Woodstock Summer Farmers Market
May
1
to Oct 30

Woodstock Summer Farmers Market

Running from May through October, the Woodstock 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. 

 

Come out every Tuesday from 9 AM - 12:30 PM and Saturday from 8 AM - 1 PM for one of the best Farmer's Markets in Illinois.

Learn more here.

 

 

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Concerts in the Park
Jun
6
to Aug 29

Concerts in the Park

Woodstock's favorite concert series is back again in 2018! Come to the Woodstock Square every Wednesday from June - August and hear live music with family and friends on the charming Woodstock Square. 

Band Dates

June:
6, 13, 20, 27

July:
4, 11, 18, 25

August:
1, 8, 15, 22, 29

 

 

 

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Berry Picking
Jun
15
to Sep 21

Berry Picking

It's summertime, which means it's time to pick berries in Woodstock! One of our oldest summer traditions, connect to the land and enjoy a day of berry picking and unplugged fun at one of our berry farms.

Approximate Berry Picking Schedule:

Heider's Berry Farm

-Strawberries - June 15

-Red & Black Raspberries - July 5

-Blackberries - August 1

-Red Raspberries and Strawberries - September 1

McCann Berry Farm

Blueberries - Early July (More info to come)

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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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Movies in the Park: "Mamma Mia! - The Sing-A-Long"
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

Movies in the Park: "Mamma Mia! - The Sing-A-Long"

Join us again on the Square to enjoy movies under the stars as the City of Woodstock’s 13th season of Movies in the Park gets underway.  Movies in the Park remains free of charge and will begin as close to 8:00 PM as darkness will allow. 

This summer’s movies premiere on Thursday, June 21st in Park in the Square with the showing of Mamma Mia! – The Sing-a-Long.  Donna, an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter's wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother's past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day. Sing along with the music based on the songs of successful pop group ABBA.  This popular movie is rated PG13 and runs for 108 minutes.

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Capitol Steps
Jul
6
8:00 PM20:00

Capitol Steps

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The Capitol Steps make their McHenry County debut on the Woodstock Opera House stage on Friday, July 6 for a night of bipartisan lampooning. Always fresh and crispy, mocking both ends of the political spectrum, this troupe of Congressional staffers-turned-comedians travel the States satirizing the very people and places that once employed them. 

After 35 years, The Capitol Steps have become an American institution, performing their original political and musical comedy act to Americans from coast-to-coast. Whether you lean left, right, or straddle the U.S. political fence, The Capitol Steps will leave all parties laughing!

Before the show, enjoy dinner on the historic Woodstock Square at either Mia Passione or Public House of Woodstock with a price fixed dinner package. Dinner packages are $32 and include an appetizer, entrée, drink and dessert. 

Reserve your tickets here.

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Micro Marathon, Full Size Party
Jul
8
12:00 PM12:00

Micro Marathon, Full Size Party

The First Ever Micro Marathon, Full Size Party!!! .26 Miles, Because No One Likes To Run!!!! The event will begin by meeting in the square starting at 11 AM. The "race" will kick off at noon sharp. We will make our way around the square (with rest stops for donuts and coffee of course) and then end on Benton street where we will enjoy live music, games for the kids and fun. The entry for the race is $25 which includes an event t-shirt and of course a .26 mile micro marathon sticker for your car!! Benton street will be closed from 12-5pm for music and fun. Tickets go on sale soon!!!!

Proceeds from the Micro Marathon will go to support the Hero Academy In Costa Rica. Providing Leadership and Jiu Jitsu, as well as food and uniforms To underprivileged Children. Find out more athttps://www.bjjincostarica.com/donate/

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Hansel & Gretel
Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

Hansel & Gretel

Woodstock Dance Academy's summer concert, will feature an original ballet, "Hansel & Gretel" on Sunday, July 8 at 2 PM at the Woodstock Opera House

Formed in 2013, the Woodstock Dance Academy is a school of ballet training under the direction of Linda Pohlman. Join the Woodstock Dance Academy for a program of classical ballet sure to delight patrons of all ages.

