5 New Date Night Ideas in Illinois

Maybe you feel like you have been to all of the normal date night locations, such as the movie theater, a concert, and a nice dinner. It can be nice to switch things up and give some new venues a try.

This list will help you to see what else is going on in Illinois in October. There are some pretty special events that you won’t want to miss out on! At these events, you can enjoy the cool fall weather, spend time with someone you love, and try something new!

Barry Apple Festival
October 4-7

The Barry Apple Festival is the place to go if you want to experience a variety of entertainment. The festival includes food, pageants, music, car shows, a parade, and contests. You can even shop from local craft vendors!

This festival takes place in Barry, IL. For a full event schedule and more information, check out their website.

Shaw’s Oyster Fest
October 4

Shaw’s Oyster Fest is on its 30th year, so you know it’s a good event to go to! Shaw’s Crab House hosts the entire thing. Here, you can enjoy happy hours and 50 cent oyster hours. There are also slurp-off competitions to participate in. Plus, there’s craft beer!

You can attend the fest at either the Chicago or Schaumburg location. More information is available on the website.

Chicago International Film Festival
October 10-21

Film festivals are becoming more and more popular, and they are a great place to go for a date. The Chicago International Film Festival is currently on its 54th year. One of the main goals of this festival is to celebrate diversity. It’s held at Cinema/Chicago.

The schedule is filled with impressive films of all types. Be sure to find a few to watch! You can view the complete schedule and purchase tickets via this website.

Quincy Oktoberfest
October 13

This Oktoberfest is lots of fun! It’s filled with activities that last from noon until 10:00 PM. Between 9th and 10th street, you can try beers from the different beer trucks. You can tour the tunnels beneath the breweries. There is live music and dancing too! You’re sure to have a great time!

The event takes place outside of QuBA’s Dick Brothers Brewery in Quincy, IL. For more details and exact times, look at the event’s page.

Maeystown Oktoberfest
October 14

Here’s another Oktoberfest you don’t want to miss! Luckily, it’s on a different day and at a different location than the previous one so you can attend both. The activities are unique too!

The Maeystown Oktoberfest is a good place to enjoy the culture of arts, crafts, and antiques. There are artisans selling their handmade goods. You will also find plenty of tasty treats at the food stands at the fest. Lots of these food items are homemade by local artisans. This is an excellent way to support the local businesses in your community!

The fest lasts from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. To learn more about what this event has to offer, take a look at this posting on the town’s website.


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