Apple Fest

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

One of the biggest Midwestern tributes to apple season will take place in historic downtown Long Grove for a 28th consecutive year  Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd.   For the 2019 edition, Apple Fest finds itself in a spacious new location smack center in town for its famous mix of high energy fall fun and apple-inspired eats.  This signature Long Grove festival includes lots of apple delicacies, everything from fresh apple cider donuts to green apple cotton candy, live music on two stages, and the Kids Zone providing classic entertainment choices like apple pie-eating contests and timeless games.

At the heart of Apple Fest are the vendors doling out local made, apple-inspired cuisine.   In the past, Apple Fest has featured countless handmade options, including items like: chocolate caramel apples, candy covered apples, apple wine, 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.  

In addition to three-days of delightful apple-themed treats, fest goers can also participate in exciting, complimentary family activities.  The Kids Zone in Towner Square at Apple Fest includes a wide variety of throwback games and arts and crafts for ages 3 to 13.  The headline event in this area each day of the weekend is the legendary apple pie eating contest sponsored by Long Grove Confectionery.

Location: Downtown Long Grove – Stempel Parking Lot, 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

Admission:
$5 per person per day, kids 12 and under get in free to Stempel lot where the booths and entertainment will be located.  

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 – Click HERE

Friday Only – Click Here
Saturday Only – Click Here
Sunday Only – Click Here

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.

PIE EATING CONTESTS:
Towner Green – Kids Area

Sign up in the Kids activity Area on the picnic table.  There will be 2 contests at each time listed:  1 for children and the second for adults.
Saturday:  2:30pm & 4:00pm
Sunday:  2:30pm & 4:00pm

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.  

2019 Main Stage:

FRIDAY
Petty Kings 9pm – 11pm
The Gingers 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tim Flynn Trio 4:30pm – 6pm
CTRL ALT POP 2:30pm – 4pm
Sophie Monroy duo 12pm – 2pm
SATURDAY
Sixteen Candles 9pm – 11pm
ARRA 7pm – 8:20pm
7th Heaven 5pm – 6:30pm
Ladies Night 3pm – 4:30pm
Charlie Foxtrot 1:30pm – 2:30pm
School of Rock Arlington Heights 12pm – 1pm
SUNDAY
MellenCougar 4pm – 6pm
Zydeco Voodoo 2pm – 3:30pm
Six to Midnight 12pm – 1:30pm

 

FOUNTAIN SQUARE
FRIDAY
Joe Watcher 4pm – 6pm
SATURDAY
Lara Bell 4pm – 6pm
Mary Lai 2pm – 3:30pm
Mackenzie O’Brien 12pm – 1:30pm
SUNDAY
Robby Celestin 4pm – 6pm
Matt & Perry 2pm – 3:30pm
Aaron Williams 12pm – 1:30pm

PARKING/ SHUTTLE BUS SERVICES

LIMITED PARKING AVAILABLE:
Archer Lot – 343 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047 – *Handicap parking available (limited)

Kildeer Countryside Elementary School – 3100 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047 AFTER 7pm on Friday and All day Saturday and Sunday.  

We highly recommend ride-sharing services or using the remote parking lot.

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. 

REMOTE 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.  Two busses on Friday and three running on Saturday & Sunday.  The shuttle busses are school busses provided by First Student. Busses will pick up and drop off on Archer Road by the carnival (there will be signange).  All Rideshare and busses may pick up and drop off on Archer Road. 

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

Kid Zone, Presented by the Primrose School of Long Grove*

Friday 12PM – 6PM
1:00-4:00pm   Apple Arts & Crafts
3:30pm   Medieval Times Jr Knight Training
12pm-6pm   Free lawn games
Saturday 11AM – 6PM
11:00a-5:00pm   Apple Arts & Crafts
11:00-11:30am   Medieval Times Jr Knight Training
2:30pm   Pie Eating Competition- Heat 1
3:15pm   Medieval Times Jr Knight Training
3:30-4:00pm   Party-Men Performance
4:00pm   Pie Eating Competition- Heat 2
5:00-5:30pm   Party-Men Performance
12pm-6pm   Free lawn games
Sunday 11AM-6PM
11:00a-5:00pm   Apple Arts & Crafts
11:00-11:30am   Medieval Times Jr Knight Training
12:00-12:30pm   Party-Men Performance
2:30pm   Pie Eating Competition- Heat 1
3:15 pm   Medieval Times Jr Knight Training
3:30-4:00pm   Party-Men Performance
4:00pm   Pie Eating Competition- Heat 2
5:00-5:30pm   Party-Men Performance
12pm-6pm   Free lawn games

*Subject to change without notice.

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

 

2019 Long Grove Restaurant Big 3 Application     

2019 Long Grove Merchant Big 3 Application

2018 Information:

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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