“Have you come to sing pumpkin carols?” – Linus from the Peanuts.
Fall is just a week away, and that’s when people go pumpkin crazy. Pumpkin picking might be one of the most popular activities of the season.
But where can you find a pumpkin in Lake County? Some may say, go to your local Starbucks so you can douse your latte with pumpkin spice.
Whether you’re looking for a pumpkin to cut spooky Halloween shapes, give your dinner table some pizzazz with the enormous orange fruit, complete your cornucopia or just have a family fun fall adventure, Lake County has got you covered.
Here are some events, festivals and locations to pick up your family pumpkin in Lake County.
Pumpkin Patches in Lake County
Richardson Adventure Farm & Corn Maze
9407 Richardson Rd., Spring Grove
through October 31
Didier Farms Pumpkinfest
16678 Aptakisic Rd., Prairie View
September 22-October 31
Lake County Farmers Markets
various end dates
Peruse Lake County farmers markets as many remain open through the fall season. You can pick your pick pumpkin, carve in the face of Jack and pop in a lantern.
- Antioch’s Farmers Market (Thursday, Sept. 27)
- College of Lake County Farmers Market in Grayslake (ongoing)
- Deerfield’s Farmers Market (Saturdays through Oct. 13)
- Grayslake’s Summer Farmers Market (through Sept. 26)
- Grayslake’s Fall Farmers Market (Saturdays, Sept. 29-Dec. 15)
- Gurnee’s East Grand Farmers Market (every third Sunday of Sept. and Oct.)
- MainStreet Libertyville Farmers Market (through Oct. 18)
- Mundelein’s Farmers Market (through Oct. 16)
- Radical Root Farm in Libertyville (through Dec. 16)
- Ravina Farmers Market (Wednesdays through Oct. 31)
- Zion’s Farmers Market (Thursdays through Sept. 27)
For more information on Lake County farmers markets, continue here.
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Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
13236 W. Town Line Rd., Waukegan
Opens September 16
Patch 22 Pumpkins & Events
15900 Kelly Rd., Wadsworth
October 1-31; Saturdays-Sundays and Columbus Day
Pumpkin Fest at Country Bumpkin
Gilmer & Hawley Streets, Mundelein
September 23-October 31
Rosie’s Vegetable/Pumpkin Stand
4476 Belvidere Rd., Gurnee.
Open daily 10-6 p.m.
Events and Festivals Where You Can Find a Pumpkin in Lake County
You haven’t lived unless you’ve been to Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest. The farm-favorite features hayrides, pony rides, camel rides, kiddie rides, an exotic petting zoo, a parakeet exhibit, a corn maze and pig races (only on the weekend). A new addition to this event now features Buffalo Creek Mining Co. The Prairie View farm’s doors are open till Halloween night. Don’t forget to visit Grandma D’s Bake Shop for scrumptious pies, cookies, fudge, homemade apple cider, kettle corn and pumpkin donuts.
September 22-October 31; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Didier Farms, Aptakisic Rd., Prairie View.
Deerfield’s Harvest Festival is a splendid autumn party for the entire family. The event features a farmers market, kids activities like touch-a-truck, face painting and more, the annual bags tournament (online preregistration required), live tunes from local band Not for profit and delectable eats from City Barbeque and Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Saturday, September 22; Downtown Deerfield, Deerfield Road and Park Avenue, Deerfield.
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The fest is a two-day event that celebrates Lake County’s historic agricultural tradition. The Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center affair features the Harvest Hustle 5K/run mile, Farm Heritage tractors and displays, live entertainment, live animals, kid’s activities, sheep herding, a pumpkin carving demo, a beer garden for adults, delicious eats, a mobile escape room, tractor pulls and so much more. Admission to Oktoberfest is free with paid admission to Heritage Days. The Harvest Hustle has a separate admission that includes a Harvest Fest/Oktoberfest T-shirt, an Oktoberfest stein and a beer or refreshment ticket.
Saturday-Sunday, September 22-23. Various admissions. Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.
Oktoberfest has returned to Vernon Hills. The festival features family fun for all including arts & crafts, pumpkin painting, live entertainment, a petting zoo, raffles, inflatable activities and so much more, while adults can enjoy the seductive suds and gourmet food from vendors. Visitors can enjoy the delicious dining options like brats, burgers, hot dogs, taffy apples and more sold by local not-for-profit organizations.
Saturday, September 22; 3-10 p.m. Vernon Hills Metra Station, 75 Route 45, Vernon Hills.
Celebrate fall in all of its glory at Lambs Farm at Libertyville. Youngsters can experience fall-themed arts & crafts and other activities like painting pumpkins. The Lake County Farm Heritage Association will be in attendance with tractors for kids to touch and they can also take a ride on a barrel train.
Saturday, September 29; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville.
This festival has pumpkins stacked to the sky. Get into the spirit with your friend Jack while holding a lantern and journey to Highwood for the Great Pumpkin Festival. Once again, the festival will be jam-packed with daily events, a variety of food and drink vendors, a carnival, live tunes, hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin carving, massive pumpkin displays, nightly pumpkin lightings, a parade, Superhero 5K/10K and so much more.
Friday-Sunday, October 6-8; Fri 4-10 p.m. Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Highwood Metra Station, 317 Green Bay Rd., Highwood.
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Tickets are on sale now for Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns! More than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Wednesday, October 24 through Sunday, October 28. Get tickets at the link in our profile. Photo by @mariarebelophotography #cbgjackolanterns #halloween #pumpkins #jackolanterns #carvedpumpkins @riseofthejackolanterns #chicagobotanicgarden #fallatcbg #fallevents
Ready for an evening of headless horseman staring at you with multiple different expressions? Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting Night of 1,000 Jack-o-Lanterns the weekend before Halloween. These hand-carved pumpkins will light up the Glencoe Garden with LED lights along the paved pathway starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, and indulge in seasonal eats and drinks like apple doughnuts, cider and ale.
Friday-Sunday, October 24-28; 6:30-10:30 p.m. Admission between $12-$14. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.
Stop! It’s pumpkin time! This Grayslake Park District orange fruit holiday features games, a costume contest, a giant slide, hay rides, moonwalks and more. Preregistration is $8, while the walk-in/day of event admission is $13.
Thursday, October 18; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission $8. Central Park, 250 Library Ln., Grayslake
What’s all the hoopla in Deerfield? This pre-Halloween social at Jewett Park Community Center features inflatable rides, lucrative giveaways, a zombie apocalypse trail game, a pumpkin patch, carnival games, a haywagon trip, live entertainment and so much more.
Friday-Saturday, October 26-27; 7-9 p.m. Admission $7. Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Dr., Deerfield.
Grocery Stores for Pumpkin Purchase
If you are an Ebenezer Scrooge during the fall season, here’s where the quick route (and less adventurous way) in picking up your pumpkin in Lake County,
Jewel-Locations in Lake County
Lewis Fresh Market Locations
- Waukegan (two stores)
Trader Joes locations
- Lake Zurich
Mariano’s Fresh Market Locations
- Lake Zurich
- Vernon Hills
Sunset Foods Locations
- Long Grove
Whole Foods Locations
Don’t forget #NationalPumpkinDay is Saturday, October 26. For more information about pumpkins in Lake County, click here.