Woodstock Summer Farmers Market
May
1
to Oct 30

Woodstock Summer Farmers Market

Come out every Tuesday from 9am - 12:30pm and Saturday from 8am - 1pm for one of the best Farmer's Markets in Illinois! Running from May through October, the Woodstock Summer Farmer's Market has vendors surrounding the Historic Woodstock Square on all four sides as well as throughout the park in the center of the Square. 

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Apple Picking
Aug
24
to Oct 23

Apple Picking

Woodstock has more apple orchards that any other town in Illinois, with six orchards within a short drive from the historic Woodstock Square. 

Bring the whole family and establish a fun fall tradition picking fresh, crisp apples in the country. Then head to the beautiful Woodstock Square for an afternoon of music, movies, theater, boutique shopping and dining.

Orchards Include:

All Seasons Apple Orchard
Homestead Orchard
Lang's Orchard
Woodstock Country Orchard
More Than Delicious Orchard
Meadowmoor Orchard

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October Story Time
Oct
20
to Oct 27

October Story Time

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Join us for October Story Time at Read Between the Lynes!

Story Time with Joni of Characters of Character / Saturday, October 20 at 10:30am
We’ll read I Am Self-Esteem Elephant or Let's Be Proud.

Paint with Joni of Characters of Character / Saturday, October 20 at 11:00am
Stay to paint Self-Esteem Elephant on canvas and for a short meet and greet of this character! You must be registered to attend the painting class as space is limited.

Learn More & Register Here!

Story Time with the cast of Little Women / Saturday, October 27 at 10:30am

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Haunted Woodstock Walking Tour
Oct
22
to Oct 30

Haunted Woodstock Walking Tour

Come along to learn about the historic and spooky tales of America’s most beloved small town on a Haunted Woodstock Walking Tour with McHenry County’s premier paranormal expert Joe Diamond.

Woodstock is home to many historical figures and events, but everyone has also heard about the scary and ghostly side. What’s real? What’s fiction? Find out on Woodstock‘s first ever haunted walking tour.

Hear stories about the hidden crematory inside an innocent local business, the local young actor who terrified the nation and the infamous actress who haunts the stage and street of Woodstock’s most famous landmark.

Not recommended for small children. This is an outdoor walking tour, rain or shine. Dress appropriately. Bring your flashlights, cameras, and ghost hunting equipment.

Tour Dates:

Monday, October 22, 6-7pm
Tuesday, October 23, 6-7pm
Monday, October 29, 6-7pm
Tuesday, October 30, 6-7pm

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Creation of My Fair Lady (Matinee & Evening)
Oct
23
1:30 PM13:30

Creation of My Fair Lady (Matinee & Evening)

Come to the Woodstock Opera House to see acclaimed musical theater historian and storyteller Charles Troy. Mr. Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

Showtimes:

Matinee at 1:30pm
Evening at 7pm

Troy’s Upcoming Performances Include:

Ghost Stories for the Family / Saturday, October 27 at 10am
Dracula with Megan Wells / Saturday, October 27 at 8pm
Beth Homer - Three Soldiers / Sunday, November 11 at 8pm
The Secular Songs of Christmas / Tuesday, November 27 at 1:30pm & 7pm

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Hocus Pocus
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Hocus Pocus

Join us for a classic family Halloween movie at the Woodstock Opera House!

After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani and their new friend, Allison. After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

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Maria Muldaur
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Maria Muldaur

Come see Maria Muldaur live as she performs for one night only at Stage Left Cafe! Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. 

In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band. She released her 41st album, and her first studio album in 6 years, on September 28th, “DON’T YOU FEEL MY LEG—The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker”.

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Trillium
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Trillium

Come hear the acoustic quartet Trillium in concert presented by Off Square Music.

Trillium's eclectic repertoire ranges in style from Celtic to folk to ragtime to swing to bluegrass, and appeals to all ages and most musical tastes. Their music has been featured many times on The WFMT Midnight Special and WDCB Folk Festival in the Chicago area, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Simply Folk Program, KBCS folk programs, CelticNet and Highlander Radio, as well as broadcasts and internet streaming of these and associated stations throughout the U.S. The group consists of Mim Eichmann (hammered dulcimer, vocals, percussion), Scott Sedlacek (guitar, banjo, vocals), Louise Brodie (fiddle, mandolin), and Doug Lofstrom (bass, vocals).

Learn More About Trillium Here!

For reservations, email offsquare@gmail.com or call Keith Johnson at 815-338-5164.
Suggested donation is $15.

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The Buckinghams
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Buckinghams

One of the most beloved and respected Chicago bands ever to explode onto the national scene, The Buckinghams’ live concerts pack power into 60's pop rock. Bringing back great memories with their chart-topping hits, Original Buckinghams Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna and their band continue to deliver fast-paced, solid shows with dynamic vocals and solid harmonies.

