With crisp autumn air sparking appetites for outdoor fun, we have rounded up a sampling of some of the top experiences to fall into across Kane County.

They stretch from the pleasures of visiting a pick-your-own apple orchard with the kids to savoring pumpkin patch attractions to the oompah allure of Oktoberfest revelry.

ORCHARD SPROUTS FESTIVITIES

Kuipers Family Farm in Maple Park has branched out from its apple trees to a bevy of family entertainment, along with temptations such as homemade apple cider donuts, home-baked pies, fudge and hand-spun caramel apples. It offers fresh apple cider, plus six hard ciders at The Bin Tasting Bar. Pictured on the cover, apple picking season continues Saturdays and Sundays through October. The pumpkin farm opens Sept. 21. Take a scenic ride aboard the tractor-pulled train, catch pig races on the weekends, and check out the mountain slide, barnyard ballgames, a 5-acre corn maze, rat rollers, jumping pillow, petting zoo, haunted forest and hay wagon rides. The orchard shop and bakery are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Next month, a CASI-sanctioned Chili Cook-off heats up with tastings at 2 p.m. Oct. 19, with proceeds supporting Conley Outreach Grief Programs.

WHEN: Apple picking weekends through October and pumpkin farm fun starting Sept. 21; open on Columbus Day

WHERE: Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park

COST: Prices vary

INFO: kuipersfamilyfarm.com, call 815-827-5200, ext. 1, to hear which varieties of the 20 grown are available that week

SCARECROW FESTIVAL

An autumn favorite is Scarecrow Festival in St. Charles. Visitors can view the inventiveness behind 100 handmade and mechanical scarecrows on display; browse the giant arts and crafts show along the river at Pottawatomie Park; enjoy live music; and take a spin on a carnival ride. Entertainment awaits at the Arcada Theatre, along with shopping and dining at attractions across town.

WHEN: Oct. 11 to 13

WHERE: Scattered sites in St. Charles

COST: Free admission

INFO: www.scarecrowfest.com

LIONS SERVE GERMAN DINNER

A tradition of the Elburn Lions Club is its German dinner, featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet serving pork loin, bratwurst, German potato salad, red cabbage, sauerkraut, spaetzle, rolls and bread, plus desserts including apple strudel. A cash bar is available at the dine-in-only event. Guten Appetit!

WHEN: 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12

WHERE: Elburn Lions Community Park, 500 Filmore St.

COST: $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, $9 for children ages 4 to 11, free for younger children

INFO: 630-365-6315, www.elburnlions.com

GIANT STEPS 5K FOR AUTISM

Giant Steps presents its 13th annual Be My Hero 5K Walk for Autism at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. It offers a morning filled with health and wellness exercises as well as other activities for the whole family. The event is one of the nonprofit’s largest fundraisers. Giant Steps is a therapeutic day school that serves students and young adults with autism by providing education, therapeutic services and after-school recreational programs. Participants can register for the 5K as an individual or a team to help raise money.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 5

WHERE: Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove

COST: Free

INFO: www.mygiantsteps.org/walk2019

MOONLIGHT HAY RIDES AND FARM FROLIC

A 1930s dairy farm provides the setting for old-fashioned games, pony rides, pumpkin painting, historic demonstrations, and vintage and modern equipment displays at the Farm Frolic. Food will be available for purchase at the event at Primose Farm, a facility of the St. Charles Park District.

In addition, all ages can enjoy a wagon ride, bonfire and marshmallow roast with hot chocolate or cider this season, with registration required. The tractor-drawn wagon ride is offered Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 4 to 19. Rides depart at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and last about 30 minutes. Also offered are fun farm activities – from hands-on milking to feeding goats and chickens – on a drop-in basis various weekdays and Saturdays for a fee.

WHEN: Farm Frolic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22

WHERE: Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Road, St. Charles

COST: $6 for people ages 3 and older

INFO: primrosefarmpark.com, 630-513-4370, stcparks.org

AUTUMN FAIR

Peck Farm Park will celebrate the season with pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, crafts, games and a birds of prey presentation as part of the brimming lineup. Visitors can climb to the top of the silo and enjoy the view across the prairie, play at Hawks Hollow Nature Playground, visit the Butterfly House, and test their luck at winning prizes in a basket raffle fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the special projects of the Geneva Park District Foundation. Food, beverages and pumpkins will be available for purchase; tickets for the items are $1 each, and activities and items require from three to six tickets. Raffle tickets cost $5 each, or five for $20, and are available at Sunset Community Center, Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center and Peck Farm Park.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21

WHERE: Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva

COST: Free, but some activities have fees

INFO: info@genevaparks.com, 630-232-4542, www.genevaparks.org/special-events/autumn-fair

SCULPTURE IN THE PARK

Only a few weeks remain to catch the Sculpture in the Park show. The works, some monumental in scope, are for sale and represent artists from across the country as well as local notables. One big name is Seward Johnson, who has two of his signature realistic bronzes in the display, including Monet at his easel painting a Fox River scene. The show is presented by the St. Charles Park District and Park Foundation.

WHEN: Through September

WHERE: Mount Saint Mary Park, on Route 31 off Prairie Street, St. Charles

COST: Free

INFO: stcsculpture.org, 630-513-4319

FALL FARM FESTIVAL

Families can explore a variety of attractions at Windy Acres Farm on the border of Batavia and Geneva. They include the freshly renovated Buttermilk Barnyard Petting Zoo, a new corn stalk maze, tractor rides to the pumpkin patch, miniature golf, a zip line, giant inflatable slides on weekends, moon bouncers, an electric kiddie train, and a children’s play area with Charlotte’s Tangle Web, rock climbing, pedal tractors, rubber duckie races, horsey swing corral, and the roping rodeo toss. Homemade treats include fruit pies, and the farm stand offers an array of homegrown produce.

