2021 Autumn In The Park Festival~Free entry / Free parking


Friday, September 17, 2021/ 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 18, 2021 / 11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Be sure to check back periodically for updates on our 2021 Autumn in the Park Festival! 


Friday, September 17, 2021

  • 6:00 p.m. - Grounds Open
  • 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - Food Vendors, Beer, Wine and Spirits
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - Musical Entertainment -  Libido Funk Circus
  • 11:00 p.m. - Grounds Close 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

  • 11:00 a.m. - Parade Begins 
  • 11:30 a.m. - Grounds Open
  • Noon to 10:00 p.m. -College Football - On the big screen
  • Noon to 10:30 p.m. - Food Vendors, Beer, Wine and Spirits
  • Noon to 3:30 p.m. - Petting Zoo
  • Noon to 6:00 p.m. - Artisan Vendors - Demonstrations and Sales
  • 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Musical Entertainment - Big Dog Mercer
  • 4:30 p.m. - BBQ Rib - Public Tasting
  • 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - Musical Entertainment -  Mike and Joe 
  • 11:00 p.m. - Grounds Close

The Parade

Beginning at 11 a.m., the parade kicks off with bands, floats, civic groups, fire and police vehicles, horses, dogs, walkers, riders and community for this wonderful tradition. The parade kicks off at 82nd Avenue on 123rd Street in Palos Park and travels westbound to 90th Avenue ending near the festival grounds. 

Parade application can be found here

Free Trolley/Shuttle and Parking

Free Festival parking can be located at:

Palos Park Presbyterian Church - 12312 S. 88th Avenue 

The Village Courtyard - 8301 W 123rd Street 

Metra Parking lot - 12100-12114 South 82nd Avenue

Trolley/Shuttle Service - Pick up/Drop Off Locations: Palos Park Metra Lot, Front of Recreation Center, and Village Courtyard

Trolley Hours: Friday 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm, Saturday 11:45 am - 11:00 pm

Amateur BBQ Competition - Chicken and Ribs

On Saturday, September 18 you have the opportunity to put you BBQ skills to the test in this Amateur BBQ Rib and Chicken Cook-off Competition. Contestant will prepare and cook 10 Rib Slabs (provided) and chicken (cooks bring their own) on-site. Grilling beings at 9:00 am, turn-in for judging at 3:30 pm for chicken and 4:30 pm for ribs. At 4:35 pm the grilling area is open for public tasting or ribs where you can also win the People’s Choice Award. 

Interested in Becoming a Contestant? 

  • Application, rules, procedures and waiver forms can be viewed in the "Contestant Application" found below 
  • Completed application & fee must be received no later than September 10, 2021

Entrance Fee

Now thru Friday, August 27,2021 - $75 (Rib only)
 Late entry begins Monday, August 30 thru Friday, September 10th - $85

**Optional Chicken for Judging add $10 to above pricing**

7:30 am - 9:00 am - BBQ contestant set up, and inspection of contestants chicken
9:00 am - Cooks meeting - Rib meat distributed promptly following meeting.
3:30 PM - Chicken Turn In
4:30 PM - Rib Turn In for Judging
4:35 PM - Public Rib Tasting Begins
6:30 PM - BBQ  Awards Announced

2021 Amateur Bar-B-Que Cook-off Application Packet

BBQ Judging Application

Kids Area

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Noon to 3:30 pm - The Center of Palos Park Petting Zoo 

11 am to 6:00 pm -Bounce House from Dino Jump 

Noon to 5:00 pm - McCord Gallery and Palos Park Library art project, Do Good Movement art project, Snapology STEM Lego project


Live Music

Friday, September 17, 2021

Libido Funk Circus

Saturday, September 18,2021

Big Dog Mercer

Mike and Joe

Thank you to 2020/21 Sponsors

Trolley Sponsor  

Holy family

Gold Sponsor 

Republic Bank Opens in new window

Silver Sponsor 

KTJ Opens in new window

Dav Com Opens in new window

Beary Opens in new window

Crystal oak Opens in new window

Bronze Sponsor 

Alternative Energy Solutions

Baxter & Woodman


Flow Technics Inc.

The Palos Community Church

The Weglarz Family 

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are asking for your support of this superb community event. Past sponsors received a variety of publicity using their name and/or logo viewed by thousands who visit the Village website, connect with social media, and local newspapers. Find out what different Autumn In the Park sponsor opportunities exist!

Sponsorship Application Form