Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Glass Pumpkin Patch, Scarecrows and Fall Fests}

Glass pumpkin patch at Morton Arboretum

Another fall weekend ahead with plenty of festivals in the Chicago suburbs! Here are my picks for the weekend ahead:



Thursday, October 11:
  • October 11-14 Glass Pumpkin Patch, Morton Arboretum, demos,exhibit and more, see schedule, free with admission
Friday, October 12:
  • October 12 & 13 Oktoberfest, Mount Prospect, Oct 12 4PM-11PM; Oct 13 4PM-11PM, German music and food
Saturday, October 13:
  • October 13 & 14 Open House Chicago with some sites in Evanston and Oak Park, architectural gems in Chicago open their doors to the community for free, see list
  • October 13 Fall Festival, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 10AM-4PM, live music, scarecrow juggling show, face painting, petting zoo and more, $5 parking, small fees for some activities
  • October 13 Long Grove Scarecrow Day, Downtown Long Grove, 11AM-4PM, $5 pp for hay bale, wood base and guidance, please bring your own clothes, leftovers will be donated
  • October 13 Fall Festival at Palatine Stables, Palatine, 11AM-3PM, petting zoo, wagon rides, craft fair, kids zones, scarecrow decorating, pony rides and more, free admission, tickets for some activities
  • October 13&14 Pumpkin Weekends, Blackberry Farm, Aurora, 11AM-4PM, seasonal crafts, corn crib, trick-or-treating and more, $7 pp
  • October 13 Scarecrow Fest, Memorial Park, Barrington, 11AM-2PM, pumpkin and cookie decorating, scarecrow building, pony rides and more, free
  • October 13 Fall Paddle Fest,  Skokie Lagoons, Northfield, 11AM-3PM, canoe trips, guided hikes, archery, pumpkin painting and more, free
  • October 13 Family Fall Fest, Mount Prospect, 1PM-4PM, hayrides, build a scarecrow and more, long trick-or-treat line, free
  • October 13 Oaktoberfest, Far Field Nature Preserve, Barrington, 1PM-3PM, bonfire, learn about seed collecting, plant natives and more, please bring shovels and gloves, free
  • October 13 Free Trail Walk at The Grove, Glenview, 2PM
  • October 13 Autumnfest, Meadowhill Park, Northbrook, 2PM-6PM, s'mores, storytellers, reptile show, inflatables, pumpkin patch and more, see schedule, free admission
  • October 13-14  Walking Plays The Grimmest of Ghost Tales, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, 3:00PM, $20 per adult, $15 per child
  • October 13-14 Family Jack-O-Lantern Hikes, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, 6PM-8:30PM, times vary, go on a jack-o-lantern lit hike, decorate pumpkins, roast marshmallows, $19 per nonmember, $16 per member
Sunday, October 14:
  • October 14 Free Oaktober Tree Trot, The Grove, Glenview, 9:30AM-10:30AM, guided hike to help you learn about Illinois trees, free but you must register
  • October 14 Fall Festival at Danada, Wheaton, 11AM-3PM,equestrian performances, hayrides, pony rides, grooming demos and more, free, fees for some activities
  • October 14 Oktoberfest in Evanston, celebrating local food and craft beer, family activities
Also: Richardson Corn MazeShades of Autumn at Stade's, Pumpkinfest at Didier's and Apple Tree Maze, fall fun UPick and more at Royal Oak Farm Orchard.
Halloween Decorating Contest in Carol Stream, follow the map
Troll Hunt at The Morton Arboretum -- see large scale trolls being made from reclaimed wood. Free with admission.

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