Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Illinois Festivals

There are lots of fall Illinois festivals.  Enjoy one of them after you have finished celebrating Oktoberfest in Illinois. In addition to the harvest festivals, you’ll also enjoy the scarecrow festival and pumpkin festivals here.
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September 2015:

Illinois Blue Festival – Peoria, IL - September 4-5, 2015
Septemberfest – Schaumburg, IL – September 5-7, 2015
Frankfort Fall Festival – Frankfort, IL – September 5-7, 2015
Sandwich Fair – Sandwich, IL – September 9-13, 2015
Windy City Wine Festival – Chicago, IL – September 11-12, 2015
Homestead Festival – Princeton – Sept 10-12, 2015
German American Fest – Chicago, IL – September 11-13, 2015
Wings Over Waukegan – Waukegan, IL – September 12-13, 2015
Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival – Sept 18-20, 2015
Morton Pumpkin Festival – Morton, IL – September 16-19, 2015
Festival of the Vine – Geneva, IL, September 11-13, 2015
Broomcorn Festival – Arcola – Sept 11-13, 2015
Murphysboro Apple Festival – Murphysboro, IL – September  16-19, 2015
Dwight Harvest Days – Dwight, IL – September 17-20, 2015
Marshall Autumn Fest – Marshall, Illinois – September 18-20, 2015
Lincoln Square AppleFest Chicago, IL – September 19, 2015
Grundy County Corn Festival – Sept 23-27, 2015
Elim Dutch Festival – Sept 26, 2015
Italian Festival – Collinsville – Sept 18-19, 2015
Mundelein Arts Festival – Sept 12-13, 2015
Pygmalion Music Festival – Urbana-Champaign, IL – September 23-27, 2015
Quad Cities Balloon Fest – Moline, IL - September 25-27, 2015
Huntley Fall Fest – Huntley, IL – September 25-27, 2015
Chicago South Asian Film Festival – September 30, 2015

October 2015:

Annual Jersey County Apple Festival – Jerseyville, Illinois – October 3, 2015
Spring Valley Autumn Harvest Festival – Schaumberg, IL – October 4, 2015
Highwood Pumpkin Festival – Highwood, IL – October 9-11, 2015
This fan favorite event is held to not only break the Guinness World Record of 30,581 for most pumpkins carved in one place, but to take it a step further by lighting a pumpkin for everyone affected by autism in Illinois- a staggering 52,000 individuals! Imagine pumpkins lining the streets on scaffolding towering over 30 feet lit and synced to music. It’s a site to behold and the ultimate
family event! Brian Larsen the winner of ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” will be onsite setting the majestic lit pumpkin walls to an incredible set list, there will also be pumpkin seed spitting, pumpkin pie eating contests, carnival rides, a corn maze, live entertainment from two stages, and more!

Scarecrow Festival – St. Charles, Illinois – October 9-11, 2015
Autumn on Parade – Oregon, IL – October 3-4, 2015
Burgoo Festival – Utica – Oct 11 2015
Chicago International Film Festival – Chicago, IL – October 15-29, 2015
Phases of the Moon Festival – Danville, IL – October 16-18, 2015
Oglesby Harvest Festival - Oglesby, IL – October 17, 2015

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival – Sycamore, IL – October 22-25, 2015

 

November 2015:

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade – Chicago, IL – Starts Nov 21, 2015

Last Year’s Events:
Fall Harvest Party – Pittsfield, IL – August 28-31, 2014
National Sweetcorn Festival – Hoopeston, IL - August 28-September 1, 2014
Jubilee Days – Zion,  IL - August 30 – September 1, 2014
DeKalb Kite Fest – DeKalb, IL – September 14, 2014
Geneva Kite Festival – Chicago, IL – September 6, 2014
Von Steuben Parade - Chicago, IL – September 6, 2014
North Coast Music Festival – Chicago, IL – August 29-31, 2014
Riot Fest – Chicago, IL – September 12-14, 2014
Chicago Jazz Festival – Chicago, IL – August 28 – September 31, 2014
Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival – Orland Park, IL – September 19-21, 2014
Warren Pumpkin Festival – Warren, IL – September 26-28, 2014
Des Plaines Family Festival – Des Plaines, IL – September 12-14, 2014
Elmwood Fall Festival – Elmwood, IL – September 5-7, 2014
The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival (Reeling32) – Chicago, IL  September 18-25, 2014
Apple ‘N Pork Festival – Clinton, IL - September 27-28, 2014
Staunton Art & Music Festival – Staunton, IL – September 20-21, 2014
Long Grove Apple Festival – Long Grove, IL – September 26-28, 2014

Fall ILGS State Festival – Chicago, IL – September 20-21, 2014
Amish Country Cheese Festival – Arthur, Illinois – Aug 31 – September 2, 2014
Royster with the Oyster Festival - Chicago, IL – September 26, 2014
Cortland Fall Festival and Parade – Cortland, IL – Oct 12, 2014
Grande Levee Harvest Festival - Vandalia, IL – October 3-4, 2014
Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival – Monmouth, IL – October 25, 2014
Boone County Harvest Festival – Belvidere, IL – October 4, 2014
Health Harvest Festival – Robinson, IL – October 3-4, 2014
Westmont Ale Harvest Fest – Westmont, IL – October 11, 2014
Sherrard Pumpkin Fest - Sherrard, IL - October 3-4, 2014
Havana Wine Festival – Havana, IL – October 4, 2014

Randolph Street Market – Chicago, IL – Nov 22-23, 2014
Festival of Trees – Galena, IL – Nov 29, 2014

 Festiv-Ale – Chicago, IL – September 20, 2013 

Oak Lawn Pumpkin Fest – Oak Lawn, IL – October 19, 2013 
Northern Illinois Conservation Club Harvest Festival – Antioch, IL – October 13, 2013 

Cultivate Festival
Loyola Harvest Festival
Southern Illinois Harvest Festival – Mt Vernon, IL 

Find other fun things to do in Illinois in October:

Oktoberfest in Illinois
Illinois Corn Mazes
Illinois Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Illinois
Illinois Pumpkin Patches

5 COMMENTS

  1. Imagine Hillsboro is having a European Inspired Harvest Market on Saturday October 17th from 8 am – 2 pm. Lincoln Plaza, Main Street, Hillsboro, Il.
    Homegrown produce, pumpkins, farm raised beef & pork, apples, goats milk soaps, local honey, handmade crafts, food vendors, and live entertainment. Fun for the kids too?

  2. You left out Macoupin County Historical Society’s Fall Festival Sept 19 & 20,
    Pere Marquette Fall Festival Sept 15 & 16. + many more

  3. Athens Fall Festival Oct 1,2,3. Pageants are Oct 1. Off The Wall playing night of Oct 2. Capt Geech and The Shrimp Shack Shooters playing night of Oct 3. Lots of food,fun, games, carnival rides, Picasso On The Prairie afternoon of Oct 3. More info go to our Facebook page

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