Autumn Events

.5 Beer & Donut Run- "The Race for the Rest of Us"

Saturday, September 18th from 10am-12pm
Ages 21+
$25 EB/$30 240906-01

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)

Register by September 9th- $25
Register by September 10th-17th-$ 30
AGE: 21+yrs
Or register at
LOCATION: Bird Sanctuary, 650 N. Rohlwing Road, Itasca

Itasca Halloween Celebration-FREE
Saturday, October 2 from 1-3 pm
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)

Screech Cinema-Free
Saturday, October 9
6:30-8:30 pm
All ages at the Nature Center

This exciting event brings together the beauty of the outdoors at the Nature Center and the feeling of a drive-in movie! Dress warm and bring a blanket! The movie will start at 7pm.We will have a fire at the fire ring, hot chocolate and marshmallows. This is a great way to celebrate Halloween!

Haunted Trail
Friday, October 15th
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
$7/$3 repeat trips- CASH ONLY
Location: Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary

Trick or Treat Trail
Saturday, October 16th
12-1:30 pm
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
Saturday, November 13
6-7:30 pm
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.
Fee: $20/$25 Code: 220723-01
Location: Rec Center