Although fall doesn’t officially begin until Sept. 22 (according to Google,) it’s clear most people are ready for apple cider doughnuts and hayrides and pumpkin spice everything.
Here’s a handy guide to many local fall festivals and events, from Geneva’s Festival of the Vine to Stews and Brews in Highland Park.
As always, make sure you check the event’s website or social media before heading out.
Geneva Festival of the Vine: Sept. 9-11. South Fourth and James streets. Admission: $40 for sheet of 20 tickets (food, wine and beer cost 3-16 tickets per item). 630-232-6060; genevachamber.com.
Monee Fall Fest: Sept. 9-11. 5130 W. Court St. Admission: free. 708-534-8302; villageofmonee.org/251/fall-fest.
Flossmoor Fest: Sept. 10. Downtown Flossmoor, 1000 Sterling Ave. Admission: free. 708-798-2300; flossmoor.org/308/Flossmoor-Fest.
Taste of Lemont: Sept. 10. 101 Main St. Admission: $15-$20. lhsef2022.bpt.me.
Aurora Water Lantern Festival: Sept. 10. RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway. Admission: $25.99-$45.99; add $10 on day of event. waterlanternfestival.com.
Highland Park Literary Fest: Sept. 10. The Lot, 523 Central Ave. Admission: free. 847-432-0800; enjoyhighlandpark.com/calendar.
Gurnee Fall Fest: Sept. 10. Hutchins Athletic Field, 36753 N. Hutchins Road. Admission: free. 847-356-0008; grandwoodpark.net/fall-fest-2022-3.
Lake Zurich Rock the Block: Sept. 10. Downtown Lake Zurich, 70 E. Main St. Admission: free. 847-438-5141; lakezurich.org/450/Rock-the-Block.
Mundelein Arts Festival: Sept. 10-11. Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave. Admission: free. 847-388-5455; mundeleinparks.org.
South Elgin Scandinavian Day Festival: Sept. 11. Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31. Admission: $10; 12 and under free. 847-695-6720; scandinaviandayil.com.
Lake Zurich Unplugged Fest at Paulus Park: Sept. 11. Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road. Admission: free. unpluggedfest.com.
Highland Park Oktoberfest: Sept. 16-17. The Lot, 523 Central Ave. Admission: free. 847-432-0800; enjoyhighlandpark.com/calendar.
Palos Park Autumn in the Park Festival: Sept. 16-17. Village Green, 8901 W. 123rd St. Admission: free. 708-671-3700; palospark.org.
Crete Acorn Fest: Sept. 16-17. Crete Park, 737 W. Exchange St. Admission: free. 708-672-6969; cretepark.com.
Big Rock Plowing Match Festival: Sept. 16-18. Plowman’s Park, 48W508 Hinckley Road. Admission: free. 630-556-3501; bigrockplowingmatch.com.
West Dundee Heritage Fest: Sept. 16-18. Downtown along the river, near Main and South Second streets. Admission: free. 847-551-3800; wdundeeheritagefest.org.
Tinley Park Oktoberfest: Sept. 16-18. 80th Avenue Metra Train Station lot at 179th Street and 80th Avenue. Admission: free. 708-532-5700; tinleychamber.org/oktoberfest-2.
Wildwood Harvest Festival: Sept. 17. Rule Park, 33325 N. Sears Blvd. Admission: free. 847-223-7275; wildwoodparkdistrict.com/harvestfest.
Orland Park Brewfest: Sept. 17. Orland Park Public Works, 15655 S. Ravinia Ave. Admission: $20-$55. 708-403-6115; orlandpark.org/departments/recreation-parks/special-events.
DuPage County Fall Festival: Sept. 17. DuPage Care Center, 400 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. Admission: free. 630-784-4267; dpccfoundation.org.
Oswego Brew at the Bridge: Sept. 17. Hudson Crossing Park, 65 N. Harrison St. Admission: $25-$35; each additional tasting ticket $1. 630-554-1010; brewatthebridge.com.
Manhattan Round Barn Farm Wine Festival: Sept. 17. Round Barn, 24115 S. U.S. 52. Admission: $10-$30. 815-478-3324; manhattanparkfoundation.org/Pages/Events.aspx.
Hawthorn Woods Party in the Park: Sept. 17. Hawthorn Woods Community Park, 5 Park View Lane. Admission: free. 847-438-5500; vhw.org/PartyInThePark.
Naperville Riverwalk Fine Art Fair: Sept. 17-18. Riverwalk Park, 500 Jackson Ave. Admission: free. 630-355-2530; napervilleartleague.com/riverwalk-fine-art-fair.html.
Aurora Fiestas Patrias: Sept. 17-18. RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway. Admission: $10; 11 and under free. aurorafiestaspatrias.com.
