5 things to do in DeKalb County

NIU football home opener, DeKalb Kite Fest, Genoa Volksfest, Sandwich Fair and more

1. DeKalb Kite Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at DeKalb Kiwanis Park at the corner of Fairview Drive and South Fourth Street.

The 16th annual DeKalb Kite Fest is a free fall tradition in DeKalb, hosted by the DeKalb Park District.

Family fun features include giant inflatable kites, seasonal on-site activities, a paper airplane obstacle course, a craft station, giveaways and more.

All activities, including a park district kite craft, will take place near the Kiwanis Park Shelter, with adjacent free parking at Kiwanis and the Sports and Recreation Center, 1765 S. Fourth St.

2. Genoa Volksfest from Friday through Sunday at David Carroll Memorial Park in Genoa, under the Country Financial Big Top.

The weekend is held in partnership with the Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers and the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, in addition to many local sponsors. Money raised benefits the Genoa-Kingston Boy Scouts, sports boosters, fine arts boosters, fire department, Goodfellows, Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and Genoa Veterans Home.

Gates open Friday at 6 p.m., with live music from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets can be bought online or in person the day of the event. The event also will feature a beer truck and food trucks.

Participants for the Volksmarch can begin Saturday between 8 and 11 a.m., and will end at 2 p.m. The Biergarten Craft Beer and Wine Festival begins at 2 p.m. Saturday for VIPs, general admission at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $25.

For a full list of weekend events, go to www.shawlocal.com.

3. Stage Coach Players serve up ‘Red Velvet Cake War’ this weekend, next at the theater on 126 S. Fifth St.

Stage Coach Players will present the deliciously funny comedy, “The Red Velvet Cake War,” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, this month.

The play opens Sept. 9, and runs for two weekends. It is directed by Scott Montavon with Leigh Foulk assistant directing.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 17 and 18, as well as at 2 p.m. Sept. 12 and 19.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and children age 13 and younger. To buy tickets, go to www.stagecoachplayers.com or call the box office at 815-758-1940.

4. Sandwich Fair runs through Sunday, Sept. 12 along 180 acres at 15730 Pratt Road in Sandwich

For information on tickets for the Janson concert, truck and tractor pulls and demolition derby, go to www.sandwichfair.com/faireventschedule/tickets. Everyday attractions will include the fair’s carnival midway, live music, livestock judging, farm zoo, exhibits, competitions and antique farm equipment. General admission tickets are available at the entrance gate after parking. Parking is included with admission. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children ages 5 and younger.

5. Northern Illinois University football home opener: See the Huskies take on Wyoming Cowboys at the first home game of the season at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at Huskie Stadium, 1425 W. Lincoln Highway

The 2021 home opener will serve as a “Welcome Back” celebration after the Huskies played in front of limited or no supporters during their three 2020 home games.

For tickets, go to www.am.ticketmaster.com/northernillinois/#/

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