Celebrate the coming of Groundhog Day and Spring at this week-long celebration in the charming town of Woodstock. Woodstock Square was the filming site for the 1993 Movie ‘Groundhog Day’, that starred Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Have fun taking part in the Groundhog Prognostication and walking the path that Phil Connors walked over and over again in the movie.
While you are in Woodstock grab a bite to eat in one of their many restaurants. One of our favorites is La Petite Creperie & Bistrot for classic french fare and Crepes. Also take some time and visit Woodstock’s eclectic mix of retail stores like the Green Box for Eco friendly, organic and local merchandise and Interiors Anew, featuring recycled, redesigned and new home furnishing and accessories.
Sunday, January 26 -
Pancake Breakfast, 8 am – 11 am at the Woodstock Moose Lodge, 406 Clay Street. Have breakfast where the dance scene and the bachelor auction in the movie were filmed. This event is hosted by the Woodstock Lions Club and benefits local charities. Tickets: Adults: $6.00, Children 6 – 10, $3.00, under 6, free. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
Thursday, January 30 -
Awakening of the Groundhog, 6 pm at the Woodstock Opera House. Gather below as Woodstock Willie makes this seasons entrance on the balcony of the Opera House. Afterward he will come down to pose for pictures with his fans. Cost-Free
Groundhog Day Movie Trivia, 6:30 pm at the Stage Left Café, 125 Van Buren Street. After the Awakening of the Groundhog in front of the Opera House step inside the Stage Left Cafe and warm up with some hot chocolate and play our Groundhog Day movie trivia game. Have some fun and laughs while Host Craig Krandel tests your knowledge of the movie. You will have the opportunity to win Woodstock Groundhog Day memorabilia. Cost-Free
Friday, January 31-
Shake off The Winter Blues Charity Dinner Dance, 6 pm at the Woodstock Moose Lodge, 406 Clay Street. This is an inexpensive evening that includes a dinner, top live music entertainment, raffles, prize drawing and lots of fun. This event is one surely not to miss during the Woodstock Groundhog Days Celebration. Come on out and dance the night away where the dance scene in the movie took place. Buffet Dinner 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Live Music 8:00 pm – midnight
Tickets:$15.00 each Tickets available at Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Harris Bank, Home State Bank, Woodstock Public Library and the Woodstock Moose
Saturday, Feb 1 -
Groundhog Day Movie, 8 & 10 am, Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theater, 209 Main Street. Catch the movie in the theater featured in the movie! Classic Cinemas is providing two FREE opportunities to do just that during Groundhog Days weekend. All seating is first come – first serve, so line up early for your chance to see Groundhog Days on the big screen once again! Cost-Free. Showing again on Sunday Feb. 3rd at 10:00 am
Groundhog Bowling, 8 am – 4 pm (open bowl) Wayne’s Lanes, 109 E Church St. Have a great time bowling at the same bowling alley featured in the movie!
$15 for 2 games of bowling, shoes and… Scones/Juice/Coffee/Hot Chocolate from 7:30am – 11:00am…. Slice of Pizza and Soft Drink from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Additional pizza for $2 a slice, $9 for whole pizza (from Napoli’s) Groundhog Day Bowling pic and other raffles* All net proceeds from the day go to Adult & Child Therapy Services
Groundhog Tales – Storytelling With Jim May 10 am Home State Bank, Come hear Jim’s stories celebrating the ground hogs arrival. Jim May is an Emmy Award-winning storyteller and writer
Annual Chili Cook Off, noon to 1:15pm at Stage Left Cafe. All of the cooking will take place in the kitchen of the Woodstock North High School classroom kitchen with cooks from all over boasting the best chili. Beginning at Noon you are invited to a free tasting of the chili in the community room of the Opera House. After sampling all of the different concoctions you can vote for your favorite. Winners will be announced at 1:00 in Stage Left Café. There are prizes for 1st and 2nd place and “People’s Choice”.
Walking Tour of Film Sites, 1:30 pm, Meet at Stage Left Cafè, 125 Van Buren St., Gather at Stage Left Café for a fun and informative tour of the “Groundhog Day” filming sites. Bob Hudgins, who was the location manager for the film, leads the walk around Woodstock. Dress for the weather and don’t forget to wear comfy shoes.
Groundhog Day” MOVIE SYMPOSIUM, 3:30 Main Street PourHouse, 214 Main St., Fans of the movie gather to discuss facts, trivia, insights, topics, and issues relevant to the movie.
This year our special guest will be the script writer for the movie, Danny Rubin. He’s sure to lend a unique perspective to our discussion. The host for the Symposium is an educator and film enthusiast, Dr. Mitchell Olson. You’ll be sure to learn something new, see plenty of clips from the movie, and take part in the interesting, lively, and probing discussion. There are always prizes awarded to each attendee that participates. Don’t miss it!
Hundreds Gather On Groundhog Day
Sunday, February 2-
Groundhog Day Prognostication, 7 am in Woodstock Square Park. Join as hundreds gather at the Gazebo for a re-enactment of the Ground Hog Day ceremony, that as a weatherman, Bill Murray reported on; over and over again. The scene from the movie was filmed in the same spot on the Woodstock Square. Cost-free. This event is outdoors so be sure to dress for the weather.
Groundhog Day Movie, 10 am, Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theater, 209 Main Street. View the movie in the theater featured in the movie! Classic Cinemas is providing two FREE opportunities to do just that during Groundhog Days weekend. All seating is first come – first serve, so line up early for your chance to see Groundhog Days on the big screen once again! Cost-Free.
Walking Tour of Film Sites, 12:30pm, Meet at Stage Left Cafè, 125 Van Buren Street.Gather at Stage Left Café for a fun and informative tour of the “Groundhog Day” filming sites. Bob Hudgins, who was the location manager for the film, leads the walk around Woodstock. Dress for the weather and wear comfy shoes. Cost-Free
For more information on all of these events go to http://woodstockgroundhog.org/