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The outdoor Show returns! This one-day event welcomes the public to a variety of outdoor vendors inside the heat controlled Sportsplex with special expert presentations. Vendors displaying the latest gear and equipment will be on hand to help get you ready for spring and summer. There will be food and beverages available.
Dakota Swings Bobby Darin
The Sandwich Opera House presents Bobby Darin’s life in song. Las Vegas performer Dakota Horvath is often compared to Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra.
Grape Nuts Wine Education: Italian Food Wines
An expert staff of sommeliers at Ginger + Soul will teach you to build your wine knowledge. In this class you will explore various expressions of popular grapes. Ginger + Soul will provide delicious bites for a great evening out. In this class you will walk away with knowledge of Italy’s regions and methods – paired with delicious appetizers.
Easter Egg Hunt
Inaugural Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Safe House Animal Rescue. Over 3000 to 5000 Easter Eggs. A Visit with the Easter Bunny. All eggs filled with Candy, toys, with a possibility of larger prizes. Raffle Baskets, Baked Goods. Hunt free for all, age divided. Lunch will also be provided for $5. Starts at Noon
Prairie Brass Band
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming this 25-piece brass band from Arlington Heights performing traditional British brass band instrumentation.
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!
US Log Rolling Open
The opening of the 2016 Professional Log Rolling season kicks off June 11. The event will include the worlds top ranked rollers & be televised on CSN Chicago.
Baby Boomer Comedy Show
The Sandwich Opera House presents the Baby Boomer Comedy Show with Kent Rader and Jan McInnes. Be ready to laugh out loud about family, kids, do-it-yourself projects, dieting and aging.
Mod Rod Stewart & The Piano Man
The Sandwich Opera House presents classic rock n roll with Cliff Tartaglia in a tribute to Rod Stewart and Nick Psyhogios as the Piano Man.
Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt
Join the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department and Senior Services for this fun family event! Families will eat a hot breakfast with the Easter Bunny, create crafts, play games, and then, at 9:00 am, hunt for Easter Eggs! The Egg Hunt will be held outside, so please dress appropriately. The cost is $5 a person and includes breakfast, activities, and the egg hunt. All ages are required to register. For more information or to register, please contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630.553.4357. Event will be held 8-9:30 a.m.
Chautauqua Days Celebration
Days of old come together for this festival brought back after many years. This festival showcases the historical Chautauqua auditorium, the centerpiece of Forest Park. There will be live entertainment from the Ozarks, local musicians, craft vendors, food, and more.
Herrick Lions Club 4th of July Celebration
Independence Day Celebration with a flag ceremony to kick things off. There are bands, entertainment, a parade, raffle , free carnival, and fireworks.
Cristina Pato Quartet
Cristina Pato has opened historical new paths for the Gaita (Galician bagpipe). In 1998 she became the first female Gaita player to release a solo album and since then has collaborated with many high profile world music, jazz, classical and experimental artists including the Chicago Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, The Chieftains, Arturo O'Farril, World Symphony Orchestra and Paquito D'Rivera. Her powerful style of passionate playing has been acclaimed by The New York Times as "a virtuosic burst of energy" while the BBC crowned her "the Galician bagpipe diva." Show starts at 8 pm.
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).
Haunted Dacey Trail
Come to the Dacey Trail in Forest Park to enjoy a spooky evening. The first hour of the event will be kid friendly. This is a one mile loop that you will walk along as spooks and ghosts haunt your every move. Event will be 5-8 pm October 21-22 and October 28-29, 2016.
Kuba and Rebecca at the Sandwich Opera House
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming Rebecca, singer of country, Broadway, pops, jazz and gospel with Kuba playing vibraphone, drums, guitar, violin, theramin and the kalimba.
Genius of Shubert by Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus & AU Chorale
Enjoy classics by Schubert performed live by the Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus and the Aurora University Chorale: Stephen Alltop - Conductor, Lisa Fredenburgh - Chorus Master, Michelle Areyzaga - Soprano, Martha Kasten - Mezzo, Stephen Cannon - Tenor, Aaron Wardell - Bass. Schubert - Symphony No. 3 in D major; Schubert - Mass No. 5 in A-flat major.
