Fall is here, and it’s time to celebrate pumpkin season. For as much as I love summer in Chicago, there’s something so perfect about our fall weather. Our roundup of fall festivals and Oktoberfests is packed with hayrides, petting zoos, and live music, as well as apples, pretzels, and all your favorite pumpkin-flavored foods. Grab your favorite sweatshirt and enjoy a beautiful fall day at these fall festivals and Oktoberfests.
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2022 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in Chicago’s West Suburbs
Platzkonzert German Fest (Hoffman Estates)
September 9, 2022 | 5:00pm – 11:00pm
September 10, 2022 | 11:00am – 11:00pm
September 11, 2022 | 11:00am – 6:00pm
Enjoy delicious German food and music at this family-friendly event.
Backyard BBQ (Glen Ellyn)
September 10, 2022 | 12:30pm – 9:30pm
Sample one of the delicious dishes prepared by local community members, all while listening to live music.
September 10, 2022 | 11:00am – 10:00pm
Enjoy the end-of-summer celebrations with a carnival, food, parade, and live music.
Forest Park Ribfest
September 10, 2022 | 11:00am – 11:00pm
This annual event returns in 2022 with countless delicious options.
Glow in the Park (Glen Ellyn)
September 11, 2022 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Decorate a lantern and stroll around Lake Ellyn Park.
Oktoberfest (Glendale Heights)
September 15 – 25, 2022 | times vary by day
The fun in Camera Park lasts over a week as you listen to live music and enjoy delicious German food.
Autumn Fest & Chili Cook Off (North Riverside)
September 16, 2022 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Join the fun at this annual event in North Riverside! There will be live music, petting zoo, face painting, and of course, delicious food.
September 16, 2022 | 6:00pm – 11:00pm
September 17, 2022 | 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Enjoy delicious food and live music at the biggest party in the western suburbs.
Oktoberfest (Tinley Park)
September 16, 2022 | 5:00pm – 10:00pm
September 17, 2022 | 1:00pm – 10:00pm
September 18, 2022 | 1:00pm – 6:00pm
This Oktoberfest will bring you back to Munich. German food, live music, dancing and a carnival will make for a fun-filled three day event.
Sonny Acres Farm Fall Festivals
Sonny Acres Farm
September 17 – October 31, 2022
29W310 North Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185
You better be-leaf we’re ready for an amazing Fall Festival! Sonny Acres iconic family-friendly festival begins September 17th for a limited time through October 31st. FALL in love with our non-stop family fun fit for all ages. Pick the perfect pumpkin, enjoy a wide variety of amusements and attractions including everything from our Wacky Worm Roller Coaster, to a ride around the property on the Sonny Express Train, take fun to new heights our Giant Jumping Pillow, get baaack to nature and feed our farm animals, explore our sensory garden, enjoy great food at our outdoor grill and much more!
Haunted barn and haunted hayrides open on Friday, September 30 and day wagon rides are also available through the woods for all ages. Click here to buy tickets. “The haunted barn was very well done…just the right amount of twists and turns to keep you guessing…plenty of “scares” nothing too over the top for a younger crowd. The hayride was a blast as well, very creative and lots of surprises!”
All Fall Fest activities are weather dependent. Please check our website for availability, dates and times. Sonnyacres.com
Spring Road Fall Fest (Elmhurst)
September 17, 2022 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Come out for an afternoon of pony rides, bouncy houses, concessions, a petting zoo, live entertainment, games, and visits from local police and fire department.
Autumn Fair (Geneva)
September 17, 2022 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
Hayrides, music, crafts, games and more!
Fall Nature Fest (LaBagh Woods, Chicago)
September 17, 2022 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Meet the animals, enjoy delicious food and drinks, play games, and see the Jesse White Tumblers.
Autumn Fest (Oak Brook)
September 17, 2022 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Enjoy a day filled with face painting, games, a DJ, arts and crafts, hayrides, and much more.
