Senior Coffee
Dec
12
to May 29

Senior Coffee

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to DROP IN at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more. Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Jazz Night
Dec
15
to May 19

Jazz Night

Jazz on the Square's "Jazz Night" takes place on the first and third Fridays of every month at the Stage Left Cafe. Our mission is to provide great live jazz performance and education in Northern Illinois.

Starts at 8 PM.

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Co-Working Space
Dec
18
to Apr 30

Co-Working Space

Every Monday you can come down to Stage Left Cafe and work in a quiet space with all the amenities of an office from printing to private meeting rooms. 

The Co-Working Space will be available from 10 AM - 4 PM every Monday.

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Woodstock Winter Farmers Market
Jan
6
to Apr 7

Woodstock Winter Farmers Market

  • Mchenry County Fairgrounds Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come down to the McHenry County Fairgrounds, Building D select Saturdays from 9 Am - 1 PM for the Woodstock Winter Farmers Market! Dates: January 6th, January 20th, February 3rd, February 17th, March 3rd, March 17th and April 7th.

As the weather dips towards zero the Woodstock Farmers Market will be moving inside! Almost all of the summer vendors will be joining the Winter Market along with some new vendors.  Some new items that you will find at the indoor market are frozen, wild Alaskan seafood, Greek extra virgin olive oil, and aquaponic produce.  

The Farmers Market also hosts live music while you shop. The following is 2018 Winter Farmers Market performance schedule.

  • Jan. 6: 9 AM Norm Siegel, 10 AM Andrew Sedlak, 11 AM to 12:30 PM Briar Road
  • Jan. 20: 9 AM to 12:30 PM Strum Brothers
  • Feb. 3: 9 AM Julie Gibson, 10 AM Mary Lai, 11 AM to 12:30 PM Mark Hobbs
  • Feb. 17: 9 AM to 10 AM Courtney Sullivan, 10 AM to 11 AM Mark Lyons.
  • March 3: 9 AM to 12:30 PM Northwest Highway
  • March 17: 9 AM to 11 AM Kishwaukee Ramblers, AM to 12:30 PM Ken Johnson
  • April 7: 9 AM to 12:30 PM Big Fish
  • April 21 (last indoor market): 9 AM to 10 AM and 11 AM to 12:30 PM Guyz with Bad Eyez. Fiona Hunt  10 AM to 11 AM

 

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Open Mic Night
Jan
12
to Jul 20

Open Mic Night

Off Square Music open mic takes place on the second and fourth Fridays of every month at the Stage Left Cafe. The evening starts at 7 p.m. and runs til around midnight with performers playing 15-minute slots. The featured performer is on from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

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Wild Woodstock Walks: Winter Night's Family Fun
Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Woodstock Walks: Winter Night's Family Fun

Explore Woodstock’s natural areas at TLC’s Wild Woodstock Walks! This winter we're having a night-time event complete with bonfires, guided night hikes, and a sheltered area with hot cocoa. Bring the whole family out to experience the magic of a Woodstock winter evening. Dress to be outside and walking on trails in the winter! 

This event is free.

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Woodstock Health and Wellness Expo
Jan
20
10:00 AM10:00

Woodstock Health and Wellness Expo

The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry's 2nd annual Health and Wellness Expo, sponsored by Centegra Health System, is being held at Flores Banquets on Saturday, January 20th. 

 Join us to explore what the best Health and Wellness experts in McHenry County have to offer. Exhibitors offering physical fitness services, mental health services, financial services, medical services and wellness products will be available to assist you with many health and wellness needs. Presentations will run throughout the day and refreshments will be available.

Attending the Expo is FREE and family friendly!

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Spoken Word
Jan
20
to Jul 21

Spoken Word

Come to Stage Left Cafe on the third Saturday of every month for spoken word night. Bring your short stories and poems and read them before a live audience. The first reading starts at 7 PM.

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Treasure Island
Jan
27
to Feb 3

Treasure Island

Head to Stage Left Café for Treasure Island, a participation play for children, on Saturdays January 27th and February 3rd at 2 PM and 4 PM.

The magic of this play comes from the way the entire audience creates the storm at sea, a jungle full of lions and tigers, and a treasure cave filled with eerie ghosts! Children from the audience become members of Long John Silver’s treacherous pirate gang, while others join Captain Smollet’s crew. 

The play is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free.

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Awakening of the Groundhog
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

Awakening of the Groundhog

Woodstock Willie will make an appearance on the balcony of the Opera House and spectators are invited to gather on the street below.

Following a few surprises, Willie will join his fans who will have an opportunity to pose for pictures with our furry mascot.

After that you are invited in to the Stage Left Café to warm up with some hot chocolate and play our Groundhog Day movie trivia game.

