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Woodstock Mozart Festival
Held on three consecutive weekends in July and August at the Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock Illinois, the Festival presents concert performances under the banner ”Mozart…and More!”…Mozart and other composers. With a seating capacity of 421, the charming restored 1880’s Woodstock Opera House is often referred to as an environment reminiscent of Mozart’s day. Because of the intimacy of the hall, the listener enjoys the unique experience of feeling enveloped by the music. A superb orchestra, world class artists and air conditioned comfort make the Woodstock Mozart Festival a MUST for a special summer concert experience just 60 miles northwest of Chicago.
Art in Bloom Cantigny Fine Art Festival
Come to Cantigny for one of the park's biggest events of the year and a Father's Day tradition. Art in Bloom will feature a juried art show, more than 75 exhibiting artists, activities and crafts, demonstrations, live music, great food and more!
Red, White, & BBQ 2014
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.
Farm Heritage Festival
This two-day event celebrates farm life from the turn of the century to the present. Entertainment includes Border Collie sheep herding, wagon and barrel train rides, rope and scarecrow making, a tractor and antique vehicle parade, live music, quilting and heritage crafts, and a large model train display.
This event is a fundraiser for Watseka Area Firefighters, and features a teen dance, motorcycle fun ride, water ball tournament, and beer tent with entertainment. Bands include Triple Ot Buck and Nick Lynch and the Silversmiths.
Holiday Lights Train
The Holiday Light Train is Pete's biggest event of the year. The park is decorated for the Holidays. See over 250,000 lights in various displays. Giant toy soldiers, candy canes, cascading snow flakes, flying reindeer, and swans swimming, just to name a few of Pete's displays!
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.
Paddock Hills Equestrian Center
Imagine a golden ball of Midwestern sun breaking on the horizon. As the night dew still clings to the vines and the grass in the pastures, a farm comes to life with the sights and sounds of morning. Hot coffee steeps in the pot. Hard-working farm-hands begin the daily chores. Horses whinny as the cool rush of morning air fills their lungs. The gently rolling hills are aglow with another new day. This is the beauty of horses and the magic of a vineyard. Paddock Hills Equestrian Center is located with Prairie Orchard Farm vineyard in the majestic countryside of Union, IL, and is minutes from the I-90 expressway, but miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city and suburbs. Whether, attending one of our many horse shows, riding lessons, clinics, or programs, we are sure that your time with us will be well spent.
Tower Hill Fall Festival
Held in the Village Park. This is the 28th year for the festival which has unique activites such as the Produce "500" which features vehicles made from produce from as small as a grape to as large as a watermelon. It also has a car and motorcycle show, garden tractor pulls, a tractor show, plenty of kids games a parade Saturday at 4:00 pm and entertainment along with the annual demo derby on Sunday.
CITY: Tower Hill
Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
It is all about family fun on Route 66, the most famous road in America. Sponsored by the 13 communities which make up the 90-mile linear museum from Joliet to Towanda, the annual festival invites everyone to experience the good life in the slow lane. Towanda’s portion of the festival will feature antique and flea markets, a car show and more! While in Towanda, visitors won’t want to miss “A Geographical Journey” Parkway on Jackson Street to Boyd Wesley Park. This 1.6-mile stretch of Route 66 contains educational kiosks that interpret each state along the road. The walking tour has fliers printed in several languages for international tourists and a collection of Burma Shave signs.
Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest & 175th Celebration
This Two day sanctioned ICS Chili Cookoff event features the finest chili around, live entertainment, craft vendors, food, fun and of course, lots of chili or chilli - however you wish to spell it! Held in the downtown square. Chili tasting, Chili vendors, and Chamber Chili tent. Winners quality for 2015 World Championships. Also features Annual Pumpkin Cart Race, Lil Miss & Lil Mister contest, longest ponytail contest, cutest baby contest, children’s activities and local musical entertainment. Grand Parade 10:30am Saturday.
Southside Chili Shuffle Cookoff
This is now a two-day regional event at the Southside Shuffle Bar, incorporating the former Lincoln Prairie Trail Chili event formerly held in Pana, IL. Categories: Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. Live entertainment. Entry fee applies, but admission is free.
Cinco de Mayo
A festive Sycamore celebration with games, prizes, crafts, food, petting zoo, live music and family entertainment.
Sycamore Pumpkin Fest
2014 is the 53rd Annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival. Back in 1956, Wally Thurow, who is known as Sycamore’s "Mr. Pumpkin", began what was to become the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival when he displayed a few decorated pumpkins on his front lawn to turn Halloween into a time of fun and creativity. In 1962, through the efforts of Mr. Pumpkin and the Sycamore Lions Club, the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival became an official celebration in Sycamore. The Courthouse lawn is the center of activities, including thousands of decorated pumpkins on display, there are also art and craft shows, a house walk, a pie eating contest, a carnival, a fun fair, a race and other events. The festival is concluded by a giant parade on Sunday afternoon.
Sugar Grove Corn Boil
Come check out the live entertainment, carnival, craft show, 5K, fireworks and corn…lots o' corn!
CITY: Sugar Grove
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.
47th Annual Willow Folk Festival
Amateur and professional bluegrass, country and spiritual singers perform with acoustic musicians from a hay wagon or on a country church lawn. Homecooked food is available.
Sterling Main Street Music Fest
The 2014 Sterling Main Street Music Fest will be held at the Grandon Civic Center in downtown Sterling. Musical acts for this year’s festival will be Charlie Siren, four piece pop punk band based out of Minneapolis, Kyle Henderson, a prolific songwriter with a style that melds blues, rock and soul in an original, magical way and The Cole Brothers who have toured the world with Pop Icon Tony Orlando and have shared the stage with the likes of Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, Three Dog Night and many more.
