2019 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests

As the seasons change from summer to fall and then fall to winter, Chicagoans find themselves looking for opportunities to maximize the outdoors. Fall festivals and Oktoberfests are aplenty in the the suburbs. September and October are full of opportunities to celebrate the autumn season. Check out out awesome list of events near you! This article is sponsored by the Western Springs Business Association and the featured listings.

WSBA Fall Festival

WSBA Fall Festival (Western Springs)
Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 4:00 – 9:00pm
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 School of Rock, The Band, and our headline band Who Just Joined. Included in this free family event are hayrides, a petting zoo, face-painting, balloon artist and more! Don’t forget to bring your own decorated pumpkin for the pumpkin decorating contest. Winners will be announced that evening and all pumpkins will be displayed in local storefront windows.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local restaurants and food stands. Click Here for more information about the event!

Thank you to our headline sponsors Clarity Physical Therapy & Wellness Center and Village Veterinary Practice.

2019 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in Chicago’s West and Southwest Suburbs

St. Cletus Fall Fest (La Grange)
September 5–8, 2019
Food, drinks, bingo, live music, carnival rides and games.

Platzkonzert German Fest (Hoffman Estates)
September 6–8, 2019
German food, music, and beer.

Oktoberfest (Tinley Park)
September 6–8, 2019
German food, beer, polka music, and more.

Rock the Block Party (Elmhurst)
September 6–7, 2019
Local food, beer, wine, live music and a free family fun zone.

Backyard BBQ (Glen Ellyn)
September 7, 2019
Food and live music.

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RibFest (Forest Park)
September 7, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 10:00 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 8, 2019| 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bounce house, face painting, games, prizes, bake sale, popcorn and snow cones.

Mill Creek Subdivision Last Call Before Fall (Geneva)
September 8, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Live music, car show, food trucks, inflatables, axe throwing, petting zoo, pony rides

St. Michael Fall Fest (Orland Park)
September 12–15, 2019
Carnival, live music, food and more.

Family Fall Festival (Clarendon Hills)
September 14, 2019| 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Petting zoo, face painting, food and beverage vendors and seasonal fun.

Oktoberfest (Downers Grove)
September 14–15, 2019
Live music, food, and beer.

Lisle Depot Days (Lisle)
September 14–15, 2019| 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hayrides, petting farm, craft fair, fall garden, model trains, historic-living demonstrations, and other old-fashioned fun.

Glow in the Park Lantern Walk (Glen Ellyn)
September 15, 2019| 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lantern walk, activities, face painting, food, and music.

Oaktoberfest (Oak Park)

Oaktoberfest (Oak Park)
Friday, September 20, 2019 from 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 21, 2019 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 20th and Saturday, September 21st 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 oaktoberfest.net.

Oktoberfest (Berwyn)
September 20–21, 2019
Live music, international food court, beer garden, carnival/amusement rides and family entertainment pavilion.

Autumn Fest (Oak Brook)

Autumn Fest (Oak Brook)
September 21, 2019| 2:00 – 6:00 pm
1500 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Join us for a free, family-friendly fall festival at the Oak Brook Park District on Saturday, September 21 from 2:00-6:00 pm. This fun event features free children’s activities including wagon rides, petting zoo and bounce house. Additionally, caricature and balloon artists will be onsite as well as Jim Nesci’s Cold Blooded Creatures from 5:00-6:00 pm. Food and drinks are available for purchase and include local food trucks, like Toasty Cheese, and beer from Two Brothers.

Fall Fest (Tinley Park)
September 21, 2019 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Make a scarecrow, play mini golf, and decorate pumpkins.

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24th Annual Harvest Pow Wow (Naperville)
September 21–22, 2019
Dance, drumming, art, crafts, entertainment, and food.

Hoe Down (Darien)
September 22, 2019| 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pony rides, hayrides, games, and food.

Autumn Fest & Chili Cook Off (North Riverside)
September 27, 2019| 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Scarecrow contest, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artist, live music, pumpkin decorating, inflatables and chili cook off.

100th Birthday & Fall Festival (La Grange)
September 28, 2019, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bonsai class, apple cider donuts, free cotton candy, popcorn, and hot apple cider, facepainting, coloring contest and more.

Light the Torch 5K, Laser Show, Family Fun, and Food Trucks
September 28, 2019| 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Laser light show, food trucks, kids activities, and glow race.

Fall Fest – An Explosion of Color

Fall Fest – An Explosion of Color (Bolingbrook)
September 28, 2019 | 3:00 – 7:30 pm
Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex

FREE family fun! Join Bolingbrook Park District on Saturday, September 28 from 3:00 -7:00 pm for the third annual “Fall Fest – An Explosion of Color!” This free event will be at the Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex (200 S. Lindsey Ln). There’s something for everyone! Live music, games, food, and fireworks!  This event is presented in partnership with AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, Bolingbrook. Learn more at bolingbrookparks.org.

