Fall Fest Returns to Lincoln Park Zoo September 30 

Celebrate autumn in the heart of Chicago with festive, family-friendly activities, including the return of rides through October 30

CHICAGO (August 19, 2022) — Celebrate the changing colors and the autumn season in Chicago at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest, kicking off September 30. This FREE admission, family-friendly fest invites guests to enjoy the fresh, crisp fall air and 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, Patch’s Pumpkin Bar & Grill, returns to offer seasonal food, drinks, décor, and spectacular views of Pepper Family Wildlife Center. In true fall fashion, visitors can pick the perfect pumpkin at the zoo’s pumpkin patch located outside the Gift Shop. Additionally, guests can marvel at the masterpieces created by professional pumpkin carvers and attend a drag story time.

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, a Harvest Maze, various rides (including a 65-foot Ferris wheel, Fun Slide, and Pirate’s Revenge), Lionel Train Adventure, and the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel.

“Fall is one of the best times to visit Lincoln Park Zoo, with species of all sorts enjoying the cooler weather and the zoo’s foliage bursting with autumnal colors,” said Events Manager Meg Hein. “At Fall Fest, guests can celebrate the harvest season with various family-friendly activities—from twisting their way through a Harvest Maze to savoring delectable goodies—all while connecting with nature in their urban backyard”.

Fall Fest is free and open to the public Friday-Sunday from September 30-October 30 and on Monday, October 10. The event’s hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. No registration is required but guests can sign up at EventBrite for exclusive updates throughout the season and be entered for a chance to win attraction ticket bundles. Attractions do require tickets and are available individually for $4 each or in bulk packages of 10 for $36 and 20 for $69. Attraction tickets can be purchased online or at the zoo.

To keep the spirit of the season going, the zoo is offering various special events throughout the fall:

  • Join author, podcaster, and host of Mysterious Chicago Tours, Adam Selzer, for a spine-tingling walkabout that digs into 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 enjoy spooky season shenanigans of your own? Head to Adults Night Out: Howl-O-Ween on October 27 for a night of festive fun.
  • Spooky Zoo, hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo, returns October 22 for trick-or-treating and activities for families.

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

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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.