DeKalb Corn Fest

Lincoln Highway Between 1st and 4th St

The City of DeKalb will host Corn Fest on Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27, 2006 on Route 38 (Lincoln Highway) in DeKalb, Illinois. Corn Fest is one of the last remaining free music festivals in Illinois. Admission and Parking are free.

Over 50,000 people from around the Midwest attend the event which serves over 50 tons of sweet corn during the weekend! Free steamed sweet corn is available on Saturday during the corn boil from 11am until 2pm (or when corn runs out). Uncooked corn is available for purchase throughout the weekend at various booths and food vendors.

This festival features a carnival complete with rides and games, food booths, live bands, craft show, kiddie korner with large inflatables, family entertainment and much more. Friday night is carnival wristband nights for the kids with unlimited rides from 6-10pm. Festival areas feature a carnival, booths, craft fest and beer garden.


Sirena Ruiz

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017

Some of the food was the same at every corner. Not a really good selection, also some of the prices were pretty expensive, even for festival food. There were a number of booths that were only there to advertise their services, which was pretty upsetting to see since they had nothing to entertain or buy right there. Going inside the local shops is what was the best part of Corn Fest. Great atmosphere and friendliness of the community. It felt very genuine. There were tons of free water bottles for fest goers at Gaming Goat, which was a kind gesture! The music performances were great. Loved seeing fans of Uncle Kracker enjoy their time.

Linda Maffie

Friday, Aug. 25, 2017

Young people return to NIU often with their families, lots of energy and festival to celebrate that and GREAT DEKALB CORN HARVEST,wholesome fun! Yummy food booths!

Anthony Giese

Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017

Had lots of fun. Event seemed well organized and was kept clean.

Luis Colon

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

🌽 fest is always fun!!

Black Goku

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

Awesome place to bring my family