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Art on Harrison

Oak Park, Ill.


Includes art, music, food, dance and hands-on demonstrations for the whole family.


When: 6-10 p.m. Sept. 19; noon-8 p.m. Sept. 20
Cost: Free

Berwyn Oktoberfest

Berwyn, Ill.


The festival includes an international food court, live bands, carnival and amusements, family pavilion, crafters, vendors and beer garden.


When: 6-11 p.m. Sept. 19, noon-11 p.m. Sept. 20
Cost: Free

Design Harvest Festival

Chicago, Ill.


Features contemporary and sustainable design, original live music, unique vendors, hay rides, and more. Family activities include a hay maze, face painting, scarecrow making, petting zoo (noon-4 p.m.) and more.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 20-21
Cost: Free

Farm Heritage Festival

Wauconda, Ill.

Features hundreds of tractors, cars, engines and other farm machinery. Daily highlights include a tractor parade, sheep herding demonstrations, live music, scarecrow making, wagon and barrel train rides, and a petting zoo.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 20-21
Cost: $10, $5 kids 4-17 and seniors 55+, free kids 3 and under. Includes museum admission, rides and parking

Lakeview Fall Fiesta

Lakeview Taco Fest | Chicago, Ill.

The glorious taco gets the spotlight treatment at this fest in the heart of the Southport Corridor. In addition to tacos and music, features beer and taco pairings, Mexican wrestlers, a kids' activity area and arts/crafts.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 21
Cost: $5

Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Enjoy all things apple from pies to pizzas, apple themed games for kids and more.  Start the morning off during family yoga led by Bloom Yoga Studio. Dress up your furry friend for a parade and be entered to win prizes during Urban Pooch’s 4th annual pooch costume contest.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free


Palatine, Ill.


Rotary Club of Palatine presents a festival featuring German food and beverages, authentic music, and activities for all. There are family activities on Saturday afternoon, including music, art and German language lessons. Visit website for more information.

When: 5 p.m.-midnight Sept. 19; noon-midnight Sept. 20; noon-6 p.m. Sept. 21
Cost: Free

Art In Your Eye

Batavia, Ill.


The festival features two art exhibits - The City Hall Exhibit and Student Legacy Exhibit - concerts, craft beer and wine tent, food, and live music and performances. Kids can visit the Picasso Tent or try chalkboard art on Saturday and Sunday.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

U.S. Parachute Association (USPA) National Skydiving Championships

Ottawa, Ill.


More than 500 top skydivers from around the country descending from Chicago’s skies as they perform extreme stunts and compete. Teams of up to 16 skydivers create geometric shapes, perform dramatic loops and spins in freefall, land on dime-sized dots and make belly- and back-to-earth, upright and head-down body formations.

When: Check website
Cost: Free

Homewood Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off

Homewood, Ill.


Features live entertainment for children and adults, horse-drawn wagon rides, the annual bean bag tournament, pony rides, games, art and craft vendors, a pumpkin patch and food from local eateries. Closing the evening is a free showing of The LEGO Movie.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

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