Fall Fest

Calendar Icon September 30–October 30
October 10
Clock Icon 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Fall Fest Schedule


For Wildlife. For All. For Fall! Dive into the wonderful world of autumn—from picking the perfect pumpkin to nostalgic Ferris wheel rides above the foliage—with Lincoln Park Zoo’s eighth annual Fall Fest. This free, family-friendly celebration brings harvest-time fun to the heart of Chicago each year from September–October. This year’s festival features ticketed attractions throughout the zoo, including the Ferris wheel, harvest maze, pumpkin walk, super-sized slide, racecar ride, and more. Guests can also enjoy free musical entertainment, a pumpkin patch, professional pumpkin carvers, and fall-themed enrichment for the animals!

Fall Fest is a FREE event at Lincoln Park Zoo and registrations is not required. If you’d like to be informed of all Fall Fest activities, schedules, and new attractions, sign up on Eventbrite here and you’ll also be entered to win a package of tickets for Fall Fest ticketed attractions.

Festive Activities

  • Live professional pumpkin carvers (Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.)
  • Mary Macaroni and the Impastas musical entertainment (Every Saturday from 3–5 p.m.)
  • Patch’s Bar & Grill, a festive fall food pop-up
  • Ticketed experiences:
    • AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
    • Lionel Train Adventure
    • Ferris wheel
    • Harvest maze
    • Giant slide
    • Pumpkin walk
    • Mini Disco Racecar Ride
    • And more!
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Animal viewing
  • Stilt walker (Every Friday, plus Monday, October 10, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.)
  • Mexican Folk Dance (Saturday, October 15, from 12–1 p.m.)
  • Festive décor themed for fall, ranging from harvests to haunts

Ticketed Experiences

Fall Fest attraction tickets cost $4 for one ticket, $36 for 10 tickets, and $69 for 20 tickets. Tickets are available at zoo ticket counters.

New this year: pre-purchase attraction tickets on Eventbrite! Register here and add on a ticket voucher to be redeemed at the festival ticket counter.

AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel features 48 artisan-crafted wooden animals and two chariots.
1 ticket required per person

Ferris Wheel
This 65-foot Ferris wheel will lift you to new sights as your soar above the zoo’s seasonal magic and get the best view in the city.
2 tickets required per person

Fun Slide
Climb to the top and rush to the bottom in the blink of an eye on this super-sized slide. It’s fast, fun, and fantastic for the entire family.
1 ticket required per person

Lionel Train Adventure
The trackless 28-passenger train crosses over a quaint country bridge and winds its way past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a red brick station.
1 ticket required per person

Mini Disco Racecar Ride
Get ready for adventure on this groovy family ride, which combines fun music with rocking and whirling motions.
1 ticket required per person

Pumpkin Walk
Stroll through a spectacular array of pumpkins and fall decor. You won’t want to miss this immersive and photo-worthy attraction.
1 ticket required per person

Harvest Maze
Find your way through the twists and turns of fall fun next to the  Swan Pond and beautiful gardens in an area accented by more enchanting fall décor.
1 ticket required per person

Pumpkin Patch Pop-up
Nothing says “fall” like the perfect pumpkin. Whether you’re carving a jack-o’-lantern or making some delicious pie this autumn, your adventure starts at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Prices vary

Special Ticketed Events Happening This Fall at Lincoln Park Zoo

Haunted History Tours

Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18 & 25, 7–10:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 7–10:30 p.m.
For guests ages 16+

Join Adam Selzer—author, podcaster, and host of Mysterious Chicago Tours—for spine-tingling walkabouts that dig into the zoo’s cemetery roots and locations from throughout its allegedly haunted history. These popular tours will sell out quickly, so scare up some tickets for yourself before they disappear!



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Spooky Zoo

Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. while supplies last

Join us on Saturday, October 22 for Spooky Zoo, hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo!

This year’s event will offer the following:

  • Trick-or-treating on zoo grounds—event starts at 10 a.m. and will continue while supplies last, or until 1 p.m.
  • Family-friendly entertainment

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Adults Night Out: Howl-O-Ween

Thursday, October 27, 6:30–10 p.m.

Ever wonder what it would be like to explore Lincoln Park Zoo after the gates close? Here’s your chance! Leave the kids at home and head to the zoo for Adults Night Out. Guests will enjoy unique animal chats, educational entertainment, and cash bars throughout the zoo at this after-hours event. No kids. No crowds. Just strolling alongside animals with a glass of beer or wine in hand. Sound fun? Join us!

For guests ages 18 and older

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