Sioux City Fall Festival 2019


Grab your coziest boots and sweaters, 'cause it's time to celebrate fall! Every year, businesses and attractions around Sioux City join in the same weekend in October to have autumnal fun, and from the sounds of things, 2019 might be the best year yet! This year, Sioux City Fall Festival will be primarily Friday through Sunday, October 11th-13th, and here are some of the fun fall and Halloween themed events happening in Sioux City that weekend:

Sioux City Fall Festival downtown


  • Mask Making Workshop
    • Sat 10/12 from 10:30am-noon at the Sioux City Art Center
    • The perennial favorite event allows kids to decorate paper masks with a variety of markers, gems, glitter, and more!
  • Captain-o-Lanterns
    • Sat. 10/12 from 1-3pm at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
    • Decorate pumpkins in honor of Siouxland's favorite explorers and snack on a frontier inspired pumpkin treat.
    • *FREE*
  • Fall Fest at the Sioux City Farmers Market
    • Sat. 10/12 from 8am to 1pm, with lots of farm fresh fun planned including:
    • Kids Costume Contest at 10am
    • Pets Costume Contest at 10:30am
    • Farm animal petting zoo
    • Trick-or-treating
    • Kids Activity Zone
    • Live Music
    • And more!
  • Postcard Decorating
    • All 3 branches of the Sioux City Public Library (Downtown, Morningside, and Perry Creek) are open for their normal weekend hours the weekend of Fall Fest
    • All 3 branches will have postcards available for free that kids can decorate and keep to mail to a friend or relative.
  • Corn Palace Coloring Contest
    • The Sioux City Public Museum is holding a corn palace themed coloring contest with two $25 museum gift shop certificates as prizes! To enter, kids can stop by the museum during Fall Festival to color their sheet, or download the printable coloring sheet online ahead of time. All entries must be in by 5pm on Sun. 10/13 to be considered for the prize. 
  • The Great Halloween Festival hosted by Girls Inc.
    • Sat. 10/12 from 11am-2pm at Cook Park
    • Will include tons of free fun like bounce houses, pumpkin races, axe throwing, and more!
    • Event is free to attend, with food available for purchase
  • Drive-In Movie: Aladdin (2019)
    • Sat. 10/12, parking allowed at 6:30; movie begins at dusk, at Knoepfler Chevrolet
    • Donations of money or non-perishable food for the Food Bank of Siouxland encouraged
    • Concessions will be available to buy from local Boy Scouts

Sioux City Fall Festival in Morningside

  • Boo n' Brew at the Mall 
    • Sat. 10/12 from 3-8pm at the Southern Hills Mall. Some of the fun planned includes:
    • Costume contest
    • Hay rides
    • Pumpkin patch
    • Games
    • Entertainment
    • Vendors
    • Food trucks
    • Beer for sale
  • Lakeport Commons Fall Festival
    • Sat. 10/12 from 11am-2pm at the Lakeport Commons shopping center
    • Tons of free fun, including bounce houses, a ninja course, face painting, and much more
    • Each family can take home 1 free pumpkin!
  • Cone-acopia 
    • Sun. 10/13 from 9am to 3pm at Cone Park
    • Costumes encouraged for the Monster Dash 5k and 1k runs
    • Lots of fun planned throughout the day including pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, crafts, games, and more!
    • Food and other vendor items will be available for purchase

Sioux City Fall Festival in other parts of Sioux City


  • Nature's Fall Fest
    • Fri. October 11th from 3-7pm at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
    • This event is *FREE* and will include:
    • Pumpkin decorating while supplies last
    • Creepy critters you can meet
    • Jack-o-Lantern scavenger hunt on the nature center trails
  • Wildlife Photography Workshop
    • Sat. 10/12 from 1:30 to 3:30pm at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
    • This workshop on wildlife photography for ages 10+  is hosted by members of the Sioux City camera club.
    • The event is free, but registration is requested by calling (712)258-0838.
  • Half Price Museum Admission 
    • The Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation is offering half price admission all weekend to celebrate Fall Fest
  • FREE Museum Admission
    • On Sat. 10/12 the Sioux City Railroad Museum is offering free admission (free will donations accepted) which will also include a free motorcar ride! Grand Scale train ride tickets, food, and the gift shop will also be available but not free. 
Fall Fest is sure to be fun for all! If you're looking for more family-friendly fun in and around Sioux City this October, be sure to check out my posts on Halloween Events in Sioux City, October Kids Events in Siouxland, and Pumpkin Patches in Siouxland.

Happy Fall, Y'all!

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