Looking for Fall Events

Updated on October 14, 2010
D.E. asks from Aurora, IL
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What are your favorite Fall events? I am interested in local events, such as Farmers Markets and Fests. Most of them are ending now, so I'm wondering what some of your favorite Fall events might be. These may even be school events that happen every year. Please share your infinite wisdom with me. Thanks in advance!!!

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You are all very resourceful. I am so glad I asked. I see lots of listings in the Parent Magazine and such, but your ideas were off the "beat and path" which is nice. Thank you all very much. I'm looking forward to Fall, but enjoying the beautiful weather we have now.

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Long Grove's apple fest. I think it's in September, maybe October. We try to go every year. There are some fun things for the kids and all kinds of apple goodies... apple pies, caramel apples and apple martinis!

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Morton Arboretum: www.mortonarb.org has an awesome children's garden and fall fest.

Johansen Farms in Bolingbrook has a petting zoo, pumpkins and pony rides and bouncys: http://www.johansenfarms.com/fall.html

Bengstons is tons of fun it has activities and a pumpkin patch: http://www.pumpkinfarm.com/

There is the Dupage Children's Museum in Naperville

Brookfield Zoo has two weekends in Oct. that are "boo at the zoo" kid activities and kids can wear their costumes and there is a costume parade (I like more opportunities to wear those costumes I pay for!)

If you are up for a little trip there is an awesome apple orchard in IN: http://www.countylineorchard.com/

The Chicago Botanic Garden has a great outdoor model train exhibit through Oct and has a weekend where they are decked out for halloween...then they have an indoor holiday train display thats awesome.....

The arboretum has an indoor holiday train display too come Thanksgiving....

Hope something catches your interest have fun!!!

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answers from Chicago on

We absolutely love Bengston's Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen. It's an awesome place. It's become an annual tradition for us, and the kids look forward to it every year.

Not sure what your religion is, but in the winter we like to visit Tammen Treeberry Farm in Wilmington. You can cut your own tree down, while sipping on some delicious hot chocolate. Fun for the entire family, including the dogs! And, the x-mas trees are perfection. Their websites are:


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There is a great family owned and run apple orchard in Lockport/unincorporated Joliet called Apples on Oak. It is not at all commercialized, they have heirloom and unusual varieties. It is only open Wednesday and Saturday and Sunday. No entrance fee, kinda rugged, 2 friendly dogs that eat apples will walk along with you.



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We went out to a pumpkin patch/apple farm that is near Dekalb- it was so awesome! They had a corn maze too! Truly it was a great family day out. Enough activity that even though it was packed the place didn't feel packed!


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Historic Mansfield Upcoming Events
October 15-16, 2010
Historic Mansfield Music Festival
October 15: 6 PM - 11 PM
October 16: 11 AM - midnight
Location: Corner of Main & Broad streets
(Saturday headliner: JIMMIE VAUGHAN).
Other bands:http://www.historicmansfield.net/music_festival/2010bands...
Friday: 6:00 p.m.-11:00
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Free admission
12 Bands (two Friday night; ten Saturday)
Craft Beer
Beer & Wine Tasting
Restaurant Row
Car Show (Saturday only)
Chili Cook-off (Saturday only)
Childrens Area (Saturday only) 11-7
Restaurant Row Participants
Cassteven's BBQ
Cha Cha's
Cotton Patch
Joe's Family Restaurant
La Gondola
The Keg
Our Place
Palio's Pizza
Purple Berri
More coming soon...
Directions: 100 N. Main Street, Mansfield, TX 76063

