Fall Illinois Festivals

Find an Illinois fall festival to attend in 2019. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2019 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.

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2019 Festivals

National Sweetcorn Festival - Hoopeston, IL - Aug 29 to Sep 2, 2019
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.

Festival of the Vine - Geneva, IL - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
Sample wine and food as you enjoy live music and family fun.

Broomcorn Festival - Arcola, IL - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
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.

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!

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

Autumn Fest - Oak Brook, IL - Sep 21, 2019
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! All activities are free (food and drink are pay as you go)  

Lansing Autumnfest - Lansing, IL - Oct 11 to Oct 13, 2019
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.

La Salle County Burgoo Festival - Utica, IL - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2019
50th annual. 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.

Firefighters Comic-Con - Springfield, IL - Oct 19, 2019
New to the con world, this event is in its second year and is growing. 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.

Chicago Tardis - Lombard, IL - Nov 29 to Dec 1, 2019
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!

Past Events

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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.

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!

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

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

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival - Evanston, IL - Aug 17 to Aug 19, 2018
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 17 to Aug 19, 2018
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 20, 2018
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 24 to Aug 26, 2018
Pioneer Village, crafts, food, carnival, parade, rodeo, derby, and lots more.

St Paul’s Kirchenfest - Highland, IL - Aug 24 to Aug 26, 2018
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 three-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 25, 2018
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 25 to Aug 26, 2018
“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

Muckfest Chicago - Grayslake, IL - Aug 25, 2018
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!

Chicago Jazz Festival - Chicago, IL - Aug 30 to Sep 2, 2018
Free live jazz music by local and national artists in Millenium Park over Labor Day weekend.

Taste of Polonia - Chicago, IL - Aug 31 to Sep 3, 2018
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 - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2018

Blues and Heritage Festival - Peoria, IL - Aug 31 to Sep 1, 2018
Live blues, workshops, food and more!

Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival - Peoria, IL - Aug 31 to Sep 1, 2018
30th annual. Formerly the Illinois Blues Festival, this festival brings a world class lineup of blues, roots, funk, and soul artists to the Peoria waterfront.

Frankfort Fall Festival - Frankfort, IL - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2018
50th anniversary theme is “Escape to Paradise.” Over 250,000 flock to this charming village over Labor Day Weekend for their annual fall festival, with over 300 artisans, special events hosted by local organizations, and fun like carnival rides, live entertainment, festival food and more!

Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival - Arthur, IL - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2018
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!

Irish Days - Long Grove, IL - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2018
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

Jubilee Days - Zion, IL - Sep 1, 2018
Live entertainment, parade, queen’s pageant, contests, 5k, food, fireworks, concert and more to celebrate the harvest and the community.  

Sandwich Fair - Sandwich, IL - Sep 5 to Sep 9, 2018
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.

Calhoun County Fair - Hardin, IL - Sep 6 to Sep 9, 2018
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.

Elmwood Fall Festival - Elmwood, IL - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2018
Food vendors, rides, 5K, parade, craft vendors, and more

Homestead Festival - Princeton, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
50/50 raffle, car show, BBQ rib cook off, arts and craft show, flea market, class reunions, parade, 5K, food and more!

Windy City Wine Festival - Chicago, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
Sample from more than 300 wines as you enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars at Buckingham Fountain.

German American Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
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 7 to Sep 9, 2018
42nd annual. 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 7 to Sep 8, 2018
A free Oktoberfest on Orchard Street. It runs until 11:00 pm both nights.

Havana Oktoberfest - Havana, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
The Havana Chamber of Commerce presents its annuall Oktoberfest. 3 days of Beer, Brats, Music and fun!

Homestead Harvest Days - Highland, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
See demonstrations of threshing, old time crafts, gas and steam engines, antique tractors, kids activities, live entertainment and more

Kick-off to Oktoberfest - Schaumburg, IL - Sep 7, 2018
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.

Platzkonzert Germanfest - Hoffman Estates, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
The fest will take place September 7-9. The free Kinderplatz children’s area will be open on Saturday afternoon. Located in the Village Green once more, event entry remains free. There will not be a 5K race component this year. All music will be performed inside the big Oompah tent.

German American Fest - Chicago, IL - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
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.

Berghoff Oktoberfest - Chicago, IL - Sep 7 to Oct 6, 2018
The annual festival from this longtime favorite German restaurant in Chicago. Keg tapping ceremony. Special menu and beer tasting. Free admission.

Wings Over Waukegan - Waukegan, IL - Sep 8, 2018
Over 15,000 visitors from Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin are expect to attend this regional air show.

