Champaign-Urbana Area Fall Festivals
The Fall Festivals Families Love in Champaign-Urbana and Beyond.
No offense Champaign-Urbana area summer fairs and festivals – we love you – but if we have to confess, we LOVE fall festivals all the more. Lumberjacks, parades, scarecrows, music, apples and more – it’s all there.
Make it Monticello Sept. 19-22! We’re celebrating 20 years at the Monticello Farmers’ Market on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 3:30 – 6:30 on State Street; local farmers, makers, bakers and small-batchers await, in addition to easy-listening, live music! Make it a date night or grab some girlfriends and come back out on Friday night for a nostalgic night with Deana Carter at Allerton’s Prairie Sky Concert, presented by U of I Credit Union! Saturday is all about Monticellobration, happening in historic, downtown Monticello. From Kirby Kids Corner full of bounce houses and face-painting, to the local 4-H petting zoo; pop-up makers, food trucks, and our beloved brick-and-mortar boutiques, restaurants and bars; a professionally DJ’d Kids Dance Party on the Square, and the Arcola Kiddie Tractor Pull Competition; it’s a jam-packed day of free fun that begins at 10 AM! Stroll downtown with your favorite libation from one of our bars, 5 PM until midnight and enjoy live, national music acts. Hit the regionally-recognized Railroad Days Saturday or Sunday and enjoy vintage passenger and freight train rides from 10 AM – 5 PM. Live theatre happening all weekend long as the Monticello Theatre Association presents, Witness for the Prosecution. Sept. 19-22 is the weekend to Make it Monticello!
The weather may be getting (a little) cooler but the fall festivals in Central Illinois are heating up! The fall festival season list includes events starting with Labor Day weekend and goes through the end of October (and perhaps into early November).
There are so many to choose from in our area and each one offers some serious family fun. Feel like watching a parade? Carving a pumpkin? Watching a lumberjack competition? Taking in some folk and roots music? How about taking a train ride? There’s something for everyone at a festival near you this fall!
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Here’s our guide to fall festivals in the Champaign-Urbana area. And we will continue to add to this list! Of course, don’t forget to add Monticellobration, Sept. 21, to your calendar.
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