Festival FAQ
How much does it cost?
Admission and entertainment are FREE.
Will food and beverages be available for purchase?
Yes. Area restaurants will be serving up delicious bites both Friday night and all day Saturday with no item being over $2.00/each (on Saturday). Enjoying festival food and beverages keeps your community event FREE! Cash only. A mobile ATM will be available.
Will there be places to sit and watch the music?
While we will have roughly 200 chairs placed throughout the festivals grounds, we strongly advise that, if you want a guaranteed place to sit, you bring your own chair.
May I bring my own food?
NO BYOB. Coolers, food and beverages WILL NOT be permitted into the festival.
What if I want to purchase alcoholic beverages?
Customers must provide picture identification and be 21 years of age or older to purchase wine or beer. Alcoholic beverages WILL NOT be allowed to be taken in or out of the festival area.
I live a few hours away. Are there hotels close to the festival site?
Yes. There are seven Mansfield-based hotels and one RV park, all within a short drive of the festival site.
Where's the best place to park?
Historic Mansfield in surrounded by residential neighborhoods with limited parking on a first come first served basis. A free shuttle will be running from Mansfield Legacy High School to the festival on Saturday only.
Can I bring my pet?
Yes. Leash your dog and clean up after them.
What happens if it rains?
The festival will continue, rain or shine, unless directed by a public official to close due to extreme unsafe weather conditions.
How do I get to Historic Mansfield?
See the map below.



answers from Chicago on

Try Kline Creek Farm in Wheaton.


I haven't been there yet, but plan to. Apparently it is pretty hands-on very cool farm type stuff!



answers from Dallas on

Free Fall Family Festival
Link to the flyer:

Join us in celebrating a safe holiday season and the beautiful Fall weather at our FREE Family Fall Festival. Bowman Middle School Band will be operating a fundraising concession stand, please help support them!

We have something for all ages!

Location: 6600 K Avenue
Plano, TX 75074
Date: 10/23/10

Time: 3pm-7pm

Featuring Musical Performances by 14 year old Kassy Levels and her band!!
Obstacle Course - www.monkeyjumps.com
petting Zoo - Parties, Pets, and Ponies Too Dunk tank Duck pond Carnival games, pumpkin toss Ben's Balloons - balloon artist Bounce houses Prizes Plano Fire Department will be onsite at 4pm!

Feel free to dress in family friendly costumes Yummy concession stand will benefit Bowman Middle Band

Sam's Club
Velvet Spoon
Texas Pet Expo
Staging Designs
DFW Puppy Patrol - pets up for adoption!
Metro PCS
Fast Signs Irving
Touchdown Hair
La Fitness
Plano Super Bowl
Mary Kay Cosmetics
& more will be handing out treats to the kiddos!!




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Look into Cantgny in Wheaton. That was the old McCormick property that is now funded by the McCormick Foundation.

I highly recommend the Morton Arboretum. It has really changed in the past 5 years. Beautiful Childrens garden, a maze, and activities for children. I'd checkout both of their websites. You'll see the special events for each location.



answers from Chicago on

We love Sonny Acres in Wheaton. My husband and I have both been going there since we were kids. They don't really have much going on until October though



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Dollinger Farm in Channahon has a really nice Fall Festival for the kids around Halloween .



answers from New York on

Just found out that "Yo Gabba Gabba Live!: There's a Party In My City" is coming to our area! This is an awesome show to take the kids to and you can get the tickets before everyone else!

Here is the info:

-Saturday and Sunday October 2nd and 3rd at Radio City Music Hall

-Use pre-sale discount code "MOM" from June 2nd at 10am thru June 3rd at 10pm--must use when purchasing online or must mention if purchasing in person. The tickets go on sale to general public on Friday, June 4th at 10am.

-Tickets are available through these links:

-Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster outlets, phone charge 1-866-858-0008 and Radio City Box Office

This information was provided to me by Miles of Marketing (www.milesofmarketing.com). Just thought I would share this with everyone since it's so exciting! I know my kids are obsessed with Yo Gabba Gabba and will flip out when they find out we are going! The show is very interactive, and joining the characters on stage will be hip-hop legend Biz Markie to teach the kids how to beat box with "Biz's Beat of the Day." So much FUN!!!!

Hope everyone gets great seats!!!!



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Nature Yoga Sanctuary is offering a sort of "back to school" Mommy and Baby Yoga class this fall. It's on Mondays from 10-11:15am starting Sept 13th and going for 6 weeks- AND it's only $80. So, if you're in the neighborhood and haven't had a chance to take a class because of your new little one, it's a great opportunity because you can actually be with your babe and take yoga. sweet deal.

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