Festivals and Events

The McHenry County region hosts many events and festivals each year. Use our advance search feature below and plan a visit to our area! If you are an event organizer, tell us about your event by submitting it through our event request form.

 

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McHenry Open Air Market
Now - Sep. 29, 2016 , 4 - 7 pm
Spend the evening walking around outside in Downtown McHenry to view great deals,new items, and entertainment from your favorite local shops and restaurants. All participating businesses will be open the duration of the event. ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Family Outdoors Festivals Farmers Market Shopping
Downtown McHenry
1114 N. Green St.
McHenry, IL 60050
815.385.4372
Lost Valley Nature Detectives - Self-Guided Explorations at Glacial Park
Now - Sep. 30, 2016 , Daily, 9 am- 5:30 pm
It's a beautiful day for hiking, bird watching, bug catching, or wildlife tracking! Start your adventures at Lost Valley Visitor Center where each month a new topic is featured. Indoor displays and activities will get you ready for an outdoor exploration. Check out the free exploration backpack to borrow binocular...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Outdoors
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park
Rt. 31 & Harts Rd
Ringwood, IL 60071
(815) 678-4532
LUREC Farm Stand
Sep. 30, 2016 - Sep. 30, 2016 , 3:00PM-6:30PM
Back by popular demand, we will once again be hosting our weekly farm stand at LUREC. Drive onto our campus and follow the signs to tables full of organically grown fruit and vegetables from right there on our property. Colorful heirloom tomatoes, super-hot peppers, squash, beets, lettuce, cut herbs, eggplant, potatoes...More Info
Cost: N/A Event Type: Farmers Market
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815.338.1032
Millennial Makers Mixer
Sep. 30, 2016 - Sep. 30, 2016 , 6:00pm - 9:00pm
A networking event for "makers." A maker is anyone who creates- artists, chefs, designers, engineers, potters, social activists, and more! Come meet other makers and business owners- find a new vendor or "product," find a mentor or mentee, trade tips / best practices, and more....More Info
Cost: $5.00 Event Type: Expo
Lucky Bernies
11605 Catalpa Ln.
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 575-8065
Jewelry Appraisal and Gold Buying
Sep. 30, 2016 - Oct. 1, 2016 , Friday, 10A-6P, Saturday 9A-4P
" $45 written appraisals (1-2 week completion) " Complimentary verbal evaluations " On-site gold buying (15 minute sessions) " 10% off items needing repair...More Info
Event Type: Historic
Studio 2015 Jewelry
Jewelry Appraisal and Gold Buying
Sep. 30, 2016 - Oct. 1, 2016 , Friday, 10A-6P, Saturday 9A-4P
$45 written appraisals (1-2 week completion), Complimentary verbal evaluations, On-site gold buying (15 minute sessions) and take 10% off items needing repair....More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Historic
Studio 2015 Jewelry
11701 Catalpa Lane
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-337-2015
Harvest Hustle 5K Run/Walk
Oct. 1, 2016 - Oct. 1, 2016 , 7:30am
Join the Algonquin Recreation Department in the fourth annual Harvest Hustle 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 1, 2016. The race will feature a professionally timed 3.2 mile run and a 1.5 mile walk road course throughout downtown Algonquin. The race will start promptly at 8:00 a.m., with check-in and registration beginn...More Info
Cost: $20 per walker, $25 per runner Event Type: Recreation
Downtown Algonquin
2 S. Main St
Algonquin, IL 60102
847-658-2716
Ladies Night Out Essential Oils, Shopping
Oct. 6, 2016 - Oct. 6, 2016 , 5:30pm
Shopping, Vendors, Essential Oils, Make & Take, Raffles, Craft Beer, Live Music...FUN FUN FUN!! Join us for a great night out with the ladies!!! VIP Supply Bag RSVP Here: http://crystallakeladiesnight.eventbrite.com...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Shopping
Crystal Lake Brewing
150 N Main St
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
847-409-8433
Living History Open House - Twilight
Oct. 6, 2016 - Oct. 6, 2016 , 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy the twilight ambiance of this 1850's house by candlelight and lamplight while enjoying a fall evening viewing the ever-changing colors in the Lost Valley Marsh. Smell the aromas and see what is being baked in the wood-burning stove. We think of candlelight at the end of the day as peaceful, but have you tried doi...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Historic
Powers-Walker House Historic Landmark in Glacial Park
Rt. 31 & Harts Rd
Ringwood, IL 60071
(815) 678-4532
Disc Golf Tournament
Oct. 8, 2016 - Oct. 8, 2016 , 9:00am
Grab a partner and register for the 5th Annual Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, October 8. Located at Linda K. Fischer Park, this one-day tournament will be played in pairs, and will be 'best shot'. There will be 2 divisions in this non-PDGA sanctioned event, beginner and amateur. Starting at 9am, we will play 3 ro...More Info
Cost: $20 / team Event Type: Recreation
Linda K. Fischer Park
