40th Annual Corn Fest Kicks Off Friday!


Celebrating its 40th year, Corn Fest will once again signal the end of summer in DeKalb. The City of DeKalb is excited to sponsor this year’s festivities, which will take place this Friday through Sunday, August 25, 26, and 27 in downtown DeKalb. Corn Fest is proud to be one of the last remaining free summer music festivals in Illinois. This year’s musical acts include 7th Heaven, Uncle Kracker, Hi Infidelity, and Thompson Square. Admission to the fest is free. There is a $5 per day fee for admission to the sound stage area.

In addition to live music, festival goers can enjoy great food and fun for the whole family. Activities include the always popular Corn Fest Car Show and Chuck Siebrasse Corn Boil on Saturday and three days of fun at the Corn Fest Carnival. Craft Fest will also return this year featuring vendors selling family-friendly merchandise throughout the three-day festival. Local performers will entertain crowds on the Community Stage. Those looking for a little friendly competition should sign up for the bags tournament that takes place Saturday afternoon.

For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, all backpacks, knapsacks, and tote bags will be subject to search upon entering the festival grounds. The following are a few items that are prohibited at Corn Fest: outside alcoholic beverages, coolers, glass bottles, pets, grills, bicycles, skateboards, and firearms.

For additional information on schedules, parking, and public transportation, please visit the Corn Fest website or call 815-748-2676.

Friday, August 25th: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, August 26th: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, August 27th: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

On the Soundstage
Friday 8/25
5:30PM – 6:30PM – The Party Doctors
7:00PM – 8:30PM – 7th Heaven
9:30PM – 11:00PM – Uncle Kracker
Saturday 8/26
12:00PM – 1:00PM – The Beaux Band
1:30PM – 2:30PM – Soap Stone
3:00PM – 4:30PM – Destination Unknown
5:00PM – 6:30PM – Catfight
7:00PM – 8:30PM – Too White Crew
9:00PM – 11:00PM – Hi Infidelity
Sunday 8/27
12:00PM – 1:30PM – Tristin Bushman
2:30PM – 3:30PM – The Swon Brothers
4:30PM – 6:00PM – Thompson Square

Carnival Wristband Deals

$55 Weekend Megapass – you receive unlimited rides all weekend at Corn Fest

Daily Unlimited Passes
Friday 3 – 7pm
unlimited rides $25
Saturday 11-3pm
unlimited rides $25
Sunday All Day
unlimited rides $30


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