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Your guide to fall festivities in McHenry County and beyond

Ryan Sebastian, then 4, of Lake in the Hills, goes down a slide while attending 2013's Huntley Fall Fest.
Ryan Sebastian, then 4, of Lake in the Hills, goes down a slide while attending 2013's Huntley Fall Fest.

Take your pick. From apples and pumkins to festivals, mazes and music, fall isn’t just about the foliage in McHenry County.

With the season’s golden colors as a backdrop, numerous events and activities offer visitors the chance to enjoy all the county has to offer.

“A lot of people love summer, but there’s something about the fall,” said Barb Leschke, an event coordinator at Stade’s Farm and Market, which kicks off its eight-week Shades of Autumn festivities with a Tractors for Charity show this weekend.

“It’s personally my favorite time of year, and it’s absolutely gorgeous out here,” she said. “It’s a nice getaway from the city. A lot of people come from the city, and they say, ‘We don’t see sunsets like this.’ ”

Like many throughout McHenry County, the attraction draws families who make the trek annually – on average, Leschke said, people come from a “good hour” away.
Attractions range from farmers markets and farms – where families pick apples, pumpkins and even some raspberries – to numerous festivals and events.

Like Stade’s – with its popular apple and pumpkin cannons – several farms, such as Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, Royal Oak Farm Orchard in Harvard (with the country’s only apple maze) and All Seasons Orchard in Woodstock, offer an array of activities. Carousels, zip lines, petting zoos, wagon rides. The options are endless.

Here’s our guide to the fall events and activities taking place in McHenry County and beyond in the coming weeks. To have your event listed, visit PlanitNorthwest.com.

RICHARDSON ADVENTURE FARM, through Oct. 30, 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove. Featuring “the world’s largest corn maze” with a “Star Trek” theme this year, along with more than 30 activities, including pedal carts, jumping pillows, train rides, pony rides, a carousel, a 50-foot slide, Bunnyville, wagon rides, barrel swings, zip lines, a Kiddie Play Area, community campfires, pig races, a pumpkin patch, ORBiting, corn cannons and more. Activity costs vary. Special Maze ‘Til Midnight full-moon weekends Sept. 16-17 and Oct. 14-15. Admission is $16 for those ages 13 and older; $13 for those ages 4 to 12 and free for those ages 3 and younger. Information: www.richardsonadventurefarm.com. Farm also hosting World's Largest Corn Maze 5K run or walk Oct. 16, with registration beginning at 7:15 a.m. followed by a Kids 100 Meter Maze Dash at 8:25 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $32.99 for the first 500 or until Sept. 19; $50 after Sept. 19. Register at www.allcommunityevents.com.

RAUETOBERFEST, third annual, 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 9 and 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 10, Beyond Stable Farms, 11129 Route 176, Woodstock. A day-long celebration of traditional German music, beers and food. Live performances by Ralph Covert, Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama and Die Musikmeisters. Bring the children along to partake in the Kinderfest activities. Admission: $5. Information: 815-356-9212 or www.rauecenter.org.

SAUFEN UND SPIEL, Sept. 9-11, Johnsburg Community Club festival grounds, 2315 W. Church St., and throughout Johnsburg. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. Sept. 9 with the Johnsburg Community Men’s Club ninth annual Black Light Bean Bag Tournament (double elimination). Registration is at 5 p.m., and the cost is $10 a person. Live music by Stupidville follows at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the club for Banjo Beer Night’s food, drink and a beer garden. Valentine will perform at 6 p.m. followed by GooRoos at 8:30 p.m. On Sept. 11, the festivities continue at 12:30 p.m. with a parade beginning at Johnsburg Village Hall and ending at the festival grounds where food, treats, drinks, rides and games will be available. Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band will perform from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Information: www.johnsburgcommunityclub.com.

SHADES OF AUTUMN, Sept. 10-Oct. 30 (Plus Columbus Day), Stade’s Farm and Market, 3709 Miller Road, McHenry. Featuring a kick-off Tractors for Charity show (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 10-11), pumpkins, hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, mazes, a pumpkin cannon, a carousel, a train, a hamster run, a jumping pillow, a corn play area, pedal cars, zip lines and more. Children ages 2 and younger are free. Admission is $15 for those ages 3 to 64; $10 for those ages 65 and older. Information: www.stades.farmandmarket.com.

