Fall Festivals in Lake County

Fall Fun in Lake County

Leaves crunching under feet, the smell of pumpkin spice filling the air with cool breezes, and the crackling of fires. It’s fall and that means it’s time for pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and festivals! So throw on your favorite sweater and scarf, and make some fall memories with these Fall Festivals in Lake County!

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Fall Festivals in Lake County

Please follow the links for more details. If the festival is more than one day, the link provided is for the first day of the event. Please see our calendar for the following days.

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September Festivals in Lake County

Irish Days – September 1 & 2
{Historic Long Grove} A celebration of Irish Culture, music, food and drink. Daily entertainment including Isih musicians, singers, and dancers.

Ravinia District Food Truck Thursdays – September 5 & 12
{Highland Park} Enjoy a wide variety of food and drinks from more than a dozen food trucks and local restaurants, while enjoying live outdoor musical performances.

Deer Park Art Show – September 7 & 8
{Deer Park} Spend the weekend in the fresh air enjoying art, local food fare and live music.

Rock the Block – September 7
{Lake Zurich} This outdoor festival features food, dancing and more in downtown Lake Zurich. Lions Park will host children’s activities including face painting, balloon art, and a bounce house.

Bannockburn Day – September 8
{Bannockburn} Join friends and neighbors in the village hall open space for food, fun and entertainment.

Gorton’s Annual Block Party – September 14
{Lake Forest} Bring your blankets and lawn chairs while you enjoy food, music, and entertainment at the Block Party. Food, costume contest, activities, entertainment, and a sunset showing of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Flying 4 Kids Statewide Kite Fly – September 14
{Buffalo Grove} Join the Buffalo Grove Park District at Mike Rylko Community Park for an afternoon of kite flying (bring your own!), games, and fun. Kites will be raffled off throughout the event.

Fallapalooza – September 15
{Wheeling} Live music, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, and hayrides are just some of the activities you’ll find in the line-up of entertainment just for you and your neighbors and family at Fallapalooza.

Shermer Fest– September 15
{Northbrook} Take a step back in time at this fun-filled community fall festival. Collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, hot dogs, soups, and home-made sweets will be available.

Art in Nature: Color the Preserves – September 15
{Barrington} Everyone can try sculpting, painting, weaving, and other art forms that reflect the beauty of the preserves. Food and entertainment.

Autumn Fest – September 20
Highland Park} Join Heller Nature Center for the changing of the seasons! This family-friendly event features live music, reptiles, campfire, crafts, games, self-guided nature walks, hayrides, pumpkin hunt, pony rides, and much more. Individual tickets are $4 and are required for some activities, cash only. New this year, unlimited ride wristbands are $6 for adults and $12 for children – includes a hayride, pony rides, and one pumpkin.

Fox Lake Fish Fest: Mayor’s Fish Fry – September 20
{Fox Lake} Enjoy a delicious Friday night fish fry with Mayor Donny Schmit. The meal includes all you can eat fish, two sides, and a drink (non-alcoholic). Adult beverages will be available for purchase

Long Grove Apple FestivalSeptember 20-22
{Long Grove} Celebrate fall with the 27th Annual Apple Fest. Visitors can expect to have bushels of fun at this celebration of fall’s favorite fruit and the many delicious ways to enjoy it in historic downtown Long Grove.

Fall on the Farm – September 21 & 22
{Libertyville} Celebrate Fall at Lambs Farm! Children and adults are $15 each, $8 for farmyard admission only (no activities). There will be crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, bounce house, barrel train, games and more.

Lake Forest Oktoberfest – September 21
{Lake Forest} Enjoy music, food, and kids activities at this fundraiser for the Friends of the Lake Forest Parks. Admission is $10 children 5 and younger are free.

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Fall Family Fun Fest – September 28
{Hawthorn Woods} At this free event, you can swim in the pool, touch-a-truck, be creative with arts and crafts, and go on a mini-train ride!

Oktoberfest – September 21, 28 & October 5
{Lake Villa} Join the American Aid Society of German Descendents for a traditional Oktoberfest with food, drinks, music, and entertainment.