Family Fall Festival (Clarendon Hills)
September 17, 2022 | 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Stop by this annual event with inflatables, a petting zoo, food and games.
Barn Dance (St. Charles)
September 17, 2022 | 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Dance the night away at this annual event.
Oktoberfest (Clarendon Hills)
September 17, 2022 | 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Two locations with live music, food, and drinks.
Depot Days (Lisle)
September 17, 2022 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
September 18, 2022 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Enjoy two days of old-fashioned fun.
Oktoberfest (Downers Grove)
September 17, 2022 | 3:00pm – 11:00pm
September 18, 2022 | 12:00pm – 6:00pm
You’ll find authentic German food and music at this family-friendly event.
Hoe Down (Darien)
September 18, 2022 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
This fun-filled afternoon will have pony rides, games, hayrides, and more.
Fall Fest (Parkway Bank Park, Rosemont)
September 18, 2022 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Enjoy live entertainment, face painting, bounce houses, and food at this free family-fun event.
WSBA Fall Festival
September 23, 2022 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Tower Green, Western Springs
We’re excited to announce that WSBA Fall Festival is back! It’s been three years since we could enjoy this free community event and it’s so much fun.
Activities include pumpkin decorating, hayrides, a petting zoo, storytelling, face painting, balloon artist, and a maze. Frankie Ace Magic will be performing from 4-4:45pm, Crows of Furey is the opening band from 5:15-6:30pm, and the headline band, The Breakfast Club, will be on stage from 7-9pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Click here for info on the pumpkin decorating content.
A huge thank you to the Headline Sponsors Re/Max Properties, 20/20 EyeCare & EyeWear and Timberstone Design & Development.
Oaktoberfest (Oak Park)
September 23, 2022 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm
September 24, 2022 | 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Festivities run all weekend, but stop by the Kids Beer Garden from 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Saturday.
Oktoberfest (Brookfield Zoo)
September 24, 2022 | 11:00am – 5:00pm
Stop by the beer garden for live polka music and delicious German foods.
Fall Fest (Carol Stream)
September 24, 2022 | 2:00pm – 9:00pm
Stop by the beer garden in Town Center and check out the family games and food.
Bolingbrook Fall Fest
September 24, 2022 | 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Enjoy live music, food, games and activities.
Fall Fest (Oak Park)
September 25, 2022 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Enjoy games, train rides, and delicious fall foods.
Oswego German Heritage Jubilee
September 25, 2022 | 11:30am – 2:00pm
Learn about German culture while you enjoy fall foods, live music, and games.
Harvest of the Acorn Moon Fall Festival (Aurora)
September 25, 2022 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Admission is free at this seasonal event.
Autumn Opener (Woodridge)
September 25, 2022 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Pony rides, petting zoo, make your own scarecrow, magic performances, and more.
September 30, 2022 | 5:30pm – 10:30pm
October 1, 2022 | 3:30pm – 10:30pm
You’ll find live music, activities, and delicious German food.
Oktoberfest (Naper Settlement, Naperville)
September 30, 2022 | 5:00pm – 10:00pm
October 1, 2022 | 12:00pm – 10:00pm
This yearly festival involves traditional German cuisine and a live Oompah band.
Harvest Fest (Bensenville)
September 30, 2022 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
October 1, 2022 | 11:00am – 8:00pm
October 2, 2022 | 11:30am – 4:30pm
Join the fun with a petting zoo, games, and autumn activities.
Wheaton Fall Fest
October 1, 2022 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wheaton Nurseries is hosting their fall fest again this year, with live music, face painting, and delicious food.
Fall Fest (Oakbrook Terrace)
October 1, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Enjoy a morning of crafts, snacks, and more. Pre-registration is not required, but supplies are limited.
Fall Family Oktoberfest (Burr Ridge)
October 1, 2022 | 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Hop on a hayride at this annual event. You’ll also find games, mini pumpkins, vendors, and a DJ.
