Apple Fest – Cancelled

29th Annual Apple Fest 2020 has been cancelled due to state guidelines and the health and safety of our customers and merchants.

Stores, Restaurants and services are OPEN for business!

After considering all aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic and current regulations regarding large gatherings, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel Apple Fest this year. We look forward to planning Apple Fest 2021 and hope you will join us when we can safely come together again to celebrate at one the the Midwest’s largest apple festivals paying tribute to all things “apple.”

While we cannot “Apple Fest” this year, Historic Downtown Long Grove is OPEN and awaiting your visit! We encourage you to visit and support our current shops, restaurants and services every day of the week.







2019  information follows- will be updated when available:

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.

7th Heaven, ARRA & 16 Candles are CANCELLED for Sat., 9/21 due to weather

Location: Downtown Long Grove – Stempel Parking Lot, 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047

Event is held in the Stempel parking lot, Kids Area & Pie Eating Contests in Towner Green, Booths and entertainment in Fountain Square, Carnival in Archer parking lot.  Shopping, Dining and Sipping all around town!

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

*Merchant booths and stores usually close between 7-8pm.  Food vendors near the stage remain open until the bands end at the end of the evening. 

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.

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 (CANCELLED due to weather)
Sunday:  2:30pm & 4:00pm (CANCELLED due to weather)

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/ Stempel Parking lot:

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
Sixteen Candles- Cancelled due to weather
ARRA – Cancelled due to weather
7th Heaven – CANCELLED due to weather
Ladies Night 3pm – 4:30pm
Charlie Foxtrot 1:30pm – 2:30pm
School of Rock Arlington Heights 12pm – 1pm
MellenCougar 4pm – 6pm
Zydeco Voodoo 2pm – 3:30pm
Six to Midnight 12pm – 1:30pm


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



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. 

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

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

Thank you to our sponsors!

Bath Fitter
Chicago Tribune
Chiro One
College of Lake County
Everdry Waterproofing
First Student
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Home Improvement Network
Lakeshore Beverage
Medieval Times
Midwest Gutter Guard
Oberweis Dairy
Passanante Foods
Primrose School of Long Grove
Renewal by Anderson
Window Works


Merchant Location
Broken Earth Winery Fountain Square
Covered Bridge Creamery/Signature Popcorn Fountain Square
Designs by Myra Fountain Square
HarborChase Fountain Square
Instant Doodles Fountain Square
KG Wholesale / Nature’s Lounger Fountain Square
Morkes Fountain Square
Centro Mundo Fountain Square
Cub Scouts Kid’s Zone
Kiki’s Cotton Candy Kid’s Zone
Lucky Bamboo Kid’s Zone
Party-Men Entertainment Kid’s Zone
Grin And Wear It Kids Zone
A Spice Above Stempel Lot
BG Hats and More LLC/Designs By Gina Stempel Lot
Bloom Boutique Stempel Lot
Buddha Heart Shop / Tranquillo Chi Stempel Lot
CaricatureCache Stempel Lot
Chicago CBD & Essential Oils Stempel Lot
Country House of long grove Inc. Stempel Lot
Custom Lazer Design Stempel Lot
Cutco Cutlery Stempel Lot
Dip’n Good Dips Stempel Lot
Eden Jewels and Accessories Stempel Lot
Ellie K and Co Stempel Lot
Facepainting by Mr. Krist Stempel Lot
Folklore Crafts Stempel Lot
Foot Path Trading Stempel Lot
Frank’s Farms Stempel Lot
Gourmet Goodies Stempel Lot
Ideal Bakery Stempel Lot
Idol Fashions Stempel Lot
Jo Sales Stempel Lot
KG Wholesale / Nature’s Lounger Stempel Lot
Kona Ice Stempel Lot
Latin Pictures Stempel Lot
LipSense by SeneGence/Fifteen Hats Stempel Lot
Locked And Layered Stempel Lot
Long Grove Confectionery Stempel Lot
LulaRoe Stempel Lot
Luv Your Doggie Stempel Lot
Ma and Pa’s Candy Stempel Lot
Mellie’s Chocolate & Co. Stempel Lot
Midtown Home and Market Stempel Lot
Midwest Citrus Smashers Stempel Lot
MION Artisan Soap Stempel Lot
Mystic Lotus Stempel Lot
Natural Element Stempel Lot
Nectar of the Vine Stempel Lot
North Shore Salt Therapy Center Stempel Lot
Nothing Bundt Cakes Stempel Lot
OMG! Olive Oil Stempel Lot
Psychic Sisters Stempel Lot
PTSnacksLLC/Timbos Licorice Ropes Stempel Lot
Real Time Pain Relief Stempel Lot
Ron’s Rocks and Gems Stempel Lot
The Licorice Guy Stempel Lot
The Sheet Lady Stempel Lot
Urban Ensembles Stempel Lot
Viking Treasures Scandinavian Gifts Stempel Lot
Wooden Element Stempel Lot










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