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23rd Annual Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow
The Potawatomi Trails Pow-Wow is the only event of its kind in this area. This celebration of the Native-American heritage heightens the awareness of the history, traditions and customs of the heritage. Specific activities include demonstrations, music and dance presentations, educational sessions and a trader area.
Zion's Annual Nostalgia Days
Come out and enjoy the Annual Nostalgia Days Car Show and Cruize. Live music on Friday night and on Saturday. Also enjoy the antique and custom car show on and cruise on Saturday, food vendors, kid's activities, DJ's and fun for everyone. Car show and cruize will be held on Sheridan Road in Downtown Zion.
Ribs on the River Weekend
The smell of BBQ ribs will be wafting around Bicentennial Riverfront Park as the city hosts its Annual Ribs on the River backyard BBQ Contest. Come all day for the food and stay to hear the following bands; Friday Night – Red Woody and Saturday – County Line Brothers, Back Country Roads and Whiskey Romance! The Ribs on the River event is back due to popular demand! This event will couple the best food, fun and friendly competition all in one great day. Bringing our backyard BBQ rib enthusiasts and those just looking for some good old fun, grill-masters will have the change to get their grill on and test their ribs on the public and the panel of judges. Ribs on the River is not for professionals or businesses, but those guys and gals who endure hours of work to perfect their ribs. Join us at our third annual event that ensures to have you licking your fingers for more at the end of the day! So whether you are in the mood to compete, eat ribs and have a refreshing drink, check out the vendors, enjoy the events at the river or listen to the band, there is something for everyone!
Autumn Drive in McHenry County
Welcome to a different kind of fall festival! Spend a leisurely day with family and friends on the country roads of McHenry County. Family farms in rural McHenry County open to the public for three days the third weekend in October. Each stop along the way offers a unique country experience with antiques, arts & crafts, pumpkins, apples, pottery and more. Pick up your map at 16105 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, then start exploring.
Art in Bloom Fine Art Festival
Cantigny Park is pleased to announce Art in Bloom, an outdoor arts festival on June 18 and 19. More than 80 juried artists will showcase their work amidst Cantigny’s beautiful gardens, grounds and museums. Art in Bloom 2016 promises even more excitement than our past art festivals, which are always among the park’s most popular events.
Taste of Westmont
Visit Westmont in July for the award-winning Taste of Westmont summer festival. A four-day weekend full of fun for the whole family. Thursday is Kidzapalooza featuring carnival specials, Irving stage, battle of the bands, car show and more. More carnival specials all weekend, plus craft show, kids activities, face painting, beer tent, and of course, grab a “taste” at our local restaurant food booths. Free admission to all areas including our Main Stage.
Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival
This is Waukegan's 17th Annual Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine Fine Arts The Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival is dedicated to showcasing local and regional artists and venues, championing the arts, remaining free to the public and remembering one of Waukegan’s favorite sons, author Ray Bradbury.
Warrenville Holly Days
Holly Days, sponsored by the Warrenville Park District is the City's annual holiday celebration that marks Santa's official entry into Warrenville. Guests can enjoy a warm bonfire, raffles, free horse and carriage rides, hot cider and cookies, and, of course, a visit with Santa. Local Park District and school dance troops, singers, and bands entertain attendees during the event. It is at this event that Warrenville officially turns on its holiday lights creating an array of colors for passersby along Route 56 to see. Holly Days, primarily for Warrenville residents, gives the community an opportunity to come together and kick off the holiday season.
Vernon Hills Summer Celebration 2016
Join us for 4 days of food, fun, carnival rides and free entertainment and a huge beer tent. There will also be children's activities, bingo, live bands every night and fireworks on Thursday. Saturday will feature a car show. Sunday enjoy a bags tourny and live entertainment. Please visit the website for updated entertainment schedule. Bring a blanket but leave the coolers home; no alcohol can be brought into the park.
Urbana Sweetcorn Festival
The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is Champaign County’s largest free festival. Urbana’s signature summer event is a two-day celebration of food, live music, arts and crafts and of course - all the delicious, locally grown sweet corn you can eat. Taking place in the heart of downtown Urbana, the 2016 festival will run Friday, August 26 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cache River Days
This fun fest includes a flea market, parade, softball tournament, yard sales, BBQ and music, canoe tours on Saturday.
Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest
The Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival has been a long standing tradition began in 1982 when Wizard of Oz store owner, Jean Nelson, came up with the idea to create an Oz-themed festival. Since then it has grown to be one of the biggest festivals in the nation that produced crowds of about 30,000 people each year.
Rockin' for Reptiles
Rock out at the Museum’s annual outdoor event! Don’t miss out on delicious food tents, fun games, crafts, live music, and of course, live reptiles! This event is great for families! All proceeds go towards supporting the Museum’s live animal collection.
