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Special Consensus Bluegrass Band
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming Special Consensus Bluegrass Band to the stage. This four person acoustic Bluegrass band has attitude!
Southwest Half Marathon & 10k
Be a part of the 9th annual Southwest Half Marathon & 10k and enjoy one of the Midwest's finest events of its kind. Proceeds will benefit The South West Special Recreation Association and other local charities.
Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show
The Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show is an annual event put on by Southern Illinois Productions, a Not-for-Profit Organization. The show features some of the best steel guitar players in the world as well as amateur players. Come to the next show and mingle with your favorite steel guitar players.
Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days
The 26th Annual Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days will be held at John A Logan College. It is the largest celebration of Hunting and Fishing Day in the country. This 200+ vendor show offers something for the whole family. Bass Fishing and Crappie seminars, catfish contest, Goose calling contests, Dock Dogs competitions, retriever demonstrations and a kids fishing hole are just a few of the activities throughout the weekend.
Sock Monkey Madness Festival: "Safari Adventure!" - Midway Village Museum
Bring your monkey back to where it all began at the Sock Monkey Madness Festival in Rockford, Illinois! This year's theme is Safari Adventure as we explore sock monkeys in their natural habitat. Activities Include: Make A Monkey workshop, take a photo with world famous jungle explorer Nelson, the world's largest sock monkey at 7 feet tall, several safari-themed games and crafts throughout the museum for children of all ages, sales vendors with all things Sock Monkey, including clothing and accessories for you and your monkey, toys, games, collectibles, and more. New in 2016: Rockford Dance Company will perform the Dance of the Sock Monkeys!
Sled Dog Demos
Sled Dog Demos at Starved Rock Lodge hosted by Free Spirit Siberian Rescue. Free Seminars will be held in the LaSalle Room at 10:30am & 1:30pm. Sled Demos will be held at the Visitor Center West Lot at 9:30am, 12:00pm, and 3:00pm.
Skokie Festival of Cultures
Since its inception in 1991, the Skokie Festival of Cultures has become one of the premier ethnic festivals in Illinois, attracting more than 450,000 visitors and dozens of cultures, all representing Skokie's tremendous diversity. Attendees will take their free 'Tour of the World,' enjoying two days of ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food, unique arts and crafts, beer tasting, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays.
Six Flags Great America Fright Fest
It's Thrills by Day, Chills by Night at Fright Fest Presented by Snickers®. Six Flags Great America will be totally transformed into a Halloween playground, Fridays - Sundays. Have a ghoulish good time with hair-raising shows, electrifying street entertainment and thrilling haunted houses. Plus, experience all the rides in the dark. There will also be a special trick-or-treat trail just for kids.
Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor 2016 Season
Six Flags Great America is fun for the whole family with 14 heart-pounding roller coasters, a free water park with over 30 wild water slides, spectacular shows and parades, family rides and big pint-sized fun for the kids with children's areas and over 35 rides for the little ones. Don't miss Goliath, a triple record breaking roller coaster. It is the world’s fastest wooden coaster with the tallest and steepest drop, plunging riders down 180 feet and rocketing through twists and turns at 72 miles per hour. Don't miss the new ride, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. This new 4D interactive thrill ride coming in 2016 is a full-sensory gaming experience. Also enjoy Hurricane Harbor and Riptide Bay, the water park that boasts more slides and attractions. Catch a wave at the only place to surf on Lake Michigan.
Sister Act at the Marriott Theater
Kicking off the 2016 Season, Sister Act will be a show not to be missed. This divine musical comedy is based on the hit 1992 film. Follow Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence through her journey while taking refuge in a convent.
Singin' in the Rain at the Marriott Theatre
Singin' in The Rain is based on the 1952 American musical comedy film. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late '20s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to talkies. This play will offer the audience some splashy old-fashioned fun.
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad Antique Steam Train Rides and Silvercreek Museum
All aboard as a 36 ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, including an antique red caboose reported to be the oldest in the state, and three passenger flatcars for a four mile ride through farmlands and across a bridge 30' above Yellow Creek. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts. Browse for novelties in the Freight House Gift Shop. Visit the Silvercreek Museum filled with early Americana and featuring the 130 ton Cooper Corliss Steam Engine and its over 25' fly wheel. Food will be available at the museum. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: Ask at the Depot; Museum: Adults: $4; Children Under 12: Free
This is a shrimp cook-off with fresh Southern Illinois shrimp cooked more ways than you can imagine! Locally grown prawns will be available for purchase. Helicopter, & carriage rides, music & entertainment, beer & wine tent and lots more.
