2018 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Western Suburbs

As summer heat turns to crisp autumn air, fall festivals and Oktoberfests spring up across Chicago’s western suburbs! These family-friendly events usually feature seasonal fun (think hayrides, pumpkin patches, and cups of steaming cider) as well as fest favorites such as rides, live music, and food trucks. Oktoberfests add a German twist with traditional food, music, and the chance to raise a stein in the beer garden. This article is sponsored by the Western Springs Business Association and the featured event listings.

WSBA Fall Festival

Friday, September 28, 2018 from 4:30 – 10:00pm
Tower Green, Western Springs

Join us for the annual Fall Festival in Western Springs!  You won’t want to miss this free community event at the Tower Green.

You can look forward to live entertainment from Mattix Music, School of Rock and our Headline Band, Good Things.  Included in this free family event are hayrides, a petting zoo, storytelling and the ‘haunted water tower’.  Don’t forget to bring your decorated pumpkin for the pumpkin decorating contest!

New this year is the Craft Beer Tasting Tent sponsored by Solstice.  $30.00 will get you multiple 5oz tastings from 13 Chicagoland breweries and a souvenir glass .  As in years past, food and beverages will be available for purchase.  This years’ vendors are Solstice, BB’s Baby Donuts, Old Town Red Hots & DayDream Coffee.  Click Here for more information about the event.

Thank you to our headline sponsors Clarity Physical Therapy and Re/Max Properties of Western Springs.

2018 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in Chicago’s West Suburbs

St. Cletus Fall Fest (La Grange)
September 6–9, 2018
Food, drinks, bingo, live music, carnival rides and games.

Rock the Block Party (Elmhurst)
September 7–8, 2018
Local food, beer, wine, live music and a free family fun zone.

DarienFest (Darien)
September 7–9, 2018
Carnival, food, beer, wine, music and business expo.

Backyard BBQ (Glen Ellyn)
September 8, 2018
Food and live music.

RibFest (Forest Park)
September 8, 2018 | 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
BBQ contest, rib sampling, live music, food, beverage booths and children’s activities.

St. Matthew United Church of Christ Neighborhood Fun Fair (Wheaton)
September 9, 2018
Bounce house, face painting, games, prizes, bake sale, popcorn and snow cones.

Autumn Fest & Chili Cook Off (North Riverside)
September 14, 2018
Scarecrow contest, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artist, live music, pumpkin decorating, inflatables and chili cook off.

Oaktoberfest (Oak Park)

Friday, September 14, 2018 from 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 12:00 – 10:00 pm
Downtown Oak Park
Marion Street between Lake Street and North Boulevard

Oaktoberfest takes your traditional Oktoberfest to the next level! This free two-day event on Friday, September 14th and Saturday, September 15th offers a premier music lineup featuring local and national artists, a Kids’ Root Beer Garden, as well as microbrew, wine and ethnic food offerings.

The Kids’ Root Beer Garden located on Marion Street on Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00 pm offers kids the chance to create and race their own zucchini cars. The Root Beer Garden will also feature a ninja obstacle course, root beer floats, and games and activities sponsored by local organizations. More information at www.oaktoberfest.net.

Downers Grove Oktoberfest

Friday, September 14, 2018 from 3:00 – 11:00 pm
Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm (Kids Zone 12:00 – 7:00 pm)
Forest Parking Lot on Burlington Avenue
between Main Street and Forest Avenue, West of the Downers Grove Train Station

Kick off your fall with Oktoberfest! The Fest offers authentic German fare from local vendors and establishments, beverages for both adults and kids alike; children and family based activities such as the Kids Zone, Brat & Donut Eating Contests; Live music including Polka, Classic Rock, local children’s talents, Karaoke and more.  The best part… All ages are welcome!If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteering… Please refer to the website link below for further information.  We are always looking for people who are willing to help with events, and or sponsorship on many levels.  PLUS new and enthusiastic board members!  ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE SCHOOLS SUPPORTED BY the Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58!

www.58foundation.org

Oktoberfest (Berwyn)
September 14–15, 2018
Live music, international food court, beer garden, carnival/amusement rides and family entertainment pavilion.

