Frankfort Fall Fest 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Frankfort Fall Festival and "Happy Days". "Happy Days is this year's theme which harkens back to the mid-60’s when the festival was first started. With almost 300 Artisan booths, food court, beer tent, carnival, and local restaurants and businesses the festival is sure to offer something for everyone.

Over 250,000 attend annually and Sunshine Artist continues to recognize our event as one of the top twelve U.S. Festivals in the country. The Frankfort Chamber of Commerce, The Village of Frankfort and several hundred volunteers from over 30 community organizations make it all possible. The entire effort also generates funds for Concerts on the Green, D.A.R.E., Earth Day, FAHS Candle Light House Walk Open House, FHBA, Frankfort 157-C and Lincoln Way High School District 210 Foundations, Fourth of July Fireworks, Hometown Hoedown, KidsWork Children’s Museum, Midnight Madness, Movies on the Green, Night Out Against Crime, Student Scholarships, and Winter on the Green.


Over 300 Artisans from both coasts and everywhere in-between will join us in Frankfort on Labor Day weekend for this spectacular event!  You will be able to purchase everything from handmade ornaments, to fine jewelry and everything in between!  So come on out and look for that special gift that you can only find here, or that special item for decorating this holiday season, or even that unique item just for you! Rest assured, it will be handmade!

2016 Arts and Crafts Show Hours
Saturday, September 3, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 4, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 5, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

Booth Numbers
Booth numbers may change after the guide has gone to press. If you need help locating an artist, please visit the Information Booth located at the center of Oak Street and Kansas Street.

Breidert Green Entertainment Stage

Be sure to spend some relaxing time on the Breidert Green over the holiday weekend! The entertainment lineup showcases 8 family bands featuring music from the 50's, 60's 70's, 80's. We might spin some current tunes for those "millenniums" too. Rest assured, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy!

Rumor has it there might even be a few other surprises that will help bring you back to the 'Ole Happy Days. So slick back the hair, dig out the poodle skirt and saddle shoes and get ready for a Rockin good time!

The Stingers
Saturday, Sept. 3rd • 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

The Sunshine
Saturday, Sept. 3rd • 2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.

The Thompson Duo
Saturday, Sept. 3rd • 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m.

Rosie and the Rivets
Sunday, Sept. 4th • 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Briggs Street Band
Sunday, Sept. 4th • 2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.

Usual Chaos
Sunday, Sept. 4th • 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m.

Military Band
Monday, Sept. 5th • 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

The Real Gone
Monday, Sept. 5th • 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m.


Please join us in thanking our 2016 Entertainment Stage Sponsors:

St. Xavier University

Emagine Entertainment

Chiro One Wellness Center



The carnival is located in the paved lot at the intersection of Kansas Street and White Street. It is planned largely by The Frankfort Fire Protection District Foundation which is a non-for-profit organization comprised of the past and present members of the Fire Department. The foundation receives the majority of its funds through proceeds from the Fall Fest Carnival and through private donations. The organization has an ongoing duty to support the fire district, the Frankfort Fire Cadet Program, the Frankfort Fire Historical Society, and the community protected by the fire district. This support includes but is not limited to the purchasing of equipment, the enhancement of our members training, donations to benevolent causes, scholarship support to Lincolnway School Districts, and the sponsoring of activities that fall outside of the fire districts charter.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(POP Day)

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
(POP Day)

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(Special Needs 3-5 pm)

Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 12:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 4, 2016 - 12:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Monday, September 5, 2016 - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1 Coupon $1.25 / 22 Coupons $25 / 55 Coupons $60
Rides accept 2-4 coupons / POP = Pay one price unlimited ride band
Sponsored by the Frankfort Firefighters Association


Our food court is run entirely by local civic organizations in conjunction with local businesses.  So you can feel good grabbing a bite to eat at Fall Fest because you know you will be helping our local non-profits. From smoothies, to bacon dogs, to funnel cakes you can find it in the food court!! (And of course there are lemon shake-ups!!)

