Find an Illinois fall festival to attend in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2021 has things to do across Illinois including activities in Chicago, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria and Champaign. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
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Maeystown Oktoberfest - Maeystown, IL - Jan 1 to Oct 11, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Second Sunday in October. Featuring arts, crafts, antiques and food from 9:00-4:00 p.m. at the area around the stone mill and bridge. More than 60 artisans, crafters, dealers, and numerous food stands will be featured. Arts and crafts will include rug weaving, felting, blacksmithing, photography, woodworking, and a country store. Food will include turtle soup, potato pancakes and popcorn cooked in old-fashioned kettles. Bratwurst, funnel cakes, apple butter, and pies will be some of the other choices available. The village specialty shops, bed & breakfast, restaurants and museum will be open throughout the day.
Jacksonville Rotary Oktoberfest - Jacksonville, IL - Jan 1 to Sep 21, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: The Annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Oktoberfest, held Morgan County Fairgrounds, features German music all day long, plus German food, wiener dog race, German pet parade, beer and wine tasting, bags and washers tournaments, games all day and of course Beer.
Villa Park Brewfest - Villa Park, IL - Jan 1 to Sep 26, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Sample from more than 80 different styles of beers from America’s best craft brewers.
Havana Oktoberfest - Havana, IL - Jan 1 to Sep 8, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: The Havana Chamber of Commerce presents its annuall Oktoberfest. 3 days of Beer, Brats, Music and fun!
Marshall Autumn Fest - Marshall, IL - Jan 1 to Sep 22, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Vendors and craft booths, a parade, tot-rod pedal pulls, a car, bike and truck show,, live entertainment and more.
Jersey County Apple Festival - Jerseyville, IL - Jan 1 to Oct 5, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: A family oriented event that celebrates the apple orchards in the region.
Elmwood Fall Festival - Elmwood, IL - Jan 1 to Sep 7, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. 2020 virtual events may occur. Normally: Food vendors, rides, 5K, parade, craft vendors, and more
Frankfort Fall Festival - Frankfort, IL - Jan 1 to Sep 2, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Each year during Labor Day weekend, over 250,000 visitors gather to the charming Village of Frankfort to enjoy the Frankfort Fall Festival. The festival welcomes over 300 artisans from all over the United States to exhibit their elite products and services. In addition, many of Frankfort’s local organizations collaborate by sponsoring special events that highlight Frankfort Fall Festivities. There is something for everyone from carnival rides to main stage entertainment, to walking tacos and funnel cakes, and more
Grundy County Corn Festival - Morris, IL - Jan 1 to Sep 27, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Parade; Corn, grain, and flower show; hobby and handicraft contest, pie eating contest, and more
Apple ‘N Pork Festival - Clinton, IL - Jan 1 to Sep 29, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: 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.
Scarecrow Daze - Lake Shelbyville, IL - Jan 1 to Oct 10, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Vendors, car show, parade, tot-rod pedal pull, dancing demos, cider press, kids’ activities, and more!
Jubilee Days - Zion, IL - Jan 1 to Sep 2, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for its return in 2021. Normally: Live entertainment, parade, queen’s pageant, contests, 5k, food, fireworks, concert and more to celebrate the harvest and the community.
Autumn on Parade - Oregon, IL - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Enjoy a farmer’s market, craft fair with 175+ booths, antique tractor and classic car show, tours of the Chana School, donut eating contest, kids’s zone, live entertainment and more!
Chicago Thanksgiving Parade - Chicago, IL - Nov 25, 2021
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Lewis and Clark Music Festival - Hartford, IL - Sep 8, 2018
This annual even features musicians on fiddles, dulcimers, and flutes, playing early American, French, Spanish, and Native American music traditional of the late 1700s-1800s.
St. Joseph School Oktoberfest - Wilmette, IL - Sep 15, 2018
Location: 1740 Lake Street, Wilmette, Illinois
Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival - Arthur, IL - Jan 1 to Sep 2, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Three day celebration of cheese! Eat fair food, sample the free cheese, watch a tractor pull and a parade, enjoy live entertainment, stop by the Amish farm shop, and more!
Farm to Fork Festival - Schaumburg, IL - Aug 14, 2019
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.
