Jump in the Leaves!!!

Pumpkin Patches and Orchards 

Apple Barn – Garden, Bakery, Landscape is open year-round 9am-6pm daily. The Apple Barn in Chatham, Illinois features seasonal flowers and perennials, frost-free ceramic pots, garden supplies, fruits and vegetables, apples, pumpkins, gourds, mums, hay bales, corn stalks, Christmas trees, candy, wreaths and roping. The Apple Barn is a quick 10-minute drive from the heart of Springfield. 

Broom Orchard – Fruit Orchard Carlinville, IL is open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and on Sunday from 12pm-5pm. Jeff and Lisa Broom invite you and your family to come and experience our orchard. We are in Carlinville, Illinois. Our goal is to provide customers with top-quality fruit that is freshly picked, along with a family-friendly atmosphere. Our Farm Market is open from July through December. This is where we sell our fresh peaches, apples, blackberries, nectarines, plums, pears and pumpkins when in season. The market is also stocked with Amish-made apple butter, Illinois honey, popcorn, preserves, butters and all fruit spreads.  Don’t forget our award-winning sweet cider, too. 

Jefferies Orchard – Home (jefferies-orchard.com) is open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. They carry many local products at our market.  UPCOMING CROPS: Kale, Zucchini, Apples – several more varieties coming soon including Golden Delicious and Honey Crisp, Apple Cider, and much more including cauliflower and squash starting in late September and going through November! MANY, MANY pumpkin and gourd varieties planted and growing for the fall! 

 Bart’s Pumpkin Patch is open on Sept.18-Oct.30, 2021 Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm and on Sunday 11am-6pm. There are several things to do during the week such as: Visit the craft store with refreshments, small haunted house, corn maze ($1 ), pirate ship play area, grain bin play area, goats, scarecrow stuffing area, face signs won’t be out this year. For more information visit: Welcome | pumpkin-patch (blackbartspumpkinpatch.com) Due to COVID-19 the Hayride and Barrel Ride will not be running this year. All events will be weather permitted. No pets allowed. 

Bomke’s Patch  is open Fridays 4pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. The Patch offers many fall-tastic activities and fun things to do!  Our farm boasts OVER 50 different varieties of pumpkin/gourds of every shape and size, Culvert Slide, Swings, Corn Cribs, Teeter-Totter, Round Bale Jungle Gym, Ropin’ Ranch (roping activity for kiddos new this year!), Petting zoo  and more! 

 Gail’s Pumpkin Patch opens September 1st – October 31st, hours Sunday-Friday 12pm-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Tuesday CLOSED.  Enjoy pumpkin picking, popcorn wagon, farm animals, tunnel maze, corn box, gourd bowling, potato sack jump, and antique tractors.  1709 2000th Avenue, Beason 

 Indian Creek Farmstead  opening Sept. 11th!!!  Hours are Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm (Monday-Friday by appointment).  Come out to enjoy kids play area “The Barnyard”, grain train ride, sandboxes, shelled corn boxes, slides, playhouses, roping coral, farm animals, and wagon ride.  Prices $5 per child for Barnyard admittance and $5 per adult wagon ride.  19468 Curtis Blacktop Road, Petersburg.  217.717.4401.   

 Indian Knoll Pumpkins open Saturday, Sept 18th!!!  Sept – October hours, Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm.  Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the scenic drive to our “neck of the woods”! Our beautiful centennial farm is nestled along the Sangamon River in extreme northern Christian County. Surrounded by rolling pastures and timber, Indian Knoll offers one of the most picturesque fall venues you will find. 217.827.0317 or 217.827.4329 

 Kristin’s Pumpkin Patch opens Sept. 17th!  Hours are Friday 2pm – 6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-6pm, and open Columbus Day!  Pumpkins, Corn Maze, Hayrides, Sunflowers, and more!!!! 6300 Wind Tree Road, Springfield.   

 Pumpkin Creek Farms opens Saturday Sept. 11th.  Hours are Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm.  Unplug from your favorite media for the day, come pick some pumpkins, enjoy some fun activities, and eat great food in the fresh fall air!  7392 Barclay Road, Sherman.  217.629.40589 

Festivals 

Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival Sat., Sep. 18, 9am-6pm and Sun., Sep. 19, 10am-4pm. Working crafts, pioneer village, children’s activities, displays, live music, food. Postville Courthouse, 914 Fifth St., Lincoln.  