FALL FAMILY FEST, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10, Lions Park, 1170 Silver Lake Road, Cary. Hosted by the Cary Park District. Hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, kids’ crafts, pumpkin patch and more. Admission: $9 children age 3 and older, $5 children ages 1-2, free for adults and children younger than age 1. Information: 847-639-6100 or www.carypark.com.

AUTUMN ART TOUR, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11, Woodstock. A self-guided tour with artists and fine craftsmen opening their studios to display and sell their work. Maps available at Material Things Artisan Marketplace on the Square, 103 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Free admission. Information: www.wpbw.org.

SOUL JAM, 12:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10, Soulful Prairies, 4706 Alden Road, Woodstock. A day of live music and food to benefit the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Tickets cost $65 for those ages 21 and older and $40 for those younger than age 21 at http://soulfulprairies.com. At the door, tickets cost $85 for those 21 and older and $60 for those younger than 21.

2016 FALL CLASSIC ROD & CUSTOM CAR SHOW, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11, Joe’s Place, 19716 Grant Highway, Marengo. Hosted by ABC Entertainment. Rain date: Sept. 18. Entry fee: $10 a vehicle to benefit the Marengo High School Automotive and auto body classes. Information: Bill, 773-491-2354.

CARY MAIN STREET FESTIVAL, noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 17 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 18, downtown Cary. Children’s activities, inflatables, games, a Cary-Grove Rotary Club steak fry and more. Among the bands performing are Tetrad (winner of the Cary Park District Teen Battle of the Bands), The Allstars, Run Forest Run, Cowboy Jukebox Band, Dick Diamond and the Dusters, Face N Time, The Ivy Ford Band, Modern Day Romeos and LAVA Rock. A $5 donation requested at the gate. Information: www.carygrovechamber.com.

WOODSTOCK HARVEST FEST & FAIR IN THE SQUARE, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18, on the Square, Woodstock. Bluegrass in the Square, presented by Off Square Music, will feature performances by Chicken Wire Empire, Don Stiernberg Allstar Bluegrass Pals and Art Stevenson & High Water ($10 donation requested). There will be an Olde Tyme Fiddle Contest starting at 10 a.m. at Stage Left Café. Fair in the Square vendors will offer a handmade crafts for sale. Information: 815-338-5164 or www.offsquaremusic.org.

8TH ANNUAL DOG-TOBER FEST, noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 18, Deicke Park, 12015 Mill St., Huntley. Games, a 1-mile fun walk, vendors, shelter presentations and pet blessings, doggie play area and more. Free admission. Information: www.huntleydogtoberfest.com.

HILLTOP HARVEST FEST, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 23, McHenry Middle School parking lot, 2120 Lincoln Road, McHenry. Hosted by Hilltop Elementary School with carnival games and prizes, bounce houses and more. Wristbands: $8 advance purchase, $10 at the door, free for adults. Only children age 2 and older need to have wristbands. Information: 815-759-6931 or https://cheddarup.com/tabs/2016-hilltop-harvest-fest.

HUNTLEY FALL FEST, Sept. 23-25, Deicke Park, 12015 Mill St., Huntley. Featuring a carnival, live bands, car show, petting zoo, craft show, scarecrow contest, straw maze, hot air balloon tether rides, food and more. Fireworks at 8:45 p.m. Saturday. Schedule: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free admission and parking. Information: 847-669-3180 or www.huntleyfallfest.com.

ART OF THE LAND ART SHOW & BENEFIT, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 23-24, Starline Factory, 306 W. Front St., Harvard. A 25th anniversary celebration of the Land Conservancy of McHenry County. On Sept. 23, “Stories of Art Inspired by the Land” will be hosted by three artists. The event also will include art for sale, People’s Choice voting, a raffle, live music by Ken Johnson, hors d’oeuvres and more. On Sept. 24, along with appetizers, a cash bar and more, the show winners will be announced, and Cheryl Niemo and Pete Jonsson will perform. Tickets cost $60 for admission both Friday and Saturday or $25 for the Saturday show only. Tickets and information: www.artoftheland.org or 815-337-9502.