Audiences love The Buckinghams today as much as they first did in the 60's & 70's with phenomenal hit singles including “Kind of a Drag,” “Don’t You Care,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” and the national anthem of teenage love, “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song.” The Buckinghams always deliver concerts that are certified “Solid Gold.”

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Ghost Stories for the Family
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Ghost Stories for the Family

Come to the Woodstock Opera House to see acclaimed musical theater historian and storyteller Charles Troy. Mr. Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

Troy’s Upcoming Performances Include:

Dracula with Megan Wells / Saturday, October 27 at 8pm
Beth Homer - Three Soldiers / Sunday, November 11 at 8pm
The Secular Songs of Christmas / Tuesday, November 27 at 1:30pm & 7pm

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Geneva Red
Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

Geneva Red

Geneva Red is one of the top female instrumentalists performing on the "blues harp" as well as leading her own band, The Roadsters. Red was born and raised in a small town just outside of Chicago, Illinois and will play a solo concert at the Stage Left Cafe following a harmonica workshop on the Woodstock Square on October 27th.

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Food & Wine Pairing: German Beer & Wine Fest
Oct
27
6:00 PM18:00

Food & Wine Pairing: German Beer & Wine Fest

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Celebrate the anniversary of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen at LUREC’s Oktoberfest. Traditionally a beer festival, this evening starts with a German beer reception with appetizers and proceeds with a five-course authentic Oktoberfest dinner paired with German wines.

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Dracula with Storyteller Megan Wells
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Dracula with Storyteller Megan Wells

Come to the Woodstock Opera House to see acclaimed musical theater historian and storyteller Charles Troy. Mr. Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

Troy’s Upcoming Performances Include:

Beth Homer - Three Soldiers / Sunday, November 11 at 8pm
The Secular Songs of Christmas / Tuesday, November 27 at 1:30pm & 7pm

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Stage Left Comedy Cafe
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Stage Left Comedy Cafe

Join us for an evening of laughs at Stage Left Comedy Cafe! The evening will be hosted by Chicago's own Ken Sevara and will feature comedians Dobie Maxwell and Tim Benker.

Dobie Maxwell
Dobie is one of the top touring comedians in North America. His slick ranting style has earned him loyal and growing fan base and his knack for saying what people think has kept him constantly booked from coast to coast. Dobie has been heard on WLS, WGN and WIND radio and has performed with Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Tim Allen and Dennis Miller.

Tim Benker 
A Chicago comedy veteran, Tim has performed stand-up from New York to Las Vegas and has co-hosted morning radio in Las Vegas and Houston along the way. In addition to performing stand-up comedy, Tim currently performs the multi-media comedy show "The Idiots Guide to Fixing Stooopid" and occasionally appears on the musical comedy stage as his alter-ego, "The Very Famous Lance Vegas."

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Downtown Trick or Treating & Costume Contest
Oct
31
4:00 PM16:00

Downtown Trick or Treating & Costume Contest

Think you have this year’s best Halloween costume? Kids of all ages are invited to Woodstock’s annual costume contest on the historic Woodstock Square on Wednesday, October 31 at 4:00 PM. 

Prizes will be awarded for “scariest,” “funniest,” and “most original” costumes in four age categories. 

Afterwards, trick-or-treat at the many shops around the Square! Kids can also pick up a free trick-or-treat bag at the Real Woodstock Visitor Center (127 W Calhoun) and the Woodstock Public Library (414 W Judd) starting October 1. 

Learn More Here!

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Little Women The Musical
Nov
2
to Nov 18

Little Women The Musical

Little Women, the musical, is an enduring classic that captures the essence of what it was like growing up in Civil War America. It is based on the life of Louisa May Alcott and the adventures of her sisters and their beautiful journey together. This stage adaptation is full of rich melodies, and true human emotion that will bring laughter and tears. Little Women is a story for the whole family to treasure!

Showtimes:

Friday, November 2 at 8pm
Saturday, November 3 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, November 4 at 2pm
Friday, November 9 at 8pm
Saturday, November 10 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, November 11 at 2pm
Friday, November 16 at 8pm
Saturday, November 17 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, November 18 at 2pm

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Join us for a special Story Time at Read Between the Lynes with the cast of Little Women on Saturday, October 27 at 10:30am!

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Villains or Heroes, Pullman vs. Debs Festival
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Villains or Heroes, Pullman vs. Debs Festival

Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. hosts a Eugene V. Debs/George Pullman festival in Woodstock on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4, in and around the historic Woodstock Square.

