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Autumn Splendor Quilt Show
For the fine appreciation of quilt making attend this show and see hundreds of quilts on display; along with quilt making demonstrations. There will be quilt vendors and food concessions; plus raffle tickets that will be sold at the door for a quilt drawing.
Spring Inspirations a Wine & Food Pairing Event
Cheese, Not a Solo Act: All 12 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create a wonderful weekend of savory wine and cheese pairings. We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples. Join us for a fun-filled weekend of cheese infused dishes that showcase how cheese can play the perfect supporting role to our award-winning wines. This is a great weekend to explore different types of cheeses with different styles of Illinois wine.
Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit - Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936
Coinciding with the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Games, Nazi Olympics tells an important historical story. Given that sports play a powerful developmental role in the lives of so many youth and adult athletes, this exhibition expands on many important themes—racism and discrimination, propaganda, fair play, and ethical decision making—allowing the public to personally connect to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and relate them to present day Olympics and human rights issues.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
Through the foursome’s extraordinary abilities, audiences experience performances with beautifully distinct voicing, interwoven clarity of lines and laser-like purity. Minneapolis Guitar Quartet is one of the very few guitar ensembles performing the majority of its repertoire from memory. The MGQ presents original works and commissions as well as its own brilliant arrangements of music.
Biking with Beanzie
Biking with Beanzie is a recreational ride presented by Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb and sponsored by Kishwaukee Community Hospital.The ride route consists of primarily flat rural roads with some rolling terrain with estimated ride options of 23, 43, 63, 80, or 101 miles. All roads are well-paved, lightly traveled and posted with signs containing ride information and bits of Beanzie humor. This year also includes 3-mile, 5-mile, & 8-mile community bicycle pathway route options.
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.
Starved Rock Country Marathon
Inaugural marathon and half marathon in central Illinois. Be one of the first people to run through and around Starved Rock Country. The course will encompass the scenery of the Illinois River and the rolling landscapes in and around Starved Rock State Park. Runners will experience a course that is not a flat fast course as other courses advertise, the course has characteristics that will inspire you with scenic beauty and experience the highs and lows of the hills created by the Illinois River thousands of years ago. Presented by Starved Rock Country Community Foundation.
Mariachi Divas at the James Lumber Center
Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. Winners of two Grammy® Awards, this all-female Mariachi group brings new meaning to the genre with their multi-cultural, eclectic and innovative sound.
Gaelic Storm – Live in Concert at Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre is excited to welcome back Gaelic Storm featuring their new album on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM. After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.
Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano at the McAninch Arts Center
See a unique collaboration between Grammy-Award Winners Los Lobos and dancers from Ballet Folklorico Mexicano. This is a celebration of Mexican American culture through a spectacular display of song, dance, music and film.
4th Annual Crusin’ To The Dairy Car Show
On September 3 at the Union Dairy in Freeport from 4 pm to 8 pm, cruise in to this great old fashioned ice cream parlor with great cars, 50's and 60's music, and more. Music by 3-D Sound. Hourly drawings for food prizes. Souvenir t-shirts. No entry fee.
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.
Bling: The Jewelry & Gift Show
It’s time to get your bling on! Amdur Productions is proud to launch a new holiday shopping festival: Bling, The Jewelry & Gift Show. Sending out some love to all of the jewelers and jewelry lovers with this Highland Park, Illinois indoor festival November 18, 19 and 20; located at the Highland Park Country Club. This event is a free admission, free parking for the public.
Lynwood annual fest is for all to enjoy. It features food vendors, beer tent, kids games and a spectacular fireworks display. 3PM-2AM.
Luma - Art in Darkness at the James Lumber Center
Take the giant leap into a surreal world of light, color and motion where thinking stops and astonishment begins. This exhilarating light spectacle uses the dark as the canvas and light as the brush to create colorful illusions. It is an experience that will leave you mesmerized and full of wonder.
Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray at the James Lumber Center
Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Using overhead projectors, multiple screens, paper puppets, actors live feed cameras and a live band, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and instills it with liveness, ingenuity and theatricality.
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.
Locust Street Historic Fair
The Locust Street Historic Fair offers crafters, artisans, food vendors, antique car show, train display and historical presentations.
Market in the Park
Market in the Park will operate every Wednesday June 15th- September 28th, rain or shine. Featuring Dotsons Farms, unique hand crafted items and more. 8AM-2PM.
Dervish - Magical Music from Ireland
A Dervish performance ranges from powerful and energetic dance tunes to sublime interpretations of Irish songs and airs with vocals, fiddle, flute, accordion, bodhran, mandola and bouzouki. Interwoven with Cathy Jordan's beguiling voice and engaging stage presence, an evening with Dervish is filled with warmth; conviviality and inspiration.
Jim Brickman at the James Lumber Center
Music lovers will experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year. With four of his albums certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, Brickman has become the most commercially successful instrumental pop pianist of the last three decades. Overall, he’s sold more than 7 million albums.
Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week
Let the foodie in you enjoy something new! From all-you-can eat soup and salad to soy ginger salmon, you’ll find menus from the area’s most popular steakhouses and international cuisine from over 35 unique restaurants in Chicago Northwest. This 10-day event only happens once a year so don’t miss out!
