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A Christmas Carol - Presented by Theater 121

121 W. Van Buren St.
Woodstock, IL 60098

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 produc...

Blues Brews & BBQ - McHenry Rotary

4300 Petersen Park Rd
McHenry, IL 60050
(815) 893-6280

You won't go hungry at McHenry Rotary's annual Blues, Brews & BBQ festival! Enjoy three days of BBQ, craft brews, blues bands and family fun! See for yourself the finest blues lineup of the sumer. Enj...

Festival of the Sugar Maples

7400 Somerset
Marengo, IL 60152

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 & ex...

Lakeside Festival at the Dole

401 Country Club Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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,” thri...

Lighting of the Square

121 W. Van Buren St.
Woodstock, IL 60098

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 tre...

Midwest Mozart Festival

121 W. Van Buren Street
Woodstock, IL 60098

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 ...

Norge Ski Club

100 Ski Hill Rd.
Fox River Grove, IL 60021

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...

Pub in the Park

5200 Miller Rd.
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

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 bre...

Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team

PO Box 518
Wonder Lake, IL 60097

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 fre...

Woodstock Folk Festival

PO Box 1628
Woodstock, IL 60611

Woodstock Folk Festival, Inc. (WFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Woodstock, Illinois, about 60 miles northwest of Chicago. Its purpose is to bring quality acoustic music – both ...

Woodstock Groundhog Days

The Historic Woodstock Square
Woodstock, IL 60098

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 start...

Frozen Gnome 50K/10K
431 Walkup Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Harvard Milk Days
Milkyway Park
Harvard, IL 60033

McHenry County Fair Association
11900 Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

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