The Woodstock Public Library will show “The Gilded Age”, a recent documentary about the 1880-1896 social-industrial crisis, at 10am Saturday. On Sunday morning at 12pm, Steve Aavang will guide a walking tour of Woodstock sites associated with Debs and his jailer/friend, Sheriff George Eckert.

Speakers on Debs and Pullman will begin presenting at 2pm on both days at the Stage Left Café. Read Between the Lynes is sponsoring a book signing for “Democracy’s Prisoner” with author Ernest Freeberg at 3:30pm Sunday, also at Stage Left.

Also on Saturday and Sunday, the Old Court House will exhibit Debs Foundation material from 11am to 5pm, and the library will showcase Pullman material from the Illinois Railway Museum starting at 1pm until closing.

Throughout both days, Ethereal Confections will offer to patrons two cocktails popular in the 1890s: the Singapore Sling – a sparkling punch – and the Last Word, an aromatic, intense gin sour. 

Also on both days from 1 - 6pm, the Debs Foundation and the Illinois Labor History Society will have tables full of information at Stage Left.

All programs are free, although guests are encouraged to make donations toward funding renovations/repairs to the old McHenry County Jail. Checks can be made in care of Woodstock Celebrates, a tax-deductible 501c3 organization.

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November Story Time
Nov
3
to Nov 24

November Story Time

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Join us on the following dates at 10:30am for November Story Time at Read Between the Lynes!

Saturday, November 3
Tuesday, November 6
Saturday, November 10
Saturday, November 10
Tuesday, November 13
Saturday, November 17
Tuesday, November 20
Saturday, November 24 with Jodi of Characters of Character

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Beth Homer - Three Soldiers
Nov
11
8:00 PM20:00

Beth Homer - Three Soldiers

Come to the Woodstock Opera House to see acclaimed musical theater historian and storyteller Charles Troy. Mr. Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

Troy’s Upcoming Performance:

The Secular Songs of Christmas / Tuesday, November 27 at 1:30pm & 7pm

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Second Monday Film Club Presents Puzzle (Matinee & Evening)
Nov
12
1:00 PM13:00

Second Monday Film Club Presents Puzzle (Matinee & Evening)

Second Monday Film Club presents Puzzle at Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre on Monday, November 12th at 1 & 7pm.

This 2018 Sundance Film Festival selection is a portrait of a middle-aged woman with a penchant for jigsaw puzzles who sneaks away to a puzzle tournament in Atlantic City. As she experiences independence for the first time, she begins to view the pieces of her own life in a new light

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Social Media Advertising Workshop 101
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Social Media Advertising Workshop 101

Promote Woodstock is holding a free Social Media Advertising Workshop for small business owners and organizations that would like to know more about the benefits of Facebook and Instagram advertising.

Four social media experts will highlight benefits of promoting your business through Facebook and Instagram, as well as demonstrate how to target specific audiences important to one’s business.

If you attended the previous Social Media Advertising Workshop 101 in September 2017, there will be a Social Media Workshop 201 offered on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Stage Left Cafe. More information to come.

Space is limited to the first 40 attendees & RSVPs are required.
To RSVP, please email twinkelman@a5inc.com.

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Creative Living Series: Dn. Joseph R. Ferrari, Ph.D / Understanding Procrastination: It’s Not About Time
Nov
15
9:00 AM09:00

Creative Living Series: Dn. Joseph R. Ferrari, Ph.D / Understanding Procrastination: It’s Not About Time

Come enjoy the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series.

Coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 a.m.
All programs begin at 10:00 a.m. 

Upcoming Speakers Include:

Fern Schumer Chapman / January 17, 2019
Stumbling on History

Donna Seaman / February 21, 2019
Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists

Anna Celenza / March 15, 2018
Music That Changed America

William Tyre / April 18, 2019
Frances Glessner Lee & The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

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Gingerbread House Walk
Nov
23
to Dec 25

Gingerbread House Walk

  • Old McHenry County Courthouse (map)
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The best gingerbread houses in McHenry County can be viewed during the 3rd annual Gingerbread House Walk in the lobby of the Old Courthouse on the Woodstock Square! The gingerbread houses will be on display during open hours for the Old Courthouse Arts Center; Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 11am-5pm / Sundays: 12-5pm.

It’s free and anyone can enter. There are four categories: Kids Under 10, Families, Civic Groups, and Businesses. Gingerbread Houses may be any kind of structure and yes, you may use kits! Register by Saturday, November 18 to enter your house for a spot in the contest.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place the night of the Lighting of the Square (November 23) from 4-9pm!

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Santa's Hut
Nov
23
to Dec 25

Santa's Hut

Do you want to tell Santa what you want for Christmas this year? Tell him at Santa's Hut in the park on the Square! Santa's Hut will be open the night of Lighting of the Square and during the holiday season.

Specific Dates & Times to be Announced.