Learn more here!

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Second Monday Film Club: RBG
Jul
9
1:00 PM13:00

Second Monday Film Club: RBG

Join us at the Woodstock Theatre for the Second Monday Film Club presentation of RBG shown on Monday, July 11 at 1:00 & 7:00 PM. General Admission. 


RBG:
At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

 

 

 

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The Creation of the Wizard of OZ
Jul
10
1:30 PM13:30

The Creation of the Wizard of OZ

Musical Theater Charities of Woodstock will present four "second Tuesday" summer fundraising shows at 1:30 & 7 PM and one "second Tuesday"  Christmas fundraising show at the Woodstock Opera House.  

The programs will feature acclaimed musical theater historian and storyteller Charles Troy.   Mr. Troy will perform  "The Creation of The Sound Of Music"  on May 8th,   "The Creation of Fiddler On The Roof"  on June 12th,   "The Creation of The Wizard of Oz"  on July 10th,   "The Creation of West Side Story"  on August 14th, and "Making A List:  The Secular Songs of Christmas (1933-1952)"  on December 11th.   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. 

Learn more and buy tickets here.

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Woodstock Folk Weekend
Jul
13
to Jul 15

Woodstock Folk Weekend

Woodstock Folk Music Weekend
July 13-15, 2018

Music fills the air indoors and out most every night in Woodstock. This summer, see internationally acclaimed folk, bluegrass and Americana artists in Woodstock for Folk Music Weekend from Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15! 

FRIDAY, JULY 13

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers (with opening act Fox Crossing Stringband)
Niko's Red Mill Tavern
8:00 PM | Friday, July 13
Tickets on Sale Tuesday, May 15

Combining a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and humor, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers take the Niko's Red Mill Tavern stage on Friday, July 13 for a night of pure bluegrass.

Chris Jones is a quadruple threat as a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist—and, thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, as one of the most widely heard broadcasting voices in bluegrass music.

Fox Crossing Stringband is a four-member, six instrument, and all-female bluegrass group from Chicago that’s made quite a splash around the Midwest region since forming in the Fall of 2016. The group plays traditional material, original songs, and grassed up covers of popular artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Rod Stewart to The Rolling Stones. Consider this your official invitation to the ground floor of something great.

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SATURDAY, JULY 14

Garnet Rogers
Stage Left Café (LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE)
6:00 PM | Saturday, July 14  
Tickets on Sale Tuesday, May 15

Heralded as "one of the major talents of our time" by The Boston Globe, Canadian folk musician Garnet Rogers performs two sets during Folk Music Weekend in Woodstock, IL on July 14-15.

Saturday, July 14
- Rogers will sign copies of his memoir "Night Drive" at Read Between the Lynes beforehand at 2:00 PM.
- At 6:00 PM, Rogers plays an intimate show at Stage Left Café. A limited number of tickets will be put on sale for this show on Tuesday, May 15.

Sunday, July 15
- Rogers joins other nationally acclaimed folk acts such as Crys Matthews, Corky Siegel and Ordinary Elephant at the 33rd Annual Woodstock Folk Festival on the charming Woodstock Square.

Limited tickets for Rogers' set at Stage Left Cafe will go on sale Tuesday, May 15 at 10:00 AM on the Woodstock Opera House website.

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Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues
Woodstock Opera House

8:00 PM | Saturday, July 14
Tickets on Sale Now

Corky Siegel, a Chicago folk music icon, is regarded as one of the world's great blues harmonica masters.

On Saturday, July 14, Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues - an ingenious Americana mix of blues, folk, classical and wry wit - hit the historic Woodstock Opera House stage. Regarded by the Chicago Tribune as "A match made in heaven", Siegel and the Chamber Blues seamlessly fuse raw blues with a classical string quartet. Tickets are on sale now on the Woodstock Opera House website. 

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SUNDAY, JULY 15

33rd Annual Woodstock Folk Festival
Woodstock Square
Noon-6:00 PM | Sunday, July 15

For the 33rd consecutive year, the Woodstock Folk Festival hosts talented folk musicians from across North America on the historic Woodstock Square on Sunday, July 15 from noon-6:00 PM.