JOHNNY APPLESEED FESTIVAL, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24, at various locations in downtown Crystal Lake. Sarecrow decorating, antique apple cider press demonstrations, apple pie-baking and pie-eating contests, storytelling, entertainment, music, dance presentations, craft fair, food and more. Meet and greet Johnny Appleseed as he strolls the streets. Free. Activities and children’s games require tickets. Tickets are $1 each. Information: 815-479-0835 or www.downtowncl.org.

J4 ALPACAS NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24-25, J4 Alpacas, 7711 N. Valley Hill Road, Woodstock. Come see the farm’s alpacas and watch fiber artisans spin and weave alpaca fiber. Two alpaca babies also are expected. Free. Information: 815-759-0247 or www.j4alpacas.com.

31ST ANNUAL NORGE AUTUMN SKI JUMP, noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 24-25, Norge Ski Club, 100 Ski Hill Road, Fox River Grove. Ski jumpers from around the world compete on the 70-meter hill. Live music by Goin’ South on Saturday. Admission buttons: $10 available from local merchants, $11 online, $15 at the gate; free for children age 12 and younger. Gates open at 11 a.m. Information: 847-639-9718 or www.norgeskiclub.com.

RICHMOND FALL WINE WALK, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 24, downtown Richmond. Hosted by the Richmond-Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce. There will be 10 downtown locations with three wines and appetizers at each stop. Tickets: $35 includes wine glass, swag bag and complimentary bottle of wine. Information: 815-678-7742 or www.rsgchamber.com.

PLOW DAY AND TRACTOR SHOW, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24, Von Bergen’s, 9805 Route 173, Hebron. Featuring antique tractors and free ears of sweet corn, with other food available. Includes a pumpkin egg hunt at 1 p.m. for ages 1 through 12, live music from the Georgia Rae Family Band from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., tractor rides, a 1 p.m. tractor and wagon parade, children’s pedal tractor pull at about 2:30 p.m., pony rides, mazes, farm animal zoo, train rides and face painting. Information: 815-648-2332 or www.vonbergens.com.

McHENRY COUNTY FARM STROLL & MARKET, second annual, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25, a self-guided tour of 12 family-owned farms organized by the McHenry County Farm Bureau and University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners. Bring cash to buy items directly from the farmers. Visit the website for a map of farm locations. Information: 815-338-1520 or www.mchenrycfb.org.

WOODSTOCK ALE FEST, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 1, Clay and Bartlett streets, Woodstock. A benefit for Adult & Child Therapy Services featuring craft beers, bacon and live bluegrass music. Tickets cost $40 a person and include a sampling of more than 80 craft beers and a commemorative sampling glass. Designated driver tickets cost $15 a person. VIP tickets are available for $70 a person and include exclusive access, VIP beers, a swag bag and more. Designated driver VIP tickets cost $30 a person. Tickets and information: www.woodstockalefest.com.

HARVEST HUSTLE 5K RUN/WALK, fourth annual, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Oct. 1, 2 S. Main St., Algonquin. Join the Algonquin Recreation Department for this 3.2-mile run and 1.5-mile walk throughout downtown Algonquin. All proceeds benefit the village scholarship program. Cost: $20 a walker, $25 a runner with registration at www.active.com/algonquin-il. Information: 847-658-2716 or www.algonquin.org/recreation.

39TH ANNUAL CIDER FEST, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2, McHenry County Historical Society Museum, 6422 Main St., Union. Featuring cider-making demonstrations, blacksmithing, an 11:30 a.m. old-fashioned barn raising, music at 1 p.m. by Charlie B and Friends, apple bake-off with homemade apple treats, white elephant sale and more. In addition to free access to the museum, guests are invited to experience what is was like in a Civil War encampmen. Information: 815-923-2267 or www.mchenrycountyhistory.org.

BLACK DIAMOND KITE FEST, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2, Lippold Park, 851 W. Route 176, Crystal Lake. Watch professional kite flyers fill the sky with enormous kites. Build a kite or bring your own, first 250 children receive free kites. Bring a blanket and picnic lunch for your family. Rain or shine. Free. Information: 815-459-0680 or www.crystallakeparks.org.