Carterville Free Fair
The 103rd annual Carterville Free Fair will include a Twilight 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Carterville Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by the Carterville Lions Club, the fair will be Sept. 8 through Sept. 10 at Cannon Park Midway off Greenbriar Road. The event offers carnival rides, games, free entertainment, food and more. The annual free fair parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.
Lewis & Clark Point of Departure
Come and commemorate the departure of the Lewis and Clark expedition from Camp River Dubois. View life in 1803-1804 as the men prepare for their departure and re-enactors portray military life. On the grounds are craft exhibitors demonstrating early American skills, woodworking, candle making, marching drills, cooking and shooting demonstrations.
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!
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.
Meat Loaf at the Genesee
For the past 40 years, Meat Loaf has been a towering monument on the musical landscape. His legendary 1977 album Bat Out of Hell transformed this former stage actor into one of the great American rock ‘n’ roll icons. That record, with its staggering operatic sound and impassioned vocals, has sold more than 44 million albums worldwide and remains one of the best-selling albums in the world to date.
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.
Midwest Morel Fest
Learn, hunt and buy morel mushrooms during Ottawa’s Annual Midwest Morel Fest. This unique festival offers everything mushrooms for the morel enthusiast to the curious observer! All events take place at Jordon Block Park (Main & Rt 23/71N). One day, two hunts, enjoy a large variety of handcrafted vendors, home brewers tasting tent and competition, food and music. And don’t forget Morel University where you can learn to identify morels then take off for a guided hunt. We have set aside land just for you! The championship hunt boasts the largest cash purse in the nation. Both hunts have limited availability.
Stephenson County Fiber Art Fair
20th annual celebration of fiber and the fiber arts with workshops, demonstrations of spinning and weaving, vendors offering fibers for spinning plus finished yarn, dyes, books, gifts, equipment, handmade soap, and baskets. Also supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, dyeing, tatting and crochet. 9 am to 5 pm. Adults: $2; Children under 12: 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!
Alton Memorial Day Parade
Celebrate Memorial Day by experiencing the oldest consecutive running parade in the entire nation. This parade began in 1868. Celebrate the history of Pie Town, Upper Alton and those who serve our country.
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues: A Salute to Ella, Judy & Patsy
You can’t say “Ella Fitzgerald,” “Judy Garland” or “Patsy Cline” without thinking the word “powerful.” Ella brought a sultry swing to jazz. Judy pumped each and every performance full with heart-wrenching emotion. Patsy’s tenderness brought an element of sweet soul to country. And all three changed the American musical landscape forever. Join the Paramount for a tribute concert honoring the legacies these amazing artists left behind. Featuring performances of beloved songs like “Cry Me a River,” “Crazy” “The Man That Got Away” and tons more, you’ll be taken on a passionate, soulful and inspiring trip through the spirit of American music. Performance at 3 pm.
Jerry Seinfeld at Genesee Theatre
Jerry Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2014. Tickets are $47-$125.
Festival of the Sugar Maples
Just an hour's drive northwest of Chicago, the McHenry County Conservation District's annual "Festival of the Sugar Maples" makes it possible for you and your family to discover how maple syrup is made. The Festival takes place at the Coral Woods Conservation Area near Marengo over two weekends, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday March 5-6 and 12-13.One hour tours leave every 15 minutes and feature the cultural history of the century-old maple grove and stories of how maple syrup was made hundreds of years ago. End your tour with a taste of fresh Coral Woods maple syrup, some hot cocoa and sweet maple treats! The Festival is free and registration is not required. All ages are welcome, but children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Patrons are urged to dress for the weather and to wear shoes appropriate for hiking to the maple grove (about ½ mile, or six blocks).
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.
Stephenson County Home Show
Over 80 exhibitors displaying their products and services. Exhibitors include contractors, home improvement specialist, furniture and appliance deals, carpet stores, health care professionals, home party sales, cash and carry items and much more.
Galva Freedom Fest Celebration
Come and enjoy a hometown filled with pride. 4th of July, events begin at 8am, including a pancake breakfast, 5K/fun run, a parade filled with antique tractors, bands and floats. Stop by the park for an art jam, photo photo show, talent show, food and much more. Stay the for the evening and Join us at the park for professional entertainment and spectacular fireworks fired by International award winners Melrose Pyrotechnics.
The Price is Right Live at the Genesee Theatre
The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car. Play classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show and even the fabulous Showcase.
David Sanborn at the Genesee Theatre
Grammy Award Winner David Sanborn beautifully blends instrumental pop, R&B and traditional jazz with hits that push the limits of music. Don't miss this great night of music.
Concert by Musicians from the Ravinia's Steans Music Institute
This spring the ensemble’s program spans two centuries of music: 50 years before Schubert wrote his masterful string quintet (featuring a second cello instead of a second viola), Boccherini utilized the same instrumentation to let the lower-pitched instrument shine, as in his E-major quintet that features his famed minuet. The RSMI musicians will perform works from Mozart, Schoenberg and Brahms.
