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DeKalb Farmers Market
The DeKalb Farmers Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. Every Thursday (June 5th - Sept 25) 10am - 2pm Van Buer Plaza on the corner of North Second & Locust St. in DeKalb. For more information call 815-756-6306 or visit http://www.dekalb.org
Sycamore Farmers Market
Sycamore’s annual Farmers Market brings you the freshest fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, cheeses, flowers and live entertainment! Enjoy some live music from local artists and fresh foods brought to you directly from the farmers themselves! Every Sunday (June 1st - Sept 28th) 10am - 2pm Corner of Somonauk & Elm St, Sycamore, IL.
Midway Village Museum - Victorian Village Hands-On History Day
Get your hands on history. Explore the Victorian-era in the 13-acre open air museum. Participate in family friendly demonstrations including: rope making, quilting, and home-fire brewing. Enjoy telegraph demonstrations by the Rockford Amateur Radio Association. Come see the print Shop and Blacksmith Shop in action, play 19th century games, and so much more!
Glitter has over 100,000 different items in stock and new items added weekly. Choose from a wide selection of jewelry, cosmetics and clothing in sizes from youth girl to 3X. Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10am - 8pm and Sun. 11am - 5pm
Oktoberfest - German Society of Rockford
The German Society of Rockford is hosting the 50th annual Oktoberfest celebration at Loves Park City Hall, featuring fun activities and entertainment for the entire family, including live traditional German folk music, German Folk Dance Group performances, the "Running of the Wieners," "Bier Barrel race, German food and beer, kids' activities, dance lessons, and Germal language lessons.
CITY: Loves Park
Bill Cosby - Coronado Performing Arts Center
One of America's most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books such as Fatherhood. His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers. Cosby broke television's racial barrier with I Spy, becoming the first African American to costar on a television series while winning three consecutive Emmys. He created and produced the Emmy-winning cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004. Perhaps Cosby's greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is The Cosby Show, which dominated the #1 spot for years.
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Roscoe Lions Club Annual Fall Festival
The Roscoe Lions Club hosts the village's annual Fall Festival at Leland Park, featuring amusement rides, live music, parades and a raffle. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward supporting the Lions Club. The parade on Sunday starts at 11:00am.
Corn Maze 5K
Run or walk the 5k entirely through the World's Largest Corn Maze. Definitely an a-maze-ing experience that is so corny it's crazy. Weave through 100's of turns on the clearly marked course through Richardson Adventure Farm's 33 acre corn maze.
CITY: Spring Grove
All Seasons Apple Orchard
Take a wagon ride to the orchard where you will be surrounded by thousands of apples trees and 12 varieties of apples and pears. Enjoy seasonal activities like pumpkin picking and the corn maze. There is also a cow train, goat bridge, corn crib, giant swings, a spider web, jumping pillow and a petting zoo. The weekends even have pig races and a magic show for the kids. Take your whole family down for some apple picking and make sure to stick around for the many other activities.
The Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University is proud to announce that Forensic Anthropologist, Award-Winning Author, and a Producer of the TV series "Bones", Kathy Reichs, will make an appearance.
Rockford Greek Fest - Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Greek Fest offers authentic Grecian food, pastries and a marketplace with jewelry, clothes, books and a variety of gifts. Friday night is "American Night" featuring entertainment by "Men of our Times." The taverna will be open Friday night through Sunday night. Church tours will be offered and kids' entertainment provided. There will be a live Greek band on Saturday and Sunday.
Greenwich Village Art Fair - Rockford Art Museum
Established in 1948, Rockford Art Museum's Greenwich Village Art Fair is one of the oldest continuous art fairs in the area and combines juried artists with family-friendly children's activities, live music, food and an atmosphere that brings the community together in a vibrant and art-filled setting. More than 100 artists are juried into the show by in categories of 3-D Functional, 3-D Non-functional, 2-D Medium, Jewelry, Photography, and Painting.
Comedian Nick Swardson "Taste It" Tour
Every so often, a comedian comes along who emerges as a triple threat: comedian, actor and writer/producer. Nick Swardson is one of the most exciting artists to have taken on this role. He is best known for his recurring role as Terry Bernadino in the comedy series Reno 911!, and this fall, he'll be embarking on his "Taste It" tour with tickets going on sale July 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Nick's 40+ date tour will commence in Austin, Texas where he'll be filming his special! Nick Swardson will be at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb, IL on Wednesday, September 17 at 8:00 PM. The Egyptian Theatre box office will be open for walk-up and phone sales on Friday, July 18 at 10:00 AM when tickets go on sale to the general public. All tickets are $39.50 and are reserved. Tickets can be purchased at www.egyptiantheatre.org or www.livenation.com
Sycamore's "Turning Back Time" Weekend
From: Friday, July 25th, 2014 To: Sunday, July 27th, 2014 Friday– Summer on State: free outdoor movie for the whole family! The Lego Movie will be showing and is presented by NB&T. The movie will begin at Dusk in the parking lot at the corner of Elm and Somonauk. Saturday– Cruise Night: Cruise Night presented by Auto Meter Products will take place Saturday, July 26th from 3-11pm. Live entertainment by The Beaux on the stage from 7:00-10:30pm. Discover Sycamore’s Cruise Night will also include a Classic Car Cruise Parade, beer garden, Disc Jockey, food vendors and more! Sunday– Car Show: Sunday, July 27th brings the 15th Annual Fizz Ehrler Memorial Car Show to downtown Sycamore. Help the Turning Back Time Car Club reach their goal of 1,000 car show registrations. Registration will take place from 8am until noon with the award presentation at 3pm sharp. Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of Turning Back Time specials at downtown merchants and restaurants. http://discoversycamore.com/events/sycamores-turning-back-time-weekend/
Rockford Brewing Company
Rockford Brewing Company offers world-class beer handcrafted locally in a range of styles. Every glass poured is consistently delicious. The food menu reflects the change of the seasons and the availability of the freshest ingredients. Check the website for the live music performance schedule.
