Fall Festivals in DuPage County
Here is a list of fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes in and around DuPage County to help you plan for a fun-filled autumn outdoors:
- Naperville Last Fling - Naperville – This event (like the Naperville Ribfest) has grown rapidly over the previous 5 years, so expect large crowds throughout the duration of the festival. The Last Fling has fun and enjoyment for the entire family. The event features a full carnival, arts & crafts, great food, and some of the biggest names in music. This year’s headline acts include blues legend Buddy Guy and 90′s rockers Collective Soul. There is a $15 charge for the headliner shows, but in comparison to seeing these same acts at a venue, that’s pretty cheap. Get out to downtown Naperville this Labor Day weekend to enjoy all the fun times!
- Festival of the Vine – Geneva The Festival of the Vine runs Friday, September 9th – Sunday, September 11th and is located in downtown Geneva (Rt 38 just west of the Fox River). The event is open from 10AM – 9PM on Friday and Saturday, and from 11AM – 6PM on Sunday. The nice thing about this festival is that it is comfortable and leisurely… Unlike many of the area festivals, this one has a relaxed, slower-paced, feel to it. That’s not to say it’s not a good time. The event features:
- Live music – Dining tent featuring foods from some of Geneva’s finest restaurants – Wine tasting events and seminars – Floral Market – Fair Games for children of all ages – Fine Art and Craft Show – Complimentary scenic trolley rides
- Itasca Oktoberfest – Itasca - Friday, 9/9 – Sunday, 9/11 This is the 3rd annual Itasca Oktoberfest and is held downtown at Orchard Street. The event runs 4PM – 11PM Friday, 3PM – 11PM Saturday, and from 12PM – 6PM on Sunday. This event features:
- Live music – Dancing groups – Kid’s Corner play area – Great German food – Football viewing tent for kick-off
- Villa Park Oktoberfest – Villa Park – The 32st annual Villa Park Oktoberfest runs from 9/9 through 9/11 at Lions Park. This year’s event will be better than ever and features live music, a bags tournament, petting zoo, kids tent, carnival rides, and of course, great food and beer. A full-schedule of events can be found here.
Darien Fest - Darien – Friday, 9/9 – Sunday, 9/11 The 23nd Annual DarienFest sponsored by the Darien Chamber of Commerce will be held September 10, 11 and 12 at Darien Community Park located at Plainfield Road and Clarendon Hills Road and will feature good food, great music and thrilling carnival rides. In addition to other bands / acts, the event schedule includes. Windy City Amusements will offer Unlimited Ride Specials on Saturday and Sunday Noon to 5pm for $20 per person per day.
FREE Shuttle Service – Stops are Jewel-Osco (75th & Cass), Westwood Park (75th & Fairview), Chestnut Court Plaza (75th & Lemont Rd.) and Wal-Mart (75th & Lyman). Passengers will be dropped off and picked up at Indian Prairie Public Library.
- Scarecrow Festival – St. Charles – Friday thru Sunday, October 7-9 (9AM – 9PM). The Scarecrow Festival is a great fall fun for the entire family. The kids will love the carnival rides (the view from the ferris wheel is awesome) and scarecrow displays. Adults will enjoy the music, arts, and crafts. Everyone will love the good food and pleasant fall weather. The festival is held in downtown St. Charles just west of the Fox River at Lincoln Park. Full details about the Scarecrow Festival can be found here. Don’t miss this event!
- Fall Color Festival at Morton Arboretum – Lisle – The Fall Color Festival is a season-long celebration of the beauty that autumn brings. Various events are held throughout September and October as the leave change from green to vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. Check out the Morton Arboretum’s website for more details.
- Cantigny Fall Festival - Wheaton / Winfield – Saturday, October 8, 10am – 4pm – Celebrate autumn with harvest-time fun. Enjoy a cup of hot cider or hot chocolate from Bertie’s coffee café. This event features:
- Arts and Crafts Show – Hayrides – Pumpkin Decorating – Scarecrow Making – Inflatables – Music by The Salt Creek Boys – Candy Dive – Face Painting – Barnyard Petting Zoo (Goats, Sheep, Ducks, Chickens, Bunnies, Pot Belly Pigs, Miniature Donkey, Cow and a Llama.)
- Fall Festival – Wheaton - October 11th – Join a celebration of the horse during the annual Danada Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton. The preserve is located on the east side of Naperville Road between Butterfield and Warrenville roads. Enjoy a parade of horse breeds, hayrides, face painting, horse grooming demonstrations, educational displays, food and more. Free admission and parking. There are fees for some activities.
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