Unique Fall Events in Glen Ellyn: Glow in the Park and Pumpkin Flotilla Fest

There are two great events coming up in Glen Ellyn this fall! Glow in the Park Lantern Walk offers free entertainment, various activities for kids, and a magical lantern parade that you can participate in. Pumpkin Flotilla Fest features live music, kid-friendly fun, and concludes with floating jack-o-lanterns at dusk. We have all the details for these unique events happening at Lake Ellyn that you will not want to miss! This article is sponsored by Glen Ellyn Park District, but all opinions are my own.

Glow in the Park Lantern Walk

September 16, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Lake Ellyn Park (645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn)

As night falls on September 16 at Lake Ellyn Park, the Glen Ellyn Park District will present an illuminated lantern parade around Lake Ellyn to benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The lantern parade will be preceded by free entertainment including live music from Tres Moustache and Bella Artes, Ben’s Bubble Show, face painting, and an inflatable climbing wall from 5pm-7:15pm.

Walk in the parade! Decorate a lantern at the event ($10 fee; limited quantities) or bring your own creative creation from home. Lantern kits are available for purchase at the Spring Avenue Recreation Center (185 Spring Avenue, Glen Ellyn). Each kit contains a lantern, L.E.D. light, and carrying stick. Choose from a variety of colors! The cost is $10 per kit. Please note that lanterns are lit with LEDs, not flames, and are carried, not released.

This event, is in partnership with Charlie’s Corner Foundation, is free to attend. Cash donations to Lurie Children’s are appreciated. Learn more at www.gepark.org/glow.

Event Details

September 16, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm

  • 5:00pm: Event opens
  • 5:00pm – 7:15pm: Activities & attractions
    • Inflatable climbing wall and bounce houses
    • Face painting
    • Lantern decorating ($10 fee, cash only – while supplies last)
    • Food/beverage sales
  • 5:00pm – 5:30pm: Live music from Bella Artes
  • 6:00pm – 7:15pm: Live music from Tres Moustache
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm: Ben’s Bubble Show
  • 7:15pm – 8:00pm: Lantern Walk around Lake Ellyn, led by the Glenbard South Marching Band

Parking

If you can’t find a parking space around Lake Ellyn Park, additional parking is available in the Glenbard West parking lot and in the Metra commuter lots downtown. For additional parking options in downtown Glen Ellyn, please view the Village’s interactive parking map by clicking here.

Pumpkin Flotilla Fest

October 21 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Lake Ellyn Park (645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn)

Creatively carved, lit gourds will be set afloat on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Before the Pumpkin Flotilla at dusk, enjoy live music from Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans, activities and games throughout the park, a giant pumpkin carving demonstration, trackless train rides, canoe rides, and bounce houses. This free event, presented by the Glen Ellyn Park District, begins at 4pm at Lake Ellyn Park.

A limited number of pumpkins will be available to carve at the event ($5 each, cash only) or you can register online to submit your carved pumpkin to be part of the Flotilla!

Event Details

October 21, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm

  • 4:00pm: Event opens
  • 4:00pm – 6:30pm:
    • Pumpkin carving demo
    • Food/beverage sales
    • Carve your own pumpkin ($5 fee – cash only; limited supply)
    • Inflatables/bounce houses
    • Activities and games throughout the park
  • 4:00pm – 6:15pm: Free trackless train and canoe rides
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm: Live music from Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans
  • 6:30pm – 7:00pm: Pumpkin Flotilla
  • 7:00pm: Event closes

Learn more at www.gepark.org/flotilla.

Parking

If you can’t find a parking space around Lake Ellyn Park, additional parking is available in the Glenbard West parking lot and in the Metra commuter lots downtown. For additional parking options in downtown Glen Ellyn, please view the Village’s interactive parking map by clicking here.

Looking for more fall festivals in the western suburbs? We have you covered with our Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests Guide!

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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