-Oktoberfest at Fireside Grille in Sugar Grove
Back by popular demand our Oktoberfest promotion features authentic German food including Sauerbraten, Jagerschnitzel, Beef Roulades, and a German combo platter! As well as delicious German food, we also offer Oktoberfest draft beers from breweries including Bell’s, Revolution, and Two Brother’s. Finally we also offer a German themed dessert! Please come check out all we have to offer while supplies last!
-Create a Farmhouse Style Barn Door at Past and Present Shoppes in North Aurora
Learn to create this charming Farmhouse Style ‘Barn Door’ HOME SWEET HOME! This workshop is perfect for all painting skill levels. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to enhance your current skills and develop new ones — learn how to create your own stencils!
The barn door, measuring 31″H, 17″W, will be an impressive whimsical addition to your home — perfect in an entryway, mantel or in your garden!
Space is limited to 6 participants. Registration fee of $40 includes all materials (pre-constructed barn door, hardware, paint, stencil), snacks and beverages and FUN! Participants will also enjoy an exclusive ‘after-hours’ shopping experience at Past and Present Shoppes (22 E. State St., North Aurora, IL).
–Massacre Haunted House Opening Weekend-Montgomery
The world famous Massacre Haunted House has gone under yet another massive renovation with all NEW Scares!
New for 2017, The Massacre Haunted House has redone our waiting area with a 2nd floor Dj Booth along with more photo ops including screen used sets from the SAW Movie!
Once inside the attractions you will witness detail like never seen before! Wander through new tombs and caverns, make your way through the all new abandoned mental hospital, survive the zombie infested terror town, and if you are scared of the dark, well….. we have a special area just for you. So grab your friends and get ready to Scream this October at Illinois Scariest Haunted House!
Opening Weekend Friday & Saturday Night September 29th and 30th 2017. 7:00pm-10:00pm both nights.
–Sugar Grove Farmer’s Market-LAST MARKET for 2017
The 2017 Sugar Grove Farmer’s Market invites residents in Sugar Grove and surrounding communities to join them every Saturday from June 3 through September 30, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Village of Sugar Grove Municipal Building Parking Lot, 10 Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554.
For information on becoming a vendor or sponsor of the Farmers Market contact Market Volunteer Pat Graceffa.
-Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm-Aurora
Enjoy family-friendly fall festivities at Blackberry Farm! Enjoy the park donned in seasonal decor, jump in our bounce house, ride on a hay wagon, listen to seasonal stories, create fall crafts, decorate a pumpkin for $3, play in our corn crib, ride the famous Blackberry Farm rides: train, carousel and ponies and much more! Each weekend will feature additional activities, so each week is a new experience!
Admission is just $7- everything is included, except pumpkin decorating, which is $3. Tickets are needed for ages 2 & up.
Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Follow the link and choose your date to purchase tickets and bypass admission lines.
-Nature Tales at Red Oak Nature Center- Batavia
This program features a nature story that will set the stage for fun activities and a quick fall walk. Participants should be dressed for the weather. Ages 3 to 5.
$5 (R)/ $7 (N)
–Saturday Farm Stand & Market Kitchen at Rustic Road Farm -Elburn
VOTED BEST FARM STORE IN KANE COUNTY!
PEAK SEASON TOMATOES
Red Beefsteak Tomatoes
Perfect for tomato salad with Greta’s goat cheese
Heirloom tomatoes – Prudence Purple, Striped German, Purple Cherokee.
MICHIGAN APPLES & PEARS
Certified Sustainably Grown
HONEYCRISP APPLES – EVERYONE’S FAVORITE APPLE
Sweet & Crisp
First of the short season- tender, gold flesh when ripe
FALL SQUASH IS IN!
Delicata, Acorn, Butternut
PASTURE RAISED CHICKENS!
Certiefed organic pasture & non-GMO feeds- you can taste the difference!
GRASS FED BEEF BACK IN STOCK
Grass fed, grain finished, no hormones, antibiotic free
Restaurant quality beef
GROUND TURKEY BACK IN STOCK
Pasture raised & Non-GMO feed
NOW OFFERING MARKET SWEETS from Chef Marc’s Recipe Files
Sea Salt Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Icing – Guest’s Favorite
Dark Chocolate Cake
Fudge Sauce – Back by Popular Demand
Goat’s Milk Caramel – eat it by the spoonful!
GRETTA’S GOAT’S MILK CHEESE
Made locally in Pecatonica by our soapmaker
100% Pure Chevre
FARMHOUSE KITCHEN MENU – All our soups are created & made by Chef/farmer Marc using seasonal farm ingredients.