Shelbyville Festival of Lights
Come to Shelbyville and take a drive through Forest Park as it is lit up for the Holiday season. These lights are put in place each year by volunteers and new lights and themed areas are also added. Candy Cane lane is to honor loved ones. The Historical Chautauqua Building becomes a huge carousel. Come enjoy the Victorian Village, Santa's Shop, the North Pole, Bethlehem, and others.
Shelby County 4H & Jr. Fair
One of only a few fairs that still highlight their 4H and Juniors. The fair includes dog care and obedience, judging in livestock, poultry, rabbits, lambs, produce, flowers, plants, and many other subjects. The Food Shack serves plenty of great food each day of the fair manned by the various 4H Clubs in Shelby County. The fair wraps up with the popular livestock auction and team penning.
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail - Wine & Food Pairing Weekend
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail presents Fall on the Wine Trail: A progressive tour of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Each of 12 unique wineries will present you a sample of a wine/food pairing! Tickets are $35/person - advanced purchase only.
Shamrock Shimmy 5K and Kids' Fun Run
Start your morning off right with the Galena Elks' 1st Annual Shamrock Shimmy 5K and Kid's Fun Run! The route takes you down Galena's historic Main Street and into the quaint neighborhood! $25 entry fee includes a t-shirt, run # with chip timer, 1 drink ticket at the Galena Elks Lodge, 1 drink ticket at Fried Green Tomatoes restaurant and 1 raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket. Prizes for best dressed & more!
Shakespeare's First Folio Exhibition
The Lake County Discovery Museum has been selected as the host site for the state of Illinois for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities. During the exhibition, the Lake County Discovery Museum is planning numerous programs for the public and families around the First Folio exhibition.
Shakespeare 400 Chicago
Shakespeare 400 Chicago is a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City through 850 events.
Scarecrow Daze Festival
During the Annual Scarecrow Daze Festival, the entire city of Shelbyville is decorated with scarecrows. With a different theme every year, entrants decorate their homes and businesses to the theme. There is also a large parade on Saturday, kids' games, a beer tent, music, a quilt show, and plenty of food and crafts, in downtown Shelbyville.
Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever – The Musical, the iconic story of Tony -the kid from Brooklyn USA- who wants to dance his way to a better life is back! And back in an all-new production that shares Tony's love for dancing in spectacular new ways. Fueled by the vintage Bee Gee hits, this contemporary retelling of the classic story captures the energy, passion and life-changing moments that have thrilled movie audiences since 1977. Now, a new generation of dancers meets a new generation of playgoers to explore the soaring sounds and pulsating rhythms of this coming-of-age Disco fantasy.
Salute to Freedom
Come to the huge fireworks display at the Mt. Vernon Airport for July 4th. This event also includes live entertainment, children's area, food vendors, and much more!
Route 66 Half Marathon, 5K, Mile Dash
Run down Historic Route 66 in this race down memory lane. On this flat course, you will have the opportunity to set a personal best. Plus, its filled with some of the oldest landmarks on Historic Route 66.
Rosiclare Car Show
16th Annual Fluorspar Festival car, truck, and motorcycle show - City Park Rosiclare, Illinois, Overlooking the Ohio River Registration 8:00a.m. -11:45a.m. Judging at Noon Trophies at 3:30p.m. Entry Fee: $10.00 Dash Plaques to the first 50 registered.
Rootabaga Jazz Festival
Internationally recognized jazz artists will entertaining at various venues, plus regional bands and the award-winning Knox College Jazz Ensemble. 36th Annual Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival featuring Matuto and Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band. See website for a full schedule.
Roger Hoover Folk & Blues
Roger Hoover’s plaintive, original brand of arcane folk and blues seem to come from some unknown time and place. These are timeless laments and rambles of an Ohio guitarist and banjo player who performs with equal parts impassioned vocals and honest lyricism. Summoning the spirits of a forgotten time, “his settings are a combination of words and music that evokes thought and action with the cinematic imagination of Tom Waits and Gillian Welch, crafting songs with a lyrical complexity seldom attained by artists in the Americana genre.” Hosted by Three Angels Brewing, Summer Solstice and Rogue Barrister Records.
