Chicago Festivals – Illinois

Your festival event guide for the Chicago, Illinois Area, including Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties.

Welcome to a comprehensive festival listing page and guide for Chicago, Illinois and the greater area. Once area festivals are confirmed on the main Illnois Festival Schedule, they are copied over to this page to make it easier to plan your weekend festival adventures. Please keep in mind that you should not see area festivals that have been canceled or have not yet been confirmed.

Festivals listed here include music festivals, art festivals, food festivals, town festivals, church festivals, cultural festivals and more, but they do not include craft shows, machinery shows, bazaars, county fairs and some other events. Feel free to contact me if you have a question about your event.

For Illinois festivals outside of the greater Chicago area, please refer back to the Illinois Festival Schedule.

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2021 Chicago Festival Schedule

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

While I am doing my best to update festival postponement dates, cancellations or note alternative versions, some festivals listed as going on may have been canceled or changed without my knowledge.

Always check festival information before attending as things are constantly changing and I know what it’s like to arrive at a festival location and find nothing.

Stay strong, be safe and let’s festival on together!

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SEPTEMBER

9/8-9/12 – Little Italy Fest-West Addison – Addison – USUALLY IN JULY
9/10-9/11 – Winnetka Music Festival – Winnetka
9/10-9/12 – Festival of the Vine – Geneva
9/10-9/12 – Village of Monee Fall Fest – Monee
9/10-9/12 – Darien Cornfest – Darien
9/10-9/12 – Broomcorn Festival – Arcola
9/10-9/12 – Chicago German-American Oktoberfest – Chicago
9/10-9/12 – Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago – USUALLY IN JULY
9/10-9/12 – Lincoln Park Greek Fest – Chicago – USUALLY IN JUNE
9/11 – Naper Pride Fest – Naperville
9/11 – Prairie Fest – Campton Hills
9/11 – Forest Park Ribfest – Forest Park
9/11 – Chicago Vegandale Food and Drink Fest – Chicago – USUALLY IN JUNE
9/11 – New Orleans North – Joliet – USUALLY IN JUNE
9/11-9/12 – Military History Weekend (formerly WWII Days) – Lockport
9/11-9/12 – West End Arts Festival – La Grange
9/11-9/12 – Hungarian Gulyas Festival – Norridge – USUALLY IN JULY
9/11-9/12 – Printer’s Row Lit Fest – Chicago – USUALLY IN JUNE
9/11-9/12 – Lakeview East Festival of the Arts – Chicago
9/11-9/12 – Goebbert’s Farm Fall Festival I – South Barrington
9/12 – Scandinavian Day Festival – South Elgin
9/12 – Montgomery Street Eats Festival – Montgomery

9/13-9/19 – Goebbert’s Farm Fall Festival II – South Barrington
9/15 – Chicago Bourbon and Barbeque Fest – Chicago
9/16-9/19 – Glendale Heights Oktoberfest I – Glendale Heights
9/17-9/18 – Crete Acorn Fest – Crete
9/17-9/18 – Norwood Park Fall Fest – Chicago
9/17-9/18 – Autumn in the Park Festival – Palos Park
9/17-9/18 – Berwyn’s Oktoberfest – Berwyn
9/17-9/18 – Elk Grove Oktoberfest – Elk Grove Village
9/17-9/19 – Riot Fest – Chicago
9/17-9/19 – Tinley Park Oktoberfest – Tinley Park
9/17-9/19 – Palatine Oktoberfest – Palatine
9/17-9/19 – Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest I – Homer Glen
9/18 – American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest I – Lake Villa
9/18 – Craft Beer and Signature Cocktail Fest – Highwood
9/18 – North Aurora Days – North Aurora
9/18 – Reinberg Rocks Oktoberfest Festival – Palatine
9/18-9/19 – Chicago Pride Fest – Chicago
9/18-9/19 – Renegade Craft Fair – Chicago
9/18-9/19 – artfest Michigan Avenue – Chicago
9/18-9/19 – Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest – Chicago
9/18-9/19 – Art on the Prairie – Warrenville
9/19 – Dessert Fest Chicago – Chicago
9/19 – Taste of Evanston – Evanston – USUALLY IN JULY

