Fall Festivals in Lake County presented by Lake Forest Country Day School

The Little Lake County Fall Festival Guide is presented by Lake Forest Country Day School

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 following days.

September | October

September Festivals in Lake County

Ravinia District Food Truck Thursdays – September 13
{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.

Touch-a-Truck – September 14
{Gurnee} Head to the center parking lot at Hunt Club Park for a fun family event checking out community trucks.


Fiestas at the Harbor – September 14-16
{Waukegan} Fiestas at the Harbor is a three day celebration of Fiestas Patrias, Mexican Independence Day! Music, cultural entertainment, and food will be available.

Block Party 2018 – September 15
{Lake Forest} Bring your blankets and lawn chairs while you enjoy food, music, and entertainment at the Block Party. Highlights will include: Wildlife Discovery Center petting zoo, Star Wars costume contest, live music, and a sunset showing of The Force Awakens.

ArtWauk -September 15
{Waukegan} Each month, this event showcases different art and artists at over 20 venues, offering free access to each site and a chance to meet the artists. Join the throngs exposed to art, music, performances, theatres, shops, and restaurants!

Lake County Farm Stroll – September 16
{across Lake County} The Lake County Farm Stroll is a self-guided tour of Lake County’s diversified family farms. There is no beginning or end to the tour, just simply choose the farms you wish to visit.

Fallapalooza – September 16
{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 16
{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.

Autumn Fest – September 21
{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 hayride, pony rides, and one pumpkin.


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Lake County Harvest Festival – September 22-23
{Grayslake} The Lake County Fairgrounds and the Lake County Farm Heritage Association are excited to be bringing Farm Heritage Days, Oktoberfest, live music, rides,  and more to the Fairgrounds!

Fall Family Fun Fest – September 22
{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!

Long Grove Apple FestivalSeptember 21-23
{Long Grove} Celebrate fall with the 26th 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.

Oktoberfest – September 22
{Vernon Hills} Free kid’s crafts will be available at Oktoberfest, while supplies last. Free pumpkins to paint, while supplies last, along with a free hay ride sponsored by the Vernon Hills Park District are sure to please. Pick up a free tree from the Park District while supplies last.

Flying 4 Kids Statewide Kite Fly – September 22
{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.

Art in the Barn – September 22-23
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.

Oktoberfest – September 22
{Lake Forest} Admission is $10, children 5 and younger are free.  The event will feature a German beer garden, live bands including DT Funk and The Polkaholics, food, a giant pumpkin bounce house for the kids, German games, and more.

Touch-a-Truck – September 22
{Winthrop Harbor} Winthrop Harbor presents this Touch-a-Truck event with numerous vehicles andequipment on display, that families can see up close and take pictures in. What fun, and for free.

Svet Family Day at JCC Chicago – September 23
{Northbrook} Join Svet Media and JCC Chicago for a free day of open play, music, food, and more! Explore and play in JCC Chicago’s Early Childhood Center, swim in the pool, sample a class, or workout in Lustbader Center. Families will enjoy entertainment, sports, games, and a Ninja-style obstacle course.

Octoberfest – September 29 -30
{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.

Fall on the Farm – September 29
{Libertyville/Green Oaks} Join Lambs Farm for Fun on the Farm. Admission is $15 for children and adult participants, $8 for those not participating, and free for those 2 years and younger. Admission includes fall themed crafts and activities, a pumpkin, cookie decorating, bounce house, and farmyard attractions.

Fall Family Festival – September 29
{Lake Villa} Join Little Lake County at Lehmann Park for a fun family fundraiser for Busy Brains Children’s Museum. Admission is $7 per family or $5 if you bring a donation for an animal shelter. Event includes family activities, games, tractor rides, food, drink, and more.

Fall Festival & Pig Roast – September 29
{Wadsworth} Come out and enjoy live music, food provided by Rt. 41 Roadhouse, and hayrides.

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Highwood Pumpkin Festival at Night. Photo credit Celebrate Highwood

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 5-7
{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.

Harbor-Que State Championship BBQ Festival – October 5-7
{Winthrop Harbor} Get ready for an official Kansas City Barbecue Society State Championship event, right here in Winthrop Harbor! Includes carnival, live music, and kid’s fun zone.

Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest – October 5-7
{Highwood} Activities include all you can carve onsite pumpkins, Trick or Treating, Costume Contests, Pumpkin Parade, hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids crafts, two stages jam packed with solid entertainment, food and beverage vendors galore, and a Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk.

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.

Grandwood Park Oktoberfest – October 6
{Grandwood Park} Join your friends and neighbors for an evening of food, refreshments, and entertainment. There will be the wildly popular hayride, food, and drinks.

Stirling Hall Art Bash – October 6
{Lake Forest} This will be a day of demonstrations, hands on activities, try-it workshops, and meet and greets.

Fall Festival – October 7
{Ingelside} Hosted by Grant Township, this event features a Touch-a-Truck, inflatables, pony rides from Patch 22, a pie eating contest, hay rides, and a pumpkin decorating contest.

Fall Festival and Pumpkin Giveaway – October 13
{Grayslake} Join the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes for their annual fall festival. The first 500 children will receive a free pumpkin. In addition, there will be bounce houses and face painting.

Long Grove DIY Scarecrow Day – October 13
{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.

Scarecrow Festival– October 13
{Barrington}Don’t miss the 2018 annual Barrington Scarecrow Fest at Memorial Park on October 13, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We’ll have pumpkin and cookie decorating, pony rides, scarecrow decorating, and lots of fun and games for the entire family!

Oaktober Celebration – October 14
{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!

Fall Festival– October 20
{Grayslake} Join us for an evening of fun for all ages! Trunk or Treat, Chili Contest, Costume Contest, Bounce Houses, Free food & treats! Can’t wait to see you and all your friends! Don’t forget to wear your costume!


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© L. Thomas | Little Lake County.com | 2016

Fall Festival – October 21
{Northbrook} Celebrate the season with a special day of autumn fun with storytelling, beekeeping demonstrations, pumpkin painting, honey, hay rides, and more! Admission is free; there are small fees for some activities or bring a non-perishable food item to donate to The Greater Chicago Food Depository in exchange for activity tickets. 1 item=1 ticket

Cook Library’s 17th annual “Touch-the-Trucks” – October 20
{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.

Antioch Fall Arts & Crafts Fair – October 20-21
{Antioch} Find numerous treasures from some of the country’s finest artisans. There are over 85 booths with a beautiful array of arts and crafts, activities for children, and food.

ArtWauk -October 20
Each month, this event showcases different art and artists at over 20 venues, offering free access to each site and a chance to meet the artists. Join the throngs exposed to art, music, performances, theatres, shops, and restaurants!

Croctoberfest – October 21
{Lake Forest} Come celebrate the world of crocodilians with us! A portion of the proceeds from this WDC fundraiser helps support crocodile conservation projects worldwide.


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

Lake Forest Country Day School

Lake Forest Country Day School is a co-educational independent school for students age two through eighth grade that has been graduating students of strong character with a passion for learning since 1888. Play-based, experiential-learning curriculum drives the Early Childhood Center (ECC) with stellar student-to-teacher ratios of 7:1 ECC students learn throughout the School’s state-of-the-art facilities which include: a 2800 sq. ft. Innovation Lab, a dedicated ECC Outdoor Classroom, and a newly renovated Performing Arts Center. Visit one of their upcoming Open Houses scheduled for October 18 and November 15 or contact them today to set up a tour!


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