This year's main stage acts include internationally acclaimed folk musicians such as Garnet Rogers, Corky Siegel, Crys Matthews, Ordinary Elephant and Annie and the Hedonists. A suggested donation of $20 per person will be asked upon entry. See the entire lineup at www.WoodstockFolkMusic.com.

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33rd Annual Woodstock Folk Festival
Jul
15
12:00 PM12:00

33rd Annual Woodstock Folk Festival

The 33rd Annual Woodstock Folk Festival will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from Noon-6 p.m., on Woodstock Square.

Performance Schedule & Locations

MAIN STAGE (On the charming Woodstock Square; in case of rain at the Unity Spiritual Center, 225 W. Calhount St.)

12:00 PM Spook Handy

12:30 p.m. Gathering Time with guest Mara Levine

1:15 p.m. Crys Matthews

2:00 p.m. Ordinary Elephant

2:45 p.m. Garnet Rogers

3:30 p.m. Annie and the Hedonists

4:15 p.m. Presentation of Inaugural “Woody” Awards to Dave Humphreys, John Scharres, and Rich Warren

4:20 p.m. Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation to Corky Siegel followed by his performance

5:05 p.m. The Donna Herula, Jon Spiegel, & Chris Walz Trio

5:45 p.m. All-Sing Finale led by Spook Handy

 

OPEN MIC STAGE (at Stage Left Café, Sign up begins at 12:05 PM)

1:30-2 p.m. Featured Performer Jim Gary

2:15-3 p.m. Workshop led by Annie and the Hedonists

 

The Festival will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Corky Siegel. Corky is known internationally as one of the world's great blues harmonica players, and is a celebrated composer, blues pianist, singer, songwriter, band leader, and author. Spook Handy will open the Festival and lead the All-Sing Finale.

There will also be a Children’s Area, Open Mic Stage, and Workshop. The Festival is made possible in part by Radio Partners WDCB/90.9FM, WFMT/98.7FM, and WNUR/893FM, the City of Woodstock, and Real Woodstock.

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2018 Summer in the Park
Jul
18
to Jul 22

2018 Summer in the Park

Woodstock's signature event, Summer in the Park, will be held July 18-22, 2018 in beautiful Emricson Park.  Sponsored by the City of Woodstock, this five-day festival has something for everyone...music and concerts, children's entertainment, food court and beer garden, bouncies and other children's activities, pool party, bags tournament, Movie in the Park, and much more!  Come on out to Emricson Park this July and enjoy Summer in the Park.  Schedule of Events - Coming Soon! 

Sponsors, businesses, and not-for-profits are invited to participate and we always need volunteers, so come out and join the fun!  For more information or questions, to sponsor, participate, or volunteer, call (815)338-4301 or e-mail citymanager@woodstockil.gov. You can also get event details by liking us on Facebook.

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Mary Poppins Jr.
Jul
20
to Jul 22

Mary Poppins Jr.

Friday, July 20, at 2:00 PM - Library Program - (on sale to public July 16th)*

Friday, July 20, at 7:00 PM - (WCST Fundraiser Dinner begins at 5:30 PM)**

Saturday, July 21, at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, July 22, at 3:00 PM

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical!

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."

Presented by Woodstock Children's Summer Theatre

TICKETS:  $10.00 All Seats

*$6.00 All Seats for Library Benefit 

**$20.00 Adults & $15.00 Students for WCST Fundraiser Dinner (includes show admission)

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Summer Daze on the Square
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Daze on the Square

Take a break from the sweltering summer sun & check out 17 hot vendors, crafters, and artisans at Mixin Mingle Woodstock! This is an INDOOR event with air conditioning & complimentary hydration. Come to Mixin Mingle Woodstock on July 21 from 10 AM to 2 PM.

