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Tough Mudder events are hardcore obstacle courses designed to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, over one million inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world. But Tough Mudder is more than an event; it’s a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time and discover camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.
Kingston Fest & Kardboard Boat Regatta!
Kingston Fest is a craft and vendor fair that offers live music and games in the shady Kingston Township Park. Bring your swimsuit and try the dual slide Water Slide. Race your friends on two huge obstacle courses! Community games will be at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. There will be horseshoes, bags and softball tournaments. The Kardboard Boat Regatta is always great family fun, watch boats made out of cardboard race on the Kishwaukee River.
Autumn Pioneer Festival
Travel back to the 1800’s and learn about the lifestyles and crafts of the day. Watch a blacksmith working at his forge, talk to voyageurs, settlers and buckskinners. Explore a wigwam in the Native American area, visit two authentic 1800’s log cabins, a one room schoolhouse and 5 ethnic gardens. Enjoy the sights as you tour the grounds on a horse drawn wagon. Learn to throw a tomahawk, use a cross cut saw and play old time games. Listen to live music throughout the day. Sample apple butter and bean soup cooked over an open fire. Food vendor offerings include prairie chicken, pioneer fries, buffalo stew, pie and ice cream, doughnuts, popcorn, old fashioned root beer and lemonade. These are just a few of the many fun activities offered at the festival.
Paddock Hills Equestrian Center
Imagine a golden ball of Midwestern sun breaking on the horizon. As the night dew still clings to the vines and the grass in the pastures, a farm comes to life with the sights and sounds of morning. Hot coffee steeps in the pot. Hard-working farm-hands begin the daily chores. Horses whinny as the cool rush of morning air fills their lungs. The gently rolling hills are aglow with another new day. This is the beauty of horses and the magic of a vineyard. Paddock Hills Equestrian Center is located with Prairie Orchard Farm vineyard in the majestic countryside of Union, IL, and is minutes from the I-90 expressway, but miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city and suburbs. Whether, attending one of our many horse shows, riding lessons, clinics, or programs, we are sure that your time with us will be well spent.
Boone County Fair
Come to one of the finest fairs in the state, where you'll enjoy animal shows, antique tractors, tractor pulls, entertainment, a carnival, food and much more.
This annual craft show features the works of more than 300 crafters and artists displayed in booths, buildings and tents at the Boone County Fairgrounds. It is a great time to grab those gifts for your Christmas shopping list.
Little Hershey Swap Meet and Car Show
Annual swap meet and car show held at the Boone County Fairgrounds, both inside and outside displays of all makes and models of cars from the Model T, street machines and present-day models.
Genoa Pioneer Day
The Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society presents "Genoa Pioneer Day." This event will bring the experience of old time tradesman and crafters by providing a demonstration of skills, stagecoach rides, hands on activities, silent auction, fresh churned butter, fresh made cornbread, Lion's Club pork chops, kids games, music, old time pretend gun fights, President and Mrs Lincoln will be there. Bring your kids, Bring your friends! Bring your grandma and your grandpa!!! A fun and educational event right in your own hometown!! Activities start at 11:00 AM and Finish at 4:00 PM. For more information call 815-784-5559 or 815-784-5498, or visit www.genoamainstreet.com. Sponsored by Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society.
Belvidere Mopar Happening
Illinois' best car club show! Family-friendly activities include the car show, a swap meet and car sale corral. Car display and swap meet Saturday; car-show and swap Sunday. Enjoy music all weekend with food vendors to fill you up. Held at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Color Vibe 5K
Get ready for the most colorful fun-filled day of your life! You’ll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing color blast event where you'll get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K. Color Vibe is here, and you’re about to get tagged!
The Gathering at Macktown - Historical Reenactment, 1650-1850
Take a step back in time to experience American frontier life and Native American cultures of the 1650s through 1850s. Meet traders, trappers, voyageurs, and Native Americans. There will be food and mercantile vendors, demonstrations, militia maneuvers and skirmishes. Tour historic buildings on their original sites, and meet Stephen Mack and Hononegah as they share their home with you. Plenty of hands on activities, music and much more to see, smell, taste, and explore. Rain or shine, free parking.
The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms and Copperstone Inn
The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms and Copperstone Inn are a unique venue for an unforgettable wedding ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner. An Orchard Ridge Farms/Copperstone Inn wedding offers the combination of rustic charm and sophisticated elegance that will create extraordinary memories that will last a lifetime. Our one hundred and thirty acres creates a majestic stage for your special event, a refreshing change from the average banquet facility.
Tour De Crystal Lake
Racing, food, and fun for all. Downtown Crystal Lake will come alive as visitors enjoy the free family event featuring live music, local culinary fare, merchant sales, children's activities and more!
CITY: Crystal Lake
Illinois Triathlon Championship
Millions of dollars for a renovation of a quarry has made the Three Oaks Recreation Area into one of Illinois great new Triathlon venues! If you are looking for one of those 3000 person crammed events where you really, truly can’t race, but just like being part of the crowd to say you did a triathlon this is not the venue. We can fit about 1000 athletes at this venue but it is completely worth it. Crystal clear quarry water, a fast flat closed bike course as well as a challenging off paved trail, to crushed limestone trail all in a recreation facility that is second to none and a short drive from downtown Chicago. That is why it is worth every bit of the name it boasts as the state championship event.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Set in McHenry's Petersen Park (4300 Petersen Park Road) and throughout the town, this wildly popular, 10-day July fest features great food, a beer tent, theater, contests, fun for all ages, midway rides, games and more.
Hard Charge Chicago
HARD CHARGE events are 4-5 miles of obstacles, mud and mayhem. Each course is designed to challenge every fitness level and get you pumped up for the awesome post-race party at CHARGER Village - complete with food, fun and one free beer for CHARGERS 21+. When the dust has settled and the mud has dried, you'll already be looking forward to taking on your next HARD CHARGE mission!
CITY: Spring Grove
Woodstock Mozart Festival
Held on three consecutive weekends in July and August at the Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock Illinois, the Festival presents concert performances under the banner ”Mozart…and More!”…Mozart and other composers. With a seating capacity of 421, the charming restored 1880’s Woodstock Opera House is often referred to as an environment reminiscent of Mozart’s day. Because of the intimacy of the hall, the listener enjoys the unique experience of feeling enveloped by the music. A superb orchestra, world class artists and air conditioned comfort make the Woodstock Mozart Festival a MUST for a special summer concert experience just 60 miles northwest of Chicago.
Young at Heart Festival - Loves Park City Hall Grounds
Bring the whole family to the 42nd Young at Heart Festival. Events during the weekend include live music, carnival rides, kids' activities and food concessions. The Young at Heart Parade is on Saturday.
CITY: Loves Park
Old Settlers Days
Old Settlers Days is a quality fun filled family festival that raises money for the Rockton Lion's Club to promote sight and sound charities. Come to Settlers Park for great bands, food and a carnival. New things are being added every year. Visit the website for a schedule of events. Settlers Park is on E. Harwich St. behind First National Bank at 300 E. Main St.
Cherry Valley Festival Days
Great food, the carnival, on-site activities, and of course, the bands are what make a summer music festival an event to remember. Valley Days at Bauman Park has proven to be the fun-filled summer music festival your family shouldn't miss.
CITY: Cherry Valley