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Spring Traditions Begin in McHenry County

Cross country skiingYour days of cabin fever are at an end-and that can only mean one's time to enjoy the spring in charming McHenry County. Get back outside and take in one of the Chicago area's best spring destinations.

Whether you're planning your next weekend getaway, or just a fun drive through the country, McHenry County is the place to be this spring. Smell the fresh flowers at one of our state parks, or grab a great meal on the patio at any of our famous culinary destinations.

Cross country skiingSpringtime is also the season for events! Our calendar is loaded with tons of festivals and special events to help you get the most out of your visit. Sample some freshly sapped maple syrup at the Festival of the Sugar Maples, in Marengo, or get competitive - and muddy - at the famous Tough Mudder, held annually in Richmond. Whether you prefer a relaxing day by the lake or a crazy day in the mud, come enjoy the springtime in beautiful McHenry County.

Great Events Happen in McHenry County

We don't take our springtime lightly. That's why we pack the spring with plenty of exciting events to help you enjoy your time. Whether you're searching for something exciting, relaxing, or a little quirky, you'll find it here in this great Chicago area spring escape.  Check out our list of some of the top events in McHenry County.

The Stage - Visit McHenry CountryThe Stage

Theater has always been part of our heritage here in McHenry County. From Orson Welles to Bill Murray, McHenry County has been the stage to theater history for years. So it's no surprise that we have plenty of theatre troupes ready to keep our visitors entertained during the spring months.

TownSquare Players: Resident theater company of the Woodstock Opera House, the TownSquare Players are currently celebrating their 49th anniversary. You can catch them performing Broadway musicals and other shows. Check out the Woodstock Opera House for a complete list of dates and prices.

The Woodstock Musical Theater Company: Founded in 1974, this fun theatre company is sister to the TownSquare Players, sharing the stage of the Woodstock Opera House. This company puts on several shows throughout the year. A show list and tickets can be purchased through the Woodstock Opera House box office.

William Street Repertory: An energetic bunch, this independent theatre company seeks to bring engaging and invigorating productions to McHenry County. In their own words: they hope by the end of each production "you'll feel as if you've been to some sort of on-stage day spa with a body scrub of both the comic and tragic." You can also enjoy their improv productions scheduled throughout the spring season. For a full list of show times and prices, visit the Raue Center for the Arts online.

Fresh off the Farm - Visit McHenry CountryFresh off the Farm

Toward the end of spring, there's always one thing our visitors are looking forward to-farmers markets. McHenry County is full of great farms growing even greater produce, and you can get your hands on a little of all of it. Our farmers markets are some of the best in the state. Come see for yourself!

Woodstock Farmers Market: Named the #1 farmers market in Illinois by the American Farmland Trust and #1 in McHenry County by the Best of the Fox. This exceptional market features great live music and everything from veggies, fruits and cheeses, to hand-spun yarn, desserts and seedlings for your garden. All items are grown or produced by the vendor, and the market manager inspects each vendor to ensure the market's integrity. Woodstock Farmers Market opens for its summer season in May Historic Woodstock Square.

Huntley Farmers Market: Opens in May on the Huntley Square in downtown Huntley. This market features an amazing variety of homegrown fruits and veggies, eggs, honey, baked goods, farm-raised meats, fresh roasted coffee and so much more. While you're visiting, you'll be able to enjoy live music, and a host of special events throughout the season.

Stade's Farm and Market: Pronounced Stah-dee-s, say it correctly and you'll blend right in. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Stade's offers produce picked fresh from the farm.

Festivals and Celebrations - Visit McHenry CountryFarms Opening in June:
Cary Farmers Market: Visitors will find fresh fruits and veggies, as well as specialty canned items, dressings and more.

Crystal Lake Farmers Market: Located in Downtown Crystal Lake, this farmers market is easily accessible, right off the Metra.

McHenry Farmers Market: Taking place on Thursday evenings, stop in for produce, beef and baked goods, as well as handmade works from local crafters and artisans.  Stay after they close for the community band performance.

Festivals and Celebrations 

Festival of the Sugar Maples: Held annually, at the end of February and the begingin of March, in Coral Woods Conservation Area - one of the few remaining sugar maple groves in the country - the Festival of the Sugar Maples is a celebration of all things maple. The hour long tour begins with a history lesson on how Native Americans developed the process of maple sugaring, and how that process has adapted over the years. Visitors will witness the process of maple sugaring first hand, with the tour culminating in what else-maple syrup tastings. Bottles of maple syrup and spiles are available at the end of the tour for purchase.

Fair Diddley: Fair Diddley is held annually the Sunday after Mother's Day. This is a craft show for even the non-crafty types. Enjoy everything from hand-spun pottery, to fine art and wood carvings as well as everything you 'd expect from a hometown festival, from food vendors to balloon art. Hosted by the Mental Health Resource League. Admission is free. Located in Historic Woodstock Square.

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