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Rock Falls River Chase & Summer Splash
Two Great Events, One Big Weekend! The River Chase features boats racing along the Rock Falls riverfront and Summer Splash will offer a unique menu of alligator, elk, and buffalo, as well as plenty of family friendly entertainment. Expect a full weekend of fun in the sun with lots of free activities for all ages. No, tickets, or admittance fees, free activities for kids, delicious food, easy parking and shuttle service, lots of vendors, arts, crafts, entertainment, and so much more.
CITY: Rock Falls
Bloomin' on the Rock Garden Tour
The Rock River Garden Club invites you to a weekend of flowers, food and history. Eight private gardens will be open for viewing and the tour also include gardens at the Reagan Boyhood Home and John Deere Historic Site. There will be a field to fork dinner Saturday evening on the Dixon riverfront and a breakfast on Sunday morning and allow time to shop for art and artisan crafts through Dixon.
Rockford City Market
The Rockford City Market features local growers and vendors who sell natural products and unique retail items, live music, demonstrations and kids' activities. Enjoy the fun Fridays from 3:00-8:00 p.m. May 30-October 17 (3:00-7:00 p.m. after Labor Day). Located on Water Street in Downtown Rockford.
Moccasin Creek Festival
Moccasin Creek Festival is primarily an "Americana" music festival but will also be celebrating the arts, including artisans and crafters, and activities for kids. Food & beverages will also be available. This festival is a 3-day music extravaganza for anyone who loves folk, blue grass, alternative country, rock roots and blues. Line-up for the festival is: Heather and Marty: An exceptional Vocal/Guitar Duo, performing jazz, blues and country standards from the '40's to the '80's. Firebox: Traditional bluegrass music from the 40's, 50's, and 60's. Classic harmonies with exciting musical arrangements. Swamp Tigers: Rockabilly, Honky-Tonk and Traditional Country from a rockin' Southern-Illinois three-piece outfit. Robbie Fulks: An American alternative country singer-songwriter who has released 12 albums over a career spanning more than 25 years. Fred Eaglesmith: Alternative Country at it's finest. Catch Fred and his Traveling Steam Show, you'll be glad you did. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: Willie's boy and his band, purveyors of true American Rock n Roll. Get ready to dig in. Matt Poss Band: Hometown heroes. Sounds like Country, Feels like Rock, Tastes like Chicken. Currently touring behind their fifth album.
Planned activities include a craft show, a dance contest, stein holding contests, antique tractor show, races, a church service and delectable international food and much more!
Taste of Galesburg
Taste of Galesburg is hosted by the Galesburg Business Association and the Galesburg Restaurant and Lodging Association. TOG features food from area restaurants, music, children’s activities and a beer garden. Taste of Galesburg is a must do event for all ages . It's $5.00 to get in. Food tokens are $1.00. Stay for the weekend! The Great Balloon Race begins the next day at Lake Storey Park
Windy City RibFest in Uptown
Finger lickin' slabs from some of the best local and national ribbers will be in the spotlight at this popular summer food/street fest that's celebrating its sixth year in 2014. Even better? A rockin' 3-day music stage lineup featuring some of the hottest local and national rock/pop and classic indie acts as well as local tribute bands! This "saucy" happening also features arts & crafts, a daytime play area for kids, plus beer and wine. Plus Windy City RibFest in Uptown takes place just steps away from three of Chicago's hippest music venues: the Riviera Theatre, the Green Mill, and the iconic Aragon Ballroom. $5 suggested donation.
Windmill City Festival
Are you ready to create lasting memories and enjoy countless activities over the course of two and a half days? Then come stop by the carnival, compete in a 5k, participate in the pet parade, and dive in to an ice cream eating contest. Every member of the family is sure to find a new favorite activity!
Set in McHenry's Petersen Park (4300 Petersen Park Road) and throughout the town, this wildly popular, 10-day July fest features great food, a beer tent, theater, contests, fun for all ages, midway rides, games and more.
