Autumn has a way of rolling back around again every year, bringing with it all the excitement of the changing seasons. And what’s the most enjoyable aspect of fall for families in the Naperville-Hinsdale-Oswego area? It’s the much-celebrated fall festival line-up, of course.
This year’s festivities spread far and wide, through September and leading the way into October. It’s a perfect opportunity for families to get out and enjoy the crisp, aromatic days of autumn while listening to the best in local and ethnic music, tasting the most tempting of foods, and catching up with the local artists and authors they love. There are tons of fun things to do this fall, from Naperville to Oswego and everywhere in between. Get out there and “live and love local” at these happening events.
Since 1985, the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair has been delighting patrons with its colorful assortment of artwork and sculptures by both local and traveling artists. Held annually along the scenic Naperville Riverwalk, the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is a combination art exhibition and sale, drawing up to 70,000 patrons during its two-day run among winding brick walkways, gurgling fountains, and covered bridges.
Experience the diverse culture of India at Naperville’s Indian Cultural Festival. Featuring food, dance, and traditions of the country’s Vedic Period, the festival also embraces local vendors and artisans for a one-day event. This year’s programs include classical dance performances, children’s group performances, a traditional Indian fashion show, and much more. Best of all, admission is free.
Enjoy a good beer now and again? Stop by the Alter Brewing Company in Downers Grove on Saturday, September 28, for Alter Fest. This celebration of all things brew will run from 5 PM to 10 PM on the grounds of the brewery in Downers Grove. Alter Fest will feature rocking music from live local bands, great food and, of course, beer. Early bird tickets that include two beers are $25 in advance or you can buy $35 tickets at the door. VIP tickets are $40 and include two beers, as well as early access to the tasting session. It tastes as good as it sounds at Alter Fest in Downers Grove.
Visit the Oswego Village Hall between the hours of 10am and 2pm on September 29 for Oswego’s 8thAnnual Literary Festival. Admission is free, and fans will have the opportunity to meet with their favorite local authors, enjoy good music and score autographs. It’s a reader’s paradise at Village Hall.
Celebrating 50 years of the Naperville Heritage Society, this year’s tenth Annual Oktoberfest kicks off the first weekend in October at the Naper Settlement History Museum in Naperville. Experience all things German, from music to food, while celebrating the brisk autumn breeze. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children up to age 12. Admission for children under 4 and members is free, so get out and enjoy a bit of local history.
This year marks the First Annual Fairgrounds Fall Fest, and it’s taking place at Kendall County Fairgrounds in October. From 11 AM through 6 PM, enjoy a food truck rally, trunk-or-treat, a handcrafter’s market and more. It’s a kid’s perfect day, and adults will have fun, too. Tickets are $6 at the door with children under 8 free.
Enjoy a combination of fun, fall activities partnered with mall offerings at the secondannual Fall Festival at The Promenade. Craft vendors, local artisans and delicious foods will decorate the area between Sandburg and Row, while mall employees lead a variety of fun activities between the hours of 11 AM and 5 PM with free admission.
Fall is shaping up to be a spectacular experience in the Naperville/Hinsdale/Oswego area, so pull on your favorite old sweater and a pair of sturdy boots, and get out there to celebrate the season, festival-style.
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