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.

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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2016

Geneva Kite Festival – Chicago, IL – Aug 20, 2016
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

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

Cedarhurst Art & Craft Fair – Sept 9-11, 2016

Wings Over Waukegan – Waukegan, IL – September 10, 2016

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

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

Chicago International Social Change Film Festival – Chicago, IL – Sept 23-25, 2016

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

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

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

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

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival – Sycamore, IL – October 26-30, 2016

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.

Past Events

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!

September 2015:

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

October 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

Burgoo Festival – Utica – Oct 11 2015
Phases of the Moon Festival – Danville, IL – October 16-18, 2015
Oglesby Harvest Festival – Oglesby, IL – October 17, 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

Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival – Monmouth, IL – October 24, 2015
Health Harvest Festival – Robinson, IL – October 2-3, 2015

November 2015:

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

Festival of Trees – Galena, IL – Nov 29, 2014

Last Year’s Events:

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

8 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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