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Woodstock Willie's Beer Tasting
Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

Woodstock Willie's Beer Tasting

Join the fun at the Waverly Ballroom on Main St for a beer tasting!

What: Craft Beer tasting paired with appetizers (offered by Main Street Pour House) and a silent auction to help support Child Advocacy Center. Musical guest: PB&J, a folk rock group

Tickets: $30

To purchase advance tickets, call Child Advocacy Center of McHenry County at (815) 334-9597 or online at www.mchenrycac.org

 

 

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Prognostication
Feb
2
7:07 AM07:07

Prognostication

The main event for Groundhog Day is the annual prognostication at 7 am, February 2nd. Hundreds will brave the weather and gather on the Woodstock Square to see Woodstock Willie emerge from his tree trunk home. If he sees his shadow, it means there will be 6 more weeks of winter and if he doesn’t see his shadow, it means we will have an early Spring.To wake Woodstock Willie from his winter nap, there will be a Polka band playing in the bandstand on the Square.

The event is free just make sure you bundle up! It will be cold!

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Groundhog Day "Official" Breakfast
Feb
2
8:00 AM08:00

Groundhog Day "Official" Breakfast

Immediately following the ceremony on the town square the official Groundhog Day breakfast will be held at the Woodstock Moose Lodge. A hearty breakfast will be served while our guests are entertained.  Woodstock Willie will be on hand for pictures.

Tickets: $15, Tickets are available at Read Between the Lynes, Home State Bank Woodstock and the Woodstock Public Library.

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Walking Tour
Feb
2
9:30 AM09:30

Walking Tour

Friday February 2nd at 9 AM Meet at Moose Club 406 Clay St

Saturday February 3rd at 12 PM Meet at Stage Left Cafè, 125 Van Buren Street

Sunday February 4th at 12:30 PM Meet at Stage Left Cafè, 125 Van Buren Street

 

Gather at Stage Left Café (or the Moose Club on Groundhog Day) for a fun and informative tour of the “Groundhog Day” filming sites.  Dress warm and don’t forget your booties ‘cuz it’s cold out there!

The tour will end at the B & B where Bill Murray woke up every morning.  You are invited inside to see the Cherry Tree Inn and warm up with hot cider.

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Groundhog Day Movie Showing
Feb
2
to Feb 4

Groundhog Day Movie Showing

  • classic cinemas woodstock (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Friday February 2nd at 10 AM

Saturday February 3rd at 10 AM

Sunday February 4th at 10 AM

Come join Classic Cinemas as they present the film that started it all, Groundhogs Day.

You have 3 different chances to view the Bill Murray classic in the Harold Ramis Auditorium. The best part is that the film is completely free the entire weekend!

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Ground Hog Carving
Feb
2
12:00 PM12:00

Ground Hog Carving

Come watch as a local craftsman with a chainsaw creates a groundhog from a log. OK, you’re right.  In the movie it was an Ice Carving. This event will going on all morning in the park on the Square following the big ceremony.  This FREE event is sponsored by OWC, Other World Computing.

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Dinner Dance
Feb
2
to Feb 3

Dinner Dance

  • 406 Clay Street Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Friday February 2nd  Buffet from 6 PM - 7:30 PM Live Music from 8 PM - Midnight

Come for a night of fun at the Woodstock Moose.  The bachelor auction and dance scenes in the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ were filmed here.  It is a convenient location across from the Metra train station and 2 blocks north of the Woodstock Square.

This year features a new menu including a carving station with roast beef.

Tickets for dinner and dance are $15 and will be available at the door.

After 8pm (after dinner) admission is $5.

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Storytelling with Jim May
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Storytelling with Jim May

Jim May is an Emmy Award-winning storyteller and writer. His collection of stories, THE FARM ON NIPPERSINK CREEK, won a best book award from the Public Librarian Association.  He is cofounder of the Illinois Storytelling Festival and for 20 years it’s artistic director. He was inducted into the National Storytelling “Circle of Excellence” (Hall Of Fame) in the year 2000.

Come join Jim May as he spins wonderful stories and mystifying tales on Saturday February 3rd at 10 AM at Home State Bank.

Listen to a master storyteller share the secrets of these winter prognosticators!

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Groundhog Bowling
Feb
3
11:00 AM11:00

Groundhog Bowling

Bowl at the Bowling Alley from the Movie!

Bowling 10 am – 4 pm benefits the Woodstock High School Bowling Teams. Cost is $15, which includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental and a slice of pizza and soft drink.

Additional pizza for $2 a slice, $9 for a whole pizza (from Napoli’s)

Raffles for Groundhog Day Bowling Ball, Pin and other raffles throughout the day!

