DeKalb Corn Fest

DeKalb Corn Fest
Get ready for a long weekend of rides, music, and food at the 42nd annual DeKalb Corn Fest! This August, downtown DeKalb will come alive with a fun-filled, free summer festival. Come out and see us, Sycamore-DeKalb Auto Group, as we sponsor this exciting night!

When and Where

The festival will run from Friday, August 23, to Sunday, August 25. The event will take place in downtown DeKalb between 1st and 2nd Streets. Festival admission is free, and access to the soundstage area is $5 per day.

Fun and Games

You and your family and friends will be surrounded by all kinds of entertainment at the festival, from local group performances on the Community Stage to some friendly competition at the Bags Tournament. On Saturday, come out for the annual Auto Fest car show to see a fleet of vintage cars, modified rides, and more. Kids may enjoy face painting and the art fest activities, while inquisitive minds may want to visit the NIU STEM outreach interactive booth. You can take a bus tour through town to learn about our community’s rich history, courtesy of historian Steve Bigolin. If it’s a hot day, you can always quench your thirst with a refreshing brew at the family-friendly Beer Garden.

The Chuck Siebrasse Corn Boil

Named after a community leader that made a tremendous impact on the festival and its attendees over the years, the corn boil is the festival’s signature event. On Saturday, the festival’s cooks will prepare over 70 tons of steamed sweet corn to be enjoyed free of charge starting at 11 a.m. Vendors will also sell uncooked corn throughout the festival.

The Carnival

The downtown sky will glow with lights as a carnival of rides and games runs each day of the festival. You can expect a variety of dazzling rides for kids and adults, tasty carnival fare, and a festive atmosphere that the whole family will enjoy. The carnival will offer weekend passes, day passes, as well as individual tickets.

Live Music

The Soundstage will host live music all weekend long, including performances by John Waite and The Stray Cats’ Slim Jim Phantom. Check out the lineup:

Saturday, August 23

  • The Party Doctors
  • John Waite
  • 7th Heaven

Saturday, August 24

  • The Mockinbyrds
  • The Beaux Band
  • Blind Date
  • Marshall Charloff
  • The Purple Experience
  • Hi Infidelity

Sunday, August 25

  • The Relics
  • Slim Jim Phantom

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While You’re Out

The Sycamore DeKalb Auto Group is proud to sponsor the DeKalb Corn Fest, and we’re happy to share these exciting days with our community. We’ve served Sycamore and DeKalb drivers since 1984, and if you’re thinking about a new vehicle this summer, we welcome you to come see what we can do for you.