Autumn Craft & Treasures Market
The 44th annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, sponsored by the Sycamore Music Boosters, is part of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival weekend October 29 & 30, 2016. This event will be held at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are over 250 vendors featuring a wide variety of quality crafts, handmade wood products, specialty items such as wool products, candles, spices, candies, antiques, ceramics and much more.
Sweet Autumn Clematis Festival
See and smell hundreds of feet of walls covered in Autumn Clematis; followed by punch served in Luther Hall. The event runs from 10:00am- 5:00pm.
Festival of the Fox/Dragon Boat Races
The First Annual "Festival of the Fox" offers two weekend days of Dragon Boat races on the Fox River, a "Picnic in the Park", family activities, a community stage, a Family Movie Night, all in one place-beautiful Pottawatomie Park. A carnival June 9-12 with a special invitation to Special Families on Friday afternoon noon-2pm.
Skokie's Backlot Bash
Skokie's downtown summer street festival is held annually over three days in late August featuring carnival rides, events for all ages and a concert stage with regional and national acts. Since its inception, Skokie's Backlot Bash has presented some of the nation's most eclectic Rock, Blues and R&B artists. This year includes Blue Oyster Cult, Living Colour, Tributosaurus becomes 'The Police' and 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.
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 Jeannie Kendall & Carl Acuff Jr. Show, the U.S. Army Soldiers of Swing, Eagle Wings Christian Concert, A Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, A bean Bag Tournament with double elimination, local musicians, a kids area with inflatables, craft vendors, food, and more.
The Sandwich Fair (DeKalb County Fair) is the oldest continuing fair in the State of Illinois. It brings over 175,000 visitors to the Sandwich Fairgrounds every year with harness races, draft horse pulls, carnival rides, demo derby, grandstand shows and the Midwest’s largest display of agricultural and home arts exhibits. It’s a traditional fair with the awesome fun of a modern theme park. The Sandwich Fair is quaint, old-fashioned fun – a great place to stay connected. There’s something for everyone! Join the fun! Fair starts the Wednesday after Labor Day and continues through Sunday. (Check out their web site for live entertainment lineup and ticket information.)
Hardin County Fluorspar Festival celebrates the influences brought to the area by the Fluorspar Mining Companies. Located on the banks of the Ohio River. Rosiclare (once known as the “Fluorspar Capital”), has a colorful history that revolved around this mineral. Each year, the Festival highlights and brings back memories of days gone by. Held on the first weekend in October in Downtown Rosiclare, the Festival features an ever-growing list of activities and things to do, including a Queen’s Pageant, a carnival, hickory-smoked barbeque, a pet parade, kid’s games, karoke, food and craft vendors, a quilt show, an open-house at the American Fluorite Museum, a car, truck and motorcycle show and a large parade featuring local school bands, groups, floats, a Grand Marshall and horse clubs. Local musical talent will also be on hand and the finale is held Saturday evening at the City Park on the Ohio River.
Old Settlers Days
Old Settlers Days is the largest music festival in the state-line area, and a fundraiser for the Rockton Lions Club charities. The event features live country music performances on the Main Stage and live local music on the Festival Stage, There is a carnival, festival vendors, food booths, a 5K Run/Walk, and fireworks after the last performance on Sunday. Location: Settler's Park at E. Hawich St. and Blackhawk Blvd.
Garden Fair - Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Get your shopping shoes on! The first weekend in June will be a busy one at Klehm. The 23rd annual Garden Fair Weekend will present flowers, antiques and art. We are showcasing local creative juices and flower power along the beautiful garden paths. This "all new" event is sure to please the most discriminating buyer. Relax in our Fountain Garden, have a bite to eat, tap your foot to the music, and get out and shop for plants and a wide variety of vendor offerings. This is fundraiser for Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Music Schedule Saturday: Rockford East Orchestra, Rockford East Choir, Popular Girl, Denny Diamond Sunday: Blake Wheaton, Brent Levinson
Anderson Japanese Gardens - Japanese Summer Festival
The Japanese Summer Festival features exhibits, demonstrations and unique performances that appeal to all age groups and helps foster a better understanding of the Japanese culture. Most Festival activities are included with Garden Admission, with a small fee required for tea ceremony participation. 2016 Activities & Performances Include: Ho Etsu Taiko Drum Performance - Japanese drum ensemble Candyman Performance - Japanese street performer Raku Pottery - Demonstration and displays Origami - Hands-on demonstrations of Japanese art of paper folding Awi-odori Dance - Traditional Japanese Dance Japanese Doll Collection Display Koi Whisperer Demonstrations Falconry Display - with live falcons Bujinkan performances - Traditional Japanese martial arts Fukuwari Activity - Traditional Japanese holiday game