Frankfort Area Historical Society
Kettle Korn

Frankfort Area Jaycees
Smoothies, Strawberry Kabobs, Chocolate Covered Bananas, Cheesecakes, Deep Fried Oreos, Twinkies and Snickers, Strawberry & Blue Raspberry Lemonades, Pop & Water

Frankfort Brass

Band Frankfort Girls Softball League
Grilled Chicken on a Stick with Rice, Orange Chicken with Rice, Egg Rolls, Crab Rangoon, Corn Dogs, Shaved Ice, Pop & Water

Frankfort Kiwanis Club
Pizza, Pop, Sausage Sandwich, French Fries, Cheesy Fries, Nachos with cheese, Zepole Donuts, Pop & Water

Frankfort Preservation Foundation
Italian Sausage w/Fries, Bacon Dog w/ Fries, Chicken Tenders w/Fries, Bucket of Bacon Cheese Fries, Corn, Arnold Palmers, Pop & Water

Frankfort Square Boy Scout Troop # 237
Funnel Cakes, Elephant Ears, Citrus Coolers, Rib and Pork Chop Sandwiches, Fried Green Tomatoes, Water

Frankfort United Methodist Church
Smoked Sausage, Bacon Sausage, Nacho with Cheese, Fried Mushrooms, Fried Zucchini, Fried Cheese Curds, Fried Cheese Sticks, Pop & Water

International Community Church
Beef Sandwiches, Vegetable Tempura, Curly Fries, Homemade Taters, Ice Cream Chocolate Pizza, Iced Teas, Water

Lincoln-Way East Athletic Boosters
Lemon Shake-Ups, Hot Dogs, Walking Tacos, Pretzels w/Cheese, Pop & Water

Lincoln-Way Music Boosters
Bratwurst w/sauerkraut, Hamburgers/ Cheese Burgers, Chips, Pop & Water

New Life Church Cadets
Water, Pop, Power Aid, Ice Tea St. Anthony’s Knights of Columbus 9770 Pizza - Culver’s Sundaes, Pop & Water

Team Aurelio's Pizza

BETA Team Entertainment Tent

Five Guys Named Moe (Classic Rock ‘n Roll)
Friday, Sept. 2nd • 7:30p.m.-11:00p.m.

Saints and Sinners (60’s & 70’s)
Saturday, Sept. 3rd • 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

Midlife Crisis (60's Until Today)
Saturday, Sept. 3rd • 7:00pm-11:00p.m.

Timing's Everything (Popular Music)
Sunday, Sept. 4th • 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

Funhouse (Classic Rock from the 80's)
Sunday, Sept. 4th • 7:00p.m.-11:00p.m.

The Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club (Rock)
Monday, Sept. 5th • Noon-4:00p.m.

Friday Night: $6.00
Saturday thru Sunday at Noon to 6:00 PM $2.00 (before Noon FREE)
Saturday thru Sunday at 6:00 PM until closing:
$6.00 Monday at Noon $2.00 (before Noon FREE)
Children under 12 FREE (until 6:00 PM)
No One Allowed in Entertainment Tent under 21 after 6:00 P.M.


  • Bus Service to the Festival area with drop-off and pickup in the Prairie Park Lot located at White Street and Elwood Street
  • Shuttle Bus Service runs continuously on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Handicap Parking (appropriate permit must be displayed):
Parking is available in one location Trolley Barn Parking Lot - located at Nebraska Street and Center Road - $10.00 fee to Operation Playground

Bike Corral

Prefer to bike to Fall Fest? There is a bike corral located off White Street, next to the Old Plank Trail, near the Carnival.
Bikes: $2.00, Roller Blades: $1.00. Staffed by the Old Town Homeowners Association.


One of the most beloved parts of Fall Fest weekend is our parade! The parade steps off at 1:00pm Sunday afternoon from Pacific and Maple. The parade proceeds east on Pacific, turns North on Oak, turns East on Utah, turns North on Ash, turns West on Nebraska and ends at Locust. So grab a blanket or lawn chair and get a spot along the route!

Want to be in the parade? Early registration deadline is July 15, 2016.  After that there is a $50 late fee.  Parade entry is FREE to all Frankfort Chamber members (provided your application is received before the deadline).  Parade Application 2016

Info Booth & Maps

When you get off of the bus (from the remote parking) there will be a map to help you orient yourself to Fall Fest. Take a moment and plan your day! If you need assistance that can always be found at the corners of Oak and Kansas Streets where out Information Booth is located. This booth is staffed continually during the fest with knowledgeable volunteers that can answer almost any question you might have. They will be passing out guidebooks that will help you navigate the Fest.  They will also be distributing fans, provided by our wonderful sponsors, which will help to keep you cool!


