Annual Events

Annual Events

Annual Spring Fling

May 04


Annual Spring Fling
Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm | Free


Bounce house, petting zoo, store sales, flea market, town-wide garage sales and much more.

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Freedom Fest

Jul 01


Freedom Fest
4-10 pm | Terrapin Park


Parachute Show by the Army Golden Knights at 7 pm. Music, bounce houses, food booths and much more.

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Fourth at the Fort

Jul 04


Fourth at the Fort
Noon - 2:00 pm


Celebrate the Fourth at the Fort! Enjoy period games, dancing, listen to speeches and try Election Cake.

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Elizabeth Community Fair

Jul 19-Jul 21


Elizabeth Community Fair
Fri-Sun | Parade Sat 11 am


One of the last two community fairs remaining in Illinois.

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Ride the Ups and Downs Bike Race

Oct 12


Ride the Ups and Downs Bike Race
Sat 7 am - 9:30 am | $35


One-day tour of beautiful northwestern Illinois. Ride the scenic, hilly backroads of Jo Daviess County.

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Scarecrow Festival

Oct 12-Oct 13


Scarecrow Festival
9:30 am - 5:00 pm | Free


Pumpkin weighing, apple pie baking contest, scarescrow contest and much more!

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Autumn Craft Fair

Oct 12-Oct 13


Autumn Craft Fair
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | Sun until 4 pm


Craft fair with over 90 artisans. Lots of variety, parking and great food.

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Small Business Saturday

Nov 30


Small Business Saturday
Forget about black friday...


Save all your money for Shop Small Saturday! ENERGIZE ELIZABETH and support your neighbors.

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Christmas in Elizabeth

Dec 06-Dec 07


Christmas in Elizabeth
9am - 9pm Sat | Tree Lighting 6pm Fri


Annual Christmas in Elizabeth. Various events going on throughout the day.

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Christmas at the Fort

Dec 07


Christmas at the Fort
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Celebrate Christmas—the 1830's way! Visit the Apple River Fort and take part in historical Christmas celebrations.

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