Wheaton French Market Open for the 2023 Season—New Location!

Downtown Pavilion Main & Liberty St., Wheaton

Hours: April 8–October 28 Saturdays, 8:00 am–2:00 pm Late-season Hours: November 4–25 Saturdays, 9:00 am–1:00 pm Stop out and meet friends and neighbors at the expansive Wheaton French Market. It is open for the 2023 season and it has a brand new home: the Downtown Pavilion (corner of Main & Liberty Streets). Explore an astonishing variety of local produce, baked goods, honey, fresh flowers, crafts, jewelry, candles, artisan foods, music, unique gifts, and more!

Hale Street Tents Are Back

Innovator Hale Street Tents have returned to downtown Wheaton! Come out and enjoy another summer of outdoor dining, live music, and fun! This is a community favorite—bring family and friends out to join in the warm-weather festivities! This year, the tents will be available through October 8, 2023. The Downtown Wheaton Association extends its gratitude to Innovator Capital Management for its generous sponsorship, and to our City Council members for their support of this DWA event. See the Downtown Wheaton Association website for more details.

Dinos in Downtown Wheaton

Downtown Wheaton 100 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL

Dinosaurs invade Downtown Wheaton! September 25–October 8, 2023 This BIG outdoor exhibit features 10 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs throughout Downtown Wheaton! Enjoy dinosaur-themed specials, activities, and more from your favorite Downtown Wheaton shops and restaurants. ​Mark your calendar now to visit the exhibit, and check the Downtown Wheaton website for a map of dinosaur locations, dinosaur-related activities, and specials throughout Downtown Wheaton.

October Fest

Central Athletic Complex 500 S Naperville Rd, Wheaton, IL

Saturday, September 30 | 3:00–9:00 pm | Central Athletic Complex This event is held in conjunction with the Light the Torch 5K Night Run. Event features pumpkin painting, food and beer garden, small rides, and live performances by Vest Dance Troupe, The Wayouts and Wurst Kase Scenario. October Fest is a Charitable Event Event proceeds benefit the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation. View More Information

Pumpkin Fest at Cosley Zoo

Cosley Zoo 1356 N Gary Ave, Wheaton, Illinois

October 1–31 | Daily 9:00 am–5:00 pm | Cosley Zoo Enjoying the beautiful fall colors at Cosley Zoo is a must-do for autumn! Come see the animals and take in the thousands of pumpkins scattered on the zoo’s lawn. Children’s rides are also available for an additional fee. Purchase apples, gourds, cider, cornstalks, various sizes of straw bales, and don't forget your pumpkins! Check out the fall merchandise in the Wild Side Gift Shop, too! Proceeds from your purchases benefit Cosley Zoo. Regular admission rates apply. Browse More Information >

15th Annual Downtown Wheaton Chili Cookoff

Downtown Wheaton 100 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL

Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 1:00–5:00 pm $15 Friends of Downtown Wheaton | $20 General Admission | $60 Chili Crew 4-Pack It’s back... the Chili Cookoff returns to Downtown Wheaton this October! Your favorite Downtown eateries compete for your vote with their unique spin on this fan-favorite dish. Ticketholders will enjoy unlimited chili tastings before voting on the tastiest recipe. Join us for this festive fall event... admission includes UNLIMITED tastings, so bring your appetite. This event will sell out, so buy your tickets now! Featuring live music by... The Wheaton Dad Band (@WheatonDadBand) Check-in begins at 12:00 pm (location TBD), and at 5:00 pm we'll...

Cantigny Fall Festival

Cantigny Park 1s151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton, IL

Friday, Oct. 13: 4:00–11:00 pm | Saturday, Oct. 14: 10:00 am–11:00 pm | Sunday, Oct. 15: 10:00 am–4:00 pm Parade Field For the first time, our fall festival will be an entire weekend! The fun begins Friday night, October 13, from 4:00–11:00 pm featuring German-style food and beer, with live music under a big tent on the Cantigny parade field! Hang out in the tent or cozy up on the Adirondacks around a firepit or play lawn games outside of the tent. We’ll do it again on Saturday night after a fun day featuring 100 craft vendors, hayrides, petting zoo, inflatables,...