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Chili Cook-off
Feb
3
12:00 PM12:00

Chili Cook-off

A Chili Cook-off will be held in conjunction with Woodstock’s Groundhog Day Festivities. All of the cooking will take place in the kitchen of the Woodstock North High School classroom kitchen from 8am Saturday, February 3rd.  The public tasting and judging will take place from 12 noon at the Woodstock Moose Club.

Entries are now being accepted on a first come first serve basis. There is a $25 entry fee. Meat will be provided by Jewel Food Store. Contestants supply everything else.

Anyone interested in competing should download the entry package here. The public is invited to a free tasting of the chili at the Woodstock Moose Club beginning at noon Saturday, February 3rd.  After sampling all of the different concoctions, the public can vote for their favorite.

There will also be a judging.Winners will be announced at 1 o’clock at the Woodstock Moose Club.  There are prizes for 1st and 2nd place and “People’s Choice”.

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Rotary Club of Woodstock Bags Tournament
Feb
3
12:00 PM12:00

Rotary Club of Woodstock Bags Tournament

For those of you who love tossing bags in the summer, here is a new twist. There will be a Bags Tournament outside in the cold and snow as part of the Groundhog Day festivities in Woodstock, IL on Saturday, February 3rd. The event, sponsored by the Woodstock Rotary, will help raise funds for the Woodstock Food Pantry.

It begins at noon at Ortmann’s Red Iron Tavern across from the train station in Woodstock.

Entry: $30 per 2 person team, $40 on the day of tourney.

For more information, call Joe Starzynski at 815-245-4

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Groundhog Trivia at The Waverly
Feb
3
6:30 PM18:30

Groundhog Trivia at The Waverly

The Kiwanis Club of Woodstock is hosting a Groundhog Day trivia event at the Waverly Ballroom located above the Pour House on Main Street across from the movie theater. Come test your knowledge of our favorite mid-winter holiday! There will be food and drink available and prizes for the winners!

There is a $5 entry fee.

 

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Laugh Out Loud Comedy Company
Feb
3
7:00 PM19:00

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Company

Join the Woodstock Opera House for an hour of side-splitting comedy from Chicago’s own Laugh Out Loud Comedy Company.  This improvisational and sketch comedy group will work with audience members to create on the spot scenes, songs, and hilarious games right before your eyes.  The early show is family-friendly while the later show is anything goes!

First show is at 7 PM, second show at 9 PM.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Opera House box office or here.

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Groundhog Day Pub Crawl
Feb
3
to Feb 4

Groundhog Day Pub Crawl

Come join Woodstock Willie for a walk around town and a little fun!

Several establishments within walking distance of each other in the downtown district will be participating in the first “Official” Woodstock Groundhog Day Pub Crawl. Tickets will get you the food and/or drink specials at each place.

Each business will offer its own special to celebrate “Groundhog Day”. There will also be prizes. Each establishment will be donating a $25 gift certificate or other prize to be given away after the event. Visit at least 3 of the participating locations and get your ticket punched. At your last stop, leave the ticket in the prize barrel to be entered into the drawing.

The drawing will be held after the event and winners will be notified.

 

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Breakfast with Woodstock Willie
Feb
4
8:00 AM08:00

Breakfast with Woodstock Willie

Come join Woodstock Willie bright and early for Made to order omelets and more.

The Woodstock Moose Lodge will be hosting breakfast at the lodge where the Bachelor Auction and Dance scenes were filmed in the movie! Make sure you get your fill and then head over to Classic Cinemas to watch Groundhog Day at 10 AM.

The Woodstock Moose is right across from the Metra train station and 2 blocks north of the Woodstock Square.

Breakfast is $6 or is free with a donation of blood to the Woodstock Moose Blood Drive.

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Woodstock Willie's Family Funday
Feb
4
10:00 AM10:00

Woodstock Willie's Family Funday

Bring the whole family for a Groundhog Day-themed Fun Fair with an opportunity to see Woodstock Willie throughout the day!

Kids can get tickets to play games for prizes, make crafts, color, take their picture with photo booth props, pizza, face painting, treats and more! A balloon artist from RC Juggles will be joining us, too!

Tickets are 2/$1 and activities are 1-4 tickets each.

This event is hosted in partnership with Woodstock Wannabees and Cloverbuds 4H Club, and fifty percent of ticket sales will be donated to the group.

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Woodstock Community Choir Winter Concert
Feb
4
3:00 PM15:00

Woodstock Community Choir Winter Concert

Join the Woodstock Community Choir for a wonderful program of songs from acclaimed modern musicals of the stage and screen. The choir will perform selections from Hamilton, City of Stars, Once, Finding Neverland, Waitress, Wicked, Moana and more. The concert will be full of surprises and special guests! Directed by Cassandra Vohs-Demann. Accompanied by Brenda Glawe. Guest performers include; Holly Atwood, Billy Seger, Bridget Kuehnert, Rich Prezioso, Joe Pesz & Jim Seidel.