MARENGO SETTLERS’ DAYS, Oct. 6-10, throughout Marengo. Featuring a carnival, parade, music, food, beer tent, prince and princess contest, band competitions and more. Information: www.settlersdays.com.

GERMAN BEER & WINE FEST OCTOBERFEST, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8, Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus, 2710 S. Country Club Road, Woodstock. Celebrate the wedding anniversary of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese. Festivities include a beer reception and five-course authentic dinner paired with German wines. Cost: $80 a person. Information: 815-338-1032 or www.luc.edu/cookingclasses.

FALL DIDDLEY CRAFT SHOW, 31st annual, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9, Boone County Fairgrounds, 8791 Route 76, Belvidere. Fundraiser for Mental Health Resource League for McHenry County with crafters, concessions and bake sales. Admission: $6 ages 12 and older. Free parking. Information: 815-385-5745 or www.mhrl.org/falldiddley.html.

FLAVORS OF FALL TASTE FEST, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9, downtown McHenry. Sample culinary offerings from participating downtown food and beverage establishments, plus vote for your favorite autumn window decorations. Specials and discounts at other downtown shops. Cost: $1 to $3 a taste. Information: http://mchenrydowntown.biz.

29TH ANNUAL AUTUMN DRIVE, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14-16, 16105 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, as well as other locations in Woodstock and rural Marengo. Featuring tractor rides, petting zoos, hayrides, food and more. Pick your own apples and pumpkins. Many stops include crafters and antique dealers. Rain or shine. Visit the website for a map. Free admission. Information: www.autumndrive.net.

CHAPTER 790 YOUNG EAGLES RALLY & PUMPKIN FEST, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 15, Lake in the Hills Airport, 8407 Pyott Road, Lake in the Hills. Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 790 invites children ages 8 through 17 out for a free aircraft ride together with a Pumpkin Fest to celebrate fall. Parents must accompany children to fill out the registration form. Information: 847-639-6310 or www.eaa.org/events.calendar.

PUB IN THE PARK CRAFT BEER FEST, second annual, 3 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills. Beers from more than 40 breweries, live music by Felix and Fingers Dueling Dueling Pianos and food. Festival will run from 3 to 4 p.m. for VIP admission and 4 to 7:30 p.m. for general admission. Tickets: $45 general admission, $65 VIP, $15 designated driver. An ID wristband and souvenir tasting glass included to sample all the beers available. Tickets and information: 847-960-7460 or www.pubinthepark.com.

McHENRY SUNRISE ROTARY OKTOBERFEST, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15, McHenry VFW Post 4600, 3002 W. Route 120, McHenry. Beer tasting, German food and live music. A variety of purveyors will talk beer and offer tastings of their brews. Admission includes a commemorative mug, one free sausage with chips and unlimited beer sampling. There also will be raffles and fundraising activities to benefit the McHenry Sunrise Rotary Club. Tickets: $30 each or $50 for a pair. Information: www.rotary-oktoberfest.com.

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VOLKSFEST, Sept. 9-11, Carroll Memorial Park, Genoa. Featuring a Volksmarch 6K/10K, a craft beer and wine tasting festival, live music at the Lion’s Club Sound Stage as part of Rockin’ The Kish, an outdoor breakfast and the Great Genoa Duck Race. Information: www.genoavolksfest.org.

HERITAGE FEST, Sept. 16-18, throughout West Dundee, including downtown, South Second Street, the Riverwalk, Grafelman Park, The Depot, River Street and Spring Hill Mall. Featuring food and drink vendors, an art and craft fair, a carnvial, live music, fireworks, children's activities, an antique and vintage market and more. Admission to the festival is free. Free parking available at Spring Hill Mall with a free shuttle services making continuous rounds from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: www.wdundeeheritagefest.org.

LONG GROVE APPLE FEST, 24th annual, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 23; 10 .m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 24; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 25, downtown historic Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Includes pony rides, kiddie rides, face painting, apple-inspired treats and free live music on several stages. Admission: $5 a person a day, free for children 12 and younger. Free admission Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 847-634-0888 or www.longgrove.org.