Chanticleer Presents "Over the Moon"
Known as an orchestra of voices, this popular 12-member male chorus Chanticleer celebrates the over-the-moon exuberance of popular composers. “Over the Moon” includes magnificent early statements by Claudio Monteverdi and Antoine Busnois giving way to the more romantic yearnings of Gustav Mahler. The program features works by Elgar and Finzi, and a new setting of Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire poems by Nico Muhly. Registration required. Contact the university for further information.
Broadway at the Coronado - Flashdance the Musical
The pop culture phenomenon of Flashdance is now live on stage. With electrifying dance at its core, Flashdance the Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. Flashdance features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song "Flashdance - What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt," and "I Love Rock & Roll." In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth.
Theresa Caputo live at the NIU Convocation Center
Theresa Caputo, from TLC’s hit show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb on Sunday April 17th at 7:00PM. Tickets go on-sale Friday January 29th at 10:00AM and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com , via phone at 800-745-3000, or at the Convocation Center box office located at 1525 W. Lincoln Hwy. Tickets start at $39.75 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading.
Clinton MayDays Festival
MayDays Festival on Mr. Lincoln's Square in downtown Clinton. This four day event includes Luehrs Ideal Rides Carnival, food & craft vendors, and lots of free entertainment. Contact the Chamber of Commerce office for information at 217-935-3364 or 866-4-DeWitt.
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.
International SUNday Festival
Get a good look at the sun through special solar telescopes during the first-ever International SUNday Festival at the Confluence Tower. Members of several local astronomical organizations will be on hand to celebrate the Summer Solstice (which falls on Father's Day this year) from Noon to 5 p.m. The first 100 families to visit will receive a pair of free Solar Glasses. There will be food vendors, including "Good Looking Kettle Corn", Eppel's Pantry and Princivalli's Cafe on hand. Representatives will also share information about the sun, our nearest star in the Solar System. Amateur astronomers will provide their own optical equipment to safely view the sun including hydrogen, alpha, calcium and white light views. This event is free, although there is a charge to tour the Tower.
Landro Productions - RV, Camping and Travel Show
The 2016 Rockford RV, Camping & Vacation Show offers the best brands, best deals and prices, and best place to buy. Come take a look at the new 2016 RV models and who knows, you may find the best fit for you and your family. The show will have fifth wheels, travel trailers, class A, B & C motorhomes, pop-ups, toy haulers, and even 4 wheelers. You can also have one on one time with campground and lodging representatives to help you plan your next exciting trip. Come alone or with your whole family and enjoy the show. Location: MercyRockford Indoor Sports Center
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
All Wheels Drive In Car Show
Classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles will be displayed on West 3rd, State and Belle streets for the 16th Annual All-Wheels Drive-In Car Show. Come out for the autos and stay for the music. There will be a great DJ all morning and a live blues band in the afternoon. You won’t want to miss the incredible food, merchant sidewalk sale and 50-50 drawing.
Balloons Over Vermilion
Two-day event featuring up to 30 hot air balloons launching and tethering, as well as mass acents, fly ins and balloon glows at the Vermilion Regional Airport. Event will include food vendors, bands, children/family activity area and a Balloon School for Kids.
Spring Art Festival
The Second Annual Spring Festival of Fine Craft at Oakbrook Center will showcase the work of about 70 juried artists from across the country, featuring painting, photography and fine crafts including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, and wood. Find one-of-a-kind works of art, watch demonstrations, and engage with artists!
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.
Historical H.A. Rathje Windmill Fall Festival
Explore three floors of the largest Illinois Windmill built in 1872, the demonstrations of old time crafts as well as expanded children activities - and it’s free.
Coronado Pac - Peppa Pig Live! Big Splash
Peppa Pig's Big Splash is an action-packed live show, based on the popular Peppa Pig television series, designed to deliver to preschoolers and young fans an unforgettable first live theater experience. A fully immersive musical production featuring a dozen familiar and original songs, as well as an interactive sing-a-long, the live stage show will have fans laughing, singing, dancing and of course jumping in muddy puddles too - just like Peppa.
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.
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.
Burpee Museum - Paleofest 2016
Burpee Museum of Natural History is hosting its 18th annual Paleofest symposium. Paleofest began in 1999 and has been growing ever since. The event attracts everyone from kids to experts on dinosaurs. Each year thousands of dino enthusiasts flock to the Burpee Museum for Paleofest to listen and interact with some world's most famous paleontologists. Paleofest has hands-on activities and learning stations for paleo-enthusiasts of all ages. One of the major themes of this year's event is "Women in Paleontology."
