Little McHenry County: Groundhog Day at Woodstock Square {2017}

Little Lake County parents are active, mobile and always seeking adventure! Sometimes we even traverse outside of our fair county to find family entertainment beyond our borders. Due to popular reader demand, we introduce “Little McHenry County,” a monthly column dedicated to finding fun with our neighbors to the west, written by McHenry County Moms in the know. Explore and enjoy!

Little McHenry County is supported by the Raue Center for the Arts.

Groundhog Day at Woodstock Square

When it comes to Groundhog Day, other than Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania there is no more famous place than Woodstock Square in Woodstock, Illinois. Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or a tree stump) Woodstock was the town square backdrop for the movie Groundhog Day featuring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.

Groundhog Day at Woodstock Square
© Rosemary Bridges | | 2017

For five, event-filled days, Woodstock comes alive with an electric buzz of Groundhog fever. The whole town comes alive with special Groundhog-themed events. One of our favorite things to do was to walk the town and spot all of the filming sites. There are guided movie walking tours, but we opted to take a tour on our own.

Groundhog Day at Woodstock Square
© Rosemary Bridges | | 2017

The Woodstock Theatre has a free annual showing of the movie Groundhog Day. The movie’s soundtrack plays in the Gazebo (Gobblers Knob) in the middle of the square, so there are plenty of opportunities to recreate the dance scene. We may or may not have done just that.

Groundhog Day at Woodstock Square
© Rosemary Bridges | | 2017

We had a ton of fun and we know that you will too! Woodstock Groundhog Day events run from February 1 through the 5th, 2017.

Groundhog Day at Woodstock Square Events

1 February – Wednesday

  • 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Groundhog Day Storytime – FREE
  • 6:00 p.m. “Awakening of the Groundhog”- FREE
  • Groundhog Trivia – FREE (check event website for time)
  • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Woodstock Willie’s Beer Tasting, tickets required

2 February – Thursday

  • 7:07 a.m. Groundhog Day Prognostication – FREE
  • Groundhog Day Breakfast immediately following prognostication, tickets required
  • 9:00 a.m. Walking Tour of Filming Sites – FREE
  • 10:00 a.m. Groundhog Day Movie Showing – FREE

3 February – Friday

  • 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., Groundhog Day Dinner Dance, tickets required

4 February – Saturday

  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Groundhog Bowling – additional fee
  • 10:00 a.m. Groundhog Day Movie Showing – FREE
  • 10:00 a.m. Jim May’s Groundhog Tales – FREE
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Chili Cook-Off – donation required
  • 1:00 p.m. (check-in at 12:00 p.m.) Woodstock Rotary Bags Tourney
  • 1: 30 p.m. Walking Tour of Filming Sites – FREE
  • 3:00 p.m. Groundhog Day … again and again with Bob Hudgins – FREE
  • 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Groundhog Day Pub Crawl

5 February – Sunday

  • 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast – tickets required
  • 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Woodstock Willie’s Family Funday – tickets required
  • 10:00 a.m. Groundhog Day Movie Showing – FREE
  • 12:30 p.m. Walking Tour of Filming sites – FREE
  • 3:00 p.m. Woodstock Community Choir Concert – FREE
  • 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Black Tie & Blue Jeans (District #200 Dinner/Auction) – tickets required

For a complete list of events and ticket information for events, please visit the Woodstock Groundhog Days calendar of events.

Woodstock Square Historic District
 205 W. Todd Ave., Woodstock | (815) 334-2620

Have you been to Woodstock Groundhog Days? What is your favorite event?

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About Rosemary Bridges 32 Articles
Rosemary is a mom who wears many hats. She is a working mom who has her own business, Rosie Bridges Photography, works full time and has two little boys (Gabriel 1/11 & Rafael 11/12). Together with her husband, David, they set off to find adventures all over Lake County. Rosemary moved to Lake County from Chicago as a teenager and has been a resident for over 10+ years. Although the big city lights have a special place in her heart, the quiet suburbs won her over to raise her children in. Rosemary also blogs and podcasts on with David about Parenting in the technology age. You can find her on social media on Twitter @rosie_bridges and Instagram @rosiebridges.

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