Steamboat Days Festival
Taking place on the Riverfront in downtown Peoria, the 43rd annual Steamboat Days Festival combines a bigger, better carnival, delicious food and drinks, great musical entertainment and more in a family-friendly atmosphere! Don't miss the return of the All American Lumberjack Show, great regional and local bands, and many other activities and attractions! To kickoff the festival, the carnival opens on Thursday, June 12. Also on Thursday, June 12, PACE proudly presents the Steamboat Days Kickoff Cruise aboard the Spirit of Peoria, featuring The New Imposters. Guests must be at least 21 for this event. For more information about the Steamboat Days Kickoff Cruise and to reserve tickets, please visit the Spirit of Peoria website at http://www.spiritofpeoria.com/cruises/themed/steamboat-days. Come join the fun at Steamboat Days!
The Fanatics Sports Spectacular
Join a wide array of sports celebrities and fans as the sporting world come to Rosemont for a truly spectacular three day event.
Knox County Fair
Come celebrate the 163nd Knox County Fair held in these historic fairgrounds which has been in existence since 1851. Enjoy FREE entertainment, beer garden, food, vendors, nightly grandstand events. Figure 8 racing and the ever popular demolition derby.
Tour De Crystal Lake
Racing, food, and fun for all. Downtown Crystal Lake will come alive as visitors enjoy the free family event featuring live music, local culinary fare, merchant sales, children's activities and more!
CITY: Crystal Lake
Summer Sounds Concert Series
Great live music and drinks every other Friday throughout the summer at Danville's Temple Plaza outdoor stage. Bands include HillBilly Deluxe (May 30), Band TBD - Classic Rock (June 13), Live Karaoke Band (June 27), Monkey's X (July 11), Mike Dangeroux (July 25), and Alex Jenkins (August 8).
Montgomery County Fair
Located at Montgomery County Fairgrounds and celebrating the American farmer, this fair features free carnival rides in the evening, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby, ATV races, MMA fights, livestock shows, arts & crafts, culinary, floriculture, beer pong tournament, fair queen pageant and much more.
In Conjunction with the City of Lockport's summer art series, the Visionaries, a Steampunk Expo, will be held at The Gaylord Building. This event will feature makers and retailers of "steampunk" art and merchandise. The Visionaries Gala Weekend will be held the same weekend with weekend activities that will include food and entertainment throughout historic downtown Lockport.
Grafton Winery Blues Festival
Kick back for a weekend of blues during the 5th Annual Grafton Winery Blues Festival. Four top-notch blues bands from the St. Louis area will complete the lineup for the festival taking place at the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, located at 300 W. Main St. in Grafton, Ill. Bands include: Robert Sampson and the Gumbo Band, Tombstone Bullet Band, Pennsylvania Slim Band and Billy Peek. For more information, call (618) 786-3001.
Cinco de Mayo Festival in Little Village
This three-day festival (which is held in the Little Village neighborhood), is celebrating its fifth year in 2014. It will again feature plenty of live music, food, arts & crafts, activities for families and children and much more. The bottomline? Cinco de Mayo Fest celebrates Hispanic culture with a joyous flair!
Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival
The 17th annual Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival promises a fun-filled weekend with plenty of food, games and entertainment for families to enjoy. In addition to the downtown activities, there's the annual Hub City Cruisers car show starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday in downtown Rochelle and on Sunday the parade starts at 3 p.m.
All-Star Restaurant Week
Join in for an All-Star lunch or dinner special during the All-Star Restaurant Week!
28th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Experience the best of Scotland without leaving Chicago at the 28th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games at Hamilton Lakes. The Chicago Scots invite everyone to be Scottish for this weekend-long annual summer celebration offering an extensive array of unique Scottish traditions, revelry, and culture for the whole family!
Ottawa 2Rivers Wine and Jazz Fest
It’s one of Illinois’ biggest and best, featuring wines from over 20 wineries from across the state. Enjoy the best of Illinois wine while listening to outstanding jazz. And this year once again fresh grilled lobster will be available. Charge for Wine tasting and lobster but music is free! Located along the Illinois River at the corner of Route 23 and Main Street.
Featuring carnival, demo derby, livestock judging, talent show, stock car racing, Red Neck Olympics, live bands and much more. Theme is "Through the Eyes of a Child".
