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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.

  • Annual Bulb Sale

    Annual Bulb Sale
    Shop dozens of varieties of dutch bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums, crocus, fritillaria, and many more.

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  • Scarecrow Trail

    Scarecrow Trail
    Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2019. 7:00 a.m-sunset

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  • Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum

    Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum
    Walk along with theater performers surrounded by nature! All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and up to 1.5 miles in hiking distance. Select weekends in October 2019

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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 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

    Fall Color 5K Run & Walk
    Satisfy your inner champion on our scenic, rolling course through the crisp autumn air at our 16th annual Fall Color 5K Run and Walk at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Glass Pumpkin Patch

    Glass Pumpkin Patch
    Explore a dazzling collection of handblown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs. October 9 through 13, 2019 Exhibit: Wednesday, October 9 through Friday, October 11 at 12:59 p.m. Sale: Friday, October 11 at 1:00 pm. to Sunday, October 13

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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 19, 2019

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  • Boo Breakfast

    Boo Breakfast
    Join us for BOO Breakfast, complete with visits from favorite characters. Costumes encouraged. Sunday, October 27th 2019.

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