CONFIRMED VENDORS:
LuLaRoe
DoTerra
Color Street
Norwex
Monat
Avon
Mary Kay
Kitty Mystic
Plexus
Paparazzi
Posh
Chiro One Wellness
Lipsense
Apothecary Teas
Intuitive Body & Mind
Award Winning Author Patricia McClure-Chessier

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Food and Wine Pairing - Farm-to-table
Jul
21
6:00 PM18:00

Food and Wine Pairing - Farm-to-table

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Come to Loyola University Chicago Retreat and Ecology Campus on Saturday, July 21 from 6 PM to 9 PM for a Food and Wine pairing class.

First farm-to-table dinner of the season. Dinner starts with a wine reception in the garden with hand-passed appetizers and leads to the five-course dinner.

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Christmas in July 5K
Jul
29
7:00 AM07:00

Christmas in July 5K

Join the Woodstock Rotary Club for a family-friendly Christmas themed 5K fun run through the beautiful Woodstock Square Historic District and quaint Victorian neighborhoods. Get festive with our Best Christmas Costume Contest, along with race awards in eight age bands immediately following race. Competitive and recreational participants welcome! Proceeds benefit the Woodstock Christmas Clearing House.

$38 includes t-shirt and reindeer antlers headband. Teens 17 & under run for $25. 1K Kids run/walk for $15. This is a chip timed certified event. 

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McHenry County Fair
Jul
31
to Aug 5

McHenry County Fair

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Come out the the McHenry County Fairgrounds for the 2018 McHenry County Fair July 31  August 5.

The McHenry County Fair is a 70 year tradition held in Woodstock, Illinois. At the fair you can see 4-H, Open, and Junior Open livestock and non-livestock shows, educational displays revolving around conservation and agriculture, various vendors from different businesses and organizations across the county, a carnival, and a variety of ground and grandstand entertainment. It is an event for families to come to create summertime memories that last a lifetime.

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Midwest Mozart Festival
Aug
5
to Aug 12

Midwest Mozart Festival

The 32nd annual Midwest Mozart Festival is gearing up for its two-concert run at the historic Woodstock Opera House on August 5 and 12. 

Come and be charmed by Mozart's Third Symphony his famous Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter"), and many other musical masterpieces at the Woodstock Opera House on Sunday, August 5 & 12.

More information here.

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The Creation of West Side Story
Aug
14
1:30 PM13:30

The Creation of West Side Story

Musical Theater Charities of Woodstock will present four "second Tuesday" summer fundraising shows and one "second Tuesday"  Christmas fundraising show at the Woodstock Opera House at 1:30 & 7 PM.

The programs will feature acclaimed musical theater historian and storyteller Charles Troy.   Mr. Troy will perform  "The Creation of The Sound Of Music"  on May 8th,   "The Creation of Fiddler On The Roof"  on June 12th,   "The Creation of The Wizard of Oz"  on July 10th,   "The Creation of West Side Story"  on August 14th, and "Making A List:  The Secular Songs of Christmas (1933-1952)"  on December 11th.   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. 

Learn more and buy tickets here.

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Truck Off
Sep
8
4:00 PM16:00

Truck Off

McHenry County's first and biggest food truck festival doubles down with 30+ trucks! Come HUNGRY and throw down on Chicagoland's best food trucks. With music and entertainment, vendor fair and activities all on the Woodstock Square on Saturday, September 8 from 4-9 PM.

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Home Grown Fall Fair
Oct
21
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, by hand and from the heart. With music, demos, samples and sales featuring Ethereal Confections, Casting Whimsy teas, Hello Lavender crochet and more! 

 

Come out to the Autumn Drive at 5 Lazy K Ranch, 18209 Collins Road, Woodstock.  For the Fall Home Grown Fair, October 19-21 from 9 AM - 5 PM.

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

Lighting of the Square 2018

Woodstock's annual family holiday tradition, the Lighting of the Square, takes place on Friday, November 23 on the historic Woodstock Square.

At 7:00 PM, the flip of a giant switch will illuminate thousands of festive lights on the charming Woodstock Square, heralding the true beginning of Victorian Christmas and holiday celebrations in Woodstock. Come be a part of our tradition!

