Join generations of visitors who flock to the annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest every year! For over 25 years, this award-winning festival has brought heartwarming memories to both children and adults, and is a tradition for thousands of families across the Midwest.
The heart and soul of the festival is the Scarecrow Contest, which boasts 100+ hand-crafted scarecrows. Visitors view and vote for their favorite in each of five categories. Both children and adults will find plenty to do all weekend long – which is why so many choose to "make it a weekend" in our charming community. Enjoy live entertainment, a huge arts and crafts show, carnival, and petting zoo – those are just a few highlights! You can even make your own scarecrow to take home. Plus, enjoy plenty of delicious food.
The possibilities are endless. Best of all….admission, parking, trolleys and parking shuttles are all FREE! Come on out and experience why Scarecrow Fest is a four time winner of the "Top 100 Events in North America."
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St. Charles boasts 11 hotels to relax at after your day of exploring. All of our hotels - Pheasant Run Resort, the Midwest's premier entertainment resort, and Hotel Baker, located in the heart of downtown - are located within a five minute drive to the festival. Click on Festival Hotel Rates to the left.
Just one hour west of Chicago and along the Fox River, St. Charles is located between I-90 and 88 and 15 miles west of 355. Visitors enjoy striking architecture and excellent dining, along with antique and boutique shopping. Outdoor recreation is plentiful, with Paddlewheel Riverboat cruises, beautiful hiking and biking trails, and scenic riverside parks. Enjoy live theater at Fox Valley Repertory, Steel Beam Theatre, Arcada Theatre, Zanies Comedy Club and Norris Cultural Arts Center! Scarecrow Fest is just one of the many charms of St. Charles. To plan your visit, go to www.visitstcharles.com for complete listings of attractions, dining, shopping, recreation and special events.