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Lighting of the Square 2018
Nov
23
5:00 PM17:00

Lighting of the Square 2018

Woodstock's signature holiday event, the Lighting of the Square returns the day after Thanksgiving on the historic Woodstock Square.

An annual tradition in McHenry County, thousands of people come together for this one night event to kick off the holiday celebrations and the true beginning of Victorian Christmas. The magical night of giving, celebration and tradition begins with Santa and caroling. At 7pm, a giant switch will be flipped as tens of thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the Woodstock sky. Come be a part of our community tradition and experience the charm of the square!

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Christmas Tree Walk
Nov
23
to Dec 30

Christmas Tree Walk

The Christmas Tree Walk at the Woodstock Opera House has the biggest and brightest trees in McHenry County! Stop by the Community Room in the Woodstock Opera House after the official Lighting of the Square at 7pm on November 23 to see decorated trees from over 30 organizations. The trees will be on display until December 30 during normal Opera House hours.

Register your Organization Here!

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A Christmas Carol
Nov
23
to Dec 2

A Christmas Carol

Get the whole family into the Christmas spirit with this holiday show! Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys through the Christmases of Past, Present and Future with his three Ghostly Guides. The production – with enchanting children, colorful costumes, clever special effects and merry Christmas carols – transports you to 1843 London. Capture the spirit of the holiday season with this classic Dickens tale.

Showtimes:

Friday, November 23 at 8pm
Saturday, November 24 at 8pm
Sunday, November 25 at 4pm
Friday, November 30 at 8pm
Saturday, December 1 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, December 2 at 2pm

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Small Business Saturday
Nov
24
9:00 AM09:00

Small Business Saturday

Support local businesses and do some holiday shopping during Small Business Saturday! Your favorite boutiques and stores will be offering deals all day throughout Woodstock and McHenry County!

Check back later for a list of participating businesses.

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Making A List: The Secular Songs of Christmas (Matinee & Evening)
Nov
27
1:30 PM13:30

Making A List: The Secular Songs of Christmas (Matinee & Evening)

Come to the Woodstock Opera House to see acclaimed musical theater historian and storyteller Charles Troy. Mr. Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

Showtimes:

Matinee at 1:30pm
Evening at 7pm

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Ladies Night Out
Nov
29
5:00 PM17:00

Ladies Night Out

Ladies Night Out is the most happening event of the year on the Woodstock Square. Hundreds of women from near and far come out to the shops and restaurants in this popular holiday outing.

Traffic is pretty busy, and shoppers are looking for unique finds and a place to stop for a break with friends. It's so much fun!

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The Nutcracker Ballet
Dec
7
to Dec 16

The Nutcracker Ballet

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. 

Showtimes:

Friday, December 7 at 7pm*
Saturday, December 8 at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 9 at 2pm & 6pm
Friday, December 14 at 7pm
Saturday, December 15 at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 16 at 2pm & 6pm

*Additional Final Dress Rehearsal performance

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Robin Spielberg: Spirit of the Holidays Sing-Along
Dec
13
7:30 PM19:30

Robin Spielberg: Spirit of the Holidays Sing-Along

One of America's most beloved pianists, composers and Steinway Artist Robin Spielberg spreads holiday cheer from the Woodstock Opera House stage during Spirit of the Holidays Sing-Along at 7:30pm! The Woodstock High School Madrigal singers, directed by Brian Jozwiak, will join Robin on stage as they perform perform Christmas carols and other winter favorites. 

Before the concert, join the WHS Madrigals outside the Woodstock Opera House steps at 6:50pm for a special pre-show performance and free hot chocolate.

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 Holiday Cookie Workshop
Dec
15
11:00 AM11:00

Holiday Cookie Workshop

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Holiday Time! Time to prepare the holiday cookies for giving and enjoying throughout the season. In this hands on class we will make an assortment of festive holiday cookies and finish 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.

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Chris Collins & Boulder Canyon Present: A John Denver Christmas
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Collins & Boulder Canyon Present: A John Denver Christmas

Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon are not an impersonation act, but seek to honor John Denver’s legacy with fresh energy and musical integrity. Collins and Boulder Canyon have toured the country together delighting audiences with their talent, warmth and humor.  Collins and some of the original artists of Boulder Canyon met in Aspen, Colorado at the largest annual celebration of John Denver’s life and music.

Since that first initial meeting, Collins and Boulder Canyon have gone on to tour from coast to coast to pay tribute to the music of John Denver. Chris Collins brings amazing energy to the stage as an award-winning singer, songwriter and entertainer combined with the fantastic talents of Boulder Canyon which consists of Kevin Delmolino on bass, Paul Swanton on lead guitar, Mark Nelson on percussion, Alexander Mitchell on mandolin/fiddle, Bill Powell on keyboards, and guest band members Robbie Saunders on pedal steel, mandolin, dobro, Joel Tolley on bass and Nigel Newton on keyboards.

