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Looking for ideas? There are thousands of events taking place all year log in McHenry County. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

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Autumn Drive

3607 Franklinville Rd.
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-923-2529

Welcome to a different kind of fall festival! Spend a leisurely day with family and friends on a real country road. Twelve family farms in rural McHenry County, Illinois are open to the public for three days the third weekend in October. Ea...

Festival of the Sugar Maples

7400 Somerset
Marengo, IL 60152
815-338-6223

Learn how maple syrup was discovered. Witness sap collection techniques. Try your hand at tapping a tree. See how syrup is made in the Evaporator House. Take a walk in the woods. Get outside & explore!...

Frozen Gnome 50K/10K

431 Walkup Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-893-6280

There’s no race like Gnome! VERY CHALLENGING, TRIPLE BLACK DIAMOND rated, fun and frosty run in Crystal Lake. The Frozen Gnome’s beautiful single-track course will take runners through the winter wonderland of Veteran Acres and Sterne’s Woods. F...

Harvard Milk Days

Milkyway Park
Harvard, IL 60033
815-943-4614

Harvard Milk Days started on June 18, 1942 as a single day tribute to our dairy industry and has evolved into a multi-day event making it one of the longest running annual festivals in Illinois. Crowning of the Milk Day Queen, Prince and Prin...

Lakeside Festival at the Dole

401 Country Club Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-455-8000

It’s “The Granddaddy of All Festivals” in McHenry County! Attracting over 50,000 people to this annual favorite, come experience live music, plenty of scrumptious food at the “Taste by the Lake,” thrilling rides, midway games, reunions with frie...

Lighting of the Square

121 W. Van Buren St.
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-4300

Come out to the beautiful, historic Square on the Friday after Thanksgiving when Christmas officially comes to Woodstock as a flip of the switch illuminates tens of thousands of lights on the Park trees and the Square buildings. While the light...

McHenry County Fair Association

11900 Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815)338-5315

The McHenry County Fairgrounds is privately owned and funded by the McHenry County Fair Association, a nonprofit group that consists of 22 Board of Directors and over one hundred members who work hard year round for the success of not only the w...

Midwest Mozart Festival

121 W. Van Buren Street
Woodstock, IL 60098
779-475-3726

Our Mission Concerts ... Provide Northern Illinois with the highest caliber performances featuring music by Mozart and other great composers. Culture ... Offer the unique cultural experience of fine music to a diverse public audience at an...

Norge Ski Club

100 Ski Hill Rd.
Fox River Grove, IL 60021
847-639-9718

We are the oldest, continuously open ski club in the United States. The club was started in 1905 by a group of Norwegian men. Most lived in Chicago and came out to Fox River Grove to ski jump. They created cottages on our club grounds to give...

Pub in the Park

5200 Miller Rd.
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
815-893-6280

Experience a fabulous selection from more than 40 local and unique breweries. They will be featuring over 80 of their up to the minute products and seasonal selections for you to taste! For most breweries, knowledgeable brewer folks will be th...

The Nutcracker Ballet - One Great Show, Two Great Theaters

Woodstock Opera House
Raue Center for the Arts
McHenry County, IL .
815-338-5300

Woodstock Opera House - 121 Van Buren Street, Woodstock, IL 60098 - 815-338-5300 - www.woodstockoperahouse.com Come enjoy the magic of the season as the Judith Svalander Dance T...

Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team

PO Box 518
Wonder Lake, IL 60097
815-321-3846

This 140-plus member team is a four-time National Show Ski Champion and has placed in the top five in the nation every year since 1996. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the ski team performs a free show on select Fridays at 7:00 p.m. (see we...

Woodstock Folk Festival

PO Box 1628
Woodstock, IL 60611
815-479-9933

The 32nd Annual Woodstock Folk Festival will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017, from Noon to 6 p.m., on the historic Square in Woodstock, Illinois. The Festival will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso aka ...

Woodstock Groundhog Days

The Historic Woodstock Square
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-334-2620

In 1992, something astonishing happened in the historic city of Woodstock, Illinois. People came to town and roped off the picturesque city square, moved all sorts of equipment into the park and started playing the Pennsylvania Polka, over and o...

Woodstok Opera House - A Christmas Carol

121 W. Van Buren St.
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-5300

Get the whole family into the Christmas spirit with our holiday show! Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys through the Christmases of Past, Present and Future with his three Ghostly Guides. Our production – with enchanting children, colorful cos...
 
 





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