The concert is free, but donations are accepted.

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Blue Moon Retreat
Feb
9
to Feb 11

Blue Moon Retreat

Join Linda Bruce at Soulful Prairies, where you will find time to relax, rejuvenate, look closely at who you are and clarify all your desires for the coming year.

The Blue Moon Retreat includes:

Accommodations, all meals, a yoga class, a half hour massage, a horse experience, meditation, gong, a creative masterpiece that will remind you who you are and all you have available to you, a clear overview of your future desires and much more!

Space is very limited for this retreat.

Learn more and register here.

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D200 Groundhog Day dinner/auction
Feb
10
5:30 PM17:30

D200 Groundhog Day dinner/auction

  • 2235 S Eastwood Drive Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The D200 Education Foundation Groundhog Dinner/Auction will be at an exciting new location this year! Woodstock Harley Davidson has generously offered their facility to the Education Foundation. Join us for an evening of great BBQ, live & silent auctions, Harley motorcycles and more. Money raised at this event will go to support D200 staff & teachers through impact grants awarded each year.

Tickets are $60 until February 1st and $65 after. 

Tickets are available at the District 200 Administration Office 227 W. Judd Street, Woodstock, IL. (815) 337-5406. Or, Online here

If you would like to volunteer or donate you can do so by contacting a board member, here.

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Second Monday Film Club: Lost In Paris
Feb
12
1:00 PM13:00

Second Monday Film Club: Lost In Paris

Join Woodstock Theatre - Classic Cinemas as they present Lost in Paris

When librarian Fiona receives a troubling letter from her 93-year-old Aunt Martha in Paris, Fiona rushes to France and finds that her aunt has disappeared. Once in Paris, Fiona runs into a genial tramp who insinuates himself into her life in this amusing new feature from the directorial team behind RiverRun favorites Rumba and The Fairy.

This film will be shown at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM on Monday, February 12. General admission prices. 

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Lindsay Mican Morgan - Thorne Rooms: Tiny Grandeur
Feb
15
9:00 AM09:00

Lindsay Mican Morgan - Thorne Rooms: Tiny Grandeur

As a part of the Creative Living Series through the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, Lindsay Mican Morgan is set to appear at the Woodstock Opera House on Thursday February 15, 2018, at 10:00 AM with coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 AM. 

In the basement of the Art Institute of Chicago are 68 houses, none bigger than a shoebox. All are scale replicas of home interiors, from the Middle Ages to the Art Deco era: a Jacobean bedroom, a Shaker living room, a Biedermeier sitting room. Thorne Rooms curator (and housekeeper) Lindsay Morgan gives us a tour of this American art in miniature— revealing the immaculate detail of shelved volumes in a Regency library, faithfully reproduced screens in a Japanese Traditional interior, trompe l’œil diorama backdrops visible through tiny French doors—and explains why it has remained one of AIC’s most popular features. Learn More

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Bonnie Koloc
Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

Bonnie Koloc

Chicago’s folk legend Bonnie Koloc returns to the Opera House stage.  The versatile voice of Bonnie Koloc has been heard in Chicago since 1968 and her folk-oriented style, merged with jazz and blues, adds another dimension to her multifaceted accomplishments. Joining Bonnie will be Don Stille on piano & accordion, Steve Eisen saxophone & flute, Elliott Delman acoustic guitar, and Al Ehrich on upright bass.  Bonnie will be performing material from her latest cd release, 'Seems Like Yesterday' as well as memorable favorites.  

 

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the box office and here.

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Golden Dragon Acrobats
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Golden Dragon Acrobats

The Golden Dragon Acrobats hail from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the People’s Republic of China and have toured the United States continuously since 1978. The group’s founder, producer and artistic director, Danny Chang, is one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics. The troupe presents award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to bring you a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. 

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the box office or here.

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Disney's The Little Mermaid
Mar
2
to Mar 18

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Friday March 2, 9 & 16 at 8:00 PM

Saturday March 3, 10 & 17 at 2:00 PM

Saturday March 10 & 17 at 8:00 PM

Sunday March 4, 11 & 18 at 2:00 PM

This spring dive Under the Sea and splash around the magical world of Disney’s The Little Mermaid the Musical presented by TownSquare Players. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World.”

