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JOHNNY APPLESEED FESTIVAL, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30, at various locations in downtown Crystal Lake. Includes scarecrow decorating, antique apple cider press demonstrations, apple pie-baking and pie-eating contests, storytelling, music, dance, craft fair, food and more. Meet and greet Johnny Appleseed as he strolls the streets. Free. Activities such as children’s games, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin train and bowling, temporary tattoos, climbing tower, giant slide, wagon rides, amusement rides, moonwalk, etc., require tickets. Tickets are $1 each. Pancake breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church ($5 adults, $3 children 3 to 10, free for children younger than 3, $15 family at the door). Information: 815-479-0835 or https://downtowncl.org/annual-events/johnny-appleseed-festival/.
PLOW DAY AND TRACTOR SHOW, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30, Von Bergen’s, 9805 Route 173, Hebron. “Sit a spell” on an antique tractor. Featuring free ears of sweet corn, with other food available. Includes a pumpkin egg hunt at 1 p.m. for ages 1 through 12, live music from the Georgia Rae Family Band from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., tractor rides, a 1 p.m. tractor and wagon parade, children’s pedal tractor pull at about 2:30 p.m., pony rides, mazes, farm animal zoo, pumpkin train rides and face painting. Information: 815-648-2332 or www.vonbergens.com.
TOM’S FALL FESTIVAL, Sept. 30 through Oct. 31, Tom’s Farm Market, 10214 Algonquin Road, Huntley. Along with pumpkins and a farm market will be a variety of activities, including a corn maze, petting zoo, bunny village, inflatables, pedal tractor track, play land, tractor trailer rides, a straw maze, a climbing spider web, Pumpkin Express Barrel Rid and more. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Columbus Day and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Weekday admission is $7 for children, $5 adults. Weekend admission is $10 adults and children and $7 seniors. Children age 24 months and younger are free. Information: www.tomsfarmmarket.com.
30TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST, 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 30, St. Patrick Church, 3500 W. Washington St., McHenry. Family fun featuring traditional beer, wine and German food, live entertainment, talent show, games and activities for children, 50/50 and basket raffles. Prices range from $2 to $5. Information: 815-385-0025 or www.stpatrickmchenry.org.
CODY’S PUMPKIN FESTIVAL, every weekend in October, Cody’s Farm & Orchard, 19502 River Road, Marengo. Featuring pumpkins, a corn maze, pick-your-own pumpkin from the patch, hayrides and children’s activities, including a corn box, rubber duck races, tractor track, barrel rides and more. Cody’s also offers u-pick apples while in season. Free admission. Information: www.codysfarm.com or 815-568-7976.
BLACK DIAMOND KITE FEST, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1, Lippold Park Lacrosse Fields, 851 W. Route 176, Crystal Lake. Watch professional kite flyers fill the sky with enormous kites. First 250 kids receive free kites. Build a kite or bring your own. Pack a blanket and picnic lunch. Sponsored by Black Diamond. Music provided by Star 105.5. Rain or shine. Free. Information: 815-459-0680 or www.crystallakeparks.org.
40TH ANNUAL CIDER FEST, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1, McHenry County Historical Society Museum, 6422 Main St., Union. Featuring cider-making demonstrations, blacksmithing, an old-fashioned barn raising, live music, apple bake-off with homemade apple treats, white elephant sale and more. In addition to free access to the museum, guests are invited to experience what is was like in a Civil War encampment with the 36th Wisconsin Voluntary Infantry. The museum, the Gannon 1843 log cabin and 1895 West Harmony one-room school also are open free all day. Information: 815-923-2267 or www.mchenrycountyhistory.org.
OKTOBERFEST, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3, The Fountains at Crystal Lake, 965 N. Brighton Circle West, Crystal Lake. Live entertainment by Die Musicmeisters along with German-inspired hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Free. Suggested donation of $5 to benefit Watermark for Kids. Call to register by Oct. 1. Information: 815-893-8431.
MARENGO SETTLERS’ DAYS, Oct. 5-8, throughout Marengo. Featuring a carnival, parade, music, food, beer tent, prince and princess contest, pumpkin decorating contest, band field show competition, Saturday Night on Main Street and more. Among the Saturday Night on Main Street performers are Jack Beltz, Jim & Justin, Pirate Radio and 7th Heaven. Information: www.settlersdays.com.
WOODSTOCK ALE FEST, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7, Clay and Bartlett streets, Woodstock. A benefit for Adult & Child Therapy Services featuring craft beers, bacon and live bluegrass music. Tickets cost $40 a person and include a sampling of more than 80 craft beers and a commemorative sampling glass. Designated driver tickets cost $15 a person. VIP tickets are available for $70 a person and include exclusive access, VIP beers, a swag bag and more. Designated driver VIP tickets cost $30 a person. Tickets and information: 630-450-4194 or www.woodstockalefest.com.