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Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market
There will be an abundance of delicious fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, plants & flowers, locally-raised hormone-free meat, handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, pottery, art demonstrations and more at the Alton Farmer's and Artisans' Market. Admission is free for shoppers and there is plenty of parking at its new permanent location in the city-owned parking lot at the corner of Landmarks and Henry Street. The Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market is every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
8th Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
There will Friday and Saturday night performances and a Sunday morning gospel show.
Oklahoma! A Paramount Theatrical Production
This is the show that set the standard for all future musicals by incorporating music, lyrics and dance into a well-crafted serious story. It’s also the debut collaboration of one of the most prolific writing teams in American theater history – Rodgers and Hammerstein. Set in the turn of the century Oklahoma Territory, tensions are mounting between the local farmers and cowboys over the use of land. In the midst of it all, is the rugged cowboy Curly, who’s fallen for the strong-headed farm girl, Laurey. Despite their fiery spirits and at times tumultuous relationship, the two are destined to start a new life together in the soon-to-be state called Oklahoma! Nominated for 7 Tony Awards and winner of a Pulitzer Prize, this is the show that sets the standard for the 2015-16 Paramount Broadway Season. It’s filled with some of the most recognized songs in theatre including “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and of course, the resounding “Ok-la-hom-a,” – all performed by the Paramount’s full-orchestra. Bring the entire family and experience Paramount’s Oklahoma! This will be the production everyone is talking about this fall. Music by Richard Rodgers Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on "Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs Original dances by Agnew De Mille Directed by Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti.
A Christmas Story - The Musical at the Paramount Theatre
One of the most watched and beloved Holiday movies ever made comes to life in a full-blown musical production on the Paramount stage. It’s the story of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker growing up in middle-America in the 1940s. With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing – a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: “you’ll shoot your eye out.” It’s a story filled with laughs, dreams, warmth and family. A story filled with a department store Santa, a Leg Lamp, a Snow Suit and friends that will never leave your side – even if your tongue is stuck to a Flag Pole. The music is energetic, unforgettable and ranges from gentle ballads to full-on show-stopping numbers. The imagery takes you back to an easier time we often long for, but the message stays the same: family, friendship, love – the holidays are nothing without them. Bring your family and celebrate the holidays with the perfect feel-good musical for the season.
West Side Story: A Paramount Theatrical Production
It’s quite possibly one of the greatest love stories ever to be told in a musical. Set in the blue-collar neighborhood of New York’s Upper West Side, racial tensions run high as residents try to grind out a daily living. A turf war is being fought as the Jets, a white gang, and the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang, battle over boundaries. In the heart of the turmoil, former Jets member Tony meets Maria at a local dance. The chemistry is instantaneous, and for a few hours, there is no race, no hatred, no barriers, just two young people in love. But Maria is the sister of Sharks’ leader Bernardo, and no one is going to make it easy for Tony and Maria to escape.
Hairspray: The Broadway Musical at the Paramount Theatre
Tracy Turnblad is a plus-size teen with plus-size hair, and she has one big plus-size dream – to dance her way onto Baltimore’s smash hit TV show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Every day after school, she and best friend Penny bee-line home to watch the cool kids shake the rafters to the hottest tunes on Collins’ program. When a dance slot opens on the show, Tracy gets help from her friend Seaweed, who puts enough groove in her step to win that dream role – and life is never the same again. But Tracy doesn’t rest on her stardom, instead she uses her new celebrity to racially integrate the TV show and change the lives of Baltimore folks forever. Based on the John Waters hit movie, Hairspray is a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rockin’ tunes and explosively colorful costumes – plus some really cool hairdos. More importantly, under all the glitz, Hairspray reminds us of the importance of individuality and the acceptance of one another: a wonderful message to share with everyone.
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!
