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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, Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe theatre-hike, Scarecrow Trail, Mystery Dinner, 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.
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
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 13th 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
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 9, 2017 (Columbus Day), 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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 .
Some of the glass pumpkins in the Glass Pumpkin Patch
Explore a dazzling collection of 4,000 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.
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 29, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Adults and children dressed up
Join us for BOO Breakfast, complete with visits from favorite characters. Costumes encouraged. Sunday, October 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m