McHenry County Calendar of Events March 7- March 12

Enjoy Irish-themed Irish Comedy Tour, starring four comedians whose ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle, at 8 p.m. March 10 at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake.

March 8

Abe, Mary and Robert Todd: The Lincoln Family Legacy in Illinois
7-8 p.m.
Fox Lake District Library, 255 E. Grand Ave., Fox Lake

In this adult program, award-winning author David Clark (Windy City Road will explore the legacy of the lesser-discussed members of Abraham Lincoln’s family: Mary, his wife, and oldest son Robert Todd. For more information, call 847-587-0198 or visit

March 9

SLC Open Mic Night
7 p.m.
Stage Left Cafe, 125 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock

This open microphone event, presented by Off Square Music on the second and fourth Friday of every month, offers the spotlight to performers in 15-minute time slots. A featured artist will perform from 8:30-9 p.m. To sign up for a time slot, contact Keith Johnson at 815-338-5164. For more information, call 815-337-1395 or visit

Cork & Canvas
6-8:30 p.m.
Deicke Building (Community Room), 11419 S. Route 47, Huntley
$40 (residents), $50 (non-residents)

Laugh, paint and enjoy a glass of wine in this Huntley Park District program. Instructor Katie Wagner will guide participants — experienced artists and newcomers alike — through each step to create the specific painting of the evening. Registration is required. To sign up, and for more information, call 847-669-3824 or visit

March 9-11

Shamrockers Ball
Noon to midnight (each day)
Broken Oar Marina Bar & Grill, 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington
$5 (per day), $10 (per weekend), $20 (5-day pass)

Enjoy the first weekend of Shamrockers Ball, a rock music fest featuring a total of 16 bands in five days and held in two heated tents. Hillbilly Rockstarz and Too White Crew will perform March 9, followed by Bagpipers, Pirate Radio, Hi Infidelity, Downpour and Bella Cain on March 10, and LAVA Rock and Infinity on March 11. The first 100 people through the gate each day will receive a free beverage koozie, shirt or sunglasses The fest continues March 16 and 17. To purchase tickets, and for more information, call 847-639-9468 or visit

March 10

Irish Comedy Tour
8-10 p.m.
Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake
$35 (Zone A), $30 (Zone B), $25 (Zone C)

Enjoy this Irish-themed comedy show, starring four comedians whose ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle: Derek Richards, Mike McCarthy, Damon Leibert and Derrick Keane. To purchase tickets, and for more information, call 815-356-9212 or visit

Lounge Puppets
10 p.m.
Sideouts Sports Tavern, 4018 Roberts Road, Island Lake

See long-running ‘80s hair metal/arena rock cover band Lounge Puppets perform live at this popular area bar and eatery. For more information, call 847-526-7174 or visit

March 11

Sunday Matinee
1-3 p.m.
Algonquin Area Public Library District Eastgate Branch, 115 Eastgate Drive, Algonquin

Spend a Sunday afternoon at the library to enjoy a screening of the award-winning 2016 film, “La La Land” (rated PG-13), a romantic musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. For more information, call 847-658-4343 or visit

Affair of the Arts Fine Art & Artisan Gift Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Shores of Turtle Creek, 7908 Winn Road, Spring Grove

This massive show covers 10,000 square feet and features unique, handcrafted items created by more than 40 artists, including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, glass, prints, photography, fiber art, wood, metalwork, 3D mixed media, fine art, home accessories and artisan fashion items, as well as artist demonstrations, cocktails and more. For more information, call 815-675-0001 or visit

March 12

Matinee Mondays
1 p.m.
Johnsburg Public Library, 3000 Johnsburg Road, Johnsburg

Enjoy a screening of the award-winning 2017 film, “Darkest Hour” (rated PG-13), starring Gary Oldman as iconic World War II-era British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Snacks will be provided. To register, and for more information, call 815-344-0077 or visit


–McHenry County Calendar of Events March 7- March 12–