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Making A List: The Secular Songs of Christmas
Dec
11
1:30 PM13:30

Making A List: The Secular Songs of Christmas

Musical Theater Charities of Woodstock will present four "second Tuesday" summer fundraising shows and one "second Tuesday"  Christmas fundraising show at the Woodstock Opera House at 1:30 & 7 PM.  

The programs will feature acclaimed musical theater historian and storyteller Charles Troy.   Mr. Troy will perform  "The Creation of The Sound Of Music"  on May 8th,   "The Creation of Fiddler On The Roof"  on June 12th,   "The Creation of The Wizard of Oz"  on July 10th,   "The Creation of West Side Story"  on August 14th, and "Making A List:  The Secular Songs of Christmas (1933-1952)"  on December 11th.   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. 

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Woodstock Challenge Run and Pool Party
Jun
16
8:00 AM08:00

Woodstock Challenge Run and Pool Party

Challenge your family and friends to run for the Summer Playground Program; 5K, 1-mile & 1/2-mile Kids/Family Runs. Participants and family members are invited to swim at Woodstock Water Works after the race until 11:30 am.

Pre-Registration Fee by June 11
$25 Adults
$15 Youth (17 Years & Younger)
Register online at www.signmeup.com/123474 orwww.woodstockrecreationdepartment.com or in person at 820 Lake Avenue, Woodstock by June 11.

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The Creation of the Fiddler on the Roof
Jun
12
1:30 PM13:30

The Creation of the Fiddler on the Roof

Musical Theater Charities of Woodstock will present four "second Tuesday"  summer fundraising shows at 1:30 & 7 PM and one "second Tuesday"  Christmas fundraising show at the Woodstock Opera House.  

The programs will feature acclaimed musical theater historian and storyteller Charles Troy.   Mr. Troy will perform  "The Creation of The Sound Of Music"  on May 8th,   "The Creation of Fiddler On The Roof"  on June 12th,   "The Creation of The Wizard of Oz"  on July 10th,   "The Creation of West Side Story"  on August 14th, and "Making A List:  The Secular Songs of Christmas (1933-1952)"  on December 11th.   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. 

Learn more and buy tickets here.

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Second Monday Film Club: Finding Your Feet
Jun
11
1:00 PM13:00

Second Monday Film Club: Finding Your Feet

Join us at the Woodstock Theatre for the Second Monday Film Club presentation of Finding Your Feet on Monday, June 11 at 1:00 & 7:00 PM.
 

Finding Your Feet:
On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

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Paws in the Park: Walk and Pet Fest
Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

Paws in the Park: Walk and Pet Fest

Help celebrate the 18th annual Paws in the Park Walk & Pet Fest! Pets are family too and this event is a great way to bond with your special BFFs and your family too!

The theme this year is "Peace Love Paws", so get your groove on and join us for a fun day at Emricson Park while helping meet the goal of raising more than $25,000 to benefit all the cats and dogs at Helping Paws! 

Helping Paws is still accepting vendors and donations of items for our raffle. Inquiries can be sent to Michelle@helpingpaws.net.

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Bean to Bar Chocolate Making Class
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Bean to Bar Chocolate Making Class

Learn how to make chocolate bars from the bean! After an introduction to how cacao is grown, fermented and dried at the farm before being exported, you will learn to sort, roast, winnow, and grind beans to make chocolate. After the chocolate is made, participants will mold it into bars to take home. We will discuss different chocolate origins and flavors and taste each side by side. You will leave with several bars that you made along with a few we made for you! 

Class begins at 10:00am with complimentary coffee and end around 3:00pm. A gluten free lunch will be provided. Please make a note in the comments section at checkout if there are any dietary restrictions.

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Wedding Weekend in Woodstock
Jun
8
to Jun 10

Wedding Weekend in Woodstock

Wedding Weekend 2018 will be like no other wedding planning event you have ever experienced!

3 Days, 3 Main Events

Friday June 8, 2018

Wedding Weekend Kick-off Party!

