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DeKalb Corn Fest

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111 S. Second Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Corn Fest is one of the last remaining free music festivals among Illinois music festivals and summer festivals.

Celebrating its 44th year, Corn Fest will be held in downtown DeKalb on Lincoln Highway between 1st and 4th Streets. Well over 50,000 people from around Illinois and the Midwest attend the music festival over the three day weekend. Music all weekend long. All shows are free to the public, and there is a $5 admission fee into the soundstage area. Corn Fest also features regional music acts, a carnival, car show, craft fest, kid fest, art fest for kids, community stage, over 90 vendors, a free corn boil on Saturday, and much more! 

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