Donny & Marie at the Paramount Theatre
From recording artists to television stars to Vegas headliners, Donny & Marie are the epitome of entertainment superstars. Just ask any of the thousands of people who saw them light up the Paramount last summer. Now, this duo is back at it in Aurora, and they’re bringing the songs, the choreography and, of course, the charm. With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing their catalog of chart-toppers like “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll” and countless more to the stage. Add in their fun-loving personalities, high-energy style and serious dance skills, and this is one production that’s a total blast for the young and young at heart. Get in on all the Osmond fun, and come see for yourself why, year-after-year, Donny & Marie are voted the best of Vegas.
Under the Streetlamp at the Paramount Theatre
The Boys are back in town! That’s right, former castmates from Chicago’s very own Jersey Boys are headed back to Aurora, and Michael x2, Chris and Shonn are bringing their stunning voices, their slick dance moves and their electrifying charm with ‘em. These guys sell out the Paramount every season, and with their unforgettable show featuring your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown and old time rock-n-roll tunes (and some surprises, too), this year’s no different. Retro never sounded so now – it’s Under The Streetlamp.
Jay Leno at the Paramount Theatre
Yes, it’s true. Comedy and talk show legend Jay Leno is headed to Aurora for one-night-only, and he’s bringing Paramount audiences along for one of the funniest nights of the season. From performing 300 nights a year in comedy clubs to dominating the late night circuit as NBC-TV’s Tonight Show host for over 17 years, Jay’s Emmy-winning humor has had audiences around the world laughing for decades… and earned him a spot in the Television Hall of Fame while he’s at it. Now he’s bringing the jokes that made him a Rockefeller Center star right here to the Paramount, and you don’t want to miss it. Here’s something special: America’s Got Talent finalist, CMA nominee and recording artist Emily West is kicking off this awesome night with her amazing songs. Get ready for this rising star to light up the stage.
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl
It’s become a tradition in the Fox Valley to honor the area’s rich Mexican culture with Ballet Folklorico – that tradition continues. The Ballet Folklorico celebrates the traditional Mexican folklorico with colorful costumes, wonderful music and electrifying, elegant and beautiful choreography. You’ll feel your spirits rise and eyes light up as this celebrated group of artists share an important piece of their wonderful culture.
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live at the Paramount Theatre
Bring the family for a wild afternoon with “Jungle” Jack Hanna and his animal pals! From lions to lemurs, gorillas to geckos and everything in between, everyone’s favorite animal expert has brought the wonder of the animal kingdom to multiple generations, introducing furry, feathery and just plain fascinating creatures on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He’s hosted his own Emmy-winning educational and entertaining TV programs like Animal Adventures and Into the Wild. And now, Jungle Jack’s bringing his hat, his khakis and his coolest friends to Aurora.
Kim Russo: The Happy Medium at the Paramount Theatre
She’s been called a translator for the spirit world. She just recently won Best Psychic of 2015 by The Best of Long Island. But you probably know her as Kim Russo, The Happy Medium, and she’s got a pretty rare talent: she can communicate with spirits. From her appearances on A&E’s hit Paranormal State and The Biography Channel’s Celebrity Ghost Stories to her deeply personal readings, Kim Russo has been changing the lives of celebrities and citizens alike with her shocking talent for years. Come experience Kim’s other-worldly skill for yourself, live on the Paramount stage. Who knows – maybe she’ll pick YOU for a reading!
Frank Caliendo at the Paramount Theatre
From his countless appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman to his hilarious segments on Fox NFL Sunday to his 11-year tenure on MADtv, Chicago-born Frank Caliendo is a comedic genius. His impressions of celebrities like Charles Barkley, Al Pacino and Bill Clinton are dead-on. His jokes will have you in stitches. And his high-energy style has the Hollywood Reporter calling him “a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.” Whether you’re a sports fan, a political analyst or you just love to laugh, you don’t want to miss Frank Caliendo live at the Paramount.
Peter & Paul at the Paramount Theatre
Join Peter & Paul for a night of gorgeous harmonies, positive messages and hits like “Puff, The Magic Dragon,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane” that transcend generational boundaries, inspiring millions of Americans over the last five decades. As core members of Peter, Paul & Mary, they transformed folk music into a powerful language that spoke to the masses. They soundtracked the Civil Rights movement, the anti-war scene and an entire era of social change. They’ve won five Grammys and made it on the Billboard Top 10 list six times over. And they’re celebrating over 50 years of positivity, talent and activism right here at the Paramount.
