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FALL FESTIVALS + EVENTS
Sunset cider stroll
DATE | Friday, September 13 from 5:00p - 7:00p (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.
DATE | Thursday, September 12 - Sunday, September 15
LOCATION | VARIOUS LOCATIONS (click link below to see who will be playing where and when)
COST | FREE!
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.
DETAILS | Come one, come ALL! Inflatable obstacle course, carnival games, NERF games, and several other opportunities for fun! Cash concessions will be available. All attendees must be accompanied by an adult, though one adult can accompany multiple children from the same household.
DATE | Fridays (October 4, 11, and 18) and Saturdays (October 5, 12, 19) from 5:30p - 8:30p
LOCATION | Primrose Farm | 5N726 Crane Road
COST | Resident $8 | Nonresident $12 | Ages 1 and under FREE
DETAILS | The 2-mile, 30-minute ride on Primrose property is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with family; or enjoy a night out with your church groups, Scouts and other organizations, as the modern John Deere tractors pull two wagons each, accommodating 75 people an hour.
DETAILS | For 34 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.
DETAILS | Wondering what to do with those leftover Halloween pumpkins? Fun for the whole family! Use the big hill to roll your pumpkins down towards giant bowling pins. Warm apple cider provided. Fundraiser for the STC Underground Teen Center!
DATE | Sunday, September 1 - Monday, September 2 from 11:00a - 6:00p
LOCATION | Island Park
COST | FREE!
DETAILS | Festival Hours: -- Eight Stages run from 11:00a to 6:00p both days. On Sunday ONLY, from 6:00p to 7:30p is our Old-Time Community Barn Dance. And from 7:30 to 10 PM, "Ghost Stories" in the Main Music Stage Tent.
LOCATION | Open Area behind Rejoice Lutheran Church in Mill Creek Neighborhood
COST | FREE!
DETAILS | This annual fall festival is free to all, but will have several food trucks, a beer and wine tent, and adults can enjoy ax throwing, bags, and a showcase of cars. Kids will enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, obstacle course, several inflatables, face painting, and more! Recycle The Day will play popular hits throughout the afternoon, and a raffle will take place with prizes including Bears tickets. Proceeds from the raffle and other sponsorships will support Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity.
COST | FREE (though there are costs for some activities and food)
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.
DETAILS | Geneva local businesses will be displaying carved Jack O' Lanterns in storefronts. This will be a self guided walk between 5pm-8pm with a map and families can vote on their favorites on FRIDAY. Then on SATURDAY, there will be a ticketed drink crawl. Several businesses are offering freebies and special offers!
LOCATION | Eastside Community Center | 14 N. Van Buren Street
COST | $10 per team
DETAILS | Compete against other teams through a series of hints, clues, and activities. Earn points along the route as you test your knowledge of Batavia history and your navigation skills of the city. If you're a fan of the hit TV show The Amazing Race, this event is for you! Activities are appropriate for all ages.
DATE | Thursdays, September 19 & 26 from 6:00p - 8:00p
LOCATION | West Main Community Park
COST | $14 per person
DETAILS | Enjoy a special night with your son at West Main Community Park. Wagon rides and dinner will be provided. Participate in pumpkin decorating and more! Campfire time will follow with s'mores for dessert. Wagon rides begin at 6:00 pm from the parking lot. Pre-registration is required, and please register early for this popular event. Price is per person.
DATE | Friday, September 27 - Sunday, September 29 from 5:00p - 7:00p
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
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.