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2012 Oktoberfests & Fall Festivals — On the Northwest Line

Here are some fun Fall Festivals along the train line to help you celebrate the coming of fall:

Harvard Fall Fest:

2nd Annual Harvard’s Fall Family Fest – Saturday, October 27,2012 8am-3pm, in Historic Downtown Harvard on their main drag, Ayer Street.

If you are looking for some old fashioned family fun, Head to Downtown Harvard and enjoy a day celebrating the coming of Fall, with live entertainment, petting zoo, arts & crafts. Free admission

Woodstock’s Harvest Fest & Fair in the Square:

Sunday, September 16th, 10am to 5pm on the Historic Woodstock Square.

For a day of great family entertainment head for the Square! There will be musical entertainment all day as well as the ‘Fair in the Square’: Craft Show, Acoustic Jam Tent, Blacksmith demonstrations, Old tyme Crafts, Children’s activities, Antique Tractors, fiddle contest and much more. Want more info go to

Crystal Lake’s, Johnny Appleseed Festival:

Johnny Appleseed Festival

Saturday, September 29th – from 9am to 4pm in Downtown Crystal Lake:

For a Day of Family Fun Bring your family to Crystal Lake’s largest one day event to celebrate the coming of Fall. Activities for the day include Live Entertainment, The Great Ball Race, Craft Fair, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, A Pumpkin Train, Pumpkin Bowling, Clowns, Face Painting, Story Telling, Temporary Tattoos, Wagon Rides, The Farmers Market and so much more! Go to for more info. Free Admission


Pumpkin Decorating

12th Annual Scarecrow Festival – Saturday, October 13, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Barrington’s Scarecrow Festival returns Saturday, at Memorial Park in downtown Barrington, featuring pony rides; scarecrow, pumpkin and cookie decorating; games, activities, and inflatables for the kids. Free Admission

Bob the DJ will be on hand to delight the crowd with his special costume and favorite spooky songs. Materials for scarecrows will be provided, and festival goers can bring clothing and accessories to personalize their creations.  Come and enjoy the festival!  For more information visit

Vote for your Favorite Scarecrow, Mid Sept. through October 31st

Beginning Mid-September, walk through the village, where over 50 merchants have created scarecrows to adorn their store fronts, giving the Village a fun, fall feeling!  Then you can vote for your favorite scarecrows by visiting Simply click on the Quick Link – Scarecrow Voting. Photos of all of the scarecrows will be posted. Click the photo of your favorite scarecrow and an email will pop up. Hit “send” and your vote will automatically be cast. Vote for as many as you like!

Palatine Rotary Oktoberfest 2012 —

September 14th-16th – The Rotary Club of Palatine will be hosting their 5th Annual Oktoberfest on Friday, September 14th through Sunday, September 16thin Fireman’s Memorial parking lot on the corners of Brockway and Slade in downtown Palatine, right next to the Palatine Metra Station. Free Admission

This completely tented festival features: live entertainment, authentic German food, and cuisine from local eateries. Beverages include Schofferhofer and Radenberger Beer as well as Special Brews from a local Brewery. Wine, pop and water also available. Admission to Oktoberfest is free and monies raised will support local charities. Go to for more info.

Mt. Prospect:

Mt. Prospect Fall Festival

Prospect’s Fall Fest/Oktoberfest – Saturday, October 13, 1-4 p.m.
Intersection of Emerson Street and Busse Ave., Downtown Mount Prospect

Presented by the Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association. More info:

Fall Fest – 1 – 4 p.m. -  For Great family Fun!
Hay rides, pony rides, two moon bounces, pumpkin decorating, crafts and balloons. There will be the famous never-ending trick or treat candy line made up of 30 local businesses, and a stilt walker. Strolling magician, juggler, balloon artist. Stage performances include Circus Boy, Dave Herzog Marionettes and more! Kids can snack on fall classics such as taffy apples and German pretzels or enjoy a full array of German food.

Oktoberfest – 4 – 11:00 – For  Great Adult Fun
Stick around for the party to really kick into high gear withsome Oktoberfest fun. The fest immediately follows the Fall Festival at 4pm and runs until 11:00pm. Authentic German food, beer and music by Phenix will highlight the evening under a heated tent. The day will be guaranteed Gemutlichkeit (Good Times) for all!

Edison Park:

Fourth Annual Edison Park Comedy Festival October 17th – 19th 2012

Yes I Am Show Business in conjunction with the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the fourth annual Edison Park Comedy Fest Wednesday October 17th through Friday October 19th. The fest features Chicago’s best stand-up comedians performing at three venues in Edison Park.  Each show will consist of a different line-up of Chicago’s best-known comics.

 Be there for the kick off at Snuggery Pub (6733 N. Olmsted Ave) on Wednesday the 17th at 8:30pm featuring “Your Funniest Friends!”  Your Funniest Friends is a comedy group based in Chicago known for its off-beat and absurd brand of humor. It is comprised of five comedians who are always willing to test limits and push buttons. Its fresh and innovative approach to stand-up and sketch comedy rewards audiences with some the most unique comedy shows available anywhere in the city.  

From there the festival takes on The Emerald Isle (6686 N. Northwest Hwy) on the 18th (8:30pm) .  The show will star the Comedians You Should Know which is made up of six Chicago-based stand-up comedians intent on changing the face of Chicago Comedy with their weekly downtown show, videos and comedy tours.  Their new, self -titled album debuted at number one on iTunes. 

Friday night the comedy moves around the corner to Edison Park Inn (6715 N. Olmsted, Chicago) at 8:30pm where Chicago-based Red to Black Productions flagship act, “The Wind-UP” closes out this great festival. The Wind Up has been described as a high-octane, rock n’ roll collective and they have a reputation of bringing the party with them to any venue in which they perform. Big things are expected from The Wind Up in the future considering its individual members have already achieved so much. Members of The Wind Up’s credits include Comedy Centrals Comedians to watch list, TBS Just For Laughs Festival, Chicago Reader’s Best Stand Up, TBS’ “Sullivan and Sons”, Canadian Mist Whiskey’s comedian of the year, The Boston Comedy Festival, San Francisco Comedy Festival, Detroit Comedy Festival, and more.

 The showroom doors will open a half our before showtime and all venues include a full bar and kitchen.  Show’s will run ON-TIME so please be prompt!

Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance and $25 for a weekend pass,  tickets can be purchased in advance online at

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