Fall Illinois Festivals

Find an Illinois fall festival to attend in 2017. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2017 has things to do across Illinois including activities in Chicago, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria and Carbondale. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.

Last Major Update:
Facebook21k
Facebook
Pinterest1k
Pinterest

Aurora Fall FestivalsChampaign Fall FestivalsChicago Fall FestivalsElgin Fall FestivalsJoliet Fall FestivalsPeoria Fall FestivalsRockford Fall FestivalsSouthern Illinois Fall FestivalsSpringfield Fall Festivals

2017 Festivals

Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival - Orland Park, IL - Aug 4 to Aug 6, 2017
The event, which started in 1982, has been moved to Tinley Park (Chicago) to celebrate the classic American movie.

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival - Evanston, IL - Aug 18 to Aug 20, 2017
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.

Oktoberfest in August - Buffalo Grove, IL - Aug 18 to Aug 20, 2017
Hosted by Schwaben Verein of Chicago, this event has been going on for more than 100 years. Entry fee is a $10 donation with children 12 years of age and younger free. Parking and entertainment is free. Food drink and amusement game tickets may be purchased. German buffet is $14 on Saturday and Sunday. Party tent provides rain or shine fun. There will be domestic and German beer, bratwurst, singers and dancers. Arcade games and rides for kids. Location: Schwaben Center, 301 N. Weiland Road, Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Farm to Fork Festival - Schaumburg, IL - Aug 23, 2017
Join us for a celebration of fresh, seasonal, regional foods! This unique adults-only event will feature some of the area’s top chefs preparing and serving up dishes derived from locally sourced fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. Locally made beers and wines will be offered as well. The Heritage Farm on a summer evening will provide the perfect setting to enjoy an unforgettable meal.

Cowden Pioneer Days - Cowden, IL - Aug 25 to Aug 27, 2017
Pioneer Village, crafts, food, carnival, parade, rodeo, derby, and lots more.

St Paul’s Kirchenfest - Highland, IL - Aug 25 to Aug 27, 2017
Kirchenfest, which is German for “Church Festival,” is one of the largest church festivals in Southern Illinois with the event spreading over six acres on the grounds of St. Paul Parish. Beginning in 1970 the festival has a German theme, as the Highland community is primarily Swiss and German heritage. This two-day festival offers something for everyone – food (including a Bavarian skillet dish prepared by a 500 pound skillet and a sit-down chicken dinner), live music, games, live auction, flea market, a competitive run, bike ride and much more!

Alton Food Truck Festival - Alton, IL - Aug 26, 2017
Live musical entertainment accompanies food trucks from around the region with global street food options. Free with optional VIP ticket for closer parking and complimentary drink tickets

Annual Olden Days Festival - Dow, IL - Aug 26 to Aug 27, 2017
“See how Grandma and Grandpa used to do it” with antique tractors, farm equipment, demonstrations of sawmilling, blacksmithing, quilting, soapmaking and more, with sky diving, music, tractor pulls, flea market and food vendors, and a kid’s day

Cajun Beer Garden - Grafton, IL - Aug 27, 2017
The Pere Marquette Lodge is hosting a Cajun beer garden, complete with a live Cajun music, a Creole Crawfish Boil, and Abita beer. Entry is free, but seating is limited so bring lawn chairs and pincic blankets to get comfy!

National Sweetcorn Festival - Hoopeston, IL - Aug 31 to Sep 4, 2017
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.

Chicago Jazz Festival - Chicago, IL - Aug 31 to Sep 3, 2017
Free live jazz music by local and national artists in Millenium Park over Labor Day weekend.

Taste of Polonia - Chicago, IL - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2017
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 - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017

Blues and Heritage Festival - Peoria, IL - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2017

Illinois Blues Festival - Peoria, IL - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2017

Jubilee Days - Zion, IL - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2017

Septemberfest - Schaumburg, IL - Sep 2, 2017
Free admission to the parade, live music and arts/crafts show.

Frankfort Fall Festival - Frankfort, IL - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2017
Over 300,000 flock to this charming village over Labor Day Weekend.

Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival - Arthur, IL - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2017

Jubilee Days - Zion, IL - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2017

Irish Days - Long Grove, IL - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2017
The historic shopping district of Long Grove presents Irish Days, a Labor Day weekend celebration of Irish culture, music, food, and drink. Admission and parking in municipal lots is free

Sandwich Fair - Sandwich, IL - Sep 6 to Sep 10, 2017
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.

