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Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Enjoy all things apple from pies to pizzas, apple themed games for kids in the Kids Zone.

When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

St. Benedict's Oktoberfest

Chicago, Ill.


Enjoy authentic oom-pah bands, Spaten bier and specialty cuisine under a tented hall. Plus, carnival midway rides, activities and games, the “520 Pool,” a pumpkin patch and much more.

When: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2016. See website for schedule.
Cost: Free; cost for food and rides

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago, Ill.


The autumnal festival feature a corn maze, hay mountain, a giant 60 ft. burlap sack slide on the zoo’s Main Mall and hay wagon rides throughout Farm-in-the-Zoo. Plus, a pumpkin carver, Ferris wheel, inflatable courses and rides, educational activities and live entertainment. Pumpkins will be available for sale at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo pumpkin patch daily throughout October.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2-4, 9-12 and 16-18
Cost: Free

Beverly Art Walk

Chicago, Ill.


Features works by more than 150 area artists and artisans displayed in over 50 businesses and organizations across the neighborhood. Also includes artist studio tours, live music, dance, puppetry, art demonstrations, children’s activities, food trucks, an artisan craft fair and public art. Free trolleys will be available to guide visitors.

When: Noon-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Locktoberfest Weekends

Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre & Children's Farm | Rockford, Ill.


Activities include Pick Your Pumpkin for $5, carnival rides, corn maze, storytime hayrides, pony ring rides, pumpkin themed games and activities, scavenger hunt, seasonal food favorites, and more.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; some activities require fees

Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

Siegel's Cottonwood Pumpkin Farm | Crest Hill, Ill.

See the world's best athletes in a sport pulled straight from the heart of American history. The lumberjacks battle it out in chopping, sawing, tree climbing, axe throwing, log rolling, and much more.


When: Check website for times.
Cost: Check website

Build Your Own Scarecrow

Historic Wagner Farm | Glenview, Ill.

Families can bring some old clothes to build a scarecrow. Straw, pumpkinhead and help putting the scarecrow together provided.

When: Noon-3 p.m.
Cost: $5 for a Pumpkinhead and straw

Woodland Survivor Campout

Angelic Organics Learning Center & Farm | Caledonia, Ill.

Camp in the woodlands and experience the independence of wilder places. Hands-on instruction constructing a natural shelter, fire-building, tracking and wild edible plants as in season.

When: 2 p.m.-noon
Cost: $45

Stars, Stories, and S'more

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse | Chicago, Ill.


Enjoy a cool night at Kilbourn Park sitting around the fire, eating s'mores, story telling and gazing at the stars. Adler Planetarium will bring out their scopes and lead a star-gazing activity.

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Changing of the Leaves Fall Festival

Pilcher Park Nature Center | Joliet, Ill.

Includes fall color hikes, children's crafts, games and fun family activities. Roast marshmallows and enjoy hot chocolate around a campfire.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $5
Chicago Parent Playdate Spring 2016

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