Tickets:  $25.00 A Seating, $20.00 B Seating, $15.00 C Seating

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Second Monday Film Club: The Square
Mar
12
1:00 PM13:00

Second Monday Film Club: The Square

Join Woodstock Theatre - Classic Cinemas as they present The Square

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square". The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

This film will be shown at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM on Monday, March 12. General admission prices. 

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Mary Skinner:  Irena Sendler: In the Name of their Mothers
Mar
15
10:00 AM10:00

Mary Skinner: Irena Sendler: In the Name of their Mothers

As part of the Creative Living Series. Mary Skinner is set to appear at the Woodstock Opera House on Thursday, March 15th at 10 AM.

Filmmaker Mary Skinner, the daughter of a Polish World War II orphan, spent seven years making Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers. The documentary tells the story of Polish social worker Irena Sendler, who was part of a clandestine network of social workers and nuns. Working together to outwit the Nazis, they were able to save 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto and almost certain death at Treblinka. Skinner recorded over 70 hours of interviews with Sendler and other eyewitnesses to history, including people who were active in the Polish Resistance. The award-winning film had its National PBS premiere in 2011 on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the box office or here.

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Creedence Revived
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Creedence Revived

Creedence Revived is one of the most highly sought after CCR tribute bands in the world.  The group is made up of four of Chicago’s & LA’s most talented and eclectic musicians – including award-winning vocalist Rich Perez, world-renowned blues guitarist JD King, studio bassist Graham Czach, and drummer Tony Montana who has his own unique playing style.  With their incredible looks, dead-on-the-money vocals & high-energy show, Creedence Revived is stunning audiences from coast to coast with their incredible re-creation! It's a lifetime of unforgettable hits in a single night’s performance.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the box office or here.

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Monty Python's SPAMALOT
Apr
6
10:30 AM10:30

Monty Python's SPAMALOT

Friday, April 6, 13, 20, at 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 7, 14, 21, at 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 8, 15, 22 at 2:00 PM

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical also diverts a bit from more traditional versions of the legend. Instead, Spamalot features shenanigans including a line of beautiful dancing girls, flatulent Frenchmen, and killer rabbits. Outside, there is the plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine. Throughout the show, Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, and Sir Galahad. Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchman, they meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight, and the Knights who say Ni.

TICKETS:  $24.00 Adults & $21.00 Students & Seniors

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Melissa Hannon, Peace and Paws Dog Rescue: Accent on the Smiles
Apr
19
10:00 AM10:00

Melissa Hannon, Peace and Paws Dog Rescue: Accent on the Smiles

As part of the Creative Living Series, Melissa Hannon is set to appear at the Woodstock Opera House on Thursday, April 19th, 2018.

How does a nonprofit run by a skeleton crew stay engaged with tens of thousands of social media fans? Peace and Paws co-founders Melissa and Bo Hannon have had remarkable success using the notion that people would rather laugh than cry. Recurring posts such as “Monday Morning Staff Meeting,” “Windowsill Wars” and “Tip of the Day” feature her dogs Giddy, Twinkle and Nugget wearing odd headgear and offering their (often sarcastic) thoughts on signboards created by humans. The resulting smiles and shares have gained the organization a Facebook following of over half a million animal lovers and resulted in the adoption of over 3,000 shelter dogs.

Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at the box office or here.

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Heartache Tonight: An Eagles Concert Experience
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

Heartache Tonight: An Eagles Concert Experience

Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 PM

From the powerful guitar duel in “hotel California” to the shimmering harmonies of “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” Heartache Tonight delivers a true Eagles concert experience.  A Heartache Tonight concert is filled with moments designed to thrill classic rock fans: the soaring acapella harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road,” the snarling guitars of “Life in the Fast Lane,” the authentic country rock of “Take it Easy,” and the beautifully evocative “heart of the Matter.”  Close your eyes and you’ll swear your hearing the real thing.

Tickets are $32.00 and can be purchased at the box office or here

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Leo Kottke
May
18
to May 19

Leo Kottke

Friday, May 18th at 8 PM & Saturday, May 19th at 8 PM

Come join us for Leo Kottke’s 32nd appearance on the Woodstock Opera House stage.  Leo Kottke is an extraordinary acoustic guitarist, widely known for his innovative finger-picking style, which draws on influences from blues, jazz, and folk music, and his syncopated, polyphonic melodies.  Kottke has played to sold-out performances at the Opera House for over 30 years now and is a five-time winner of Guitar Players Magazine’s award for best instrumentalist.  Legendary Guitarist Leo Kottke – the most inventive finger-style guitar player in the world – will amaze you once again!

