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.
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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Geneva Kite Festival – Chicago, IL – Aug 20, 2016
A free Kite Festival at the Peck Farm Park athletic fields.
The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival (Reeling32) – Chicago, IL September 2016
Chicago Jazz Festival – Chicago, IL – September 1-4, 2016
Free live jazz music by local and national artists in Millenium Park over Labor Day weekend.
National Sweetcorn Festival – Hoopeston, IL – Sept 1-5, 2016
A carnival, parade and demolition derby in the Sweetcorn Capitol. 50 tons of sweetcorn are cooked with an antique steam engine and handed out free.
Taste of Polonia – Jefferson Park (Chicago) – Sept 2-5, 2016
This annual Labor Day weekend festival at the Copernicus Center in Chicago’s Jefferson Park offers live music, Polish food, and fun for four days.
North Coast Music Festival – Chicago, IL – September 2-4, 2016
Septemberfest – Schaumburg, IL – September 3-5, 2016
Free admission to the parade, live music and arts/crafts show.
Frankfort Fall Festival – Frankfort, IL – September 3-5, 2016
Over 300,000 flock to this charming village over Labor Day Weekend.
Sandwich Fair – Sandwich, IL – September 7-11, 2016
The Dekalb County fair is the oldest continuing fair in the State of Illinois. It is also the largest display of agricultural and home arts exhibits in the Midwest.
Elmwood Fall Festival – Elmwood, IL – September 8-10, 2016
Homestead Festival – Princeton – Sept 8-11, 2016
Windy City Wine Festival – Chicago, IL – September 9-10, 2016
Sample from more than 300 wines as you enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars at Buckingham Fountain.
Broom Corn Festival – Arcola – Sept 9-11, 2016
Celebrate in the Broom Corn Capital of the World with free entertainment, parade, road race, food and the Famous Lawn Rangers.
German American Fest – Chicago, IL – September 9-11, 2016
A parade, German hospitality, food and fun hosted by the United German-American Societies of Greater Chicago.
Festival of the Vine – Geneva, IL, September 9-11, 2016
Sample wine and food as you enjoy live music and family fun.
Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival – Orland Park, IL – September 9-11, 2016
The event, which started in 1982, has been moved to Tinley Park (Chicago) to celebrate the classic American movie.
Cedarhurst Art & Craft Fair – Sept 9-11, 2016
Look for over 120 artists to be showcased with glass, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, wood, basketry and leather, two-dimensional art and more.
Wings Over Waukegan – Waukegan, IL – September 10, 2016
Over 15,000 visitors from Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin are expect to attend this regional air show.
Mundelein Arts Festival – Sept 10-11, 2016
A two-day juried art event with tasty food, local musicians and top artists.
DeKalb Kite Fest – DeKalb, IL – September 11, 2016
Free admission to enjoy the colorful kites that take to the sky.
Murphysboro Apple Festival – Murphysboro, IL – September 14-17, 2016
The oldest and largest alcohol free festival in southern Illinois – it draws over 45,000 a year to the various events, including car show, parade and carnival.
Morton Pumpkin Festival – Morton, IL – September 14-17, 2016
Celebrating 50 years of the pumpkin harvest and canning at the Pumpkin Capital of the World. An estimated 70,000 attend the carnival, parades and other activities.
Italian Festival – Collinsville – Sept 16-17, 2016
Celebrate the Italian culture and heritage at a family friendly event in Uptown Collinsville.
Riot Fest – Chicago, IL – September 16-18, 2016
A three-day music festival featuring various forms of punk at Douglas Park.
Des Plaines Family Festival – Des Plaines, IL – September 16-18, 2016
Free admission, musical entertainment and parking at this Lake Park fair with carnival, KidZone, car show, festival food, pie eating contest and open air market.
Shrimp Festival – Golconda, IL – Sept 17, 2016
Eat shrimp from the Southern Illinois Prawn Growers and enjoy local wines.
Quad Cities Balloon Fest – Moline, IL – September 23-24, 2016
Hot air balloon festival at Rock Island County Fairgrounds. Admission is FREE – in lieu of admission they ask for a donation of non-perishable food items to support the River Bend Foodbank.
Prairie Land Heritage Museum Fall Festival – Sept 23-25, 2016
Chicago Gourmet – Millenium Park – Sept 23-25, 2016
Celebrate food and wine in downtown Chicago with this Bon Appetit event featuring more than 100 wineries, breweries and spirit makers as well as more than 150 top restaurants and chefs.
Huntley Fall Fest – Huntley, IL – September 23-25, 2016
A three day community celebration with entertainment, a beer garden, food vendors, a full carnival midway, plenty of fall activities, and a spectacular fireworks display on Sautrday night!
