May 23-Sept 19 Butterfly House at Peck Farm, Geneva, Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12PM-5PM, suggested $2 donation per person, $5 per family, see our previous visit to Peck Farm
September 1-October 31 Amaze N Apples at Royal Oak Farm Orchard in Harvard--a fall maze with a spin--it is made from apple trees! Check out this farm for apple picking, family fun activities including the maze, a bakery and more! Check website for hours, open daily September and October.
September 18-20 Fall Fest, Des Plaines, concerts, entertainment, carnival, food, kids zone Sat and Sun 12PM-7PM, pony rides, country fair tent, car show and more, free admission, unlimited carnival rides Sat and Sun 12-4 for $20
September 18-19 Oaktoberfest, Downtown Oak Park, local food, craft beer, kids root beer garden
September 18-20 Palatine Rotary Oktoberfest, across from Metra Station, live entertainment, food, Saturday is family day from 12PM-3:30PM with kids activities and entertainment
Saturday, September 19:
September 19 Oktoberfest Long Grove, free hayrides, antique tractor show, beer tent at Village Tavern, on Saturday from 8AM-2PM there is also an autoshow
September 19-20 Harvest Weekend, Chicago Botanic Garden, 11AM-4PM, how-to demos, family hands-on activities, vendors and more, free admission, $30 per car parking, see schedule
September 19 Oktoberfest, Glenview Haus, 11AM-11PM, 11AM-5:30PM for kids activities including a bouncy house and face painting, admission is free, German specialities, pretzels, beer and more for purchase
September 19 Autumn Fair at Peck Farm, Geneva, 11AM-3PM, pony rides, crafts, music, petting zoo, basket raffles and more, free admission but some activities may have small fees
September 19 Wolfstock, Big Run Wolf Ranch, Lockport, 12PM, $10 donation for admission to see new wolf and tiger enclosures, music, wolves, tiger, cougar, coyotes and more animals, food for purchase or bring your own, bonfire at sundown, check website for more info
September 19-20 Theatre-Hikes: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),Morton Arboretum, 1PM, Theatre-Hikes are a great way to enjoy nature, a little exercise and theater! We have been to several theatre hikes and have enjoyed each of them! A theater experience like no other! The first Sunday of the month features a low impact hike. To learn a little more, read our post on Theatre-Hikes from last season! Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per child for members, $20 and $10 respectively for non. Tickets include admission to the Morton Arboretum. Children under 2 are free.
September 19 Food Truck 5K and Block Party, Recreation Park, Arlington Heights, race to benefit Campus Life's work with local youth, food trucks, kids activities and music 4PM-7PM
September 19 Harvest Bonfire, Volkening Heritage Farm, Schaumburg, 6:30PM-8:30PM, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire, take a lantern-lit tour of the farm, $7 pp
Also, Fall Fest, Oaktoberfest, Palatine Rotary Oktoberfest from above.
Sunday, September 20:
September 20 Cantigny Car Show, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 9AM-3PM, free admission, $5 parking
September 20 Nature in the Woods, Crabtree, Barrington, 10AM-4PM, watch artists as they create in nature, try your hand at art, kids can sculpt, paint or draw, concessions available, free admission
September 20 Motoring at the Museum, Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 11AM-3PM, car show, art plein air--all artists welcome (call to register), free admission for spectactors
September 20 Shermerfest, Village Green, Northbrook, 12PM-4PM, collectible & antique car collection, children's activities, music, free admission
September 20 Fallapolooza, Heritage Park, Wheeling, 1PM-4PM, petting zoo, pony rides, carnival rides, hayrides and live music, free admission
September 20 Animal Olympics, Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest, 1PM-2:30PM, can you jump as far as a frog or spear like a heron?, free
Also, Fall Fest, Palatine Rotary Oktoberfest, Civil War Reenactment, Harvest Weekend and Theatre-Hikes from above.