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Romp in the Park - Maple Park Fun Fest 5K
Come Romp in the Park for the Maple Park Fest 5K race or a 2 mile walk. There are several age groups for the 5K with awards. T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registrants and all participants will receive a ribbon. There is an early registration discount, but registration will also be available the day of the race.
Jonamac Orchard Demolition Weekend
It’s Pumpkin Demolition Weekend at Jonamac Orchard! Bring your pumpkin back, or use one of ours to smash, blast, crush, and destroy it in one of our many pumpkin demolition machines! This is your last chance to enjoy our Haunted Corn Maze this season, as our last night will be Halloween Night (Saturday, October 31). Hope to see you there, if you dare!
Jonamac Orchard Halloween Bash
Visit our Pumpkin Princess and catch a free hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch! The kids will love our 10 acre corn maze, the Barn Yard Play Area, Apple Train, Apple Launcher, Petting Zoo, and Pony Rides. Enjoy live music on Sunday from noon to 4pm!
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Halloween Concert
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting. The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians. The KSO will present its annual free concert of music with a theme appropriate for children and adults. The 5:30 concert will be repeated at 7:30, and there will be trick-or-treating in the building a half hour before the 5:30 concert. The concerts will take place at NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
Jonamac Orchard Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday Weekend
This weekend at Jonamac Orchard, we are celebrating Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday with a fun filled weekend of Apple Picking! The apple harvest is in full swing with apple picking open on several varieties. Pony rides will be available all weekend, and on Sunday enjoy live music from noon to 4pm.
Jonamac Orchard Antique Farm Equipment Show
Come visit our annual Antique Farm Equipment show featuring working equipment from decades ago! Catch a free hayride to the pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch, and check out our Pumpkin Patch as we blast pumpkins into the air. Pony Rides will be available Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for Columbus Day! Don’t miss our live music on Sunday from Noon to 4pm. Check out our Facebook Page for more information on what is happening around the farm! We are open for Columbus Day from 9-5:30pm with all of our usual weekend activities and activity pricing. This includes our Corn Maze, Apple Cannon and Launcher, Play Areas, Apple Train, Petting Zoo, and more!
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting. The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians. KSO presents its Fall Concert, Voilà Viola on Saturday, October 10th at 7:30 pm. The concert will be at NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, and there will be a free pre-concert lecture in the hall. Music Selection: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, by Johann Sebastian Bach, Der Schwanendreher, by Paul Hindemith, Anthony Devroye, Viola, The Enigma Variations, by Edward Elgar
Maple Park Fun Fest
Maple Park Fun Fest is a classic small town festival geared for big time entertainment. Occurring over Labor Day Weekend, Fun Fest has provided the perfect way to celebrate summer’s end for over 10 years. Visitors enjoy live entertainment, a huge arts and crafts show, car show, 5K Fun Run, Parade, fireworks, and of course, the famous Toilet Bowl Races – those are just a few of the highlights! Both children and adults will find plenty to do all weekend long. Whether it’s participating in the Kid’s Bike Parade, visiting the Fire Station for Touch-A-Truck, or just hanging out in the beer garden enjoying delicious food, Fun Fest will provide a glimpse into our charming community. Come on out and experience the magic of Maple Park Fun Fest.
Stage Coach Players Present Night of the Living Dead
Fallout from a satellite probe shot to Venus returns to Earth carrying a mysterious radiation that transforms the unburied dead into flesh-eating zombies. Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by the ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach. A gripping terror-filled monochromatic play that brings all the fright of the cult classic to life. This blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending. Oct 22 7:30 pm, Oct 23 7:30 pm, Oct 24 7:30 pm, Oct 29 7:30 pm, Oct 30 7:30 pm, Oct 31 2:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Jonamac Orchard Pumpkin PIckin’ Weekend
Come celebrate autumn during Pumpkin Pickin’ Weekend! Catch a free hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and check out our Pumpkin Cannon as it blasts Pumpkins into the air. Grab a bag of freshly popped Kettle Corn, and enjoy a crackling apple wood fire in our Campfire Sites! There will be live music on Sunday from Noon to 4pm.
Jonamac Scouting Weekend
This weekend is our Annual Scouting weekend at Jonamac Orchard! Scouts and their families receive 50% off admissions to the Corn Maze and Activity Area.
Jonamac Orchard Chicago Food Truck Show
This weekend, Jonamac Orchard is having our Annual Chicago Food Truck Show! Come out and get a taste of the Windy City from a variety of Original Chicago Food Trucks, this weekend only! Featuring food from Bridgeport Pasty, La Cocinita Food Truck, and Chubby Weiners! Also this weekend, catch a Hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and check out our Pumpkin Cannon as it blasts pumpkins across our firing range. Pony Rides will be available on Saturday and Sunday, and there will be live music on Sunday as well from noon to 4pm.