AUTUMN AT THE ARBORETUM, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2, Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Visitors can build their own scarecrow, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, make a fall craft or enjoy the natural surroundings. There will be activities and entertainment for all ages and fall treats to buy. Free admission. Information: 815-965-8146 or www.klehm.org.

SCARECROW FEST, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 7-8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10, downtown St. Charles. Featuring its popular Scarecrow Contest, boasting more than 100 hand-crafted scarecrows with visitors voting for their favorites. Event also includes live entertainment, the Autumn on the Fox Arts & Craft Show, a carnival, a petting zoo, food and more. Information: www.scarecrowfest.com.

Take your pick. From apples and pumkins to festivals, mazes and music, fall isn’t just about the foliage in McHenry County.

With the season’s golden colors as a backdrop, numerous events and activities offer visitors the chance to enjoy all the county has to offer.

“A lot of people love summer, but there’s something about the fall,” said Barb Leschke, an event coordinator at Stade’s Farm and Market, which kicks off its eight-week Shades of Autumn festivities with a Tractors for Charity show this weekend.

“It’s personally my favorite time of year, and it’s absolutely gorgeous out here,” she said. “It’s a nice getaway from the city. A lot of people come from the city, and they say, ‘We don’t see sunsets like this.’ ”

Like many throughout McHenry County, the attraction draws families who make the trek annually – on average, Leschke said, people come from a “good hour” away.
Attractions range from farmers markets and farms – where families pick apples, pumpkins and even some raspberries – to numerous festivals and events.

Like Stade’s – with its popular apple and pumpkin cannons – several farms, such as Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, Royal Oak Farm Orchard in Harvard (with the country’s only apple maze) and All Seasons Orchard in Woodstock, offer an array of activities. Carousels, zip lines, petting zoos, wagon rides. The options are endless.

Here’s our guide to the fall events and activities taking place in McHenry County and beyond in the coming weeks. To have your event listed, visit PlanitNorthwest.com.

RICHARDSON ADVENTURE FARM, through Oct. 30, 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove. Featuring “the world’s largest corn maze” with a “Star Trek” theme this year, along with more than 30 activities, including pedal carts, jumping pillows, train rides, pony rides, a carousel, a 50-foot slide, Bunnyville, wagon rides, barrel swings, zip lines, a Kiddie Play Area, community campfires, pig races, a pumpkin patch, ORBiting, corn cannons and more. Activity costs vary. Special Maze ‘Til Midnight full-moon weekends Sept. 16-17 and Oct. 14-15. Admission is $16 for those ages 13 and older; $13 for those ages 4 to 12 and free for those ages 3 and younger. Information: www.richardsonadventurefarm.com.

RAUETOBERFEST, third annual, 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 9 and 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 10, Beyond Stable Farms, 11129 Route 176, Woodstock. A day-long celebration of traditional German music, beers and food. Live performances by Ralph Covert, Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama and Die Musikmeisters. Bring the children along to partake in the Kinderfest activities. Admission: $5. Information: 815-356-9212 or www.rauecenter.org.

SAUFEN UND SPIEL, Sept. 9-11, Johnsburg Community Club festival grounds, 2315 W. Church St., and throughout Johnsburg. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. Sept. 9 with the Johnsburg Community Men’s Club ninth annual Black Light Bean Bag Tournament (double elimination). Registration is at 5 p.m., and the cost is $10 a person. Live music by Stupidville follows at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the club for Banjo Beer Night’s food, drink and a beer garden. Valentine will perform at 6 p.m. followed by GooRoos at 8:30 p.m. On Sept. 11, the festivities continue at 12:30 p.m. with a parade beginning at Johnsburg Village Hall and ending at the festival grounds where food, treats, drinks, rides and games will be available. Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band will perform from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Information: www.johnsburgcommunityclub.com.

