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Apple Fest Returns To Lincoln Square In October After Skipping A Year Because Of The Pandemic

The festival is expanding to Wilson Avenue and will feature a variety of apple-themed food, drinks and apples from local farms.

Apple Fest returns to Lincoln Square Oct. 2-3, 2021.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Apple Fest returns next month with live music, food, drinks and an expanded footprint. 

The two-day festival will kick off 9 a.m. Oct. 2 on Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Wilson avenues.

“Apple Fest is always Chicagoans’ sign that fall is here and to stock up on their favorite fall goodies to ring in the season,” said Rudy Flores, executive director of the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. “Having the event back in-person means so much to our local businesses and vendors and provides another opportunity for our community to come together and support one another.”

The festival features handcrafted jewelry, eco-friendly gifts, coffee, teas, spices, apple butter and artisan cheeses on sale. Neighbors can also take home a bushel of apples from farms including John Bailey Honey, Mick Klug Farm, Los Rodriguez Farm, and Phil Foster Fruit Farm. 

The festival also features apple bacon cider soup and candied apple bacon from Cobblestone Bistro, apple cider donuts and apple cheddar scones from Jerry’s Sandwiches, apple tamales from Tamale Express and apple fritters from The Northman.

And for drinks, the festival features Phase Three Brewing Company & Affy Tapple’s A Bushel of Apples — a blonde ale made with with apple juice, peanuts and Affy Tapple caramel.

The festival’s lineup on two stages, one on Wilson Avenue and at Giddings Plaza, features live music from The Noize, The StingRays, The Friends BandThe Flat CatsTijuana Hercules as well as performances from Old Town School of Folk Music teaching artists.

The two-day event is in its 34th year and is expanding to Wilson Avenue for the first time. The added space this year will allow organizers more room to manage the crowds that come from across the city, organizers said.

For more information about the festival, visit

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