Homestead Festival - Princeton, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 10, 2017

Elmwood Fall Festival - Elmwood, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2017

Berghoff Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 7, 2017
The 31st annual festival from this German restaurant in Chicago. Keg tapping ceremony. Special menu and beer tasting. Free admission. Location: 17 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60604, USA

Calhoun County Fair - Hardin, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 10, 2017
The Calhoun County Fair is complete with carnival rides, live animal shows, musical entertainment, truck pulls, demolition derby, and lots of food. This county fair has its own specialties, so check out the scheduled events before you go.

Windy City Wine Festival - Chicago, IL - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2017
Sample from more than 300 wines as you enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars at Buckingham Fountain.

Festival of the Vine - Geneva, IL - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
Sample wine and food as you enjoy live music and family fun.

German American Fest - Chicago, IL - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
A parade, German hospitality, food and fun hosted by the United German-American Societies of Greater Chicago.

Cedarhurst Art & Craft Fair - Mount Vernon, IL - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
Look for over 120 artists to be showcased with glass, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, wood, basketry and leather, two-dimensional art and more.

Broom Corn Festival - , IL - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
Celebrate in the Broom Corn Capital of the World with free entertainment, parade, road race, food and the Famous Lawn Rangers.

Itasca Oktoberfest - Itasca, IL - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2017
A free Oktoberfest on Orchard Street. It runs until 11:00 pm both nights.

Platzkonzert Germanfest - Hoffman Estates, IL - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2017
On September 9th and 10th, 2016, the Village of Hoffman Estates will be hosting its annual Platzkonzert Germanfest. This family event features live music at two stages, at the Amphitheater and in the big Oompah Tent. Entry is free, the children’s play area is free (the Kinderplatz), and the music is free. On Friday night the Platzkonzert opens, and authentic Hofbrau Oktoberfest beer will be on tap at the Oompah Tent and at the adjacent Hoffman Estates Beer Garden. Saturday 9/10 will get kicked off with a Superhero 5K Run/Walk at 9am. At 10:30am the music will sound and the fun will begin all over again! The open-air festival takes place at the Village Green, just north of the Sears Centre Arena. Prost!

German American Fest - Chicago, IL - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
Three days and nights of German heritage fun with free admission. Not called an Oktoberfest but it does have all the festival foods, German music, singing and dancing, beverages, plus events you might expect from a big city event.

Wings Over Waukegan - Waukegan, IL - Sep 9, 2017
Over 15,000 visitors from Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin are expect to attend this regional air show.

Mundelein Arts Festival - Mundelein, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
A two-day juried art event with tasty food, local musicians and top artists.

Rauetoberfest - Crystal Lake, IL - Sep 9, 2017

Blocktoberfest - Berwyn, IL - Sep 9, 2017
Live Music, food and beer at this family event with kids activities. Free Admission. Rain Date is Sunday.

Strasburg Hog Roast and Gnome Fest - Strasburg, IL - Sep 9, 2017
Starting off with a softball tournament, then a parade, hog roast, family scavenger hunt, beer garden, exhibitions, live entertainment and more

Belvidere Kite Festival - Belvidere, IL - Sep 9, 2017
Prairie Fields Sports Park plays host to a family kite fly! Bring out the whole family for a day of kite fun – and you can bring, make, or buy a kite at the event, and FREE paper kite kits to the first 100 kids in attendance

Freedom Fest - Alton, IL - Sep 9, 2017
This one day event honors and serves the veterans of the community, with food and drinks, entertainment for the kids, a car show and more

Lewis and Clark Music Festival - Hartford, IL - Sep 9, 2017
This annual even features musicians on fiddles, dulcimers, and flutes, playing early American, French, Spanish, and Native American music tradional of the late 1700s-1800s.

Homestead Harvest Days - Highland, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
See demonstrations of threshing, old time crafts, gas and steam engines, antique tractors, kids activities, live entertainment and more

Cruise 11 to Remember 9-11 - Decatur, IL - Sep 10, 2017

DeKalb Kite Fest - DeKalb, IL - Sep 10, 2017
Free admission to enjoy the colorful kites that take to the sky.

