5 things to know about the Frankfort Fall Festival

As soon as school begins each year, there is only one thing on my mind: Frankfort Fall Festival. We end up counting down the days until we can walk around downtown Frankfort, grab a lemonade and enjoy the last of what summer has to offer. If you don’t know what Frankfort Fall Festival is, let me fill you in. It is ranked as the No. 1 festival in the state of Illinois with over 300,000 visitors each year, and it takes place right in the far South suburbs of Chicago every Labor Day weekend.

Artsy Craftsy

More than 300 artisans show off some of the most beautiful handmade art in the country. For me, this is the perfect time to start my holiday shopping as they have a little bit of something for everyone. Everything is so beautiful and unique.


We love checking out food from local restaurants like Dancing Marlin, which specializes in fresh seafood, tapas and vegetarian dishes. However, for those that like more traditional festival food, there is plenty of that too.

Singin’ & dancin’

From Friday through Monday you can you check out two different stages for all kinds of entertainment. From family-friendly sing-alongs to classic rock covers, this fest has it all. Bring your comfy shoes, you’ll be dancing!


On Sunday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. there is a parade that steps off. The theme for this year is “What’s Cookin’ Frankfort?”


The carnival starts on Wednesday, Sept. 2 and runs every day of the festival. There are plenty of rides for all ages. Families can even check out Special Needs Day on Friday, Sept. 4 from 3 – 5 p.m. for those needing extra care on the rides.

This festival has become a family tradition for us and a perfect way for us to welcome fall. For more information about Frankfort Fall Festival, visit their Facebook page or check out their website here.

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