Presented by

Bella Vie Studios and Steve Ostrowski State Farm Agency


About Harvest Fest

Wildwood Park District’s Harvest Fest is a free one-day event where residents and non-residents come out for a fun filled day to celebrate the beginning of the fall season. Attendees can enjoy an antique car show, beer tent, food, kid’s activities, live music and entertainment, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin and face painting, vendor area, and more!



Know Before You Go


  • Walking is HIGHLY encouraged for Wildwood residents.
  • Limited ADA and General Parking is available at Rule Park where the event takes place. ADA parking is located on the west side of the Rule Park entrance on Sears Blvd. ADA drop-off is also available at Rule Park entrance on Sears Blvd. General parking is located on the right-of-way on Sears Blvd. (please park vertically to allow more vehicles to park). 
  • Additional ADA and General Parking is available at Willow Point Park (33666 N. Cove Rd.). Once parked at Willow, follow directional signage or ask parking attendants to make your way to the festival. A paved ADA path located in the cul-de-sac of Woodland Terrace adjacent to Willow Point Park that leads to the festival.

What to Bring/What Not to Bring

  • Event is rain or shine so please dress accordingly.
  • Bring lawn chairs, sun screen, bug spray, and cash/card for food, beverages, and tickets.
  • Friendly and leashed dogs are allowed and must remain with their owner at all times. Please make sure to clean up after your pet. A Mutt Mitt dispenser is located near the Rule Park exit to Rule Ct.
  • No motorized vehicles (including but not limited to golf carts, four wheelers, dirt bikes, mopeds/scooters) will be allowed in Rule Park during the event, with the exception of emergency vehicles, Wildwood Park District vehicles, and vendor vehicles who have received prior approval. 
  • No outside alcohol allowed.
  • No firearms allowed.

Accepted Payment Methods

  • The Wildwood Park District accepts cash or card for ticket sales and our popcorn and water sales. All other vendors (food, beverage, business) are responsible for their own transactions and accepted payment methods. We suggest having both card and cash on hand.
  • There will not be an ATM on-site.

Festival Game Tickets

  • Festival tickets are good for kid’s activities and games ONLY. All food, beverage, and business vendor sales are cash/card only. Game tickets will not work at the beer tent, or with food and/or business vendors.

Emergency Action Plan

  • Fire or Electrical Related Hazard: the event rally point for safety will be at the Main Stage Tent located at the north-central side of the park and Rule House.
  • Active Threat/Acts of Violence: the event rally point is Willow Point Park pavilion as primary location. If unsafe, secondary rally point is Pebble Beach Park playground.
  • Severe Weather: The Wildwood Park District staff and volunteers will closely monitor the weather in the days leading up to and on the day of the event. Due to the small size of the Wildwood Park District’s office/Rule House, it will not serve as an adequate tornado shelter for all patrons. If deemed necessary for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and patrons, we will postpone or cancel the event ahead of time or do our best to give sufficient warning so that people can leave the premises and safely get home. In the event of lighting/thunder, we will have to suspend all activities outdoors based off of 30 minutes of no further lighting/thunder after the last lighting/thunder is observed/heard. Announcements will be communicated from the main stage as well as on our website and social media. If it is a sudden weather situation, please find low ground without trees. Staff and volunteers will take shelter in the interior bathrooms in the Oak Room of Rule House.


Schedule of Events




Event Map



Becoming a vendor in our vendor area at Harvest Fest is an easy way for you to market your business, gain exposure, connect directly with your target audience, and find new customers. Vendors have the chance to meet people in your area and let them know that you are their local connection for your business. Harvest Fest is a very well attended event and can have a high return on your investment.

What to Know

  • The cost of a booth is $50.
  • Vendor area is open from 12pm – 6pm.
  • Vendors will be approved on a first-come first-served basis, and applications will be date and time stamped.
  • No duplicate vendors will be accepted, with the exception of accessories, jewelry, garden, produce, and/or floral.

What is Included in the Booth Fee?