SHADES OF AUTUMN, Sept. 10-Oct. 30 (Plus Columbus Day), Stade’s Farm and Market, 3709 Miller Road, McHenry. Featuring a kick-off Tractors for Charity show (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 10-11), pumpkins, hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, mazes, a pumpkin cannon, a carousel, a train, a hamster run, a jumping pillow, a corn play area, pedal cars, zip lines and more. Children ages 2 and younger are free. Admission is $15 for those ages 3 to 64; $10 for those ages 65 and older. Information: www.stades.farmandmarket.com.

FALL FAMILY FEST, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10, Lions Park, 1170 Silver Lake Road, Cary. Hosted by the Cary Park District. Hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, kids’ crafts, pumpkin patch and more. Admission: $9 children age 3 and older, $5 children ages 1-2, free for adults and children younger than age 1. Information: 847-639-6100 or www.carypark.com.

AUTUMN ART TOUR, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11, Woodstock. A self-guided tour with artists and fine craftsmen opening their studios to display and sell their work. Maps available at Material Things Artisan Marketplace on the Square, 103 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Free admission. Information: www.wpbw.org.

SOUL JAM, 12:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10, Soulful Prairies, 4706 Alden Road, Woodstock. A day of live music and food to benefit the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Tickets cost $65 for those ages 21 and older and $40 for those younger than age 21 at http://soulfulprairies.com. At the door, tickets cost $85 for those 21 and older and $60 for those younger than 21.

2016 FALL CLASSIC ROD & CUSTOM CAR SHOW, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11, Joe’s Place, 19716 Grant Highway, Marengo. Hosted by ABC Entertainment. Rain date: Sept. 18. Entry fee: $10 a vehicle to benefit the Marengo High School Automotive and auto body classes. Information: Bill, 773-491-2354.

CARY MAIN STREET FESTIVAL, noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 17 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 18, downtown Cary. Children’s activities, inflatables, games, a Cary-Grove Rotary Club steak fry and more. Among the bands performing are Tetrad (winner of the Cary Park District Teen Battle of the Bands), The Allstars, Run Forest Run, Cowboy Jukebox Band, Dick Diamond and the Dusters, Face N Time, The Ivy Ford Band, Modern Day Romeos and LAVA Rock. A $5 donation requested at the gate. Information: www.carygrovechamber.com.

WOODSTOCK HARVEST FEST & FAIR IN THE SQUARE, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18, on the Square, Woodstock. Bluegrass in the Square, presented by Off Square Music, will feature performances by Chicken Wire Empire, Don Stiernberg Allstar Bluegrass Pals and Art Stevenson & High Water ($10 donation requested). There will be an Olde Tyme Fiddle Contest starting at 10 a.m. at Stage Left Café. Fair in the Square vendors will offer a handmade crafts for sale. Information: 815-338-5164 or www.offsquaremusic.org.

8TH ANNUAL DOG-TOBER FEST, noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 18, Deicke Park, 12015 Mill St., Huntley. Games, a 1-mile fun walk, vendors, shelter presentations and pet blessings, doggie play area and more. Free admission. Information: www.huntleydogtoberfest.com.

HILLTOP HARVEST FEST, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 23, McHenry Middle School parking lot, 2120 Lincoln Road, McHenry. Hosted by Hilltop Elementary School with carnival games and prizes, bounce houses and more. Wristbands: $8 advance purchase, $10 at the door, free for adults. Only children age 2 and older need to have wristbands. Information: 815-759-6931or https://cheddarup.com/tabs/2016-hilltop-harvest-fest.

HUNTLEY FALL FEST, Sept. 23-25, Deicke Park, 12015 Mill St., Huntley. Featuring a carnival, live bands, car show, petting zoo, craft show, scarecrow contest, straw maze, hot air balloon tether rides, food and more. Fireworks at 8:45 p.m. Saturday. Schedule: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free admission and parking. Information: 847-669-3180 or www.huntleyfallfest.com.

ART OF THE LAND ART SHOW & BENEFIT, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 23-24, Starline Factory, 306 W. Front St., Harvard. A 25th anniversary celebration of the Land Conservancy of McHenry County. On Sept. 23, “Stories of Art Inspired by the Land” will be hosted by three artists. The event also will include art for sale, People’s Choice voting, a raffle, live music by Ken Johnson, hors d’oeuvres and more. On Sept. 24, along with appetizers, a cash bar and more, the show winners will be announced, and Cheryl Niemo and Pete Jonsson will perform. Tickets cost $60 for admission both Friday and Saturday or $25 for the Saturday show only. Tickets and information: www.artoftheland.org or 815-337-9502.

