Columbus Day Weekend Events


Trying to figure out things to do in DeKalb County over the long Columbus Day weekend? Besides the usual slate of weekend activities, some seasonal attractions are opening in the next couple days, as well as an historic season-opening production from the NIU School of Theatre and Dance. (Check out our local events calendar for upcoming events later this month.)

Looking for somewhere to take your young children on Friday? How about taking them to see some big rigs and other cool vehicles up close? The Sycamore Park District Community Center Parking Lot, 480 S. Airport Rd, will be the site of this free event from 2 – 4 p.m., October 5.

Pumpkin Train Rides
Beginning Saturday, October 6, the Waterman & Western Railroad is open every weekend in October. Walk through the Haunted Train Station and ride the train past a ghostly graveyard and through a smoke-filled tunnel. In the Great Pumpkin Patch, each rider will get to select a free pumpkin to take home (while supplies last). Located one mile west of IL RT 23 on US 30 in Waterman, IL. Hours: Saturday 1-9 p.m., Sunday 1 – 8 p.m. and Columbus Day 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fall Festival
Join the DeKalb County History Center, Saturday, October 6 at 1:00 p.m. to make old-fashion apple cider. Make this event part of your family’s fall tradition. The homemade apple cider is always a big hit. The Museum will also be open for tours (regular admission fees apply).

Haunted Jonamac
You know the Halloween season is upon us when Jonamac Orchard in Malta opens its spooky corn maze. The maize has three miles of pathways, and if you think it’s scary being lost in a field of corn, wait until it’s dark and you’re being chased by a guy with a chainsaw. Also, watch out for creepy creatures while you’re waiting in line. For obvious reasons, they don’t allow unaccompanied children under 12. Hours: Friday and Saturday, Dark until 10:30 p.m. Also open Sunday, Oct. 7th. Cost: $13 per person.
Note: Corn Mazed closed Friday Oct. 5 due to muddy conditions

NIU Theatre: The Flick
After a five-year exile due to construction, the Northern Illinois University School of Theater and Dance is back at the newly-renovated Stevens Building on the NIU campus. In addition, their first production of the 2018-19 season will take place at the brand new Black Box Theatre. The Flick is “an honest look at human life and the outside world as seen through three underpaid movie ushers.” The play won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Performances are Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Buy Tickets 

Etched in Stone Cemetery Walk
The Sycamore History Museum’s Annual Heritage Cemetery Walk takes place on Sunday, October 7 at 1:00 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore (901 S. Cross St). This year, the DeKalb County History Center will be partnering with the Son’s of Union Veterans for the program. The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Columbus Day Petting Zoo at Heritage Woods
Schools out next Monday for Columbus Day and not sure what to do with the kids? Heritage Woods in DeKalb is having a Petting Zoo! Free admission & refreshments from 2-4 p.m. Location: 2626 N. Annie Glidden Rd, DeKalb, IL.

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