Little Lake County Guide to Fall Festivals presented by Animal Quest

Leaves crunching under feet the smell of pumpkin spice filling the air while German music plays in the background. It FALL and that means it’s times for pumpkin patches, apple orchards and festivals! So thrown on your favorite sweater and scarf and make some fall memories with these Fall Festivals in Lake County.

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Lake County Fall Festivals

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 | November

September Festivals


Buffalo Grove Days – September 1-5
This annual festival has fun for everyone, including the Chamber Beer Garden, a business and craft fair, free entertainment, carnival, games, special events, a BBQ Challenge and Sunday night fireworks.

68th Annual Jubilee Days Festival – September 3-5
Zion’s Labor Day Festival features community-wide activities, including a Queen’s Pageant, concerts, Illinois’ largest Labor Day Parade, fireworks and many more events and attractions!

Long Grove’s Irish Days – September 3-5
All eyes will be smiling when the historic shopping district of Long Grove presents Irish Days, a celebration of Irish culture, music, food and drink.

Taste of Serbia – September 3-5
Taste of Serbia will have great ongoing array of entertainment, things to do, traditional cuisine, music, and beverages. Plenty to do for children and guests of all ages. Learn about the culture. Learn to dance a kolo. Free admission and parking.

North Shore Greek Fest – September 3-5
Festival features Greek food and pastries, live music and dancing, children’s entertainment and more. Free parking west of the festival grounds.Free admission for all children under the age of 12.

Wauconda Annual Street Dance – September 3
The Wauconda Area Chamber hosts an evening of live music, food, dancing, raffles, collection of food and school supplies and more! Main Street will be packed with area residents in celebration and appreciation for our members and building a stronger community.

Art Fair on the Square – September 4-5
Art fair consists of selected exhibitors’ work in a variety of disciplines including ceramics, digital art, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, graphics, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

12th Annual Tractors for Charity – September 10-11
Featuring antique tractors, trucks and construction equipment. Event also features hayrides, craft show, petting zoo, and more. All proceeds will benefit FISH of McHenry Food Pantry.

Antioch Apple Fest & Fall Arts & Crafts Faire – September 10-11
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. Located in downtown Antioch.

Fall Family Fun Fest – September 10
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!

Mundelein Arts Festival – September 10-11
A treat for the senses with top-notch artists, live music and a tasty assortment of food from local eateries.

Patriotic Spirit Day – September 10
It’s time to pull out our red, white and blue and celebrate a spirit of community and patriotism! There will be events fun for all ages, including a Navy SEAL obstacle course for kids aged 7-18, plus food, fun and specials offered by downtown merchants.

Fireman’s Dance – September 10
This is a family friendly event with no cost for admission and featuring several area food vendors to satisfy everyone’s desire to grab something to eat and hear great bands with their friends and neighbors

Venetian Night – September 10
After the “boat parade” around the lake, we will tie up at Eastway Park for a floating picnic. Hot dogs & chips will be provided.

Fall Family Fest – September 11
Celebrate the great outdoors changing of the seasons with a Museum full of fall fun for all ages! Admission is $24 per person and includes train rides, petting zoo, carnival games, horse drawn wagon rides, and more.

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© H. Garvey | Little Lake County.com – Farm Heritage Festival

Bannockburn Day – September 11
Please join your friends and neighbors for conversation, refreshments & entertainment at the Village’s Open Space.

ArtWauk -September 17
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!

Mundelein One World Festival – September 17
Mundelein’s Fourth Annual One World Festiva will be full of entertainment for the whole family.  It is a celebration of cultures from around the world, through music, dance, food, beverages, games, art, and history.

Rock the Block – September 17
Planned as an all-ages traditional street dance, partygoers are invited to Dine, Dance and Discover downtown Lake Zurich. Activities from 5-7pm exclusively for young party goers such as face painting, bouncy houses and balloon art.

Shermer Fest– September 18
Take a step back in time at this fun-filled community fall festival. Collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, hot dogs, soup and home-made sweets.

Fallapalooza – September 18
Come celebrate fall with an afternoon with music, pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, and hayrides. Ther will be food and refreshments available for purchase.

Harvest & Harmony Fest – September 23-24
This exciting event will feature live music, drum circles, an instrument petting zoo and interactive vendors. There will also be artisan beer,mule and wine flights along with barbecue bites available under the big tent.

Autumn Fest – September 23
Celebrate the bounty of the season with crafts, games, a self guided nature walks, pony rides, hayrides, a campfire, live reptiles, a pumpkin hunt and more! Food will be available for purchase.

Farm Heritage Festival – September 24-25
Highlights include daily sheep herding and threshing demonstrations, live music, and a tractor parade. Enjoy a petting zoo, scarecrow making, children’s activities, wagon rides, delicious food and much more!