Family Fall Festival (Clarendon Hills)
September 15, 2018
Petting zoo, face painting, food and beverage vendors and seasonal fun.

Lisle Depot Days (Lisle)
September 15–16, 2018
Hayrides, petting farm, craft fair, fall garden, model trains, historic-living demonstrations, and other old-fashioned fun.

Glow in the Park Lantern Walk

Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Lake Ellyn Park
645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn

As night falls on September 16 at Lake Ellyn Park, the Glen Ellyn Park District will present an illuminated lantern parade around Lake Ellyn to benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The lantern parade will be preceded by free entertainment including live music from Tres Moustache and Bella Artes, Ben’s Bubble Show, face painting, and an inflatable climbing wall from 5pm-7:15pm. Walk in the parade! Decorate a lantern at the event ($10 fee; limited quantities) or bring your own creative creation from home. Lanterns are lit with LEDs, not flames. This event, is in partnership with Charlie’s Corner Foundation, is free to attend. Cash donations to Lurie Children’s are appreciated. Learn more at www.gepark.org/glow.

Luurs Fall Festival (Hillside)
September 29–30, October 6–7, and October 13–14, 2018
Luurs Garden & Flower Shoppe’s annual festival with pony rides, train rides, pumpkin bounce house, food and hot cider.

Autumn Fest (Oak Brook)
September 22, 2018
Free family festival with live music, kids’ activities, food and beer.

75th Annual Fall Festival at the Farm (Palos Park)
September 22, 2018
Games, horse rides, craft/flea market booths, hayrack rides, live music, farmer’s market and food.

24th Annual Harvest Pow Wow (Naperville)
September 22–23, 2018
Dance, drumming, art, crafts, entertainment, and food.

Fall Fest (Oak Park)
September 23, 2018
Horse-drawn hayrides, games, pumpkins, and local fall food.

WSBA Fall Festival

Friday, September 28, 2018 from 4:30 – 10:00pm
Tower Green, Western Springs

Join us for the annual Fall Festival in Western Springs!  You won’t want to miss this free community event at the Tower Green.

You can look forward to live entertainment from Mattix Music, School of Rock and our Headline Band, Good Things.  Included in this free family event are hayrides, a petting zoo, storytelling and the ‘haunted water tower’.  Don’t forget to bring your decorated pumpkin for the pumpkin decorating contest!

New this year is the Craft Beer Tasting Tent sponsored by Solstice.  $30.00 will get you multiple 5oz tastings from 13 Chicagoland breweries and a souvenir glass .  As in years past, food and beverages will be available for purchase.  This years’ vendors are Solstice, BB’s Baby Donuts, Old Town Red Hots & DayDream Coffee.  Click Here for more information about the event.

Thank you to our headline sponsors Clarity Physical Therapy and Re/Max Properties of Western Springs.

Light the Torch 5K, Laser Show, Family Fun, and Food Trucks
September 28, 2018
Laser light show, food trucks, kids activities, and glow race.

Harvest Fest (Burr Ridge)
September 29, 2018
Hayrides, petting zoo, carnival games, pony rides, pumpkin patch, inflatables, entertainment, and food.

Harvest Fest (Downers Grove)
September 29, 2018
Race, live entertainment, kids activities, food trucks, and food contests.

Indian Summer Festival (Woodridge)
September 30, 2018
Hayrides, children activities, and make your own scarecrow.

Hoe Down (Darien)
September 30, 2018
Pony rides, hayrides, games, and food.

Oktoberfest (Naperville)
October 5–6, 2018
Traditional German music, beer and cuisine under a huge heated tent, and family-friendly activities.