Tickets are $30.00 and can be purchased at the box office or here.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Jun
15
to Jun 24

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Friday June 15 & 22 at 8:00 PM
Saturday June 16 & 23 at 8:00 PM
Sunday June 17 & 24 at 2:00 PM

Written by Christopher Durang and Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, the story revolves around middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia who share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

TICKETS:  $23.00 A Seating, $18.00 B Seating, $13.00 C Seating

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Richard Cahan & Michael Williams - Richard Nickel Dangerous Years: What He Saw and What He Wrote
Jan
18
9:00 AM09:00

Richard Cahan & Michael Williams - Richard Nickel Dangerous Years: What He Saw and What He Wrote

As a part of the Creative Living Series through the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, Richard Cahan and Michael Williams are set to appear at the Woodstock Opera House on Thursday January 18, 2018, at 10:00 AM with coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 AM. 

Richard Nickel is an urban legend, of sorts. The photographer and preservationist is remembered for his brave and lonely 20-year crusade to protect Chicago’s architectural heritage from the wrecking ball, as well as for his dramatic death, at age 43, in the rubble of the Stock Exchange Building, one of Louis Sullivan’s greatest works. Richard Cahan and Michael Williams bring Nickel’s remarkable personal story to life through compelling photographs that highlight the structural and decorative details of the buildings he loved and document his relationship with his city and his lifelong effort to preserve its architectural treasures. Learn More

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Winter Tree ID Class
Jan
14
9:00 AM09:00

Winter Tree ID Class

Part of the Oak Keepers Series, You can join Melissa Grycan, TLC's restoration ecologist, and Learn how trees can be identified based on twigs and bark. The class will be inside and outside, so please wear clothes and boots appropriate for the weather.

Registration is $10 

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Second Monday Film Club: Loving Vincent
Jan
8
1:00 PM13:00

Second Monday Film Club: Loving Vincent

Join Classic Cinemas as they present the 2017 Film, Loving Vincent.

This film documents a young boy who is tasked with delivering the final letter of Vincent Van Gogh. As he travels through the town of Auvers-sur-Oise he learns about Vincent's life and the mystery surrounding his death. This film uses an interesting style of production, as the whole film resembles the unique style of painting Van Gogh was known for.

The film will be shown at 1 PM and 7 PM on Monday January 8th. General Admisson prices.

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Heartache Tonight: An Eagles Concert Experience
Jan
3
10:00 AM10:00

Heartache Tonight: An Eagles Concert Experience

On Saturday, April 28th at 7:30 PM you can get the full Eagles experience on the Woodstock Opera House Stage.

From the powerful guitar duel in “Hotel California” to the shimmering harmonies of “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” Heartache Tonight delivers a true Eagles concert experience.  A Heartache Tonight concert is filled with moments designed to thrill classic rock fans: the soaring acapella harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road,” the snarling guitars of “Life in the Fast Lane,” the authentic country rock of “Take it Easy,” and the beautifully evocative “heart of the Matter.”  Close your eyes and you’ll swear your hearing the real thing.

 

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Ed Hall's Woodstock Christmas Guitar Night
Dec
23
8:00 PM20:00

Ed Hall's Woodstock Christmas Guitar Night

Join in the annual tradition to celebrate Ed Hall on December 23rd!

Four internationally acclaimed musicians will present an evening of entertaining arrangements for the guitar as well as popular holiday favorites on the Opera House stage. 

Performing will be “Folk Urban Pop Musician” Patty Larkin of Boston Ma;  Jack Wilson, the chameleon of guitar players with a wide range of styles from Elk Grove Village IL; David Youngman the 2015 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion with his unconventional techniques from Hillsdale MI; and your host, award winning guitarist and songwriter, Jeff Friedlander from Pittsburgh, PA.

Ed Hall’s annual holiday tradition continues and is one you won’t want to miss.

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Holiday Cookie Workshop
Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Holiday Cookie Workshop

  • 2710 South Country Club Road Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)
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Time to prepare holiday cookies for giving and enjoying throughout the season. In this class, we will make an assortment of festive holiday cookies and finish the class with an old-fashioned cookie swap to take home to share. Lots of sampling along with coffee, wine and a little bubbly to sip.

Join in at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Area from 11 AM to 2 PM

Cost is $55 per person.

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Holiday Gift Class
Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

Holiday Gift Class

Chocolate is always the perfect gift! Learn how to make truffles and other chocolate treats! We'll hand make chocolates, and wrap them for gift giving. 

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing (that you don't mind getting chocolate on) and closed-toe shoes. We are a fragrance-free facility. Please do not wear perfume, scented lotion, or jewelry. Long hair must be pulled back. While content is geared toward adults, guests aged 14-17 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. 

Saturday, December 16, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Space is limited to 12 people. Get your tickets now! 
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TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

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Holiday "Office Party"
Dec
12
5:30 PM17:30

Holiday "Office Party"

The holiday season is hectic. Host your office/company or family/friends holiday party at Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus in a festive atmosphere. A low-stress way of saying "Cheers" and happy holidays to all. Cocktails, beer and wine in addition to an array of holiday appetizers will be served.

