Fall activities for the whole family in central Illinois


While summer slips away, the kids return to school, and the busy season starts again, here’s our guide to fall activities for the whole family to enjoy in central Illinois.

Lincoln's New Salem, Petersburg, IL
Bluegrass Concerts
September 8 and 9, 2023, 6pm to 10pm
Performers from all over the Midwest will be playing bluegrass music in the Kelso Hollow outdoor theater.

Pumpkin Creek Farm, Sherman, IL
Opens September 9, 2023
Monday to Thursday 10am to 5pm
Friday to Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sunday 12pm to 6pm
Haystack mountain, corn maze, u-pick pumpkin patch, hayrides, pony and tractor swings, petting zoo, grain tables, farmers market playhouse, barrel train and tractor rides, corn bins, duck races.

Lincoln's New Salem, Petersburg, IL
Traditional Music Festival
September 9, 2023, 10am to 4pm
FREE (donations welcome)

Clayville Historic Site, Pleasant Plains, IL
Fall Festival
September 16 and 17, 2023, 9am to 4pm
Fall Festival will include tours, living history, music, food, children's crafts, magic and vendors.
Free (donations welcome)

Bomke’s Patch, Springfield, IL
Opens September 22, 2023
U-pick pumpkins and gourds
Fun activities for all ages

Lincoln's New Salem, Petersburg, IL
Candlelight Walk
October 6 and 7, 2023, 7pm to 9pm
FREE (donations welcome)

Carve for the Carillon, Washington Park, Springfield, IL
October 14 and 15, from 11am to 4pm
Help carve pumpkins for display at the Jack-O-Lantern event the following weekend.
Everyone in the community is invited to carve. Pumpkins supplied.

Indian Creek Farmstead, Petersburg, IL
Open Saturday, October 16 to October 29, 2023
Food to purchase and family activities including farm animals and wagon rides.
$5 per child for barnyard admittance
$5 per adult for wagon ride

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Washington Park, Springfield
October 20 and October 21, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Adults $10
Children 4 to 11 $7
Children 3 and under free

Zoolie Ghoulie
Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield, IL
October 27, 1 to 8pm
October 28, 11am to 6pm
Entry $5

The Old Capitol Farmers Market, Springfield, IL
Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to 12.30pm until October 28, 2023.
Corner of 4th & Adams St

Lincoln's New Salem, Petersburg, IL
Fall Festival
October 28, 2023, 10am to 4pm
FREE (donations welcome)

We are thankful for our communities and look forward to a busy fall.