Rock the Hops - Alton, IL - Aug 17, 2019
This event features local original musicians along with a variety of artists in a number of Downtown Alton venues, and a craft brewery paired with each location. Your ticket gains you access to live concerts at each location, a commemorative glass, samples of craft beer at each location, and shuttle transportation between venues. Participating establishments will also be offering food and beverage promotions and other activities especially for those on the “Hop.” Mixed in will be artwork and other items from local vendors. Rock the Hops is a fundraiser for Alton Main Street.
Trinity Lutheran Oktoberfest - Huntley, IL - Aug 23 to Aug 25, 2019
Music, food, beer and wine, raffles, silent auction, kids activities, Sunday church service under the big tent, and more
German Beer Garden - Schaumburg, IL - Aug 24, 2019
Heritage Farm at Spring Valley is offering a traditional German biergarten, with German music, pretzels, food, local craft beer and more. Bring a picnic dinner and play backyard games while enjoying a pretzel and reusable glass with your ticket. Rain or Shine. $5 per person.
Annual Olden Days Festival - Dow, IL - Aug 24 to Aug 25, 2019
The Tri-County Antique Club was formed to promote the appreciation of agricultural history, through the restoration and preservation of antique, vintage and classic automobiles, gasoline and oil engines, gas and steam tractors, farm machinery and other equipment of historical value, and making these available for public viewing.
Berghoff Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 4 to Oct 4, 2019
The annual festival from this longtime favorite German restaurant in Chicago. Keg tapping ceremony. Special menu and beer tasting. Free admission.
Calhoun County Fair - Hardin, IL - Sep 5 to Sep 8, 2019
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.
Tinley Oktoberfest - Tinley Park, IL - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
Bring out the Lederhosen, grab a stein, and welcome autumn with traditional authentic food, oompah and polka, carnival, keg tapping and beer!
Homestead Harvest Days - Highland, IL - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
See demonstrations of threshing, old time crafts, gas and steam engines, antique tractors, kids activities, live entertainment and more
DeKalb Kite Fest - DeKalb, IL - Sep 8, 2019
Free admission to enjoy the colorful kites that take to the sky, including giant inflatable kites, dancing kites, and stunt kites attract kite enthusiasts and families – bring your own kite or make on there!
Rauetoberfest - Woodstock, IL - Sep 9, 2019
German music and fare, kids activities and root beer garden, and more at Beyond Stable Farm. Cash only event, $5 admission or buy an express pass beforehand for $20, which includes goodies like an express line, pint glass with a free beer, and more!
Glendale Heights Oktoberfest - Glendale Heights, IL - Sep 12 to Sep 22, 2019
Annual Glendale Heights Oktoberfest which will be held at Camera Park in Glendale Heights, Illinois. The festival will feature authentic German food prepared by renowned Chef Wolfgang of the acclaimed Schnitzel Platz Restaurant. Offers authentic Oktoberfest Bier imported directly from the Hofbräu Brewery in Munich, as well as beer from the oldest Brewery in the world, Weihenstephan Hefe Weiss Bier. Friendly Dirndl-dressed servers will be there to provide you service with a smile, just like in München. To finish off your meal there will be an assortment of wonderful Austrian and German pastries available. Experience live entertainment daily including strolling German Oompah entertainers in one of the most authentic festival tents. There will be a pumpkin patch, a plant sale and many more activities the whole family will enjoy. To round out the Glendale Heights Oktoberfest experience, there will be vendors with German products, souvenirs, hats, steins, and much much more. Free parking.
Downers Grove Oktoberfest - Downers Grove, IL - Sep 13 to Sep 14, 2019
6th annual fundraiser for the Downers Grove Education Foundation, with live music, food, beer, children’s activities and more!
Harvest Bonfire - Schaumburg, IL - Sep 14, 2019
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.
Viking Oktoberfest - Naperville, IL - Sep 14, 2019
A family-friendly session from 11AM-3PM and the main session for adults only from 5PM-10PM. If you buy tickets to the evening session you are welcome to snag the kids, and come hang in the morning at the family-friendly session for no additional charge. If you buy tickets to the morning, family-focused session, thats totally cool but you will not have access to the evening.
