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Posted on: October 2, 2018

October Special Events Newsletter

Special Events Newsletter- October Cover- fall theme

There are several fun and family-friendly events to get you out and about around town. Elgin is truly a City of Choice, with something for everyone!


Nightmare on Chicago Street returns on October 20, from 6-11 p.m. Survivors eat, drink and dance while bands play at multiple stages, and citizens with possible infection are treated. Some have managed to create art out of the madness, and display it alongside merchants in our well-lit bazaar. Every year, there is a twisted offering from steampunk time travelers, to warped circus performers, to the end of the world battle dome. Tickets are on sale now!


Join the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission for the third annual Art Harvest to be held in downtown Elgin on Saturday, October 27, from 1-4 p.m. This event has several family-friendly activities that take place in “Art Central” a.k.a. DuPage Court, like a community yarn-bomb spider web, inside-out haunted house, paint-your-own-pumpkin, arts and crafts, and more. Two new pieces of public art will be part of this year’s Art Treasure Hunt at the event. Costumes are encouraged as many downtown businesses will be open for trick-or-treating.


Nine, Wine and Dine is Tuesday, October 2. Break out your brightest pink attire and join us for at our golf scramble event, hosted by Elgin Parks and Recreation at Bowes Creek Country Club and Porter’s Pub. We’re kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with this 2-person scramble and cocktail party! There will be several opportunities to make additional contributions to the program on the golf course and at the cocktail party. Check-in 2 p.m.; Golf: 3 p.m.; Cocktail Party: 6 p.m.


Bring out the family to the Elgin Fire Department’s annual Open House, set for Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 2, located at 650 Big Timber Road. The event features family-friendly activities including Antique Fire Engine rides, refreshments, games, live demonstrations, educational materials, vendors and more throughout the day.


Join us for a hauntingly fun afternoon at this FREE, family-friendly event. This event is for children ages 3-12 years old. Enjoy games, pumpkin decorating, goodie bags and trick-or-treating. Costumes are encouraged, but keep them age appropriate and G-rated. 


Celebrate the Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) with vendors, games, face printing, refreshments and so much more at the Elgin Public Museum. This free, family-friendly event is set for Sunday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Offerings honoring the dead will be on display. “Dia De Los Muertos” is a holiday observed throughout the world and is a time of remembrance and rejoicing, when families get together to remember loved ones and saints who have gone.

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