Ever since the camera crews rolled into town in 1992, Woodstock, Illinois has embraced Groundhogs Day. Woodstock is where the movie “Groundhog Day” was filmed. Starring Bill Murray, the movie became a hit and the town became a hub for all things groundhog.
Next month, Woodstock celebrates Groundhog Day with a four-day fest, February 1-4, 2018, that has a little something for everyone. The Victorian Rose Garden B&B in Algonquin is just a 12-minute drive from Woodstock and would be an ideal place to stay for the weekend.
Groundhog Day in Woodstock
February 1 – 4, 2018
Downtown Woodstock, IL
Two popular events are scheduled for three days of the event: movie showings of “Groundhog Day” and walking tours of the town, highlighting places the movie was shot.
Movie Showing, 10:00 a.m. Friday – Sunday
Walking Tours, 9:00 a.m. Friday; 12:00 p.m., Saturday; 12:30 p.m., Sunday
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Awakening of the Groundhog
Woodstock Willie makes an appearance on the balcony of the Opera House.
Following this, head to the Stage Left Cafe for hot chocolate and Groundhog Trivia.
Friday, February 2, 2018
Bundle up for the main event of the fest, as a polka band plays to help rouse Woodstock Willie from his tree trunk home. Will he see his shadow or won’t he?
Following this is the Drink to World Peace at the Public House of Woodstock and the Official Breakfast at the Woodstock Moose Lodge. ($15/person).
Saturday, February 3, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bowling at Wayne’s Lanes
Enjoy bowling a game, then have a drink at the bar where Phil Connors and his friends debated the half-full/half-empty theory.
Take time for a lunchtime Chili Cook-Off at the Woodstock Moose Club.
In the evening, join Woodstock Willie for a pub crawl (who knew groundhogs liked beer?) and some Groundhog Day Trivia at Mia Passione.
Sunday, February 4, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Wake up to Breakfast with Woodstock Willie at the Woodstock Moose Lodge and then enjoy a Family Fun Day with games, crafts, pizza, and lots more.
For a complete listing of all events, check out the Goundhog Day in Woodstock website.
Just a short drive away is the statuesque Victorian Rose Garden B&B, located in historic downtown Algonquin. It offers four guest rooms with private baths and a restful change of pace. In addition to being near to Woodstock, it is also close to the Prairie Path/Fox River bike trail.
314 Washington Street, Algonquin, IL
Victorian Rose Garden B&B is a member of the Illinois Bed and Breakfast Association and offer a unique lodging experience!