Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests Happening in 2020

Fall is our favorite season of the year, and fall festivals and Oktoberfests are the perfect way to celebrate it. This year, many are requiring advance registration, so make your plans early! Pumpkin carving, oompah bands, and hayrides are sure to get you into the fall spirit. Whether at an official event, or month-long festivities, spend as much time outside as you can!

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2020 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in Chicago’s West and Southwest Suburbs

Backyard BBQ (Glen Ellyn)
September 12, 2020
Bring the Backyard BBQ celebration to your own backyard. Competitors will cook at home and hand off the final dish for judging.

Autumn Fest (Oak Brook)

Autumn Fest (Oak Brook)
September 19, 2020| 2:00 – 5:00 pm
1500 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Autumn Fest is back and ready for social distance FUN! Due to COVID-19, we will be practicing social distancing at this year’s Autumn Fest event. We will have social distance “circles” available for purchase at $30.00 per circle. Each circle will allow for 6 people. For the first 90 minutes there will be entertainers providing a show directly to each section. The entertainers include, Anna, Elsa, & Kristof, a magician, a juggler, and a bubble show. During this rotation your child will also have the opportunity to do a craft and play carnival games. For the second half, we will have a kid friendly DJ planning games and songs! Visit www.obparks.org for more information.

Outdoor Fall Fun Fest (Hillside)
September 25, 2020 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Register in advance.

Oktoberfest (Naper Settlement, Naperville)
October 2 – 3, 2020 | Times TBD
Naper Settlement will make an announcement about Oktoberfest on their Facebook page, so check there for more details. This yearly festival involves traditional German cuisine and a live Oompah band.

Pumpkin Patch Festival (South Elgin)
October 3, 2020 | Time TBD
Enjoy a fall festival at SEBA Park. Check for details closer to the event.

The Last Straw Fall Event (Westmont)
October 4, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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.

Indian Summer Festival (Woodridge)
October 4, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Trackless train, pony rides, petting zoo, make your own scarecrow, magic performances, and more. Check back for details.

Fall Fest (Oakbrook Terrace)
October 10, 2020 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Advance registration is required by September 26.

Family Fall Fest (Katherine Legge Memorial Park, Hinsdale)
October 17, 2020 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come in costume and enjoy a day of free family fun!

Fall Festival (Promenade, Bolingbrook)
October 23 – 25, 2020 | 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Come celebrate the 3rd annual Fall Festival.

Fall Fest (Warrenville)
October 30, 2020 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Costume parade, inflatables, games, balloon twister, petting zoo, live music, and food.

Festivals Undecided for 2020

As of August 17, 2020, the following organizations have not officially announced either details or cancellations of their usual fall events. Check their websites for more details.

These yearly events have officially been cancelled:

Fall Fests That Run Throughout the Season

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

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

About the Author

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of three children, ages 7, 5, and 2. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. Her three kids keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

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