Apple Fest

Long Grove Welcomes in Autumn with 2019  Apple Festival, September 20 – 21- 22

One of the Midwest’s biggest tributes to apple season takes place this September 20-22 in Historic Downtown Long Grove.  Apple Fest brings “bushels of fun” to the charming village it’s called home for 28 consecutive years.  From caramel apples to apple tempura, Apple Fest’s claim-to-fame are the hundreds of delicious apple-inspired treats for apple lovers young and old.  As always with a Long Grove festival, live music will play out all weekend long on two stages spread throughout fest grounds.  When fest-goers aren’t busy filling up on apple delicacies or rocking out to heart-pounding tunes, the Pop-Up Apple Orchard or the classic carnival is a refuge for entertainment, as is the Kid Zone with its legendary apple pie-eating contests and timeless interactive games.

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Location: Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047

Dates/ Hours of Operation:
Friday, September 20:  12pm- 11pm
Saturday, September 21:  10am – 11pm
Sunday, September 22:  10am – 6pm

$5 per person per day, kids 12 and under get in free.

Tickets (can be purchased at the gate or ahead of time)
$5 per day for anyone over 12
3 Day Pass $10 ($15 dollar value!)  – available online ONLY

2019 Information will be updated soon, the following is from 2018:

During the 3-day event, festgoers are invited to peruse the timeless village of Long Grove, with its cobblestone walkways, historic buildings and independently-owned boutiques and specialty shops.

What sorts of Apple products specifically will be sold?
Chocolate, caramel, and candy covered apples, apple sangria, hard apple ciders, fresh apple cider donuts, spiced apple lattes,  granny apple popcorn, green apple cotton candy, a variety of farm fresh apples from Frank’s Farm Orchard.  
A large variety of apple desserts:  apple crisps, apple and goat cheese dumplings, apple cheesecake, apple pie, cinnamon apple ice cream, apple sugar cookie,  apple tempura. 
For the apple pie eating contest, can contestants use their hands?
No hands allowed, the rules are that the contestants get 2 minutes to eat as much as possible WITHOUT using their hands and whoever eats the most of the pie wins and the crowd is the judge.  
Will there be non-apple treats sold there as well?
Yes, of course!  With a confectionary, two candy stores, the Apple Haus and two ice cream shops in town that all take part in the festivities, there will also be a wide variety of chocolate, caramel, popcorn, and ice cream treats apple and non-apple to choose from.   Along with a variety from other participating food vendors. 

Parking is FREE at all public lots, but fills up quickly.
We HIGHLY RECOMMEND using a ride-share service:

Archer Lot – 343 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047
Kildeer Countryside Elementary School – 3100 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047 (after 7pm on Friday)

Street parking on Old McHenry Road and on residential streets is prohibited and vehicles may be towed at the owners expense.  

he following information is from 2018.  The website will be updated when we have the new information to post.

2018 Main Stage:

7th Heaven 9pm – 11pm
Brass Buckle Band 6:30 – 8:20pm
The Gingers 4:30pm – 6pm
David Paige Band 2:30pm – 4pm
Evan Stock Band 12pm – 2pm
16 Candles 9-11pm
iPop 7 – 8:30pm
Allstars 5 – 6:30pm
Bucket Number Six 3:15 – 4:30pm
Owen Stevenson Band 1:30 – 2:45pm
School of Rock Arlington Heights 12pm -1pm
American English 4pm – 6pm
Rick Lindy and The Wild Ones Band 2pm – 3:30pm
Orange Star 12pm – 1:30pm

Fountain Square:

Michael Silvestri 4pm- 6pm
Lara Bell 2pm – 3:30pm
Chase Walsh 4pm – 6pm
Valentine Bennett 2pm – 3:30pm
Murph 12pm – 1:30pm
Aaron Williams 4pm – 6pm
Robby Celstein 2pm – 3:30pm
Cole Brandt 12pm – 1:30pm

AF Grovinia

Long Grove Coffee Co. Patio:

9/21 Friday:
Friday:  Stevenson High School Teens

9/22 Saturday:
11:30am – 1:30pm – Heroes and Legends
2:00pm – 4:00pm – Haley Klinkhammer
4:30pm – 5:00pm – Stevenson High School Teens

9/23 Sunday:
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Jazz Ambassadors
1:00pm – 3:00pm – Paolo Apuli


Towner Green – Kids Area
Sign up at the Red Long Grove Confectionery Tent
Saturday:  1:30pm & 3:00pm
Sunday:  1:30pm & 3:00pm

Admission: $5 per person per day, kids 12 and under no admission.  Tickets available at the gate or can be pre-purchased here: Apple Fest Admission Tickets

Carnival Hours:
Friday:  12pm – 9 pm*

Saturday:  11 am – 9pm*
Sunday:  11 am – 6pm*

*subject to change based on weather and crowd size

Carnival Unlimited Ride Specials:
Friday           $20 Unlimited rides** NOON – 4PM     &     $20 unlimited rides** 5PM – 9PM

Saturday       $20 Unlimited rides** 11AM – 4PM     &     $20 unlimited rides** 5PM – 9PM
Sunday          $20 Unlimited rides** 11AM – 4PM

*subject to change based on weather and crowd size
**Wristbands not available during inclement weather and wristband sales end 1 hour prior to end of each session time

Parking is free at all public lots:

Stempel Municipal Lot – 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove, IL 60047
Archer Lot – 343 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047
Kildeer Countryside Elementary School – 3100 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047

Public parking lots fill up quickly and street parking is not available (cars will be towed) in most of downtown Long Grove near the residential subdivisions.  We highly recommend ride-sharing services or using the remote parking lot.

Buffalo Grove Old Dominick’s Lot/ Chase Plaza
1172 Lake Cook Rd. (intersection Lake Cook Rd. & Arlington Heights)
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Friday 5:00pm – 11pm
Saturday 12:30pm-11pm
Sunday 12:30pm-6pm
The last shuttle will leave 5 – 10 minutes after the event closes.

The Long Grove Lions Club and the Long Grove Community Church will have fundraisers as they charge for parking in the lots they control.

Apple Fest Food:

At the heart of Apple Fest is an open-air marketplace, where local vendors dole out locally-made, apple-inspired foods.   Apple Fest guests can choose from countless treats, including items like: chocolate caramel apples, candy covered apples, apple sangria, hard apple ciders, fresh apple cider donuts, spiced apple lattes, granny apple popcorn, green apple cotton candy, apple crisps, apple goat cheese dumplings, apple cheesecake, apple pie, cinnamon apple ice cream, apple sugar cookie, apple tempura, a variety of farm fresh picked apples from Frank’s Farm Orchard, and much more.

Apple Fest Fun Entertainment:

In addition to three-days of delectable apple concoctions from apple vendors, festers can also participate in exciting, complimentary family activities.  The Kid Zone at Apple Fest continues all weekend long with a wide-variety of apple-themed throwback games, and arts and crafts for ages 3 – 13.  The headline event in this area each day is the legendary apple pie eating contest – for kids and adults.  Besides all the apple fun, the other big entertainment draw at Apple Fest is the live music acts playing continuously on several stages spread out through fest grounds.

Apple Fest Shopping:

During Apple Fest weekend, festers are invited to peruse the cobblestone walkways of historic downtown Long Grove and enjoy specials at many of the charming shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants.   Merchants roll out the red carpet for visitors during fest weekend.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Land’s End
Matrix Bath Systems
Lakeshore Beverage
Medieval Time
One Town Center
Midtown Athletic Club
Passanante Foods
Chiro One
Chicago Tribune
The Home Improvement Network
Bath Fitter
Bath Planet
Everdry Waterproofing
Midwest Gutter Guard
Renewal by Anderson
Window Works
Strawberry Patch
Primrose School of Long Grove
First Student Shuttle
American Income Life (Keep Kids Safe)










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