Best Fall Fests in Chicago and the Suburbs

Celebrate the season with these great festivals for kids.

The calendar might say that summer is officially over, but here in Chicagoland, festival season continues in earnest, even after the leaves have started to turn. Our fall festival scene gets us even more excited for the cooler season.

Savor the smells of falling leaves and the tastes of all things pumpkin and apple at some of our favorite fall festivals. Find more kid-friendly fall fests near you listed in our calendar.

Looking for more fun things to do with kids this fall? Check out our fall family guide!

City 

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Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Tom (Ping) Memorial Park

Sept. 3, 2022

This festival is one of the most important traditional events in Asia, like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West. The event will include including song singing, instrumental playing, folk dancing, fashion shows and more. 

The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival at Burnham (Daniel) Park

Sept. 10, 2022

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important traditional events in Asia, like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West. The event falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, the round shape and completeness of the full moon symbolize family and friends reunion.

Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus. Church

Sept. 23-25, 2022

Join in on the fun at one of Chicago’s most popular fall celebrations and all things Bavarian. There will be food, music and more.

Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest

Oct. 1-2, 2022

  • Address: Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Wilson, Chicago
  • Cost: $10/suggested donation

There will be more than 50 market vendors and apple items from four farms at this annual event.

North/Northwest Suburbs

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Elk Grove Village Oktoberfest at Rotary Green

Sept. 16-17, 2022

Enjoy traditional German food, games and activities, live music and so much more at the annual Elk Grove Village Oktoberfest Celebration. 

Highland Park Oktoberfest in Downtown Highland Park

Sept. 16-17, 2022

The weekend excitement will include a beer garden, traditional eats and live music acts along with activities for youngsters and families.

Huntley Fall Fest at Huntley Park District

Sept. 23-25, 2022

Enjoy carnival rides, beer garden, food vendors, lots of fall activities, live music and family fun at this fall festival. There will also be a firework display Saturday night. 

Long Grove Apple Fest in Downtown Long Grove

Sept. 23-25, 2022

Enjoy the beautiful fall outdoor ambiance and free live music throughout the historic village. Get your apple fix on treats like brown bag apple pies, apple cider donuts, hot apple cider, caramel apple lattes and more.

Fall Family Fun Fest at Triton College

Oct. 1, 2022

Celebrate this fall fest with Triton College as they return to their Botanical Gardens for an in-person event. This festival will offer food, games and seasonal entertainment.

Fall Festival/Oktoberfest

Oct. 7-8, 2022

Oktoberfest features live entertainment with authentic German food and drinks. Fall Festival activities will include hayrides, pumpkin decorating and the never-ending trick-or-treat candy line.

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest & Skeleton Invasion

Oct. 7-9, 2022

You can expect carnival rides, pumpkin carving stations, live music, vendors, hay rides, pumpkin walls, contests and more at this annual.

South Suburbs

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Autumn in the Park Festival at Palos Park Village Green

Sept. 16-17, 2022 

This fall event includes a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, a BBQ rib and chicken cook-off, music, artisan vendors, petting zoo, bounce house and more. 

Tinley Park Oktoberfest at the 80th Avenue Metra Train Station

Sept. 16-18, 2022 

This event resembles the traditional Oktoberfest held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany with food, drink, traditional dancing, a vendor fair, a carnival and more.

Western Suburbs

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Fall Festival & Pet Event at Bartlett Gazebo Park

Sept. 10, 2022

This annual pet event includes a fall festival this year. Meet and greet with local rescue organizations, visit with pet-related vendors, enjoy a horse-drawn hayride and more.

Scandinavian Day Festival at Vasa Park

Sept. 11, 2022

The 42nd annual festival celebrates the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.  Featuring live entertainment, activities for children, free pony rides and story time by Elsa from Frozen. Scandinavian walkway with vendors, displays and Scandinavian food. 

Berwyn Oktoberfest at Berwyn’s Depot District

Sept. 16-17, 2022

The family-friendly festival includes an international food court, live bands, beer garden and more.

Oaktoberfest in Downtown Oak Park

Sept. 23-24, 2022

  • Address: Between Marion St. and Forest Ave., Oak Park
  • Cost: Free; fees for food

This annual fall festival features a premiere music lineup, specialty craft beers, delicious fall foods from local places and a Kids’ Root Beer Garden. The kid’s activities include hands-on activities, games, root beer floats, zucchini races, a ninja obstacle course and more.

Naper Settlement Oktoberfest

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2022

At this annual event, guests will be able to enjoy German food, local and traditional Oktoberfest beer varieties, polka and rock music and more.

Pumpkin Fest at Cosley Zoo

Oct. 1-31, 2022

Visit the Cosley Zoo this fall to enjoy the colors of the season, see the animals, and pick out your pumpkins. Pumpkins, gourds, apples, cider, corn stalks, and straw bales are all available for purchase.

The Last Straw at Gregg House Museum

Oct. 2, 2022

Enjoy lots of fall fun and family-friendly activities at Gregg House Museum. Features include decorating a pumpkin, making a scarecrow, take a hayride, listen to music, make crafts and more.

St. Charles Scarecrow Festival

Oct. 7-9, 2022                    

Vote for your favorite scarecrow, purchase and build your own, see a professional pumpkin carver in action, visit the craft show and more. There will also be a family zone with live entertainment and activities for the whole fam.

Family Fall Fest at The Depot at Wild Meadows Trace

Oct. 8, 2022

Bring the family out to The Depot at Wild Meadows Trace for Safety Town trick-or-treating plus fall festivities, games and food trucks.

 

 

 

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