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You Can Go Pumpkin-Picking At Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest Starting Next Month

The Fall Fest features a variety of free and ticketed activities, including a Harvest Maze, 65-foot Ferris wheel and a pumpkin patch.

The Lincoln Park Zoo's Fall Fest returns Sept. 30.
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LINCOLN PARK — The Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest returns in September, offering a free event for families to pick pumpkins, enjoy fall-themed sweets and take in the autumn weather.

Fall Fest is a free event kicking off Sept. 30 that will transform the Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., into a fall wonderland with themed animal enrichment and music, according to the zoo’s announcement.

“Fall is one of the best times to visit Lincoln Park Zoo, with species of all sorts enjoying the cooler weather and the zoo’s foliage bursting with autumnal colors,” said event manager Meg Hein.

The zoo’s fall pop-up bar, Patch’s Pumpkin Bar & Grill, will also return with seasonal drinks and decor near the Pepper Family Wildlife Center.

Other activities include pumpkin-picking at the zoo’s pumpkin patch outside the gift shop, pumpkin carving displays and drag story times, according to the zoo.

Fall Fest also features several ticketed experiences, like the Pumpkin Walk at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo; a Harvest Maze; rides, including a 65-foot Ferris wheel, fun slide and a pirate-themed ride; the Lionel Train Adventure; and the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel.

“At Fall Fest, guests can celebrate the harvest season with various family-friendly activities — from twisting their way through a Harvest Maze to savoring delectable goodies — all while connecting with nature in their urban backyard,” Hein said.

Fall Fest is free and open to the public 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday Sept. 30-Oct. 10, according to the zoo. Registration is not required, but guests can sign up to visit by using EventBrite.

The zoo has several other activities happening this fall:

  • Haunted History Tours with author and podcaster Adam Selzer, host of Mysterious Chicago Tours, focused on the zoo’s cemetery roots and allegedly haunted history. These happen Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout October.
  • Adults Night Out: Howl-O-Ween, happening Oct. 27 with a festive night of fun.
  • Spooky Zoo, hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo, happening Oct. 22 with trick-or-treating and other activities for families.

More information can be found on the Lincoln Park Zoo’s website.

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