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YMCA Fall Festival at Camp Winnebago
The YMCA of Rock River Valley is teaming up with Twisted Crypt Productions to transform Camp Winnebago YMCA into the region's newest family-fun destination this fall. Family Fall Festival promises to be your family's new fall tradition complete with trick-or-treating in the Halloween Village, a two-mile corn maze, pumpkin patch, craft bazaar, live music, food and more (Saturdays and Sundays in October). Camp Winnebago YMCA, located one mile north of Rockford, rests in the wilderness just minutes from downtown. The property encompasses 150 acres and prides itself on being a year-round facility. This fall it will be decked out in a kid-friendly Halloween theme.
28th Annual Jazz Festival
An annual two-day festival including a concert featuring top jazz artists and two days of instrumental clinics for local junior high and high school musicians.
15th Annual Fall Family Fun Fest
Enjoy spending time with friends and family on a Fall afternoon. Carnival games, pony/hay rides, face paining, balloon twisting, costume contest and a Spooktacular performance!
18th Annual Fear No Art Festival at CLC
A festival like no other, the 18th Annual Fear No Art festival is a lively celebration featuring a variety of artists performing music, dance and poetry. Adding to the performances is the stunning display of paintings, photography and sculptures by CLC students and community artists.
3rd Annual Stroll on State - Downtown Rockford
"Merry and Bright: A Downtown Holiday" returns with Stroll on State, a spectacular holiday event to attend with your family and friends to get you in the holiday spirit. There are plenty of activities to do, decorations to see, and delicious food to eat at this third annual event to celebrate the holiday season downtown.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill
Historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's "Bunker Hill Historic Area" will be lit for the occasion and decorated for the holidays. Continuing throughout the holiday season, the lights will be displayed weekends from 5-8 p.m.
Festival of Trees "Miracles on Main Street"
Come out to see beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths while enjoying activities and entertainment provided by local artists.
American Thresherman Fall Festival
This event will have daily demonstrations and displays of steam and gas engines, draft horses and pony activities, robe making, saw mill, corn shredding and shelling, cider and apple butter making, blacksmithing, steam train rides and much more. This is a family fun weekend!
Cock-A-Doodle Brew Fest
A one of a kind festival celebrating craft beer, wings and live music and benefiting Operation Support our Troops. The inaugural event will be held at the Hollywood Casino in downtown Aurora from 12 pm-4 pm. Cock-A-Doodle Brew Fest will be offering an atmosphere like no other. Breweries from around the United States will be available for tastings and a variety of food will be available for purchase. For entertainment, a solid lineup of local bands will be playing, such as Rick Lindy and the Wild Ones, Evolution Rock Band and 7th Heaven Band.
A Sandwich Christmas / Festival of Trees
Christmas fun begins in Sandwich! On Saturday, tour Sandwich with the Sandwich Association of Merchants “Tour of Homes.” Stop by the Festival of Trees at Timber Creek Inn & Suites and experience the magic of a holiday wonderland filled with an assortment of delightfully and uniquely decorated trees. Holiday musical entertainment is scheduled at various times throughout this free festival. Be sure to visit the Holiday Lane Craft Show and Home Business Showcase located in the convention center for a perfect holiday shopping opportunity. Also on Saturday, Secret Santa Shopping fun will be at the Sandwich Opera House. The Sandwich Old Mill Museum will be open to the public. Begin an evening of delight with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Veterans Park and Railroad Streets. Enjoy a real carriage ride from Veterans Park. Take the trolley tour and participate in the decorating contest.
During this fun-filled event for all ages at the Wildlife Discovery Museum, meet live crocodilians, including Bubba the world famous American Alligator who will be on hand until 2pm. The expert staff and members of the Chicago Herpetological Society and the Madison Area Herpetological Society will give short talks about crocodiles and their kin, including some of our very own residents while also providing some close up encounters with a variety of reptiles. There will also be here will also be kid-friendly activities, face painting, a story teller, craft vendors, food and refreshments.
Scarecrow Fest at Route 66 Park in Braidwood
Check out the 3rd Annual Scarecrow Fest with live music, chili cookoff, and pumpkin decorating for the kids. Participants enter a scarecrow for judging. Top three winners receive a gift card to a local business.
Oktoberfest - Quincy
Celebrating Quincy's German heritage and history. Oktoberfest brings live music, food and specialty beers along with contests and home brewers samplings. All located in the German District between 9th -10th & York Streets. Hosted by the Quincy Rotary Club- held from 4-10pm on the 2nd Sat. in October. For questions call (217)214-3700
Fall Festival at Lincoln’s New Salem
Come and see what a typical autumn life was like on the 1830's Illinois prairie. There will be costumed interpreters demonstrating daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. As well as a demonstration of meat smoking that will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses. Wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes and you are also welcome to step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.
Memorial’s Festival of Trees
A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 trees and wreaths decorated with exquisite creativity. Features an elaborate hand-crafted Gingerbread Village and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. Please visit website for prices ~ www.MemorialsFestivalofTrees.com. Event is held at the Orr building in the IL State Fairgrounds.
The stage is set for a great evening of festivities and fun for the entire family as the Effingham Central Business Group hosts the 3rd annual Chili Fest on Friday, October 16th, from 5-8 p.m. in Downtown Effingham. Nearly two dozen businesses will host either a chili tasting stop or other treats and refreshments throughout the evening. You can also do a little late night shopping to see what the great stores in the Central Business District have to offer! Many family friendly activities are also planned throughout the evening, including celebrity choice awards, live music, games and more. Bring the entire family!
The sparkling splendor of over 2,000 hand-carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns will surround the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon at Washington Park at this annual Halloween festival.
Deerfield's Annual Winter Celebration
The Village of Deerfield will be celebrating the holidays with festive activities for every age. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, roasted chestnuts, carolers, live animals and more. Local downtown businesses will have seasonal treats and activities. Music, hot cocoa and more.
Cantigny Fall Festival
Enjoy a variety of activities including a Fall craft show, music, hayrides and more. Stop by Bertie's for a taste of autumn with a cup of hot cider or hot chocolate and something decadent to sink your teeth into.
Indian Summer Festival
Enjoy peak fall colors at this lakeside garden and nature area while listening to music, enjoying refreshments and participating in family friendly crafts and activities.
2015 Annual Holiday Walk
Live window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa and his reindeer are just part of the magic of The Annual Holiday Walk. Enjoy winter on Madison Street!
Sample scrumptious chocolate creations from renowned chocolatiers as they offer the latest and most decadent recipes. 11AM-2PM.
Clayville Spring Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstration, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, with food and refreshments. Enjoy period music and audience participation entertainment throughout the weekend in an 1820's pioneer village.
The Fox Valley Park District makes the glorious season of fall last a little longer with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm. During every weekend in October plus Columbus Day – nine days in all – fall is celebrated in its full glory. Families can enjoy safe and fun Halloween festivities including seasonal crafts, harvest décor and pumpkin stories!