Looking for something to do this weekend in McHenry County?
WOODSTOCK FOLK FESTIVAL, noon to 6 p.m. July 21, Wooodstock Square, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. The 34th annual festival features Anne Hills, Zoe Mulford, Joe Crookston, Gathering Sparks, Scott Ainslie, Carli Ray & the Shaky Legs and The Stage Leftovers. There also will be a children’s area with hands-on activities. Entrance to the festival is by donation with a $20 suggest donation for individuals and $30 for families.
KIDS PARTY IN THE PARK, 7 to 10 p.m. July 19, Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr., Crystal Lake. A free summer evening on the lake with lots of kid's games and activities, entertainment and ice cream-eating contest. Bring your blanket as you snuggle under the stars and watch the blockbuster movie, "The LEGO Movie 2." In case of inclement weather, we will move to the Main Beach Pavilion Room.
GREG BROWN, 8 p.m. July 20, Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. With roots in small town Iowa, Greg Brown’s rich folk style is heavily influenced by his origins. His mother played electric guitar, his grandfather was a banjo player and his father was a Holy Roller preacher. Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more. At the personal request of Jeff Bridges, Brown also contributed songs for Bridges’ Oscar-Winning role in the film, “Crazy Heart.” Ultimately, Brown is a storyteller who moves his audiences with his warmth, humor and deeply human musical vision. Tickets: $30 to $35.
LIVING HISTORY OPEN HOUSE: OVER THERE & OVER HERE, noon to 4 p.m. July 20, Powers-Walker House, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. July’s open house features the Miller family who inhabited the area during the World War I era. Volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to answer questions. Enjoy the war-time memorabilia and listen to the stories of both the homefront and the soldiers’ perspective on these important conflicts that changed our world.
CENTENNIAL TROLLEY TOURS, 1 to 4 p.m. July 21, Community Parking Lot, Lincoln Avenue, Fox River Grove. Tour historic sites in Fox River Grove as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the village of Fox River Grove. Join Village President Bob Nunamaker for this educational tour of Fox River Grove. View the location of the first tavern, the "social center of Fox River Grove," the Bettendorf Castle and several locations in between. There's a lot of history in this small old town.