Friends of Danada is a major participant in the annual Fall Festival which has become a showcase for Danada Forest Preserve and attracts as many as 10,000 visitors on the second Sunday in October of each year. The festival consists of equestrian shows with riders in costume, horse drawn hayrides, visits to the Danada Model Farm via tractor drawn hayrides, an art show of approximately 200 art and photo exhibits, activities for the children, food and entertainment.
The Danada Fall Festival was organized by the Forest Preserve District and the Save the Rice Farm group in 1983. It was revived by the Volunteers in 1984 and has been held annually ever since, primarily by the Friends of Danada at first, with increasing participation by the Forest Preserve District ever since. Today, the District assumes primary responsibility for the event, with Friends of Danada acting as a support group. The Friends of Danada has always considered this to be a self sustaining event for the benefit of the community, with any incidental profits helping to finance other activities.