Frankfort Fall Fest is coordinated by the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce, but could not be run without the support of our nearly 200 volunteers! Do you want to be a Fall Fest "yellow shirt" volunteer!  There is more than enough room on our team!  Take a look at the Frankfort Fall Fest Volunteers Handbook and then contact us and we will gladly find you a place where you will enjoy your volunteer experience!

Festival Notes

ATM Machines
Three ATM Machines are located on the Festival site: Main entrance to the BETA Tent on North Oak Street Main entrance to Old Plank trail Tavern on West Kansas Street Entrance to Carnival on White Street.

First Aid
First Aid is available in two locations 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (after 6:00 p.m. dial 911 for emergency assistance) Frankfort Chamber of Commerce Office located at the corner of Kansas Street and Hickory Street One North White Street located at North White Street and the Old Plank Trail.

Lost Child or Parent
For assistance in locating a lost child or parent: Look for a yellow-shirted Frankfort Fall Festival Volunteer; or, Go to the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce Office, located at the intersection of Kansas Street and Hickory Street; or, Go to the Information Booth, located at intersection of Kansas Street and Oak Street.

Lost and Found
To inquire about a lost item: Go to the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce Office - located at the intersection of Kansas Street and Hickory Street.

Food and Beverages
Food Court conveniently located between the BETA Team Entertainment Tent and the Breidert Green Stage on East Kanas Street. See the extended menu listed under Concessions.

Frankfort Historical Museum, 132 West Kansas Street (Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) KidWork Children’s Museum, 11 South White Street (Hours: Closed Labor Day Weekend).

Your Pets
For the safety of your pets and our visitors, NO pet, with the exception of service animals such as a seeing-eye dog, are allowed.

Information for Artisans

Click the link below to download our brochure
2016 Frankfort Fall Fest Applications are still being accepted

Please note the filing fee is now $50.

Be advised that the Frankfort Fall Festival is a juried show.

There is no buy-sell permitted.
Below you will find the application as well as other pertinent information. Should you have additional question please email or call 815-469-3356

Liability Insurance

All Artisans are REQUIRED to carry proof of Liability Insurance while participating in the Frankfort Fall Festival. The Frankfort Chamber of Commerce MUST be named on the insurance. Artisans that do not have their own insurance may purchase coverage through the Frankfort Fall Festival. Contact the Chamber for more information.

Click Below for a Fillable Application and Contract Details
Checklist when sending in your application

1. A Self-Addressed, Letter-sized envelop with return postage affixed
2. A fully completed application
(available as a fillable PDF above)
3. A Signed and dated contract
(available above)
4. A signed and dated work certification and hold harmless
(available above)
5. Photos of booth display, work in progress, work area, & finished product
6. $35 Application fee (non-refundable)
7. $50 Application fee after March 15th

Artisan Parking

Artisans will be given a Parking Pass at set-up. This pass must be displayed on the driver's side windshield at all times. Only one vehicle per Artisan will be allowed in the lots listed below. No Trailer/RV parking is allowed on residential streets. All violators WILL BE TOWED. All vehicles must be off of the Fall Fest grounds by 9:00 a.m. Any Artisans not set-up by 10:00 a.m. will forfeit their space. A shuttle van will be available from the Fall Festival grounds to the Artisan parking lots during exhibiting hours. A map showing Artisan parking lots will be available August 15, 2016.

Artisan Lots Available 

Frankfort Terrace Nursing Home Lot - No oversized vehicles will be allowed

Locust Street Lot - Any sized vehicle will be allowed

Arriving & Entry

Friday Entry information will be sent by August 15, 2016
Saturday Entry information will be sent by August 15, 2016

Upon arrival Artisans will receive the following:
Department of Revenue (Special Event tax collection report & payment coupon)
Frankfort Fall Festival Guide
Frankfort Fall Festival Map
Instructions for dumpster use
Parking Pass
Tear down instructions
Tax Chart