Illinois Apple Festivals in 2021
Update for 2021 and Coronavirus:
It looks like many festivals are returning for 2021, with the possible exception of some in states like California, Michigan, New York. Even so, many festivals will not finalize or announce their plans until the last minute, so when we have not seen an update, we've left last year's data below and suggest you see the festivals website or call the festival as the date gets close to see if they will hold it this year.
Looking for a apple festival in Illinois in 2021?
(just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as
complete and current as this list, just updated! All the apple
festivals in Illinois we can find are listed on this page!
If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always
looking for more apple festivals! Please write me, if
you know of any to add! I update the dates as soon as the festivals
publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually
the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's
Always click on the links to the festival to confirm this year's dates; with COVID and weather, things may change at the last minute. They may change or
at the last minute. . If they don't have a
website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S
DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.
Click here for the form to add a festival and have detailed information; or click
here if you have general information and are not connected with the event!
2021 Apple Festivals in Illinois - Where, When and More to Find an Apple Festival Near You!
Apples typically ripen from July (yes, some early varieties start
then, especially in southern areas)
through early November. Most apple varieties ripen in
Spetember and October and this is when most apple festivals are
Unlike strawberries, which grow almost anywhere, apples are
grown commercially in half as many states. They do not grow well in
very warm climates, like Florida, and along the Gulf coast, etc.
Apples require a certain number of hours of cold (below 40 F) in
order to produce fruit. So most commercial apple production and
apple festivals are north of Interstate 20 (I-20).
There are two general types of apple festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2).
Apple festival held at and by a farm. They are different in what they
community festivals tend to be less expensive so they are grouped separately.
(of course not all states and areas have both.)
festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about
making apple jam, freezing apples, apple pies and
Community Apple Festivals
Bucktown Apple Pie Contest
- apples, produce for sale, snacks and refreshment stand, musical
entertainment, cooking or fruit/veg judging, restrooms, face painting,
pony rides, petting zoo, Held indoors in bad weather, Tents or other
provisions are made for bad weather, There is an admission fee,
Holstein Park 2200 N. Oakley Ave., Chicago, IL 60647. Phone:
773-353-5003. Alternate Phone: 773-230-3758. Fax: 312-698-8668. Email:
[email protected]. Open: October 16, 2011 2:00pm to
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard.
Click here for our Facebook page. Amateur bakers and pastry pros
will be out in force on Sunday, October 16, 2011 as they compete for the
coveted blue ribbon in the 7th Annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest, a
fundraising event that benefits Holstein Park. In the Park's historic
field house and grounds, a panel of chefs, restaurateurs, gourmands and
local celebrities will judge 150 apple pies, looking for the ultimate
combination of appearance, taste and texture. The event also includes
live music, kids' activities, a silent auction and a raffle. $2 / $5
donation requested for entrance. Contestants pay $15 to enter a pie for
Long Grove Apple Festival - hours are 10 AM to 6 PM daily.
Long Grove, IL. Admission is FREE and so is the parking (There is a
charge at the Church parking lot). Long Grove restaurants, such as
the Apple Haus and outdoor food booths serve apple pies (4,000 were
sold last year), apple cider, and apple muffins, apple cinnamon
pretzels, apple salsa, and taffy apple beer mug sundaes.
- Murphysboro Apple Festival
-mid September; The date for the festival is always the 2nd weekend
after Labor Day
110 South 14th Street, Murphysboro, IL 62966. Phone: 618-684-3200. Email:
[email protected]. The Murphysboro Apple Festival is the longest,
continuous running festival in Southern Illinois, featuring the largest parade
in our region! Tens of thousands of people come out every year to enjoy the
events and shows. This family oriented event is a time-honored tradition!
Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED:
August 28, 2018, JBS) (UPDATED:
June 24, 2016)
Farm Apple Festivals
In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own apple festivals.
See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them
until the end of May). They usually have PYO apples then, too.
Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making
directions at the bottom of the page.
- Saturday and Sunday, September 25, 2021 and September 26, 2021 from 9 am to 6 pm each day.
Road, Carlinville, IL 62626. Phone: 217-854-3514. Email:
[email protected]. Open: See our website for current hours or call.
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Broom
Orchard is located 2 1/2 miles southwest of Carlinville.
Click here for a map and directions. Visit our website for
current approximate ripening dates of our locally grown seasonal fruit or
"like" us on Facebook; Broom Orchard has an annual Apple Festival in
September and a Pumpkin Festival in October with various entertainment and
activities. Broom Orchard Facebook page. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.
Our Farm Market is open July thru December. This is where we sell our fresh peaches, apples, blackberries, nectarines,
plums, pears and pumpkins when in season. The market is also stocked with Amish-made apple butter, Illinois honey, popcorn, preserves, butters and all fruit
spreads. Don’t forget our award winning sweet cider, too!
Peaches are freestone. Early Gold Apples and Bi-Color Sweet Corn are also available. White Lady Peaches, Nectarines, and Blackberries. In 2021, Broom
Orchard is celebrating their 39th annual Apple Festival,
Related Apple Information: Freezing, Making Jam,
Canning, Apple Pies, Recipes and More
Also, see our pages on easy illustrated apple
Recipes and Canning directions
For other fruit and vegetable festivals, see this page!