2017 Fall Fests and Oktoberfests in the Southwest Suburbs

The season of fall is a favorite to many. Not only does it bring about cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and the beloved pumpkin spice, but it gives families the opportunity to spend more time together. We’ve gathered a list of some of the fall fests and Oktoberfests in your area that are sure to keep your family’s calendar chock full of fun activities all season long!

Fall Fests and Oktoberfests

St. Michael Fall Fest (Orland Park)
September 14 – 17, 2017
Live music, carnival, and food.

Autumn in the Park Festival (Palos Park)
September 15 – 16, 2017
Amateur BBQ & Chili cook-off, food and beverages, live music.

Fall Fest (Homewood)
September 16, 2017 | 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tasty foods from local restaurants, live entertainment, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin patch, wagon rides, and a chili cook-off.

Monarch Butterfly Festival (Palos Heights)
September 17, 2017 |  11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Butterfly tent, face-painting, live animals, children’s crafts, story time, scarecrow making, food and beverage.

Fall Fest – An Explosion of Color (Bolingbrook)
September 23, 2017 | 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Live music, games, food, and fireworks.

75th Annual Fall Festival at the Farm (Palos Park)
September 23 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Games, crafts, farm tours, live music, hayrack rides, craft/flea market, farmer’s market and food.

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Jim Melka Landscaping Fall Festival (Mokena)
September 23, 2017 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Food trucks, train rides, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin painting, fun jump, build-your-own scarecrow, and games.

Children’s Museum Fall Fun Fest (Oak Lawn)
September 24, 2017 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free outdoor event with many activities.

Fall Fest (Tinley Park)
September 29, 2017 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Create scarecrows, decorate pumpkins, miniature golf, concession snacks, and marshmallow roasting.

Oktoberfest (Tinley Park)
September 29 – October 1, 2017
Authentic German food and Oktoberfest beers, traditional Oom-Pah and Polka musicians, and carnival.

Great Pumpkin Party (Orland Park)
September 30, 2017 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hay rides, pony rides, pet costume parade, pie eating contest, scarecrow building, games.

The Big Bad Pumpkin Party (New Lenox)
October 8, 2017 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Hayrides and concessions.

Lemont Park District Fall Fest (Lemont)
October 14, 2017 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Live music, smores, hayrides, scarecrow decorating, and more.

Halloween Hollow (Mokena)
October 14 – 16, 2017
Carnival, food tent, hayrides, pony rides, tractor rides, bounce house, scarecrow lab, corn maze, trunk-or-treat, craft market

Halloween Fest (Romeoville)
October 27, 2017 |  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Trick-or-treat trail, craft area, moon jumps, a children’s entertainer, and costume contest.

2017 Annual Chamber Halloween Fest (New Lenox)
October 28, 2017 | 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm 
Trunk-or-treat, pumpkin decorating, Halloween egg hunt, costume contest.

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Season-Long Fall Fests

Looking for even more fall festivals to attend? Take a look at these fests that run throughout the season!

Bengtson Pumpkin Farm

September 15 – October 30
13341 W 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 301-3276 (FARM)

Bengtson Pumpkin Farm is the pioneer fall festival in the Chicagoland area. Come see why Bengtson’s is the highest and most frequently reviewed fall festival in Illinois.  If you have not been to Bengtson’s Farm recently, well then you have never been to the farm. Come see our brand-new Cow-Spin Coaster, come to see the largest corn jump play area in the Midwest.  The list of improvements and additions is too long to list. Visit our website or our Facebook for more information. With unlimited access to all rides included in admission EVERYDAY there is simply no value better than Bengtson’s. We know you have a lot of options, but there is only one obvious choice.

Dollinger Family Farm

September 18 – October 29 | 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
7420 E Hansel Road
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 467-6766

Free admission includes finding your perfect pumpkin, visiting with farm animals, petting the goats in the goat pen, romping in the corn bin, exploring a playground with unique structures including a pirate ship, hobbit hole, sand box and lots of hay in which to play. See how bees make honey in the bee barn, explore the way Native Americans lived in a tipi, learn about antique farm equipment in the machine shed and visit our unique gift shop.  For an extra fee you can wander through the corn maze. On weekends, you can take a hayride, train ride or have your face painted  for a small fee. Don’t forget to take home some of Grandma Dollinger’s famous homemade fudge. This is a real deal, an actual pumpkin farm in a country setting.

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Siegels Cottonwood Farm Pumpkin Fest (Lockport)
September 23, 2017 – October 31, 2017

The Children’s Farm Pumpkin Days (Palos Heights)
October 1, 2017 – October 31, 2017

Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo & Fall Festival (Bolingbrook)
September 15, 2017 – October 31, 2017

Konow’s Corn Maze (Homer Glen)
September 17, 2017 – October 30, 2017

Tom & Zachs Pumpkin Patch (Lockport)
September 11, 2017 – October 31, 2017

Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze (Tinley Park)
September 23, 2017 – October 29, 2017

Delair’s Cornstalk Farm (Orland Park)
September 30, 2017 – October 30, 2017

Check out the event calendar for even more fun happenings all season long.


This post is sponsored by Bengtson Pumpkin Farm and Dollinger Family Farm.

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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