Coronado PAC - Shen Yun
The people of Ancient China have long held that their magnificent culture was a gift from heaven. Art was primarily a means to explore the connection between humankind and higher universe. Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun waves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty, purity, and tremendous energy leave audiences greatly uplifted and deeply inspired.
African American Veterans from World War Two and Beyond
Veterans Memorial Hall presents a living history event honoring “African American Veterans from World War Two and Beyond.” Doors open at 12:00pm with a formal opening ceremony scheduled for 1:00pm. The events conclude each day at 4:00pm, followed by an autograph signing session in the library. In years past Veterans Memorial Hall has offered an event to recognize Black History Month. This year is no exception as we present programs that bridge the generations with World War II Veterans from the Tuskegee Airmen, DODO Chapter and the Chicago Chapter of the Montford Point Marines joined with African American Veterans from the Korean and Vietnam Wars and beyond. Attendees will hear stories of brave service and patriotism unlike any other and experience a unique understanding of what it was like to be an African American serving in the United States Military. This program allows those in attendance to hear firsthand these veterans' accounts of their service and to be inspired by their stories of valor and patriotism. Saturday, February 20, members of the Tuskegee Airmen, DODO Chapter will spend the beginning of the program interacting with our moderator, answering a series of general questions. During the second half of the program they will answer questions from the audience. This colorful exchange between the audience and the Veterans is a crowd favorite and not to be missed. Sunday, February 21, we will bring to the stage five original Montford Point Marines. These Marines will share their stories of service in the Marine Corps during a time of racial inequality and segregation. Meet these historic veterans up close and experience firsthand their stories of bravery and sacrifice. Attendees will learn how these veterans were able to overcome many obstacles and why they truly deserve to be called the "Greatest Generation."
"Nothing's Sweeter than a Child"
LaSalle County CASA (court appointed special advocate) is sponsoring it's 8th annual "Nothing's Sweeter than a Child" chocolate sampling and auction event. We have 20+ vendors who allow unlimited sampling of their chocolate delights. Music is provided and a silent and live auction are part of the event. There is cookie decorating and face painting for the children. Proceeds enable our volunteers to continue their one-on-one work with abused and neglected children. Attendance is 600+, location is at Celebrations 150, 740 E. U.S. 6 in Utica from 12:30 to 3:30pm. A program listing all auction items is also provided.
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!
Kane County Fair
Family fun. Carnival, bands, demo derby, bull riding, commercial expo, 4-H. Fun for everyone during this 5 day celebration.
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.
Midwestern Herb and Garden Show
Come to a garden oasis in February! With vendors throughout the midwest, nationally known speakers, exhibitors, and topics from water gardening, herb growing, bulbs, bird items, topiaries and antiques; there's something of interest for everyone!
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.
Blue Carpet Corridor Route 66 Celebration
Enjoy this multi-town scavenger hunt, complete with stops at many famous Route 66 locations. Start your adventure and pick up your passport at the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center.
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.
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.
Annual Wood River Triathlon
Are you physically fit and up for a challenge? Be a part of the annual Wood River Triathlon. The event will begin with a swim at the Aquatic Center, followed by a bike ride and run through the streets of Wood River.
From Vine to Wine
This fun and educational weekend offers a comprehensive overview of the wine-making process, along with plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting! “From Vine to Wine” will bring those interested in beginning or expanding their personal wine knowledge, guest vintners, and University educators to breathtaking Allerton Park & Retreat Center for a unique wining and dining experience. Seminars will cover grape production, turning grapes into wine, and a wine tasting course. Evening dinners will include specially prepared meals and wine pairings selected by the guest vintners.
Stars of Dance Chicago
This Fermilab tradition returns to Ramsey Auditorium! Curator John Schmitz of the Dance Chicago Festival always pulls together an extraordinary variety to bring The Best of Dance Chicago to Fermilab. With a slate of more than 10 dance companies, there is always something for everyone.
Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog - Discovery Center Museum
Something big and red is coming to Discovery Center - Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog traveling exhibition. Board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford, America's beloved big red dog with a heart to match. See Emily Elizabeth and many of the residents of Birdwell Island where playing, working together, and respecting others is all part of being a member of the community. The exhibit is sure to delight young and old alike. Slide down Clifford's tail, work together to fill Clifford's big dog bowl with bones, hunt for sea shells at T-Bone's beach or "work" in the fish and chip shop on Birdwell Island and more. No matter what activity they choose, children will learn valuable life lessons through play. This exhibit is based on Scholastic's top-rated TV Show Clifford the Big Red Dog on PBS Kids® and from the award-winning author Norman Bridwell. Today, the best-selling book series consists of more than 160 Clifford titles and 100 million books in print! The exhibition will be at Discovery Center through May 15 and all signage is in both English and Spanish.
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.
West Fork Encampment
This event will take you back in time with a historic re-enactment of military life from 1750-1820. Military and camping demonstrations will be provided daily. Both campers and public are welcome.
Frankfort Half Marathon
The Frankfort Half Marathon will begin and end in the beautiful historic district of downtown Frankfort. The race will commence right outside the door of Running Excels on the Old Plank Trail and run westward. After 2.7 miles of running on the scenic, tree-lined Old Plank Trail, the racers will turn off into the Hickory Creek Forest Preserve. The rolling hills of the forest preserve will provide a picturesque tour for the runners as they reach the halfway and turn-around point in the race. The runners will then proceed back through the forest preserve and to the Old Plank Trail for their final journey towards the finish line and the post-race party on the Breidert Green. 7AM.
5K Freedom Fun Run
Celebrate the 4th of July with the 5K Freedom Fun Run through the picturesque scenery of Litchfield’s Lake Lou Yaeger. Show your patriotic side at this festive 5K.
Fine Art Fair
The 5th Annual Fine Art Fair offers more than 50 artists with art for purchase, musical entertainment, vendor booths, community art project, raffle, food, drinks and fun! 11AM-5PM.
Kool and the Gang at RiverEdge Park
In over 4 decades, Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, won 2 Grammys and 7 AMAs, racked up 31 gold and platinum albums and scored a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This June, they’re bringing their funky jams to RiverEdge Park. You won’t be able to stay in your seat when these guys roll out hits including “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down On It.” And to add to the good times, Motown icon and founder of the Commodores Thomas McClary is bringing his legendary Motown sound along. $30 before June 1, $45 starting June 1. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs.
You will see many hand crafted items by the creative minds of the artists that made all of these beautiful items. Original art work includes water color and oil paintings, blown and fused glass creations, woodworking, jewelry, hand knits, porcelain paintings and other media.
Try your hand at the Litchfield TriathLou at Lake Lou Yaeger. Swimming in Lake Lou Yaeger is the best open water swim you will have in the Midwest. There really is no comparison to this large beach with pristine flat racing water. The bike course is flat and fast with some great curves to keep you entertained the whole ride. Both the 5k and 10k runs see very honest mile paces with plenty of flats, and a couple hills throughout. Sprint and Olympic distances are available.
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.
Big Dawg Dare
Are you a Big Dawg? Try this extreme 5K run through mud, mud, and more mud. Don’t forget, there are 30 obstacles too.
Decatur Train Fair
Come enjoy the Spring Decatur Train Fair! Model trains will be on display and available for purchase! This is a family-friendly event sure to please everyone!
Litchfield Pickers Market
This open air market specialized in items prior to 1980 including: antique, vintage, and refurbished items. Hundreds of vendors flood the streets of Downtown Litchfield every second Sunday of the month from April to October from 9 AM to 3 PM, beginning on the corner of Union Avenue (Route 16) and State Street. Food is available and live entertainment happens all day in Library Park.
Cruisin for a Cause: 3rd Annual Lions Club Car Show
Cruisin’ for a Cause: 3rd Annual Lions Club Car Show will be held at Union Dairy on May 14th in downtown Freeport from 3 to 7 pm. Union Dairy and the Freeport Lions Club host this car show with proceeds going to the Lions Club. Entertainment by 3-D Sound. $10 donation per car.
87th Annual Gamma Phi Circus
2016 marks the 87th anniversary of the founding of Gamma Phi at Illinois State University in 1929 by Clifford "Pop" Horton. Come experience the oldest collegiate circus in the United States! Step right up and see fire-eaters, trapeze artists, tumblers, and more! Before Saturday’s 1 p.m. show, there will be a pre-show children’s carnival that begins at noon with games and activities for all ages. This special event is kid-approved and open to everyone that has a youth ticket to the matinee show. Admission to the carnival is the matinee ticket. The pre-matinee carnival is sponsored by the ISU Student Alumni Council.