  • 10 X 10 booth space. Vendor provides their own tent, signage, chairs, and 6-8 foot (max) table.
  • The Park District can provide a 6-8 foot table and two chairs for an additional $10 flat fee (orders due September 1st, checks only).
  • Electricity will not be provided.


To apply to become a Harvest Fest vendor, please download the fillable Harvest Fest Vendor Application and email to or fax to 847.223.2820. You will be notified via email when your application has been reviewed and approved. Booth fees are due upon approval.

Attending Vendors

*Additional vendors will be added as they register*

Alchemy Clay Studio- polymer clay jewelry (earrings, bracelets, rings) trinket dishes, and more

Audie’s Bakery- baked treats, brownies, cupcakes, coffee cakes, parfaits

A Unique Cookie- custom cookies

Barbs Custom Rocks & Crafts- hand painted rocks

Black Jacks Leather- leather/biothane leashes & collars for dogs

Blinke Wreaths – knitted wreaths

Boy Scout Troop #671- rope bridge/literature

Carol Klemp- small fabric items, coffee cozie, fleece glovelettes

Charms by Katy- customized charm bracelets, wired wrap rings, and more

Color Street- 100% nail polish strips, lip, cheek, hand & nail care

Gages Lake Conservation Committee- minnow racing/water plant sample

Handmade by Hannah- handmade earrings, magnets, bookmarks, ornaments

Happy Girl Flower Farm- flowers, succulents, herbs, vegetables, aprons

Jewel Savvy Sisters- paparazzi accessories, $5 jewelry

Lake County Forest Preserve- literature

Mz Megz Designz- hand crafted items, home decor, cups

Not the Butcher, Not the Baker- unique hand turned candlesticks and beverage accessories

Rozart- crochet stuffed animals, keychains, purses, shawls

Shining Little Things- handmade jewelry, home décor, unique macrame

SideEyeBlythe- artisian jewelry, electroform, wire wrapped and resin

Sunny Blossom – shirts, glass cups, keychains, koozies, tote bags

Tattered Bags to Riches – myra bags, hats, vintage tags, vintage lip balms, key fobs

Temperance Crystals- healing crystals, crystal jewelry, decorations, sage, metaphysical supplies

Tupperware with Sammie- tupperware products

Viper Spit Brand LLC- hot sauce, dried pepper spice blends, spicy honey

Warren Special Recreation Association (WSRA)- literature

Wildwood Garden Club- literature, seeds, and flowers

Wildwood Park District- events, programs, and preschool information









Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring Wildwood Park District’s Harvest Fest event provides many benefits to your business, as well as the local community.

Increase Exposure and Visibility

By becoming a sponsor, your company name and logo will be featured in digital and printed promotional materials and publications that reach thousands of people in the Wildwood, Gages Lake and Grayslake area.

Connect with the Community

The Wildwood Park District offers programs and events for all ages, youth to seniors. Each sponsor level provides businesses the opportunity to directly interact with community members so you can connect with your specific target audience.

Find the Right Fit

Our flexible tiered sponsor levels offer businesses of all sizes the opportunity to be involved. Starting as low as $100, we work with you to find the right fit for your budget.

Build Company Reputation

It’s always good to see businesses use their platform for good, especially within their own community. Share your values and make a positive impact by showing your customers the human side of your business through the sponsorships you endorse.

Download Harvest Fest Sponsorship Guide & Application  


Volunteer Opportunities

The Wildwood Park District is currently seeking volunteers, ages 14+, to help with Harvest Fest. We offer many different volunteer opportunities, such as helping with set-up, running kids activities, assisting with logistics, working the beer tent, and much more! Whether you’re seeking more social interaction, community service hours, or just looking to get involved and give back, volunteering has many career, educational, personal, and social benefits.

Apply to Volunteer

Please fill out and submit the form below. You can also download the Wildwood Park District Volunteer Manual, and fill out and submit a Volunteer Application to, fax to 847.223.2820, or drop off at the Park District front desk:

2023 Volunteer Manual

2023 Volunteer Application




Thank You to Our Sponsors

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