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Kane home to fall fests, theater and concerts

WHERE: Downtown Batavia and Riverwalk's Peg Bond Pavilion
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26
COST & INFO: Free; 630-761-3528, schedule at
ABOUT: BatFest will feature downtown trick-or-treating, Mothers’ Club parade, pumpkin roll, pet costume contest, Dance Monster Mash and games. It overlaps with the final outdoor farmer's market of the season.
BATFEST TO SCARE UP FAMILY FUN WHERE: Downtown Batavia and Riverwalk's Peg Bond Pavilion WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 COST & INFO: Free; 630-761-3528, schedule at ABOUT: BatFest will feature downtown trick-or-treating, Mothers’ Club parade, pumpkin roll, pet costume contest, Dance Monster Mash and games. It overlaps with the final outdoor farmer's market of the season.

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OCT. 24

PECHAKUCHA NIGHT BATAVIA: 7 p.m., Shannon Hall at Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St., Batavia. Presentations have 20 images, each for 20 seconds, for a total of under seven minutes. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and food and beverages will be sold. Cost: $10 at the door or at Information:

BOOK SIGNING PARTY WITH ELIZABETH RUSSELL: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Republic of Letters, 1 W. State St., suite 103, Geneva. Her latest fantasy novel is “Trinian.” Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Cost: Free admission. Information:

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS: Through Nov. 2, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. WWS welcomes “A Lifetime in the Making” paintings by Ted Stanuga and sculptures by John E. Bannon in the Dempsey Family Gallery and Michelle Rial’s “Water Glass” exhibition in the upstairs gallery. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost: Free admission, with a $5 donation encouraged at the door. Information:

“GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS”: Various daytime performances through Oct. 25, Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The musical adaptation recommended for children ages 2 to 10 is presented by Chicago Kids Company. Cost: $14. Information:

MARSHALL TUCKER BAND WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show is followed by UFO at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26; Paul Anka singing Sinatra and his own hits on a 60th anniversary tour at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30; Live Dead ’69 50th Anniversary Tribute: Grateful Dead and Flying Burrito Bros., featuring original Grateful Dead pianist Tom Constanten and other guests, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31; and The Fab Four in a Beatles tribute at 8 p.m. Nov. 1. Information:

OCT. 25

MR. BLOTTO: 10 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, St. Charles. Mr. Blotto takes the jam band aesthetic into areas unfamiliar to the standard scene. Information:

ROALD DAHL’S “JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR.”: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, 3755 E. Main St., St. Charles. Cost: $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Information:, 630-584-0139.

“THE CREATURE CREEPS” COMEDY BY JACK SHARKEY: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2, Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 Water Street Mall just west of Route 25 in downtown Aurora. It’s a creepy comedy complete with a mad scientist, his misshapen assistant, a grim housekeeper, secret laboratory, shrieks from the cellar, disappearing villagers, an incredibly stalwart and stupid hero of sterling character, the scientist’s absolutely dopey daughter, and so many laughs you’ll lose count, announced the troupe. Cost: $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, with discounts for military, police and fire personnel. Information: Reservations at, 630-897-9496.

JDR AND THE BROADCAST: 9 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. Nicole Amine will open at 8 p.m. for the roots rock band. Bluesman Smiley Tillmon’s band will feature the red-hot guitar of Kate Moss on Oct. 26, with the Seventh Sons Band opening. The show is followed by a Slide Guitar Master Workshop and full-length performance by singer-songwriter Kraig Kenning, a national slide guitar champion, on Oct. 27. Workshop begins at 4 p.m. and concert at 6:30 p.m. Information:

YOUTH PRODUCTION OF “THE WALKING DWARVES”: Through Oct. 27, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, Geneva. With a touch of the walking dead, the all-ages show is a zombie fractured fairy tale. Curtain is at 7 p.m. Oct. 25; 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 26; and 3 p.m. Oct. 27. Cost: $10 each. Information: Tickets at and at Sunset Community Center and Stephen Persinger Recreation Center, or by calling 630-232-4542.

THE FLAT CATS WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 8:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be Rosie and The Rivets at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 2; Sinatra Sundays with Ron’s Family Feast featuring Jack D’Amico at 3 p.m. Oct. 27; open mic night at 7 p.m. Oct. 29; $5 Cover Magic Wednesdays starring The Great Boutelli at 7 p.m. Oct. 30; Tony Ocean and the Turn Back Time Band at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31; and Bobby C and The C Notes at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Information:

OCT. 26

NIGHTMARE ON NEW YORK STREET, PART OF A HALLOWEEN POP-UP THREE-DAY SERIES: 7:30 p.m., Loft 28 West, 28 W. New York St., Aurora. Loft 28 West transforms to Raven’s Halloween Pub, with DJ Bobby M upstairs in the Loft and Turbo Shot downstairs in the main pub. Also offered are combo tickets for both the Halloween Pop-Up and the Basement of the Dead Haunted House. Additional events are offered Oct. 25 and 27. Information:

COMPASS MORTGAGE CO-HOSTS A HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL AND COSTUME PARTY FOR FAMILIES: 4:30 to 10 p.m., The Crazy Halloween House of Blackberry Creek, 1128 Liberty Drive, Elburn. There will be a maze, cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, beverages (BYOB for adults) and raffles. Cost: Free, with registration required. Information:

FOREST OF FRIGHT AND DELIGHT: 6 to 9 p.m., Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 S. River St. (Route 25), on the border of Batavia and North Aurora. Explore the woods at night on a self-led, haunted cave hike. Sit by the campfire and listen to ghostly tales. Inside, enjoy activities, music and games. Flashlights are recommended, and the event is for visitors age 7 and older. Cost: $12 in advance or $15 that day with registration required. Information: 630-897-1808,

CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER FOR BATAVIA PARKS FOUNDATION: 7 to 10 p.m., Shannon Hall, 14 N. Van Buren St., Batavia. The theme is the 1980s. There will be casino games, raffle prizes, dancing to a DJ, refreshments and appetizers. Cost: $70, which includes one drink ticket and 70 casino chips. One must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased at Information:

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WITCH’S BALL ADULT HALLOWEEN PARTY: 9:30 p.m., Pheasant Run Resort’s Bourbon Street, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. A costume contest is part of the night open to people age 21 and older. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 630-584-6300.

FENCING TOURNAMENT BY BATAVIA PARK DISTRICT: 6 p.m., Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St. After 15 years of offering fencing, the Park District will hold its first regional tournament. Fencing provides a cardiovascular workout, involving aerobic endurance, enhanced flexibility and development of upper and lower body strength, as well as strategy skills. Children as young as 8 can learn the sport. The public is invited to watch the tournament. Information:

FALL FARM FESTIVAL: Through October, Windy Acres Farm, 37W446 Fabyan Parkway, Geneva. Attractions include the freshly renovated Buttermilk Barnyard Petting Zoo, a new corn stalk maze, tractor rides to the pumpkin patch, miniature golf, a zip line, giant inflatable slides on weekends, moon bouncers, an electric kiddie train, and a children’s play area with Charlotte’s Tangle Web, rock climbing, pedal tractors, rubber duckie races, horsey swing corral, and the roping rodeo toss. Homemade treats include fruit pies, and the farm stand offers homegrown produce. Cost: Prices vary. Information:, 630-232-6429.

APPLE PICKING AND FALL FESTIVITIES: Apple picking on Saturdays and Sundays through October, Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park. The shop and bakery are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. One can take a scenic ride around the farm on its railroad and enjoy pumpkin farm activities including pig races on the weekends, slide mountain, rat rollers, barnyard ballgames, 5-acre corn maze, jumping pillow, petting zoo, haunted forest and hay rides. Information:, 815-827-5200, ext. 1, to hear which varieties of the 20 apples grown are available that week.

ONESTI’S WILD WEST TOWN’S FALL FESTIVAL: Saturdays and Sundays through October. All children age 12 and younger will receive a free pumpkin when they trade beads with Chief Great Eagle upon riding the park’s train. Big Al’s Ice Cream Saloon will offer fall treats. The Wild West Stunt Show, gold panning mine, a children’s craft center, pumpkin painting, tomahawk throwing, an escape room, museum and pony rides are part of the experience. For older kids and adults from 8 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, there will be a Wild West Haunted Ghost Town, for which admission costs $15. Fall Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $19 per person, free admission for children younger than 4 and grandparents. Information:, 815-923-9000.

OCT. 27

FREE AIRPLANE RIDES FOR YOUTH AGE 8 TO 17: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aurora Municipal Airport, 43W636 Route 30, Sugar Grove, at the base of the control tower. It’s designed to let kids discover the magic of flight and cultivate a passion for aviation. EAA Chapter 579 Fox Valley Sport Aviation Association has safely flown more than 18,000 Young Eagles at Aurora Municipal Airport since the program was introduced by EAA in 1992, organizers announced. Cost: Free. Information:

GENEVA COMMONS’ FALL FEST: 1 to 4 p.m., 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. The Green gathering area will be transformed into an autumnal landscape. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume to the family event, featuring games, prizes, music, treats, raffles, a hay bale maze with a live scarecrow and photo opportunities. Cost: Free. Information:

THE FRENCH MARKET BY BENSIDOUN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, train station parking lot in Geneva, off South and Fourth streets. Information:

