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Cider and Ale Festival

Two adults sitting on chairs under a colorful tree

October 21, 2017
VIP: Noon-1:00 p.m.
General Admission: 1:00-5:00 p.m.


Sample ciders and seasonal beers in the midst of rich fall color at the third annual Cider and Ale Festival. Sip on local favorites and explore new craft ciders and beers while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of The Morton Arboretum.

Guest restaurants and Arboretum concessions will be available on-site for purchase. Bring a chair or lie down on a blanket in the crisp Autumn air while listening to live music by Cadillac Groove. This event is rain or shine; please come prepared


Participating Breweries and Cideries


Ticket Information:

Beat the crowd, avoid long lines, and sample special and limited release beers before they run out! VIP Ticket Holders will receive a souvenir tasting glass, 20-3oz tastings, live music, and early entry to the festival at noon. VIP ticket holders will also receive early access to the Infusion Tent featuring French Press infusion along with Randall Infusion and the first samples of five cask beers (finished in a firkin). These beers are in very limited quantities and are only guaranteed to VIP ticket holders from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

What is a firkin? A firkin or small cask is used to naturally ferment and carbonate small batch beer.  Experience unfiltered cask beer much like your ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Cheers!

General Admission:
General admission ticket holders will receive a souvenir tasting glass, 20-3oz  tastings, and live music entertainment.

Designated Driver:
The Morton Arboretum encourages safe driving with designated driver tickets. Designated Drivers will receive complimentary water, soda, and hot non-alcoholic hot cider during the event.


VIP Entry: $60/members, $70/non members. There is a $5 charge added to ticket purchases made on the day of the event.

General Admission Entry: $40/members, $50/non members. There is a $5 charge added to ticket purchases made on the day of the event.

Designated Driver: $15/members, $15/non members.


PHONE: 630-725-2066, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

VISIT: In person at the Visitor Center during open hours


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