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.


Mid-Autumn Festival

Sept. 18, 2021

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important traditional events in Asia, like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West. The event will include community prairie planting, storytelling, Chinese folk dance performance, lantern making, acoustic music, tea and moon cake sampling, and lantern parade.

Oktoberfest Chicago

Sept. 24-26, 2021

This annual neighborhood event features food, music and entertainment on three stages, arts crafts, and KinderFest with face paintings, storytelling, inflatables, dance parties and art activities on Saturday and Sunday.

Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Oct. 2-3, 2021

Enjoy all things apple from pies to pizzas, live music and apple-themed games for families in the Kids Zone.

North/Northwest Suburbs

Huntley Fall Fest

Sept. 23-26, 2021

Enjoy carnival rides, beer garden, food vendors, lots of fall activities, live music, family fun, the Huntley Fall Fest 5K and Kids Dash that raises money for Action for Healthy Kids and a huge fireworks display.

Long Grove Apple Fest

Sept. 24-26, 2021

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 doughnuts, hot apple cider, caramel apple lattes and more. Plus, participate in exciting free family activities, including a wide-variety of apple-themed games like the legendary apple pie eating contests.

Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest

Oct. 8-10, 2021

Festival activities include hayrides, bouncy house, live music, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin maze, pumpkin carving, children’s activities, more.

Fall Festival/Oktoberfest

Oct. 8-9, 2021

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.

South Suburbs

Autumn in the Park Festival

Sept. 17-18, 2021

The festival includes a parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, college football on the big screen, music, games and entertainment, including BBQ competitions and a kids’ area with petting zoo and bounce house on Saturday.

Homewood Fall Fest

Sept. 25, 2021

The festival features live entertainment for children and adults, horse-drawn wagon rides, games, craft vendors, a pumpkin patch, and food from local eateries.

German American Heritage Center Oktoberfest

Sept. 18, 2021

The outdoor event features dancing performances, a pig roast, live music and German food and drink.

Western Suburbs


Oct. 1-2, 2021

This annual autumn event celebrates the community’s heritage over two days of fun for the whole family. Enjoy live musical entertainment ranging from traditional German Oompah music to classic rock along with German beer and cuisine under a huge heated tent. All of this is accompanied by children’s activities on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., oversized lawn games, and Naperville Heritage Society 50th anniversary themed stein holding and pretzel eating competitions.

Pumpkin Fest at Cosley Zoo

Oct. 1-31, 2021

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.

St. Charles Scarecrow Festival

Oct. 8-10, 2021

Vote for your favorite scarecrow, purchase and build your own, see a professional pumpkin carver in action, visit the craft show, more. New this year is a family zone with live entertainment and activities for the whole fam. 

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