Chicago South Asian Film Festival - Chicago, IL - Sep 19 to Sep 22, 2019
The film festival aims to advance diversity in Chicagoland through cinema, conversation, and culture, and gives South Asian talent, stories, and themes a world platform. Held in several venues in downtown Chicago, the festival includes screenings of films, panel discussions, and other opportunities for attendees to connect with filmakers, and attend musical performances, industry workshops, tributes to major artists and awards galas
Shrimp Festival - Golconda, IL - Sep 21, 2019
Eat shrimp from the Southern Illinois Prawn Growers and enjoy local wines. This even started in 2001 to promote the Southern Illinois Prawn Growers, who serve them up in a variety of ways or you can purchase them by the pound to enjoy later! Other past fun includes buggy and helicopter rides, live entertainment, farmer’s market, corn hole oturnament, and more!
McHenry Sunrise Rotary Oktoberfest - McHenry, IL - Sep 21, 2019
If you like beer, the place to be is Oktoberfest on Saturday at Peterson Park. Live music throughout the day, food vendors, beer, wine coolers and other beverages for sale
Ottawa Oktoberfest - Ottawa, IL - Sep 21, 2019
Oktoberfest will be held in downtown Ottawa, IL on Saturday, September 21st for participants 21 and over. There will be live German music, German food, German beer and wine.
Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival - Tinley Park, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2019
The event, which started in 1982, has been moved to Tinley Park (Chicago) to celebrate the classic American movie, The Wizard of Oz. Vendors, costume characters, speakers, zip line, theater guild, contests, and attractions from Odyssey Fun Farm.
Street Art Festival - Highland, IL - Sep 21, 2019
Visitors can stroll the streets watching artists create masterpieces right on the pavement using chalks. 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.
Two Brothers Oktoberfest - Aurora, IL - Sep 22, 2019
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! Free admission
Athens Fall Festival - Athens, IL - Sep 26 to Sep 28, 2019
Pageants, carnival, food vendors, beer wagon, softball tournament, live entertainment, car show and more.
Revolution Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Vahlings Twilight Nights Music and Wine Fall Festival - Stewardson, IL - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Live music, games and activities, food vendors, free camping, plus live demonstrations, vendors and more at Vahling Vineyards and Winery
Vernon Hills Oktoberfest - Vernon Hills, IL - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2019
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.
Marmion Oktoberfest - Aurora, IL - Sep 28, 2019
Shorewood Oktoberfest - Shorewood, IL - Sep 28, 2019
Throughout the day there is traditional German fare, German music, Masskrugstemmen contests, and more! Families welcome from 4:00-8:00 pm then it’s 21+ from 8:00 pm on! Cash only.
ChangeFest Film Festival - Chicago, IL - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2019
Enjoy films that promote ideas with action.
Witches and Warlocks - Schaumburg, IL - Oct 1, 2019
Come down to the Pat Shepard Center and enjoy a snack and some fun before a photo scavanger hunt around the grounds. All children must be registered – and don’t forget a camera/cell phone for pictures!
Shaw’s Oyster Fest - Chicago, IL - Oct 1 to Oct 31, 2019
Enjoy fresh oysters and craft beer at this event produced by Shaw’s Crab House. Enjoy a full week of events at their Chicago and Shaumburg locations, including happy hours, pop up 50c oyter hours, slurp-off competitions, and more.
Cafe 20 Oktoberfest - Marengo, IL - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
2 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.
Coal City Octoberfest - Coal City, IL - Oct 5, 2019
Annual event from 9 to 4 pm on South Broadway Street
Autumn Harvest Festival - Schaumberg, IL - Oct 5, 2019
Step back into a simpler time at the Heritage Farm and Merkle Cabin. Watch hands-on demonstrations of frontier-era and 1880s life, plus children’s crafts, games, and live music on two stages, grilled food and other tasty treats, and more.
Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade - Schaumburg, IL - Oct 5, 2019
Dress up your pooch and compete for most unique costume! Your dog can also run an agility course, compete doing fun tricks, strut in a parade, and have some free play. Current vaccination sheet required with registration.
