5 things to do in DeKalb County: NIU Homecoming, Vintage Shop Hop, Genoa Harvest Fest and more

1. Northern Illinois University Huskie Stars Homecoming through Sunday

The 114th annual Northern Illinois University homecoming runs through Sunday, with highlights including the NIU football game vs. Eastern Michigan at Huskie Stadium Saturday, NIU tailgating, NIU women’s volleyball vs. Easter Michigan, a late night movie showing, a family friendly Tent in “The Yard” event, Black Alumni The Return festivities, and more.

The weekend is filled with events planned by the NIU Foundation, the NIU Alumni Association, campus organizations and more.

For a full itinerary of events headed into the weekend, go to niu.edu/homecoming/index.shtml

2. Vintage Shop Hop on Friday and Saturday throughout Illinois and Wisconsin

Nellie’s Barn Sale presents the 2021 fall edition of the Vintage Shop Hop, with more than 400 vintage shops and ladies boutiques across Illinois and Wisconsin through this self-guided road trip for shoppers and antique connoisseurs alike. To get the full list and a map of locations, go to vintageshophop.blogspot.com.

3. Inaugural Genoa Harvest Fest on Friday and Saturday in downtown Genoa

The city of Genoa hosts the first Genoa Harvest Fest this weekend, kicked off with a free showing of “Hocus Pocus” at Carroll Memorial Park, with food offered by OpenDoor Coffee, Rivers’ Mexican Cantina & Grill, and Gospel Life Bible Church of Genoa. Donations are also welcome for the Genoa Area Community Food Hub.

On Saturday, activities including a petting zoo, crafts and pumpkins, a Makers Market, community booths, a family photo booth and apple cider will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine.

For information, go to facebook.com/events/1158127228017573/?ti=ls.

4. Food truck weekend at Jonamac Orchard, 19412 Shabbona Road in Malta on Saturday and Sunday

Everyone is invited to come out to the orchard and enjoy food trucks and fall festivities at Jonamac this weekend. The event includes $6 admission.

Live music Saturday includes Jazz in Progress from 2 to 4 p.m., with Hicks BBQ, Veebos Pizza and Tinez Tacos on site. On Sunday, the Ethan Bell Band plays from noon to 4 p.m. with Hicks BBQ, Tinez Tacos and Big D’s Hot Dogs on site.

For information, go to facebook.com/events.

5. Grand opening of DeKalb County History Center exhibit ‘History of DeKalb County in 100 Objects’ on Saturday at 1730 N. Main St. in Sycamore.

The DeKalb County History Center will host the grand opening of its long-anticipated exhibit, “The History of DeKalb County in 100 Objects,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

With more than 4,500 objects (not including photos, books or archival materials) in the History Center’s collection, selecting 100 objects was a challenge. A museum committee decided the criteria for choosing an “object” for this exhibit was closely connected to each object’s story.

There are 50 objects on display at the center and another 50 that are located around the county.

For information, visit dekalbcountyhistory.org or call 815-895-5762.

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