Pere Marquette Lodge Apple Festival - Grafton, IL - Sep 10, 2017
Warm apple pie, hand-dipped caramel apples, handmade crafts, live music and fresh produce are just a few of the offerings at the Apple Festival at Pere Marquette. The festivities also includes apple wine tasting, kid’s activities and restaurant favorites. An apple pie walk (similar to a cake walk) will be held at 12:30 pm where visitors will purchase tickets and take a walk for a chance to take home a fresh baked apple pie. Proceeds for the apple pie walk will be donated to the Friends of Pere Marquette Foundation. The Lodge also hosts the annual Pumpkin Roll at 2 pm. Participants can bring their own pumpkin or purchase one at the festival to decorate for a competitive roll down the hill in front of the Lodge. Second and third place participants will win gift certificates for the Restaurant and the fastest pumpkin will win the grand prize of a free nights stay at the historic Lodge. Best of all, there’s free admission!

Murphysboro Apple Festival - Murphysboro, IL - Sep 11 to Sep 16, 2017
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 - Sep 13 to Sep 16, 2017
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.

Glendale Heights Oktoberfest - Glendale Heights, IL - Sep 14 to Sep 24, 2017

Marshall Autumnfest - Marshall, IL - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017

Riot Fest - Chicago, IL - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
A three-day music festival featuring various forms of punk at Douglas Park.

Des Plaines Family Festival - Des Plaines, IL - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
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.

Dwight Harvest Days - Dwight, IL - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017

Palatine Oktoberfest - Palatine, IL - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
Attendance is free at this Oktoberfest event under the big heated tent in downtown Palatine. Expect good food, good beer, good music, and lots of family friendly festival type things to do. Saturday is family day with special activities for the kids. Event is put on by the Rotary Club of Palatine as their principal fund raising event. Their support raises thousands of dollars for local charities. Opening ceremonies are at 5:00 pm on Friday. Saturday features their music and dance performances by youth groups and area choirs. Kids love the face painting, crafts and arts tables. Don’t miss Scarecrows on Parade.

Belleville Oktoberfest - Belleville, IL - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
Location: Belleville Town Square. Il 159, Belleville, IL, 62220

Peoria Oktoberfest - Peoria, IL - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
The German American Central Society and the Peoria Park District are sponsoring once again the Peoria Oktoberfest to promote German culture and heritage of Central Illinois! Additional Activities: A German Heritage Tent display with a genealogy search will be available. Also, a Puppet Theatre, the Peoria Volkstaenzers, Log Sawing, and various contests such as the Masskrugstemmen (arm strength contest with filled steins) will be featured. Vendors with authentic German clothing and merchandise as well as other items will be available for purchase. Children’s activities are also scheduled. Several carnival rides will be available, including a merry- go-round. Both German and American foods will be available. Complete German dinners will be available in the main tent. German beers will be featured including Spaten Oktoberfest, along with German Wines from our Weinstube and German spirits in the Knappe. Domestic beers also.

Italian Fest - Collinsville, IL - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
Celebrate the Italian culture and heritage at a family friendly event in Uptown Collinsville. This annual street festival, which began in 1984, celebrates everything Italian. Signature events like the Grape Stomp and Bocce Tournament are just part of two days designed to feature Italian food and fun for the family with events and activities like the Wine Garden, Fest Olympics, Italian Cooking Contest, Craft Fair, Wine Making Contest, and a Children’s area. Saturday morning features a 5-K Run-Walk and the Parade is always a big draw Saturday at 4 pm. A major feature is the continuous live musical entertainment on three stages located at different locations. But the real calling card of the Italian Fest continues to be the authentic Italian fare including Fest favorites like spedini, Italian beef, spumoni, bagna cauda, canolli, and Italian Ices.

Oaktoberfest Oak Park - Oak Park, IL - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
Celebrate the changing seasons at Oaktoberfest! Enjoy a premier music line up, delicious fall foods, specialty craft beers, and a kids’ root beer garden! Free admission!

Shrimp Festival - Golconda, IL - Sep 16, 2017
Eat shrimp from the Southern Illinois Prawn Growers and enjoy local wines.