Josh Turner at the Paramount Theatre
People magazine calls him one of Country’s Hottest Stars. His debut single “Long Black Train” went gold. The Associated Press says he’s “among the most effective – and most hard-core country – performers of his generation.” His hit “Why Don’t We Just Dance” was literally the most-played song of 2010. It’s no wonder Josh Turner is one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. And this season, he’s bringing his unmistakable baritone voice, double-platinum songwriting skills and dazzling country charm to Aurora. Don’t miss this CMA and Grammy nominee when he rocks the stage with No.1 songs like “Your Man,” “All Over Me” and “Time is Love,” plus tons more off his five history-making albums. And opening for Josh is MCA Recording Artists and rising star Raquel Cole.
After he won Season 2 of America’s Got Talent, Terry Fator’s career in singing, dancing, comedy and mind-blowing ventriloquism skyrocketed… and now’s your chance to experience his endless talents live in Aurora for one-night-only. Be prepared to laugh, cheer and be amazed by Terry Fator. This guy’s known for selling out shows in Vegas, he sold out the Paramount last time, and he’ll do it again.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Paramount Theatre
There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than with the band that changed Christmas music forever: it’s Mannheim Steamroller. Helmed by Grammy-winner and musical genius Chip Davis, this world-renowned group takes your favorite songs of the season and beefs them up with their signature new age style that’s been dubbed “18th century Classical Rock.” With 40+ years of live performances under their cummerbunds, these guys know how to put on a show that will leave audiences in absolute awe. Get in the holiday spirit with the uplifting sounds and magical arrangements of Mannheim Steamroller.
The Second City: Holidazed & Confused Revue
Spend your holiday season with the funniest comedy crew in the country: Second City and their hilarious holiday show Holidazed and Confused. These guys are bringing their world-famous skits, songs and laughs to Paramount’s 175-seat Copley Theatre from December 4 to 20 – and in a theatre this intimate, you’re up close and personal with all that Second City fun. Get some eggnog, get out to Aurora and get ready to laugh with Second City.
STOMP at the Paramount Theatre
There’s a reason STOMP sold out every single show they played at the Paramount last time they were in town. Now’s your chance to experience the most successful off-Broadway creation of all time, back in Aurora. STOMP is an inventive, energizing and downright electrifying spectacle that blends dance, music, percussion and theatricals into one gigantic rhythm that will have your heart pounding. After these guys come through town, you’ll never look at paint cans, plumbing fixtures or even the kitchen sink the same. Get ready to get STOMP’d.
God Save the Queen at the Paramount Theatre
These guys are packing Queen’s biggest hits like “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Somebody to Love” into one huge set, and they’re doing it with all that over-the-top theatricality that made Queen one of the best-known bands in music history. From the incredible lighting to the epic anthems to lead singer Pablo Padin’s spot-on resemblance (both in voice and looks) to the late, great Freddie Mercury, God Save the Queen will rock you.
The Rat Pack at the Paramount Theatre
World-renowned actor and comedian Buddy Hackett was a lifelong friend of the Rat Pack. Together, those five guys were the epitome of cool, ruling the Las Vegas strip and creating a smooth style that’s still emulated today. Now, years later, Buddy’s son Sandy Hackett and his crew of crooners are bringing the boys’ timeless Vegas show to the Paramount stage, reminding everyone that the Rat Pack is still one of the hottest acts around. Critics have been saying it for years; with Sandy’s personal connection to Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey, this show is the closest you’ll ever get to seeing the boys back under the stage lights.
Big Bang at Hidden Lake Winery
Dueling piano's. Meal prepared by Winery Chef.
2015 Christkindl Holiday Festival
Come to downtown Barrington for the annual Christkindl Festival. This is an open-air event during the holiday season featuring authentic German food, live entertainment, drinks, fun activities for families and kids crafts, live reindeer, carousel & train rides, Gingerbread House competition and even Santa's house. Please visit the website for a complete list of entertainment.