Mount Prospect Oktoberfest - Mount Prospect, IL - Oct 11 to Oct 12, 2019
St. Mary’s Oktoberfest - Alton, IL - Oct 11 to Oct 13, 2019
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!
Rotary Club of Quincy Oktoberfest - Quincy, IL - Oct 12, 2019
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.
Chicago Ideas Week - Chicago, IL - Oct 12 to Oct 17, 2019
The world’s largest affordable ideas festival comes to Chicago, with events taking place at Harris Theater, Venue SIX10, and MCA, covering topics that affect Chicago and beyond. Guests can hear from politicians, actors, writers, and many more.
Harvest Fest - Oglesby, IL - Oct 19, 2019
Head to Harvest Fest to enjoy a harvest marketplace, team competitions, petting zoo, wagon rides, kids’ activities, parade and more.
Quad Cities Balloon Fest - Moline, IL - Aug 14 to Aug 15, 2020
Hot air balloon festival at Rock Island County Fairgrounds. In lieu of admission they ask for a donation of non-perishable food items to support the River Bend Foodbank.
Oktoberfest in August - Buffalo Grove, IL - Aug 14 to Aug 16, 2020
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
BMW Championship - Medinah, IL - Aug 18 to Aug 23, 2020
Golf tournament that serves as the penultimate event of the PGA Tour’s FedExCup Playoffs. Dates back to 1899, the third-oldest tournement on the PGA schedule.
Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival - Evanston, IL - Aug 21 to Aug 23, 2020
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.
Cowden Pioneer Days - Cowden, IL - Aug 21 to Aug 23, 2020
Pioneer Village, crafts, food, carnival, parade, rodeo, derby, and lots more.
St Paul’s Kirchenfest - Highland, IL - Aug 21 to Aug 23, 2020
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 22, 2020
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
Muckfest Chicago - Grayslake, IL - Aug 22, 2020
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!
Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – Chicago - Maple Park, IL - Aug 22, 2020
Virtual for 2020. Normally: Greater Illinois’ CF Cycle for Life is a fully-supported ride with route options of 10, 30 and 65 miles. Expect amazing energy, themed rest stops, and an incredible finish-line celebration at these daylong rides. From breakfast to the cycle post party, you can enjoy fully stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, bike mechanics for bicycle maintenance and repair, and support vehicles to help you complete the ride
Chicago Jazz Festival - Chicago, IL - Aug 28 to Sep 6, 2020
Free live jazz music by local and national artists in Millenium Park and venues across the city over Labor Day weekend.
Anime Magic - Schaumberg, IL - Aug 28 to Aug 30, 2020
Anime Magic is bringing the “magic” back to anime conventions! A convention by fans, for fans with a focus on FUN. This isn’t your typical cookie-cutter convention
National Sweetcorn Festival - Hoopeston, IL - Sep 3 to Sep 7, 2020
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 - Chicago, IL - Sep 4 to Sep 7, 2020
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 4 to Sep 6, 2020
Blues and Heritage Festival - Peoria, IL - Sep 4 to Sep 5, 2020
Live blues, workshops, food and more!
Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival - Peoria, IL - Sep 4 to Sep 5, 2020
Formerly the Illinois Blues Festival, this festival brings a world class lineup of blues, roots, funk, and soul artists to the Peoria waterfront.
Irish Days - Long Grove, IL - Sep 5 to Sep 7, 2020
The historic shopping district of Long Grove presents Irish Days, a Labor Day weekend celebration of Irish culture, music, food, and drink. Learn about Irish language and genealogy in the Gaelic Tent. Admission and parking in municipal lots is free
Sandwich Fair - Sandwich, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 13, 2020
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. Since 1888.
Alton Expo - Alton, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 13, 2020
Enjoy five days of fair food, games, rides, live entertainment and more at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater!
Homestead Festival - Princeton, IL - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
50/50 raffle, car show, BBQ rib cook off, arts and craft show, flea market, class reunions, parade, 5K, food and more!
Riot Fest - Chicago, IL - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
A three-day music festival featuring various forms of punk at Douglas Park.