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

Ed Hall's Woodstock Christmas Guitar Night

In an ongoing tribute to the great Ed Hall, 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 Acoustic double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case of Boston Ma; combining classical guitar style with musical influences like electronica, Psytrance and 70s funk, Van Larkins hails from his hometown in Southport Australia; 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Christie Lenée of Tampa FL, brings her guitar mastery and a passion for storytelling; 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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Creative Living Series: Fern Schumer Chapman / Stumbling on History
Jan
17
9:00 AM09:00

Creative Living Series: Fern Schumer Chapman / Stumbling on History

Come enjoy the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series.

Coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 a.m.
All programs begin at 10:00 a.m. 

Upcoming Speakers Include:

Donna Seaman / February 21, 2019
Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists

Anna Celenza / March 15, 2018
Music That Changed America

William Tyre / April 18, 2019
Frances Glessner Lee & The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

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Groundhog Days
Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

Groundhog Days

It's time to party again and again and again in Woodstock, Illinois at the annual 2019 Woodstock Groundhog Days festival!

Spend the weekend in Woodstock celebrating the 26th anniversary of Harold Ramis’ classic film, "Groundhog Day". On Saturday, February 2 at approximately 7:07 AM, Woodstock Willie will emerge and make his prognostication on the charming Woodstock Square.

Bring your family and friends and enjoy a weekend of events including the chili cook-off, free Groundhog Day Movie showings at the Woodstock Theatre - Classic Cinemas, free walking tours of film sites, a pub crawl and much more!

Learn More Here!

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Creative Living Series: Donna Seaman / Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists
Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Creative Living Series: Donna Seaman / Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists

Come enjoy the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series.

Coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 a.m.
All programs begin at 10:00 a.m. 

Upcoming Speakers Include:

Anna Celenza / March 15, 2018
Music That Changed America

William Tyre / April 18, 2019
Frances Glessner Lee & The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

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Be Our Guest to Take a Guess at This Year's Mystery Musical
Mar
1
to Mar 23

Be Our Guest to Take a Guess at This Year's Mystery Musical

TownSquare Players who presented the sellout performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid last season will be bringing another Disney storybook Princess to life. It’s a tale as old as time and there is room for plenty of guests. Make sure you don’t delay as tickets will sell quickly! More details coming in January.

Showtimes:

Friday, March 1 at 8pm
Saturday, March 2 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 3 at 2pm
Friday, March 8 at 8pm
Saturday, March 9 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 10 at 2pm
Friday, March 15 at 8pm
Saturday, March 16 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 17 at 2pm
Thursday, March 21 at 8pm
Friday, March 22 at 8pm
Saturday, March 23 at 2pm

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Creative Living Series: Anna Celenza / Music That Changed America
Mar
15
9:00 AM09:00

Creative Living Series: Anna Celenza / Music That Changed America

Come enjoy the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series.

Coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 a.m.
All programs begin at 10:00 a.m. 

Upcoming Speaker:

William Tyre / April 18, 2019
Frances Glessner Lee & The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

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Nunsense
Mar
29
to Apr 14

Nunsense

Nunsense is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia. Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, the Mother Superior Sister Regina, and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert – stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed.

Showtimes:

Friday, March 29 at 8pm
Saturday, March 30 at 8pm
Sunday, March 31 at 2pm
Friday, April 5 at 8pm
Saturday, April 6 at 8pm
Sunday, April 7 at 2pm
Friday, April 12 at 8pm
Saturday, April 13 at 8pm
Sunday, April 14 at 2pm

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A Few Good Men
Jun
14
to Jun 30

A Few Good Men

This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

Showtimes:

Friday, June 14 at 8pm
Saturday, June 15 at 8pm
Friday, June 21 at 8pm
Saturday, June 22 at 8pm
Sunday, June 23 at 2pm
Friday, June 28 at 8pm
Saturday, June 29 at 8pm
Sunday, June 30 at 2pm

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18th Annual Care4 Breast Cancer 5k Run/Walk
Oct
21
8:30 AM08:30

18th Annual Care4 Breast Cancer 5k Run/Walk

Join us for our 18th annual race on Sunday, October 21. Whether you start a team, join a team or walk/run as an individual, it’s sure to be a fun and inspirational event!

All funds stay local for residents of McHenry County.

Race Day Schedule:

7am - Late Registration Opens
7:45am - Zumba Warm-Up
8:30am - Race Start
9:30am - Awards Ceremony

Learn More, Register & Donate Here!