Mayfest is a one of a kind three-day celebration that kicks off the city of Chicago’s unique festival season. From Chicago’s best bands and amazing entertainment to delectable festival cuisine and delicious beer, the 18th annual Mayfest will be sure to get the summer off to a rocking start, rain or shine.
Festival of Trees
Annually, more than 14,000 visitors stream through the David S. Palmer Arena to see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, participate in activities and entertainment, special events, and the sounds and tastes of the holidays at the Danville Festival of Trees. Proceeds from the Festival of Trees fund outreach programs that give back to the greater Danville community.
Illinois Renaissance Festival
Welcome everyone to merry old England! Step back in time, a midst the pageantry of the day, and explore our kingdom full of musicians, artisans, eateries, and knights. Test your skills as you attempt to walk across the rope bridge or hit the catapult target with a water balloon. Feast like a King on hearty food and drink. Shop and barter for fine handcrafted treasures in the bazaar, listen to the sounds of performers entertaining the villagers. Fun for the whole family!
Fall Festival & Fish Fry at Hill Prairie Winery
The Fall Festival & Fish Fry is the perfect way to kick off fall in the beautiful rolling hills of Hill Prairie Winery. Enjoy the spectacular fall colors while enjoying fresh fried fish along with your favorite wines. Two great bands play each day. Check out their website for a full calendar of festivals and live music on Sundays at Hill Prairie Winery.
Lincoln’s Trial & Tribulations
Join us for an intimate dinner theater experience in beautiful historic settings while experiencing Lincoln from a whole new perspective - event held on three dates: July 26, Aug. 16, and Sept. 19. Savor a delicious period meal. Hear and watch the story of the 1847 Matson Slave Trial unfold. It is one of the top ten trials in Lincoln’s career and one of the top five in Coles County. It is an evening out of the ordinary!
Christmas Tea at the Stephenson County Historical Museum
Celebrate this holiday tradition at the historic 1857 Oscar Taylor home decorated in Christmas finery. Enjoy music and and homemade cookies with coffee, tea or punch as your tour the mansion. The Holiday Gift Shop will be open featuring a selection of historical books, toys and other unique gift items.
Wines & Finds
Taste, explore and celebrate! Downtown Glen Ellyn announces a new premier event of shopping and wine tasting among 15 businesses. Couples, friends and wine enthusiasts are invited to spend the day enjoying the Downtown and all that it offers. Cabernet & Co. is the starting point where participants will receive their own Wine & Finds glass for the tour with a program detailing the participating businesses and their food and wine pairings. Each store will offer two selections to taste and all wines will be available to be ordered for pickup on a future date. A wide variety of distributors, offering their wine expertise will be available throughout the hosting boutiques.
CITY: Glen Ellyn
Art in Bloom Cantigny Fine Art Festival
Come to Cantigny for one of the park's biggest events of the year and a Father's Day tradition. Art in Bloom will feature a juried art show, more than 75 exhibiting artists, activities and crafts, demonstrations, live music, great food and more!
Oblong’s Annual Fall Follies
48th Annual event, featuring “Spooktacular” Band Festival, band field competition, craft and food booths, entertainment, Little Miss & Mister contest and Illinois’ largest nighttime parade with approx. 30 marching bands.
Wingfest 2014 – Elbon Shrine Club
Wingfest 2014 is a wing cook-off. This event will be held at Duda Garden with Live Music from Hick Town from 7pm to 11pm. Wings will be available to purchase after judging. This is a Fundraiser to benefit Elbon Shrine Club.
Old English Faire
Sound ye trumpets, shine thine armour, sharpen ye olde sword, lace thy corsets and braid thy long, shining tresses. Gather thy children and challenge their imaginations with tales from ye Middle Ages. The Olde English Faire returns for the fourth time to Wildlife Prairie State Park on June 20, 21 & 22, 2014. This fundraiser for Wildlife Prairie State Park pays tribute to the sights, sounds, aromas, speech and activities of the Middle Ages. Come cheer on sword fighters, jousters and archers as they compete in mock battles. Take in the tales, tricks and tunes of roving story tellers, magicians and musicians. Watch the acrobats, musical acts and comedians amongst the flora and fauna of the park. You can shop with our fine artisans for treasures galore. There will be plenty of hearty food and beverages offered throughout the Park, as well as shaded areas to rest, restroom facilities and free parking.
