Sidetracks 10: Events to fill your weekend
Here are 10 events taking place this weekend in McHenry County.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Sept. 14-15
WHERE: Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock
INFO: Acoustic guitarist performs. Tickets: $27 all seats at 815-338-5300 or www.woodstockoperahouse.com.
WOODSTOCK HARVEST FEST & FAIR
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16
WHERE: on the Woodstock Square
INFO: Family event with a farmers market, crafts, blacksmith, children’s activities, antique tractors, musical performers and more. Rain or shine. Free admission. Information: 815-338-5164 or www.offsquaremusic.org.
OLD TIME COUNTRY HARVEST FESTIVAL
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13
WHERE: downtown Algonquin
INFO: Featuring a farmers’ market, children’s games, pumpkin contest, craft fair, costume parade, build a scarecrow, historic cemetery walk and more. Information: 847-658-4184 or www.algonquindowntown.com.
FISH HATCHERY GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 15
WHERE: Spring Grove Hatchery Park, 2314 Hatchery Road
INFO: Celebration of the grand opening of Spring Grove Hatchery Park. The event will include live music, antique cars, free popcorn and crafts for children. The visitors center will be open, as well as the nature trail. Participants are encouraged to bring a fishing pole and bait. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m. Attendees also can help name Hatchery Park’s mascot – the resident snapping turtle. Voting ends at 2 p.m. Parking and shuttle bus service will be at 7701 Blivin St. Information: www.springgrovevillage.com.
“FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL”
WHEN: Sept. 14-16
WHERE: Marengo Community High School, 110 Franks Road, Marengo
INFO: Christian Arts Student Theatre Adult Production. “Footloose” celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Family friendly. Schedule: 7 p.m. Sept. 14; 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 15; 5 p.m. Sept. 16. Tickets: $10 in advance, $14 at the door. Seating is reserved. Information: 815-790-1488 or www.castmarengo.com.
MUSEUM SHOWCASE WEEKEND
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15-16
WHERE: Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, east of Union
INFO: Explore the nation’s largest rail museum operating steam, diesel and electric trains featuring nearly 400 historic locomotives and rail cars. Ride and see some of the equipment that is operated less frequently. Fares: $14 adults, $10 children, $50 families. Information: 815-923-4000; 800-BIG-RAIL or www.irm.org.
MONTINI FAMILY MUSIC FESTIVAL
WHEN: 2:30 to 10:30 p.m.
WHERE: Petersen Park, McHenry
INFO: Featuring bands, food, attractions and more. Festival will raise funds for technology improvements for Montini Catholic Church in McHenry. Bands scheduled to perform include 7th Heaven, Friction and Serendipity. Tickets: $5 at the door. Information: montinimusicfestival.com/festival.
WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15
WHERE: Stage Left Café, 128 Van Buren St., Woodstock
INFO: Ireland storyteller Clare Murphy returns with more tales of Celtic kings, fairies, poets and otherworldly events. Murphy is renowned for her physical style and wit, and for embodying ancient stories in a lively and dynamic way. No cover. Information: 815-382-5264.
WHEN: through Sept. 16
WHERE: All Seasons Apple Orchard, 14510 Route 176, Woodstock
INFO: Featuring barnyard activities, mini-zip lines, pedal carts, tube slides, bounce house, petting zoo and more. Online tickets: $12.75 for Thursday; $15 for Friday-Sunday (buy one get one free Saturday and Sunday). Full-price tickets at box office. Hours: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Information: www.thefuncircus.com/#!__woodstock
PEDAL OR WALK FOR PADS
WHEN: 9 a.m. Sept. 15
WHERE: Moraine Hills State Park, 1510 S. River Road, McHenry
INFO: Homeless services benefit for McHenry County PADS, a program of Pioneer Center for Human Services. Offering multiple courses for both novice and more experienced bike riders and a walking path for walkers. Also featuring music, children’s bike parade, raffles and lunch. Registration and rider check-in will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Raffles and lunch will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration fee: $10 a person, $30 family of five. Information: 815-759-7050. Registration: www.pioneercenter.org.
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