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Tourism & Events

Please check the websites of the event for cancellations due to the corona-19 Guidelines

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.







DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau

DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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.


Northern Illinois Steam Show & Threshing Bee

August 12-15, 2021

This annual event always begins the Second Thursday in August



Illinois State Fair

August 12-22, 2021

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 27th, 28th & 29th, 2021

This annual event is held the last full weekend of August in downtown DeKalb, Illinois

Sandwich Fair

– September 8-12, 2021

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

Kite Fest

September 12, 2021
This annual event is held the 2nd Sunday of September

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Flag

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival

– October 27- 31, 2021

This annual event is held the last full weekend of October in the City of Sycamore

NIU Events

DeKalb County Forest Preserve Events






Annual Sandwich Early Day Engine Club

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, tractor parade, tractor ride (Sunday), food vendors and tractor parade.
  • Website:
  • Phone: 815-757-3411
Girls Celebrate the Hipanic Culture

Sycamore Cinco de Mayo


Because of COVID-19 restrictions in 2021,the festival was celebrated with “Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Packs to Go”

This annual event is held on the first full weekend of May on Bill Johnson Boulevard, Sycamore, Illinois.The festival celebrates the Hispanic culture through food, entertainment and family activities. Awareness and funds are collected for the local non-profit community.

  • The event The event will feature live music and authentic Mexican beverages, an assortment of musical entertainment and dancers throughout the day and into the evening, games for children, Piñatas, eating contests and of course food and game tickets can be purchased at the event.
  • For more information: visit
Memorial marker with flag

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


4th of July Celebration – Kirkland

July 2, 3 & 4, 2021

Fireworks every year at 9:30pm -*Some of the Biggest in Northern Illinois*

    • Huge Parade
    • Food & Entertainment

Fireworks over the Band Shell

DeKalb Municipal Band

July 4th -2021 –Star Spangled Spectacular

  • Dee Palmer Band Shell
    Hopkins Park –DeKalb, IL

Shabbona Lake Park


Annual Waterman Lions Summer Fest and Antique Tractor & Truck Show

This annual event is held on the third weekend of July. From 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. this all day family affair offers food, music, entertainment, farm tractor pull and fun for all. Plus, there will be hot air balloon rides on a weather permitting, first come basis.

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