Oktoberfest – September 28 & 20
{Vernon Hills} Free kid’s crafts will be available at Oktoberfest, while supplies last. Free pumpkins to paint, while supplies last, giant sand box, games, music, food and more.

Art in the Barn – September 28 & 29
{Barrington} Fine art will be on display and ready for purchase to take home. New this year, children can enjoy a petting zoo and feed the animals or create their own art in the Children’s Art Tent.

Octoberfest – September 28
{Wheeling} Join the Wheeling Park District for two days of food, merriment, and music at the annual Oktoberfest event! There will be German and domestic beer, bratwurst, and live entertainment.

Deerfield Harvest Fest – September 28
{Deerfield} Start the day at the Deerfield Farmers Market for touch-a-truck and children’s activities. Food, music, and entertainment starts at 5:30 p.m.

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October Festivals in Lake County

Please watch for a separate story with all the Halloween events, this story just includes festivals. Also coming soon, Family-Friendly Oktoberfests!

Fall Bulb Festival – October 4-6
{Glencoe} There’s live music, a harvest market, cider, wine, and beer to purchase, and the awesome gourd mountain for selfies! Amid live music, children of all ages can admire the gourd display, find their way around the straw-bale maze, and participate in family activities.

Fall Festival and 500 Pumpkin Giveaway October 5
{Grayslake} The annual fall festival will feature free pumpkins to the first 500 children, with a limit of one pumpkin per child while supplies last, as well as a large bouncy house and complimentary refreshments.

Fall Festival October 6
{Ingelside} Hosted by Grant Township, this event features a Touch-a-Truck, inflatables, pony rides from Patch 22, a pie-eating contest, hayrides, and a pumpkin decorating contest.

Oaktober Celebration – October 6
{Round Lake} Celebrate not only our state tree, the White Oak, but all oaks in and around our state. Crafts, activities, and nature hikes will fill this day!

Harvest Fest – October 6
{Glencoe} Celebrate fall at one of the best community events of the year. Spend the morning at Kalk Park enjoying family-friendly games, attractions, and entertainment. Halloween pumpkins will be available for purchase.

BACT’s Oaktober Fest – October 6
{Barrington} All ages are invited to enjoy live music and a bonfire in beautiful Far Field Preserve.

Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest – October 11-13
{Highwood} Activities include all you can carve onsite pumpkins, Trick or Treating, Costume Contests, Pumpkin Parade, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids crafts, two stages jam-packed with solid entertainment, food and beverage vendors galore, and more!

Long Grove DIY Scarecrow Day – October 12
{Long Grove} Help build and dress your own scarecrow to be displayed along the streets of Long Grove. This event takes place on Towner Green. A $5 voluntary donation helps cover the costs of the materials and proceeds will benefit local food shelters.

Fox Lake Pumpkin Jubilee – October 12
{Fox Lake} This event will have various artisan food vendors and pumpkin carving. At the end of the event, they will light the pumpkins and place them on a pumpkin wall.

Scarecrow Festival – October 12
{Barrington} There will be pumpkin and cookie decorating, pony rides, scarecrow decorating, and lots of fun and games for the entire family!

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Night of 1,000 Jack-O-Lanterns – October 16-20 & 23-26
{Glencoe} More than 1,000 Hand-Carved pumpkins light up the night through the Chicago Botanic Garden. Advance tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for children.

Pumpkin Fest – October 19
{Mundelein} Children of all ages are invited to join the Community Protestant Church for pumpkin decorating and refreshments. RSVPs are requested so they have enough pumpkins.

Cook Library’s Annual “Touch-the-Trucks” – October 19
{Libertyville} Cook Street will be closed so children can explore and meet community service vehicles and their friendly drivers. Climb aboard a fire truck, a high reaching cherry picker, the library’s own bookmobile, and more.

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What is your favorite fall festival? Share it with us in the comments! 

Find more fall family fun at Fall in Lake County. Find more festivals at Fall Festivals in McHenry County.

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