The Stateline area is full of fantastic fall festivals! These festivals will get you in the fall spirit with delicious treats, pumpkins and crisp weather. There are also some awesome events a short drive from Rockford.

Here are the upcoming 2019 fall fairs and festivals in the Stateline area.

September 2019 Fall Festivals and Fairs

Image of Roscoe Lions Fall Festival from Roscoe Lions Facebook

Roscoe Lions Fall Festival
Leland Park, 10701 3rd St, Roscoe, IL

When: September 6 – 8

Friday, September 6 from 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, September 7 from 12 pm – 10 pm
Sunday, September 8 from 12 pm – 7 pm

Cost: Free admission


Roscoe Fall Festival is a small festival held in Leland Park near downtown Roscoe, IL. There will be games, rides, fair food, live music, craft vendors, face painting, a costume parade, raffles, and a Bingo tent.

  • Kiddie Costume Parade
    Saturday, September 7 at 10 am
    Children are invited to dress up in costume in the theme of “favorite animal”. Meet in the Bingo tent at 9:45 am to register. Best costumes will win prizes in two ages categories 1-5 years old and 6-10 years old.
  • Bubbles the Clown and Award Presentation
    Saturday, September 7 at 10:45 am
  • Kids’ Day on the Midway
    Saturday, September 7 from 12 pm – 4 pm
    For $20 kids can ride as many times as they want.
  • Lions Festival Parade
    Sunday, September 8 at 11 am
    Parade starts at Bridge and Main Street and ends at Leland Park. There will be floats and marching bands.
  • Fireworks
    Sunday, September 8 at 8:30 pm

Image of Stillman Valley Fall Festival from Stillman Valley Fall Festival Facebook page

Stillman Valley Fall Festival
120 N Walnut St, Stillman Valley, IL

When: September 27 – 29

Friday, September 27 from 5 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, September 28 from 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, September 29 from 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Free admission


Stillman Valley Fall Festival is an annual indoor craft show, car show, tractor show and parade. There will be live music, food, carnival rides, helicopter rides, book sale, fireworks, games and more.

Events for Kids:

  • Fireworks show
    Saturday, September 28 at dusk

Kids Zone at Fall for Rockford 2018

Fall for Rockford
100 and 200 blocks of N. Main St, Rockford, IL

When: September 21

2 pm – 9 pm

Cost: Free admission


Fall for Rockford is a fall festival hosted by the River District in downtown Rockford, IL. There will be live music and many local food vendors including District Bar and Grill, Lucha Cantina, and Baker Street Burgers. Taste Tickets will be $10 for a sheet of 10 Taste Tickets. Food items will cost 2-8 tickets each. Performers include Muscadine Bloodline, Scruffy Pearls and Kyle Young.

Events for Kids:

  • KidZone
    Area with bounce houses, games, and other activities.

October 2019 Fairs and Festivals

Heritage Harvest Festival
Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd, Rockford, IL

When: October 5

10 am – 3 pm

Cost: $8 adults, $6 children (ages 3-17), free for kids 2 and under


Heritage Harvest Festival at Midway Village in Rockford, IL celebrates the bountiful fall harvest on a Victorian farm. There will be a make your own scarecrow kit to take home, antique farm demonstrations, pumpkin painting, and fall games and crafts. Make-A-Scarecrow kits available for purchase at the event for $10 ($2 per clothing or accessory piece).

Events for Kids:

  • Fall Kids activities and crafts

Image credit: Lockwood Park website

Lockwood Pumpkin Fest
5201 Safford Rd, Rockford, IL

When: October 12 – 14

10 am – 5 pm

Cost: $12 per person admission, kids 2 and under are free
Pumpkins are $6 each
Pony rides are $4 each
S’mores are $2 each


Lockwood’s Pumpkin Fest will feature a variety of activities and entertainment for kids and adults to enjoy. Hand-pick your pumpkins, ride a pony or a horse, enjoy games, a corn maze, make your own S’mores, and more! There will also be a vendor market, local food trucks, and live music.

