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Community Event Submission Guidelines:  This page was designed to promote community-oriented events open to DeKalb County residents.  DeKalb County reserves the right to refuse or edit any submission made for the community events calendar.

 

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Mayors' Memorial Day Breakfast

Every year on Monday --Memorial Day, there is a breakfast coordinated by the Northern Illinois Veterans Activities Committee (NIVAC).   To find out more about the breakfast you can contact Frank Beierlotzer

For more information contact Frank Beierlotzer
• Email: lepc@dekalbcounty.org
• Phone: 815-758-5788
• Mail: 1384 Omega Circle Drive, DeKalb, IL 60115

 

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45th Annual Sandwich Early Day Engine Club   County Map Button
This annual event will be held June 24th from 9-5 at the Fairgrounds, 1401 Suydam Road, Sandwich, Featuring: Garden Tractors and model engines. Events include: Kid's pedal pull, Flea market, Arts and crafts displays, Toy show/sale, Antique tractors, Antique trucks,Hit and miss engines, Equipment demonstrations, Corn shelling, Saw Mill, Ttractor parade, Tractor ride (Sunday), & Food vendors.


For more information contact us:
• Phone: 815-498-2013
• Email: sandwichengineclub@yahoo.com
• Web: http://oldengine.org/MEMBERS/SANDWICH/

 
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Check out this  Activities page for an up-to-date listings of DeKalb County Forest Preserve Events County Map Button

  • Volunteer Days Schedule --Seasonal
  • Activities
    • Winterfest --   (3rd Saturday in January at Russell Woods Natural Resource Center)
    • Seed Stomp -- February
    • Maple Syrup Day-- March
    • March Hawk Talk-- March
    • Earth Day Tree Planting -- April
    • Earth Day Walk -- April
    • Afton Forest Preserve Tree Planting -- April
    • Russell Hustle Trail Run (5K & 2K Runs) -- Saturday April 8, 2017 10am (FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/RussellHustle5K2K/)
    • Star Watching Party -- May 6, 2017
    • Mother's Day Wildflower Walk -- May
    • Spring Bird Migration Walk/Talk -- May
    • Wildflower Walk & Turtle Talk -- May
    • Kids Summer Camp- 5 camps offered June - August 2017
    • Summer Evening on the Prairie -- July
    • Fall Star Watching -- September
    • Fall Walks -- October
    • Wee Naturalist Program - November through May (ages 5 to 7)
    • Star Watching -- November
    • Potawatomi Woods Forest Preserve - Sunrise Rotary 8K Run
    • National Trails Day Event
          AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY ANNUAL NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
    • River Gathering- Rock Valley College http://www.fourriver.org
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NIU's Convocation Center - Calendar of Events   County Map Button
The Convocation Center is located on NIU's West Campus, north of Lincoln Highway, south of the soccer fields and west of Huskie Stadium.

 

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DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau        County Map Button
The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) serves as the first point of contact for meeting planners, sports tournament directors, tour operators, special event planners, and leisure travelers.

 

Visit DeKalb County for a unique getaway experience rich in history and cultural diversity. Explore our natural beauty, which is founded in the rich soil of our agricultural roots. Hike, bike, camp, golf, fish, canoe, or sled. Pick your own apples and pumpkins or discover the thrill of running through corn maize. Enjoy a relaxing wine tour or tasting. Visit our museums. Shop for hidden treasures and antiques in our historical downtown shopping districts. Explore all the festivals and annual events. We invite you to come and get away...Stay and play...Make new friends and memories in DeKalb County. We're only 60 miles west of Chicago and offer affordable family-fun all year long. We look forward to your visit.

 

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4th of July Celebration - Kirkland County Map Button
Fireworks every year at 9:30pm
*Biggest in Northern Illinois*

Huge Parade
Food & Entertainment

Website: www.Kirkland4ofJuly.com

Shabbona Lake Park

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4th of July Fireworks every year plus:

  - 8 mile Trail run thru the wooded shorelines around Shabbona Lake

  - 1 1/2 mile Walk to benefit Safe Passage

Website: www.shabbonalake.com

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Somonauk Summer Fest County Map Button
Enjoy the 4th annual three day event taking  place in the Village of Somonauk the last weekend in July. There are a variety of events including a parade, RE/MAX Balloon rides, cruise night, car show, antique baseball games, craft show, ISP Truck and Tractor Pull, beer garden and live music as well as volleyball and bean bag tournaments, plus plenty for the kids. Check out our web site vil.somonauk.il.us/summerfest/ or call Somonauk Village Hall at 815-498-3500 for info and tournament applications.

 

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Annual Waterman Lions Summer Fest and Antique Tractor & Truck Show County Map Button
- Waterman Lion’s Community Park located south of Rt. 30 on Birch St. This is an all day family affair running from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. with food, music, entertainment, and fun for all. A new attraction will be a farm tractor pull. Plus, there will be hot air balloon rides on a weather permitting, first come basis. For detailed information about our show, please visit our website at:
watermanlionstractorshowandsummerfest.com/

 

 

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Illinois State Fair  -August
The fair is “family-friendly”, and throughout the 10-day fair (normally in August), each day will spotlight a different focus, including: county fairs, local officials, veterans, senior citizens, youth, park districts, families/violence prevention, and agriculture.

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DeKalb Corn Fest County Map Button
This annual event is held the last full weekend of August in downtown DeKalb, Illinois
815- 748-CORN          

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Sandwich Fair        County Map Button
This annual five-day event in the City of Sandwich starts on the Wednesday immediately following Labor Day and runs through Sunday evening.

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Kite Fest        County Map Button
This annual event is held the 2nd Sunday of September. Location: Corner of Lucinda and Kishwaukee Drive, DeKalb, IL. (NIU North 40)

https://www.facebook.com/DeKalbKiteFest

 

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Sycamore Pumpkin Festival      County Map Button
http://www.sycamorepumpkinfestival.com/

This annual event is held the last full weekend of October in the City of Sycamore
Check out historical information on the Pumpkin Festival.

 

IL High School Association

 

IHSA State Football Championship       County Map Button

 

 

Check Out More of These Local Events......

 

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  • Mayors' Memorial Day Breakfast

Every year on Monday --Memorial Day, there is a breakfast coordinated by the Northern Illinois Veterans Activities Committee (NIVAC).   To find out more about the breakfast you can contact Frank Beierlotzer at e-mail ffb66@juno.com, mail at NIVAC, P.O. Box 545, Cortland, Illinois 60112 or phone 815-758-5788.

  • I'd like to make reservations...available in May 2017