Fall Color Festival

Activities Throughout October

The Fall Color Festival celebrates the most brilliant season at The Morton Arboretum. Take in 1,700 acres of seasonal splendor, as hundreds of thousands of trees from 40 countries blaze with fiery orange, warm gold, and vivid crimson. Hike or bike in the crisp fall air. Drive scenic roads to see spectacular vistas. Make family memories in our award-winning Children’s Garden, or enjoy fall-themed events on select weekends.

The Morton Arboretum thanks the Fall Color Festival Presenting Sponsor, DuPage Medical Group

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  • Annual Bulb Sale

    Annual Bulb Sale
    Shop dozens of varieties of bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums, crocus, fritillaria, and many more. September 21 through October 31, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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  • Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

    Fall Color 5K Run & Walk
    Run for the trees at the 15th annual Fall Color 5K Run and Walk, Sunday, September 30, 2018.

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  • Scarecrow Trail

    Scarecrow Trail
    Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2018. 7:00 a.m-sunset

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  • Family Jack O' Lantern Hikes

    Family Jack O' Lantern Hikes
    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. Saturday, October 6 or 13, or Sunday, October 7 or 14, 2018, times vary.

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  • Trick or Trees

    Trick or Trees
    Kids, enjoy games and crafts. Costumes encouraged. Weekends in October and Columbus day at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends in October and Monday, October 8, 2018 (Columbus Day), 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum

    Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum
    Walk along with theater performers and experience classic Brothers Grimm tales a new way: surrounded by nature! All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and will not exceed 2 miles in hiking distance. Select Weekends in October, 2018

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  • Meet the Beekeeper

    Meet the Beekeeper
    Come meet the Arboretum’s beekeeper, learn about bees, sample honey, and shop. October 8, 2018 from noon - 3:00 p.m .

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  • Glass Pumpkin Patch

    Glass Pumpkin Patch
    Explore a dazzling collection of hand-blown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs at The Morton Arboretum, October 10 through 14, 2018

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  • Cider and Ale Festival

    Cider and Ale Festival
    Sample ciders and seasonal beers in the midst of rich fall color at the Cider and Ale Festival on October 20, 2018

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  • Boo Breakfast

    Boo Breakfast
    Join us for BOO Breakfast, complete with visits from favorite characters. Costumes encouraged. Sunday, October 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m

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