5962 Grafton Farm
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
847-960-7460
German Beer & Wine Fest 'Octoberfest'
Oct. 8, 2016 - Oct. 8, 2016 , 6:00PM-9:00PM
Celebrate the anniversary of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen at LUREC's Octoberfest. Traditionally a beer festival, this evening starts with a German beer reception with appetizers and proceeds with a five-course authentic Octoberfest dinner paired with German wines....More Info
Cost: $80.00 per person Event Type: Culinary
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S Country Club Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032
CASA Cup: A Night at the Races
Oct. 15, 2016 - Oct. 15, 2016 , 6:30pm-11:00pm
Mark your calendar for an event you wont want to miss. Join CASA of McHenry County on Saturday, October 15th, at Tumberry Golf Club for CASA Cup: A Night at the Races! This isnt your typical horse race, either! In addition to the unique horse race, the event will continue to delight guests throughout the evening with...More Info
Cost: Early Bird $70 through 9/15 $80 until day of the event Event Type: Festivals
Turnberry Country Club
9600 Turnberry Trail
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
779-994-4398
OAKtober Planting Party! The Big Woods
Oct. 15, 2016 - Oct. 15, 2016 , 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Bring back the Big Woods of McHenry County! We have over 200 oak trees to plant in the heart of the Marengo Ridge woodland, and you can help! You and your family and friends can be part of history, as the District works to restore the oak ecosystems that once covered over a third of the county's land mass. Travel along...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Outdoors
Marengo Ridge Conservation Area
2411 N. IL Rt. 23
Marengo, IL
(815) 479-5779
WSR Comedy Night
Oct. 20, 2016 - Oct. 20, 2016 , 8 PM
WSRep Comedy combines Sketch & Improv into one great show! Two great shows in one! "You got your Sketch in my Improv!" "You got your Improv in my Sketch!" Easy now, there's plenty for everyone. Members of the WSR Comedy troupe hail from all corners of Crystal Lake and its surrounding villages, a funny (we ho...More Info
Cost: $10 (at the door) Event Type: Performing Arts
Raue Center For The Arts
26 N. Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-356-9212
Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade
Oct. 22, 2016 - Oct. 22, 2016 , 1:00-2:00pm
Halloween has gone to the dogs at Algonquin's seventh annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade! Owners and their dogs are encouraged to come dressed up in their favorite costumes as we parade from the Ganek Municipal Center to High Hill Park. Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 1:00-2:00pm Awards for top dog in the following c...More Info
Cost: $5 (Resident)/$8 (Non-Resident) Event Type: Recreation
Ganek Municipal Center
2200 Harnish Drive
Algonquin, IL 60102
847-658-2716
Life of the Metis
Oct. 22, 2016 - Oct. 22, 2016 , 1 - 4 p.m.
Metis villages were places where the lives and the cultures of the French Canadian traders and the Native Americans who lived in this area in the 1600's became intertwined. Celebrate their culture by joining us for this special event. Experience the inside of the wigwam where we will show and tell about artifacts of th...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Educational
Prairieview Education Center
2112 Behan Rd
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 479-5779
Soup, Stews, & Stocks
Oct. 22, 2016 - Oct. 22, 2016 , 11:00AM-2:00PM
Learn the basics on how to prepare savory soups and stews. Prepare chicken, beef, and vegetable stocks and discuss their versatile uses along with proper freezer storage. Also, hone your knife skills. Lots of sampling with selected beer, wine and soda served....More Info
Cost: $55.00 per person Event Type: Culinary
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S Country Club Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032
WSR presents Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Now - Oct. 23, 2016 , 8 pm
When Steve Martin, the Emmy- and Grammy-winning wizard of wit, imagines a meeting between two of history's greatest minds, the result is nothing short of genius. In this hilarious and thought-provoking play, the year is 1904 and two aspiring twenty-somethings named Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso hang out at the same...More Info
Cost: $32.50 Event Type: Performing Arts
Raue Center For The Arts
26 N William St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-256-9010 ext 16
Woodstock Farmers Market
Now - Oct. 25, 2016 , 8 am - 1 pm, Tuesdays and Saturdays
This producers-only market features fresh, local products such as meats, eggs, breads, veggies, baked goods and more from 40+ vendors. The market also offers live music and other events throughout the season. Tuesdays and Saturdays. ...More Info
Event Type: Outdoors Live Music Agri-Tourism Farmers Market
Woodstock Square
Woodstock Square
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-5164
4th Wednesdays in Downtown McHenry
Now - Oct. 26, 2016 , 5 -7 p.m.