Macoupin County Historical Society Fall Festival - Carlinville, IL - Sep 16, 2017

St. Joseph School Oktoberfest - Wilmette, IL - Sep 16, 2017
Location: 1740 Lake Street, Wilmette, Illinois

Howells & Hood Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 16 to Oct 3, 2017

Muckfest Chicago - Grayslake, IL - Sep 16, 2017
MuckFest MS is full of muddy shenanigans, epic spills, and thrills! MuckFestival is the after party, with free beer and soda! There’s also a free Lil’ Muckers play area for the little This 5K may be built for laughs, but it raises funds and awareness of a serious mission to end Multiple Sclerosis!

Street Art Festival - Highland, IL - Sep 16, 2017
Visitors can stroll the streets watching artists create masterpieces right on the pavement using chalks and. There is also a Creative Kids Corner with lots of activities for young, aspiring artists! An Arts Expo features several local artists and there will be live music and great food.

Mississippi Earthtones Festival - Alton, IL - Sep 16 to Sep 19, 2017
Come celebrate life on the Mississippi River through art, music, and conservation! The event will kick-off with a river clean-up beginning at 9 am. The festival is part of a statewide celebration of the rivers and an opportunity to learn more about the environmental issues in the region and solutions. The festival features informational booths on ecology, native plants & animals, and recycling, as well as nature-inspired, artisan-made wares, kids activities, a great selection of local food & beverages, and a scavenger hunt. Free fun for the entire family! Wind-powered music will fill the air throughout the day, culminating with live entertainment from 7 pm – 10 pm.

Harvest Bonfire - Schaumburg, IL - Sep 16, 2017
Celebrate fall harvest time by taking a wagon ride through Spring Valley, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire and enjoying a lantern-lit tour of the historic barn and house.

Two Brothers Oktoberfest - Aurora, IL - Sep 17, 2017
Celebrate Oktoberfest with Two Brothers Brewing Company! The official Oktoberfest celebration will be held at the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL. Enjoy a beer stein full of Atom Smasher: Oak Aged Oktoberfest Style Lager, while eating authentic German food and playing classic Oktoberfest games! It’s the next best thing to being at the actual Oktoberfest and this way you don’t have to buy a plane ticket. Oh, it’s also free admission! Location: The Two Brothers Roundhouse Aurora, IL Time: Noon – 9 p.m.

Pygmalion Festival - Urbana, IL - Sep 20 to Sep 24, 2017

The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival (Reeling32) - Chicago, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 28, 2017

Manteno Oktoberfest - Manteno, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 24, 2017
A four day festival attended by approximately 10,000. 19th annual Oktoberfest hosted by the Manteno Chamber of Commerce. Beer garden with stage offering live music. Carnival including ferris wheel and amusement rides on Main Street. Bike Night, Lighted Parade (Saturday), pet parade, grass volleyball tournament, bean bag tournament and scarecrow contest for residents of Manteno. Also a lawnmower poker run, car show and performances by Dance Alive! Dance Studio. There are also garage sales in conjunction with the event, map available two weeks prior.

Quad Cities Balloon Fest - Moline, IL - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017
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.

Chicago Gourmet - Chicago, IL - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
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 - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
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 Saturday night!

Long Grove Apple Festival - Long Grove, IL - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017

Prairie Land Heritage Museum Fall Festival - Jacksonville, IL - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017

Plano Oktoberfest - Plano, IL - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
12th annual Illinois Oktoberfest with live German music under a huge circus tent on Main Street. Authentic German bands, beer wagon, and traditional German food. Food includes bratwurst, schnitzel, roast pork, spaetzle, sauerkraut, red cabbage and more. Beer from Hacker-Pschorr and DAB. Chicken Dance contests on Friday and Saturday with Miss Oktoberfest contest on Saturday night.

Ottawa Oktoberfest - Ottawa, IL - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017

Apple ‘N Pork Festival - Clinton, IL - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017
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.

Elim Dutch Festival - Palos Heights, IL - Sep 23, 2017

American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest - Lake Villa, IL - Sep 23 to Oct 7, 2017
September 17 & 24 & October 1, 2016. Three separate Saturdays of Oktoberfest and live music starting at 6:30 pm.

Vernon Hills Oktoberfest - Vernon Hills, IL - Sep 23, 2017
11th annual Oktoberfest at the Metra Station. Kids crafts and pumpkin painting. Food and domestic beer with live music. Beers include Blue Moon, Tighthead, Old Style, and Miller. Pick up a free tree from the park district.