8pm-10pm The Waverly Ballroom

Luxury fashion show and cocktail party at the gorgeous Waverly Ballroom!

Bridal Gowns, Bridal Lingerie, Mens Attire, Bridesmaids and MORE!

Decor Ideas!

Enjoy a cocktail and appetizers while veiwing the latest and greatest in bridal fashion!

Attend for your chance to win a $150 gift certificate from Bella Bridal Hair and Makeup Artistry and a gift certificate from The Perfect Fit Bridal

10PM-12AM BRIDAL BAR CRAWL! After the Fashion Show you will recieve a list of tasks to complete at 4 bars on the square. Bachelorette Party style! First to complete all tasks wins a gift basket valued at $300!

Saturday June 9, 2018

The Wedding Olympics

12pm-3pm Davis Road Feilds

Get your squad together and compete for over 25 prizes!

Participate in as many games as you'd like! The more you participate the more chances you have to win! Teams can be anywhere from 2-10 people and everyone is welcome to compete! Games will include a bouquet toss challange, a cupcake eating contest, an updo challange and many more!!

Our winners will be given the opportunity to win our SURPRISE GRAND PRIZE!

Sunday June 10, 2018

The Wedding Walk & The Wedding Garage Sale

12pm-3pm The Woodstock Square

Meet over 40 of the best wedding professionals at The Wedding Walk

Shop new and gently used wedding items at The Wedding Garage Sale

 

Learn more here!

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Orson Welles Statue Dedication
Jun
8
6:30 PM18:30

Orson Welles Statue Dedication

The final piece of the Woodstock on Film and on the Stage Mural and Sculpture Garden project will be unveiled Friday, June 8 at 6:30 PM as the Orson Welles statue will take its place alongside the mural on the MainStreet pedway.

This collaborative community-funded project, conceived by former City Councilman RB Thompson, was made possible with the help and donations of Classic Cinemas - Woodstock Theatre; the McHenry County Community Foundation; the Steering Committee, including project designer Michael Stanard,project manager Terry Willcockson, fundraisers Tina Hill, John Puzzo and Susan Stelford; muralist Mark Adamany; sculptor Bobby Joe Scribner; woodcarver Michael Bihlmaier; and over 100 private donors. Come celebrate this dedication to Woodstock's stars of film and stage! 

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Northern Illinois Sheep and Fiber Festival
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Northern Illinois Sheep and Fiber Festival

Northern Illinois Sheep and Fiber Festival formerly known as Spring Fiber Fling is an educational event focused on fiber and the process from “Sheep to Shawl”. It will be a weekend event with various activities for you to take part in, learn, and purchase anything from art supplies to finished handmade products. We will have different livestock expos and demonstrations going on around the grounds for you to enjoy.

The festival will take place on Saturday, June 2 from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, June 3 from 9 AM - 4 PM.

Learn more here.

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Fair Diddley
May
20
10:00 AM10:00

Fair Diddley

50th Annual Fair Diddley in historic Downtown Woodstock.


Come visit NAP Creations and over 300 other local crafters. This is the show that has something for everyone!The fair features hand-crafted, quality, original work including: folk art, wood carving, dried florals, pottery, painted and appliqued clothing, jewelry, fine art, Food vendors and much more.

Learn more here.

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Girls on the Run 5K
May
20
7:00 AM07:00

Girls on the Run 5K

Come out to Woodstock High School to participate in the annual Girls on the Run 5K. Runners need to arrive by 7 AM!

Girls on the Run is a life changing, experiential learning program for girls ages eight to thirteen. The program combines training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts.

Learn more and register here.

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Vesakha (Buddha) Day Celebration & Parade
May
19
4:00 PM16:00

Vesakha (Buddha) Day Celebration & Parade

The Abbot of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple in Woodstock, Venerable Bhante Sujatha, and the Blue Lotus community of meditation practitioners invite the public to attend the annual Buddha Day Celebration in Woodstock, IL., on Saturday, May 19. The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a ceremony at the Blue Lotus Temple. This is also a celebration of the 16th anniversary of Bhante Sujatha’s work in McHenry County leading meditation programs and creating Blue Lotus from humble beginnings in the basement of the Unitarian Universalist Church.
  