CITY: Hanna City
Torchlight Halloween Hike and Weenie Roast
Join us for a torchlight hike around the historic site then return to the Visitor Center for a Barn Dance and weenie roast. Lincoln Log Cabin is the last home of Thomas and Sarah Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's parents. It shares the site with the Sargent farm, an 1840's living history farm.
Hutson Massacre Pageant
The only outdoor presentation of its kind in the area. The pageant depicts the early settlers coming to what is now Crawford County and the forming of the town of Hutsonville. The town, township and creek were all named for the massacred first family, the Isaac Hutson's. Featuring also music and food - bring your lawn chairs. Pageant is free but a free-will offering will be taken. Event begins at dusk. Learn the history of Hutsonville, tour the museum, Hutson cabin, inn, country store, barn, loom room and Hutson Chapel.
The Great Gourd Gathering and Homestead Bakery Open House
Join us for this annual event held in conjunction with the Illinois Gourd Society. Gourd artists sell their beautiful wares and workshops are available for all age levels. Make sure to head over to The Homestead Bakery for their Open House with samples of our delicious made-from-scratch baked goods and view our gardens in their springtime glory!
A Touch of Arthur
A day-long display of products and services produced and provided by many of the 400 businesses within the Arthur area. Many country businesses have special promotions during this event. You will have opportunities to interact with the business owners who actually make and sell these products and services. There plenty of activities for children such as camel rides, inflatable games and pony rides. Located in Downtown Arthur and throughout the Arthur area from 9am-4pm.
Glendale Heights Fest
Known to many as one of the Western Suburbs' premier events, Glendale Heights Fest will be held at Camera Park. Enjoy the carnival and rides along with exciting entertainment and fantastic food booths. Enjoy a breathtaking display of fireworks at dusk on Wednesday, July 9 and on Sunday, July 13. Plan to spend a fun-filled time at Glendale Heights Fest with delicious food and entertainment for the entire family.
CITY: Glendale Heights
Chandlerville's Annual Burgoo, Fish Fry and Homecoming
Serving traditional burgoo, fried buffalo with all the trimmings on Saturday only. Flea market, carnival, pancake breakfast, other contests. Parade at 10:00 am Saturday; free entertainment and dancing Friday and Saturday evening. Also kids games, softball tournament, and new this year - Burgoo Boogie 5K run/walk on Saturday morning. Held at Elmwood Park.
Arenzville Burgoo & 175th Anniversary - Dodranbicentennial
Family oriented two-day celebration that features the famous burgoo, as well as craft market, games, carnival rides, concessions and contests. Entertainment includes Little Miss & Mr. Burgoo, local talent groups and well-known music acts. Featured act is John Michael Montgomery. Souvenirs available for 175th Celebration. Parade at 10am Saturday.
34th Annual Taste of Glen Ellyn
Celebrate all that Glen Ellyn has to offer during 4 days and nights of great food, excellent music, and bunches of fun! The Taste of Glen Ellyn is a family friendly event featuring live entertainment, plenty of food & drink, and a business expo. There are also rides and a craft festival.
CITY: Glen Ellyn
Annual Bluegrass Jam
It’s bluegrass time again at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, with both fans and performers gathering on Sunday, Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Musicians from Illinois and Indiana will converge at the site for a day of jamming with informal groups playing along the creek throughout the day. The site’s volunteers will be serving hamburgers, hotdogs and more with proceeds benefit the historical and interpretive programs at the site. Anyone with a love of this unique style of music is welcome to join one of the many the groups playing in the park.
This event is a fundraiser for Watseka Area Firefighters, and features a teen dance, motorcycle fun ride, water ball tournament, and beer tent with entertainment. Bands include Triple Ot Buck and Nick Lynch and the Silversmiths.