Fall Festival & Pig Roast  – September 24
Bring the family out for a free concert in the park at Wadsworth Park. Enjoy some great music provided by the Blooze Brothers Band and the Savanna House will offer up a fabulous pig roast and beverages for purchase. Also the whole family can enjoy horse drawn hayrides and a bonfire.

Oktoberfest – September 24
Join us for the 10th annual Oktoberfest. There will be free kids crafts, free pumpkins to paint while supplies last, and free hayrides. There will be live music, food for purchase, a magician, and inflatables.

Art in the Barn – September 24
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.

Fall Festival – September 24
Stop by the Annual Fall Festival at the Prairie Crossing Farm! Check out the ducks from Ducktail Farm, take a hayride, listen to live music, meet your local farmer, and expand your gardening knowledge with amazing workshops throughout the day!

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Highwood Pumpkin Festival at Night. Photo credit Celebrate Highwood

October Festivals

5th Annual Waukegan Kite Festival – October 1
Come fly away with Chicagokite/Kite Harbor. We will enjoy watching amazing kite stunts, tricks and flips Super Large Kites By Mike Holl Wisconson Kiters will be on hand too!! There is free admission & free parking for all kite enthusiasts.

Pepper Fest 2016 – October 1
Join Lake Barrington for their 2nd annual festival on Pepper Rd. There will be 3 live bands, a petting zoo, arts, crafts, raffles, giveaways and so much more! There will also be vendors, food and drinks available for purchase.

Fall Festival – October 2
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 Family Festival – October 2
Busy Brains Childrens’ Museum will host its 3 rd annual Fall Family Festival Sunday, Oct. 2 from 1-4:00 p.m. at Lehmann Park.   The afternoon’s activities include an art contest, science activities, obstacle course, face painting, games and raffles. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Fall Bulb Festival – October 7-9
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.

Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest – October 7 – 9
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/Walk.

Fall Festival and Pumpkin Giveaway – October 8
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.

16th Annual Scarecrow Festival – October 15
The free festival will feature pony rides; scarecrow, pumpkin and cookie decorating; and inflatable games for the kids. Bob the DJ will be on hand to delight the crowd with his special costume and favorite spooky songs. Materials for scarecrows will be provided, and festival goers can bring clothing and accessories to personalize their creations.

Pumpkin Fest- October 15
This free event is a perfect free fall event. Each participant will receive a  free pumpkin to decorate or carve. A judge will award prizes to the best in the decorating contest in categories by age. A face painter will be on site for those who’d like a little decoration themselves and light fall refreshments will be provided. Reservation is recommended to ensure everyone gets a pumpkin.

Fall Family Day & Trunk or Treat Event – October 15
Come to the first annual Family Fall Day & Trunk or Treat Event! Bring the family over to a fun fall day that T&R Landscape Supply & Garden Center is planning for the whole family! A safe place for kids to trick or treat, have their picture taken in their Halloween costume, and have some extra fall fun on top of that.

ArtWauk -October 15
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!

Fall Harvest Community Day – October 22
Join the Nature Walk Montessori School for a day of family entertainment, crafts, games, food sharing, and fall fun!
This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. In an effort to reduce our waste and environmental footprint they encourage you to bring your own plate, silverware, fabric napkin and cup or coffee mug.

Fall Fest – October 22
The event will offer a little bit for everyone. There will be Family Hay Rides, Bon Fire (with smores of course), Chili Cook-Off, Live music, and a Bags Tournament.

Fall Festival – October 22
Come out to the Freedom Farm for Vets in Wadsworth for a day of family fun. There will be face painting, baked goods, pumpkin painting, a horseshoe tournament, and a raffle.

Family Fall Fest  – October 23
With the petting zoo, hayrides, Garoon Gateway to Science, crafts, mini golf, and face painting this is a festival you won’t want to miss.  Admission is $25 per family.

Epictober Fest  2016 – October 30
Come to the family fun event at Epic Christian Academy. This event is held  indoors, with candy, inflatables, carnival games, food for purchase and more! Costumes are welcome, but please no scary ones, or masks that cover the entire face!!

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

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November Festivals


Dickens Fall Fest – November 3-6
Come Celebrate Antioch’s newest event DICKENS FALL FEST which includes a large, family-friendly Carnival. Enjoy some seasonal beverages, foods, crafts and more.

Showcase of Arts & Crafts – November 5-6
The Showcase features original works of art unique to our exhibitors which have been juried by our Showcase Committee. Categories include but are not limited to folk art, photography, paintings, stained glass, ceramics, linens, wood working and jewelry, etc.

ArtWauk – November 19
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.
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