Rockford Meltfest 2016
The first Saturday in spring, join in the celebration of the melting away of winter and the melting together of the community in this third annual fun family festival. Many of the popular items from 2015 will return, including live music, 5K run/walk, kids fun run, group bike ride, indoor venue, market vendors, kids activities, ice skating, and trolley rides (weather permitting).
Rockford Home Show - Indoor Sports Center
The first sign of spring is always the Annual Home Show and spring is the perfect time to start your indoor and outdoor projects! The Home Show is the place to see what is new in the home and garden market while shopping for new products, services, ideas, concepts and expertise on interior and exterior design. If you are dreaming of a new home or hoping to improve your existing home, this is the show you won't want to miss. The experts will be on hand to talk one on one and answer all your questions, see all the different options, set up appointments for quotes and get that spring project started. While at the show you can attend clinics/seminars on home and lawn care plus don't miss the entertainment for kids and adults! This is a fun event for the whole family and kids (under 12) and parking are free!
Rockford Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show - Indoor Sports Center
The 2016 Rockford Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show will continue to be your one stop shop. Whether you are interested in buying a fishing boat, pontoon, runabout, personal watercraft, looking for the perfect charters, guides, lodging, or just needing to buy the right fishing tackle the show will have exactly what you are looking for. We have some of the most experienced Illinois anglers and guides giving seminars. They will be talking to you about what baits and lures to use, teaching you different fishing techniques, and much more. Bring the whole family and take advantage of the trout pond, Hawg Trough, and much more!
Rock Star 2016 at Starved Rock
Who will be Starved Rock's Rock Star in 2016? Join us on February 18, February 25, March 3 and March 10 and see who wins this annual karaoke contest! Enter if you want a change at the title of 2016 Rock Star. This contest starts on Thursday, February 18 at 7pm in the Main Dining Room at Starved Rock Lodge. Come early and join us for dinner. Rock Star is sponsored by Starved Rock Lodge, WLPO, WAJK and WOLF radio stations. Contact Starved Rock Lodge at 815-220-7375 for more information.
Rock Falls Percussion Palooza
Percussion Palooza, an educational and entertainment event featuring a solo and ensemble competition for snare drum, melodic percussion, multi-percussion and drum set for middle and high school students and post-secondary level percussionists, will be held Feb 28th from noon to 7pm at Rock Falls High School. Also performing at the Premier Showcase are percussion ensembles and drum lines from throughout Northern Illinois and Eastern Iowa. The annual Louie Bellson Inspiration Award will also be given to honor the heritage of Rock Falls own Louie Bellson, the world renown & legendary percussionist who was born in Rock Falls.
Rock Around the Clock (PattyWaszak)
Patty Waszak combines a wide variety of music with comedy and audience participation. She is a dynamic singer, hilarious comedienne, and great musician. Enjoy all of those upbeat toe tappers people know and love to sing along with such as Rock Around the Clock, Johnny B Goode and more. Matinee shows includes: lunch and show, $34 per person. Advanced reservations are required. Please call 815-220-7386
Rochelle Cinco de Mayo Celebration
The City of Rochelle is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo event at the Downtown Rochelle Gazebo from 4-10 pm on Saturday May 2nd. The event is open to the public and will include authentic food; arts and crafts; music and dance demonstrations; and a Chihuahua parade and race throughout the evening.
Riverside Art, Wine & Blues Festival
Enjoy a day of blues music with live bands at the historic band shell in Riverside park. Food & beverages available. All tickets $10, gates open at 11am. Always the first Saturday after Labor Day with multiple Illinois wineries, dozens of fine arts vendors, food and music.
Riverfest Taste of Ottawa
Let's rock on the river! LaSalle County’s largest festival, Ottawa’s Annual Riverfest, celebrates summer with a bang! Carnival rides, art shows, craft and flea markets, kids activities, sidewalk sales, music and the now famous Taste of Ottawa all come together at the fest. You are sure to find something for everyone! Visit their website for everything this fest has to offer.