December 12th and 19th from 5-7 PM

Cost is $25 a person

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Second Monday Film Club: "Cezanne Et Moi"
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Second Monday Film Club: "Cezanne Et Moi"

Monday December 11th at 1 PM and 7 PM

Join the Second Monday Film Club to view the 2016 film "Cezanne Et Moi". 

A historical drama traces the lifelong friendship between two renowned 19th century French artists - painter Paul Cézanne and writer Emile Zola - from their first meeting as schoolmates to their creative rivalry as fame and success continue to elude Cézanne.

The film will be shown at Classic Cinemas - Woodstock Theatre Monday December 11th at 1 PM and 7 PM

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Holiday Show: Elf
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Holiday Show: Elf

Join Classic Cinemas for their presentation of Elf, starring Will Ferrell.

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father.

Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the Classic Cinemas Box Office.

 

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The Nutcracker Ballet
Dec
8
to Dec 17

The Nutcracker Ballet

Friday, December 15 at 7:00 PM*

Saturday, December 9 & 16 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 10 & 17 at 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM

 

Come enjoy the magic of the holiday season as the Judith Svalander Dance Theatre transforms the Opera House stage into a realm of fantasy.  Experience Clara’s magical and enchanting journey as Tchaikovsky’s world renowned music is brought to life through the talent and grace of Svalander’s ballet company. 

Tickets: Adults $25, Students $18

Tickets can be purchased at the Woodstock Opera House and here.

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Ladies Night Out
Nov
30
4:00 PM16:00

Ladies Night Out

Meet your best friends on historic Woodstock Square for Ladies Nite Out 2017! Shop unique local boutiques, have a sip and nibble at one of our local hot spots and have some fun all on the Square. 

The Ladies Nite Out theme this year is Hollywood VIP --  come dressed for the red carpet or incognito to avoid the paparazzi! In addition to the annual Free event with great giveaways, raffles and offers from local merchants, a special VIP experience package will also be introduced this year. Only a limited quantity of VIP passes are available and can be purchased in the following link. Learn More

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Thrill Ride Movie Premiere
Nov
27
to Dec 8

Thrill Ride Movie Premiere

  • classic cinemas woodstock (map)
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Join Classic Cinemas - Woodstock Theatre as they premiere "Thrill Ride".

On November 30th at 7 PM, come join the Classic Cinemas team as they welcome Chris Parish the Writer/Director of Thrill Ride. The movie will premiere at 8 PM and will then begin a week-long run starting on Friday, December 1st.

50% of every dollar Thrill Ride earns goes to The Mason Parrish Foundation - a 100% tax-deductible 501c3 company, which directly funds pediatric brain tumor research and provides wheelchair-accessible van rentals to families with children with catastrophic illnesses.

 

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Woodstock Christmas Parade & Cookies with Santa
Nov
26
2:00 PM14:00

Woodstock Christmas Parade & Cookies with Santa

If you love parades and are in the holiday spirit, be sure to join in the fun during the annual Woodstock Christmas Parade! 

Join Santa and Ms. Claus in the Holiday fun on November 26th at 2 PM. After the Parade, come over to the old fire station behind City Hall and enjoy Milk and Cookies with Santa. Make sure you tell him what you want for Christmas!

Hosted by the City of Woodstock.

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Mark Dvorak in Concert at Center Left Cafe
Nov
25
7:30 PM19:30

Mark Dvorak in Concert at Center Left Cafe

Join Off Square Music as they present Mark Dvorak at Center Left Cafe, 125 W Van Buren St, on the Historic Woodstock Square.

Mark Dvorak is a modern day troubadour who has never stopped performing, writing and recording. He has been called “a folksinger’s folksinger” with “an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional songs.” His original songs are described as “wondrous” and “profound.” Though Mark often appears in theaters and on festival stages, he is also at home in a more intimate setting like Stage Left Cafe. His concerts are a mix of the familiar and the new, traditional folk and standards from the American songbook. Mark is an engaging performer who is sure to interact with his audience, making it a night you won't forget.

There is a suggested donation of $15.

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Small Business Saturday
Nov
25
8:00 AM08:00

Small Business Saturday

Come down to the Historic Woodstock Square for Small Business Saturday!

Support over 140 of Woodstock local shops, boutiques, restaurants and unique services! Woodstock supports individuals and the entrepreneurial spirit. Make sure to shop local November 25th and help keep Woodstock a vibrant, charming and healthy community!

