August 05, 2021

5 things to do this weekend in DeKalb County

This week’s top 5 include: OpenDoor Coffee’s Block Party, Malta Community Celebration and more

1. OpenDoor Coffee’s Block Party: Starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 12 at OpenDoor Coffee, 502 W. Main St. in Genoa.

A free block party and festival for the community with cold drinks, food trucks including Slow Smoke BBQ to serve up lunch, sweet treats, live music by Genoa’s own Dan Dillett, games and more. For more information, email or call 779-222-6050.

The purpose of this event is to gather as a community and simply enjoy life in the great outdoors. No tickets or cover charge required. Bring the whole family.

Starting at 8 a.m. OpenDoor Coffee will have caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks on tap, plus a special breakfast option to enjoy on the patio. The morning will continue with games for the whole family hosted by various community groups.

From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. the live music will kick off, the Slow Smoke BBQ will hot and ready to eat, and Rivers’ Mexican Cantina and Grill will be serving up sweetness from their churro stand.

A message from Open Door: “Our coffee shop drive-thru just may be finished (we’re so close), and if that’s the case, we’ll have the walk up window going with your favorite drinks, including a new, festive option!”

2. Malta Community Celebration: Starts at 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at 409 N. Fourth St. in Malta.

Families can enjoy a pancake breakfast, Tractor Trot, 5K and Kids Fun Run, Classic Car Show, Music in the Park, Food Trucks and a Street Dance. For more information, email or call 815-825-2330.

The day will begin with the fire department’s pancake breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Malta Fire Department, 308 Jefferson St.

The Tractor Trot 5K will start at 9 a.m. and the Kid’s Fun Run will start at 10 a.m. Both will be held at Malta Lions Park, 409 N. Fourth St.

The Classic Car Show will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at Old School Pizza, 507 N. Third St.

Music in the Park will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. in Malta Lions Park. The Relics will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. and Bossy Dog from 4 to 6 p.m. Tinez Tacos will sell food from 1 to 5:30 p.m. and Big D Hot Dogs will sell food from 3 to 6 p.m.

From 7 to 11 p.m., The Sensations will perform during a street dance next to Remington’s Gastropub, 102 S. Third St.

3. Musical Mornings with Angie Carter: Starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 11 at the Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St. in Sycamore.

Participants should gather at the outdoor garden off Main Street in downtown Sycamore. Free to attend. Music stimulates the senses and engages us on many levels. Join music therapist Angie Carter for a special morning of musical developmental activities.

For more information or help with registration, please contact Theresa at or (815) 756-9568 ext. 3350.

4. Virtual Cooking Program: Fabulous ‘50s: From 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 at the DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St. in DeKalb.

Cookbook collector Amy Alessio will lead audience members on a fond but funny look back at mid-century menus. From ice cream sundaes to rocket burgers, enjoy the fabulous foods from the 1950′s. Recipes will be provided.

Please register for this event at Once you register, you will receive Zoom information. For more information, email or call 815-756-9568. Free to attend.

5. Guided Walking Tour in Sycamore: Starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 13.

Join local historian Steven Bigolin’s guided walking tours of Sycamore’s historical district.

Each tour lasts about 90 minutes, wear comfortable shoes and participants are encouraged to bring water. Bigolin will lead a tour highlighting the architecture and local history connected to the homes along Somonauk Street.

Participants should meet at the Wally Thurow statue at the corner of Elm and Somonauk streets. Free to attend.

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