Riverbend Earth Day Festival
The Nature Institute is excited to host the annual Riverbend Earth Day Festival. The event will be held, rain or shine, at Piasa Harbor in Godfrey, IL. Let's celebrate Earth Day together for this celebration of nature, music, food and the arts. Guests can participate in organized hiking, paddling, enjoy fresh, local foods, and peruse unique goods by local vendors and artists. Other features will include live music, children activities, hands-on informational booths, and more!
Annual Festival with national bands and acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts. Also, special guest and Super Sunday Family Fun Day.
Ride the Ups & Downs Bicycle Ride
This bicycle ride is a one-day tour of beautiful Jo Daviess County, Illinois. It features hilly terrain, spectacular ridge top panoramas and long valley views. Choose one of four clearly marked routes on rolling, low traffic, paved roads throughout our rural setting: 26 miles, 32 miles (50 km), 52 miles and 63 miles (100 km) Rain or shine! Registration Fee: $20 in advance, $25 day of event Fee Includes: Map & cue sheets, Marked routes, SAG support, Food & drink at rest stops *Including freshly-baked, homemade cookies by local bakers! Register Online ($20 + small handling fee) Visit: signmeup.com/106729 Most credit cards accepted. Mail in Registration Form ($20) Mail registration form and check or money order to: G.O.A.T.S. Cycling Club P.O. Box 6024 Galena, Illinois 61036 Register Day of Event ($25) * Event will take place rain or shine. Sorry, no refunds. Check-in time: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Visit the Museum Campus at Small Memorial Park for vendors, music, contests, pies, and lovely gardens. The one room school house and the memorial home of Dr. A.L. Small, built in 1855, and boyhood home of Lennington Small, Governor of Illinois from 1921-1929, will be open.
Rhonda Vincent & Gene Watson at Effingham Performance Center
See the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, and her band, the Rage, with duet specials from the masterful country stylist, Gene Watson at 7 p.m.
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Event fundraiser features: *King & Queen voting *Groove to the DJ mix *Raffles & Prizes *Finger foods & desserts from local restaurants *A Local Celebrity Lip Sync Battle General Ticket $75: includes open bar, appetizers & desserts and coat check.
Reptile Rampage is a great opportunity for the whole family to spend the day getting up close and personal to some amazing and unique reptiles. Visitors can meet over 150 animals including “Bubba” the famous American Alligator, the Wildlife Discovery Center's celebrated rattlesnake collection, lizards, snakes of all shapes and sizes, turtles and tortoises, crocodiles, an assortment of frogs, and so much more. Visitors will also have the chance to talk with some of the Midwest’s most knowledgeable reptile enthusiasts from local zoos, universities, museums, nature centers, and private collections. In addition to the many reptiles on display, there will be children’s arts-and-crafts activities, face painting, a Scout patch challenge and a fabulous auction.
Red, White, & BBQ Festival
Red, White, & BBQ is a competition dedicated to tasty barbecue, music, and fun at Ty Warner Park in Westmont. Start off the summer with great food, live music, and an all-ages carnival. Observe some of the best BBQ experts compete to win prize money, learn BBQ tips, and enjoy Ty Warner Park.
RC Jet Rally
This remote control jet rally gathers some of the best scale model jets in the country. Live stunts and performances will be available to the public.
QCCA Flower & Garden Show
Beautiful garden displays are served up with a great shopping experience. Great ideas for landscaping, decks, fences, sun rooms, and more. A variety of vendors will be on site selling garden items, specialty items, gifts and services.
Progress City Cluster of Dog Shows
The Progress City Cluster is a combination of dog shows hosted by the Champaign Illinois Kennel Club, the Mattoon Kennel Club, and the Sandemac Kennel Club. Spectators are welcome to watch all shows for a small fee.
Pride of the Prairie Marble Show
The Pride of the Prairie Marble Show takes place twice a year in the winter and fall. Free and open to the public all three days, you can experience buying, selling, and trading among some of the nation's greatest marble collectors. Have marbles of your own? Feel free to bring some along for free identifications and appraisals!
Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off
They come from miles around and from out of state for the fish fry, for the barbeque, for dancing and fun at this annual event, which is held at 17th & Pine Streets. http://www.17thstreetbarbecue.com
Prairie State Winery Winemaker's Dinner
Come and enjoy Prairie State Winery's Winemakers Dinner. Experience their in-house, hand-crafted cuisine paired with a handful of their wines you've come to love! Dinner will be a specially prepared, elegant five course meal in an intimate 20 person seating. Prairie State Winemaker and Chef will guide you through each of the five unique dishes and their pairings. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!