Fever River Railroad Spring Open House
For model railroad aficionados-and everyone else who ever enjoyed model trains-this model railroad is something to see. The Fever River Railroad is a 103 by 24 foot HO scale model of a hypothetical railroad. The railroad intersects with models of "real" railroads, each of which can be operated independently-up to 20 trains can be operating at one time. Industries along the railroad right-of-way duplicate either actual facilities or are typically correct of the industries that would be found in the Upper Midwest. The scenery represents the geographical area as well. A collection of railroad memorabilia and pictures are on display.
IHSA Girls Basketball Class 3A & 4A State Finals
Illinois High School Association Girls Basketball State Finals for Class 3A & 4A tournament held at Redbird Arena. This tournament provides an unforgettable experience for fans and spectators!
The Decatur-Forsyth Classic, held at the Hickory Point Golf Course, is the longest running tournament on the LPGA Symetra Tour and the third longest running women’s golf tournament on the LPGA. This year, the tournament at Hickory Point Golf Club will showcase a three day, 54 – hole stroke play professional tournament featuring a purse of $130,000.
Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Tournament
March Madness is in full swing with the Special Olympics Illinois Basketball Tournament. 1,500 athletes compete in this event held at Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University.
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!
Union Dairy Family Day
After the Dairy Days Parade, enjoy this free family day with a bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting. All at the Union Dairy in Freeport from 1pm to 5pm.
IHSA Girls Basketball Class 1A & 2A State Finals
Illinois High School Association Girls Basketball State Finals Class 1A & 2A is held at Redbird Arena. This tournament provides an unforgettable experience for fans and spectators!
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!
Illinois High School Shrine Game
The 42nd Annual Illinois High School Shrine Game is scheduled for June 18, 2016 at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. The goal of the Illinois High School Shrine Game is to have 88 all-star football players play in this annual event to represent the Illinois Coaches Association and to help support the mission Shriners Hospitals for Children.
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at Ravinia
A Prairie Home Companion is heard by 4 million listeners each week on more than 600 public radio stations, and abroad on America One, the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Come out and enjoy this last live Ravinia broadcast of this famous radio show.
Spring at the Farm
Dickson-Murst Farm is turned into an antique truck and tractor show with petting zoo, hayrides, crafts and music the ole' time way!
Grand Illinois Trail and Parks Bike Tour
The 14th annual GITAP bicycle tour provides a fully-supported, bicycle-based vacation for up to 225 registrants. This year’s ride starts and ends at Coal City High School, with overnight stays in Oglesby, Washington, Bloomington-Normal (two nights), and Pontiac. Participants average 50 miles per day on quiet country roads and some off-road trails, while their luggage is transported to the next overnight destination. Riders choose between camping at designated in-town locations or staying in nearby motels. The event is not a race. Individuals ride at their own pace touring the countryside and visiting towns, restaurants, and convenience stores along the way. Breakfasts and dinners are provided. Registration costs $460 (extra for motel option) with no pledge fundraising involved.
Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games
Summer Games is Special Olympics' Illinois premiere sports competition with more than 4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,000 volunteers and 3,300 family members. That totals almost 11,000 people who attend Summer Games annually! The Summer Games are held at Illinois State University in Normal and the Illinois Wesleyan University campus in Bloomington. A variety of activities are provided for the participants in addition to the sports competitions.
Charlotte's Web at the Paramount Theatre
Wilbur the pig has a problem: Farmer Zuckerman wants to turn him into pork chops! Good thing his friend, a little gray spider named Charlotte, has a plan to create a sticky solution. Charlotte weaves the words “Some Pig” in her web, catching Farmer Zuckerman’s attention and making Wilbur a prize pig! But will Charlotte’s trick ensure Wilbur’s spot on the farm forever? Based on E.B. White’s treasured story, TheatreWorks USA’s production of Charlotte’s Web will teach the importance of bravery, compassion and the true meaning of friendship. Performance times 9:30 am and noon.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Rock Island
The Quad Cities Grand Parade travels through downtown Rock Island, Illinois, and features bands, Irish dancers, floats, groups and family clans. The annual parade, organized by the St. Patrick Society of the Quad Cities, starts at 11:30 a.m.