Admission Wristband Pre-Sale – $10/person

Pumpkin Fest Package Deal – $20 until October 10, $22 after October 10
Package includes:
1 Admission Wristband
1 Pony Ride
1 Pumpkin
1 S’more

Events for Kids:

  • Pony rides
  • Pumpkin picking
  • Corn maze
  • S’mores

Image of Autumn at Arboretum from Klehm Facebook page

Autumn at the Arboretum
Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St, Rockford, IL

When: October 13

10 am – 3 pm

Cost: Free admission


Autumn at the Arboretum is one of Klehm’s most popular family events. There will be scarecrow building, pumpkin decorating, face painting, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

Events for Kids:

  • Scarecrow building
  • Pumpkin decorating
  • Face painting
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Pickles the Clown entertainment with balloon creations
  • Storybook princesses and superheroes
  • Petting zoo with farm animals

Image of Dixon Scarecrow Festival from Sauk Valley Newspaper

Dixon Scarecrow Festival and Treat Street
300 block of downtown Dixon, IL

When: October 26

10 am – 4 pm

Cost: Free admission


Scarecrow Fest is a yearly festival celebrating fall held in Dixon, IL. This year this event will be combined with Treat Street. There will be scarecrow decorating contests, face painting, sign painting, pumpkin painting, balloons, food, a petting zoo, craft vendors and a pumpkin patch.

Events for Kids:

  • Scarecrow decorating
  • Face painting
  • Sign painting
  • Pumpkin painting
  • Balloons
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pumpkin patch

Up for a drive?

If you want to go to more fall festivals, these are a 60-90 drive from Rockford.

St. Charles Scarecrow Fest
2 E. Main St, Saint Charles, IL

When: October 11 – 13

Friday, October 11 from 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday, October 12 from 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday, October 13 from 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Free admission


If you’re only going to make it out of town for one fall festival, make it St. Charles’ Scarecrow Fest. It is worth the drive! Over 100 handmade and mechanical scarecrows will be on display for you to vote on your favorite. There will also be rides, live music, arts and crafts, and food.

Events for Kids:

  • Make your own scarecrow
  • Carnival rides
  • Games
  • Entertainment

Image of Sycamore Pumpkin Fest from

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival
133 W. State St, Sycamore, IL

When: October 23 – 27

Friday, October 25 from 12 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, October 26 from 12 pm to 10 pm
Sunday, October 27 from 12 pm to 5 pm

Cost: Free admission


Sycamore Pumpkin Fest ia yearly event celebrating the return of fall in Sycamore, IL. There will be thousands of decorated pumpkins on display, art and craft shows, a pie eating contest, carnival, fun fair, parade, and race.

Events for Kids:

  • Pie eating contest
  • Carnival rides
  • Games
  • Parade

Image of Lake Geneva Oktoberfest from Lake Geneva Octoberfest Facebook page

Lake Geneva Oktoberfest
Main and Broad Streets, Lake Geneva, WI

When: October 12 – 13

Saturday, October 12 from 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday, October 13 from 11 am – 5 pm

Cost: Free admission


Lake Geneva Oktoberfest is located near lovely Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. There will be pony rides, bounce houses, music, pumpkin giveaway, food, donuts, Knockerball, and the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-in. You can also visit local shops and see the beautiful fall colors around the lake.

Events for Kids:

  • Pony rides
  • Bounce houses
  • Knockerball
  • Pumpkin giveaway

Image of Autumn on Parade from

Oregon Autumn on Parade
105 S 5th St, Oregon, IL

When: October 5 – 6

Saturday, October 5 from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 6 from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Cost: Free admission


Oregon Autumn on Parade takes place in front of historic Ogle County Courthouse in Oregon, IL. There will be a farmer’s market, live entertainment, food, rides, games and a parade. This year’s theme is A Salute to the Blackhawk Statue.

Events for Kids:

  • Fun carnival with free games
  • Parade on Sunday, October 6 at 1 pm

Which fall fairs do you plan to attend this year?

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