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It's A Wonderful Life
Nov
24
to Dec 3

It's A Wonderful Life

Friday & Saturday, November 24 & 25 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 26 at 4:00 PM
Friday, December 1 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 PM

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of sound effect technicians, Stage Manager, and an ensemble of actors that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Presented by Woodstock Musical Theatre Company

TICKETS:  $24.00 Adults & $21.00 Students & Seniors

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Christmas Tree Walk
Nov
24
to Dec 30

Christmas Tree Walk

Join us in the Annual Christmas Tree Walk. Over 30 area organizations decorate trees to celebrate the holiday season.

The Christmas Tree Walk is open to the public beginning Friday, November 24th, after the Lighting of the Square at 7:00 PM, through December 30th. The Christmas Trees will be housed in the Woodstock Opera House and will Be available during Opera House hours.

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Lighting of the Square
Nov
24
7:00 PM19:00

Lighting of the Square

Come out to the beautiful, historic Square on the Friday after Thanksgiving when Christmas officially comes to Woodstock as a flip of the switch illuminates tens of thousands of lights on the Park trees and the Square buildings.  While the lighting itself takes place at 7:00PM in the Park-in-the-Square, there are many wonderful holiday activities planned, including holiday carolers, street musicians, holiday sweets and favors, and special goodies and displays in the Square shops and restaurants.  Enjoy caroling too, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available in their Square home that evening to greet children and even pose for pictures.  Learn More

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Chocolate and Stout Pairing with Bell's Brewery
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Chocolate and Stout Pairing with Bell's Brewery

On Friday, November 17, at 7:00 PM, come taste Bell's seasonal stout lineup paired with our chocolates! Get your tickets now and experience these amazing pairings! 

Space is limited to 25 people. Get your tickets now! 
Must be 21 to attend

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Annie Polland: Common Ground - Orchard & Delancey Streets, NYC
Nov
16
9:00 AM09:00

Annie Polland: Common Ground - Orchard & Delancey Streets, NYC

As a part of the Creative Living Series through the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, Annie Polland is set to appear at the Woodstock Opera House on Thursday, November 16, at 10:00 AM with coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 AM. 

The tenement buildings on Manhattan’s Lower East Side have been home to immigrants since the 1850s. Two of those buildings are now the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Annie Polland, senior vice-president for programs and education, brings us its newest exhibition, featuring three families that lived at 103 Orchard Street in the 1950s and 1960s: the Epsteins, European refugees of the Holocaust; the Saez-Velezes, migrating from Puerto Rico; the Wongs, immigrants from China. Sharing the stories that inform the exhibition, Dr. Polland gives us a glimpse into the families’ fragile existence as they crossed international and cultural borders to become new Americans. Learn More

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

  • 209 Main Street Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)
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In response to many requests over the years for more art, foreign, classic or documentary films at the Woodstock Theatre, we are showing special screenings on the second Monday of every month. Join us at the Woodstock Theatre for the Second Monday Film Club presentation of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power shown on Monday, November 13 at 1:00 & 7:00.

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Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
Nov
10
to Nov 11

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

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Join the Woodstock North High School Theatre in their marvelous adaptation of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp! Visit a magical world on November 10th and 11th at 7 PM in the Woodstock North High School Performing Arts Center.

Come for some outstanding acting, fun music, stunning costumes, beautiful settings and some good humor; all combined with some amazing story telling. This production is part of the Theatre for Young Audiences series and is ideal for all ages.  

November 11th is Pajama Night, so come in your comfy clothes!

Tickets are $10 for Adults, $5 for Seniors and Students.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office or here.

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Woodstock Theatre - 90th Anniversary Celebration
Nov
8
to Nov 12

Woodstock Theatre - 90th Anniversary Celebration

One of Real Woodstock's gems is turning 90 this November!

The Woodstock Theatre, which opened in November 8, 1927 as "The Miller Theatre", will celebrate its 90th anniversary from November 8-12.

On November 8 at 11:00 AM, Mayor Brian Sager will be on hand for a special proclamation and cake cutting ceremony. Catch a flick and enjoy $.90 small popcorn and soft drink refills all day!

On November 11 and 12, the Woodstock Theatre will have special screenings of the first Academy Award Winning movie, Wings (1927), for just $.90 admission! Learn More

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Gingerbread House Walk
Nov
7
to Dec 14

Gingerbread House Walk

  • Woodstock old Courthouse (map)
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Please join The Friends of the Old Court House at the Second Annual Gingerbread House Walk! 

The Gingerbread House Walk is free event held in the Old Courthouse. The Walk is free to enter, Submissions are due November 18th & 19th from 12 PM to 3 PM in The Old Courthouse. The houses are free to view starting during the Lighting of the Square until December 14th. 

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