Spring Bloom Arts Festival
Presented by the McLean County Arts Center, one of the oldest community arts organizations in the Midwest. Held at Illinois State University’s Brown Ballroom, The Spring Bloom Arts Festival is a juried show of fine art and fine craft featuring 70 exhibitors from across the nation.
Back On The Bus - A Back To School Expo
From children's entertainment venues and performers to doctors and dentists, this expo will be a one-stop shop for a new school year. Vendor booths, back to school fashion show, face paintings, balloon artists, photo booth, cooking demos, petting zoo, and free gift bags to first 500 people and more!
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.
An Evening with Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman
Don't miss Grammy Award winning Christian powerhouse Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman, the most awarded Christian artist in music on Friday, February 19th at the NIU Convocation Center. Show starts at 7:30pm with doors opening at 6:30pm.
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!
Freedom Train at the Paramount Theatre
A thrilling, inspiring journey on the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman! Born into slavery, Harriet escaped a Maryland plantation by following a safe route laid by the Quakers. After making it to safety, Harriet became one of the most celebrated “conductors” on the Underground Railroad, fearlessly guiding more than 300 slaves through the dangers of the South to freedom. Freedom Train not only follows Harriet Tubman’s incredible story, but it’s a celebration of dedication, survival and the human spirit, all set to the beautiful dance, dialogue and songs of the times. Performance times 9:30 am and noon.
Lily's Crossing at the Parmount Theatre
Summer is Lily’s favorite time of the year. With a cozy home on the Atlantic, her best friend Margaret just down the beach and spectacular plans on the horizon, she has not a care in the world,. But this is the summer of 1944, and World War II is about to change Lily’s life. Her father Poppy joins the army, Margaret’s family has moved away and nothing is the same. Now Lily must find it inside herself to be brave, stay strong and find friends in the places she least expects. Based on Patricia Reilly Giff’s Newberry Medal-winning novel, Lily’s Crossing will teach students of all ages the powers of courage, honesty and above all, friendship. Performances 9:30 am and noon.
Illinois College Fine Art Series: Made in America - Homer Ferguson
Homer Ashton Ferguson III, a 2000 graduate of Illinois College, will return to the Hilltop for a wonderful evening of organ music. Ferguson is currently a doctoral candidate in keyboard performance at Arizona State University from which he received a Master's degree in 2002.
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.
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!
Star-Spangled Shenandoah Pro Rodeo and Fireworks
Pro rodeo action featuring bareback riding steer wrestling cowgirls barrel racing and bull riding. Stay for the free fireworks immediately following the rodeo. For general hillside seating bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Championship
Don't miss the excitement of women's basketball during the Missouri Valley Conference Hoops in the Heartland Women's Basketball Championship at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois. Ten Colleges compete and include Bradley, Missouri State, Evansville, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Drake, Indiana State, Wichita State, Loyola, and Northern Iowa. Games begin March 10 with the Championship game being played on Sunday, March 13. Get your tickets through ticketmaster at www.iwirelesscenter.com
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.
CMT Presents Jennifer Nettles w/2016 Women of Country Tour at the Genesee Theatre
Featuring Brandy Clark, Lindsey Ell, & Tara Thompson along with Jennifer Nettles. Nettles is a CMT and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and lead vocalist of international duo, Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles has racked up over 22 million in worldwide record sales since exploding onto the music scene in 2004. With all four of these singers in one concert, this should not be missed.
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.
28th Annual Depot Stove Gang Model Railroad Show
Model railroad show and swap meet with over 25,000 square feet of operating model railroads and railroad memorabilia and numerous vendors with items for both sale and swap. The show is for all railroad enthusiasts. Lunch provided.
Thee Old Time Farm Show
There's fun for the whole family, and if you would like the collection of David Bradley tractors this is the place to come. Along with the tractors there's farm demonstrations, children activities, tractor pulls, weed wacker pulls, a flea and crafts market, plus for a fun filled experience you don't want to miss the tractor square dancing show.
Carl Sandburg Days Festival
An annual festival celebrating the life and legacy of Galesburg native, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer--Carl Sandburg. Includes three days of literary, history, sporting, and children's events held at Carl Sandburg College.