Pumpkins and apples and BBQ, oh my! Fall in Champaign-Urbana is full of some of our favorite things and if you’re willing to drive further than an hour for some truly unique fall fun, one of these might be a great fall weekend trip for you.
From the closest in Decatur to the furthest being Galena (we promise it’s worth the drive and overnight stay!), these fall festivals are all special. As a note, we consider “fall” to be between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.
For more area fall fun:
Want to stay closer to home? See our Guide of Champaign-Urbana Area Fall Festivals.
Looking for places to pick apples? See our post.
What: Morton Pumpkin Festival
When: Wednesday, September 12 through Saturday, September 15
How much: Entertainment and some activities free. Cost for carnival rides and other activities, food available for purchase.
Highlights: Did you know!? 85% of the world’s pumpkin is processed HERE in Morton, IL! Don’t miss the Pumpkin Festival parade on Saturday morning, the pumpkin pie eating competition, pumpkin pancake breakfast and pumpkin EVERYTHING to kick off fall!
What: Galena Oktoberfest
When: Saturday, September 22
How much: Adults and teens, $5. Kids 12 and younger, FREE. Including free use of bounce houses and games.
Highlights: This family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration in gorgeous Galena includes non-stop live music, wiener dog races, polka lessons and dancing, pumpkin decorating and LOTS of food and beer. Make it an overnight getaway to enjoy even more of the area!
What: Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest
When: Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23
Where: Tinley Park
How much: $12 general admission
Highlights: Guest speakers, including Oz historian and published Oz novelist, puppets, theatrical performers and costumed characters. Great fun farm attractions included in general admission like hay rides, petting zoo, pig races and much more!
What: Decatur’s Smokin’ BBQ Festival
When: Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6
Where: Downtown Decatur Central Park
How much: Free admission for spectators
Highlights: This Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event will have competitors from all over the country, as well as a backyard BBQ competition. Aside from the BBQ competition, there will be food trucks, vendors, live music, and a kids zone!
What: Centralia Halloween Parade and Fall Festival
When: Saturday, October 27
How much: Free children’s games and activities.
Highlights: In the morning, your child can dress up and walk in the 11am parade OR enter your pet in the “best dressed pet” competition. Enjoy free games and activities during the day or peruse the flea market. Then the 92nd Annual Halloween Parade kicks off at 7pm!
Do you agree with our Five Great Fall Festivals in Illinois list? If not, what did we miss?