Fall Fest 2022

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Fall Fest 2022

For Wildlife. For All. For Fall! Dive into the wonderful world of autumn with Lincoln Park Zoo's 8th Annual Fall Fest.

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Lincoln Park Zoo 2234 North Cannon Drive Chicago, IL 60614

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How to get there

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

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, drag story time, 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 and you’ll also be entered to win a package of tickets for Fall Fest ticketed attractions.


  • Live professional pumpkin carvers (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-1pm)
  • Pumpkin patch & Great Pumpkin Walk
  • Patch’s Bar & Grill, a festive Fall food pop-up
  • Animal viewing
  • Ticketed experiences including: AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, Lionel Train Adventure, Ferris Wheel, Harvest Maze, Giant Slide, Pumpkin Walk, & Mini Disco Racecar Ride.
  • Mary Macaroni and the Impastas musical entertainment (every Sat, 3pm-5pm)
  • Mexican Folk Dance (Sat, Oct 15, 12-1pm)
  • Drag story time (Sun, October 2 ,1-3pm)
  • Stilt walker (every Fri, 11am-1pm)
  • Festive décor themed for fall, ranging from harvests to haunts

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! Add on a ticket voucher to your registration 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