JOHNNY APPLESEED FESTIVAL, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24, at various locations in downtown Crystal Lake. Sarecrow decorating, antique apple cider press demonstrations, apple pie-baking and pie-eating contests, storytelling, entertainment, music, dance presentations, craft fair, food and more. Meet and greet Johnny Appleseed as he strolls the streets. Free. Activities and children’s games require tickets. Tickets are $1 each. Information: 815-479-0835 or www.downtowncl.org.

J4 ALPACAS NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24-25, J4 Alpacas, 7711 N. Valley Hill Road, Woodstock. Come see the farm’s alpacas and watch fiber artisans spin and weave alpaca fiber. Two alpaca babies also are expected. Free. Information: 815-759-0247 or www.j4alpacas.com.

31ST ANNUAL NORGE AUTUMN SKI JUMP, noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 24-25, Norge Ski Club, 100 Ski Hill Road, Fox River Grove. Ski jumpers from around the world compete on the 70-meter hill. Live music by Goin’ South on Saturday. Admission buttons: $10 available from local merchants, $11 online, $15 at the gate; free for children age 12 and younger. Gates open at 11 a.m. Information: 847-639-9718 or www.norgeskiclub.com.

RICHMOND FALL WINE WALK, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 24, downtown Richmond. Hosted by the Richmond-Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce. There will be 10 downtown locations with three wines and appetizers at each stop. Tickets: $35 includes wine glass, swag bag and complimentary bottle of wine. Information: 815-678-7742 or www.rsgchamber.com.

PLOW DAY AND TRACTOR SHOW, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24, Von Bergen’s, 9805 Route 173, Hebron. Featuring antique tractors and free ears of sweet corn, with other food available. Includes a pumpkin egg hunt at 1 p.m. for ages 1 through 12, live music from the Georgia Rae Family Band from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., tractor rides, a 1 p.m. tractor and wagon parade, children’s pedal tractor pull at about 2:30 p.m., pony rides, mazes, farm animal zoo, train rides and face painting. Information: 815-648-2332 or www.vonbergens.com.

McHENRY COUNTY FARM STROLL & MARKET, second annual, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25, a self-guided tour of 12 family-owned farms organized by the McHenry County Farm Bureau and University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners. Bring cash to buy items directly from the farmers. Visit the website for a map of farm locations. Information: 815-338-1520 or www.mchenrycfb.org.

WOODSTOCK ALE FEST, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 1, Clay and Bartlett streets, Woodstock. A benefit for Adult & Child Therapy Services featuring craft beers, bacon and live bluegrass music. Tickets cost $40 a person and include a sampling of more than 80 craft beers and a commemorative sampling glass. Designated driver tickets cost $15 a person. VIP tickets are available for $70 a person and include exclusive access, VIP beers, a swag bag and more. Designated driver VIP tickets cost $30 a person. Tickets and information: www.woodstockalefest.com.

HARVEST HUSTLE 5K RUN/WALK, fourth annual, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Oct. 1, 2 S. Main St., Algonquin. Join the Algonquin Recreation Department for this 3.2-mile run and 1.5-mile walk throughout downtown Algonquin. All proceeds benefit the village scholarship program. Cost: $20 a walker, $25 a runner with registration at www.active.com/algonquin-il. Information: 847-658-2716 or www.algonquin.org/recreation.

39TH ANNUAL CIDER FEST, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2, McHenry County Historical Society Museum, 6422 Main St., Union. Featuring cider-making demonstrations, blacksmithing, an 11:30 a.m. old-fashioned barn raising, music at 1 p.m. by Charlie B and Friends, apple bake-off with homemade apple treats, white elephant sale and more. In addition to free access to the museum, guests are invited to experience what is was like in a Civil War encampmen. Information: 815-923-2267 or www.mchenrycountyhistory.org.