Bring someone special in your life (or a first date) for a midweek night out in Downtown McHenry! Stroll down the streets and enjoy sweet specials from some your favorite shops and restaurants. We hope you'll love it!...More Info
Event Type: Outdoors
Downtown McHenry
Williams Street Rep Fundraiser: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Oct. 28, 2016 - Oct. 29, 2016 , 8 PM
Fundraiser and Screening! October 28 @ 8p October 29 @ 8p This event includes a pre-show live performance followed by the classic film. In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (T...More Info
Cost: $15 Event Type: Visual Arts
Raue Center For The Arts
26 N. Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-356-9212
Lost Valley Nature Detectives - Self-Guided Explorations at Glacial Park
Oct. 1, 2016 - Oct. 31, 2016 , Daily, 9 am- 5:30 pm
It's a beautiful day for hiking, bird watching, bug catching, or wildlife tracking! Start your adventures at Lost Valley Visitor Center where each month a new topic is featured. Indoor displays and activities will get you ready for an outdoor exploration. Check out the free exploration backpack to borrow binocular...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Outdoors
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park
Rt. 31 & Harts Rd
Ringwood, IL 60071
(815) 678-4532
The Great Pumpkin Roll
Nov. 5, 2016 - Nov. 5, 2016 , 11:30am
Join us for the Second Annual Great Pumpkin Roll and have the chance to become the area's Champion Pumpkin Roller. Experience the crazy fun of rolling a pumpkin down the steep hill at Butch Hagele Beach and watch how far it will go or smash! Bring your own pumpkins from home and roll them for free or register for the ...More Info
Cost: $3 Event Type: Recreation
Butch Hagele Beach
71 Hilltop Dr.
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
847-960-7460
Harvest Gathering of 1858
Nov. 6, 2016 - Nov. 6, 2016 , Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Step back in time to the 1850's Powers-Walker House at harvest time. Try your hand at corn shelling, grinding corn into flour, or making a corn husk or yarn doll. Witness harvest activities like the baking of bread in the wood-burning cookstove and grinding herbs for winter use. Tour the historic farmhouse to learn mor...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Historic
Powers-Walker House Historic Landmark in Glacial Park
Rt. 31 & Harts Rd
Ringwood, IL 60071
(815) 678-4532
Fall Open House & Teachers Resource Night
Nov. 10, 2016 - Nov. 10, 2016 , 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Open House (All Ages) Have you been wanting to make it out to the Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, but have found it difficult with your work hours? Now you can take advantage of the extended business hours during this open house. Enjoy an evening view of Glacial Park from the patio and Valley Overlook Room...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Educational
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park
Rt. 31 & Harts Rd
Ringwood, IL 60071
(815) 678-4532
WSR Comedy Night
Nov. 17, 2016 - Nov. 17, 2016 , 8 PM
WSRep Comedy combines Sketch & Improv into one great show! Two great shows in one! "You got your Sketch in my Improv!" "You got your Improv in my Sketch!" Easy now, there's plenty for everyone. Members of the WSR Comedy troupe hail from all corners of Crystal Lake and its surrounding villages, a funny (we ho...More Info
Cost: $10 (at the door) Event Type: Performing Arts
Raue Center For The Arts
26 N. Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-356-9212
Cache Your Way 2016
Now - Nov. 30, 2016 , Sunrise to Sunset
Geocaching is a high tech treasure hunt using either a GPS unit or a smartphone. The Cache Your Way program takes you to 15 different McHenry County Conservation District sites and find these hidden treasures. Download a passport from our website and complete the program to get a special 2016 GeoCoin. 2016 is the ye...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Recreation
Various McHenry County Conservation District Sites
18410 US Highway 14
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-6223
Lost Valley Nature Detectives - Self-Guided Explorations at Glacial Park
Nov. 1, 2016 - Nov. 30, 2016 , Daily, 9 am-4:00 pm
