Best Fall Festivals in Chicago for Kids and Families

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

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

Andersonville Commerical District

The Morton Arboretum
Lottie's Tentflix & Chilll
Lottie's - 5:30 PM Pick
Free Days at the Field Museum
Field Museum - 9:00 AM
Free Days at the DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum of African American Art - 10:00 AM
Gogh Skating
Maggie Daley Park - 11:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides