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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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Sycamore Pumpkin Festival   October     County Map Button

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


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IHSA State Football Championship  November        County Map Button

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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) -- April
    • Star Watching Party -- May 5, 2018
    • Mother's Day Flower Walk -- May
    • Spring Bird Migration Walk/Talk -- May
    • Kids Summer Camp- 5 camps offered June - August
    • 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
    • River Gathering- Rock Valley College
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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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Mayors' Memorial Day Breakfast - Every year on Monday --Memorial Day, there is a breakfast coordinated by the Northern Illinois Veterans Activities Committee (NIVAC).  


For more information contact Frank Beierlotzer
• Email:
• 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 is held on the Saturday of the last full weekend of June from 9-5 at the Fairgrounds, 1401 Suydam Road, Sandwich, 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.

Tractor Parade, June
47th Annual Show, June
Tractor Ride, June

For more information contact us:
• Phone: 815-757-3411
• Email:
• Web:

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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


Shabbona Lake Park

Shabbona Lake Park County Map Button
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


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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 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   July   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:



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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.



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



Sandwich Fair   September 5-9, 2018      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   September       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)



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, mail at NIVAC, P.O. Box 545, Cortland, Illinois 60112 or phone 815-758-5788.

  • I'd like to make reservations (pdf.)