the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel. Pick the perfect pumpkin at the zoo’s pumpkin patch located outside the Gift Shop, and marvel at the masterpieces created by professional pumpkin carvers and attend a drag story time. All ages. FREE.
Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest
October 1-2 Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Wilson, Chicago
Usher in the Fall with the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce's 35th Annual Apple Fest! The festivities will take place on Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd from 9am - 6pm. Apple Fest is a long standing tradition in Lincoln Square, bringing community together to celebrate the beginning of autumn. All ages. 9am - 6pm. FREE.
October 1 - October 31 Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
Stroll the path along Meadow Lake to see the friendly faces of Scarecrow Trail. Each scarecrow is handmade by a local scout troop. Scarecrow viewing is included with Arboretum admission. After walking the trail, cast your vote for your favorite scarecrow. Voting information will be available around the trail and in the Visitor Center. All ages. 7am - sunset. Free with admission.
Fall Family Festival
October 2 and 9 Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago, 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview
Sunday, October 2 & 9. Get ready for a jam-packed afternoon of animal discovery and fall-themed fun to celebrate the changing of the seasons outdoors. Costumes encouraged – try out those trick-or-treat outfits! Limited capacity. Advance reservations required. All ages. 2:30 – 5 PM. $16. Members free.
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest
October 7-9 Everts Park, 111 North Ave., Highwood
Skeletons will begin invading Highwood to get the community geared up for kick off of The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest. Highwood will be full of interactive skeleton displays, pumpkin walls and carving stations set up at businesses throughout town, encouraging visitors to patronize its beloved institutions. All ages. See web site for schedule and more details.
St. Charles Scarecrow Festival
October 7-9 Downtown St. Charles, Rte. 64 at Fox River, St. Charles
The 37th annual Scarecrow Weekend, presented by AAA, will be held October 7-9 in downtown St. Charles. 85 Handmade scarecrows will be showcased around town for visitors to view, vote for their favorites, and visit our many local businesses. There will be a Family Zone with live entertainment and family activities, a festive photo op area, specials and promotions throughout town, and the Autumn on the Fox Craft Show in Pottawatomie Park. All ages. Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm. FREE.
Cantigny Fall Festival
October 8 Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
Fall Festival promises colorful autumn fun for all ages. Featuring live music, craft vendors, multiple bouncy houses for all ages, a petting zoo, food trucks and more. All ages. 10 am – 4 pm. Free with $5 paid parking. Learn more
October 8 Meadowhill Park, 1479 Maple Ave., Northbrook
Enjoy fall-centered activities in Meadowhill Park with your family and friends. Featuring a pumpkin patch, hayrides, DJ, Nanny Nikki Children’s Musical Entertainment, Bonfire with s'mores, crafts, apple cider, pumpkin chuckin', Performance by Northbrook Theatre Youth Company and more. All ages 2-5pm. FREE.
Little Beans Fall Festival
October 15 Little Beans Evanston, 430 Asbury Ave., Evanston
Enjoy an evening of family fun this October at Little Beans! This event will have tons of fun activities like a bounce house, glitter tattoos, pony rides & petting zoo, pumpkin painting, live music, fall games and more! Food and Drink tickets available for purchase at the door. All ages. 4-7pm. $15 per adult and $30 per child.