It's a beautiful day for hiking, bird watching, bug catching, or wildlife tracking! Start your adventures at Lost Valley Visitor Center where each month a new topic is featured. Indoor displays and activities will get you ready for an outdoor exploration. Check out the free exploration backpack to borrow binocul...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Family
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park
Rt. 31 & Harts Rd
Ringwood, IL 60071
(815) 678-4532
Santa's Festival of Trees
Dec. 2, 2016 - Dec. 2, 2016 , 6:00pm
Travel down the Tinsel Trail and view beautifully decorated trees by local business, civic groups and individuals. Santa will be waiting inside Village Hall for a photo opportunity and a chance to remind him what's on your holiday list. This annual event will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 starting at 6pm. Get In...More Info
Cost: free Event Type: Recreation
Village Hall
600 Harvest Gate
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
847-960-7460
WSR presents A Christmas Survival Guide
Nov. 26, 2016 - Dec. 4, 2016 , November 26, December 2, 3 @ 8pm | November 27, December 3, 4 @ 3pm
November 26 - December 4 Select Weekend Dates Tickets start at $32.50* Conceived & written by James Hindman & Ray Roderick Musical arrangements by John Glaudin Do you find the holidays more than a little stressful? This intimate revue takes a wry and knowing look at a stressful season. Armed with a copy of "A ...More Info
Cost: $32.50 Event Type: Performing Arts
Raue Center For The Arts
26 N. Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-356-9212
Kiwanis Santa Run for Kids 5K Run/Walk
Dec. 4, 2016 - Dec. 4, 2016 , 9:00am
This fun filled family tradition helps raise financial assistance for those kids in McHenry County who need help! Come out and see the huge sea of Santa's going through the downtown streets in Crystal Lake. All the proceeds of this event stay in the county. Join the fun for a great cause! Embrace the celebration with ...More Info
Cost: 5K - $38 1 Mile Walk - $15 Event Type: Family
Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake
26 N. Williams St.
Crystal Lake , IL 60014
815-459-1773
Naughty and Nice Holiday Spaghetti Dinner
Dec. 9, 2016 - Dec. 9, 2016 , 6:00pm
Red Suit. Green Suit. Jolly one. Mean one. Who's your fave? Santa or The Grinch. Come join the family friendly holiday fun featuring visits from Santa & The Grinch. You will deck the halls with spaghetti and meatballs, bread, tossed salad, cookies and drinks. Enjoy DJ Music, GrinchMas Trivia and fantastic photo opportu...More Info
Cost: Individual - Ages 13+ = R $12 / NR $15 Child - Ages 3-12 = R $9 / NR $11 Family of 5 - All Ages = R Event Type: Recreation
Village Hall
600 Harvest Gate
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
847-960-7460
Food Preservation Classes
Now - Dec. 10, 2016 , Monthly - Second Saturday
Monthly food preservation classes at the Sugar Circle in Woodstock. Event details for the remainder of the year can be found at - http://www.eventbrite.com/o/amanda-olsen-10933275925...More Info
Cost: $30-40 per person Event Type: Culinary
Woodstock, IL
Woodstock, IL 60098
224-735-6388
WSR Comedy Night
Dec. 15, 2016 - Dec. 15, 2016 , 8 PM
WSRep Comedy combines Sketch & Improv into one great show! Two great shows in one! "You got your Sketch in my Improv!" "You got your Improv in my Sketch!" Easy now, there's plenty for everyone. Members of the WSR Comedy troupe hail from all corners of Crystal Lake and its surrounding villages, a funny (we ho...More Info
Cost: $10 (at the door) Event Type: Performing Arts
Raue Center For The Arts
26 N. Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-356-9212
Noon Year's Eve Party
Dec. 31, 2016 - Dec. 31, 2016 , 11am
Children and their parents can join us for the New Year at Noon! Your child will make party hats and noise makers before the "noon" year, dance to music, play games, and welcome in the "noon" year with a balloon drop. Light snacks and sparkling cider will be served....More Info
Cost: Fee is per child ages 8 & under. Pre-registration is required; deadline is December 29. R $8 / NR $1 Event Type: Recreation
Village Hall
600 Harvest Gate
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
847-960-7460
International Ski Jumping Tournament
Jan. 21, 2017 - Jan. 22, 2017 , Gates open at 11:00
