“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 29
Didier Farms Pumpkinfest
16678 Aptakisic Rd., Prairie View
September 23-October 31
Lake County Farmers Markets
various end dates
Peruse Lake County farmers markets as many remain open through the fall season.
- Antioch’s Farmers Market (through Sept. 28)
- Deerfield’s Farmers Market (through Oct. 14)
- Grayslake’s Summer Farmers Market (through Sept. 20)
- Grayslake’s Fall Farmers Market
- MainStreet Libertyville Farmers Market (through Oct. 19)
- Mundelein’s Farmers Market (through Oct. 6)
- Radical Root Farm in Libertyville (through Dec. 16)
For more information on Lake County farmers markets, continue here.
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 Lincolnshire 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 23-October 31; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Didier Farms, Aptakisic Rd., Prairie View.
Start your day out at the Farmers Market in Deerfield for an abundance of locally-grown organic fruits and veggies. Your kiddies will welcome autumn the proper way with the Harvest Festival. This event features plenty of kid activities like face painting, pumpkin carving, pong darts, gourd bowling, apple bobbing, jack-o-lantern bean bag toss, pumpkin ring toss and more. The live entertainment includes a roster of fine musicians Rosie & the Rivets and Hi-Infidelity. To add icing to the cake, the kids get to touch a truck: fire trucks, military vehicles, snow plows and more.
Saturday, September 23; Downtown Deerfield, Deerfield Road and Park Avenue, Deerfield.
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The Farm Heritage Days & Harvest Festival is a three-day event that celebrates Lake County’s historic agricultural tradition. The Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center affair features 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, fall plants & decor sale, an auction, tractor pulls and so much more.
Saturday-Sunday, September 22-24. Admission: $5-$10. Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.
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.
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 23; 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-Sunday, October 7-8; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville.
Zion’s Fall Festival features a farmers market, games, a bouncy house, live music, pumpkin carving and much more.
Saturday, October 14. Downtown Zion, Shiloh Boulevard and Sheridan Road, Zion.
This spooky, four-day fest features a Halloween carnival, costume contests, a pumpkin totem pole contest and so much more.
Thursday-Sunday, October 26-29. William E. Brook Entertainment Center, 902 Skidmore Dr., Antioch.
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 26-29; 6:30-10:30 p.m. Admission between $12-$14. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
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.