Mundelein Arts Festival - Mundelein, IL - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
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.

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.

Belvidere Kite Festival - Belvidere, IL - Sep 8, 2018
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

Cruise 11 to Remember 9-11 - Decatur, IL - Sep 9, 2018
10th 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.

Murphysboro Apple Festival - Murphysboro, IL - Sep 10 to Sep 15, 2018
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.

Cafe 20 Oktoberfest - Marengo, IL - Sep 11 to Sep 16, 2018
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.

Morton Pumpkin Festival - Morton, IL - Sep 12 to Sep 15, 2018
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.

Glendale Heights Oktoberfest - Glendale Heights, IL - Sep 13 to Sep 23, 2018
Seventh 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.

Riot Fest - Chicago, IL - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
A three-day music festival featuring various forms of punk at Douglas Park.

Des Plaines Family Festival - Des Plaines, IL - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
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.

Rauetoberfest - Woodstock, IL - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018

Palatine Oktoberfest - Palatine, IL - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
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.

Oaktoberfest Oak Park - Oak Park, IL - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
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 15, 2018
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!

Macoupin County Historical Society Fall Festival - Carlinville, IL - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
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.

Jacksonville Rotary Oktoberfest - Jacksonville, IL - Sep 15, 2018
The Annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Oktoberfest, 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.

Street Art Festival - Highland, IL - Sep 15, 2018
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 15, 2018
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 15, 2018
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.

St. Joseph School Oktoberfest - Wilmette, IL - Sep 15, 2018
Location: 1740 Lake Street, Wilmette, Illinois

Cajun Beer Garden - Grafton, IL - Sep 16, 2018
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!

Two Brothers Oktoberfest - Aurora, IL - Sep 16, 2018
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.

The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival (Reeling) - Chicago, IL - Sep 20 to Sep 27, 2018
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.

Dwight Harvest Days - Dwight, IL - Sep 20 to Sep 23, 2018
Carnival, movie showings, live entertainment, kids activities, car show, parade and more. Since 1979

Italian Fest - Collinsville, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
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.

Long Grove Apple Festival - Long Grove, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
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

Belleville Oktoberfest - Belleville, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
Location: Belleville Town Square. Il 159, Belleville, IL, 62220

Peoria Oktoberfest - Peoria, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
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.

Harvest Days in Dwight - Dwight, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
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.

Huntley Fall Fest - Huntley, IL - Sep 21, 2018
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!

Tinley Oktoberfest - Tinley Park, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
Bring out the Lederhosen, grab a stein, and welcome autumn with traditional authentic food, oompah and polka, carnival, keg tapping and beer!

Marshall Autumn Fest - Marshall, IL - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
Vendors and craft booths, a parade, tot-rod pedal pulls, a car, bike and truck show,, live entertainment and more.

Elim Dutch Festival - Palos Heights, IL - Sep 22, 2018
Free admission and free parking for a day of fun for the whole family!

German American Heritage Center Oktoberfest - Frankfort, IL - Sep 22, 2018
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.

American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest - Lake Villa, IL - Sep 22 to Oct 3, 2018
Three separate Saturdays of Oktoberfest and live music starting at 6:30 pm.

Vernon Hills Oktoberfest - Vernon Hills, IL - Sep 22, 2018
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.

Galena Oktoberfest - Galena, IL - Sep 22, 2018
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

McHenry Sunrise Rotary Oktoberfest - McHenry, IL - Sep 22, 2018
If you like beer, the place to be is Oktoberfest on Saturday at Peterson Park.

Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival - Tinley Park, IL - Sep 22, 2018
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.

Pere Marquette Lodge Apple Festival - Grafton, IL - Sep 23, 2018
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!

Grundy County Corn Festival - Morris, IL - Sep 26 to Sep 30, 2018
70th annual event. Parade; Corn, grain, and flower show; hobby and handicraft contest, pie eating contest, and more

Pygmalion Festival - Urbana, IL - Sep 26 to Sep 29, 2018
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.

Athens Fall Festival - Athens, IL - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2018
Pageants, carnival, food vendors, beer wagon, softball tournament, live entertainment, car show and more.

Manteno Oktoberfest - Manteno, IL - Sep 27 to Sep 30, 2018
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 28 to Sep 30, 2018
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 28 to Sep 30, 2018
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 28 to Sep 30, 2018
49th annual event at Prairie Land Heritage Museum

Oktoberfest Chicago - Chicago, IL - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Handmade bratwurst, cold beer and authentic German music. 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 28 to Sep 29, 2018

Chicago International Social Change Film Festival - Chicago, IL - Sep 28, 2018
Enjoy films that promote ideas with action.

