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Summer always goes by way too fast. It feels like just yesterday school was getting out, we were having 4th of July celebrations, and heading out to all of the summer festivals. How is it October already??
The good news: Fall in the Buffalo Grove/Long Grove area is a close second place to summer. October and November are truly two of my favorite months of the year.
My only complaint with the fall: It also goes by too fast.
I've put together this fall list of things to do, places to go, events in the area, but I want this to serve as a starting point. Anything I've left off, feel free to email me - email@example.com and I'd be happy to run those additions in another post. Or, if you're a local business/restaurant, I would love to put together another article highlighting any of your events/fall specials.
Pumpkin Fest in Highwood
I'm not sure words can describe what it's like to walk around the Highwood Pumpkin Fest at night and see something like this:
This is an incredible event kicking off with Community Appreciation Night on October 10th and then running from October 11th through October 13th. Here's a look at the activity and events schedule. The music schedule. And the festival map.
Didier Farms in Buffalo Grove
Taking my kiddos to Didier Farms for their Pumpkinfest was a wonderful annual tradition and now my son, Charley, is working there for the season! Talk about time flying!
Open daily through October 31st, stop by Didier Farms for picking pumpkins, hayrides, and incredible apple cider + donuts. This is the best time of year to have one of their home-baked apple pies. They are proud to never use any canned pie filling. The result: An awesome dessert.
It's also a great place to pick up your fall decor! You'll find everything from mums and dried corn stalks to unique Halloween decorations!
Also, if you have kids with an October birthday, you can book a party on location. But these spots book up fast!
For more information on Didier Farms and festival hours, check out their website here.
Long Grove Historical Society Ghost Walk
I am looking forward to volunteering at this fun and spooky event! On October 25th from 6-9PM, just in time for Halloween, head over to the Long Grove Historical Society Ghost Walk. You'll go on a "haunted" tour of downtown Long Grove. But no worries, the event is completely family-friendly. Reservations are required.
Participating village merchants are also hosting a trick-or-treat from 2-5 PM so make sure to bring your candy bags and wear your Halloween costumes!
Do It Yourself Scarecrow Day in Long Grove
Head over to historic downtown Long Grove on Saturday, October 12th between 11 am and 3 pm to build a scarecrow that will be displayed throughout the downtown village!
How it works:
"The Historic Downtown Long Grove Business District will provide each guest with a basic structure for their scarecrow, bales of straw, and building guidance. Participants are asked to provide "old" clothing, shoes, hats, gloves, and accessories to dress their scarecrow. All of the leftover clothing will be donated. The Scarecrows will be on display throughout the month of October and town visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites."
You can register for the event here.
Botanic Gardens In Highland Park
And if you're not "pumpkin'd" out after Pumpkin Fest in Highwood, plus a month of pumpkin spice lattes, then head on over to the Chicago Botanic Gardens for "Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-lanterns."
Runs from October 16-20th and October 23rd-27th.
Again, this is just a starting point. Feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with more ideas and things to do this fall.
Have a great October!
Long Grove Apple Fest is here! Our local community's annual Apple Fest will be held on:
- Friday, Sept. 20th - 12 to 11 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 21st - 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 22nd - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
And this isn't just four tables at a farmer's market. Just like Strawberry Fest and Chocolate Fest, you'll be amazed at the scale of this event if it's your first time attending. There will be live music on two stages, games for the kids, and, of course, no Apple Fest is complete without a few epic pie-eating contests!
Tickets (can be purchased at the gate or ahead of time)
$5 per day for anyone over 12
3 Day Pass $10 ($15 dollar value!) – available online ONLY – Click HERE
I want to share a quick flyover of the schedules, but for more information on events, parking, schedules, check out the Apple Fest website here - http://longgrove.org/festivals/apple-fest/.
And make sure to stop by the Lions Club tent where I will be volunteering for some refreshing apple sangria! All proceeds benefit local charities!
First, the Food
Here's the list from Apple Fest's website. If this doesn't make you immediately hungry, I'm not sure what will:
"At the heart of Apple Fest are the vendors doling out local made, apple-inspired cuisine. In the past, Apple Fest has featured countless handmade options, including items like: chocolate caramel apples, candy-covered apples, apple wine, apple sangria, hard apple ciders, fresh apple cider donuts, spiced apple lattes, granny apple popcorn, green apple cotton candy, apple crisps, apple goat cheese dumplings, apple cheesecake, apple pie, cinnamon apple ice cream, apple sugar cookie, apple tempura, a variety of farm fresh-picked apples from Frank's Farm Orchard, and much more."
PIE EATING CONTESTS:
Towner Green – Kids Area
Sign up in the Kids Activity Area on the picnic table. There will be 2 contests at each time listed: 1 for children and the second for adults.
Saturday: 2:30pm & 4:00pm
Sunday: 2:30pm & 4:00pm
Kids Activity Schedule
"Kid Zone" is presented by Primrose School of Long Grove. Check out the full schedule here, these are a few options:
Friday, 3:30 pm Medieval Times Jr. Knight Training
Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm Apple Arts & Crafts
Every day 12 pm - 6 pm Free lawn games
Here's a look at the schedules for both stages. Make sure to check out "School of Rock - Arlington Heights" from 12 pm - 1 pm on Saturday!
Friday: 12pm – 9 pm*
Saturday: 11 am – 9pm*
Sunday: 11 am – 6pm*
I look forward to seeing you there!