Groundhog Day at Woodstock Square {2017}

*story originally written for Little Lake County by Rosemary Bridges 

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 | LittleLakeCounty.com | 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 | LittleLakeCounty.com | 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 | LittleLakeCounty.com | 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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