Lunch with Santa on Train
Come out for Lunch with Santa on the Train at the Wabash Depot in Monticello, Illinois, a holiday favorite for kids of all ages. Enjoy a train ride, individual visit with Santa, and kid friendly sack lunch. The ride is about 60 minutes per trip. Reservations Recommended.
Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw at Ravinia
Bring a picnic and some friends and enjoy a great night of music with Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw. With special guest Andrew McMahon, this is bound to be a great night not to be missed. Tickets are $50-$60 for reserved seats and $27 for lawn seats in advance or $32 the day of the show.
CITY: Highland Park
Annual Chicken Wing Contest
The Annual Chicken Wing Cookoff at Hill Prairie Winery is a large festival that features competing chefs preparing their favorite (and often unique) wing flavors. Visitors can purchase wings and vote for their favorites. The music of Dueling Pianos is back by popular demand, so enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon in the rolling hills of beautiful Hill Prairie Winery in Oakford, Illinois. And be sure to try some terrific, and award winning, wines from grapes grown on site.
Pana Chamber & Pana Elks Open Car Show, Motorcycle Show & Bike Show
Now in it's 59th year, this event is a non-judged car show and a judged motorcycle show. However, several car show awards are given out including "Mayor's Choice", "Pana Elks Choice" and "Chamber Choice". There is also a swap meet for car and truck parts. Located in Kitchell Park on Route 51 South in Pana. Any vehicle welcome to enter. Food and DJ. Pool and playground in the park for the kiddies. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the day with us. Food, Music, and Lots of Fun!
Hutsonville Community Days
Join in the tradition of this fun family-friendly event that includes a car show, entertainment, parade and food - in Downtown Hutsonville.
Cheeseburgers in Paradise with Wine Margaritas & Jimmy Buffet Music
The Annual Cheeseburgers in Paradise Festival is always a big hit with Wine Margaritas & a Jimmy Buffet Cover Band. The music is fantastic, the Cheeseburgers are the best and don’t forget our famous Wine Margaritas! Bring your friends and enjoy the summer sounds of Jimmy Buffet music along with your favorite drinks in the natural setting of Hill Prairie Winery.
Annual Chili Cookoff
The Annual Chili Cook-off is a popular fall event that features area chefs preparing their favorite chilies. The celebration gives patrons the chance to sample some great chilies and vote for their favorite, while enjoying live music and locally produced wines. Enjoy a hot bowl of chili on a colorful fall day at Hill Prairie Winery.
Scott County 4-H Fair
Held at Scott County Fairgrounds in Winchester, this fair includes a 4-H auction and Jr. Agricultural Show. This is a University of Illinois Extension event.
Merchant Street MusicFest
Merchant Street MusicFest is a free two-day music and arts festival. The event is a community celebration featuring local, regional, and national musical talent on 3 stages, fine and folk art vendors and great food and drink.
Monticello Christian Academy's 9th Annual Praise in the Park
Bring lawn chairs and blankets out to Piatt County Forest Preserve Park from Noon-7pm – the grills will be fired up with pork chop sandwiches and hot dogs. There will also be sno-cones, popcorn, fun games, balloons and a bounce house. Schedule to include worship and live contemporary Christian music.
The Annual Rib Festival is a time to wrap up another great summer season and enjoy fresh grilled ribs, along with live entertainment. Add your favorite wines and drinks to the mix and you’ll have a great afternoon of fun in the sun at Hill Prairie Winery.
100TH Anniversary of Union Dairy Celebration
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Union Dairy with a full weekend of special events. Friday is Entertainment Night with a 50s/60s band, Jimmy Fred and the Flames and a country band, Back Country Roads. Plus enjoy a beer tent. Saturday will feature a Car Show with entertainment by 3-D Sound, and Sunday will be Family Day with games, a bounce house, pony rides and more. All three days, enjoy an Historical Downtown Tour by horse and carriage. Plus there will be Union Dairy anniversary souvenirs for sale, "old timers" dipping one more time and more. Friday: 5 pm - 11 pm; Saturday: 4 pm - 8 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm.