Grundy County Corn Festival - Morris, IL - Sep 27 to Oct 1, 2017
68th annual event.

Barry Apple Festival - Barry, IL - Sep 28 to Oct 1, 2017

Chicago South Asian Film Festival - Chicago, IL - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017

Chicago South Asian Film Festival - Chicago, IL - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017

Oktoberfest Chicago - Chicago, IL - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017
Handmade bratwurst, cold beer and authentic German music. They promise a bigger and better than ever event in 2016 with more beer, more brats and more bands! The popular Chicago Oktoberfest hosted by St. Alphonsus Church. Received a 10Best Reader’s Choice Award from USA Today in 2015. Adult admission is $5. Free for active military and veterans with ID.

Revolution Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2017

Lincoln Square AppleFest - Chicago, IL - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2017
A Lincoln Square tradition to celebrate fall with local musicians, children’s activities and everything apple!

Jacksonville Rotary Oktoberfest - Jacksonville, IL - Sep 30, 2017
The 6th Annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Oktoberfest, October 3, Morgan County Fairgrounds, German music all day long, German food, wiener dog race, German pet parade, beer and wine tasting, bags and washers tournaments, games all day and of course Beer.

Galena Oktoberfest - Galena, IL - Sep 30, 2017
9th Annual Oktoberfest from noon to 10 PM with ceremonial keg tapping, live music, polka lessons and dancing, bean bag tournament, beer stein endurance contest, wiener dog races. Kids entertainment includes bounce house and pumpkin decorating. Admission is $5 for 13+. Kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult are free. 4000 people attended in 2013. Location: Depot Park (Highway 20 and Park Avenue), Galena, Illinois

Marmion Oktoberfest - Aurora, IL - Sep 30, 2017

Autumn Harvest Festival - Schaumberg, IL - Oct 1, 2017

Scarecrow Daze - Lake Shelbyville, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017

Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest - Lake Shelbyville, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017

Scarecrow Festival - St. Charles, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
Award winning event with more than 100+ hand-crafted scarecrows, live entertainment, carnival and craft show.

Touchstone Energy Balloon Festival - Lake Shelbyville, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017

Naperville Oktoberfest - Naperville, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
Live music (from German Oompa to classic rock), German beer and food. Family friendly activities on Saturday from noon to 4 PM. Adult admission is $15. Advance tickets are $12 for adults (13+) and $8 for kids (4-12). Saturday admission also includes tour of Naper Settlement. Advance ticket purchases end September 29th. Free for Naper Settlement Members. Enter through the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center. Proceeds benefit the Naperville Heritage Society. Location: 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540

St. Mary’s Oktoberfest - Alton, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
Live music, games and silent auction. Keg tapping ceremony at 1 PM on Saturday. Beer from Warsteiner, Spaten, Paulaner and more. German and American food, too!

Batavia Oktoberfest - Batavia, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017

Lansing Autumnfest - Lansing, IL - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2017

Autumn on Parade - Oregon, IL - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017

Autumn on Parade - Oregon, IL - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017

La Salle County Burgoo Festival - North Utica, IL - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017

Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive - Canton, IL - Oct 7 to Oct 15, 2017

C-U Oktoberfest - Champaign, IL - Oct 7, 2017

Rotary Club of Quincy Oktoberfest - Quincy, IL - Oct 7, 2017
Free admission and celebration of Quincy own German breweries. Visit Dick Brother brewery, enjoy live entertainment, dance in the streets, and lots of brats and food to eat.

Coal City Octoberfest - Coal City, IL - Oct 7, 2017

La Salle County Burgoo Festival - Utica, IL - Oct 8, 2017

Maeystown Oktoberfest - Maeystown, IL - Oct 8, 2017
Second Sunday in October. Arts, crafts and antique fair with german food.

Chicago International Film Festival - Chicago, IL - Oct 13 to Oct 27, 2017
Exhibiting films from around the world for five decades.

Chicago International Social Change Film Festival - Chicago, IL - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
Enjoy films that promote ideas with action.