 Buzzfest Squared Sat., Sep. 18, 2pm. In true Oktoberfest fashion, this festival highlights local/regional breweries, live music, games for all ages and amazing food trucks and craft vendors. Come spend the afternoon or evening with the family as this is an all-ages event. In collaboration with Elderbeard Musicwerx. Buzz Bomb Brewing Co., 406 E. Adams St.  

 Fall Festival Sat.-Sun, Sep. 18-19, 9am-4pm. The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, music by Chris Vallillo, Professor Long Hair, Douglas’ 1st Texas Battery CSA, blacksmiths, food, children’s activities, crafts, artisans, reenactments and tours. Clayville Historic Site, Pleasant Plains, Route 125, 217-481-4430.  

Jefferies Orchard Apple Fest: Saturday, October 9 celebrating all things Fall with cider slushies, and activities for small children including pumpkin painting (free with pumpkin purchase).  More details will be posted here:  

 Fall Festival Sat., Oct. 23, 10am-4pm. Period clothed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks such as dipping candles, making soap, baskets and brooms, spinning wool and gardening. Step into the tavern cellar to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter. . Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-4000.  

 Fall Festival and Steam Show Fri.-Sun., Sep. 24-26. See horse-powered equipment, antique tractors, gas and steam engines, demonstrations on bailing, blacksmithing and more. Prairie Land Heritage Museum, Jacksonville, 1005 W. Michigan Ave., 217-243-7262.  

 Fall Harvest Festival Sat.-Sun., Oct. 9.-10. Fall crafts, craft vendors, food truck and live music.  Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-529-1111.  

 Family Friendly Fear Festival at the 217 Terror Haunted House, Sunday, October 24th 1pm-4pm.  Admission is FREE.  Make a donation to the Roodhouse Fire District to be used for the 2021 annual toy drive.  Kids 12 and under will receive a Halloween bag (while supplies last) and will trick or treat through the haunted attractions.  Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween Costume.   

 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival Fri-Sun., Sep. 24-26. Celebrating 20 years, this festival brings street machines, muscle cars and hot rod enthusiasts to historic downtown Springfield for an incredible weekend of family entertainment. Downtown Springfield, between Washington and Capitol streets and Fourth and Seventh streets. . 217-789-2360.  

 Jacksonville Main Street Pumpkin Festival Sat., Oct. 23, 10am-2pm. Petting Zoo, face painting, pumpkin painting, blazing wing challenge, pie eating contest, kid’s costume contest, pet costume contest, pumpkin patch, cornfield. $10 per child includes all activities and contests. Central Park Plaza, Jacksonville, 32 N. Central Park, 217-245-6884.  

 Let Our Prayers Arise Sat., Sep. 25, 3pm. A special outdoor program of Liturgical Arts Festival Springfield. Art kites and interfaith prayers. Music by local folk group Wild Columbine. Light refreshments. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.  

 Rochester Fall Festival Sat., Oct. 23, 8am-3pm and Sun., Oct. 24, 12-3pm. Local vendors, food trucks, free games and activities, plus live music. The 5k starts at 8am on Saturday. Free. Rochester Community Park, Rochester, 90 Wild Rose Lane, 217-498-8454.  

 Sip and Savor Fall Fiesta Sat., Sep. 25, 4-7pm. Hosted by the Share the Spirit Foundation in its mission to provide children with new shoes and socks. $75 per person. Sponsorships and tables also available. Illini Country Club, 1601 S. Illini Road, 217-494-2990.  

 Trunk or Treat at the Salted Lemon Friday, October 29th 5:00pm – 8:00pm, 2671 Chatham Road, Springfield.  Join Trunk-or-Treat  

Halloween Activities 

Halloween Trick or Treat Times: (from 2020) 

4-8 pm Trick or Treating in the City of Springfield along with the Villages of Grandview, Jerome, Leland Grove, and Southern View. 

  • As a reminder, it is optional for individuals to welcome trick-or-treaters to their residences. 
  • Residents who wish to greet trick-or-treaters may do so by turning on their porch lights. 
  • Homes without their porch lights on should NOT be visited. 
  • It is strongly encouraged that anyone who would like to distribute treats should leave individually wrapped candy on a table on their front walkways, sidewalks, or any outdoor space that allows for at least six feet of social distance from the door. 
  • The individually wrapped candy should be spread out so each piece is not touching another. 
  • Anyone distributing candy or treats should wash their hands properly for at least 20 seconds before placing the candy on the table and when replenishing. 

