THROUGH OCT. 5
Farmer’s Market, 60 S. Grove Ave, Elgin, 3-7 p.m., free admission. A seasonal open-air farmers market in Downtown Elgin.
THROUGH OCT. 20
Aurora Farmers Market, Aurora Transportation Center, 233 N. Broadway, Aurora, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon. Locally grown just-picked produce, fresh from the farm preserves, artisan cheeses, Old World breads and a very diverse selection of handcrafted products at Illinois’ Oldest Farmers Market.
THROUGH OCT. 21
Legally Blonde: The Musical, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, showtimes vary. . Information: 630-896-6666.
THROUGH OCT. 31
Pumpkin Daze at Abbey Farms, 850 Butterfield Rd., Aurora. This old-fashioned farm boasts a variety of activities and events for all ages plus a new Pine Tree Café & country store & baker.
Geneva French Market, brings farm fresh produce, fresh flowers, baked goods, jewelry, handbags and more to downtown every Sunday from mid-April to mid-November. The market is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Metra Train Station at Fourth and South streets.
Riverside Cemetery Walk, 414 N. River St., Montgomery, 7 p.m. Guests will be led through the cemetery in small groups to meet the fascinating “ghosts” of some of the early pioneers and other area residents who now occupy the cemetery. This is not a scary event, but more an opportunity to learn about the past from authentically costumed actors who will portray some of the people buried in the cemetery. Information 630-896-8080.
First Fridays Aurora and Happy Birthday Fire Museum, downtown Aurora (various venues) , Aurora, 5 p.m. Enjoy a night of art, fun, music, dance, and community at local businesses and venues in downtown Aurora on the first Friday evening of the month. Multiple venues in downtown Aurora open with art, music, and more. Free entrance, free art viewing, free trolley rides, free fun.
Student Harvest Days, Garfield Farm and Inn Museum, Garfield Road North of Route Illinois 38, Campton Hills, $5, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Museum volunteers demonstrate 19th century living to schoolchildren. Limited to 600 students. Reservations required. Information: www.garfieldfarm.org/ or phone 630-584-8485.
Shrek: The Musical, Waubonsee Community College, 4S783 Waubonsee Dr., Sugar Grove. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, “Shrek the Musical” is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure that brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Information: 630-466-7900.
Batavia Oktoberfest, Downtown Batavia, N. River St. The event will feature authentic German food, music, live entertainment and of course, beer! Official Sam Adams stein hoisting contests on Friday night and Saturday night. Sunday will be a full of family fun, games and family entertainment. See their web site for a full schedule of events.
Cock-A-Doodle Brew Fest, Parking lot behind Hollywood Casino Aurora | North east corner of N. River St. & E. New York St. | Aurora, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A one-of-a-kind festival celebrating craft beer, wings and live music. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Operation Support our Troops. Plus, you can upgrade to a VIP experience and share a brew with one of your favorite DJs. This is strictly a 21 and over event. Everyone entering the fest must present a valid government issued ID. Information: 815-556-0100.
Christine’s Dream Equestrian Center Open House, Rich Harvest Farms, 43W450 Prairie Street, Sugar Grove, free, $10 donation gives entry to Horse Naming Contest. Join Christine’s Dream Equestrian Center for a Giant Steps Walk for Autism, or visit the stables to learn more about the equine therapy program with stable tours, pony rides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, face painting, and more. Information: 630-864-3801.
Grave Reminders Cemetery Walk, North Cemetery , St. Charles, $5, ages 5 and under free with accompanying paying adult. Walk North Cemetery visiting the grave sites of those who helped shape the unique character of our community. At each gravesite, guests will encounter a community figure and listen as they tell in short monologues about their lives, their joys, their sorrows and their loves. Information: 630-584-6967 or visit www.stcmuseum.org/events/gravereminders
Los Lonely Boys, Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, 7 p.m., $38-$49. The story of how the Garza brothers rode their bluesy “Texican rock” sound from San Angelo, Texas, to worldwide fame is one of rock’s great Cinderella tales. The story of how they’ve persevered in the face of subsequent challenges is just as compelling as their strong brotherly bond helped them through those rough spots. Information: 847-622-0300.
Pumpkin Palooza, The Growing Place, 2000 Montgomery Road, Aurora, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fall family fun with giant pumpkins, hayrides, music, pumpkin games, pumpkin crafts, and pumpkin painting! We’re still adding more to this palooza of pumpkins! Keep watching for details. Information: 630-820-8088.
Kane County Flea Market, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. One of the longest-running antique and collectible Flea Markets in the world with hundreds of dealers inside, outside, and under sheds. Information: 630-377-2252.
Harvest Days, Garfield Farm and Inn Museum, Garfield Road North of Illinois 38, Campton Hills, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Join museum volunteers in this celebration of the season. Continuous demonstrations of farm and household skills, 19th century music, and food. Cost: $6 adults, $3 children under 13. Information: www.garfieldfarm.org or call 630-584-8485.
Arcada Silent Film Night: The Phantom Of The Opera accompanied live by organist Jay Warren, Arcada Theater, 105 E Main St., St. Charles. American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Lerouxs 1910 novel Le Fantome de Opera (Phantom of the Opera), directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney, Sr. in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he loves a star. Information: 630-962-7000.
Mystery History Food Crawl, St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St., St. Charles. Walk through the history and culture of St. Charles. Visit downtown eateries and discover the ties St. Charles has to U.S. history. Food and trivia fun provided at each stop. Information: 630-584-6967 or visit www.stcmuseum.org.
Batavia’s Second Fridays, downtown Batavia, Wilson St. , Batavia, 6-9 p.m. Businesses within the downtown area offer nontraditional programming. Whether it is a live performance, craft demo, a book signing or one of the many other programs, there is something for everyone. Free and family-friendly. Information: 630-761-3528.
Octo Street Fest, Behind Restaurant Row, Pinney St., Aurora, 2-7 p.m. Octo Street Fest brings artists, musicians, and street performers together for an afternoon of the mystical, the magical, and the absurd.
Park After Dark: Outbreak, Civic Center, 5 Ashlawn Ave., Montgomery, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m., $3- (resident), $35 non-resident. The zombie plague is sweeping across the nation and it has infested Oswego. Meet up at the Civic Center for evacuation orders. You will be transported out of town through the remote “hot zone”. Your only chance of survival is to make it through this heavily infested trail without becoming infected. Information: 630-554-1010/
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The magnificent Mexican folk dance troupe Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl will delight audiences with its eye-popping costumes, thrilling dance numbers and beautiful music. Information: 630-896-6666.
–Kane County Calendar of Events Oct. 3 – Oct. 25–