Cambridge Fest & Auto Show
If you enjoy classic cars and trucks in a historic downtown setting, please join us for the annual Cambridge Main Street Fest & Auto Show in Cambridge. Over 150 cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display. The day offers live entertainment, tours of the Historical Heritage Village, a bake sale, N & G Scale train display, food and craft vendors, along with many other activities. The evening ends with a street dance.
Oak Lawn Farmer's Market
The Farmer's market is located at 52nd Avenue and Cook Avenue, behind the Oak Lawn Library (9427 S. Raymond Ave.).The village has lined up great vendors when you can pick out fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, find unique gifts, get a rain barrel and visit with Oak Lawn businesses.
CITY: Oak Lawn
Autumn Art & Craft Fair
Over 90 talented artisans and crafters offer unique, handmade artwork, crafts and jewelry. This indoor event has something for the whole family with a delicious food court. Sponsored by the River Ridge PTO
48th Annual Virginia Bar-B-Que
Join the celebration of summer with activities for all on the downtown courthouse lawn. Opening ceremonies begin on Friday evening and events continue through Sunday's final Nashville Country act on the stage. Also enjoy Bar-B-Que lunch and dinner, flea market, carnival rides, continuous entertainment, awards, Queen contest, Karaoke contest. A fund raiser for community needs and projects.
Civil War Weekend
The Shawnee Hills Art Council of Anna Arts Center and P.A.S.T. of Union County are co-sponsoring a Civil War Weekend in Anna, IL. A quick snapshot of the planned events include: Historical bus tour: “Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro”; exhibits which include guns and quilts; re-enactors and encampment; storytelling; and Civil War era food and music. So mark your calendars and plan on coming to Anna Arts Center for a journey back in time.
Thursday Night Out in Downtown Oak Park
Start your weekends early at Thursday Night Out, beginning in May. Purchase a dine-around booklet at the kiosk on Lake & Marion for $12 and enjoy dining al fresco, free outdoor entertainment and live music under the stars!
CITY: Oak Park
Arthur Area Freedom Celebration
The event kicks off with a parade followed by a gigantic fireworks display with an exceptional array of shells at Jurgens Park. The 500 ft. long Niagara Falls and the Wall of Fire are some of the crowd favorites. The finale and top crowd favorite is the Rural Patriot on his horse of freedom carrying the American Flag. Activities begin at 4pm and include powered parachute helicopters, WW2 aircraft and skydivers from the Mid-America Parachute Club. Food and drink vendors and handicap parking available.
The Big Event - Fireman Cook Off
This family friendly event features a firehouse chef cook off with food samples, live entertainment, raffles and activities for the children.
CITY: Merrionette Park
A festival of strawberry-related activities and events. This includes special sales promotions throughout the Arthur area. A strawberry social is held in conjunction at the Otto Center south of town. Strawberries are available for purchase and there will be limited giveaways during the festival. Lots of entertainment and activities, including the bands Battle Creek, Gunny Sack Revue and Deep Water.
Piatt County Fair
This fair features livestock and agricultural exhibits, kids activities, a tractor pull, the fair pageant (fair queen and Jr. Miss) and for the adults, a beer garden with live music.
CITY: Cerro Gordo
10th Annual Music & Wine Festival
The 10th Annual Music & Wine Festival at Hill Prairie Winery is a popular event that features fresh grilled BBQ, two great bands each day and of course locally produced wine. Relax in a natural setting overlooking a pond and the vineyard in the rolling hills of Hill Prairie Winery, just south of Oakford, Illinois and approximately 10 minutes north of Lincoln’s New Salem in Petersburg.
Christian County Agricultural Fair
Fun for everyone, this fair has an FFA show, livestock shows, agricultural products expo, horse shows, demolition derby, MMA fights, talent show, truck & tractor pull, 4-wheeler races, carnival rides and queen pageant.
3rd Annual Jazz Patio and Wine Festival
Come out for the Jazz Patio's one-day jazz event. Drum virtuoso and long time Smashing Pumpkin, Jimmy Chamberlin, joins forces with platinum selling saxophone powerhouse, Frank Catalano to headline the festival. Also enjoy performances from local & regional jazz performers. Face painting and balloon art for kids too! Visit the Deer Park Town Center on Facebook and be the first to know the music line-up.