October 1, 2022 | 4:30pm – 9:00pm
Enjoy this family-friendly event complete with live entertainment and a children’s area.
The Last Straw Fall Event (Westmont)
October 2, 2022 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Scarecrow making, meet a beekeeper, animal program, pan for gold or minerals, live music, crafts, games, bake sale and pumpkin decorating. Most activities are free.
Fall Fest (Bloomingdale)
October 7, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Fall festivities include live music, hayrides, crafts, games, and more.
Scarecrow Fest (St. Charles)
October 7, 2022 | 12:00pm – 6:00pm
October 8, 2022 | 10:00am – 6:00pm
October 9, 2022 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
This annual event is full of photo opportunities, live music, family games, and delicious food.
Octoberfest (DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton)
October 7, 2022 | 6:00pm – 11:00pm
October 8, 2022 | 12:00pm – 11:00pm
October 9, 2022 | 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Join NAMI DuPage as they celebrate Octoberfest with vendors, live music, kids activities, and more.
Family Fall Fest (Elmhurst)
October 8, 2022 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Come out for trick-or-treating, games, and a morning full of fun.
Cantigny Fall Festival (Wheaton)
October 8, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Take in the fall colors while having fun at various attractions.
Fall Fest (Lombard)
October 8, 2022 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Enjoy family games, dancing, hayrides and much more.
Founders Day Festival (Roselle)
October 8, 2022 | 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Join the fall festivities as Roselle hosts its centennial celebration.
Danada Fall Festival (Wheaton)
October 9 and 10, 2022 | 11:00am – 5:00pm
Enjoy equestrian performances and so much more as this annual event returns in 2022!
Boo at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
October 8 – 23, 2022 | Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am – 5:00pm
Combine a trip to the zoo with the excitement of Halloween-themed activities and events.
Glass Pumpkin Patch (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
October 12 – 16, 2022 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
You’ll find thousands of hand-blown glass pumpkins on display, as well as see daily demonstrations.
Fall Fest (Warrenville)
October 28, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Inflatables, games, costume parade, balloon twister, petting zoo, live music, and food.
Fall Festivals That Run Throughout the Season
Looking for more fall fun? Check out these activities that run all autumn long.
- Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze (Aurora): Starts September 17
- Pumpkin Weekends (Blackberry Farm, Aurora): Starts October 1, runs Saturdays and Sundays.
- Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo & Fall Festival (Bolingbrook): Starts September 15
- Dollinger’s Family Pumpkin Farm (Channahon): Starts September 12
- Bengtson’s Farm and Fall Fest (Homer Glen): Starts September 16
- Konow’s Corn Maze (Homer Glen): Starts September 17
- Scarecrow Trail (Morton Arboretum, Lisle): Starts October 1
- Siegel’s Pumpkin Farm (Lockport): Starts September 24
- Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm (Minooka): Starts September 10, Sunflower Harvest has begun.
- Goebbert’s Fall Festival (South Barrington): Starts September 10
- Sonny Acres Farm Fall Festival (West Chicago): Starts September 17
- Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest (Wheaton): Starts October 1
- Harvest Tyme Family Farm (Lowell, IN): Starts September 24
Fall Fests To Be Announced for 2022
These fall festivals have not published their plans as of August 16, 2022. Check their sites for the most up-to-date information.
- Fall Festival (Promenade, Bolingbrook)
- Delair’s Cornstalk Farm (Orland Park)
- The Children’s Farm Pumpkin Days (Palos Park)
- Pumpkin Flotilla Fest (Glen Ellyn)
- Outdoor Fall Fun Fest (Hillside)
- Didier Farms’ Pumpkinfest (Lincolnshire) Please note that the Didier family is retiring so the farm will be permanently closed in 2023.
Looking for more fall fun? Head over to our Guide to Fall Activities for Kids!