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31st Annual Autumn Drive
Oct
19
to Oct 21

31st Annual Autumn Drive

  • 16105 Garden Valley Road Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)
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There are lots of activities to enjoy along the way at the 31st Annual Autumn Drive.

Local farms are offering fall produce like pumpkins, honey, jams, soaps, and vinegars, as well as “tastefully simple” products. Experience tractor rides, petting zoos, hay rides, and even pumpkin and apple launchers. Pick your own apples right from the trees or pumpkins in the fields.

Many stops include visiting crafters selling: pottery, jewelry, lawn ornaments, and dozens of other crafts. Some stops are mini craft fairs in themselves. Antique dealers are selling refurbished furniture, trunks, cook books, tools, white elephants, and vintage jewelry. Scattered throughout the drive are garage sales and barn sales where treasures can be found.

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Home Grown Fall Fair
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Home Grown Fall Fair

McHenry County's premier makers fair celebrating handcraft, food, beverages and art made here, from the ground up. Music demos, samples and sales are made by hand and from the heart.

Makers Include:

Ethereal Confections / Chocolate
Hello Lavender / Knitwear
Martin Maille / Chainmaille Jewelry
Two Fat Guys Gourmet Sauces
Fat Tomato Inc. / Food Truck

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Creative Living Series: Bill Odenkirk / The Making of The Simpsons
Oct
18
9:00 AM09:00

Creative Living Series: Bill Odenkirk / The Making of The Simpsons

Come enjoy the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series.

Coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 a.m.
All programs begin at 10:00 a.m. 

Upcoming Speakers Include:

Dn. Joseph R. Ferrari, Ph.D / November 15, 2018
Understanding Procrastination: It’s Not About Time

Fern Schumer Chapman / January 17, 2019
Stumbling on History

Donna Seaman / February 21, 2019
Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists

Anna Celenza / March 15, 2018
Music That Changed America

William Tyre / April 18, 2019
Frances Glessner Lee & The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

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Kelly Jensen Book Signing: (Don't) Call Me Crazy
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Kelly Jensen Book Signing: (Don't) Call Me Crazy

Kelly Jensen’s Book (Don’t) Call Me Crazy is a conversation starter and guide to better understanding the ways our mental health affects us every day. A diverse range of essays, art, and other creative work explore personal experiences with mental illness, how we do and do not talk about mental health, help for better understanding how every person’s brain is wired differently, and what, exactly, might make someone “crazy.” This highly designed, scrapbook-like guide provides an opportunity to get up close and personal with mental health.

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Second Monday Film Club: Three Identical Strangers (Evening)
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Second Monday Film Club: Three Identical Strangers (Evening)

Three Identical Strangers is the most amazing, incredible, remarkable true story ever told.

New York, 1980: Three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets separated at birth. The 19-year-olds’ joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.

Second Monday Film Club Show Times:
1pm & 7pm

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Second Monday Film Club: Three Identical Strangers (Matinee)
Oct
15
1:00 PM13:00

Second Monday Film Club: Three Identical Strangers (Matinee)

Three Identical Strangers is the most amazing, incredible, remarkable true story ever told.

New York, 1980: Three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets separated at birth. The 19-year-olds’ joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.

Second Monday Film Club Show Times:
1pm & 7pm

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8th Annual Pumpkin Chuckin Festival
Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

8th Annual Pumpkin Chuckin Festival

Join us for the 8th Annual Pumpkin Chuckin Festival at Niko's Red Mill Tavern! It’s an all day event and all ages are welcome! There will be live music performances all day and pumpkin chuckin from 2-8pm. There will be face painting, a kids’ pumpkin toss and more!

Lineup:

12-3pm Reckless Cowboys
3-6pm Cascade Drive
6-9pm Nashville Electric Company
9pm-12am Bella Cain

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Woodstock Wine Walk
Oct
10
5:00 PM17:00

Woodstock Wine Walk

Grab your friends and come enjoy a fun night out in Woodstock!

Tickets include wine tastings at 12 unique Woodstock retailers on the Historic Woodstock Square with an opportunity to purchase the wines you enjoy at a discounted price that evening. Savories or sweets will be provided to nosh on while you enjoy your wine and shop each independent retailer’s unique offerings. Our local restaurants and bars will be ready to serve you as well if you’d like to stop in for an appetizer or meal. 

The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and The D200 Education Foundation are proud to partner to bring you the 2018 Woodstock Wine Walk. All proceeds will benefit The D200 Education Foundation and Woodstock Chamber. 

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Woodstock Ale Fest
Oct
6
1:00 PM13:00

Woodstock Ale Fest

  • Clay and Newell Street Woodstock, Illinois, 60098 (map)
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Grab a brew, munch on some sizzlin’ bacon, and get your jam on with live Bluegrass music at the fifth annual Woodstock Ale Fest.

