A whole bunch of beer-drinking and pumpkin-picking fun is happening soon in Illinois, and these three festivals need to be on this year's fall fun to-do list!

The Pumpkin Capital of the World

Illinois is often called the "Pumpkin Capital of the World" thanks to Morton, Illinois which earned the title for producing the most canned pumpkin in the world at Libby's Pumpkin plant in 1978. Every year Morton, Illinois hosts a massive Pumpkin Festival to celebrate its pumpkin-loving reign, but sadly, the 2023 celebration has already happened.

If you missed Morton's Pumpkin Festival this year, no worries! The fall fun is just getting underway in Illinois!

3 Fall Festivals You Won't Want to Miss in Illinois in 2023

Since listing all the fall fun that is upcoming in Illinois would take me all day, let's highlight three big ones that Illinois residents always rave about...

1. Galena Oktoberfest - Saturday, September 30, 2023 in Galena, Illinois

Galena Oktoberfest is chocked full of great German food, lots of beer, live music, polka dancing lessons, fun contests, a cornhole tournament, and even features wiener dog races! Admission is $10 for adults and teens, and kids 12 and under are free.

2. Scarecrow Weekend Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8 in St. Charles, Illinois


This event is perfect for the whole family and features a kid zone, activities, crafts, live entertainment, tons of fall photo ops, a craft show, and a big scarecrow contest featuring over 80 creative scarecrows scattered throughout the town.

3. Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Oct 25-29 in Sycamore, Illinois

This massive event features over 1,000 decorated pumpkins on display on the Courthouse lawn, two carnivals, two craft shows, live entertainment, food, a big parade, and much more!

With so much fun to be had this fall in Illinois, it's hard to figure out how to pack it all in, but...where there's a will there's always a way, right?!?

Here's more fall fun up for grabs in Illinois and Wisconsin this year...

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