Scarecrow Fest (St. Charles)
October 5–7, 2018
Scarecrow contest displays, live entertainment, make your own scarecrow, arts/crafts show, carnival rides, and festival food.

Family Fall Fest (Rosemont)
October 6, 2018
Hayrides, pumpkin decorating, balloon sculptors, and live music.

The Last Straw Fall Event (Westmont)
October 7, 2018
Scarecrow making, meet a beekeeper, animal program, pan for gold or minerals, live music, crafts, games, bake sale and pumpkin decorating.

Fall Fest (Lombard)
October 7, 2018
Games, a DJ, moon bounce, hayrides, face painting and candy hunt.

Family Fall Fest (Elmhurst)
October 13, 2018
Trick or treating, inflatable corn maze, face painting, magician, fall games, and food trucks.

Cantigny Fall Festival (Wheaton)
October 13, 2018
Fall craft show, music, hayrides, petting zoo, face painting, inflatables, pumpkin decorating, and food trucks.

Scarecrow Scramble (Lisle)
October 13, 2018
Food and beverages, crafter booths, hayrides, face painting, balloon artist, bonfire, DJ music, and 5k run/walk.

Boo at the Zoo (Brookfield)
Saturdays and Sundays, October 13–28
Halloween craft, haunted hayride, corn maze, cookie decorating, scarecrow building, and costume parade.

Morton Arboretum Cider and Ale Festival (Lisle)
October 20, 2018
Ciders and seasonal beers. This event is for ages 21+.

Family Fall Festival (Hinsdale)
October 20, 2018
Pumpkin decorating, inflatables, entertainment, and carnival games.

Pumpkin Flotilla Fest

Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Lake Ellyn Park
645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn

Creatively carved, lit gourds will be set afloat on Sunday, October 21. Before the Pumpkin Flotilla at dusk, enjoy live music from Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans, activities and games throughout the park, a giant pumpkin carving demonstration, trackless train rides, canoe rides, and bounce houses. This free event, presented by the Glen Ellyn Park District, begins at 4pm at Lake Ellyn Park. A limited number of pumpkins will be available to carve at the event ($5 each, cash only). Learn more at www.gepark.org/flotilla.

Fall Activities Throughout the Season

Looking for more fall fun? Check out these activities that run all autumn long.

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

September 22 – October 31, 2018
Monday – Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

17250 S Weber Road
Lockport, IL 60441

Take a hayride to our pumpkin field, explore the Haunted Barn, pet and feed farm animals, get lost in two corn mazes, enjoy our Ziplines and Giant Mountain Slide, and much more!

General Admission includes over 30 unlimited attractions for all ages and is $11.95 Monday through Friday, $14.95 on Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day. Children 2 and under are free and grandparents are free Monday-Friday (excluding Columbus Day) with a paid grandchild.

Bengtson’s Farm and Fall Fest (Homer Glen)

Dollinger’s Family Pumpkin Farm (Channahon)

Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest (Rosemont)

Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest (Wheaton)

The Children’s Farm Pumpkin Days (Palos Park)

Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo & Fall Festival (Bolingbrook)

Konow’s Corn Maze (Homer Glen)

Sonny Acres Farm (West Chicago)

Odyssey Fun Farm (Tinley Park)

Goebbert’s Fall Festival (South Barrington)

Didier Farms’ Pumpkinfest (Linconshire)

Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm (Minooka)

Delair’s Cornstalk Farm (Orland Park)


Looking for more fall fun? Head over to our Guide to Fall Activities for Kids!

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a writer and mom of two boys who lives in Woodridge. She recently moved from Downers Grove and grew up in Naperville, but she and her husband have been discovering new things to do now that they’ve got a toddler and baby in tow. Rachel loves cooking, playing board games, and regularly raiding the Woodridge library. She also volunteers with teens at Four Corners Community Church, which makes her feel like an old geezer.

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