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Fall Color Festival

We’ve taken the season and turned it into a celebration—Fall Color Festival at The Morton Arboretum!  See the world through a kaleidoscope of brilliantly colored trees while enjoying grilled goodies and taffy apples, a scarecrow trail around Meadow Lake, and other activities every day in October. Special events include the Fall Color 5K Run and Walk,, Cider and Ale Festival, Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe from Theatre-Hikes, Mystery Dinner, Glass Pumpkin Patch, Boo Breakfast, and more!


The Morton Arboretum thanks the Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 Fall Color Festival

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An origami acorn made with orange paper
Practice folding paper into your favorite garden shapes. Daily through October 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Children's Garden. Weather permitting.
A squirrel origami sculpture made out of metal
Dozens of large-scale metal sculptures based on the ancient Japanese art of paper folding will engage you on paths through the Arboretum’s spectacular landscape Friday, May 19, through Sunday, October 22, 2017.
Children listening to a story
Gather in the Children’s Garden amphitheater for story time and fun. Fridays, April 7 through October 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Display of fall bulbs
Shop dozens of varieties of dutch bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums, crocus, fritillaria, and many more. Saturday & Sunday, September 30 & October 1, 2017 at The Arboretum Store. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
Race in our 14th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Scarecrows that look like the Peanuts Cartoon charaters
Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2017. 7:00 a.m-sunset
Child painting a pumpkin
Kids, enjoy games and crafts. Costumes encouraged. Saturday, September 30, weekends in October and Columbus day at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends in October and Monday, October 9, 2017 (Columbus Day), 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A play taking place outdoors
Experience the theater on nature's stage as plays based on literary tales are presented during hikes through the scenic landscape of The Morton Arboretum. Select weekends, July, August, September, and October, 2017
Bees  on a honeycomb
Come meet the Arboretum’s beekeeper, learn about bees, sample honey, and shop. Monday, October 9, 2017 from noon - 3:00 p.m .
Glass-blown pumpkin with several gourds
Explore a dazzling collection of 5,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs in mesmerizing colors, shapes, and sizes. At The Morton Arboretum, October 11- 15, 2017. Sales begin ​October 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Carved pumpkins with smiling and scary faces
Join us on a family-friendly jack o' lantern lit hike to explore the night life of owls, bats and spiders at The Morton Arboretum. October 14 , 15, 21, or 22, 2017. Times vary. Register NOW.
Adults enjoying a crisp fall day while sampling cider and ale
Sample ciders and seasonal beers in the midst of rich fall color at the Cider and Ale Festival on October 21, 2017
4 adults dressed in clothes circa 1970s
Enjoy interactive dinner theatre with a mystery to solve. Don’t forget your detective hat. October 26 or 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Adults and children dressed like pirates and princesses
Join us for BOO Breakfast, complete with visits from favorite characters. Costumes encouraged. Sunday, October 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m