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. Visit website for more information.

When: 4 p.m.-midnight Sept. 20; noon-midnight Sept. 21; noon-6 p.m. Sept. 22
Cost: Free

Autumn in the Park Festival

Palos Park, Ill.


Event includes a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, a Chili and BBQ Rib Cook-Off, music, games and entertainment, including a sports cave and a kids' area with petting zoo, games, touch-a-truck, euro bungee and pony and hayrack rides (open 12:30-6 p.m.).

When: 5-10 p.m. Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 21
Cost: Varies; check website

Berwyn Oktoberfest

Berwyn, Ill.


The two-day event takes place in the Depot District on both sides of the Metra tracks between Oak Park and Home Avenues. The festival includes an array of international foods, live music, amusement rides, kids' activities, crafters, vendors, and a beer garden.


When: 6-11 p.m. Sept. 20, noon-11 p.m. Sept. 21
Cost: Free

Autumn Fest

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.


Celebrate the bounty of the season with crafts, games, nature walks, a falconer show with live birds of prey, pony rides, hayrides, a campfire, live reptiles to touch and see up close, a pumpkin hunt and more. Food will be available for purchase. D

When: 4-7 p.m.
Cost: Free; $3 for select activities

Harvest Moon Hike

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Discover the mysteries of nocturnal nature and the Harvest moon. Program concludes with marshmallows and a campfire. Children must be accopanied by a registered adult.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $12, $9 resident

Tales & Trails

The Grove | Glenview, Ill.

Join family & friends for dessert around the fire while The Grove staff entertains you with a story or songs. Advance registration is required.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $9, $11.25 non-residents

Flying Squirrel Night Hike

Hickory Grove Conservation Area | Cary, Ill.

Find the answers to questions about flying squirrels while exploring the outdoors at night in search of the elusive flying squirrels.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Eco-Explorers: Campfire Cooking

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Impress your friends and family with a meal cooked over an open fire. Learn to cook a delicious entrée and a dessert. Recipes will be sent home.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $55 family of four; $45 resident family; $5 additional people

Storybook Cooks: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Bring stories to life through the recipes featured in both old and new beloved tales. All recipes are provided. Please bring an apron.

When: Noon-2 p.m.
Cost: $29, $19 resident

Sport Center Family Fun Night

Schaumburg Park District | Schaumburg, Ill.


In honor of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play, the Sport Center offers a variety of structured, supervised sports, games and activities, including basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, preschool tot lot, soccer, T-ball, softball and gymnastic obstacle courses. Concessions available for purchase.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $5 family, free resident family

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