Discover Peoria is excited to promote a robust line-up of activities and events happening this fall in the Peoria area where you can discover a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family to enjoy. 

As the leaves begin to fall and change colors, the area takes on a whole new dimension; if Central Illinois’ trees could talk, they would do a lot of bragging in autumn, when their leaves put on quite a show. The once green Grandview Drive fills with crunchy leaves and vibrant fall colors. The scenic valley of Spoon River becomes a painting of reds, oranges and browns abundant with unusual beauty, paving the way for the Spoon River Scenic Drive Fall Festival taking place the first two weekends of October.

“Central Illinois is rich with beauty and adventure during the fall months. As the heat of summer cools down, local festivals and events are a great way to take in the fiery fall scenery and get a taste for the season known for rustling leaves, spooky discoveries and autumn treats,” said MacKenzie Taylor, Strategic Communications Manager for Discover Peoria. “We at Discover Peoria encourage the community to get out and experience the memories and opportunities to explore that the fall season brings to the greater Peoria area.”

Summer may be coming to an end, but the lineup for annual fall festivals and events in the heart of Illinois is just beginning. The Pekin Marigold Festival kicks off the fall events season with a parade, carnival and more. Shortly after, the Village of Morton, the Pumpkin Capital of the World, hosts the Morton Pumpkin Festival, draws pumpkin lovers from around the region, and is packed with pumpkin-related events, including a pageant and parade. The nationally recognized Peoria Fine Art Fair is another local favorite full of original works of art and artists from all around. Read on for a full list of annual fall events in the Peoria region.

Annual Events:

  • Mackinaw Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (September 5, 2021) - Get ready to get your feet wet in the wine! Enjoy a fun day of winemaking as well as food by The Mackinaw Lions Club and live music by the Mystery Machine.

  • Pekin Marigold Festival at Mineral Springs Park (September 9 - 12, 2021) - Held in the Marigold Capital of the World, don't miss this annual festival to honor Pekin’s favorite son, Senator Everett Dirksen. Enjoy the yearly parade, crowning of Miss Marigold, carnival and more! This year's festival theme is ‘Marigolds Shine On’.

  • Havana Oktoberfest at The Historic Downtown Havana (September 10 - 12, 2021) - The 48th annual Havana Oktoberfest is an amazing weekend filled with culture and fun. Get ready for food & drinks, vendors, live music, a carnival and parade, contests, polka pace race and fun for all!

  • Morton Pumpkin Festival (September 15 - 18, 2021) - The Morton Pumpkin Festival is the perfect fall festival for any pumpkin lover in the Pumpkin Capital of the World! This four-day festival is packed with events like the Pumpkin Weigh-Off, the Pumpkin Princess pageant and Pumpkin Classic 10K.

  • Peoria Oktoberfest at the Peoria RiverFront (September 17 - 19, 2021) - Come and experience the magic world of the big tent where one leaves Peoria and enters Germany! This three-day event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and much more. Do not miss the talented German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors and much more!

  • Chillicothe Crafts on the River Fall Craft Show at Shore Acres Park (September 18, 2021) - Come out to Chillicothe for a variety of crafters and vendors at this year’s Crafts on The River Fall Craft Show.

  • Washington Autumn Fest in Downtown Washington (September 25, 2021) - Shop the stores on the historic Washington Square while enjoying food, live music, free carriage rides and kids’ activities! 

  • Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair at the Peoria RiverFront (September 25 - 26, 2021) - The Peoria Fine Art Fair has been bringing original art to central Illinois for almost 60 years.  As one of the oldest art organizations in the country, the Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair is nationally recognized and showcases national, regional and local artists. The Art Fair features original works of art, including jewelry, painting, ceramics, photography, digital art, and more. 

  • Spoon River Scenic Drive Fall Festival in Canton (October 2 - 3 and 9 - 10, 2021) - Come out and see what Fulton County businesses and vendors have to offer! The Spoon River, which starts at Medina, has carved a wide scenic valley through Fulton County with unusual beauty and colors. The festival will have amazing food, unique arts & crafts and the history of the beautiful area.

  • Dunlap Schlachtfest at Hickory Grove Park (October 3, 2021) - This years’ Schlachtfest will be a combined celebration of German-American Day and a kick-off to German-American Heritage month. The event will feature German music, beer, food, activities, games along with an art and craft fair.

  • Spooktacular Craft and Vendor Market in East Peoria (October 16 - 17, 2021)- Head out to East Peoria for the 5th annual spooktacular market featuring many crafters and vendors.

Learn more about these events and other events happening this fall at DiscoverPeoria.com/Events.