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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 a 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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Display of fall bulbs
Shop dozens of varieties of dutch bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums, crocus, fritillaria, and many more. Daily in October, 2017 at The Arboretum Store. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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.
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
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
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.
Scarecrow depicting Horton Hears a Who
Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2017. 7:00 a.m-sunset
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.
1950s scene
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.
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.
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