DATE | Friday, September 12, 2020 from 1:00p - 6:45p (21+ event)

LOCATION | Mt. St. Mary's Park

COST | $30

DETAILS | Participating restaurants/businesses will be strategically placed throughout the park to allow event participants to enjoy a leisurely stroll admiring the change of seasons in the outdoor arboretum, view unique artwork in the sculpture exhibit, sample delicious ciders and/or seasonal stouts. Each participant will receive six samples of either Cider or Pollyanna’s Craft Beer, along with food samples along the walking path. After your stroll, stay to enjoy select brews in the beer garden at an additional fee.

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jazz weekend

DATE | Thursday, September 10 - Sunday, September 13, 2020

LOCATION | VARIOUS LOCATIONS (click link below to see who will be playing where and when)


DETAILS | St. Charles Jazz Weekend presented by Sterling Bank, is a four-day event that coordinates and promotes live jazz music in different downtown establishments. An array of downtown St. Charles venues will take part in this year’s event featuring numerous jazz groups, including Grammy award winning Saxophonist Frank Catalano!

Patrons can enjoy jazz music from lunch through the evening, with the opportunity to visit multiple venues, including the 1st Street Plaza on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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Autumn Hayrides

DATE | Fridays + Saturdays from October 2 - 24, 2020, for one-hour time slots from 3:30p - 8:30p

LOCATION | Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Road

COST | 8 - 12 people, $120 for the group | 13 - 20 people, $200 for the group

DETAILS | Cruise around the fields of Primrose Farm at the height of the fall harvest on a 30-minute tractor-drawn wagon ride. As a special treat, make yummy s’mores over a blazing open fire. Everyone is welcome to visit all of the farm animals, too. Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

PLEASE NOTE: we are only doing group hayrides this season and preregistration is required. Each group will have its own wagon and bonfire area to adhere to social distancing guidelines. There is a maximum of 3 wagons/44 people per hour. You can book all three wagons for a group of up to 44 people. Registration link is below.

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Escape the barn

DATE | Friday - Saturday, October 9 - 10, 2020, at 4:30p, 6:30p , or 8:30p

LOCATION | Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Road

COST | Resident $8 | Nonresident $12

DETAILS | We need your help to find the culprit! Travel around the farm to find clues with your fellow detectives. It’s up to you and your teammates to solve the case, save the farm animals, and escape with your lives before it’s too late!


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scarecrow Stroll

DATE | Friday - Sunday, October 9 - October 11, 2020

LOCATION | Lincoln Park and Main Street Area


DETAILS | For 35 years, the Scarecrow Festival has been a staple in St. Charles, Illinois. Come enjoy over 100 handmade & mechanical scarecrow displays. You can make your own scarecrow, shop at the arts & crafts show, enjoy live music & spin on a carnival ride. 

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Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt

DATE | Friday, October 30, 2020, from 6:00p - 9:30p

LOCATION | James O. Breen Community Park

COST | $15 per participant

DETAILS | Remember to bring your flashlight. Parents are welcome to help little ones search the park in the dark for free. Take home a DIY pumpkin creation kit with supplies, instructions on how to decorate your pumpkin and a few sweet treats. Wear your costume for some added Halloween family fun (optional).  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED... click link below 

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Pumpkin Painting

DATE | Fridays + Saturdays September 18 - October 17, 2020 | Fridays, 10:00a - 12:00p | Saturdays, 10:00a - 2:00p

LOCATION | Primrose Farm

COST | $6 per participant

DETAILS | Using Tempera paints and your imagination, turn a plain ol’ pumpkin into a ghost, spider or silly face scarecrow. Go free-style and design a unique artistic masterpiece to enhance your fall décor. Each participant will receive a pie pumpkin to decorate. No experience necessary. Everyone is welcome to visit all of the farm animals, too. Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR HALF-HOUR TIME SLOT.

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autumn fair

DATE | Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 11:00a - 3:00p

LOCATION | Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva, Illinois

COST | Children Residents $10  | Children Non-Residents $15 | Adults are FREE

DETAILS | Join us at Peck Farm Park to celebrate autumn with pony rides, a petting zoo, hayrides, crafts, games, a birds of prey presentation, and more!  Admission to Autumn Fair is FREE, however some activities require a small fee. Food, beverages, and pumpkins will be available for purchase. Tickets for these items are $1 each, and activities and items range from 3-6 tickets. ***Bring face masks***


Fall festival

DATE | Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 1:00p - 4:00p

LOCATION | Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva, Illinois

COST | FREE, but you must register ahead using the link below

DETAILS | Grace Pointe Geneva is hosting a fall festival at Peck Farm Park!  All are welcome! Games, crafts, prizes, and of course lots of candy!  Grab a friend and celebrate the season! ***Bring face masks***


mom & Son Wagon Rides

DATE | Thursdays, September 17 & 24, 2020 from 3:30p - 8:00p

LOCATION | West Main Community Park

COST | $16 per couple, $8 per additional son

DETAILS | This year's Mom & Son event will feature new fall festivities so that social distancing can be maintained. Enjoy a fall scavenger hunt through the trails of West Main, decorate a pumpkin to take home, play bingo for great prizes, and take home a sweet treat. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited for this event. 



DATE | Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27, 2020  (TBD) 

LOCATION | North River Street between Wilson Street and Spring Street

COST | FREE to attend!

DETAILS | Join us as we present a traditional Oktoberfest event in our beautiful river community which will feature authentic German food, music, entertainment and of course, beer!  Sunday is FAMILY DAY with loads of activities for families to enjoy together


Art Harvest


LOCATION | DuPage Court in Downtown Elgin, Illinois


DETAILS |  This free family-friendly event is a celebration of the arts and the season, and has several family-friendly components including a hay maze, decorate your own pumpkin, face painting, up close magician, arts and crafts stations, and more, all of which can be found at “Art Central” a.k.a. DuPage Court. Grab your Art Hunt map and head out to find the public art in downtown Elgin. Be sure to wear a costume while you are out and about on your hunt, as several of the downtown businesses will be open for trick-or-treating. All of the events of the day are free, family-friendly, and open to the public. 


pumpkin fest at cosley zoo

DATE | October 1 - October 31, 2020, from 9:00a - 4:00p

LOCATION | On State Street

COST | Wheaton Residents and all children 2- 17 are FREE! Nonresident Adults are $7 | ADVANCED TICKET PURCHASE REQUIRED (link below)

DETAILS | Taking in the beautiful fall colors at Cosley Zoo is a must-do! See the animals in the crisp fall air, listen to the squeals of excitement from the children conquering the straw pyramid and take in the hundreds of pumpkins scattered on the zoo’s lawn. Apples, gourds, pumpkins, cider, cornstalks, and various sizes of straw bales are available to purchase.


pumpkin festival

DATE | Friday - Tuesday, October 23 - October 27, 2020  (TBD) 

LOCATION | On State Street


DETAILS | The historic Sycamore Pumpkin Festival takes place on October 23-27th. Thousands of pumpkins, all painted or carved for judging, decorate the courthouse lawn, and food vendors dish up pumpkin pie, caramel apples and other fall favorites. Also in this pumpkin patch: two arts-and-crafts shows, carnival rides, a historic house walk, 10K Pumpkin Run road race and the giant 2 ½-hour-long parade, starting at 1:00 on Sunday.


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