BLACK DIAMOND KITE FEST, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2, Lippold Park, 851 W. Route 176, Crystal Lake. Watch professional kite flyers fill the sky with enormous kites. Build a kite or bring your own, first 250 children receive free kites. Bring a blanket and picnic lunch for your family. Rain or shine. Free. Information: 815-459-0680 or www.crystallakeparks.org.

MARENGO SETTLERS’ DAYS, Oct. 6-10, throughout Marengo. Featuring a carnival, parade, music, food, beer tent, prince and princess contest, band competitions and more. Information: www.settlersdays.com.

GERMAN BEER & WINE FEST OCTOBERFEST, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8, Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus, 2710 S. Country Club Road, Woodstock. Celebrate the wedding anniversary of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese. Festivities include a beer reception and five-course authentic dinner paired with German wines. Cost: $80 a person. Information: 815-338-1032 or www.luc.edu/cookingclasses.

FALL DIDDLEY CRAFT SHOW, 31st annual, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9, Boone County Fairgrounds, 8791 Route 76, Belvidere. Fundraiser for Mental Health Resource League for McHenry County with crafters, concessions and bake sales. Admission: $6 ages 12 and older. Free parking. Information: 815-385-5745 or www.mhrl.org/falldiddley.html.

FLAVORS OF FALL TASTE FEST, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9, downtown McHenry. Sample culinary offerings from participating downtown food and beverage establishments, plus vote for your favorite autumn window decorations. Specials and discounts at other downtown shops. Cost: $1 to $3 a taste. Information: http://mchenrydowntown.biz.

29TH ANNUAL AUTUMN DRIVE, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14-16, 16105 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, as well as other locations in Woodstock and rural Marengo. Featuring tractor rides, petting zoos, hayrides, food and more. Pick your own apples and pumpkins. Many stops include crafters and antique dealers. Rain or shine. Visit the website for a map. Free admission. Information: www.autumndrive.net.

CHAPTER 790 YOUNG EAGLES RALLY & PUMPKIN FEST, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 15, Lake in the Hills Airport, 8407 Pyott Road, Lake in the Hills. Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 790 invites children ages 8 through 17 out for a free aircraft ride together with a Pumpkin Fest to celebrate fall. Parents must accompany children to fill out the registration form. Information: 847-639-6310 or www.eaa.org/events.calendar.

PUB IN THE PARK CRAFT BEER FEST, second annual, 3 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills. Beers from more than 40 breweries, live music by Felix and Fingers Dueling Dueling Pianos and food. Festival will run from 3 to 4 p.m. for VIP admission and 4 to 7:30 p.m. for general admission. Tickets: $45 general admission, $65 VIP, $15 designated driver. An ID wristband and souvenir tasting glass included to sample all the beers available. Tickets and information: 847-960-7460 or www.pubinthepark.com.

McHENRY SUNRISE ROTARY OKTOBERFEST, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15, McHenry VFW Post 4600, 3002 W. Route 120, McHenry. Beer tasting, German food and live music. A variety of purveyors will talk beer and offer tastings of their brews. Admission includes a commemorative mug, one free sausage with chips and unlimited beer sampling. There also will be raffles and fundraising activities to benefit the McHenry Sunrise Rotary Club. Tickets: $30 each or $50 for a pair. Information: www.rotary-oktoberfest.com.

REGIONAL

VOLKSFEST, Sept. 9-11, Carroll Memorial Park, Genoa. Featuring a Volksmarch 6K/10K, a craft beer and wine tasting festival, live music at the Lion’s Club Sound Stage as part of Rockin’ The Kish, an outdoor breakfast and the Great Genoa Duck Race. Information: www.genoavolksfest.org.

LONG GROVE APPLE FEST, 24th annual, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 23; 10 .m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 24; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 25, downtown historic Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Includes pony rides, kiddie rides, face painting, apple-inspired treats and free live music on several stages. Admission: $5 a person a day, free for children 12 and younger. Free admission Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 847-634-0888 or www.longgrove.org.

AUTUMN AT THE ARBORETUM, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2, Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Visitors can build their own scarecrow, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, make a fall craft or enjoy the natural surroundings. There will be activities and entertainment for all ages and fall treats to buy. Free admission. Information: 815-965-8146 or www.klehm.org.

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