Zoolie Ghoulie:  Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th!!  1pm-8pm both days!!!! Grab your little ghouls and goblins and have a wildly good time as you wander through the zoo’s spectacularly spooky Halloween scenes!  All trick or treaters will receive a safely pre-packaged candy bag upon exiting. Get all the guidelines and details at the following: www.myrewind935.com,  www.springfieldparks.org, or call the zoo at 217-585-1821 Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Shore Drive, 217.585.1821   

Pumpkins of the Carillon: Carve for the Carillon, October 9th 6am and October 10th 11am.  Come help us scoop, carve and move pumpkins for the Jack-O-Lantern event! Everyone in the community is invited to carve: artists, families, groups, classes, organizations, and individuals! Bring your favorite scooping and carving tools to this free event. We supply pumpkins. 

Pumpkins of the Carillon:  Jack-O-Lantern Spetacular, October 15th 1pm and October 16th 4pm.  Adults $7; Children 4-11 $5; Children 3 & under Free.  More than 2,000 illuminated hand-carved jack-o-lanterns are displayed around the Carillon and the Washington Park Botanical Garden.  JOLS features special Carillon music, lighting, sound effects, a unique Tree of Lights and food vendors. 

 217 Terror  Open every Friday & Saturday in October from 7pm- Midnight and Sunday 7pm -10pm.  $20 General Admission includes 2 haunted attractions, 1 escape room & 3 games.  $25 Speed pass, skip the wait in line for the haunted attraction!  Don’t forget about the Family Friendly Fear Festival on Sunday October 24th from 1pm-4pm. 221 N Rawling Street, Roodhouse, Illinois.  217.370.4650 or 217.320.4634. 

 Boo Crew Haunted House Open every Friday and Saturday night in October. Recommended for ages 10 and over. Box office opens at 6:30pm. Haunting is from 7pm – 10pm. Rain or shine. Admission $20 or $35 VIP.  Tickets include both major attractions, the Trail of Lost Souls, and the Boo Crew Haunted House! Boo Crew Haunted House, Mechanicsburg, 11083 Buckhart Road, 217-551-6969.  

 Carter Brothers Haunted Hayride Open every Friday and Saturday in October from 7pm –11pm.  $10 per person/cash only no refunds.  Kids’ Days are October 23rd and October 30th 1pm-4pm.  Only $5 per kid.  Looking for an event that will bring the scare back to Halloween this year?  Carter’s offers a fun-filled haunted hayride experience that will keep entire families laughing and screaming all night long. 

 Illusions, Magic and Spirits Fri., Oct. 15, 7-8pm, 9-10pm. Continues every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 31. A unique haunting stage show presented by Terror on the Square. Set in an old, art deco theatre, expect a mix of illusions, magic and spirits to mystify all ages. $18. Salem on Seventh Theater, Petersburg, 119 S. Seventh St., 217-632-7068.  

 Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends and Lore  Open every Friday and Saturday in the month of October at 7:30pm.  This 90-minute lantern lit walk uses the Lincoln sites as the backdrop for the strange and bizarre stories surrounding Lincoln’s life and his death. Including Lincoln’s bizarre dreams of death, spiritualism and séances in the White House and skullduggery at the tomb site! This is a factual history tour that includes the ghostly lore surrounding Lincoln’s. Not scary and is suitable for all ages. 

 Springfield’s Haunted Dead Walk Open September – October at 7:30pm dare to join this expanded tour of Springfield’s haunted history over a near three-hour chilling experience. It’s an easy walk with places to sit along the way. Hear bizarre and strange stories of benevolent and malevolent spirits, stalking shadow men, hidden cemeteries, poltergeists, ghosts and more! Enjoy a balance of history and ghostly tales hopefully making for a restless night’s sleep! 

