Cider and Ale Festival

Sample ciders and seasonal beers amid rich fall color at the Cider and Ale Festival.

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Savor hard cider and seasonal beers from over 30 local breweries and cideries. Breathe in the fresh autumn air and stroll among the trees while you sip. Tasting booths will be safely spread out along the Meadow Lake, Frost Hill, and Conifer walking paths.

Ticket Types

VIP Early Entry:

  • Entry entry to the festival at Noon
  • Private restroom access
  • Welcome drink – Enjoy a special tasting before you enter the festival area
  • First access to all 80+ beers, ciders, and meads at the festival
  • …and everything included in the General Admission ticket.

General Admission:

  • 20 – 3 ounce samples
  • Souvenir tasting glass

Ticket purchasers must be 21 or older and present a valid I.D. at check-in. All Cider & Ale Festival tickets include admission into the Arboretum on Saturday, October 23.

Tickets for this event are sold out. If you missed your chance, consider visiting for IllumiBrew on November 18 and 19.

The following safety measures and guidelines have been added to ensure a safe experience for all:

  • Tasting tables will be safely spread out along Meadow Lake, Frost Hill, and Conifer Trail walking paths.
  • Attendees will be required to follow the Arboretum’s social distancing guidelines. Please visit Know Before You Go for more information.
  • The Morton Arboretum is following any and all guidance and health requirements issued by the State of Illinois and DuPage County. These guidelines are subject to change. Please refer to the event webpage prior to the event for the most up-to-date information and guidelines.

The Cider and Ale Festival takes place in a new location. Tasting booths will be spread out along a mile-long, paved walking path located near the Visitor Center and Parking Lot 1. This path is accessible for wheelchairs and walkers; it includes a few hills. The tasting tables will be stationed on the grass within ten feet of the path.  View the Accessibility Guide for more detailed information.

The Ginkgo Restaurant is open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for indoor dining. Seating is limited. The Ginkgo Café is open until 4:00 p.m. for grab-and-go items. Outside concession stands will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The following food trucks will be onsite:

  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Flyin’ Hawaiian
  • MaMaw’s Kitchen


Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, alcohol is not permitted in the Children’s Garden.

  • Each ticket purchase includes twenty 3-ounce samples. In some cases, higher ABV beverages such as meads may be less than 3-ounces. No additional samples will be available for purchase.

  • Yes, Arboretum admission is included with your Cider and Ale Festival ticket. Visitors are allowed to remain on-site for the duration of the day. The Arboretum will close at sunset.

  • Various beer-related and art vendors will be dispersed throughout the event area so attendees can shop while they sip.


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