Bensenville Harvest Fest offers affordable weekend of live music and family fun

  • Bounce houses and the hay pyramid are just a couple of activities for kids to enjoy at the Bensenville Park District's Harvest Fest at Fischer Farm Friday-Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

    Bounce houses and the hay pyramid are just a couple of activities for kids to enjoy at the Bensenville Park District's Harvest Fest at Fischer Farm Friday-Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Courtesy of Bensenville Park District

 
 
Updated 9/29/2022 11:36 PM

Enjoy affordable family fun, live music and arts and crafts this weekend at the Bensenville Park District's Harvest Fest at Fischer Farm, 16W680 Grand Ave, Bensenville. Harvest Fest takes place Friday through Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

The event will feature food, fun and live music for the whole family! Each day, the festival will operate a harvest shop, food tent, beer garden and lawn games. All-day activities include goat feeding, bounce houses, art vendors, crafts, pumpkin painting, kids games and Subie's World, presented by Grand Subaru of Bensenville.

 

Friday activities begin when gates open at 4 p.m. and run until 8 p.m.

Activities include kids programs, a Kona ice truck, glow sticks and bonfire and s'mores in addition to other daily activities and live music from the Hat Guys 5-8 p.m. at the Grand Subaru/95.9 FM The River Music Stage.

There will be early entry at 10 a.m. Saturday for pumpkin yoga, presented by Wood Street Fitness, which runs from 10-10:45 a.m. The activity is just $5, and advance registration is required, as each participant receives a free pumpkin. Participants may register in person at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville. Participation in pumpkin yoga (with receipt) provides a half-price daily admission to Harvest Fest at the gate.

Gates open to the public at 11 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, attendees can enjoy NEDSRA inclusive activities, goat feeding, a hay pyramid, bounce houses (corn maze and jack o'lantern), pumpkin patch with free pumpkins for kids while supplies last, hayrides, a petting zoo, kids arts and crafts, art and craft vendors at Artisan Alley and balloon art. The day's activities also include face painting, bonfire and s'mores and glow sticks in addition to live music and other family-friendly fun.

Saturday's live music lineup includes performances from The Noize (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), Dan Asio (1-2 and 4-5 p.m.), One Hott Mess (2-4 p.m.) and Run Forrest Run from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, except for those participating in Wood Street Fitness pumpkin yoga from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The activity is just $5, and advance registration is required, as each participant receives a free pumpkin and half-price daily admission to Harvest Fest when presenting a paid receipt for pumpkin yoga. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., attendees can take part in NEDSRA inclusive activities, goat feeding, a hay pyramid, bounce houses (corn maze and jack o'lantern), pumpkin patch with free pumpkins for kids while supplies last, hayrides, a petting zoo, kids arts and crafts, art and craft vendors at Artisan Alley and balloon art. Additional activities on Sunday include balloon art and two animal encounter shows.

Sunday's musical performances include Don't Talk to Strangers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Birdhead from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. when Harvest Fest closes.

Tickets are available for $10 at the gate (free for kids under 2) and $25 for a three-day weekend pass. Parking is free and complementary shuttle service to and from Fischer Farm will be provided. Complete information can be found at BvilleParks.org/harvestfest.

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