8th Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
Friday and Saturday performances and a Sunday morning gospel show.
59th Spring Antiques Show
The Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association will be presenting its 59th Spring Antiques Show. As usual this quality show will offer genuine antiques beautifully displayed in room settings by 55 dealers from 14 states with an array of Americana, 18th, 19th and early 20th century furniture, textiles, jewelry, stoneware,folk art.
Jethro Tull - Written and Performed by Ian Anderson at the Genesee Theatre
Ian Anderson, known throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull, celebrates his 47th year as an international recording and performing musician. Since forming in 1968, Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies.
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.
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.
Live Bald Eagle at TreeHouse Wildlife Center
There will be live bald eagles on display every weekend in January and February at the TreeHouse Wildlife Center. Free admission. Donations are appreciated.
Kankakee Gun & Sportsman Show
For the sports enthusiast to the avid hunter, law enforcement officer or collector, there’s something for you to buy, sell, or trade with one of the area dealers.
42nd Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show and Sale
Sat. 10-5; Sun. 10-4. Authentic antiques exhibited indoors at the Kane County Fairgrounds. Catered lunch is available. Plenty of free parking. Admission $8 benefits local historical, educational endeavors.
8th Annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
A Boston Marathon qualifier, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is the premier running event in the area. With over 20,000 runners from 48 states and 10 countries participating in the 5k, 10k, half and full marathon, relay and youth run, you’ll see why Runner’s World name is one of “Ten Fun, Feature-Filled Marathons Launched in the Past Five Years”.
Time Travelled Collectible Toy Show
Have you ever wondered where you can find those old collectible toys that you can never find anymore? Join us for our Toy Show and choose from a huge selection of collectibles such as G.I. Joe, Hot Wheels, Action Figures, PEZ and more!
Home & Garden Showcase - Forest Hlils Lodge
The Home & Garden Showcase will showcase over 100 companies offering homeowners and apartment dwellers the convenience of comparative shopping for an array of products and services all in one place. See the latest trends in landscaping, decks, backyard ponds and waterfalls, remodeling, neat gadgets for the garden enthusiast and more! The Master Gardeners, Extension of U of I, will be on hand all weekend to answer all questions on gardening. Visitors are welcome to bring in plants they have questions on for the Master Gardeners to answer. Plus don't miss "Planters Row", the live plant sale! There will also be multiple interesting clinics on lawn and gardening.
Wild Game Festival
Head out to the Brown County Fairgrounds for a culinary adventure! Bring your friends for the wild hog roast, check out the vendor booths, test your luck in the raffle, and there are activities for kids. Did we mention the food? Check the website to see how you can enter your own recipe into the wild game cookoff. Music starts at 2pm, auction at 6:30pm. Food and beverages available. There is a $10 cover charge.
26th Annual Festival of Films from Iran
The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the 26th Annual Festival of Films from Iran, February 6 through 28. Providing a view on contemporary Persian culture through the eyes of Iran’s filmmakers, the festival showcases the production of a nation where cinema is constantly changing and evolving on the cutting edge.
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.
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.
MainSweet Dessert Walk
Stroll around Downtown Libertyville and sample some wonderful tasting-sized portions of desserts at participating shops and restaurants.
Sublette Annual Toy and Antique Tractor Show
Vendors from more than ten Midwestern states fill eight buildings with over 400 tables of farm toys and collectibles. Antique tractor show with over 200 tractors lining the streets. Semi-tractors line up to show off their unique paint jobs. Train show with large operating layout, quilt show, and craft show. Pancake breakfast on Sunday. Free shuttle will transport visitors to the various buildings on Sunday only.
Illinois Historical Music at the Jefferson County Historical Village
Nationally acclaimed award-willing singer/songwriter, Chris Vallillo will perform a concert of Illinois Historical Music. Chris has an avid following in the Southern Illinois area. He will entertain the audience with a lively performance and teach them about the history of Illinois music. Free admission but donations are welcome.
Tunnel Hill 50/100 Mile Run
Are you looking for your first 100 mile run? This could very well be the course you're looking for! Flat, fast course on the Tunnel Hill Illinois State trail . Unlike a lot of rails-to-trails, there is nothing "flat" about the scenery. From wildlife inhabited wetlands to gorgeous rock formations, this trail has it all. Smooth crushed limestone covered dirt bed is wide and contains no trip hazards. Best of all is the iconic tunnel... over 600' of thrills you'll always remember. Includes a 50-mile option... all the fun of the 100 miler, except you run the course once instead of twice.
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.
Herman's Hermits & The Buckinghams at the Genesee
British beat band Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone is known for some of the world's most beloved 1960's hits. The Buckinghams are one of the most respected Chicago bands to ever explode onto the national scene. This should be a great night of music not to be missed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Jacksonville Rotary Valentine Dance
A wonderful evening with dinner, dancing, live entertainment, silent/ live auctions and lots of laughs. Come with your significant other or come with friends. There will be lots of fun people to mingle with.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Home Free at the Genesee Theatre
Home Free, the country a cappella band, had been perfecting their live show for years prior to The Sing-Off performing together for crowds all across the country. Now Home Free continues to entertain audiences with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.