A special lantern parade through downtown Woodstock will follow the indoor program. Hundreds of handmade, paper lotus lanterns will be carried around the Square, led by Sri Lankan and Indian drummers, the monastic gathering, and a statue of the Buddha carried on a litter. After the procession winds back to the Blue Lotus Temple, all are invited in for light refreshments. This is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and greet old ones, to feel loving-kindness in action, and to be part of this growing Woodstock tradition. Public parking is available in nearby lots, but allow extra time to find a spot.

For more information, call Blue Lotus Temple at (815) 337-7378 or visit the Blue Lotus Temple.

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Craft & Vendor Days
May
19
to May 20

Craft & Vendor Days

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Craft & Vendor Days:
Looking for Crafters and Vendors of all types May 19th & 20th 2018 10:00-5:00 pm at the Woodstock Square Event Center. Come out and shop local craft and handmade vendors!


$50.00 per 12’x12’space per day. Saturday & Sunday, indoor space. For information email  woodstocksqevent@gmail.com

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Flight of the Butterflies - Special Movie Showing
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Flight of the Butterflies - Special Movie Showing

The Woodstock Theatre presents a special showing of Flight of the Butterflies in 3D on Saturday, May 19 at 10:00 AM.  $1.00 donation to benefit The Land Conservancy.
 

Flight of the Butterflies:
It is a natural history epic. It is a detective story. Join hundreds of millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway, and one scientist's 40-year search to unravel the mystery - where do they go each fall? Experience the Flight of the Butterflies.

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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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Jazz Night
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

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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May
18
2:30 PM14:30

Miss Woodstock 2018

"The Miss Woodstock Scholarship has been a staple in our community since 1948. Over the years, more than sixty young women have vied for a title that would earn them the scholarship to aide them in their continuing education.  This is not your typical pageant; this is a long time Woodstock tradition.  We are pleased to be continuing our Little Miss Woodstock program benefiting girls between the ages of 8-12 who are Woodstock residents.  Please join us as we crown our 2018 Queens on June 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm! 

Learn more here.

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Memorial Day Exhibit
May
16
to Jun 16

Memorial Day Exhibit

Come see the Veteran's Memorabilia Exhibit all around the Woodstock Square from Wednesday, May 16 - June 16.

Store fronts all around the Woodstock Square will be presenting memorabilia and uniforms from Woodstock Service men and women in their store window displays.

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Second Monday Film Club: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
May
14
1:00 PM13:00

Second Monday Film Club: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Join in at the Woodstock Theatre for the Second Monday Film Club presentation of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story shown on Monday, May 14 at 1:00 & 7:00 PM. General Admission. 
 

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story:
Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood movie star who was hailed as the most beautiful and glamorous in the world. However, that was only the surface that tragically obscured her astounding true talents. Foremost of them was her inventive genius that a world blinded by her beauty could not recognize as far back as her youth in Austria with her homemade gadgets. This film explores Lamarr's life which included escaping a loveless marriage on the eve of Nazi Germany's conquest of her nation to a new career in Hollywood. However, her intellectual contributions were denied their due even when she offered them in the service of her new home during World War II. Only after years of career and personal decline in her troubled life would Lamarr learn that her staggering aptitude created brilliant engineering concepts that revolutionized telecommunications, which forced the world to realize the hidden abilities of a woman it had so unfairly underestimated.

Learn more here.

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Sculpted Paintings Gallery with Rolley Bateman III
May
14
to May 18

Sculpted Paintings Gallery with Rolley Bateman III

Join us Monday, May 14, 2018, through Friday, May 18th, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm (MTW) and 10 am to 7 pm (ThF) for an open gallery hosted by local artists Rolley Bateman III and his family at Mixin Mingle!

