Autumn Events

.5 Beer & Donut Run- "The Race for the Rest of Us" - Sat, Sep. 16   10am-12pm

What is a 0.5K Beer & Donut Run? Some of you may have heard of a 5k, 10k, or even marathons, but what about the 0.5k? We are making your training for this race easier than the rest of them. This is for those who enjoy their Saturday's with a little more laidback style! The race is perfect, just a loop around the Bird Sanctuary; just try not to spill your beer (it's bad for the grass) and finish that donut! There will not be an official timekeeper for the race because we are all winners! Afterwards, kickback and relax on the softball complex fields where there will be more Church Street Brewery beverages for purchase. What does my fee include? Your entry fee reserves your spot on race day and qualifies you for participation in the 0.5k Beer & Donut Run and includes an event t-shirt, event race cup, and (oh, by the way) a pint of racing beer or seltzer from Church Street Brewery and a donut! (Must be registered by September 9th to guarantee t-shirt size) Must be 21+ to participate. IDs will be checked at check-in. After the event, bring your own chairs to enjoy time with friends on the softball fields. Please drink responsibly. (ER)
LOCATION: Bird Sanctuary, 650 N. Rohlwing Road, Itasca

Itasca Halloween Celebration-FREE - Sat, Oct. 7   1-3pm
All ages at the Itasca Recreation Center

Ready for some Halloween fun? The Itasca Park District and Village of Itasca are excited to invite your family to an afternoon of Halloween activities. Enjoy free pony rides, bounce house, games, pumpkin decorating and more. Participants are encouraged to bring canned food items or nonperishable food items for the Itasca Food Pantry. $1 donation is recommended per child. (ER)

Bonfire & Brews  Fri, Sep. 29 7-9:30pm
Must be 21+yrs 

Join us for a night of beer tasting around a bonfire at the Nature Center. The price includes four beer tastings and a s'mores kit. Yard games will be available to use for the night. Beer will be available for purchase. Adults 21 years or older only. No kids are permitted at the event. 
Location: Springbrook Nature Center 

Dog Obstacle Course - Tue, Oct. 3   5:30pm

This free event is a great opportunity to visit our dog park and challenge your dog through various obstacles that will include jumping over obstacles, weaving through a cone course, ducking through tunnels, and climbing over ramps. They will receive a special doggy treat at the of the course. Bring your dog ready to test their agility.

Location: The Barking Lot

Haunted Trail - Sat, Oct. 21
6-7 pm Family Hour/ 7-9:30 pm Active Scaring

You will be petrified to enter the trail as your guide leads you through the 1/3 mile loop turned into your worst nightmare. You will be sure to leave trembling. Do you dare to finish the trail? (ER) *Weather permitting/Cash only
Age: 11 and under with a parent/12+ can be alone
Location: Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary

Trick or Treat Trail -  Sat, Oct. 14   12-1:30pm
All ages at the Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary

Join the fun at the Trick or Treat Trail! Children along with their parents, will enjoy walking the trail around the newly opened Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary and receiving crafts and treats on the trail. (ER) If an Itasca business would like a table along the trail to pass out treats, contact Erika at

Daddy Daughter Dance - Sat, Nov. 4  6-7:30pm
Itasca Recreation Center 

Dads or other father figures will love dancing the night away at the Daddy Daughter Dance! Participants will enjoy dancing, desserts, crafts, and more on this magical night. Price is per person ages 2 and older.