Park Forest Art Fair: Sept. 17-18. Downtown Park Forest, Village Green and Main Street. Admission: free. 708-748-3377; tallgrassarts.org/art-fair.
Two Brothers Oktoberfest: Sept. 18 at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora; and Sept. 24 at Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville. Admission: free. 630-264-2739; twobrothersbrewing.com/two-brothers-oktoberfest-2022.
Oswego Fox Fall Fest: Sept. 18. 76 Main St. Admission: free. 630-554-7550; facebook.com/events and search Fox Fall Fest.
Fox Lake Bloody Mary Fest: Sept. 18. Downtown Fox Lake on Grand Avenue. Admission: 10-$25 (21 and over). 224-225-1404; foxlake.org.
Highwood Bloody Mary Fest: Sept. 18. Everts Park, 111 North Ave. Admission: free. celebratehighwood.org/bloody-mary-fest.
Wheeling Fallapalooza: Sept. 18. Performance Pavilion at Heritage Park, 201 Community Blvd. Admission: free. 847-465-3333; wheelingparkdistrict.com/events/fallapalooza.
Libertyville Oktoberfest: Sept. 23-24. Mickey Finn’s Brewery, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave. Admission: $25 general admission for one day; $50 VIP for one day; $40 general admission for weekend; $85 VIP for weekend. 847-362-6688; facebook.com/events and search Libertyville Oktoberfest.
East Dundee Oktoberfest: Sept. 23-24. East Dundee Downtown Depot, 319 N. River St. Admission: free. 847-426-2822; facebook.com/eastdundeeoktoberfest.
Aurora Greek Fall Festival: Sept. 23-25. Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 1855 W. 5th Ave. Admission: free. 630-851-6106; auroragreekfest.com.
Oktoberfest in Oswego: Sept. 23-25. Oswego Brewing Company, 61 Main St. Admission: free. 331-999-1991; oswegobrewing.com.
Long Grove Apple Fest: Sept. 23-25. Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road. Admission: $5-$10. 847-634-0888; longgrove.org/festivals/apple-fest.
Huntley Fall Festival: Sept. 23-25. Deicke Park and the Huntley Park District Recreation Center Complex, 12015 Mill St. Admission: free. 847-669-8935; huntleyfallfest.com.
Taste of Lockport: Sept. 24. Ninth and Hamilton streets in front of City Hall. Admission: $10-$15. 815-588-8888; tasteoflockport.org.
Downers Grove Alter Fest: Sept. 24. Alter Brewing Company, 2300 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 213. Admission: $35-$45. 630-541-9558; alterbrewing.com.
Gurnee Legions of Craft Beer Fest: Sept. 24. Gurnee American Legion, 749 Milwaukee Ave. Admission: $10-$50. 847-244-9282; facebook.com/LegionsFest.
Crestwood Elim Dutch Festival: Sept. 24. Elim Christian Services, 13020 S. Central Ave. Admission: $5 for 10 tickets. 708-389-0555; elimcs.org/dutch-festival.
Alsip Fall Festival Craft Fair: Sept. 24. Sprayfari Aquatic Park, 11900 S. Kostner Ave. Admission: free. 708-597-2668; alsipchamber.org.
Brookfield Zoo Oktoberfest: Sept. 24. Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road. Admission: $17.95-$24.95; parking $15. Children 2 and under free. 708-688-8347; czs.org/Oktoberfest.
Homewood Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off: Sept. 24. Martin Avenue between Ridge and Hickory roads. Admission: free. 708-798-3000; village.homewood.il.us.
Antioch Fall Wine Walk: Sept. 24. Village of Antioch, 806 Holbek Drive. Admission: $45. 847-395-2160; antioch.il.gov/event/fallwinewalk.
Yorkville Lyon Farm Fall Festival and Car Show: Sept. 24-25. Lyon Farm, 7935 Illinois 71. Admission: $4-$6. 630-553-6777; lyonfarmkchs.org.
Libertyville Fall on the Farm: Sept. 24-25. Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road. Admission: $8-$15. 847-362-4636; lambsfarm.org/event/fall-on-the-farm-2.
Palos Heights Monarch Butterfly Celebration: Sept. 24-25. Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive. Admission: $10; 3 and younger free. 708-361-1873; lakekatherine.org.
St. Joseph Lockport Oktoberfest: Sept. 30-Oct. 2. St. Joseph School, 529 Madison St. Admission: free. 815-838-8173; facebook.com/events and search St. Joseph Lockport 24th Annual Oktoberfest.
Yorkville Kiwanis Yorktoberfest: Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Riverfront Park East, 301 Hydraulic St. Admission: free; $5 for wristband to drink alcohol. kiwanisyorktoberfest.org.