German American Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
A parade, German hospitality, food and fun hosted by the United German-American Societies of Greater Chicago at Lincoln Square
Cedarhurst Art & Craft Fair - Mount Vernon, IL - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
Look for over 120 artists to be showcased with glass, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, wood, basketry and leather, two-dimensional art and more. Free parking at Times Square Mall with $3 shuttle ride; $5 admission for adults, children 10 and under are free!
Itasca Oktoberfest - Itasca, IL - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
A free Oktoberfest on Orchard Street. It runs until 11:00 pm both nights.
German American Heritage Center Oktoberfest - Frankfort, IL - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
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 a Kinder Area. $10 adult admission/FREE children under 18. Gates open at 2pm.
Platzkonzert Germanfest - Hoffman Estates, IL - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
The free Kinderplatz children’s area will be open on Saturday afternoon. Located in the Village Green once more, event entry remains free. All music will be performed inside the big Oompah tent.
German American Fest - Chicago, IL - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
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.
Festival of the Vine - Geneva, IL - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
Sample wine and food as you enjoy live music and family fun.
Broomcorn Festival - Arcola, IL - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
Celebrate in the Broomcorn Capital of the World with free entertainment, parade, road race, food and a parade featuring the famous Lawn Rangers. Visitors can see broom making, broom activities, arts and crafts vendors. Additionally, visitors can participate in the Arcola Broomcorn 5K and 10K races. The event, held the weekend after Labor Day, honors Arcola’s position in the late nineteenth century as a center of broomcorn production.
Wings Over Waukegan - Waukegan, IL - Sep 12, 2020
Over 15,000 visitors from Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin are expected to attend this regional air show.
Mundelein Arts Festival - Mundelein, IL - Sep 12 to Sep 13, 2020
A two-day juried art event with tasty food, local musicians and 45 top artists, plus artwork from local high school students, all at Kracklauer Park.
Belvidere Kite Festival - Belvidere, IL - Sep 12, 2020
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
Bike MS Gateway Getaway - Godfrey, IL - Sep 12 to Sep 13, 2020
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
Cruise 11 to Remember 9-11 - Decatur, IL - Sep 13, 2020
Annual car/bike show in downtown Decatur. 100% of the proceeds are donated to the NFP Help 4 Heroes Fund in Macon County, which provides veterans with bus passes, dentures, meal cards, books, clothes, home goods and more.
Morton Pumpkin Festival - Morton, IL - Sep 16 to Sep 19, 2020
Celebrating over 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.
Murphysboro Apple Festival - Murphysboro, IL - Sep 16 to Sep 19, 2020
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.
Dwight Harvest Days - Dwight, IL - Sep 17 to Sep 20, 2020
Festivities for all including carnival rides, outdoor movies, a magic show, petting zoo, face painting, 5k, food booths, live music, crafts show, beer garden, trivia, bingo, car and tractor shows and more! Since 1979.. Since 1979
Des Plaines Family Festival - Des Plaines, IL - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
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.
Palatine Oktoberfest - Palatine, IL - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
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 18 to Sep 19, 2020
Three stages of live entertainment, German food, children’s area, weiner dog race, costume contest, cornhole tournament, car show and more!
Peoria Oktoberfest - Peoria, IL - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
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.
Oaktoberfest Oak Park - Oak Park, IL - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
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!
Italian Fest - Collinsville, IL - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
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 afternoon. 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.
Macoupin County Historical Society Fall Festival - Carlinville, IL - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
A weekend of family fun, with a magician, pony rides, delicious foods, craft show, toy show, antique tractors and cars, country shore, fiber arts demonistration, and more! Free parking & admission.
Autumn Fest - Oak Brook, IL - Sep 19, 2020
Fun for all, with live music, kids’ activities including a magician, food vendors, beer and wine, and the Wagon N’ Wine Tour, a wagon ride with a glass of wine!
Mississippi Earthtones Festival - Alton, IL - Sep 19, 2020
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.
American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest - Lake Villa, IL - Sep 19 to Oct 3, 2020
Three separate Saturdays of Oktoberfest and live music starting at 6:30 pm.
Pere Marquette Lodge Apple Festival - Grafton, IL - Sep 20, 2020
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 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. 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!