OCT. 28

CD ONE PRICE CLEANERS’ ANNUAL COAT DRIVE: Oct. 28 to Nov. 10, 2110 Prairie St., St. Charles. The company locations are collecting coats for the Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society. They will accept gently used children, teen and adult winter coats. CD One will clean all coats and deliver them for distribution in time for winter. Information: visit

ART EXHIBIT “COSMIC DESIGN” BY SHANTHI CHANDRASEKAR: Until Oct. 28, Fermilab, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. Chandrasekar is a multimedia and multidisciplinary artist with degrees in physics and psychology. Her muse lives where the scientific overlaps with the spiritual. The gallery is free and open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; sign in at the Wilson Hall atrium reception desk. Information:

OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: Through October, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. It displays works by seven artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information:

OCT. 30

FINAL EXHIBITION OF FOX RIVER PAINTINGS: Through Nov. 15, Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St. A “Fox River Testimony” collection of original Fox River oil paintings is by plein air artist Joel Sheesley, artist-in-residence for The Conservation Foundation’s Art of the Fox program. Sheesley, an emeritus professor of art at Wheaton College, chronicled his experiences with the project in a 160-page coffee table book. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Sheesley will discuss how he creates his works of art and some of his experiences in the field at an Artist’s Talk at 7 p.m. Nov. 4, at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin. Information:; to see works in the series for sale, visit

OCT. 31

WAUBONSEE HALLOWEEN MYSTERY – “THE CASE OF THE MISSING CANDY”: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Waubonsee Community College, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove. The college seeks people with puzzle-solving skills. In the early hours of Halloween morning, a shadowy creature swiped the college’s candy and left a slew of clues along their trail. One can start the detective work in Collins Hall, receiving a game map and clues. You’ll cast your vote for the candy culprit in Student Life for a chance to win a prize. Information:

NOV. 1

“THE GREATEST SHOWMAN” SING-ALONG: 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The movie musical starring Hugh Jackman as circus impresario P.T. Barnum boasted one of the biggest soundtracks of 2017. The film’s signature anthem, “This is Me,” was nominated for an Oscar for best song. For the sing-along, the words will scroll on the screen. Lobby doors open at 7 p.m., with full bar and concessions. Cost: Reserved seating tickets are $10, with 10 percent off for Paramount subscribers. Information:, 630-896-6666.

FIRST FRIDAYS IMPROV COMEDY: 8 p.m., Hemmens Cultural Arts Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. GreenRoom Productions’ improvisers take audience suggestions and turn them into comic theater pieces. It’s a semi-professional, ensemble-based troupe. “With competing improv teams, improvised songs, audience members on stage, and tons of energy, these family-friendly shows are ones you won’t soon forget,” according to organizers. Cash bar is offered. The next date is Dec. 6. Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Information:, 847-931-5900.

NOV. 2

AIR CLASSICS MUSEUM OF AVIATION: Open for season, Sugar Grove. The museum is one mile west of the Aurora airport entrance at 44W546 Route 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Additional tour dates are offered groups of 10 or more. Cost: $7 for people age 62 and older; $10 for age 16 to 61; $5 for kids age 5 to 15. Information: 630-466-0888,

NOV. 4

“THREADS – A LINE FROM THERE TO HERE”: Through Dec. 13, Schingoethe Center of Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora. The center’s chief curator Meg Bero of Batavia (who just announced her retirement) and curator Laura Russman co-curated the exhibit. The museum shows 150 historic and contemporary Native American clothing items, shoes, jewelry, bags and hats. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Cost: Free. Information: 630-844-7844,,

HABITAT WORKDAYS: 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fermilab Natural Areas, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. New are workdays from 9 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. Participants learn about ecology and the environment. No experience is required, but dress for the weather and outdoor work. Volunteers have been processing native seed mixes and removing invasive woody plants. All tools and safety equipment are provided. Simply show photo ID to security guard at entrance and meet in Lederman Science Center parking lot. Rain or hazardous weather will cancel event. Information:

NOV. 7

QUEEN OF HEARTS WEEKLY DRAWING NIGHTS: Thursdays, Elburn American Legion Post 630, 112 N. Main St. Doors open around 4:30 p.m. The post has video slot machines. Information:, 630-365-6530.

STILL NOT FRIDAY STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWCASE: 8 p.m. every Thursday, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora. Doors open at 7 p.m. The full food and drink menu is available in the showroom. Cost: Show admission free. Information:

LIVE MUSIC: 8:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, ROX City Grill at Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main St., St. Charles. Information:, 630-845-5800.

NOV. 8

TWO BROTHERS ARTISAN SPIRITS DISTILLERY TOURS: 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway (Route 25), Aurora. No reservations are taken, but check in at host stand. Cost: Free. Information: 630-264-2739, twobrothersbrewing.

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