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  • Downers Grove HARVEST FESTIVAL

    Saturday, October 1, 10:00am-7:00pm

    Fishel Park, 1036 Grove Street

    Join us for a day of food, live music, a craft fair, children's activities, a beer garden and fun for the entire family!

    Live Music: DJ Coach Josh will kick off the day with music and dancing; The Hat Guys will take the stage from 12:30-2:30pm and 7th heaven will perform from 5-7pm

    Food: Food from Emmett's Brewery, Real urban BBQ, Wells Street Popcorn and Miner Mike's Snack Shack will be on sale.

    Beer & Cider: Beer from official beverage sponsor, Emmett's Brewing; Alter Brewing and #Dgparks, will be on sale from 11am - 6:30pm. Visit the cider tent to try a flight of fall hard ciders.

    Fun & Games: Visit the Fresh Thyme Pumpkin Patch kids area for face painting, bounce houses and kids crafts. Adults can compete for cash prizes in the Alter Brewing Bags tournament at 3pm

    Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest: An eating contest for kids with 6-9 and 10-14 year old divisions! Register on the day. Pies supplied by Fresh Thyme Farmers market. Contest will start at 3:15pm

    Craft Fair: search for some handmade fall crafts in the craft fair, open from 10am

    2016 Schedule

    10:00 am - Festival kick-off with DJ Coach Josh
    Craft Fair, Kids Area and Food Vendors Open
    12:30-2:30 pm - Live music on stage from The Hat Guys

    3:00 pm - Bags Tournament

    3:00 pm - Cider Tasting

    3:30 pm - Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Cook-off Winners Announced

    4:00 pm - Craft Fair and Kids Area Close

    5:00-7:00 pm - Live Music on Stage from 7th Heaven

  • Bags Tournament

    The double elimination tournament has two divisions, Competitive and Recreational, with cash prizes for the winning teams in each division. All bags and boards will be provided and each competitor will receive drink tickets to use at the Alter Brewing beer tent.(ages 21+ only)

    The tournament costs $25. Players must be 18 years and above.

    How to Register

    Download and complete our registration form and return it, with your payment, to the Downers grove Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Rd. or the Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave.

    Download and complete our registration form



  • Harvest Festival food & Drink

    Craft Beer Menu

    Centerline, Alter Brewing: An easy drinking smooth, crisp and clean golden ale -

    Alterior Motive, Alter Brewing: An India Pale Ale that finishes clean on the palate despite the tropical fruit and citrus notes from the aggressive dry-hopping with Citra and Simcoe.

    Octoberfest, Sam Adams: This classic style blends hearty malts for a deep, smooth flavor with notes of caramel creating a brew that's perfect for the season, or whatever you're celebrating.

    Mad King Oktoberfest, Emmett's Brewery: Medium amber ale with a malty caramel flavor, great for German beer enthusiasts.

    Munich Light, Emmett's Brewery: a light Helles lager with a clean refreshing taste

    World's End IPA, Emmett's Brewery: a deep gold IPA with hints of apricot, melon and pineapple, crafted with El Dorado and Comet hops

    Scout, Emmett's Brewery: a rye brown ale with a chocolate, roasted, spiced flavor, perfect for dark beer fans

    Hard Cider Flights

    Try four fall ciders at the Cider Tasting tent

    Fall Harvest Cider, Woodchuck:
    This cider has a complex and elegant character full of apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg balanced with a hint of American White Oak.

    Peach County, Ciderboys Cider Company: Thirst quenching apple and ripe fuzzy peach collide in a fantasy blend. Crank up the piano keys. Dance if you want to. When summer breezes soar under the light of a crescent moon.

    Cinnful Apple, Angry Orchard: Sweet with a slight heat. The juicy apple notes are complemented by cinnamon spice for a cider that is refreshing and smooth, yet warming.

    Smith & Forge Hard Cider: a traditional hard apple cider made strong.


    Real Urban Barbecue Menu

    • Roasted Corn Hush Puppies- .6 for $3
    • Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich - $7
    • BBQ Nachos topped with BBQ Brisket or Pulled Pork - $7.
    • The Game Changer-Brisket Sandwich - $8.
    • Home-Style Mac-N-Cheese - $4
    • Breaded Chicken Tenders - $6
    • Parmesan Dusted Tater Tots - $5
    • T & T COMBO- (Tenders & Tater Tots) - $10

    Emmett's Ale House Menu

    • Mini Pub Cheeseburgers with Hand Cut Potato Chips - $6
    • Buffalo Wings (Blue Cheese Dressing) - $6
    • Baked Pretzel Twists (Horseradish Cheese Spread & Pale Ale Mustard) - $5
    • Cheddar Ale Soup (Baked Pretzel Twist) - $3

    Wells Street Popcorn Menu

    • Caramel Corn
    • Cheddar Corn
    • Chicago Mix
    • Kettle Corn
    • Buttered Popcorn

    Miner Mike's Snack Shack Menu

  • Handmade Craft Fair

    October 1, 2016. Fishel Park. 10:00am - 4:00pm

    Visit over 20 crafters to find unique handmade crafts, including:

    • Fabric purses
    • Metal horseshoe artwork
    • Woodburned signs
    • Crocheted scarves & hats
    • Holiday wreaths & decorations
    • Sports-themed jewelry
    • Table runners
    • Tulle tutus, hair bos & headbands
    • Fabric aprons.

    Vendor Information

    CALLING ALL CRAFTERS!! Showcase your craft to all of Downers Grove at our Harvest Festival! The fest will include live music, children's area, food and drink vendors, a bags tournament and more! Take this opportunity to sell your hand-crafted items, share ideas and techniques and spread the word about your talent!

    For information on becoming one of the artists featured at our Craft Fair, please contact Francine at fmyers@dgparks.org.

    General Information:

    • Setup will begin at 6:30 am on Saturday, October 1. Artists are not allowed to setup prior to this time. Take down will begin at 4:00 pm, and must be complete by 5:00 pm.
    • No vehicles are allowed into the craft fair area after set up and before take down times.
    • Each booth space is a 10' x 10' area. Tables and chairs are available for rental.
    • This is a rain-or-shine event; we recommend a canopy. Artists must supply their own canopy.
    • Electricity is not available.
    • Artists may not sell food or beverages.
    • One parking pass per booth will be given out.
    • Placement will be pre-assigned and you will receive your booth number when you check-in.
  • Fresh Thyme Pumpkin Patch

    The Pumpkin Patch Kids Area, sponsored by Fresh Thyme, features facepainting, bounce houses, fall crafts, pumpkin painting and more! Kids wristbands cost $8 per child for all-day entry to the Pumpkin Patch.

    10am-12pm: Downers Grove Junior Womens Club Crafts

    • Acorn Necklaces
    • Pumpkin Ring Toss
    • Minute-To-Win-It Games
    • Guess The Candy Corn Jar

    1-3pm: Downers Grove Library activities

    • Books
    • Puzzles
    • Giveaways
    • Sign up for a library card

  • 2016 map

  • Help make our Harvest Festival a success! Lots of volunteers are needed to make this event possible - your help is greatly appreciated! Please fill out the form below. If you do not see a form below, please re-open using Mozilla or Google Chrome. Or email Kari at kgregori@dgparks.org.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Official Beverage Sponsor
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