Fall Festivals and Events

Sept 30
Noon - 10 pm
Annual German Oktoberfest will feature a Ceremonial Tapping of the Keg; non-stop live music; wiener dog races; polka lessons and dancing; bean bag tournament; beer stein endurance contest; bounce house & pumpkin decorating, for the kids; lots of food and beer.
Sept 18-29
Experience a fall harvest with mid-1900s equipment demonstrating daily field farm activities on this 50-acre working show grounds. The three day show offers agricultural history and how the agricultural life has evolved. Watch daily demonstrations of wheat and oat threshing, working saw mill, blacksmithing, horse field plowing, corn pickers and…
Oct 28 & 29
9am - 5pm
The 45th annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, sponsored by the Sycamore Music Boosters, is part of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival weekend October 28 & 29th, 2017. This event will be held at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, October 28 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, October…
Oct 14-16
Autumn Drive, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16, is a scene to behold in rural Woodstock and Marengo. As you travel farm roads toward this unique fall festival in the countryside, you suddenly notice steam rising from an old-fashioned kettle corn popper. The roadside…
Oct 7-8
Join us for the 47th annual Autumn on Parade Festival in downtown Oregon. This event features a craft fair, 5K race, farmer’s market, strolling entertainment and food provided by local not-for-profit organizations. An antique tractor show on Saturday and the ever-popular Harvest Time Parade on Sunday.  Autumn on Parade is held on…
Oct 14
Looking for homegrown goodness? Your search is over. The Cambridge Fall Review is a fall food festival that features unparalleled and locally-made gourmet foods and crafts. The marketplace will include the gourmet shop and bakery, as well as over 40 booths showcasing hand-crafted wares from the areas best crafters. The…
Oct. 8
Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 9th! The 35rd Annual Cortland Festival and Parade will kick off at 1:00 p.m. and will feature members of local bands, scout troops, clubs and other organizations. Then stay for the festival at Cortland Community Park after the parade. Vendors will offer food for…
Sept 15-17
The 61st ANNUAL CRESTON BOOSTER CLUB’S BOOSTER DAYS takes place Sept 15-17th and along with a carnival and many activities all weekend, on Saturday there will be a pancake breakfast, car show, kids parade, live music and fireworks. Sunday’s events include a community church service, craft and vendor fair, parade…
Sept 10
11a.m.- 4p.m.
Looking for a fun family day out? DeKalb Kite Festival is a full day of family fun. Kids will enjoy seeing the giant inflatable kites, dancing kites, and stunt kites high up in the sky. This festival attracts kite enthusiasts from all over the U.S. Come see what it’s all…
Sept 24
The event begins at 10am at the 100 and 200 blocks of First Street in downtown Dixon and  Admission is free. The family fall festival will feature many games, crafts, and activities for children along with live music, autumn displays, and fall festival foods and treats. Some of the highlights include pumpkin painting,…
Oct 7
9:30am - 5:00pm
Activities include a pumpkin weighing competition, fall face painting, judging of scarecrows and a baked apple pie contest.
Oct 13-15
Friday Kids Day 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission: $2 Join in the rendezvous and the journey to the time of mountain men and long hunters and learn about life on the American frontiers! The showground features…
Sept 30th & Oct 1st
Sat & Sun 10am-4pm
Fulton Fall FestivalSept 30th 9am - 4pm It’s time for a Fall Festival in Fulton and the Midwest Pets for Life have some celebrating they want to do as well. So we decided it wouldn’t be too “ruff” to combine our efforts. An amazing time is sure to be had…
Galena Country Fair
October 7 - 8
Sat., 10 a.m – 5 p.m & Sun, 10 a.m – 4 p.m
More than 150 vendors offering original handmade arts, crafts, and fine arts. Fair food, live entertainment, children's games, farmers' markets. Arts & Crafts: Hand-selected vendors ensure high quality products year after year. Farmers' Markets: Maple syrup honey and locally-grown apples, pumpkins, squash, and gourds. Fair Food: Fair favorites including caramel…
Oct 28
Finish out October with a bang! The Galena Halloween Parade wows thousands of visitor each year with amazing floats and festivities. Unlike any other parade you’ve seen, Galena lights up Main Street with large bursts of fire! You definitely don’t want to miss this event. This marks the 39th year that the…
Gourd Geous Day In The Country
Sept 24
9 - 4
A Gourdgeous Day in the Country is a family friendly one day event to learn about gourds and all they are! Classes will be offered for those interested in learning more about gourd crafting. Decorating ideas using gourds will be showcased included jewelry, home décor and more! Vendors will sell…
Oct. 31
4:00 - 5:00pm
Shadows, silhouettes, and creaky floors! Get ready for spooky times at the Midwest Museum of Natural History during our Blackout Flashlight Tour on Halloween! We turn off the gallery lights, you provide your own flashlight (or cellphone flashlight), and together we will explore the main gallery for a SPOOKY good…
Oct 29th
Noon - 4 pm
Head to the Byron Forest Preserve on Sunday, Oct 29th from noon to 4pm for a "Spooktacular" afternoon of Halloween themed fun! Enjoy a tasty treat or take relaxing hayride through the gorgeous prairies of the Byron Forest Preserve. There will be children's games, face painting, and much more plus…
Halloween Trick-or-Treat in the Park
October 20th
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi RiverProject will be hosting the annual Trick-or-Treat in the Park on Saturday,October 20th, from 4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. at the Thomson Causeway RecreationArea. Trick-or-Treat in the Park is a fun fall program started several years ago by avid campers looking to celebratethe Halloween season.…
Oct 21st
6 - 8 pm
There will be plenty of frightening displays, eerie screeches and some hair-raising LIVE displays that are scattered throughout the course during the Haunted 5K at Lowell Park on Oct 21st.  This race will keep you on your toes! The race/walk begins at sunset near the historic Reagan Bath House in…
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