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10 Fall Bucket List Activities in St. Charles, IL

It's hard to believe that summer is already coming to close. But, look on the bright side - this means fall is knocking on the door. While everyone loves St. Charles, IL in the summer, spending the autumn in this town just cannot be beat. It's hard to not get excited about hoodie weather, sipping on a warm drink, and admiring the lovely changing of the leaves. So, don't let the season get away from you! We have compiled a bucket list of fall activities in St. Charles that you just can't miss out on. Take a look below and get started!

1. Enjoy an Autumn Hayride at Primrose Farm

Photos Courtesy of the St. Charles Park District

Sitting-back, relaxing and gazing upon the fall-harvest on an actual farm? Sign us up! This year, from September 29th through October 21st on Friday and Saturday evenings, you can do just that at Primrose Farm's autumn tractor-drawn wagon ride! This 30-minute cruise is a blast for everyone regardless of age, and with the opportunity to make s'mores over a firepit at the end of your ride, this is the perfect way to celebrate the season. If you're looking to get a group together, their wagons can accommodate up to 16 people, and you'll get not only your own private wagon, but a private firepit to roast your marshmallows, too!

2. Receive an "I Voted" Sticker from Scarecrow Weekend

Nothing screams a St. Charles fall more than attending Scarecrow Weekend. This annual tradition is one of the most magical times of the year here in this town, as you can admire all the handcrafted scarecrows scattered throughout downtown made by local businesses, non-profits, and individuals. The Scarecrow Contest is a highlight of this weekend, where you can vote on your favorite straw creation in four different categories: Business, Club/Not-for-Profit/School, Individual, and Mechanical Mega. Once you've picked out your top choices, you'll receive a sticker that shows you voted as a token for your participation. This renowned community event is not to be missed!

3. Taste New Ciders at Broken Brix Winery & Cidery

Fall is the prime time to sip on some craft cider, and nobody does craft cider better than Broken Brix Winery & Cidery. While your venturing through downtown St. Charles on a crisp autumn afternoon, stop inside their shop to try some. Their House Cider will instantly transport you to an apple orchard with it's wonderful flavors, and with other options like their Cherry Cider and Wine Barrel Aged Cider, you won't be short on selections! The owner's are experts on everything homebrewing, and can even get you started with the proper equipment to do so! Who knows? A trip here may lead into a brand-new hobby that you just can't get enough of.

4. Experience Fall Colors at a Local Forest Preserve

The vibrant oranges, reds, and auburns of the changing leaves are a breathtaking sight, especially in the midst of all the natural beauty in St. Charles. This fall, plan a visit to one of the nearby forest preserves, such as LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve or Fox River Bluff (West) Forest Preserve, to witness this spectacle. Trust us when we say that the colors are truly awe-inspiring. For those who prefer to explore on two wheels, Sammy's Bikes offers rentals so you can journey down the Fox River Trail and encounter the hues along the way. Need inspiration on where you should go? Take a look at our blog here for a list of some of the best places to see fall colors in St. Charles.

5. Participate in the Hops for Hope 5k & Brewfest

Photos Courtesy of Project Mobility

Where racing and beer work together in absolute harmony - the Hops for Hope 5k & Brewfest. This 5k, hosted by Project Mobility, takes place at Mt. St. Mary Park and goes to benefit Project Mobility's mission of providing the services, resources, and equipment needed to promote better health, independence, and the freedom of mobility through adaptive cycling. During this top 100 Races in American according to BibRave, you'll have six beer stops along the way, adding a unique but fun twist! Once you've crossed the finish line, you can celebrate at their Brewfest where Craft Urban will be there serving up tasty food, local breweries pouring drinks, and exciting raffles that you can enter.

Where is Your Favorite Spot to View Fall Colors?

  • LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

  • Fox River Trail

  • Fox River Bluff (West) Forest Preserve

  • Ferson Creek Fen Nature Preserve

Photos Courtesy of the St. Charles Park District

The beginning of the fall season also means the beginning of the spooky season! Get into the ghostly spirit by going on the St. Charles Park District's Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour. Beginning October 13th through Halloween night, this tour will take you all around the Fox Valley Area, showcasing the scariest homes that you can see from your vehicle or from the sidewalk. There will also be two nights of judging this year - October 13th and 14th, and you can vote on your very favorite home display. We can't think of a better way to kick-off this ghoulish season, so click here to print your free tour guide today!

The changing of the seasons brings about unpredictable weather, but you can combat this with a warm and comforting fall meal. Head over to the St. Charles Farmer's Market, which takes place at the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church every Friday morning from 8am-1pm. The market offers an array of exceptional products from local farmers, artisans, and vendors. The best part about shopping at a Farmer's Market is that you always know the produce you get is fresh and in season, which will make your culinary creations even more delectable!

8. Do the St. Charles Park District's Sip & Stroll

One of the best ways to relish in the autumn weather is to spend some time at a local park. Every year, the St. Charles Park District holds a Sip & Stoll at Mt. St. Mary Park, and this year, it lands on September 23rd. As you venture around, you will have the chance to view the changing colors of the leaves, and appreciate the sculptures that make this park so special. On top of that, there will be local businesses set up throughout the park where you can sample delicious beverages, too! Don't wait, and make sure to register ahead of time. This event is for ages 21+.

9. Play a Round of Ghoulish Golf

Photos Courtesy of the St. Charles Park District

It's no secret that Riverview Miniature Golf Course is one of the best miniature golf courses around, but have you ever played a round once it transforms into Ghoulish Golf? On October 6th and 7th from 12pm-9pm, put your putting skills to the test when there are spooky surprises at every turn. As always, it will be a challenge to try and shoot under par, but now you have to test your fright threshold as there are family-friendly scares throughout the game. Chilling decorations are added to the already fantastic course, making this an annual event that you need to have circled on your calendar.

10. Catch Some Sports at a Local Business

Autumn is the ideal time for sports enthusiasts as it marks the start of the MLB playoffs, NFL, and College Football season. With all this non-stop sports action, you can't miss out on all the excitement! Why not gather a group of friends and head out to one of the many bars or restaurants in town to celebrate the occasion? There is no shortage of spots where you can have a great meal, drinks, and cheer for your favorite team. Visit Flagship on the Fox, Dukes Northwoods, or Whiskey Bend - just a few of the many terrific establishments that guarantee an unforgettable evening. It's a touchdown every time!

In case you haven't seen - there are two brand-new murals located in downtown St. Charles, putting the total at five! Using the Travel St. Charles App, when you check into all five mural locations under the Mural Challenge, you'll receive a limited-edition mural-inspired water bottle (for limited time only). Get started here!


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