DeKalb County is the home of many unique festivals and celebrations throughout the year. Whether you want some Family Fun, to Celebrate 4th of July, Cruise with Classic Cars, or Fly a Kite, we have you covered. Visit the Festivals Listings for a complete list of fests in the county and our Calendar of Events page to plan your next trip.

Bring the Whole Family

Many of our festivals and celebrations have something for the whole family. With carnivals and rides, parades, special presentations, and food, events!

DeKalb- Corn Fest, Corn Classic, Polar-Palooza, NIU Homecoming

Sycamore- Pumpkin Fest, Turning Back Time Car Show, Cinco de Mayo

Genoa- Great Genoa Duck RaceGenoa Days, VolksFest Beer & Wine, Rumble on the River

and more like Malta DaysCortland’s Summer Fest and Fall Parade & Festival, and the Sandwich Fair!

Many of our communities and attractions also host movie nights, family friendly block parties and mini events throughout the year. The DeKalb County History Center hosts walking tours of historic districts, the Ellwood House hosts educational programs for all ages, and many of the county’s historic structures are open for tours.

Visit our Calendar of Events for more! 

Celebrate 4th of July

The City of DeKalb features Hopkins Park Band Shelter with Fireworksa concert at Hopkins Park along with food vendors to enjoy during the fireworks. Sandwich Freedom DaysKirkland 4th of July, Lee 4th of July ParadeFireworks Over Lake Shabbona, Hinckley Fireworks Festival

are hometown festivals that go all weekend long. The fests highlight the fun hometown atmosphere with parades, live music, and more. Visit our Calendar of Events to plan your July 4th trip to DeKalb County.

Cruise to DeKalb County

train engine pouring out steam from the front end of the train

Many of our communities and local businesses have Classic Car Cruise nights throughout the summer. Sycamore’s Turning Back Time Weekend and Cruisin’ to Genoa showcase spectacular cars. The annual Sycamore Steam Show & Threshing Bee brings history to life through amazing steam-powered machines.


Visit our Calendar of Events for even more events!