CITY: Deer Park
River2River Cruise Night
Hundreds of vintage cars, street rods, trucks, antiques, special interest vehicles, with a cruise on Main Street Friday night. Food, entertainment, vendors - fun for the whole family.
Martinsville Agricultural Fair
In addition to all the judged agricultural events, this fair features an Ag Olympics, a Barnyard Scramble, an auto thrill show, lawn mower derby, garden tractor pull, truck & tractor pulls, demolition derby, carnival rides and music.
Livingston County Ag Fair
Since 1930 this volunteer-run agricultural fair has provided fun family entertainment. Activities include a chainsaw carving auction, cake auction for Ag scholarships, the Broken Horn Rodeo, and the Ramer Demo Derby. Also included are livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, horse show, kiddie tractor pull and Ag Olympics.
Macoupin County Fair
Come out to visit the oldest County Fair in Illinois! The 2014 Fair is sure to be exciting with lots of entertainment and agricultural displays for the entire family. New to the 2014 fair will be a Meat Goat Show. There will be a variety of attractions and entertainment for the whole family, including a tractor pull, mud drag, demolition derby, exhibits, livestock shows and auctions and children’s activities.
Vermilion River Fall Festival
Arts and crafts, live entertainment, concessions, and one of the area's largest car shows will be held at beautiful Ellsworth Park.
Maxwell Street Sales
Retailers and residents fill downtown State Street with a variety of unique items all priced to sell. Open 8 am to 2 pm. FREE.
Always held the Wednesday after Labor Day. This large DeKalb County Fair held at the fairgrounds on Illinois Route 34, just south of DeKalb, in Sandwich. There will be a carnival, lots of different food vendors, entertainment for all tastes, horse shows to enjoy, truck and tractor pulls, and so much more.
71st Annual National Sweetcorn Festival
Diligence, family, and a whole lot of corn! Each and every Labor Day weekend, for the past 70 years, the Hoopeston Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) hosts the National Sweetcorn Festival. Classic American festival events include a midway full of carnival rides, games, and stands of delicious fried goodness, smashing cars at the demo derby, and a grand parade featuring marching bands, pageant queens, and plenty of candy. Being the National Sweetcorn Capital of the World, Hoopeston has to have their own unique twists to the festival. An antique steam engine cooks more than 50 tons hot buttered sweetcorn and is served up to approximately 20,000 visitors over the course of the weekend free of charge! With a line that wraps around the park, it is clear that Hoopeston really does sweetcorn the right way, the best way.
Iroquois County 4-H & Agricultural Fair
Featuring horse and pony shows, fair queen contest, demo derby, tractor rides, tractor pull, talent show, entertainment. Held at the fairgrounds.
Nearly two dozen businesses will host either a complimentary chili tasting stop or other treats and refreshments throughout the evening. Festival goers will be given ballets to vote for their favorite chili. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the night.
Stephenson County Ag Breakfast
A farm breakfast showcasing Stephenson County agriculture producers with a menu of orange juice, coffee cake, scrambled eggs, whole hog sausage, beef bacon, cheese, milk, coffee and ice cream. Additional activities include entertainment, a petting zoo, craft show, games and more as we salute and share the story of Stephenson County agriculture. Adults: $4; Children 5 and under: Free
Ford County Fair & 4-H Show
Featuring the Fair Queen pageant, demo derby, rodeo, artists, livestock exhibits, talent show, live music, entertainment and carnival by Swyear Amusements. Phone number only active week of the event.
Menard County Fair
The Menard County Fair offers something for everyone, running Tuesday, July 15 through Sunday, July 20. Enjoy the Queen Pageant, tractor pulls, harness racing, demolition derby, contests, live music, great food and much more. Check out the exhibits, contestants, and role of agriculture. Check the website for the many planned events each day.
Carbondale Community Friday Night Fair
Enjoy some of the best of what Carbondale has to offer every Friday during the summer, when the arts & entertainment scene unites with local farmers and craftsmen to create a fun, family-friendly festival. Hosted in Carbondale's historic Town Square Pavillion, the fair includes kids activities, a farmer's market, craft vendors, live music and more, all free of charge.
