Apple Fest in Lincoln Square, photo courtesy of Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce.
Apple Fest in Lincoln Square, photo courtesy of Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce.

Best Fall Festivals in Chicago for Kids and Families

Fall harvest season brings a host of family-friendly festivals in Chicago—many of them FREE. From neighborhood festivals honoring Chicago's diverse communities, like Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest or Andersonville Homecoming, to kid-friendly festivals in Chicago that dig deep into our thriving food and art scenes, like the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts or Chicago Food Truck Festival, there's a celebration happening every weekend from now 'til Thanksgiving, with fun things for kids and families to do at each. Even Oktoberfest celebrations in Chicago, which might make you think of boozy crowds, make room for families with kids' zones and activities. And because it's fall, there's lots of book-reading, pumpkin-peeping, and harvest celebrating to do, too...oh, and a little thing called Halloween.

Bookmark this long list of the best fall festivals in Chicago to do with kids. And get your calendar and your favorite fall sweater ready!

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Naperville Central High School

Tinley Park Oktoberfest
upcoming events
(Fri Sep 17, 2021 - Sun Sep 19, 2021) Tinley Park Oktoberfest

Harrison Park
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 4, 2021 - Sat Sep 25, 2021) World Music Festival

Andersonville Commerical District
upcoming events
(Fri Sep 24, 2021 - Sun Sep 26, 2021) Andersonville Homecoming
(Fri Sep 24, 2021 - Sun Sep 26, 2021) Andersonville Homecoming

Morton Arboretum
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 25, 2021) Destination Asia Festival

Church Street Brewing
upcoming events
(Sun Sep 26, 2021) Donut Fest Chicago Suburbs

Naper Settlement
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 1, 2021 - Sat Oct 2, 2021) Naper Settlement Oktoberfest

St. Benedict Parish
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 1, 2021 - Sun Oct 3, 2021) St. Benedict's Oktoberfest

LaBagh Woods
upcoming events

Brookfield Zoo
upcoming events
(Sat Oct 9, 2021 - Sun Oct 24, 2021) Boo at the Zoo

Downtown Chicago
upcoming events
(Mon Oct 11, 2021) Columbus Day Parade

Chicago Botanical Gardens
upcoming events
(Wed Oct 13, 2021 - Sun Oct 24, 2021) Night of 1,000 Jack-o'- Lanterns

upcoming events
(Sat Oct 30, 2021) Arts in the Dark

Chicago Architecture Center
upcoming events
(Sat Oct 16, 2021) Open House Chicago

DuPage Children's Museum
upcoming events
(Sat Oct 30, 2021) Pumpkin Palooza

Cantigny Park
upcoming events
(Sat Oct 9, 2021) Cantigny Fall Fest

Chicago Botanical Gardens
upcoming events
(Fri Nov 12, 2021 - Sun Jan 2, 2022) Lightscapes at Chicago Botanical Gardens

Museum of Science and Industry
upcoming events
(Wed Nov 17, 2021 - Sun Jan 2, 2022) Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

The Morton Arboretum
upcoming events
Renegade Craft Fair
- 11:00 AM Pick
Naperville's A Night at the Movies
Rotary Hill - various times Pick
Naperville's A Night at the Movies
Frontier Sports Complex - various times Pick
Tinley Park Oktoberfest
Tinley Park Oktoberfest - various times Pick
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