Shades of Autumn Fall Festival
Shades of Autumn Fall Festival
Annual Fall Festival What is Shades of Autumn


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Our Family-Friendly Attractions Include ...

New for 2014:
  • Circle of Life
  • Kiddie Jumping Pillow
  • Adult Zip Line

    ... and Your Old Favorites ...
    * Barrel Train
    * Bovine Befuddlement Maze
    * Climbing Web
    * Corn Cannons
    * Corn Maze
    * Corn Play Area
       (now with separate corn bins for younger
       and older kids)
    * Duck Races
    * Expanded Slide Mountain
    * Fruit Punch Rope Maze
    * Giant Jumping Pillow
    * Giant Sandbox
    * Happy Harvester
    * Horsey Races
    * Inflatables
    * Observation Bridge
    * Our Famous Pumpkin Cannon
    * Pedal Cars
    * Petting Zoo with Goat Bridge
    * Tractor-Tire Pyramid
    * Tractor-Tire Swings
    * U-Pick Pumpkins
       (free hayride to and from the patch)
    * Veggie Cars
    * Zip-line for Kids

    Separate pay-as-you-go Attractions Include ...
    * Frank the Combine
    (20-minute farm tour - $5.00)
    * Pony Rides ($4.00)

    ... Plus Food and Other Goodies
    * Crafters
    * Homemade Apple Cider Donuts
    * Fresh-baked Pies
    * Fresh Produce
    * Fall Decorations
    * and MUCH MORE!

  • General Admission for 2014 Season:*

    Ages 3-17** $15
    Ages 18-64  $10
    Senior Friends 65 and over $5
    *Children age 2 and under admitted free
    **All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian age 21 or over

    General admission includes
    unlimited use of all attractions
    except Frank the Combine ($5)
    Pony Rides ($4.00)

    Frank the Combine 20-Minute Tour - $5.00

    FREE Parking!

"Shades of Autumn" is the annual Fall Festival at Stade's Farm & Market. Located in McHenry County in northern Illinois, Shades of Autumn is a great place to bring the whole family to enjoy nature's bounty, plus great entertainment, during the most beautiful time of the year. During Shades of Autumn you can experience a day on the farm filled with family fun.

Stade's Farm & Market has been hosting this fall festival since 1995. Not only are pumpkins waiting to be picked out in the patch, the hayride back and forth is fun, too. In our petting zoo, you can play with some of our four-legged friends. We have mazes in which to test your skills, and the pumpkin train is a big hit with the little ones. The pumpkin cannon demonstrations are a "blast" to watch while enjoying some of our home-cooked food. (Did we mention that we serve home-cooked food?) Here at Shades of Autumn we are more than able to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, as well as serve up some lunch. Our farm market is fully stocked with in-season fresh-picked produce and all the fall decorations you might be looking for.

Every Sunday morning during the Shades of Autumn festival, we offer an open-air worship and praise service with contemporary music. These special services are held at 10:00 am and are led by different local churches.

Fall Festival Hours
Join us Saturdays and Sundays - 10 am to 6 pm for Fall Family Fun!                                                                                                               

October Only – We will be open from 10am-6pm on Monday, Columbus Day, October 13th as well as all Fridays in October. General Admission pricing applies.

September 6th & 7th 10th Annual Tractors for Charity (9:00am to 6:00pm)
Antique Tractors, Trucks & Equipment Show - a must-see event! FREE ADMISSION to the Tractor Show. Donations accepted to benefit local charities for the needy.

Special Events include:

Saturday: “Show & Shine” Contest:  (12pm): Show off your immaculately polished Tractors, Trucks, and Equipment! 

Sunday: Tractor Pull: (1pm) Classes for Antique Farm Tractors, Pick-up Trucks & Semi-Tractors. Attractions are separate from the free show.
September 13th & 14th 8th Annual Car Show (10:00 am to 6:00 pm)
Two Big Days! The area's most enjoyable car show! Many classic and vintage makes and models will be on display. We welcome spectators and exhibitors.  FREE ADMISSION to the show.

Attractions are separate from the free show

Car & Truck burnouts Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.

September 20th & 21st Shades of Autumn Craft Show(10am-6pm)
Come Experience this extraordinary Art and Craft Festival at Stade’s Farm! Visit a showcase  of original crafts, jewelry making, paintings, blankets, children’s toys and so much more. There’s something for every taste and style. So kick off your weekend at Stade’s and enjoy this top craft experience. Whether an exhibitor or browser, you won't want to miss this wonderful event. If you are a crafter or know someone who is, please have them email our Events Coordinator Jeanine at for more information.

Attractions are separate from the free show.
September 28th Wounded Warrior Sunday (10am-6pm)

In appreciation to all those who have served and continue to serve in our military, we have set aside Sunday September 28th as a special day of recognition for our military. We will kick off the day at 10am with a combination patriotic/worship service. Our special guest will be Tim Hetzner of Lutheran Church Charities and the Kare-9 Military canine unit. Veterans will be in attendance with their Golden Retrievers.  Come meet the dogs, shake a veterans hand and support our military. We will also be joined by the Comfort Dogs of LCC. Join us as we sing a medley of freedom songs, state the pledge of allegiance and receive encouragement for the day. Show your military ID and you will receive FREE admission to Stade’s Farmtractions. Your immediate family (spouse and/or children age 18 and under) will be admitted for 50% off the gate price. We thank you for your service, courage and commitment to our freedom.


We will have local rescue organizations on site with dogs seeking a forever home. If you have been considering adopting a furry friend we encourage you to stop by and meet the dogs and their handlers.

Hours of adoption:
Saturday 11am- 4pm
Sunday 12pm- 4pm

Happiness is a warm puppy.—Charles M. Schulz (cartoonist, Peanuts)
Sept 06 – Nov 2
(weekends only)
Come experience our 25+ unique attractions, including our interactive petting zoo, weekends at Stade’s Farm & Market. Enjoy a free hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins in our 30-acre field. $6 any size pumpkin in the field.

General Admission for 2014 Season:
Enjoy unlimited rides from 10am-6pm.
(Excluding Frank the Combine ($5) and Pony Rides ($4.00).
Ages 3-17 $15
Ages 18-64 $10
Senior Friends 65 and over $5
Children age 2 and under admitted free  
All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian age 21 or over

October Only – Open Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm. Also open Monday, Columbus Day, October 13th.
General Admission applies.
Sundays, May 25th through Nov 2nd (10:00am - 11:15am) CONTEMPORARY NON-DENOMINATIONAL CHURCH SERVICES
Stade's Farm & Market Provides Contemporary Non-Denominational Worship Services in the Beautiful Outdoors.

Every Sunday morning, Memorial Day weekend through the end of October, Stade's Farm is host to a unique outdoor experience, offering non-denominational contemporary Christian worship. Services are held in the beautiful outdoors, surrounded by miles of fields and plenty of sunshine.

The stage transforms into a vibrant combination of high energy, contemporary music and relevant messages from a variety of speakers, churches and area pastors. Our services offer coloring activities for the kids, cozy lawn chairs, sun umbrellas, complimentary apple cider donuts, and fresh brewed coffee.

After services visitors can explore nature walks along the fields, visit the market to learn about in season produce, or just relax at the facility's pavilion or at one of their many outdoor picnic tables.

In the event of inclement weather, we have a covered pavilion where we gather for services. We warmly welcome you, your family, friends and neighbors to come grow with us!


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