Vahlings Twilight Nights Music and Wine Fall Festival - Stewardson, IL - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Live music, games and activities, food vendors, free camping, plus live demonstrations, vendors and more at Vahling Vineyards and Winery

Apple ‘N Pork Festival - Clinton, IL - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
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.

Marmion Oktoberfest - Aurora, IL - Sep 29, 2018

Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade - Schaumburg, IL - Sep 29, 2018
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.

Walk4Hearing Chicago - Chicago, IL - Sep 30, 2018
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.

Barry Apple Festival - Barry, IL - Oct 4 to Oct 7, 2018
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!

Shaw’s Oyster Fest - Chicago, IL - Oct 4, 2018
30th annual – which is the “Pearl” anniversary! 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.

Witches and Warlocks - Schaumburg, IL - Oct 4, 2018
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!

Scarecrow Festival - St. Charles, IL - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
Award winning event with more than 100+ hand-crafted scarecrows, live entertainment, carnival and craft show.

German Society of Rockford Oktoberfest - Loves Park, IL - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
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.

Naperville Oktoberfest - Naperville, IL - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
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 5 to Oct 7, 2018
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 5 to Oct 7, 2018

Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest - Lake Shelbyville, IL - Oct 5, 2018
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.

Lincoln Square AppleFest - Chicago, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
A Lincoln Square tradition to celebrate fall with local musicians, children’s activities and everything apple!

Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive - Canton, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 14, 2018
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!

C-U Oktoberfest - Champaign, IL - Oct 6, 2018

Coal City Octoberfest - Coal City, IL - Oct 6, 2018
33rd annual event from 9 to 4 pm on South Broadway Street

Scarecrow Daze - Lake Shelbyville, IL - Oct 6, 2018
Vendors, car show, parade, tot-rod pedal pull, dancing demos, cider press, kids’ activities, and more!

Jersey County Apple Festival - Jerseyville, IL - Oct 6, 2018
A family oriented event that celebrates the apple orchards in the region.

Fluorspar Festival - Rosiclare, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
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!

Autumn on Parade - Oregon, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
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!

Autumn Harvest Festival - Schaumberg, IL - Oct 7, 2018
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.

Chicago International Film Festival - Chicago, IL - Oct 11 to Oct 25, 2018
Exhibiting films from around the world for five decades.

Art in the Park - Highland, IL - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
Enjoy art in park, plus a kids art area and more

Mount Prospect Oktoberfest - Mount Prospect, IL - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018

Rotary Club of Quincy Oktoberfest - Quincy, IL - Oct 13, 2018
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.

Maeystown Oktoberfest - Maeystown, IL - Oct 14, 2018
Second Sunday in October. Arts, crafts and antique fair with german food.

Chicago Ideas Week - Chicago, IL - Oct 15 to Oct 21, 2018
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.

Sullivan Oktoberfest - Sullivan, IL - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
Includes beer tent, chili cook-off, 5K, Artoberfest & Wine Tasting, and free entertainment.

Harvest Fest - Oglesby, IL - Oct 20, 2018
Head to Harvest Fest to enjoy a harvest marketplace, team competitions, petting zoo, wagon rides, kids’ activities, parade and more.

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival - Sycamore, IL - Oct 24 to Oct 28, 2018
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

Batfest - Batavia, IL - Oct 27, 2018
Batavia’s annual Halloween themed family event attracts over 2,500 for downtown trick-or-treating, parade, pumpkin bowl, contests, art, games, and more

Pumpkin Festival - Jacksonville, IL - Oct 27, 2018
Enjoy a family fun like pumpkin decorating, contests, pumpkin drop, food, vendors and more!

Wine Festival - Grafton, IL - Nov 4, 2018
Sample wines from around the world, with dozens of options, plis live music, free appetizers, vendors and more, with a portion of proceeds going to Friends of Pere Marquette State Park Foundation.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - Chicago, IL - Nov 16 to Nov 17, 2018
A nationally televised event with family friendly activiites, tree lighting parade, fireworks spectacular, holiday shopping and more.

The Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights - Chicago, IL - Nov 16, 2018
Musical performances and tree-lighting parade with Santa Clause, all along the Magnificent Mile. If you can’t make it, it is televised!

September:

Illinois Blue Festival – Peoria, IL – September 4-5, 2015

Warren Pumpkin Festival – Warren, IL – September 25, 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:

Spring Valley Autumn Harvest Festival – Schaumberg, IL – October 4, 2015

Lake Shelbyville Balloon Fest – October 9-11, 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:

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

Find other fun things to do in Illinois in fall:

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

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