A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: Scarecrows, Oktoberfest, Local Arts and More Chicago Suburban Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 1-3, 2021

Weekend Windup: Scarecrows, Oktoberfest, Local Arts and More Chicago Suburban Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 1-3, 2021

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Scarecrows, Oktoberfest, Local Arts and More Chicago Suburban Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 1-3, 2021
Scarecrows, Oktoberfest, Local Arts and More Chicago Suburban Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 1-3, 2021

Fall is in the air and their are plenty of ways to explore this weekend! Oktoberfests, scarecrows, pumpkin fun, local artist studio tours, a pooch parade and more will make this weekend fun in the 'burbs! Check out my picks:

**Please be aware of COVID protocols before attending.


May 8 - October 10 Model Railroad Garden open at Chicago Botanic Garden, Adults: $8, Seniors: $7, Children (3 – 12): $6 Children (2 and under): Free Members receive $1 off each price Garden Plus members get in free on Wednesdays, tickets are at ticket booth in front of exhibit and have timed entry, must also reserve time to visit gardens and purchase parking online, parking: $25 per weekday, $30 on weekends

Ongoing Human + Nature at Morton Arboretum, Lisle, stunning natural sculptures to help connect people with trees, the exhibition includes 5 incredible sculptures, included with normal admission

September 11 - November 7 Richardson Corn Maze, Spring Grove, try weaving through the World's Largest Corn Maze and enjoy fall farm fun, open Thursdays-Sundays and Columbus Day, see website for hours and prices

Ongoing September and October Abbey Farm Pumpkin Daze, Aurora, corn maze, pumpkin patch, family fun,  

Ongoing-October 31 Pumpkinfest at Didier Farms, Lincolnshire

Ongoing through October 31 Scarecrow Trail, Morton Arboretum, enjoy a trail of scarecrows crafted by local scout troops and organizations, included in admission

Apple Orchards:

Royal Oak Farm Orchard in Harvard with an Apple Tree Maze open (starts August 21)

Stade's Farm and Market in McHenry (starts August 21)

Kuiper's Family Farm in Maple Park (starts August 28)

Jonamac Orchard in Malta (opens August 25)

All Seasons Orchard Woodstock (opens August 28)

Goebbert's Farm in Pinegree Grove (opens August 28)

Pumpkin Patches

Abbey Farms Aurora

Stade's Farm and Market in McHenry 

Kuiper's Family Farm in Maple Park 

Jonamac Orchard in Malta 

All Seasons Orchard Woodstock 

Goebbert's Farm 

Didier Farms

Bengston's Pumpkin Farm

Friday, October 1

October 1-2 Harmony Fest, Downtown Arlington Heights, live music and food from local restaurants

October 1-2 Naperville Oktoberfest, Naper Settlement, live pumpkin carving, live music, games and activities, beer tent, see website for schedule, adults $15, youth $10, please purchase tickets online in advance

October 1-3 Oktoberfest at Buffalo Creek Brewing, Long Grove, biergarten, live music, traditional Oktoberfest games

October 1-3 NAMI DuPage Oktoberfest, DuPage Fairgrounds, Wheaton, car show, carnival, kids activities, food trucks and more, $5 admission

October 2

October 2 The Grove Fall Fest, Glenview, tree walks, house tours, storytimes, crafts and more. Some activities require registration

October 2 & 3 Pumpkin Weekends, Blackberry Farm, Aurora, PumpkinWeekends on Blackberry Farm treat families to pumpkin fun while visiting the farm. Enjoy a pumpkin patch and pumpkin-themed activities. Purchase tickets online. Pumpkin Weekends are held on weekends in October and Columbus Day.

October 2 Glenview Blocktoberfest, 11AM-11PM, craft beer, kids activity area (11AM-3PM), live bands

October 2 & 3 Evanston Made Artist Studio Tours, Evanston, 12PM-5PM, incredible opportunity to visit local artists in their studio and to learn about their art and processes, free, see schedule

October 2 Steep Ravine Infusion Fest, Highland Park, Roger William Park, 12PM-10PM, food, live music, kids activities, with Ravinia Brewing

October 2 & 3 Corn Harvest, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, help harvest this year's corn, learn to shuck corn, learn the importance of the harvest, free

October 2 & 3 Walking Plays: The Legacy of Sherwood Forest, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, 4PM, descendants of Robinhood and his men go on a madcap journey, $25 adults, $15 children ($15, $10 members), reserve tix online

October 2 Dinner is Served, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 4:30PM, visit the raptor enclosures at feeding time to learn about resident raptors, free

October 2-3 Fox Fall Fest, Oswego, '80's themed concert Saturday 6PM-10PM, Sunday 9AM-3PM, artisan market, food trucks, family activities and more

Sunday, October 3

October 3 Aurora Pooch Parade, Phillips Park, 11AM-2PM, 

October 3 The Grove Folk Fest, a variety of folk music acts, must purchase tix, $5 pp, must reserve slots

October 3 Ah, Nuts! Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, learn about common nuts found on the trail and hunt for more on a .5 mile hike, free. must register

Also, don't forget to check out my Chicago Suburbs Hiking List for new adventures!

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