Looking for a apple festival in Illinois in 2020? (just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! All the apple festivals in Illinois we can find are listed on this page! If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always looking for more apple festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add! I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website.
I update this list every year, but still click on the links to the festival (the blue, underlined name of the each festival) to confirm this year's dates on the website for each festival. They may change or cancel at the last minute. . If they don't have a website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.
Click here for the form to add a festival and have detailed information; or click here if you have general information and are not connected with the event!
Apples typically ripen from July (yes, some early varieties start then, especially in southern areas) through early November. Most apple varieties ripen in Spetember and October and this is when most apple festivals are held. Unlike strawberries, which grow almost anywhere, apples are grown commercially in half as many states. They do not grow well in very warm climates, like Florida, and along the Gulf coast, etc. Apples require a certain number of hours of cold (below 40 F) in order to produce fruit. So most commercial apple production and apple festivals are north of Interstate 20 (I-20).
There are two general types of apple festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2).
Apple festival held at and by a farm. They are different in what they
community festivals tend to be less expensive so they are grouped separately.
(of course not all states and areas have both.)
Following the festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about making apple jam, freezing apples, apple pies and much more.
In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own apple festivals. See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them until the end of May). They usually have PYO apples then, too. Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making directions at the bottom of the page.
Also, see our pages on easy illustrated apple