There are so many great breweries and beers within a couple hours that this year the Fest is featuring only breweries within 100 miles of Woodstock. Join us as we celebrate local Craft Beer, Bacon & Bluegrass.

Proceeds from Woodstock Ale Fest will benefit Adult & Child Therapy Services.

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Iron Invasion
Oct
6
8:00 AM08:00

Iron Invasion

Iron Invasion hopes to continue in the footsteps of those who have paved the path of tradition. Join us in a celebration of good people, good music, & maybe a little gear grinding in Woodstock Illinois.

Event Schedule:

8am / Open to Public
10:15am / Children’s Vintage Fashion Parade
10:30am / Pin Up Contest
12pm / Mini Moto Nationals
12:30pm / The Dirty Martinis
1pm / Mini Bike Parade
1:45pm / Icons of Pinstriping Art Auction
2:30pm / 3 On The Tree
3pm / Ryan & Josh Flame Show
4:30pm / Delta Bombers
5:15pm / Car Club Picks
6pm / Delta Bombers Second Set

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42nd Street
Oct
5
to Oct 21

42nd Street

Come experience one of show business’s most classic and beloved tales! 42nd Street tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway. Enjoy tap dancing and listen to "We're in the Money", "Lullaby of Broadway", and "42nd Street" by a talented cast and live orchestra!

Showtimes:

Friday, October 5 at 8pm
Saturday, October 6 at 8pm
Sunday, October 7 at 2pm
Friday, October 12 at 8pm
Saturday, October 13 at 8pm
Sunday, October 14 at 2pm
Friday, October 19 at 8pm
Saturday, October 20 at 8pm
Sunday, October 21 at 2pm

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Danika & the Jeb
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Danika & the Jeb

If when you hear the term ‘acoustic duo’ you imagine two people sitting on stools, lightly strumming guitars, singing about how life has treated them poorly, think again. Danika & the Jeb are dynamic, uplifting, and fun, while their music is a soulful combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing.

When asked about why she has never applied to American Idol, Danika says “I never looked at the music industry like a lottery. I don’t need to buy a ticket. I simply need to be an artist.” Danika’s belief is that a well written song can embody all emotions of the human existence, and she articulates that beautifully with her slightly raspy yet warm voice and truthful lyrics.

Grand-nephew to the great country guitarist Clyde Moody, Jeb Hart can craft a story with six strings. Despite a car accident that left him unable to play for several years, Jeb’s determination to overcome prevailed. After listening to Jeb perform, the two most common responses from fans are “The best guitar player I’ve ever heard” and “It sounds like there’s two of him.”

Danika and Jeb are taking stages of all sizes by storm - having opened for mainstream heavyweights such as Lyle Lovett, Dierks Bentley, Phil Vassar, Tracy Lawrence, and others, to being named 2016 Artists of the Year from Concerts in your Home, their soulful and intoxicating sound lures in new fans daily.

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Stage Left Comedy Cafe
Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

Stage Left Comedy Cafe

Join us for an evening of laughs at the first Stage Left Comedy Cafe! The evening will be hosted by Chicago's own Ken Sevara and will feature comedians Vince Maranto and Tim Benker.

Vince started his comedy career in 1982 and quickly became a headlining comedian working his way throughout the U.S. Vince has shared the stage with with some of the best names in show business including Steven Wright, Jeff Foxworthy, Steve Harvey, David Brenner and many more. Vince has performed over 20,000 shows at some of the top comedy clubs, corporate events and colleges in America.

A Chicago comedy veteran, Tim has performed stand-up from New York to Las Vegas, and has co-hosted morning radio in Las Vegas and Houston along the way.  In addition to performing stand-up comedy, Tim currently performs the multi-media comedy show "The Idiots Guide to Fixing Stooopid" and occasionally appears on the musical comedy stage as his alter-ego, "The Very Famous Lance Vegas."

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Jimmy Fortune
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Jimmy Fortune

Come see Jimmy Fortune, a tenor singer for 21 years with the Statler Brothers and Country Music & Gospel Hall of Fame Member.

The voice of Jimmy Fortune has graced some of the biggest hits of Country music, earning the Virginia native a slot in both the hallowed ranks of the Country Music Hall Of Fame as well as the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In the early 1980s, word of his talent reached Lew DeWitt the former tenor singer for the Statler Brothers, who recommended Fortune to the band as a temporary replacement when he had to take a leave of absence due to health concerns.

For the next 21 years Jimmy Fortune sang and helped chart 22 singles and 15 top ten hits with the Statler Brothers on the Hot Country Songs Chart. Fortune also wrote and sang lead on many of their biggest hits including “Elizabeth,” “Too Much On My Heart,” “Forever,” and “More Than A Name On A Wall.”  After the Statler Brothers retired on October 26, 2002, Jimmy seized the opportunity to launch a solo career to share new music with his fans. 