Prairie on State Wine Cellars
Visit Prairie on State Wine Cellars, a Prairie State Winery tasting room, in downtown Sycamore. The tasting room invites you to sample many of the award-winning wines from PSW, shop for unique gifts or enjoy a glass of wine with a Nosh plate that you create yourself. Also features a weekend music schedule.
Prairie Brass Band
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming this 25-piece brass band from Arlington Heights performing traditional British brass band instrumentation.
Port Clinton Art Festival
Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most successful juried art festivals and attracts more than 250,000 art enthusiasts from places near and far. More than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists come together to showcase their work over the course of the weekend, creating an atmosphere brimming with renowned creativity. Alongside established artists, a youth art division celebrates the talents of young artists ages 18 and under, offering them the opportunity to participate, exhibit, and experience the inner workings of an art festival.
Pontiac Cruise Night
Bring your antique, classic, or new car to downtown Pontiac and enjoy the fellowship of hundreds of other automobile enthusiasts. The small registration fee is used to support local charities.
Polly Launay Performance
If you have never heard Polly play, this is the time. She is an accomplished violinist who will amaze you with her talent. In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Polly will be performing Celtic music selections. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
Poi Dog Pondering at the Paramount Theatre
Poi Dog Pondering comes back to their suburban home-away-from-home in Aurora for one night only. It’s Frankie, Susie, Max, Dag, Ted and the rest of the POI family together for a sensory-overload experience. Plus, they’re bringing some very special and talented guests to join them on the enormous Paramount stage. If you've seen POI at the Paramount, then you know exactly why they sell out here every year. If you've never seen POI DOG PONDERING live, then now is the time to experience these amazing artists.
Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo
At the Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo, you'll find Light Sport Aircrafts lined on the tarmac of the Mt. Vernon Airport. Also find LSA's for sale, ancillary equipment and related services.
Petals & Paintings at the Krannert Art Museum
Krannert Art Museum celebrates University of Illinois Moms Weekend by opening its doors to world-class floral designers who create one-of-a-kind arrangements inspired by works of art on display at KAM. The 24th annual Petals & Paintings exhibition will be open to the public from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, April 9 and from 12 noon – 5 pm on Sunday, April 10, 2014. Special docent-led tours will be available free of charge from 10 am – 4 pm Saturday. The exhibition is free and open to the public. It is curated by Rick Orr, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers.
Celebrate the pepper harvest from 11am to 5pm, A favorite gathering for all chile heads and hot pepper fans. Walk the pepper field and see many varieties of hot peppers in bloom, meet the vendors and see who makes the best hot/spicy food, visit the Pepper Farm Store and select your favorite salsa, jellies, spices and pepper products, relax, visit with friends, enjoy great local music and soak in great southern Illinois pepper heat. 618-893-1443. www.darnhotpeppers.com
Pearl Banquets & Conference Center
The Pearl Banquets and Conference Center boasts a comprehensive range of rooms in a wide array of configurations. Lighting can also be customized for your event.
Peach Festival at Pere Marquette
Nothing pairs better than a warm, summer day and a ripe, juicy peach! The Peach Festival will feature local farmers displaying their delicious local peaches as well as some of those famous Calhoun Peaches hand picked that morning and still warm from the sunshine. Come on out to the beautiful Pere Marquette Lodge and join us for an afternoon of fun, festivities and peaches. There will be live entertainment, craft vendors, tons of family friendly fun and all the ripe, juicy peaches you can eat!
Pause for Patriotism
The Mission of the "Pause for Patriotism" Committee is: to instill a Love of our country, demonstrate an attachment to the land and people, an admiration for our customs and traditions, and a devotion to the welfare of our country in our children and their families through the annual "Armed Forces Day" celebration and other activities throughout the year. There will also be great entertainment, food, and beverages for people all ages.
Paul Anka at the Arcada Theatre
Anka became famous in the late 1950s, 60s, 70s, with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy". "Put Your Head On My Shoulder", and "You're Having My Baby". An evening to recall those years gone by.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo at the Genesee Theatre
Rock and Roll living legend Pat Benatar and husband, Neil Giraldo, come to the Genesee Theatre for one night of your favorite hits. This intimate acoustic evening will include Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Love is a Battlefield, We Belong and many more.