Bacon & Roasted Eggplant Ragu
Portuguese Kale Soup
Laotian Sweet Potato (Vegan)
Tomato Basil Marinara
French Onion Soup
Vegan Gypsy Soup
BBQ Beans – everyone’s favoritte
Green Split Pea with Ham
Marinated Olives-Back by popular demand
CHUCK’S WOODFIRED PIZZA CRUSTS
The Original Brundige Road Pizza Maker
Enjoy with our Arugula Pesto & Gretta’s Goat Cheese
Honey Sweet Canteloupes & Watermelons
RAW UNFILTERED HONEY
Spring harvest coming soon!
OPEN PASTURE EGGS
SEE THE BABY PIGLETS
Too cute to miss!
Feel free to picnic on our lawn with the goats!!
-Johnny Appleseed Festival-Crystal Lake
The legend of Johnny Appleseed has been alive in Downtown Crystal Lake for 25 years and this year’s event on Saturday, September 30th promises to be the biggest and best. Thousands of families attend the festival to celebrate the season, community and enjoy a variety of apple-flavored delights.
Visit https://downtowncl.org/annual-events/johnny-appleseed-festival for details.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary, Downtown Crystal Lake is inviting the community to join us for 25 days of fun! From September 1st to September 25th Downtown Crystal Lake will host an Apple Scavenger Hunt. Here’s how the Apple Scavenger Hunt works:
– Grab a game card from Out of the Box (71 N. Williams), Marvin’s Toy Store (64A N. Williams), or at a business where you see an apple displayed within the downtown area. Game cards can be also be downloaded on our website www.DowntownCL.org
– 25 red apples will be in the windows of downtown businesses. They will be visible from the sidewalk; so this is a 24/7 game.
– Each apple will be numbered and reveal a word for the puzzle.
– To play, write down the words you find in the matching apple box on the game card and discover the completed sentences.
– Drop off your completed game card to Marvin’s Toy Store or Out of the Box.
Please, only one entry per person. We will draw 10 winners from the completed game cards, and winners will be notified by phone. You could win tickets for the festival, Crystal Lake souvenirs, and more! Additional details (and even a few hints) are available on the game card and at participating businesses.
-Fall Horse Drawn Carriage Rides at the Danada Equestrian Center-Wheaton
Take a seat on a straw bale and enjoy a leisurely 30-minute ride around the center and through the forest preserve, weather permitting. Rides are first-come, first-served—ticket sales for the day begin at 12 Noon. All ages; under 13 with an adult. $5 per person ages 5 and up; under 5 are free.
-Open House at Fox Valley Wildlife Center-Elburn
Come get a glimpse of what our center looks like at our open house! This is the one day of the year that we open our doors to the public. Take a tour of our facility and see how we care for our animals during the year. Our ambassador animals will also make appearances throughout the day.
There will be a host of kid-friendly activities, including a visit from the Kane County Mounted Rangers, the reptiles of the Midwest Museum of Natural History, and a bake sale with Kuiper’s Donuts and Cider. You and your family won’t want to miss this fun-for-all event!
Tickets are not required for entry. Please note that our rehab patients will be moved from the viewing area for their comfort and safety, and only our education animals will be available for viewing and interacting.
-Leaf Color Hike at Red Oak Nature Center-Batavia
As the leaves turn colors, participate in fun games and activities all about leaves! Take a short hike through the woods, learn how to identify leaves, learn why leaves change colors and maybe even make a fun leaf craft. Ages 7 to 10.
$5 (R)/ $7 (N)
-Oktoberfest, Grape Stomp and Pig Roast at Lynfred Winery-Roselle
Enjoy a classic German Oktoberfest Lynfred-style – fine wines, delicious food and lots of entertainment!
When the grapes begin to arrive at Lynfred and the crush begins we all know what’s right around the corner. . . Lynfred’s annual Oktoberfest!
ANNOUNCEMENT: Lynfred Winery will be closed until one hour prior to the festival on both days. The winery will open at 2 pm on Saturday and 11 am on Sunday. All guests to the winery September 30 and October 1 will be required to pay a $10 entrance fee. Only bottles of wine will be for sale in the tasting room.
The celebration of Oktoberfest at Lynfred began over two decades ago and continues to be a festival that is remembered by all. Two days of German sing-a-longs, grape spitting, grape stomping and cork tossing! Bring your friends, bring your family and bring your appetite!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: 3 PM – 9 PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1: NOON – 7 PM
WINE TASTINGS NOT AVAILABLE THE WEEKEND OF THE FESTIVAL
$10 Entrance Fee / 13 & Under Get in Free
Food/Beverage Tickets Available for $1
Wines Available by the Bottle or Glass
OUTSIDE FOOD & BEVERAGES PROHIBITED.
**Best Lederhosen & Best ‘I Love Lucy Stomping Grapes’ Costume Contests for Kids & Adults
**Face Painting (FREE) for Kids
**Special Guest Host: Jeff Hoover of WGN Morning News