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Briar Road
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Briar Road

Come see acoustic folk, jazz and swing trio Briar Road in concert presented by Off Square Music! Briar Road consists of Dan Zahn on guitar, mandolin, Native American flute and vocals; Kate Moretti on guitar. ukulele, banjo, hammered and mountain dulcimers and vocals; and Rusty Winchel on bass and vocals.  They perform a delightful variety of traditional folk, classic swing and jazz, and original music.  Special guest for this concert will be violinist Louise Brody.

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Sep
23
5:00 PM17:00

Galaxy Performing Strings

Join us for the debut performance of this all-student performing group, comprised of 9 young emerging artists ranging in age from 10-16.  Enjoy romantic works by Mendelssohn and Sarasate, Irish traditional jigs and reels, and early American fiddle favorites, such as the Orange Blossom Special.  Galaxy’s 4-piece backing band, Uncle Sandwich, boasts local favorites Jared Olson, Danik Kooistra, Kevin Weith, and Paul Chivari.  With special guest appearances, including blues harmonica extraordinaire, Geary Smith!  

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Sep
23
11:00 AM11:00

Day At The Barn Autumn Craft Fair

You are invited to join our Humble Hearts crafters & vendors at this beautiful country charm setting for the Autumn season this year! Proceeds from our raffle baskets for this event will benefit the Main Stay Therapeutic Farm! A wonderful organization with a heart for uplifting & nurturing others through horse therapy. The first 5 to purchase raffle tickets at $1 each at the event will receive a $10 gift certificate to shop with one of our participating vendors! 
FREE to attend & child friendly!

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Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Fat Babies

The Fat Babies are an eight piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s. Founded in 2010 by string bass player Beau Sample, its members include Andy Schumm (cornet), John Otto (reeds), Jonathan Doyle (reeds), Dave Bock (trombone), John Donatowicz (banjo and guitar), Paul Asaro (piano), and Alex Hall (drums). Their debut album, “CHICAGO HOT”, and "18th & RACINE", plus their latest album “SOLID GASSUH”, feature the music of King Oliver, James P. Johnson,  Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Erskine Tate, Freddie Keppard, Jimmy Noone, Eddie Condon, Fletcher Henderson, and Bix Beiderbecke.

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Riders in the Sky
Sep
15
4:00 PM16:00

Riders in the Sky

For over 35 years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers. As a classic cowboy quartet, with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, the Riders have chalked up over 6000 concert appearances in all 50 states and 12 countries, appearing in venues everywhere from country fairs to Carnegie Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. Favorites with audiences young and old, the Riders are returning for their 19th appearance at the Woodstock Opera House.

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Tonight In Tinseltown
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

Tonight In Tinseltown

National Recording Artist and Broadway-style entertainer Maureen Christine returns to the Opera House Stage. With a voice “crystal clear, not a note or syllable wasted” (New York’s Pink Paper), you’ll love this musical collection of glittering songs from Hollywood Movies, Broadway Show Tunes & a few Swingin’ Standards.  As a national recording artist, Maureen has recorded with Pete Christlieb of the Johnny Carson Tonight Show Orchestra, shared the stage with pop star Barry Manilow, opened for country legend Willie Nelson and sang the National Anthem for a movie starring Dennis Quaid and Zach Efron. Maureen will be joined by various musical guests including Michael Bazan on Saxophone & Flute, and Chuck Larkin pianist and former Music Director/Keyboardist for The Jersey Boys.

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ALTAN
Sep
12
8:00 PM20:00

ALTAN

With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. Throughout, there has been the unwavering commitment of the band to bringing the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, to contemporary audiences in a way that brings out all its qualities and destroys none. In fact, Altan have always believed that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right.

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The Guy Lombardo Orchestra
Sep
9
2:00 PM14:00

The Guy Lombardo Orchestra

Founded in 1919, the Lombardo Orchestra is the longest running dance orchestra in the world; with over 500 hit songs to its credit - more than any other orchestra in the world. Since Lombardo’s first TV show in 1954, this orchestra has played for more than 1.5 billion viewers, making a New Year’s tradition out of the Scottish ballad Auld Lang Syne. They have sold over 500 million musical albums.

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Woodstock Food Truck Festival
Sep
8
4:00 PM16:00

Woodstock Food Truck Festival

Truck Off returns to the Woodstock area at the McHenry County Fairgrounds! Come hungry and throw down on Chicagoland’s best food trucks. Free admission, open to the public, family friendly. Please get a free electronic ticket so we have a headcount for public works/safety and printing maps. You do not need to present the ticket.

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