WHEN: Sept. 21 to Oct. 31

WHERE: Windy Acres Farm, 37W446 Fabyan Parkway, Geneva

COST: Prices vary

INFO: www.windyacresfarmstand.com, 630-232-6429

GIANT CAR SHOW AND DRIVING CRUISE

The annual Fall Classic All Wheel Car Show is an Elburn Lions Club fundraiser that revs up the first Sunday in October. Around 300 to 400 cars and motorcycles take part rain or shine. On the preceding day, the club hosts a Saturday Driving Cruise geared toward couples, followed by a steak dinner at the club house; registration deadline for the cruise is Sept. 21.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6

WHERE: Elburn Lions Community Park, 500 Filmore St.

COST: Free to spectators

INFO: 630-365-6315, www.elburnlions.com/events/car-show

BATAVIA OKTOBERFEST

In a traditional nod to Munich, Batavia MainStreet brings back its rollicking Oktoberfest set with long trestle tables under tents to better enjoy the authentic German food, bands and beer. It again highlights official Sam Adams stein-hoisting contests on Friday and Saturday nights. Also returning will be Oktoberfest Family Day on Sunday, full of family fun including pony rides, wiener dog races, tent activities, games and kid-focused entertainment on stage. Overlapping with the festival Sept. 28, the North River Street Farmer’s Market continues Saturday mornings through Oct. 26. The Oktoberfest bands will include the Freeze Dried Band on Friday; the Mike Knauf Quartette, Jimmy’s Bavarians and the Johnny Wagner Band on Saturday; and the Sgt. Sauerkraut Polka Band on Sunday.

WHEN: Gates open at 5 p.m. Sept. 27 and 11 a.m. Sept. 28 and 29

WHERE: North River Street, between Wilson and Spring streets, downtown Batavia

COST: Free admission

INFO: Schedule of events at downtownbatavia.com/oktoberfest

PETS-A-PALOOZA

Furry companions are center stage when the Anderson Animal Shelter presents Pets-a-Palooza at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva, home of the Kane County Cougars. There will be an adoption tent, kids zone, food trucks and live music. Stunt dog show performances will begin at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., presented by The Canine Stars. The event is pet-friendly and a day-long celebration for companion animals and their people. On hand will be more than 100 pet and family related vendors; a pups play area with a lure course; pet contests; and a kids zone with inflatables.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21

WHERE: Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva, 34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva

COST: Free admission

INFO: www.festival4animals.org

DRAW DOWN & DANCE

The Maple Park and Countryside Fire Protection District will host the annual Draw Down & Dance, featuring music by the band Back Country Roads. The Draw Down portion of the evening is from 6 to 8:30 p.m., followed by the dance. Tickets to the Draw Down are available from any Maple Park Fire Protection District member.

WHEN: 6 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 12

WHERE: Maple Park Fire Department, 305 S. County Line Road

COST: Drawn Down tickets cost $25, and the dance costs $10

INFO: 815-827-3500, villageofmaplepark.org/event/fire-department-draw-down-dance

PUMPKIN DAZE AT ABBEY FARMS

As Abbey Farms celebrates its 70th anniversary, it livens up autumn with Pumpkin Daze, packing the 40-acre pumpkin farm with activities for kids. Adults can grab a craft beer or glass of wine under the tent each weekend, with food also available. While they watch a Chicago sporting event or an old-time movie, the rest of the group can sleuth their way through one of the region’s biggest corn mazes. At 12 acres, it’s the largest in Kane County. The Farmstead Emporium is open daily and offers gifts and such edibles as pies and apple cider and pumpkin spice donuts.

WHEN: Sept. 21 to Oct. 27

WHERE: Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora, bordering Batavia

COST: Price varies

INFO: www.abbeyfarms.org/pumpkin-season, 630-966-7775

COCK-A-DOODLE BREW FEST

A one-of-a-kind Oktoberfest style festival celebrates craft beer, spirits, wings and other edibles, accompanied by live music performed by The Stingers and Folk Yeah! The event is for adults only.

WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 28

WHERE: Hollywood Casino Aurora, 1 W. New York St., downtown Aurora

COST: $35 general admission, with VIP package available; $10 to $25 for designated drivers

INFO: www.cockadoodlebrewfest.com, 815-556-0100

PUMPKIN WEEKENDS

Family-friendly fall festivities are in store at Blackberry Farm. Admission includes all rides and attractions. Pumpkins can be purchased additionally for $3. A variety of special events will be offered on various autumn dates.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends in October and Columbus Day

WHERE: Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora

COST: Price varies

INFO: www.blackberryfarm.info, 630-892-1550

TWO BROTHERS OKTOBERFEST

All the favorites are back for the Two Brothers Oktoberfest, offering German music and foods, stein-holding competitions, and lederhosen and dirndl contests. The brews include the return of the Oktoberfest-style lager Atom Smasher.

WHEN: Noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 22

WHERE: Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway (Route 25), downtown Aurora

COST: Free admission

INFO: twobrothersbrewing.com/event/two-brothers-oktoberfest-2019

SPIRITS ON THE FARM

The Conservation Foundation’s Dickson-Murst Farm will play host to Spirits on the Farm, showcasing Illinois distilleries. The day also features food trucks, artisan wares and live music with Jeff LaMarre, Jason Hubbard and WhiskeyFist. The event is a collaboration between the Illinois Craft Distillery Association and Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce. Admission includes a souvenir glass and five tasting tickets. There is a designated driver tent.

WHEN: 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21

WHERE: Dickson-Murst Farm, 2550 Dixon Road, Montgomery

COST: $25 at the door

INFO: www.spiritsotf.com, 630-554-3505