Fall Activities Ideas in Arlington Heights Region
As the leaves begin to change and a chill enters the air, everyone wants to find some apple cider, a pumpkin, and some pastries to prepare for winter. Country Living magazine has provided a series of Fall bucket list items for everyone who wants to stop raking and enjoy the weekend!
- Go apple picking
- Take a fall foliage drive (but be safe, leaves and wet surfaces may cause unfair driving conditions that cause car accidents)
- Bake a pie and bring it over to your neighbor
- Take up knitting or crafting, and
- Attend fall festivals!
At the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd., we love to attend festivals in the fall. Below are a couple of great ideas for festivals in Arlington Heights and the surrounding suburbs! And if nothing else, check out this Illinois fall foliage tour! Scenic drives are a great way to experience autumn in Illinois.
Arlington Heights Fall Festivals
Autumn Harvest Fest, Arlington Heights Park District
At North School Park, enjoy the Autumn Harvest Festival for the whole family in Arlington Heights! There will be a petting zoo, scarecrow building contest, story time, face painting and crafts, farmers market, food vendors, and all-day entertainment. Sponsored by the Village’s Special Events Commission and the Park District. The fun begins at 11:00AM on October 8th at Eastman St. and Arlington Heights Rd.
Fall Festival Days, Olympic Indoor Swim Center, Arlington Heights
As your kids have off from school, celebrate the Thanksgiving break with three days of fun (Monday, November 21, 2016 – Wednesday, November 23, 2016) at Olympic Indoor Swim Center. Children in grades 1 – 5 will participate in a variety of fun activities including: swimming, arts & crafts, tie-dye, & sports games. Lunch will be provided everyday by the Park District. Olympic Indoor Swim Center is located at 660 N Ridge Avenue in Arlington Heights, IL.
Other Local Festivals
Family Festival – Des Plaines – September 16 to September 18 at Lake Park
The annual Des Plaines Fall Fest is an outdoor festival with live music, food, beer and beverages, an Open Air Market, a Country Fair Tent, Carnival, a KidZone with children’s activities, car shows, and more.
Scarecrow Festfival & Flea Market – Bensenville – September 17 at FUMC of Bensenville
Parents can shop the craft show in Bensenville while kids get their faces painted, play games and make a scarecrow to take home.
Long Grove Apple Festival – Long Grove – September 23 – 25, 2016 at Downtown Long Grove
While celebrating fall’s favorite fruit, visitors can have bushels of fun at the 22nd Annual Long Grove Apple Fest in historic Long Grove!
Schaumburg HS Fall Art Fair- Schaumburg – October 1 at Schaumburg High School
Pick up some early holiday gifts by attending the craft fair at Schaumburg High School on Saturday, October 1 from 9:00a‑4:00p.
Palatine Festival of Arts & Crafts – Palatine – 11/12 to 11/13 2016 at Harper College
A fantastic juried fine arts and Craft show with over 200 booths of quality hand‑crafted items by exhibitors from 7 states all landing in Palatine. Don’t miss it!
Getting a Pumpkin in Barrington?
Who doesn’t want to visit a pumpkin patch? Take a hayride, walk a maze, and grab a pumpkin to scare all of your trick-or-treaters! While you drink your apple cider from the Apple Festival, here are some great local pumpkin patches:
- Goebbert’s Farm and Garden Center of South Barrington
- Didier Farms: Illinois Greenhouse, Farm Stand and Pumpkin Patch
- All Seasons Orchard
Heading into the City? Check Out These Music Festivals
Hop onto Metra from any of the suburbs including Mount Prospect, Buffalo Grove, and Wheeling and have some food or listen to some music at one of the many street fairs!
Below are just a sample of a few:
- World Music Festival Chicago – Sep 9-25, 2016 – Chicago, IL
- Riot Fest – Sep 16-18, 2016 – Chicago, IL
- Oktoberfest Chicago – Sep 23-25 – Southport & Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL