Fall Color Festival

Experience the magical colors of the changing seasons and enjoy themed events throughout the fall.

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Fall is an exciting season at The Morton Arboretum and a favorite time for many who visit. Guests from far and wide are drawn to the Arboretum to savor the magic of the season as the leaves slowly turn into a symphony of color.


There are many wonderful ways to celebrate the season this year.

Fall Color Report

Read about the changes of the season in the popular weekly blog, the Fall Color Report, which comes out every Friday. You can use the Fall Color Report to plan your weekend visit to the Arboretum.

Fall Color Wine Tasting

On Thursday, September 28, guests are invited to sip and sample local wines during the Fall Color Wine Tasting. Vendors were located throughout Arbor Court and in the Arboretum’s newest attraction, The Gerard T. Donnelly Grand Garden.

Fall Color 5K Run and Walk

Fall running season kicks off with the annual Fall Color 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, October 7. Participants follows a scenic, rolling course through the woodlands of the Arboretum’s East Side.

Glass Pumpkin Patch

Guests and members can enjoy a marvelous, one-of-a-kind glass creations at the 13th annual Glass Pumpkin Patch, Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15.

Cider and Ale Festival

Sample ciders and seasonal beers amid rich fall colors at the Cider and Ale Festival on Saturday, October 21.

Walking Plays

Walk alongside an acting troupe and follow the action of classic literary tales, such as Anne of Green Gables, performed live throughout 1,700 acres of colorful trees and beautiful landscapes in the Arboretum’s Walking Plays series. Performances take place each weekend in October.

Scarecrow Trail

Stroll the path along Meadow Lake throughout October to see the friendly faces of the Scarecrow Trail, enjoy scarecrows handmade by local scout troops and schools, and cast your vote for the winning designs.

Fall Color Concessions

Treat yourself to special culinary offerings with delightful seasonal specialties available in Arbor Court each weekend throughout the month.

Acorn Express Tram Tour

Hop on a guided tram tour and enjoy a one-hour guided tour that winds you through the Arboretum’s woodlands, wetlands, prairie, and changing colors.

Dog Admission Day

Bring your favorite canine to the Arboretum to enjoy the seasonal changes at the upcoming Dog Admission Day on Sunday, November 5.


No matter what you choose, there are so many ways to celebrate the season at the Arboretum. Plan your visit today!


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