Rolley's sculptured paintings (heavy, 3-dimensional Impasto) are lush landscapes featuring a road or path theme exploring the majesty of trees and the bold, intense color found in Nature along with Spirituality of life outdoors away from the chaos and hardships of life. These pieces have a tremendous amount of texture and depth, literally jumping off the canvas. This unique style leaves the viewer to contemplate the correlation between nature and the surreal.

Learn more here.

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Second Sunday Concert: The Original Delta Fireballs Duo
May
13
3:00 PM15:00

Second Sunday Concert: The Original Delta Fireballs Duo

Second Sunday Concerts presents "The Original Delta Fireballs Duo Featuring Geneva Red" at Culture, Arts & Music (1039 Wanda Ln)

Bring the whole family and enjoy May's concert. You'll hear blues from this world renown artist, recently seen at the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival, and learn how to play blues on your own Harmonica.

Second Sunday Concerts are presented to showcase local artists and in support of Culture, Arts & Music

$20 tickets in advance reserve your spot and your own take home harmonica. $15 at the door (Does not nclude harmonica)
Children 6 and Under: $10 Harmonica Fee, or free to just watch!

Learn more here.

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Red Rose Ragtime Band
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Red Rose Ragtime Band

Swing to the music of America when the Red Rose Ragtime Band comes to the Woodstock Opera House Stage on Saturday, May 12 at 8 PM

Formed in 1981 by percussionist Mike Schwimmer and pianist/arranger Joan Reynolds, the band specializes in ragtime for the 7-piece jazz band format and their concerts present a potpourri of musical Americana, straight from the roots of our animated musical heritage - ragtime, blues, and jazz, as well as pop selections from the 1920's thru the 1930's.  Violinist Will Ejzak-Reynolds will join pianist Joan Reynolds for some piano/violin duets during the program.

Get tickets here.

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Ethereal Elementary: Mother's Day Edition
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Ethereal Elementary: Mother's Day Edition

Introducing Ethereal Confections Elementary - a 2 hour guided chocolate making class catered specifically to young minds... and their moms! (or dads, grandparents, big sisters, any loved one is welcome) The Ethereal team will guide you & your pupil through a brief introduction to the origin of chocolate, followed by some messy chocolate-making fun! Together we'll dip gummy worms in chocolate, make some custom chocolate coins adorned with your child's choice of toppings, & to finish off our confectionary adventures, we're bringing back our acclaimed seasonal treat - jelly bean bark! All students will leave with their handcrafted confections, and the title of chocolate scholar!

Complimentary hot chocolate will be provided for the students, and every adult will receive one complimentary beverage of their choice from our menu (excluding alcohol).

Learn more here!

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Community Knit Night
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Community Knit Night

Join in for a fun crochet/knit night at Ethereal Confections! Beginners and seasoned veterans are all welcome. Bring your work in progress or start something new. Drink some yummy drinks, eat some yummy eats, get to know each other, and crochet or knit at the same time!

It's free to attend, but you must reserve a spot.

Please note, this is not a knit/crochet class. 

Reserve your spot here.

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The Creation of the Sound of Music
May
8
1:00 PM13:00

The Creation of the Sound of Music

On Tuesday, May 8th at 1 & 7 PM learn the fascinating backstory behind one of your favorite movies - and the musical that gave birth to it - written by two of the greatest names in Broadway history, Rodgers & Hammerstein. Musical Theatre historian Charles Troy's multimedia presentation is both entertaining and educational, and filled with surprising twists! 

Musical Theater Charities of Woodstock will present four "second Tuesday" summer fundraising shows and one "second Tuesday"  Christmas fundraising show at the Woodstock Opera House.   The programs will feature 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. 

Learn more and buy tickets here.

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Read, Wine and Dine
May
7
6:30 PM18:30

Read, Wine and Dine

Join author Kelly O'Connor McNees to discuss, "Undiscovered Country: A novel inspired by the lives of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok" at Read Between the Lynes on Monday, May 7 at 6:30 PM. 

The evening will include a dinner with the author, discussion and signing of books.  This is a ticketed event with limited seating.  Tickets are $48.00, includes dinner, tax and gratuity and one copy of the the book.  

Learn more here.

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