Events 

 Zoolie Ghoulie:  Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th!!  1pm-8pm both days!!!! Grab your little ghouls and goblins and have a wildly good time as you wander through the zoo’s spectacularly spooky Halloween scenes!  All trick or treaters will receive a safely pre-packaged candy bag upon exiting. Get all the guidelines and details at the following: www.myrewind935.com,  www.springfieldparks.org, or call the zoo at 217-585-1821 Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Shore Drive, 217.585.1821   

Pumpkins of the Carillon: Carve for the Carillon, October 9th 6am and October 10th 11am.  Come help us scoop, carve and move pumpkins for the Jack-O-Lantern event! Everyone in the community is invited to carve artists, families, groups, classes, organizations, and individuals! Bring your favorite scooping and carving tools to this free event. We supply pumpkins. 

Pumpkins of the Carillon:  Jack-O-Lantern SpetacularOctober 15th 1pm and October 16th 4pm.  Adults $7; Children 4-11 $5; Children 3 & under Free.  More than 2,000 illuminated hand-carved jack-o-lanterns are displayed around the Carillon and the Washington Park Botanical Garden.  JOLS features special Carillon music, lighting, sound effects, a unique Tree of Lights and food vendors. 

Buzzfest Squared Sat., Sep. 18, 2pm. In true Oktoberfest fashion, this festival highlights local/regional breweries, live music, games for all ages and amazing food trucks and craft vendors. Come spend the afternoon or evening with the family as this is an all-ages event. In collaboration with Elderbeard Musicwerx. Buzz Bomb Brewing Co., 406 E. Adams St.  

 Chatham Paws-A-Palooza Sat., Sep. 18, 1-6:30pm. Leashed-animal friendly. Promoting dog adoptions and animal welfare. Food and drinks, live music, pet-themed vendors, pet costume contest and interactive canine demonstrations. $5. Chatham Community Park, 731 S. Main St.  

 Chili Supper and Paw Paw Patch Bazaar Sun., Oct. 24, 11am-5:30pm – Dine in, carry out or curbside service. Unique gifts, 50/50 raffle, craft items, baked goods and new apparel. Mobile adoption on site 11:30 am-4pm. All proceeds benefit the Animal Protective League. Visit apl-shelter.org or call 217-544-7387 to order chili online or for more information. Columbian Grand Hall. 2200 Meadowbrook Road.  

 Fat Ass 5K & Street Party for Charity Fri.-Sat., Oct. 8-9. Craft beer and cigar festival on Friday. 5K and street party on Saturday. Food and live music. Downtown Springfield, South Second Street and East Capitol Avenue.  

 Fall Farm Day Sun., Sep. 19, 12-5pm. Free wagon rides, music, popcorn and activities. Free admission. Gail’s Pumpkin Patch, Beason, 1709 2000th Ave., 217-447-3409.  

Fall Senior Celebration Wed., Sep. 29, 1-4pm. Presented by Senior Services of Central Illinois as part of the Central Illinois Senior Celebration. Seventy exhibitors and health screeners, food trucks, free parking. Shuttle transportation will be available. centralilseniors.org. Free. Donations welcome. Rain or shine. Free. Illinois State Fairgrounds Commodities Pavilion, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-652-7009.  

 Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show Sat., Oct. 2, 10am-6pm and Sun., Oct. 3, 10am-5pm. Amazing agates from around the world. Mineral and fossil dealers, demonstrators, kid’s activities, silent auction, exhibits and more. loess.org. Adults $2, seniors $1 and kids age 12 and under are free. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 309-838-7782.  

 Oktoberfest Sat., Sep. 18, 12-7pm. German beer, wine, food music, dancing, contests. Hosted by the Jacksonville Rotary Club.jacksonvillerotary.org.  Morgan County Fairgrounds, Jacksonville, 110 N. Westgate, 217-243-5678.  

 Prairie River Dog Shows Fri.-Sun., Oct. 15-17, 8am-4pm. AKC Conformation dog shows. Cheer on your favorite breed to Best in Show. Free. Illinois State Fairgrounds Exposition Building, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-725-3647.  

 Prairieland Classic Cluster of Dog Shows Thu.-Sun., Oct. 21-24, 8am-5pm. AKC Conformation dog shows. Cheer on your favorite breed to Best in Show. Free. Illinois State Fairgrounds Exposition Building, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-621-5169.  

