June/July 2016
Plan your trip to  DeKalb County

Summer is a great time to visit DeKalb County!  Fests, 5Ks, and other events will give you a weekend of entertainment and memories. Use the event calendar, 2016 Visitors Guide and updated Spirits Brochure to help plan your trip.

Create your own itinerary and map it out using our  interactive map! Once created, save it and share with friends. It's a great way to make sure you hit everything on your list.
Thursdays, June - September 
from 10am - 2pm

Tuesdays, June - September
from 3 - 7pm
Select Saturdays, May - September 
from 9am - 2pm 
calendar of events  for dates)
Saturdays starting June 25 
from  9am - 12pm
2nd and 4th Sundays June - September 
from 9am - 1pm

Community Gardens:
DeKalb County has an ever growing Community Garden Program, including WalnutGrove Vocational Farm. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 7pm, Sunday 12 - 5pm (closed on Mondays).  The farm sells potted plants, flowers and other items to the public. It's a great way to eat and buy local. Visit their Facebook page for more information. 

Eat Local DeKalb: 
There's a great new way to find local farm stands in Northern Illinois! EatLocalDeKalb.org  has created a   map showing the locally grown and produced   produce, livestock, alcohol and more available right here in Northern Illinois. This organization also hosts events in the DeKalb area featuring and supporting locally grown items. 

Local Spirits: 
DeKalb County is proud to be home to two wineries featuring Illinois  Wines, the  only estate distillery in Illinois and two breweries. All five, Prairie State Winery, Waterman Winery, Whiskey Acres Distillery, Cademon Brewing & Forge Brewhouse, all are close together and open this summer. Stay for the day to enjoy a couple stops or the weekend to  savor the wines, spirits and beers at all five. Each host special events throughout the month with new featured selections, live music and more.  Learn more in our 2016 Spirits Brochure

Local Fests:
June brings two fests to DeKalb County. Join us for  Malta Days June 3-5 &   Genoa Days June 8-11 . Both fests feature a  5K ,  parade, free live music, carnival rides, along with your favorite fest fare!

Other June happenings: 
  • 2 - Ladies Night Out -  prizes, drawings, giveaways, silent auction, $3 "chick flick" at Sycamore Theatre and more.
  • 11 - Literacy on the Lawn - featuring Carolyn Crimi, the author of Where is my Mummy and Tessa's Tip-Tapping Toes

Visit DeKalb County for the July 4th Holiday! DeKalb, Sandwich, Kirkland and Shabbona all host family fun events, fireworks and more throughout the weekend. Visit our Calendar of Events to plan your trip. 

The fun doesn't stop with July 4th. Fests, classic car cruise nights & shows, live music, a Kardboard Raggatta and more happening in DeKalb County.  
July happenings: 


Rain in the forecast for your trip to DeKalb County? The City of DeKalb has a fun adventure for such an occasion. Go on a journey to find entertaining and uplifting messages that only appear when it rains! It's rain art, a reason to smile in the rain, free family entertainment, and more!

Visit  plsunshine.com to learn more and to get a map of the sidewalk art locations. 

The Big Reveal - click to watch!

DeKalb County Convention
and Visitors Bureau
111 South 2nd St.  Suite 202
DeKalb, IL 60115

Monday - Friday 
9am - 5pm

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