Fall Fests & Fun on the Farm

28 September 2014
Published in Places


Photo: Dan Wiegel

Fall Family Fest, Cary – FREE for adults

September 6

Pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkins, hay rides, face painting and more. MCL is a proud sponsor and will see you there! 

Harvest Fest & Fair on the Square, Woodstock Square – FREE

September 21

Harvest Fest and Fair in the Square is a free, family-friendly event to be held on the Woodstock Square, rain or shine.

County Meadows, Veteran's Memorial Park, McHenry

September 21

The show will feature crafts, a farmers market, a small vendor fair and wine tasting.

Huntley Fall Fest, Deicke Park – admission on Saturday night only

September 26-28

Food, mainstage music, carnival, kids' workshop, scarecrow contest and more. 

Johnny Appleseed Festival  – FREE

September 27

Crystal Lake's largest one-day event which brings families and the community together to celebrate fall with music, demonstrations, craft fair, farmers market and the Great Ball Race. MCL is a proud sponsor and will see you there! 

Antique Tractor Show and Plow Day, Von Bergen's Country Market, Hebron

September 27

Annual antique tractor show and plow day, customer appreciation, pony rides, wagon rides, pumpkins, sweet corn, music and more. 

Cary Main Street Fest – FREE

September 27-28

The inaugural Cary Main Street Fest in downtown Cary will be an outdoor fall festival will feature local restaurants and businesses, a marketplace of vendors and artists, live entertainment and a children's area to celebrate all that Cary has to offer.

Ride of the Zombies – FREE fun fair

September 28

Inaugural family bicycle ride and family fun fair at Grandpa’s Christmas Tree Farm in Woodstock to bring awareness to the link between sleeping disorders and behavioral disorders in children. Proceeds will go to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Sleep Medicine Department. MCL is a proud sponsor and will see you there! .

Cider Festival FREE

October 5

Cider Festival features musical entertainment by Charlie B and Friends, harvest demonstrations,horseshoe tournament, apple bake-off contest, bake sale, kettle corn and white elephant sale. The museum, Gannon 1843 log cabin and 1895 West Harmony one-room school are also open free all day.

Marengo Settlers' Days – FREE

October 9-13

Marengo Settlers Days will feature a carnival, parade, music, food, beer tent, baby contest, competitions and entertainment for the whole family.

Fall Fun at Volo Auto Museum

Weekends in October

Free hayrides and maze every weekend in October, plus the following “ghoulish” anniversary events: Meet Svengoolie: Celebrating 35 Years (October 4); 30 Years of Ghostbusters (October 11); 35 Years of Alien (October 18); 50 Years of The Munsters (October 25-26). 

Autumn Drive, Rural Marengo and Woodstock – FREE

October 17-19

Sixteen family farms in rural Marengo and Woodstock open to the public with antiques, arts, crafts, pumpkins and many surprises to discover along the way. MLC is a proud sponsor and will see you there! 

Terror on the Railroad, Union

Fridays and Saturdays in October

Terror on the Railroad at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union invites you to experience a haunted Halloween train if you dare!

The Haunted Square, Woodstock Square

Weekends in October

A yearly Halloween celebration of scares on the Square with Madness Manor, a giant, terrifying and interactive haunted house open weekend nights – exact operating hours, pricing and additional date information available soon. 


All SeasonsWoodstock – U-pick apples and pumpkins, corn maze, petting zoo, hayrides, bakery, market and Country Kitchen.

Cody’s Pumpkin Festival, Marengo – Homegrown fruit and vegetables, U-pick pumpkins, corn maze, corn tunnel, hayrides, barrel rides, tractor track and food/beverage.

Harms Farm & Garden Center Fall Harvest, McHenry – Pumpkins, squash, gourds, Indian corn, firewood, apples/cider, pumpkin train, corn maze, animal zoo, Nessie’s Nest and haunted walk.

Red Barn Farm MarketWoodstock – Corn mazes, a spooky house for children, farm animals, Mom's Kitchen, whimsical pumpkin figures, squash, gourds, potatoes, popcorn, pumpkins, entertainment and children’s activities.

Richardson Adventure FarmSpring Grove  – World’s largest corn maze, zip line ride, pumpkins, kids’ play area, wagon rides, ORBiting, food/beverage and picnic areas.

Royal Oak Farm Market AppleFest and PumpkinFestHarvard – Giant and ornamental pumpkins and gourds, hayrides, the Royal Oak Express, petting zoo, carousel, playhouses, Country Kitchen, apple barn and bakery.

Stade's Farm and Market Shades of AutumnMcHenry – Fun house, corn maze, barrel train, combine rides, hayrides to the pumpkin field, cattle trailer maze, petting zoo, pumpkin cannon and free live entertainment.

Tom's Farm Market,  Huntley – Pumpkins, pony rides, face painting, farm animals, corn maze, homemade fudge, baked goods and Tom's Country Café.

Von Bergen's Country MarketHebron – Pumpkins, farm animals, squash, gourds, Indian corn, mums, a corn maze, children's maze, pumpkin barrel ride, craft corner, seasonal vegetables, jams and honey.