The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival (Reeling) - Chicago, IL - Sep 24 to Oct 4, 2020
The first Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival took place in April 2018 in a 90-seat folding-chair screening room, with nearly every screening sold out. The demand and enthusiasm for the festival made it an annual event that has been going strong ever since. The mission of Reeling is to recognize the important artistic contributions that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender filmmakers have made, educate the general population, and investigate the history of LGBTQ+ film, and to counteract this sterotyping with valid, meaningful and diverse portrayals of those in the LGBTQ+ community.
Pygmalion Festival - Urbana, IL - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2020
Taking place at a variety of venues around Champaign and Urbana, this festival features music, authors, a Think component with innovated ideas, and more. They believe in equal access to great performances by everyone, so there are no VIP tickets available, in small, intimate spaces.
Manteno Oktoberfest - Manteno, IL - Sep 24 to Sep 27, 2020
A four day festival attended by approximately 10,000, this annual Oktoberfest is 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.
Chicago Gourmet - Chicago, IL - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
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.
Prairie Land Heritage Museum Fall Festival & Steam Show Days - Jacksonville, IL - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Annual event at Prairie Land Heritage Museum
Oktoberfest Chicago - Chicago, IL - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Featuring handmade bratwurst, cold beer and authentic German music, this popular Chicago Oktoberfest hosted by St. Alphonsus Church. Received a 10Best Reader’s Choice Award from USA Today in 2015. Adult admission is $5-10.
Batavia Oktoberfest - Batavia, IL - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Authentic German food, music, entertainment and of course, beer!
Huntley Fall Fest - Huntley, IL - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
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! Free admission!
Lansing Autumnfest - Lansing, IL - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Over 20,000 people come out each year to enjoy a weekend of great food, children’s activities, military tribute, a Marketplace, beer garden, and 2 stages of live entertainment.
Long Grove Apple Festival - Long Grove, IL - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Welcome Autumn with this annual apple festival! From apple popcorn to apple lattes, enjoy hundreds of apple-inspired treats, a pop-up apple orchard with local merchangs, three stages of live entertainment, Kid Zone, and more
Elim Dutch Festival - Palos Heights, IL - Sep 26, 2020
Free admission and free parking for a day of fun for the whole family!
Walk4Hearing Chicago - Chicago, IL - Sep 26, 2020
Empowers and inspires those affected by hearing loss while raising money for national and local programs that provide information, education, support, and advocacy. Vendors will be on site to provide resources for individuals and families affected by hearing loss.
Cajun Beer Garden - Grafton, IL - Sep 27, 2020
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!
Barry Apple Festival - Barry, IL - Oct 1 to Oct 4, 2020
A weekend of fun for the whole family, with food, live entertainment, pageants, contests, car show, parade, craft and market vendors, and of course, apples!
German Society of Rockford Oktoberfest - Loves Park, IL - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Annual festival with German food and beer. Chicken dance, Miss Oktoberfest contest, 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.
Naperville Oktoberfest - Naperville, IL - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Live music (from German Oompa to classic rock), German beer and food. Family friendly activities on Saturday from noon to 4 PM. Saturday admission also includes tour of Naper Settlement. 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
Fluorspar Festival - Rosiclare, IL - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
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. Enjoy a pageant, pet parade, carnival, contests, car/motorcycle show, food and craft vendors, open house at the American Flourite Museum, live entertainment, fireworks and more!
Lincoln Square AppleFest - Chicago, IL - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
A Lincoln Square tradition to celebrate fall with local musicians, children’s activities and everything apple!
Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive - Canton, IL - Oct 3 to Oct 11, 2020
Enjoy a drive along the Spoon River as it winds from Medina through Fulton County from London Mills to the Illinois River. The fall colors along the river are particularly stunning, prompting the first fall festival and the scenic drivem in 1968. The 140 miles of the drive brings you through the sights, museums, shops, and historical sites of Fulton County, and don’t forget to submit your photos to the annual Photography Contest! Since 1968.