Ridge View Winery Octoberfest
Join us at Ridge View Winery for the annual Octoberfest! Don't miss this celebration offering great food, wine, entertainment and views from the deck. Live music from the band Mississippi Pearl from 2PM-5PM.
Pal Joey's Restaurant
Pal Joey's has prided itself with a pizza that has remained consistent throughout its 32 year history. The pizza was given 4 stars by Chicago Tribune food critics and named as one of the best pan pizzas in the Chicago area. Fine Italian food and award-winning pizza. Outdoor dining by the Fox River is a special treat!
James J. Eldred House Fall Festival
Historic Greene County is coming alive with people, places, and objects from the past during the annual James J. Eldred House Fall Festival. The festival will be held September 12-13 at the James J. Eldred House Historic Site. This year our Civil War reenactors will return and present new battles and educate about the times and equipment used. We will once again be hosting our Eldred Family Ice Cream Social and our annual Eldred Family Ball. We will also have have period vendors and music by The Fieldon Spring Band. The Eldred House will be open for tours.
Fulton Fall Festival
Activities for the entire family will be held all day long on Saturday in downtown Fulton and include inflatable rides, pumpkin painting, games, balloon artist, gunny sack races, face painting, games, a straw bale maze, make n’ take crafts, and more. Heritage Canyon will be open both Saturday and Sunday where you can explore life in the log cabin settlement, blacksmith and woodworking shops, Early American crafters in period clothing, vintage farm machinery, a covered bridge, church, one-room school house & demonstrations of pioneer living. Go to our website for a full listing of events.
Fighting Illini Football
Fighting Illini Football returns to Memorial Stadium this fall with six home games against fellow Big Ten opponents such as Nebraska, Wisconsin and Ohio State. Come cheer on the Orange & Blue as they fight their way to the post season!
Winter Lights Aurora
The Merriest And Cheeriest Of Seasons Starts With Winter Lights! As the City of Aurora’s official kick-off to the holiday season, this family oriented event will be filled with merry making moments and a sleigh full of free fun for the entire family! The event starts with the Holiday Parade ushering in the jolly old elf himself, Santa along with Mrs. Claus. It’s followed by a grand fireworks display along the banks of the Fox River. The twinkling lit streets will be filled with a tree lighting, live music, costumed characters, ice sculpting, local art, food vendors, festive photo-ops, live reindeer a trackless train and more. The Come and make Winter Lights, a memory filled family tradition!
Fall Fest at the Oak Park Conservatory
Join us on Sunday, September 27 from 11am-2pm, to celebrate Fall Fest at the Oak Park Conservatory and Rehm Park - free admission! We'll have horse-drawn hayrides, inflatable entertainment, many crafts and activities run by some of our sponsors and delicious food from our local vendors all at Rehm Park! The Rehm Trains will be open during this event. Walk over to the Conservatory where each family will get to pick a pumpkin from our pumpkin patch (while supplies last) and after the kids can decorate their very own masks! All of these fun activities are free, but please bring along some money to enjoy the great offerings from this year's food vendors-cash only at food vendors.
Autumn at the Arboretum
Join us for our annual fall festival. Experience the beauty of fall as we use our entire 155 acre property for family-friendly fun. October is one of the best times to witness trees with their rich autumn colors. Build a scarecrow, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, make a fall craft to take home, and enjoy entertainment and activities for kids of all ages. There are also Girl Scout activities planned for the day.
Celebrating 11 years: this annual chicken wing cook-off is not to be missed. Featuring live music all day and through the night with local musician. Free inflatables, fun, games and contests for kids.
Haunted Jacksonville Tour
Discover the History & Hauntings of the Illinois Prairie as the Haunted Jacksonville Tour from American Hauntings returns to offer a chilling new look at the lingering spirits of Jacksonville's historic downtown! Journey back in time and discover the events of the past that have created the hauntings of today! Most of the Haunted Jacksonville Tours are approximately 3 hours in length. Time: 7 p.m. and will depart from the Soap Co. Coffee House on the East Side of the Jacksonville Square. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for children 12 & under and $20 for current MacMurray and Illinois College students. Go to http://www.hauntedjacksonville.com/ to purchase your tickets.
EffingHAM Music Fest
When music reigned supreme in the 1950s and 1960s, the Beach Boys secured their place in pop culture. Relive the glory days with EffingHAM Music Fest, as we welcome original Beach Boys guitarist, David Marks, with support from the Surf City Allstars to the Funfest Amphitheater stage at Mid America Motorworks on Saturday, Sept. 19th at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $15 at www.ticketweb.com. Bring your lawn chairs, and get ready for a great time!
Balloons Over Mt. Vernon & Fly-In
The event will host over 15 hot air balloons including a 140 foot Shark balloon that goes by “Sharky” taking flight October 16, 17, and 18, 2015 at the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport. There will be a balloon glow, tether balloon offering paid rides, war birds, VIP seating, sponsor booths, family activities, vendors, crafters, inflatables and much more family fun.