Here is your chance to be a part of a real paranormal investigative team as they explore the paranormal claims associated with Pere Marquette Lodge. Enjoy appetizers and one free drink while the team walks you through the process of hunting for the paranormal. Then join the professionals as they investigate the Lodge through the night. If evidence is found, a reveal will be held during breakfast the following morning. Warning, this is a real paranormal investigation and guests should be prepared to witness possible paranormal activity. Add this paranormal investigation package for two people to your room reservation for an additional $65. Does not include taxes or room reservations. Investigations will be held on April 22nd and November 4th from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Parachute Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Will Anderson, Kit French, and Johnny Stubblefield, also known as Parachute, will be rocking the Egyptian Theatre stage. This American pop rock band is from Charlottesville, Virginia. Hit songs include: She is Love, Something to Believe In, Kiss Me Slowly, and Can’t Help. They are about to release their fourth album, “Wide Awake,” March 11, 2016. Come be the first to see them before they kick off their Nationwide tour next month. Look for special guests to join Parachute on stage, making this a jammed packed night of amazing music.
Pana Tri-County Fair
Come out to the Tri-County fair! The fair is here to bring together both urban and rural people in a setting that provides entertainment as well as education for all and to help show-case all that the surrounding counties have to offer. Grandstand events include tractor pulls, demo derby, entertainment, a huge parade on Labor Day, and more. Carnival and events for the family.
Palos Park Paranormal Conference
The Palos Park Paranormal Conference features a wide variety of vendors, lecturers and presentations in the paranormal field to get everyone in the mood for Halloween. Tarot and palm readers, hypnotists, ufo researchers, alternative healers, even esoteric martial arts are all available to contact and sit in on the associated lectures, many interactive. Fun for all adults.
Owl Prowl at The Nature Institute
Meet at The Nature Institute to learn about owls and then head on a hike to search for them within the Olin Nature Preserve. Treehouse Wildlife Center will be on site with live owls in Talahi Lodge. See the beautiful creatures up-close and personal while the experts and handlers give information about these nocturnal friends. Then follow TNI education director Patti Brown on the trails of the Olin Nature Preserve to listen and see native owls in their own territory. The prowl starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission: $10/person; $8/TNI Members. Pre-registration is highly encouraged!
Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Festival
Wine, food, lobster and the sweet sounds of jazz…all at the Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest. Join us for great food, fun and remember, the music is always free! Visit our website for up-to-date announcements, music lineup and food list. From imported cheese and fruit plates to fresh grilled lobster with real butter, there is something for everyone. And don’t forget over 100+ great wines to sample from the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association. All tasting under one giant tent. Rain or shine…we will keep you dry! Lobster cost is $30 in advance, and $35 at the door. Limited supply at the door. Lobster will be served Friday 5-9 Saturday 1-9 and Sunday 1-5 Tickets sales for Lobster will end at 5pm Thursday, June 9!!
Oscar’s Garden Fair
Come visit the beautiful grounds of the Taylor Mansion Museum and enjoy this first time Garden Fair. Named in honor of the man who built the mansion in 1858, Oscar Taylor, the fair celebrates his family’s love of gardening and flowers. The outdoor event will feature numerous vendors selling plants, unique garden art and accessories, lawn ornaments, and more. It will include workshops, talks, and other garden related activities. Kick off the spring gardening season with this fun and informative event. Adults: $5; Children 17 and Under: Free with adult.
Oregon Antique Show
One of Northern Illinois' oldest and best antique shows. The show will be held at the Blackhawk Center Sports Arena, located on the Oregon public school campus. The facility offers ample parking, handicap accessibility and a huge area for 50 Midwest antique dealers to display their merchandise. Quality antiques will range from the early 1800's up through the retro era of the 1950's including all areas of collecting.
Opening Weekend at the Schaumburg Boomers
Make a weekend out of three home games when the Schaumburg Boomers go up to bat against the Windy City ThunderBolts. Friday and Saturday nights will also bring the festivities up a notch with fireworks after the game. Face painting and balloon artists will be on site all weekend. Saturday's special guests will be the Jesse White Tumblers. Sunday, you'll be able to bring your four-legged friend along to the game. Don't forget to meet Coop - the Prairie Chicken!