International ski jumping competition - come watch jumpers from all over the world compete against our top US athletes. Watch them Fly! Admission buttons good for both days. Buttons can be purchased at participating merchants - view web site....More Info
Cost: $10.00 pre-sale/ $15.00 @ gate Event Type: Sporting Event
Norge Ski Club
100 Ski Hill Road
Fox River Grove, IL 60021
815-382-4696
Williams Street Rep presents First Date
Jan. 20, 2017 - Feb. 12, 2017 , January 20, 21, 27, 28 | February 3, 4, 10, 11 @ 8pm January 22, 29, | February 4, 5, 12 @ 3pm
January 20 - February 12 Select Weekend Date Tickets start at $32.50* Book by Austin Winsberg Music by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in rea...More Info
Cost: Tickets start at $32.50* Event Type: Performing Arts
Raue Center For The Arts
26 N. Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-356-9212
Art in the Machine
Mar. 1, 2017 - Mar. 1, 2017 , 7:00 pm
March 1 @ 7pm Tickets start at $20* Kid under 18 $6* through the Box Office at 815.356.9212 WSR is partnering with Raue Center's Mission Imagination to commission a new student show entitled, "Art in the Machine" by award-winning playwright Merri Biechler. Kris is an artist. She's also a seventh grader trying ...More Info
Cost: Tickets start at $20* Event Type: Performing Arts
Raue Center For The Arts
26 N. Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-356-9212
Williams Street Rep presents Any Other Name
Mar. 17, 2017 - Apr. 2, 2017 , March 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 | April 1 @ 8pm March 19, 25, 26 | April 2 @ 3pm
March 17 - April 2 Select Weekend Dates Tickets start at $32.50* Written by George Brant LAB Series selection | 2015/2016 Season A dark comedy (or light tragedy) about poetry, madness, and identity theft in Victorian England. Edward and his American wife, Margaret, are starving for his art. Surely there must ...More Info
Cost: $32.50 Event Type: Performing Arts
Raue Center For The Arts
26 N. Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-356-9212
Williams Street Rep presents Guys and Dolls
Apr. 21, 2017 - May. 14, 2017 , April 21, 22, 28, 29 | May 5, 6, 12 @ 8pm April 23, 30 | May 6, 13, 14 @ 3pm
April 21 - May 14 Select Weekend Dates Tickets start at $32.50* Based on a story & characters of Damon Runyon Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows An oddball romantic comedy that follows gambler Nathan Detroit as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town...More Info
Cost: Tickets start at $32.50* Event Type: Performing Arts
Raue Center For The Arts
26 N. Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-356-9212
Geocache Across McHenry County GeoSeries
Now - Jan. 1, 2018 , Ongoing
GeoSeries are specifically designed to turn your next staycation, day trip or geocaching expedition into an extraordinary adventure. Cache Your Way Across McHenry County GeoSeries highlights 15 of the best District spots where gamers will be led along unique trails, under bridges, to historic sites, or in the middle of...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Outdoors
McHenry County Conservation District Sites
18410 US Highway 14
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-6223
World Tai Chi and QiGong Day
Now - Apr. 25, 2105 , 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Global Event April 25th in the Historic Woodstock Square will offer FREE Tai Chi Harvard Health Publications has called Tai Chi Medication in Motion for all the myriad health issues it has been proven to help& (source: www.worldtaichiday.org) World Tai Chi & QiGong Day began in Kansas City, Missouri in 1998 and ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Family
Woodstock Square Mall
110 Johnson St.
Woodstock, IL 60098
847-458-0377
Community Rummage Sale
Now - Sep. 25, 5015 , 9am - 2pm
Sale takes place on Friday, September 25 9am - 2pm and is open to the public. To be a seller: You can reserve an 8ft space to sell your treasures for the low fee of $15 R / $18 NR. (If you need electricity there is an additional $10 fee.) Registration is taken on a first come, first served basis, and there are no r...More Info
Cost: free Event Type: Shopping
Village Hall
600 Harvest Gate
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
847-960-7460

 



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