Long Grove Oktoberfest: Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Lane. Admission: free. 847-821-6140; facebook.com/buffalocreekbrewing/events.
Naperville Oktoberfest: Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Admission: $15-$20. 630-420-6010; napersettlement.org.
Grayslake Fall Arts and Crafts Show: Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road. Admission: $5. 847-680-7200; lcfairgrounds.com/event-calendar/arts-and-crafts-show-october-2022.
Wheaton Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest: Oct. 1-31. Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave. Admission: $8-$9; kids 17 and under free. 630-665-5534; cosleyzoo.org.
Lisle Morton Arboretum Scarecrow Trail: Oct. 1-31. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Lincoln Ave. Admission: $8-$16; 2 and under free. 630-968-0074; mortonarb.org.
Aurora Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm: Weekends in October and Columbus Day. Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road. Admission: $7-$8. 630-892-1550; foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
Orland Park Great Pumpkin Party: Oct. 1. Centennial Park, 15600 West Ave. Admission: $5-$8. 708-403-6100; orlandpark.org/departments/recreation-parks/special-events.
Lynwood Oktoberfest: Oct. 1. Liberty Memorial Community Park, 3107 Glenwood Dyer Road. Admission: free. 708-758-6101; lynwoodil.us.
Fox Lake Fall Festival: Oct. 2. Grant Township Center, 26725 Molidor Road, Ingleside. Admission: free. 224-225-1404; foxlake.org.
Round Lake Beach Pumpkin Decorating: Oct. 4. Rendwood Golf Course, 701 E. Shorewood Road. Admission: $1. 847-546-8558; rlapd.org/district-calendar/events/pumpkin-decorating.
Chicago Botanic Garden Fall Festival and Bulb Sale: Oct. 7-9. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Admission: $14.95-$17.95; children 2 and under free; parking is $8. 847-835-6801; chicagobotanic.org.
St. Charles Scarecrow Festival: Oct. 7-9. Lincoln Park, Main and Second streets (Routes 64 and 31). Admission: free. 630-443-3967; scarecrowfest.com.
Wheeling Oktoberfest: Oct. 8. Performance Pavilion at Heritage Park, 201 Community Blvd. Admission: free. 847-465-3333; wheelingparkdistrict.com/events/oktoberfest.
Wheaton Cantigny Park Fall Festival: Oct. 8. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road. Admission: $5 per car. 630-260-8167; cantigny.org.
Palos Heights Dogtoberfest: Oct. 8. Palos Heights Pool parking lot, 7607 W. College Drive. Admission: free. 708-480-3066; palosheightsrec.org.
South Holland Family Fall Fest: Oct. 8. Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 Paxton Ave. Admission: free. 708-868-0606; fpdcc.com/event/family-fun-day-2.
Tinley Park Fall Arts and Crafts Fair: Oct. 8. Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St. Admission: free. 708-342-4200; tinleyparkdistrict.org/calendar-of-events-at-tinley-park-park-district.
Fox Lake Pumpkin Jubilee: Oct. 8-9. Community Garden Green, 17 E. School Court. Admission: free, $2 per pumpkin for carving. 224-225-1404; foxlake.org.
Scarecrow Walk: Oct. 9-31. Heritage Park, 14240 W. 151st St. Admission: free for spectators; $15 for builders. 708-301-0632; homerglenil.org/2661/Scarecrow-Walk.
Chicago Southland International Film Festival: Oct. 13-15. Governors State University, One University Parkway, F1622 Auditorium, University Park. Admission: $10-$125. 708-534-4393; govst.edu/CSIFF.
Lisle Morton Arboretum Cider and Ale Fest: Oct. 22. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Lincoln Ave. Admission: ticket information not yet available; check website. 630-968-0074; mortonarb.org.
Warrenville Fall Festival: Oct. 28. Recreation Center, 3S260 Warren Ave. Admission: $5. 630-393-7279; warrenvilleparks.org.
Highland Park Stews and Brews: Nov. 4. The Lot, 523 Central Ave. Admission: free. 847-432-0800; enjoyhighlandpark.com/calendar.
Tinley Park Pumpkin Smash: Nov. 5. Community Park parking lot, 8125 W. 171st St. 708-342-4200; tinleyparkdistrict.org/mc-events/pumpkin-smash-3/.
Midwest SOARRING Foundation Harvest Pow Wow: Nov. 12-13. DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road N, County Farm Road, Wheaton. Admission: $7-$15; children 3 and under free; weekend adult pass $30. 773-585-8613; harvestpowwow.com.
Huntley Turkey Testicle Festival: Nov. 23. Parkside Pub, 11721 E. Main St. Admission: tickets go on sale Oct. 18; last year’s cost was $20. 847-669-8496; parksidepub.com/ttf.
Annie Alleman is a freelance reporter for the Beacon-News.