Chicago International Social Change Film Festival – Chicago, IL – Sept 23-25, 2016
Enjoy films that promote ideas with action.
Elim Dutch Festival – Sept 24, 2016
Apple ‘N Pork Festival – Clinton, IL – September 24-25, 2016
A harvest festival with flea market, 19th century craft demonstrations, antique tractor show; live musical entertainment and more at the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum grounds.
Long Grove Apple Festival – Long Grove, IL – September 25-27, 2016
Grundy County Corn Festival – Sept 28 – October 2, 2016
68th annual event.
Shaw’s Oyster Fest – September 30, 2016
Enjoy fresh oysters and craft beer at this event produced by Shaw’s Crab House.
Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival – Sept 30 – October 2, 2016
A weekend-long celebration of local art and flavorful fare including painting, sculpture, and photography along with handmade jewelry, one-of-a-kind furniture, and home accessories.
Jersey County Apple Festival – Jerseyville, Illinois – October 1, 2016
A family oriented event that celebrates the apple orchards in the region.
Lincoln Square AppleFest Chicago, IL – October 1-2, 2016
A Lincoln Square tradition to celebrate fall with local musicians, children’s activities and everything apple!
Fluorspar Festival – Rosiclare, IL – October 1-2, 2016
Celebrate the influences brought to the area by the Fluorspar Mining Industry. Rosiclare was once considered the Fluorspar Capital of the world and fluorspar is still the state mineral.
Scarecrow Festival – St. Charles, Illinois – October 7-9, 2016
Award winning event with more than 100+ hand-crafted scarecrows, live entertainment, carnival and craft show.
Scarecrow Daze – Lake Shelbyville, IL – Oct 7-9, 2016
Art in the Park – Highland, IL – October 7-9, 2016
Chicago International Film Festival – Chicago, IL – October 13-27, 2016
Exhibiting films from around the world for five decades.
Batfest – Batavia, IL – October 22, 2016
Batavia’s annual Halloween themed family event attracting over 2,500.
Sycamore Pumpkin Festival – Sycamore, IL – October 26-30, 2016
55th annual decorated pumpkin display with parade, carnivals and indoor craft show.
Randolph Street Market – Chicago, IL – Sept 24-25 & Oct 29-30 & Nov 19-20 & 26-27, 2016
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Illinois Blue Festival – Peoria, IL – September 4-5, 2015
Cruise 11 To Remember 9-11 – Decatur, IL – September 13, 2015
Located in Central Park of Downtown Decatur, IL. Car/bike Show $11 Car/bike Show Fee. Registration begins 8am @ Central Park. Show judging 1pm for unique awards & trophies. 1:30pm-2pm Sounds of Lisa Kaye and Michael Scherer concert-free. Memorial & 1st responder Appreciation Service – 2:30. 3:00pm 11 mile BG Nevitt Yellow Ribbon Memorial Cruise. Fundraiser to provide Christmas for Veterans in need (via American
Legion Post 105). Last year the Legion provided Christmas for over 100 Central IL Veterans in need. Donations accepted & encouraged
Dwight Harvest Days – Dwight, IL – September 17-20, 2015
Marshall Autumn Fest – Marshall, Illinois – September 18-20, 2015
Pygmalion Music Festival – Urbana-Champaign, IL – September 23-27, 2015
Chicago South Asian Film Festival – September 30, 2015
Jubilee Days – Zion, IL – September 3-5, 2016
Warren Pumpkin Festival – Warren, IL – September 25, 2015
Amish Country Cheese Festival – Arthur, Illinois – Sept 5-7, 2015
Cortland Fall Festival and Parade – Cortland, IL – Oct 11, 2015
Festiv-Ale – Chicago, IL – September 18, 2015
Grande Levee Harvest Festival – Vandalia, IL – Sept 25-26, 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!
Autumn on Parade – Oregon, IL – October 3-4, 2015
Lake Shelbyville Balloon Fest – October 9-11, 2015
Lansing Autumn Fest – October 9-11, 2015
Pike County Fall Color Drive – Pike County, IL – Oct. 17-18, 2015
Our annual event is October 17& 18 throughout 20 communities in Pike County, IL. The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is the sponsoring organization.
Vulture Fest – Makanda, IL – Oct 17-18, 2015
Jacksonville Main Street’s Pumpkin Festival – Jacksonville, IL – October 24, 2015
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade – Chicago, IL – Starts Nov 21, 2015
Festival of Trees – Galena, IL – Nov 29, 2014
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