2012 Fall Festivals
While you're out-and-about this autumn be sure to stop by these great events!
Didier Farms Pumpkinfest
Sept. 22- Oct. 31
Featuring: Pumpkins, Fresh Apples, Children's Activities, Classes/Crafts, Food, Hay/Wagon Rides, Demonstrations, Entertainment, Natural Fall Decor, A Maze and Animals.
Didier Farms, 16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Prairie View-Lincolnshire, Ill.
NE corner of Aptakisic and Buffalo Grove Rds. on Aptakisic Rd. 2 miles east of Rte. 83 or 2 miles west of Rte. 21.
Hayrides,Pony Rides, Pumpkins,5 Acre Corn Maze,New! Exotic Petting Zoo, Kiddie Rides, Farm Animals, Kiddie Straw Maze, Crafts, Educational Farming. Display with Baby Chicks,Fresh baked pies,and daily made Pumpkin and Apple Cider Donuts. Farmstand with vegetables from our fields.Pumpkin Patch Cafe. Also on Weekends/Columbus Day: New! Pig Races, train ride though our
cornfield, freshly roasted sweet corn. Anderson’s Chocolates. Grandma D’s Bake Shop. School Tours (weekdays only) and Birthday Parties.
Autumn Air Festival
Sept. 22 & 23
Featuring: Pumpkins, Children's Activities, Classes/Crafts, Food, Hay/Wagon Rides, Entertainment, Natural Fall Decor, Flower Bulbs and Animals.
Fernwood Botanical Garden
13988 Rangeline Rd. Niles, MI
Exit 7, 3.5 miles off U.S. Route 31 & Walton Rd.
Fernwood Botanical Garden and WNIT public television present Autumn Air, a fun-filled weekend festival of food, music, kids crafts, and other fall activities. Enjoy a performance by the high-energy Saline Fiddlers, train rides for children and adults, fabulous face painting, willow furniture workshops, the much-loved railway garden, and more!
Fall Fest and Petting Zoo
Sept. 29 & 30
Featuring: Pumpkins, Children's Activities, Classes/Crafts, Food, Demonstrations, Entertainment, Natural Fall Decor, Flower Bulbs and Animals.
Grand Street Gardens
2200 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL
Near corner of Grand & Leavitt Sts.
Come join Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center for a weekend of family fun. Make friends with the animals, decorate a pumpkin, pick out fall decorations or just relax and listen to the music. There’s something for everyone!
Oct. 6 & 7 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Featuring: Pumpkins, Children's Activities, Classes/Crafts, Food, and Animals.
Lurvey Landscape Supply & Garden Center
2550 E. Dempster St., Des Plaines
Two blocks east of I-294 on Dempster.
Come join us for family fun! Build a scarecrow for only $5 each. You supply the clothes and we’ll supply the straw. Feed and pet the barn animals, ride the train, enjoy a pony ride and play in the bouncy houses. Pick out your own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch. Lots of family fun for everyone! Free admission.
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More Fall Festivals
Lurie Garden Fall Festival & Plant Sale. Perennials and grasses to provide year-round interest and support wildlife. Tours, gardening tips, crafts for kids, face painting and more. Pay by cash or check only; bring bags or boxes to transport your plants. Proceeds support garden programs. Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe Street, Chicago. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: www.luriegarden.org.
“BOO-PALOOZA.” Celebrate the fall season. Wear costumes. Offered by the Wicker Park Garden Club, the Chicago Park District and the Wicker Park Advisory Council. Wicker Park, 1455 N. Damen Ave. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: www.wpgarden.org.
Oct. 5 to 7
Fall Festival. Live music, 20 vendors,
handmade items, pottery, baked goods,
fresh produce, family activities. Bulb sale with more than 200 varieties (bulbs can
be pre-ordered for festival day pickup at
www.chicagobotanic.org/bulb Sept. 13 to Sept. 27). Chicago Botanic Garden,1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Noon to 4 p.m.
Oct. 5; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 and Oct. 7. Free; parking $20. Info: 847-835-5440 or
Des Plaines Garden Club’s Harvest Festival with potluck lunch and plant exchange. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Free. Info: 847-296-3457 or
Sept. 8 and 9
“Honey Bee Weekend.” Celebrate National Honey Month with exhibits, demonstrations, honey-based products and kids’ activities. Arboretum bee expert Bronwyn Weaver will answer questions and demonstrate pollinator-friendly gardening for the good of fruits and vegetables. A honey-inspired brunch is led by a master beekeeper. Homemade honey competition, photo contest, honey for sale. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with $12 admission. Info: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.
Sept. 22 and 23
Fall Fest. Celebrate the harvest with
simple pleasures including children’s
crafts, music, tractor-pulled hayrides,
fall foods and more. The Growing Place,
2000 Montgomery Road, Aurora. 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Info: 630-820-8088 or
The 27th annual Scarecrow Fest. A family-friendly event in downtown St. Charles featuring over 150 hand-crafted scarecrows, live entertainment, craft show, carnival, canine corner and more. Kids can make their own scarecrow to take home. Admission, parking, entertainment, trolleys and shuttles are free. Info: www.scarecrowfest.com or call 800-777-4373.
Fall Festival. Celebrate autumn with mums and corn stalks to pumpkins and gourds. Free workshops, kids’ activities, special sales. Vern Goers Greenhouse, 5620 S. Oak St., Hinsdale. Info: 630-323-1085
Fall Festival. Scarecrow making, stiltwalker/juggler, petting zoo, candy dive, inflatables, arts & crafts show and seasonal treats. Live music. Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children’s concert at 2 p.m. Free with paid parking ($5). Nominal fee for hayrides, face painting and pumpkin decorating. Info: 630-668-5161 or www.cantigny.org.
Sept. 19 to 29
Fall Flower Carpet will fill a city block in downtown Elkhart, Ind., with 7,000 pots of jewel-toned mums. Themed to celebrate the arts and highlight the city’s RiverWalk and Arts & Entertainment District. Theater offerings and cultural activities. When the flower carpet is dismantled, the mums will be used to help local causes. Info: 800-860-5957 or www.amishcountry.org or
Art Harvest in honor of the Green Bay Botanical Garden’s 17th anniversary. Art displays, sales of daylilies, hostas, native plants and new displays by the rose society and the Master Gardeners. Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay, Wis. Info: 920-490-9457 or www.gbbg.org.
Annual Art Fair. Art and gardening go hand in hand. Painters, photographers, jewelers, potters and other artists. Northwind Perennial Farm, 7047 Hospital Road, Burlington, Wis.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 15. Info: 262-248-8229 or email@example.com.
Oct. 6 and 7
Monches Farm Autumn Open House. Farm market, live music, more than a dozen
artists offering handcrafts including woven
art, jewelry, painting and fair trade items. Locally grown pumpkins and squash. Monches Farm, 5890 Monches Road, Colgate, Wis.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 262-966-2787 or
Sept. 15 and 16
Herb & Gourd Fest. Learn new ways to use herbs and see a variety of gourds. Demonstrations by Midwest Michigan Herb Association members. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, Mich. 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Sept 15; noon to 5 p.m. on Sept 16. Free with $12 admission. Info: 616-975-3155 or www.meijergardens.org.
Sept. 21 to 23
“Autumn Air” fall festival. Train rides through the garden, face painting, music, and two willow furniture workshops where artist Bim Willow will direct you in a project of your own. Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Mich. Info: 269-695-6491 or
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