At The Morton Arboretum, a glance skyward reveals a symphony of color—fiery oranges catch a crisp breeze alongside ruby reds, rich purples and gleaming golds as a walk through the forest becomes a feast for the senses. The Arboretum’s 1,700 acres of woodlands, wetlands and prairie boast a world-renowned collection of trees from more than 40 countries around the world, allowing for an amazing and long-lasting fall color palette, which can be enjoyed along 16 miles of hiking trails.
The Arboretum is a regional hub for all things fall. Each year, guests flock to the Arboretum for the Fall Color Festival, a month of festive events that complement the season’s beauty.
On October 1, the Arboretum’s month-long Fall Color Festival kicks off with the Fall Color 5K Run & Walk. Race a beautiful course through our expansive East Woods during this annual favorite, which includes a kid’s dash and post-race party.
Adding to the fall tapestry will be the hundreds of pumpkins displayed throughout the Arboretum grounds. See pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and make a special trip to see the glass versions during the seventh-annual Glass Pumpkin Patch, October 11-15. This popular event features demonstrations from some of the country’s top glassblowers and unique, handcrafted designs available for purchase.
Adults will have a swell time at our 50s-themed Mystery Dinner, October 26-27. Find clues to a caper loosely based on Arboretum history. The grown-up fun continues with the Cider and Ale Festival on October 21. Visitors can sample flavorful ciders and beers from dozens of craft breweries while enjoying the splendor of the season.
Families can get into the Halloween spirit with the costumed characters of BOO Breakfast, October 29. All month long, kids are invited into our four-acre Children’s Garden for the games and crafts of the Trick or Trees program.
Throughout the month, visitors to the Arboretum can take in a performance of “Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe.” Walk along with the action of this chilling tale during Theatre-Hikes® at The Morton Arboretum, October 7-29.
Less spooky, but no less fun are the whimsical and imaginative creations of our Scarecrow Trail. Bordering Meadow Lake, these hand-made scarecrows are the work of Chicago-area scout troops and add to the beautiful natural grasses and plants that circle the water’s edge.
Every weekend, visitors can also enjoy seasonal fare including taffy apples and kettle corn.
The Morton Arboretum's Fall Color Festival is supported by Presenting Sponsor DuPage Medical Group.