Opening Weekend at Arlington International
Opening weekend at Arlington International Racecourse is sure to be a party! Cheer on your favorite thoroughbred alongside your mom! Sunday is Mother's Day, so be sure to celebrate. Post time is at 3:15pm.
Old Settlers’ Day and Colony School Reunion
Celebrate the 169th anniversary of the Bishop Hill Colony and the 119th year of the Old Settler’s Association. Enjoy a traditional chicken dinner, the High Society Band Concert and program featuring Bishop Hill Colony descendants’ speakers. Sunday a reunion of students and teachers from the Bishop Hill Colony School takes place and memories are shared. Hours: 11:30 am to 3 pm.
Old Settlers Swedish Stomp and Skamperoo
Begins at 9 am, Skamperoo starts at 10 am. Over 150 runners each year of all ages enjoy this tradition of family fun running through historic Bishop hill, during the annual 5K run/walk. Runners vie for the coveted hand carved wooden boot trophy, symbolic of the Swedish Stomp. Open to all ages 7 to 107.
Old Capitol Art Fair
Held in historic downtown Springfield, IL, surrounding the Old State Capitol. This Fair has 150 juried artists in a range of mediums, including oil/acrylic, ceramics, photography, jewelry, mixed media, metal, wood, drawing, fibers, glass, sculpture, watercolor, and printmaking. A children's tent for ages 2-15 will be open selling authentic artwork at small prices - a great way for your child to begin a love of art! There will also be a variety of food vendors and musical acts for entertainment.
Off Square Music - Open Mic Nights
Off Square Music is an organization of volunteers who wish to share the folk music art with others in many different ways. We invite the public to be a part of the experience during Open Mic Nights on the second and fourth Fridays of every month* beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Stage Left Café in the Historic Woodstock Square. *Open Mic Nights will be held on the first and third Friday in August.
Odell Illinois "Get Your Kicks On Route 66" Car Show
Come Join Us at the Standard Oil Gas Station and “Get Your Kicks” in Odell with vintage cars and family fun... all celebrating the "Mother Road."
Oak Forest Fleadh
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Oak Forest Fleadh! This festive event includes a 5K, open bike ride, parade and pub & restaurant open house. 5K at 8:30AM; Open Bike ride, 10AM; Parade, 11AM; Pub & Restaurant open house, 5PM-3AM.
NW IL Art Fest
Juried art fest showcasing more than 30 area artists in the following categories: ceramics, clay/porcelain, jewelry, photography, drawing, glass, metal, painting, wood, printmaking, fiber/textiles, leather, mixed media, lawn art, paper, graphics & wood.Local food, craft beer, wineries and distilleries. BBQ competition and new this year, live jazz!
Northern Illinois Boat Show & Sale
Come see the latest pontoons, family runabouts, ski boats, jet boats, fishing boats and products by: Lund boats, Yamaha outboards, Bayliner boats, Alumacraft boats, Mercury outboards, Sea Ray boats and many more brands of boats, parts, trailers and boating accessories, docks and more!
North American Vintage Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show
This is the "granddaddy" of all shows and It's open to the public. For a discount coupon go to the website. One of the largest shows of its kind in the entire country. All types of hunting and fishing memorabilia. Buy, sell and trade. On Wednesday there will be two decoy seminars for collectors and the public. There will be a major exhibition featuring Louisiana Decoys. This exhibit will coincide with the show and is located in the Mega Center.
NJCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament
Danville Area Community College and the City of Danville will again host the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s National Basketball Tournament at the DACC campus March 18-22, 2014. This year marks the 21st year that Danville has hosted the tournament and the 29th year of the tournament.
NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial invitational exhibition
The 2015 – 2016 Faculty Biennial exhibition features new work and current research of faculty from all divisions of the NIU School of Art and Design. Every two years the biennial emphasizes the caliber of the faculty and the breadth and strength of the arts programs offered at NIU from various disciplines including fibers, time arts, visual communication and illustration, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking, metals and jewelry, and art history, and art education.