Galena Oktoberfest - Galena, IL - Oct 3, 2020
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. Location: Depot Park (Highway 20 and Park Avenue), Galena, Illinois
C-U Oktoberfest - Champaign, IL - Oct 3, 2020
The C-U Oktoberfest is a fall celebration of music, beer, and food held in downtown Champaign. Patterned after the annual festival in Bavaria, the C-U Oktoberfest features live music from bands playing festive polkas, waltzes, and traditional German music…mixed in with plenty of your favorite songs. Beer from local brewers and a selection of German beers will be served. Party-goers are encouraged to get in the spirit by wearing their best dirndl or lederhosen (or come as they are) and dance the night away!
Highwood Pumpkin Festival - Highwood, IL - Oct 9 to Oct 11, 2020
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!
Scarecrow Festival - St. Charles, IL - Oct 9 to Oct 11, 2020
Award winning event with more than 100+ hand-crafted scarecrows, live entertainment, carnival and craft show.
Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest - Lake Shelbyville, IL - Oct 9 to Oct 12, 2020
Balloon launches, music, crafts, community breakfast fundraiser, helicopter rides, balloon glow, cookouts and festival foods, kids area, and more. Launches are weather dependent for safety.
Art in the Park - Highland, IL - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
Enjoy art in park, plus a kids art area and more
La Salle County Burgoo Festival - Utica, IL - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
Annual street party with flea marketers, Canal Market, classic car show, craftsmen, musicians and other live entertainment, craft & antique vendors, blacksmith demos, children’s activities and more, serving up heaps of burgoo, a traditional pioneer dish. Since 1969.
Chicago International Film Festival - Chicago, IL - Oct 14 to Oct 25, 2020
Exhibiting films from around the world for five decades.
Sullivan Oktoberfest - Sullivan, IL - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2020
Includes beer tent, chili cook-off, 5K, Artoberfest & Wine Tasting, and free entertainment.
Historic Craft Fair at Lewis and Clark State Historic Site - Hartford, IL - Oct 17, 2020
Open from 10 am to 4 pm, the event will host a number of local craftspeople and artisans demonstrating and selling their goods. Baskets, sewing, quilts and other crafts
Alton Chili Cook-off - Alton, IL - Oct 17, 2020
The Chili Cook-Off is a great civic event that encourages local chili experts to match their favorite recipe with others in similar categories.
Sycamore Pumpkin Festival - Sycamore, IL - Oct 21 to Oct 25, 2020
Virtual for 2020 – see event website for details. Normally: Annual decorated pumpkin display with parade, carnivals and indoor craft show. The festival started in 1956 to offer a creative outlet for the students of Sycamore has grown into a city wide event
Autumn Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair – Villa Park - Villa Park, IL - Oct 22 to Oct 25, 2020
Hundreds of artists and crafters, plus music, gift certificates, food and drink and more, with free parking.
Pumpkin Festival - Jacksonville, IL - Oct 24, 2020
Enjoy a family fun like pumpkin decorating, contests, pumpkin drop, food, vendors and more!
Batfest - Batavia, IL - Oct 31, 2020
Batavia’s annual Halloween themed family event attracts over 2,500 for downtown trick-or-treating, parade, pumpkin bowl, contests, art, games, and more
Firefighters Comic-Con - Springfield, IL - Nov 7, 2020
Held at the Firefighters Lake Club in Springfield, this event features one day of vendors from comic book and game shops, cosplay contests and more! Tickets are $2 for adults ($1 off for adults in cosplay costumes!) and children 12 and under are free.
Wine Festival - Grafton, IL - Nov 8, 2020
Sample wines from around the world, with dozens of options, plus live music, free appetizers, vendors and more, with a portion of proceeds going to Friends of Pere Marquette State Park Foundation.
The Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights - Chicago, IL - Nov 20 to Nov 21, 2020
Musical performances and tree-lighting parade with Santa Clause, all along the Magnificent Mile. If you can’t make it, it is televised!
Chicago Tardis - Lombard, IL - Nov 27 to Nov 29, 2020
Held since 2000, this festival is held by fans, for fans of both the new and classic Doctor Who series, and features panels, parties, and more. The event includes guests who were stars from the show, including 2019 guest Tosin Cole, who played the thirteenth Doctor’s companion, Ryan Sinclair. Tickets are available for single-day admission for both adults and children,plus weekend access, VIP, and more, so you can choose your experience!
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