Harvest Fest (Downers Grove)
September 28, 2019| 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Race, live entertainment, kids activities, food trucks, and food contests.

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Luurs Fall Festival (Hillside)
September 28–29, October 5–6, and October 12–13, 2019
Luurs Garden & Flower Shoppe’s annual festival with pony rides, train rides, pumpkin bounce house, food and hot cider.

Indian Summer Festival (Woodridge)
September 29, 2019
Trackless train, pony rides, petting zoo, make your own scarecrow, magic performances, and more.

Fall Fest (Oak Park)
September 29, 2019| 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Horse-drawn hayrides, games, pumpkins, and local fall food.

Fall Fun Fest (Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn)
September 29, 2019 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Oktoberfest (Naperville)
October 4–5, 2019
Traditional German music, beer and cuisine under a huge heated tent, and family-friendly activities.

Fall Fest – Lombard Park District

Fall Fest – Lombard Park District
Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Lombard Common
433 E St Charles Rd, Lombard, IL 60148

Free event for the entire family! The leaves are changing color, and there is a nip in the air! This can only mean one thing in Lombard, its time for Fall Fest! Families can enjoy games, dancing, hayrides, face painting, a candy hunt, and so much more. Join us inside the Community Building from 2:00-3:00pm for a round of Boo Bingo. Stop by our pumpkin patch and select the perfect pumpkin (one pumpkin per child) to take home or decorate in our pumpkin-decorating contest. Learn more at lombardparks.com.

WSBA Fall Festival

WSBA Fall Festival (Western Springs)
Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 4:00 – 9:00pm
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 School of Rock, The Band, and our headline band Who Just Joined. Included in this free family event are hayrides, a petting zoo, face-painting, balloon artist and more! Don’t forget to bring your own decorated pumpkin for the pumpkin decorating contest. Winners will be announced that evening and all pumpkins will be displayed in local storefront windows.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local restaurants and food stands.  Click Here for more information about the event!

Thank you to our headline sponsors Clarity Physical Therapy & Wellness Center and Village Veterinary Practice.

The Last Straw Fall Event (Westmont)
October 6, 2019| 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.

Scarecrow Fest (St. Charles)
October 11–13, 2019
Scarecrow contest displays, live entertainment, make your own scarecrow, arts/crafts show, carnival rides, and festival food.

Freaky Fun Friday

Freaky Fun Friday (Bolingbrook)
October 11, 2019 | 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Connect with nature by meeting exciting critters and searching for the beast that lives in the woods at Freaky Fun Friday! This fun event is on Saturday, October 11 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Hidden Oaks Nature Center (419 Trout Farm Rd, Bolingbrook).  Don’t miss the family-friendly crafts, activities, monster hunt, and s’mores around the fire. This is the perfect opportunity to take your Halloween costume for a test drive!  Purchase tickets on or before October 8 for a discounted rate of just $7 per person! Learn more at bolingbrookparks.org.

Family Fall Fest (Elmhurst)
October 12, 2019| 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Trick or treating, inflatable corn maze, face painting, magician, fall games, and food trucks.

Cantigny Fall Festival (Wheaton)
October 12, 2019| 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fall craft show, music, hayrides, petting zoo, face painting, inflatables, pumpkin decorating, and food trucks.

Scarecrow Scramble (Lisle)
October 12, 2019| 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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 12–27, 2019
Halloween craft, haunted hayride, corn maze, cookie decorating, scarecrow building, and costume parade.

Danada Fall Festival (Wheaton)
October 13, 2019 | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Equestrain performances, hayrides, kids activities, displays, and more.

Fall Fest (Burr Ridge)
October 19, 2019
Trick-or-treat, hayrides, and stilt walkers.

Morton Arboretum Cider and Ale Festival (Lisle)
October 19, 2019| 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ciders and seasonal beers. This event is for ages 21+.

Family Fall Festival (Hinsdale)
October 19, 2019| 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pumpkin decorating, inflatables, entertainment, and carnival games.

Pumpkin Flotilla Fest (Glen Ellyn)
October 20, 2019
Pumpkin carving demonstration, canoe rides, games, bounces houses, and pumpkin floating at dusk.

Warrenville Park District Fall Fest (Warrenville)
October 25, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Costume parade, inflatables, games, balloon twister, petting zoo, live music, and food.

Fall Activities Throughout the Season

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

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
September 28th – October 31, 2019
Monday – Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Daily)
17250 S Weber Road, Lockport, IL 60441

Take a hayride to our cornfield maze or visit our real pumpkin field, explore the Haunted Barn, pet and feed farm animals, enjoy our Trolley lines and Giant Mountain Slide, and much more!

General Admission includes over 30 unlimited attractions for all ages and is $11.95 Monday through Friday, $18.95 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. Purchase your tickets ahead of time online and receive a coupon booklet with over $30 in discounts!


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

About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

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