9/20-9/26 – Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest II – Homer Glen
9/20-9/26 – Goebbert’s Farm Fall Festival III – South Barrington
9/20-9/26 – Glendale Heights Oktoberfest II – Glendale Heights
9/23-9/26 – Manteno Oktoberfest – Manteno
9/24-9/26 – Huntley Fall Fest – Huntley
9/24-9/26 – Lansing Autumn Festival – Lansing
9/24-9/26 – Octoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus – Chicago
9/24-9/26 – Long Grove Apple Festival – Long Grove
9/25 – American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest II – Lake Villa
9/25 – Elim Dutch Festival – Crestwood
9/25 – Water Lantern Festival – Chicago
9/25 – Johnny Appleseed Festival – Crystal Lake
9/25-9/26 – Hyde Park Jazz Festival – Chicago
9/25-9/26 – Art in the Barn – Barrington

9/27-10/3 – Goebbert’s Farm Fall Festival IV – South Barrington
9/27-10/3 – Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest III – Homer Glen

OCTOBER

10/1-10/2 – Naper Settlement Oktoberfest – Naperville
10/1-10/3 – Lindenfest – Lindenhurst – USUALLY IN AUGUST
10/1-10/3 – Lincoln Square Greekfest – Chicago – USUALLY IN JULY
10/2 – American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest III – Lake Villa
10/2 – Hometown Hoedown – Fall Fest – Rolling Meadows
10/2 – Hop and Vine Fest – Schaumburg
10/2 – Liberty Arts Festival – Morris – USUALLY IN JULY
10/2-10/3 – Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest – Chicago
10/2-10/3 – Spring Awakening – Chicago – USUALLY IN JUNE

10/4-10/10 – Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest IV – Homer Glen
10/4-10/10 – Goebbert’s Farm Fall Festival V – South Barrington
10/8-10/9 – Mount Prospect Oktoberfest – Mount Prospect
10/8-10/10 – The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival – Highwood
10/8-10/10 – Scarecrow Fest – St. Charles
10/9 – Fox Lake Pumpkin Jubilee – Fox Lake
10/9 – Brew at the Bridge Craft Beer Festival – Oswego

10/11-10/17 – Goebbert’s Farm Fall Festival VI – South Barrington
10/11-10/17 – Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest V – Homer Glen

10/18-10/24 – Goebbert’s Farm Fall Festival VII – South Barrington
10/18-10/24 – Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest VI – Homer Glen
10/21-10/24 – Autumn Festival: an Arts and Crafts Affair – Villa Park

10/25-10/31 – Goebbert’s Farm Fall Festival VIII – South Barrington
10/25-10/31 – Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest VII – Homer Glen

NOVEMBER

11/26-11/28 – Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic I – Brookfield
11/27 – Highwood Holiday Fest – Highwood

DECEMBER

12/1-12/5 – Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic II – Brookfield
12/4 – Chicago Wine Fest: Winter Edition – Chicago

12/8-12/12 – Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic III – Brookfield

12/15-12/19 – Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic IV – Brookfield

12/26 – Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic V – Brookfield

12/27-12/31 – Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic VI – Brookfield

JANUARY (2022)

FEBRUARY

MARCH

3/25-3/26 – Naperville Bluegrass Festival – Naperville

APRIL

MAY

5/20-5/22 – Mayfest – Chicago

JUNE

6/18-6/20 – Chicago Craft Beer Fest – Chicago

JULY

7/7-7/10 – Pioneer Park Railroad Days – West Chicago

7/14-7/17 – Taste of Summer – Antioch
7/14-7/17 – Toagie Fest and Highwood Days – Highwood

MORE FESTIVALS COMING SOON!

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