Art in the Park - Highland, IL - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017

Mount Prospect Oktoberfest - Mount Prospect, IL - Oct 13, 2017

German American Heritage Center Oktoberfest - Frankfort, IL - Oct 14, 2017
The German American Heritage Center invites you & your family to their Haus to celebrate Oktoberfest! Entertainment, including German music, split-the-pot raffles, vendors, German food & beer for purchase and this year a NEW Kinder Area. $10 adult admission/FREE children under 18. Gates open at 2pm.

McHenry Sunrise Rotary Oktoberfest - McHenry, IL - Oct 14, 2017
If you like beer, the place to be is Oktoberfest on Friday at the McHenry VFW Post from 6 – 11 p.m. Lots of craft brewers will be there to talk beer and offer tastings of their brews. Every admission includes a commemorative event mug, one free sausage with fresh chips and unlimited beer samplings. Raffles and tickets proceeds will benefit charity.

Sullivan Oktoberfest - Sullivan, IL - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2017
Includes beer tent, chili cook-off, 5K, Artoberfest & Wine Tasting, and free entertainment.

Harvest Fest - Oglesby, IL - Oct 21, 2017

Pumpkin Festival - Jacksonville, IL - Oct 21, 2017

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival - Sycamore, IL - Oct 25 to Oct 29, 2017
55th annual decorated pumpkin display with parade, carnivals and indoor craft show.

Batfest - Batavia, IL - Oct 28, 2017
Batavia’s annual Halloween themed family event attracting over 2,500.

The Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights - Chicago, IL - Nov 18, 2017

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - Chicago, IL - Nov 18, 2017

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!

Geneva Kite Festival - Chicago, IL - Aug 20, 2016
A free Kite Festival at the Peck Farm Park athletic fields.

Havana Oktoberfest - Havana, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
The Havana Chamber of Commerce presents its 43rd annul Oktoberfest. 3 days of Beer, Brats, Music and fun!

Villa Park Oktoberfest - Villa Park, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Live entertainment, carnival, beer tent. Unlimited Carnival Rides for $20 per person. Talent contest, adult bags tournament and teen pizza judging contest on Saturday. Music in the evenings.

Lagunita’s Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 13, 2016

Cafe 20 Oktoberfest - Marengo, IL - Sep 13 to Sep 18, 2016
7 days of authentic celebration with live music and German food including bratwurst, jaeger schnitzel, Bavarian pretzels and roast chicken. Location: 756 Grant Highway, Marengo, Illinois.

Marshall Autumn Fest - Marshall, IL - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016

Village Tavern Oktoberfest - Long Grove, IL - Sep 17 to Oct 9, 2016
Village Tavern and City of Long Grove host beer trucks, German food, free hay rides, music and lots more.

German Society of Rockford Oktoberfest - Rockford, IL - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
52nd annual festival with German food and beer. Chicken Dance. Miss Oktoberfest contest on Friday. Bier barrel race, running of the wieners, yodeling contest and barmaid stein race. Menu options include potato pancakes, bratwurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut and more. Advance two-day entry tickets are $14. Gate tickets are $10 per day. VIP party tickets available. It will be located at Loves Park City Hall in Loves Park, IL.

Oak Brook Park District Oktoberfest - Oak Brook, IL - Sep 24, 2016
The 6th annual Oktoberfest with live music, food, Two Brothers beer, futbol and softball tournament and kids activities. They have teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House and the Village of Oak Brook to bring you a family friendly fun event. Music provided by the Rock Academy and 7th Heaven.

Athens Fall Festival - Athens, IL - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2016

Shaw’s Oyster Fest - Chicago, IL - Sep 30, 2016
Enjoy fresh oysters and craft beer at this event produced by Shaw’s Crab House.

Jersey County Apple Festival - Jerseyville, IL - Oct 1, 2016
A family oriented event that celebrates the apple orchards in the region.

Fluorspar Festival - Rosiclare, IL - Oct 1 to Oct 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.

Highwood Pumpkin Festival - Highwood, IL - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
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!

Lansing AutumnFest - Lansing, IL - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016

Maine South Hawks Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Oct 15, 2016

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 thoughts on “Fall Illinois Festivals

  1. Deb Cox says:

    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. Meg reynolds says:

    Hillsboro IL post prom committee is hosting a craft vendor sale oct 10 from 8-1. Looking for crafters

  3. Dave Hockett says:

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

  4. Bob Dowell says:

    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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *