Fall Fest Returns to Lincoln Park Zoo October 8

Celebrate autumn in the heart of Chicago with festive, family-friendly activities

CHICAGO (September 23, 2021) — Embrace the autumn season in Chicago at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest, kicking off October 8. This FREE admission, family-friendly celebration invites guests to partake in harvest fun, from picking the perfect pumpkin to devouring sweet treats and festive drinks.

In addition to autumn-themed animal enrichment and musical entertainment, the zoo’s over-the-top fall pop-up bar, Patches’ Pumpkin Bar & Grill, returns to offer festive food, drinks, décor, and spectacular views of the new Pepper Family Wildlife Center, opening October 14.

Fall Fest features several ticketed experiences, including a Pumpkin Walk at Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo with live professional pumpkin carvers on Saturdays and Sundays, Lionel Train Adventure, and the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel.

“After such a toasty summer, come enjoy the autumn weather at the zoo and partake in some harvest fun,” said Events Manager Ellen Ernst. “At Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo, guests can celebrate the changing of the seasons and connect with nature in their urban backyard”.

New this year, participate in the Fall Fest Instagram photo contest. Visit Lincoln Park Zoo during Fall Fest and post a photo at any of the five Fall Fest photo ops for a chance to win tickets to ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ.

In true fall fashion, pumpkins will be available for purchase at a pumpkin patch located in front of the Gift Shop. Pumpkins vary in price depending on size.

Fall Fest is free and open to the public Friday-Sunday from October 8-October 31 and on Monday, October 11. The event’s hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are required for various experiences and are available individually for $3 each or in bulk packages of 10 for $27, or 20 for $51.

To keep the spirit of the season going, the zoo is offering various special ticketed happenings:

  • Learn more about the zoo’s cemetery roots and locations from throughout its allegedly haunted history during Haunted History Tours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout October.
  • Too old for trick or treating, but want to scare up some fun? Head to Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow on October 28 to celebrate the spooky season and enjoy some adult fun. Tickets are available for $15+.

Events like Fall Fest enable Lincoln Park Zoo to remain free and open to all. To learn more about the zoo, visit lpzoo.org.

About Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year. Visit us at lpzoo.org.

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