Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Southwest Chicago Suburbs

Hot apple cider, cozy hayrack rides and colorful leaves crunching underfoot in the cool, crisp air: there’s nothing quite like the sights, sounds and tastes of fall. And there’s no better place to enjoy them than at a fall festival in the Midwest. Here in Chicago’s southwest suburbs, we’ve got pumpkin farms and fall festivals galore! So take a look at our list below and pick your favorites to get your family into the spirit of the season.

Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs

Click on the event name to find specific information including times for multi-day festivals, parking, prices, music schedules, special needs days, and more.

Frankfort Fall Fest 2018
September 1–3, 2018
Carnival rides, arts and crafts market, live entertainment, food court, and parade.

Fall on the Green (Oak Lawn)
September 7–9, 2018 
Arts and crafts show, food court, live entertainment, games, and children’s activities.

Autumn in the Park Festival (Palos Park)
September 14–15, 2018
Kick-off parade, Amateur BBQ & Chili cook-off, food and beverages, live music.

Monarch Butterfly Festival (Palos Heights)
September 16, 2018 | 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Butterfly tent, face-painting, live animals, children’s crafts, art fair story time, scarecrow making, food and beverage.

Oktoberfest (Tinley Park)
September 21º23, 2018
Authentic German food and Oktoberfest beers, traditional Oom-Pah and Polka musicians, and carnival.

Family-Friendly Events This Weekend: July 12-14

German American Heritage Center Oktoberfest (Frankfort)
September 22, 2018 | 2:00 pm
German music, food and beer; vendors, raffles, and children’s area.

Fall Fest – An Explosion of Color (Bolingbrook)
September 29, 2018 | 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Live music, games, horse and carriage rides, children’s crafts, food and fireworks.

Melka Garden Center Fall Festival (Mokena)

September 29, 2018 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Melka Garden Center invites the public to their 22nd Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 29th from 10 am – 3 pm. This year’s event includes pony rides, reptile rampage, train rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, fun jump, petting farm, vendor fair, pumpkin patch, food, games and much more. The event will also feature Joey’s Red Hots food truck and Aracely’s Tamales for lunch time food. The property will be filled with a large selection of pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and fall décor for sale. This is a FALL-tastic family event you do not want to miss!

Melka Garden Center is located at 11606 179th Street in Mokena. For more information, call 708-349-6989 ext. 3 or visit the website at www.jimmelkalandscaping.com.

Great Pumpkin Party (Orland Park)
September 29, 2018 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Hay rides, pony rides, pet costume parade, pumpkin seed spitting contest, scarecrow building, crafts, Barrel car train rides, and games.

Local Mini Golf Courses with Waterfalls, Windmills, Glow-in-the Dark, and More

Lemont Park District Fall Fest (Lemont)
October 6, 2018 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Live music, hayrides, kid zone, straw maze, scarecrow decorating, snacks, and more.

Halloween Hollow (Mokena)
October 12 — 14, 2018 | Times vary by day, see website for details 
Carnival, food tent, hayrides, pony rides, tractor rides, bounce house, scarecrow lab, corn maze, trunk-or-treat, craft market.

Shorewood Glen Fall Festival (Shorewood)
October 13, 2018 | 9:00 am
Food, raffles, crafts and more.

The Big Bad Pumpkin Party (New Lenox)
October 14, 2018 | 9:30 am – noon
Hayrides and other family activities, concessions.

Frankfort Chamber’s 2nd Annual Oktoberfest (Frankfort)
October 25, 2018 | 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Authentic German food, drinks and entertainment.

Halloween Fest (Romeoville)
October 26, 2018 | 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Trick-or-treating, crafts, inflatables, pumpkin patch, a children’s entertainer, and costume contest.

2018 Annual Chamber Halloween Fest (New Lenox)
October 27, 2018 | 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Trunk-or-treat, pumpkin decorating, Halloween egg hunt, costume contest.

Pumpkin Farms and Ongoing Fall Festivals

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.

Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm (Minooka)
Opens for the season on September 8, 2018  

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest (Homer Glen)
Opens for the season on September  14, 2018 

Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo and Fall Festival (Bolingbrook)
Opens for the season on September 14, 2018 

Konow’s Corn Maze (Homer Glen)
Opens for the season on September 16, 2018 

Delair’s Cornstalk Farm (Orland Park)
Check Facebook page for opening date 

Odyssey Fun Farm (Tinley Park)
Check website for opening date 

Puckerville Farms (Lemont)
Check website for opening date

Tom and Zach’s Pumpkin Patch (Lockport)
Check website for opening date

For more fall fun, check out our favorite places to enjoy the season’s brilliant colors. Then, see all the great outdoor things to do with kids!

About the Author

Sara Heiserman
Sara is a small town girl who spent several years as a writer in the big city before heading out to the ‘burbs with her hubby to raise their growing family. Charmed by Lemont’s picturesque landscape and genuine hometown pride, Sara loves that there’s always something fun to do or see nearby with her 5- and 3-year old sons and 1-year old daughter. In warmer months, Sara and her crew enjoy playing on the family farm, splash pad hopping and catching Movies in the Park. In cooler months, she plans lots of play dates to keep everybody sane and indulges her creative spirit, crafting, baking and home decorating.

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