A guide to McHenry County area festivals

Following is a guide to the summer festivals and events in McHenry County.


FALL FESTIVAL, through Oct. 27, Donley's Wild West Town, 8512 S. Union Road, Union. Offering a variety of Halloween festivities including a family friendly spooky train ride through an old mine tunnel, entertaining attractions, a pumpkin painting contest and more. Schedule: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: $16 includes all attractions and activities. Information: 815-923-9000 or www.wildwesttown.com.

PUMPKINFEST ON THE FOX, through Oct. 31, Broken Oar Marina-Bar & Grill, 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington. Public invited to help carve or decorate pumpkins to fill a 100 foot-long riverfront wall to house 1,000 carved pumpkins. Refreshments provided. Pumpkins will be lit nightly and available for viewing. Pumpkin sales and carving on weekends ($5 donation per pumpkin). Grand finale Oct. 26-27 with live music, pumpkin chucking contest, chili cook-off, pie-eating contest and more. Information: 847-639-9468 or www.brokenoar.com.

OAKTOBERFEST, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26, Three Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care, 1055 Silver Lake Road, Cary. Offering a German lunch and musical performance by Jimmy's Bavarians at 1:30 p.m. Cost: $10 a person. Registration and information: 847-829-0025.

PADDOCK HILLS FALL FESTIVAL OPEN HOUSE, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26, Paddock Hills Equestrian Center, 8510 Prairie Field Drive, Union. Family event featuring Pony Club games, demonstrations, hayrides, prizes, treats and more. Wear a Halloween costume. Lunch available for a small fee. Information: 815-923-4755 or www.paddockhillsequestrian.com.