Nicholas Conservatory - Simply Spring: Butterfly Exhibit
Celebrate the arrival of spring at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens as you experience the magical world of native and tropical butterflies! Enjoy being surrounded by live butterflies in the tropical conservatory, and see the whole butterfly lifecycle in action as you view butterflies emerging from thier chrysalis in the emergence area. Included with Nicholas Conservatory admission.
Nicholas Conservatory - In Full Bloom: Orchid Exhibit
It may be the depth of winter, but Nicholas Conservatory is teeming with color! Our annual orchid display is sure to impress, with hundreds of tropical orchids creatively displayed in the warm, tropical exhibition area. Orchid sales and orchid vendors, presentations and workshops, and our annual family Winter Warm-Up event - there's something for everyone. Included with Nicholas Conservatory admission.
NIADA - 56th Annual Antiques Show
Professional antiques dealers from throughout the Midwest will be offering exciting quality antiques and collectibles that they have selected especially for this year's show. These experienced dealers will be bringing 19th and early 20th century furniture, textiles, pottery, silver, folk art, toys, garden adornments and decorative elements from their vast inventories. Location: Forest Hills Lodge
Music at the Backdoor Lounge - Starved Rock
There's no better way to relax on a Friday night than with great, live music in the Back Door Lounge. Talented local performers bring a variety of rock and country favorites (mixed with a few original songs) each week. Come early for dinner at Elements! Ask about the wide selection of seasonal beers, Starved Rock wines and specialty drinks. Or, warm up with a coffee drink after dinner. The Back Door Lounge is located just beyond Elements Restaurant. Enter the “Back Door” from the northeast side of the Veranda and don’t miss the amazing view outside the door! Perched on a bluff high above the scenic Illinois River Valley is this laid-back destination they call the "19th Canyon." Held every Friday, 8:00pm - 11:00pm.
Mushroom Festival at Pere Marquette
It's back! The Mushroom Festival is returning to Pere Marquette Lodge and will be bigger than ever before. Come listen to live music, browse vendors, grab lunch in the restaurant, taste local wines and learn all there is to know about mushrooms. The Great Morel Hunt will be held at 1:00 p.m. (weather and morel permitting). Join fellow hunters from all over the areas as they scan the grounds for these delicious delicacies. Then bring your finds back to The Lodge and you can win a great prize! Find the smallest morel, the largest morel or the most morels and you just might go home with a free nights stay. Festival is from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Murphysboro Apple Festival
The Murphysboro Apple Festival is the oldest and largest, alcohol-free festival in Southern Illinois. Over 45,000 people attend the festival each year. During the five days of the Apple Festival, there are numerous activities drawing large crowds such as evening stage shows, carnival/concessions, Queen Contest, Prince and Princess Contest, contests from apple pie eating to apple core throwing, firefighters' water fights, marching band competition, car shows, Appletime 5K Walk/Run and much more. In addition, the festival's Grand Parade is one of the largest parade in Southern Illinois. The parade features an average of about 160 total units, 25 of those marching bands, and a variety of groups and organizations.
Muriel Anderson at the Prairie Center for the Arts
A journey around the world in photos and stunning visuals by award winning photo-artist Bryan Allen with original music and arrangements by Muriel Anderson on harp guitar, flamenco/classic guitars. A new concept in music presentation.
Mt. Vernon Fall Festival
This three day October festival in downtown Mt. Vernon includes a beer tent with live entertainment, parade, children's area, food, fun, car show, band competition, pumpkin competition, carnival, pet parade and so much more!
Mt. Carroll Mayfest
The Mt. Carroll Mayfest will be held on the campus of Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies. There will be continuous headline music on the main stage, juried art show, classic car show, unique art vendors, antique appraisal fair, kids activities & more!
Moweaqua Pow Wow Days
Come and enjoy this family-friendly festival with plenty of food, entertainment, and vendors everyday with a parade on Saturday. All of the events at the festival are located in the downtown park.
More on 34 - Miles and Miles of Sales
Treasure hunters and pickers alike find bargains traveling over 100 miles through five counties and 18 towns. It’s not your typical garage or yard sale. Day trippers will find an array of items from vendors who line the streets to sell their wares with selections from antiques and collectibles to everyday things.
Monee Fall Fest
There is no place like Monee for fun. Free admission & parking. Great bands, food & beer garden. Parade carnival and family entertainment. Spectacular fireworks display.