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Fall Festival Guide

McHenry County celebrates the flavors and traditions of autumn.

September

August 30-Sept. 4: Walworth Co. Fair

Explore nearly 100 acres of fairgrounds with concerts, carnival, food, games, contests, exhibitions, demo derby, monster trucks, competitions, tractor pulls and car show.

Location

411 E. Court St., Elkhorn, Wis.

Website

http://walworthcountyfair.com

September 1-3: Harvard Balloon Fest

2nd Annual Harvard Balloon Festival features balloon ascensions, night glows, rides, inflatables, music, food and drink, games and more at Milky Way Park.

Location

300 Lawrence Road, Harvard

Website

http://harvardballoonfest.com

September 1-3: Summer Sunset Fest

Enjoy fireworks, food and beer, bags, carnival, car show, talent showcase, horseshoes, kids’ activities, music, parade, 5K, wine tasting and more.

Location

Sunset Park, Miller and Albrecht roads

Website

http://summersunsetfest.com

September 9: Rauetoberfest

Raue Center For The Arts presents this traditional Oktoberfest celebration with live music, traditional food and activities for the whole family.

Location

Beyond Stable Farms, 11129 IL Rt. 176, Woodstock

Website

http://rauecenter.org

September 9: Fall Family Fest

Enjoy hayrides, pony rides, crafts, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and more! Free for adults and children under 2 at Lions Park.

Location

1200 Silver Lake Road

Website

http://carypark.com

September 9: Soul Jam

A day of live music and food at Soulful Prairies to benefit Family Health Partnership Clinic.

Location

4706 Alden Road, Woodstock

Website

http://soulfulprairies.com

September 9: Taste of Lake Geneva

Local chefs and restaurateurs let you taste your way through the dining scene of Lake Geneva in no time.

Location

Flat Iron Park

Website

http://visitlakegeneva.com

September 9-10: Autumn Art Tour

Artists open their studios for this one-weekend-only, self-guided tour through some of the most exceptional art and fine crafts in the region.

Location

Woodstock, various studios

Website

http://wpbw.org

September 16: Truck Off Woodstock

The first-ever McHenry County food truck festival will take place on the Woodstock Square with Chicagoland’s best food trucks. Jimmy Nick rocks the gazebo, Joe Diamond wows crowds with magic and mind reading. Fundraiser for Alexander Leigh Center for Autism.

Location

Woodstock Square

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/truck-of-food-truck-fest-woodstock

September 16-17: Cary Main St. Fest

The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce presents this outdoor block party with beer and local fare , a marketplace, live entertainment and children’s area.

Location

Main Street, Cary

Website

http://carymainstreetfest.com

September 16-17: Autumn Ski Jump Festival

Watch ski jumpers from around the world compete on Norge’s 70-meter hill.  Enjoy food, pop, beer, wine and Jäger!

Location

100 Ski Hill Road, Fox River Grove

Website

http://norgeskiclub.com

September 17: Woodstock Harvest Fest

Bluegrass groups and fiddle contest at Stage Left Cafe, plus craft vendors offering a wide variety of handmade craft items for sale.

Location

Woodstock Square

Website

http://offsquaremusic.org/harvest-fest-2017.html

September 21-24: Huntley Fall Fest

This free event includes entertainment, beer garden, food vendors, a full carnival midway, fall fun and a spectacular fireworks show Saturday night.

Location

11419 IL-47, Huntley

Website

http://huntleyfallfest.com

September 23: Richmond Wine Walk

Enjoy delicious wines and tasty appetizers at many downtown locations. Ticket holders receive a wine glass, swag bag and bottle of wine.

Location

Downtown Richmond

Website

https://rsgchamber.com

September 24: Farm Stroll

A self-guided tour of the county’s diversified family farms. A total of 12 farms will be part of this educational agriculture-centric tour. Apple orchards, vegetable growers, dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, horses, alpacas, honey bees, perennial plants, hydroponics and more.

Website

http://new.mchenrycfb.org

September 30: Johnny Appleseed Festival

Crystal Lake’s largest one-day event brings families and the community together to celebrate fall with music, contests, demonstrations, craft fair, farmers market and the Great Ball Race.

Location

Downtown Crystal Lake

Website

http://downtowncl.org

October

October 1: Cider Festival

Live music, barn raising, harvest demonstrations, apple goodies bakery, kettle korn, and book, antique clothing and white elephant sale at the McHenry County Historical Society. The museum, the Gannon 1843 log cabin and 1895 West Harmony one-room school are also open free all day.

Location

6422 Main St., Union

Website

http://mchenrycountyhistory.org

October 5-8: Marengo Settlers' Days

Free with a carnival, parade, music, food, beer tent, baby contest, competitions and entertainment for the whole family.

 

Location

Marengo

Website

http://settlersdays.com

October 7: Woodstock Ale Fest

Craft beers, bacon and live bluegrass are the main ingredients of this fun-filled day. Proceeds benefit Adult & Child Therapy Services.

Location

Clay and Bartlett streets, Woodstock

Website

http://woodstockalefest.com

October 7: Flavors of Fall Taste Fest

Sample culinary offerings from participating downtown McHenry food and beverage establishments, plus vote for your favorite autumn window decorations. Specials and discounts at other downtown shops, too.

Location

Downtown McHenry

Website

http://mchenrydowntown.biz

October 14: Pub in the Park

Experience a huge selection of up-to-the-minute products and seasonal selections from local and visiting breweries that will have knowledgeable folks on hand to answer your questions. Sip ciders, saisons, IPAs and many more.

Location

600 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills

Website

http://pubinthepark.org

October 14-15: Fall Diddley

More than 300 artists selling paintings and folk art, plus food and drink vendors at Boone County Fairgrounds to benefit mental health research in McHenry County.

Location

8791 Route 76, Belvidere

Website

http://mhrl.org/falldiddley.html

October 20-22: Autumn Drive

Rural Woodstock and Marengo roadsides come alive for a long weekend of art, food, fall decor, antiques and more in rural Woodstock and Marengo.

Location

16105 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock

Website

http://autumndrive.net

October 28-29: Pumpkin Drop & Fall Festival

This fall festival features free Arbor trail access, food, live music, pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt and Pumpkin Drop.

Location

N3219 County Road H, Lake Geneva, Wis.

Website

http://lakegenevacanopytours.com

November

November 4: Green Living Expo

Discover how to create a more energy-efficient household and make your daily routine more earth-friendly at this free event at McHenry County College.

Location

8900 U.S.Hwy 14, Crystal Lake

Website

http://mchenry.edu

November 5: Harvest Gathering 1858

Step back in time to the 1850s Powers-Walker House at harvest time. Try your hand at corn shelling, grinding corn into flour or making a corn husk or yarn doll.

Location

6316 Harts Road, Ringwood

Website

http://mccdistrict.org

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