Stroll on State - Downtown Rockford
Stroll on State has carolers, roaming musicians, food from street vendors and downtown restaurants, and holiday shops. Kids can visit with Santa and real reindeer, skate at the Winter Wonderland, and watch the City of Rockford Downtown Christmas tree lighting.
Ride of the Zombies
Ride of the Zombies is a costume-themed cycling and Family Fun Fair charity event designed to benefit Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's Sleep Medicine Department. Cyclists can choose between a 25- or 50-mile route, riding McHenry County's flat to gently rolling country roads, passing beautiful scenic farms. The family members who stay behind can enjoy the Family Fun Fair, games, food, entertainment, and local artist booths. Presented by Bike Connection of Schaumburg and Children's Sleep Advocacy Foundation.
Turkey Testicle Festival
It’s a great night as you don’t have to bring a dish to pass or talk to relatives. If you have never tried a turkey testicle, this is your chance! No need to worry about the weather the festival is held under one huge heated tent, with plenty of portable potties available. The bar is open but the number of people allowed inside at any one time is limited, as it can become pretty packed. There will also be hats, t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale to remember the night. “So grab a friend that's never been, enjoy a cold brew, great music, and hot nuts!" This is a 21 and older event only so bring your ID. Hope to see you there.
Johnny Appleseed Festival
Crystal Lake's largest one-day event brings families and the community together to celebrate Fall. Activities for the day will include live music, entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin train, pumpkin bowling, clowns, face painting, story telling, temporary tattoos, wagon rides, craft fair, Farmers Market, and so much more! Meet and greet Johnny Appleseed himself, as he strolls the streets of downtown, telling his story.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Shades of Autumn
"Shades of Autumn" is the annual fall festival at Stade's Farm & Market. Located in McHenry County in northern Illinois, Shades of Autumn is a great place to bring the whole family to enjoy nature's bounty, plus great entertainment, during the most beautiful time of the year. During Shades of Autumn, you can experience a day on the farm filled with family fun. Runs weekends Sept. 8, 2012 through October 28, 2012.
Art Fair & Ice Cream Social
For the second consecutive year Ellwood House Museum has combined two popular summer traditions – Art at Ellwood and the Ellwood House Ice Cream Social – into a single day of events on the grounds of the historic mansion. The entire day is generously sponsored by our major sponsor, The National Bank & Trust Company. On Sunday, August 3 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., thirty three artists from around the Midwest will exhibit and sell their work on the mansion’s front lawn in such media as paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and fiber arts. Folk rock duo Patchouli will entertain during the first part of the day with a mellow blend of voice and acoustic guitar near the entrance to the mansion. At 2:30 P.M., the DeKalb Municipal Band will take over for its annual concert on the terrace during the ice cream social. A variety of food will be for sale on the grounds starting at 11:00 A.M. Vendors include the DeKalb Rotary Club, Culver’s of Sycamore, and Boy Scout Troop 33. Pie will be sold by the Ellwood House Association. First-floor tours of the Ellwood Mansion and the Ellwood-Nehring House will be offered from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. An $8 ticket allows visitors to tour the first floor of both historic buildings. All tours begin in the Visitor Center. Free kids-only tours for kids ages 6-12 will run on the hour from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. The tours are sponsored by Kish Health System and will combine health and history as kids will count the number of steps they climb while touring the historic Ellwood Mansion. The DeKalb Area Garden Club will present garden vignettes in the Visitor Center, and members will be present to share information and answer gardening questions. Onsite parking at the Ellwood House Museum is very limited. Please utilize legal street parking near the museum.
Girl's Night Out
Girls Night Out is a monthly shopping event in Downtown DeKalb! Every third Thursday of the month from 5 - 8 pm downtown will host a themed Girls Night Out shopping event! July's theme is Sizzling Sidewalk Sales. Come downtown to see all the sidewalk sales, specials, and entertainment! Free Admission (815)751-4734 / email@example.com / https://www.facebook.com/downtowndekalb