Fall Festivals are one of our favorite things about the autumn season. They are filled with carnival rides, pumpkins, and crisp weather! This year, many of our favorite Fall festivals have been canceled due to COVID19, but there are still a few happening in the Stateline or a short drive away. Here’s what you can expect this year.

If you know of any fall festivals or fairs that we’ve missed, send us an email at hello@statelinekids.com.

Fall Fairs and Festivals that Have Been Canceled for 2020

All of the following fall festivals and fairs have been canceled for 2020 due to COVID19 concerns.

Roscoe Lions Fall Festival normally held in early September in Leland Park in Roscoe has been canceled for 2020.

Stillman Valley Fall Festival normally held in late September in downtown Stillman Valley has been canceled for 2020.

Fall for Rockford normally held in late September in downtown Rockford has been canceled for 2020. 

Heritage Harvest Festival normally held in October at Midway Village has been canceled for 2020.

Dixon Scarecrow Festival normally held in late October in downtown Dixon has been canceled for 2020.

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival normally held in late October in downtown Sycamore has been canceled for 2020.

Lake Geneva Oktoberfest normally held in mid-October in downtown Lake Geneva has been canceled for 2020.

Oregon on Parade normally held in early October in downtown Oregon has been canceled for 2020. 

Image credit: Lockwood Park

Fall Fairs and Festivals that are Still Being Held in 2020

If you want to enjoy a fall fair or festival this year, here are the options in the Stateline and a short drive away.

Lockwood Fall on the Farm

5201 Safford Rd, Rockford, IL

October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31st from 10 am – 4 pm

Cost: Free admission, each experience costs money

Visit Lockwood Park every Saturday in October for Fall on the Farm. Admission is free and you can purchase a package ticket or pay for individual experiences.

Fall on the Farm Experience Package – $10 per person

  • Wagon ride
  • Pick your own pumpkin
  • Petting zoo and feed

Individual activities include:

  • Wagon Rides: $4/person
  • Trail Rides: Reserve Online
  • Pick Your Own Pumpkin: $6/pumpkin (includes pumpkin painting)
  • Pumpkin Painting w/purchase of pie pumpkin: $3/each
  • Petting Zoo & Feed: $2/person
  • Pony Ride – $5/person (weight & height restrictions apply)
  • Food Truck

Free activities at Fall on the Farm include:

  • Corn Maze
  • Fall atmosphere with photo ops and free games
  • Playing on the playground

Autumn at the Arboretum

2715 S Main St, Rockford, IL

October 11 – October 18 from 9 am – 4 pm daily

Cost: Free admission

Klehm will be hosting a week-long Autumn at the Arboretum event this year in place of their usual one day event.

There will be virtual and in-person activities including a self-guided fall color tour, Klehm scavenger hunt, straw bale maze, webinars, and a dog costume contest. All events are free!

Fall Family Festival at New Life Assembly of God

2416 N. Wright Rd., Janesville, WI

October 17, 2020 from 1 pm – 4 pm

Cost: Free

Enjoy games, activities, bonfires with S’Mores and candy. Bring a chair.

Image credit: St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

October 9 – 11 in St. Charles, Illinois

This year, instead of scarecrows being located in Lincoln Park, they will be spread around town at local businesses. There will also be a drive-in concert, a scavenger hunt downtown, a pumpkin carver, and a photo booth at Lincoln Park.

They are also offering items that people can buy to take home and enjoy including a Craft Beer Box from St. Charles breweries and Scarecrow in a Box that provides materials to make a scarecrow at home.

Fall Fairs and Festivals Going Virtual in 2020

These local events have decided to go virtual so you can enjoy the fall festival at home.

Image credit: Pioneer Fest

Boone County Conservation District Virtual Autumn Pioneer Festival

Online from September 26 – 27

Watch this year’s Pioneer festival from your computer. You’ll get to see the Murray and Newhouse Cabins, the Blacksmith Shop, and the Schoolhouse to get a sense of 1860s life. Watch here.

What fall festivals do you plan to attend this year?

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