Farmer City/Dewitt County Fair
Now in its 84th year, and featuring agriculture and livestock, with evening track events such as a demolition derby.
CITY: Farmer City
Chili Cook-Off ICS Illinois State Championship
International Chili Society (ICS) State event held during the Christian County Agricultural Fair. $1000 Grand Prize. Categories: Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. Held during the Christian County Fair at the fairgrounds in Taylorville.
SOB Fest/Springfield Oyster & Brew Festival
5th Annual craft beer and oyster festival, featuring 30 brewers from across the country, 150 beers, pub grub and local entertainment.
Edgar County Fair
Held at Edgar Co. Fairgrounds in Paris, this fair features the queen pageant, livestock shows including llamas, truck & tractor pull, demo derby, harness racing, horse show, dog obedience show, talent show and a carnival.
Southside Chili Shuffle Cookoff
This is now a two-day regional event at the Southside Shuffle Bar, incorporating the former Lincoln Prairie Trail Chili event formerly held in Pana, IL. Categories: Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. Live entertainment. Entry fee applies, but admission is free.
Red Carpet Corridor Festival- Dwight
Enjoy the Dog Gone Good BBQ competition, Texaco Station Welcome Center, Barn Quilt self tours (maps available), Route 66 wayside exhibits, historic sites, Tour Dogs on parade, historical museum, Junk in the Trunk, and all town garage sales.
This Annual Event starts at 9am with rib-cookers firing-up the grills and Tour de Donut bicycle racers riding through the main street. Ribfest is 50+/- rib cook-off that is full of fun, music, food and fun. The cook-off winners will receive cash prizes for their art in grilling. The ribs will be available for sale at 5pm for purchase. However, local food and drinks will be available all day.
Staunton Art and Music Festival
Held at Duda Park and sponsored by the Staunton Art Council and the Staunton Tourism Committee. 5th Annual Art & Music Festival consists of exhibition and sale of fine art, live music, food and fun for the entire family. This event takes place in a relaxing and beautifully landscaped park.
2nd Annual Marbold Farmstead Antique Show
Located at Historic Marbold Farmstead just south of Greenview on 21722 State Hwy. 29 (20 miles north of Springfield). Featuring country primitives, furniture, textiles, pottery, Americana for sale. Dealers from several states, food available. 9am-3pm. The Marbold Farmstead was the central hub of the Marbold family farmland holdings which consisted of over 4,000 acres and was virtually self-sufficient. The original house was built in 1850 and was one of the most notable homes in central Illinois. It is being restored and is home to an annual Antique Show featuring a wide range of vendors. Enjoy a beautiful natural setting and find the perfect items. Take in food, drinks, activities and demonstrations. Country Primitives, Furniture, Pottery, Textiles and Americana from dealers from Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Central Illinois. Period Craftsmen will demonstrate rag rug weaving, broom making, quilting, spinning, hat making, soap making. Proceeds to benefit restoration of the Marbold Farmstead.
Art of Illinois Wine Garden
Features 20 Illinois wineries and entertainment. Admision includes wine glass and sampling tickets. Open 11 am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday.
Hakuna Matata: Sunset Wine Cruise
Take a relaxing sunset cruise aboard the Hakuna Matata on the Mississippi River. You’ll have a chance to enjoy three samplings then two glasses of wine while also enjoying some appetizers including Wisconsin cheese, a fresh fruit tray, dips, breads and more. Boarding, which is at Alton Marina, begins 30 minutes prior to the cruise. The cruise will last 90 minutes. Cruises are scheduled for April 25, April 26, May 16 & May 17. For more information or to make reservations, call (800) 258-6645.
Pana Days Chautauqua
Carnival rides, life stage entertainment, Baby and little Miss & Mr. Contests, games, pony rides, kiddie tractor pull, lots of vendors and food! Located at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Pana’s historical Kitchell Park on South Route 51.
Four Course Dinner with Wine Pairing
Enjoy a four course dinner along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, with a wine paired for each course, at the Peach Barn Cafe at Headman Vineyards. Reservations are needed and vegetarian alternatives are available with advance notice.
CITY: Alto Pass