Roasted Sat., Oct. 9, 3-9pm. Join in this unique ceramic raku fundraiser event. Glaze a pot, fire it in an outdoor kiln and then it is ready to take home. Enjoy the fire, food and live music. Admission $20 or $30 with a pot, children 12 and under $15. Members receive 10% off. Pre-registration recommended. All prices increase $5 on the day of event. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.  

 The “Maine” Event Sat., Sep. 18, 6pm. New England-style lobster bake by Robert’s Seafood Market. Live music by The Deep Hollow. Proceeds to benefit Sparc. Tickets available at Sparc or online at thinklobsterbake.com. $125. Bunn-O-Matic Corporation, 1400 Stevenson Dr., 529-6601.  

 Shoes, Brews & Biz Thu., Oct. 21, 5-9pm. Craft beer and wine tastings, unique horseshoes, cool cars and motorcycles, and a business expo all wrapped into one. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Must be 21.  LRS Hangar, 1200 Capital Airport Dr. 217-525-1173.  

 Springfield Marathon Sun., Oct. 10. A marathon, half marathon and quarter marathon. This is a USATF-certified course for qualifying for the Boston Marathon and other large iconic marathons. An easy, mostly flat route. No race day registration. Danenberger Family Vineyards, New Berlin, 12341 Irish Road, 217-488-6321.  

 Springfield Out of the Darkness Walk Sat., Oct. 16, 2-4pm. Walk to increase mental health awareness, support those who struggle and honor those lost to suicide. It’s important to be there for one another and take steps to safeguard our mental health and prevent suicide. Visit the website to register and be part of the movement coming. afsp.org/SpringfieldIL. Free, donations accepted. Hope Pavilion at Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 312-890-2377.  

 Movies  

Friday Night Movie Night at Bomke’s Patch on 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, and 10/15.  The featured movie is Hocus Pocus. Starts at 7:30 bring blankets/chairs.  Corn maze in the dark (flashlight required)  Bring glowsticks and glow-in-the dark gear for more information.  Music and dance lights, food truck, play area and foam pit!!  605 Country Lake Road, Springfield. 

 Route 66 Twin Drive In  – Check out the weekend movies! 

Music 

Bluegrass concerts Fri.-Sat., Sep. 10-11, 6-10pm. Bluegrass musicians will be playing music in the outdoor theater. Traditional, folk and bluegrass musicians are also invited to participate in the impromptu jam sessions on Saturday, 10am-4pm. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-4000.  

Hells Bells and Nightrain international Sat., Sep. 25, 6:30-10pm.Tributes to AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses. Bring a lawn chair. Coolers are not permitted. $10 for ages 19 and up. Free for all others. Food and drinks available for purchase. Free and accessible parking. Call for ticket info. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.  

 Outstanding Opening Sat., Oct. 9, 7:30pm. the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s opening performance for the season. ilsymphony.org. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.  

 Ron White Thu., Oct. 14, 7:30pm. $39-$95. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.  

 The Greatest Hits of Foreigner Fri., Nov. 5, 7:30pm. $39-$275. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.  

 Too Hype Crew with The Collective Sat., Oct. 16, 6:30-10pm. Bring a lawn chair. $10 for ages 19 and up. Free for all others. Food and drinks available for purchase. Call for ticket info. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.  

Art  

Pumpkin Carving at Springfield Art Association on October 14th for $20 per person.   

 Art Spectacular Sat.-Sun., Sep. 11-12. A juried fine art and craft fair, ranked by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of The Best 200 Art Fairs in the United States every year from 2015 to 2020. Free. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-3853.  

 Edwards Place Fine Art Fair Sat., Sep. 18, 10am-5pm and Sun., Sep. 19, 10am-4pm. Support the SAA as well as over 50 national artists. Free guided tours of Edwards Place historic home, a paw painting station for pets, live music, artist demonstrations, food trucks, beer and wine tent. Be sure to visit the used book sale for art-related books and other great titles for adults and youth at discounted prices in support of the art library. springfieldart.org. Free admission. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.  

 Fall fashion show – “Movement” Fri., Sep. 10, 6-9pm. Wearable art fashions. $5. The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 623 E. Adams St., 801-810-9278.  

 Springfield 2nd Saturday Craft & Vendor Show Sat., Sep. 11, 10am-4pm. Shop over 60 of Springfield’s finest crafters, artists, authors and more. Magro’s Meat and Produce, 3150 Stanton Ave., 217-801-1598.