Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests Happening in 2021

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Our roundup of Fall festivals and Oktoberfests is huge this year. At these family-friendly events, you’ll find pumpkin carving, corn mazes, delicious foods, hayrides, petting zoos, and even some oompah bands. Keep the fun going all season long at these special events and season-long festivities. Don’t forget to check websites in advance for special hours, pricing, and registration information. Happy fall, y’all!

Gathering on the Green, Western Springs

2021 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Fall Gathering on the Green (Western Springs)
September 10, 2021 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm
This year’s Gathering on the Green is happening in the fall. Stop by for an afternoon of family-friendly fun. Click here to read more.

Platzkonzert German Fest (Hoffman Estates)
September 10, 2021 | 5:00pm – 11:00pm
September 11, 2021 | 11:00am – 11:00pm
Enjoy delicious German food and music at this family-friendly event.

Forest Park Ribfest
September 11, 2021 11:00am – 11:00pm
This annual event returns in 2021 with countless delicious options.

Backyard BBQ (Glen Ellyn)
September 11, 2021 | 12:30pm – 9:30pm
Sample one of the delicious dishes prepared by local community members, all while listening to live music.

Septemberfest (Bloomingdale)
September 11, 2021 | times TBA
Enjoy an afternoon of live music, carnival rides, games and food.

Glow in the Park (Glen Ellyn)
September 12, 2021 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Walk around the lake with illuminated paper lanterns.

Autumn Fest & Chili Cook Off (North Riverside)
September 17, 2021 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Come out and enjoy the festivities at this annual event.

Oktoberfest (Downers Grove)
September 17, 2021 | 3:30pm – 11:00pm
September 18, 2021 | 12:00pm – 6:00pm
You’ll find authetic German food and music at this family-friendly event.

Oktoberfest (Berwyn)
September 17, 2021 | 6:00pm – 11:00pm
September 18, 2021 | 12:00pm – 11:00pm

Enjoy delicious food and live music at the biggest party in the western suburbs.

Fall Fest on the Fox (North Aurora)
September 18, 2021 | 11:00am – 10:00pm
While North Aurora Days is not running in 2021, come out and enjoy this one-day event!

Spring Road Fall Fest (Elmhurst)
September 18, 2021 | 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 18, 2021 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
Hayrides, music, crafts, games and more!

Fall Nature Fest (LaBagh Woods, Chicago)
September 18, 2021 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Meet the animals, enjoy delicious food and drinks, play games, and see the Jesse White Tumblers.

Oktoberfest (Tinley Park)
September 17, 2021 | 5:00pm – 10:00pm
September 18, 2021 | 1:00pm – 10:00pm
September 19, 2021 | 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.

Autumn Fest (Oak Brook)
September 18, 2021 | 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 18, 2021 | 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Stop by this annual event with inflatables, a petting zoo, food and games.

Barn Dance (St. Charles)
September 18, 2021 | 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Dance the night away at this annual event.

Depot Days (Lisle)
September 18, 2021 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
September 19, 2021 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Enjoy two days of old-fashioned fun.

Outdoor Fall Fun Fest (Hillside)
September 24, 2021 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Roast marshmallows, play games, and enjoy a beautiful fall evening with the Memorial Park District. Register in advance.

Oktoberfest (Woodridge)
September 24, 2021 | 5:30pm – 10:30pm
September 25, 2021 | 3:30pm – 10:30pm
You’ll find live music, activities, and delicious German food.

Harvest Fest (Bensenville)
September 25, 2021 | 10:30am – 6:00pm
Join the fun with a petting zoo, games, and autumn activities.

Oktoberfest (Brookfield Zoo)
September 25, 2021 | 11:00am – 5:00pm
September 26, 2021 | 11:00am – 5:00pm
Stop by the beer garden for live polka music and delicious German foods.

Fall Fest (Oak Park)
September 26, 2021 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Enjoy games, train rides, and delicious fall foods.

Harvest of the Acorn Moon Fall Festival (Aurora)
September 26, 2021 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Admission is free at this seasonal event.

Hoe Down (Darien)
September 26, 2021 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
This fun-filled afternoon will have pony rides, games, hayrides, and more.

Oktoberfest (Naper Settlement, Naperville)
October 1, 2021 | 5:00pm – 10:00pm
October 2, 2021 | 12:00pm – 10:00pm
This yearly festival involves traditional German cuisine and a live Oompah band.

Fall Fest (Oakbrook Terrace)
October 2, 2021 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Enjoy a morning of crafts, snacks, creepy crawlers, and more. Pre-registration is not required, but supplies are limited.

Fall Fest (Lombard)
October 2, 2021 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Enjoy family games, dancing, hayrides and much more.

Fall Family Oktoberfest (Burr Ridge)
October 2, 2021 | 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Hop on a hayride at this annual event. You’ll also find games, mini pumpkins, vendors, and a DJ.

Octoberfest (Wheaton)
October 2, 2021 | 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 3, 2021 | 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.

Autumn Opener (Woodridge)
October 3, 2021 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Pony rides, petting zoo, make your own scarecrow, magic performances, and more.

Scarecrow Fest (St. Charles)
October 8, 2021 | 12:00pm – 6:00pm
October 9, 2021 | 10:00am – 6:00pm
October 10, 2021 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
This annual event is full of photo opportunities, live music, family games, and delicious food. A family fun zone has been added in 2021.

Cantigny Fall Festival (Wheaton)
October 9, 2021 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Take in the fall colors while having fun at various attractions.

Boo at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
October 9 – 24, 2021 | 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 13 – 17, 2021 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
You’ll find thousands of hand-blown glass pumpkins on display, as well as see daily demonstrations.

Family Fall Fest (Elmhurst)
October 16, 2021 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Come out for trick-or-treating, games, and a morning full of fun.

Family Fall Fest (Hinsdale)
October 16, 2021 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Come in costume and enjoy a day of free family fun!

Fall Fun Fest (Roselle)
October 23, 2021 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Spend the day on hayrides, in the inflatable corn maze, pumpkin decorating, and more.

Fall Fest (Warrenville)
October 29, 2021 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Costume parade, inflatables, games, 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.

Fall Fests Undecided for 2021

These fall festivals have not published their plans as of August 21, 2021. Check their websites for the most up-to-date information.

Fall Festivals Canceled for 2021

Check back for all the fun these events have planned in 2022!


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

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