This Annual Event starts at 9am with rib-cookers firing-up the grills and Tour de Donut bicycle racers riding through the main street. Ribfest is 50+/- rib cook-off that is full of fun, music, food and fun. The cook-off winners will receive cash prizes for their art in grilling. The ribs will be available for sale at 5pm for purchase. However, local food and drinks will be available all day.
Staunton Art and Music Festival
Held at Duda Park and sponsored by the Staunton Art Council and the Staunton Tourism Committee. 5th Annual Art & Music Festival consists of exhibition and sale of fine art, live music, food and fun for the entire family. This event takes place in a relaxing and beautifully landscaped park.
Wingfest 2014 – Elbon Shrine Club
Wingfest 2014 is a wing cook-off. This event will be held at Duda Garden with Live Music from Hick Town from 7pm to 11pm. Wings will be available to purchase after judging. This is a Fundraiser to benefit Elbon Shrine Club.
St. Jacob Strawberry Festival
The Strawberry Festival Showcases their strawberry desserts with food and drink, crafts for sale, children activities and a 1,000 person fun bike ride over multiple routes.
CITY: St. Jacob
16th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show
Located along the banks of the Fox River, this juried art show features 100 fine artists, live music, demonstrations and artists’ awards. Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm. Free Admission and Parking.
CITY: St. Charles
City of St. Charles RiverFest
Unique among Chicagoland festivals, Riverfest features the annual ancient sport of dragon boat racing, a 40-ton Fantasy Sand Sculpture, water ski shows, carnival, petting zoo, and an assortment of events and entertainment for all ages.
CITY: St. Charles
Festival of the Horse and Drum
Festival of the Horse and Drum is an equestrian festival with a diverse, exciting twist. Featuring an American Indian Pow-Wow and horsemen of Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Tanner and Glaze. Also, equestrian games, equine abilities expo and more.
CITY: St. Charles
Fine Line Arts Festival (formerly Raku Day)
Open to all! Explore and, for a small fee, try out Fine Line's exciting activities: raku, metal etching, felting and more. Preview night, June 6th, will feature a metal pour, dinner and live music for limited seating. Visit www.fineline.org for details and registration.
CITY: St. Charles
Capital City Celebration
Let's celebrate the birth of the nation on July 4th! Entertainment starts at noon with local bands, free activities for children. Enjoy food, refreshments and fireworks at dusk.
13th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
Come take part in a celebration of America's Highway, Route 66, at the 13th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival. More than 1,000 cool cars will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown this September. Enjoy music, entertainment, great food and a great time, as well as visit some of the nation's most popular automotive aftermarket vendors. It's a wonderful event for the whole family!
Old Capitol Blues & BBQs
Two days of award-winning BBQ with local and national Blues talent. Free childrens activities, come to watch the IL Central Blues Club Challenge. An entertainment filled weekend for everyone.
SOB Fest/Springfield Oyster & Brew Festival
5th Annual craft beer and oyster festival, featuring 30 brewers from across the country, 150 beers, pub grub and local entertainment.
Somonauk Summer Fest
The Somonauk Summer Fest will have a parade, cruise night, top entertainment, beer garden, 5K run, ISP truck pull, bingo, Texas hold'em and much more!
Birdfest 2014 - Sand Bluff Bird Observatory
Birdfest 2014 takes place during Warbler Spring Migration Week and Mother's Day Weekend. See and touch a wild bird and learn why birds are banded. See raptors, visit the Kid's Korner, Silent Auction, Eickman's food tent and much more.
Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest
Come and enjoy watching as these balloons are filled and then take off for various areas. Friday night is a launch from Forest Park, Saturday morning, they will launch from various locations and try to hit their targets as they float through the air. There will be a Balloon glow and basket burn at the Dam Spillway area Saturday night with food and entertainment. You can meet the pilots on Friday evening. Sunday morning will be another opportunity to watch. These colorful balloons will be launched daily (weather permitting) and you can watch as they fly and do tasks around the Lake Shelbyville area.
Seneca Shipyard Days Festival
The annual festival celebrates Seneca's role in WWII as the home of the Prairie LST Shipyards and works with the LST Association to bring history and education in addition to a carnival, food booths, beer garden, and live entertainment.
Northwest Illinois Annual Gourd Festival
Gourds extraordinaire! Who knew what a gourd could do? Gourd vendors, growers and artists come together for this special showing, as well as demonstrations and classes. There will be live music, food and beverages. Bring the kids and water shoes for a day of play and gourds in this unique, rural, historic site with a railway station, general store, mill and wading pond.
CITY: Scales Mound
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 a quality fun filled family festival that raises money for the Rockton Lion's Club to promote sight and sound charities. Come to Settlers Park for great bands, food and a carnival. New things are being added every year. Visit the website for a schedule of events. Settlers Park is on E. Harwich St. behind First National Bank at 300 E. Main St.
Rockford AirFest 2014
The AirFest 2014 Performer Lineup includes the USAF Thunderbirds, US Army Golden Knights, Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team (AirFest's first international performance), Team Aerostars, Team AeroDynamix, Mike Goulian, Paul Wood, John Klatt Airshows, Art Nalls Sea Harrier , Firebirds, and Dave Dacy Airshows. The AirFest takes place at Chicago Rockford International Airport.
Polish Fest 2014
St. Stanislaus Parish celebrates the 33rd annual Polish Fest, featuring a traditional Polish dinner and. There will be music and dancing all day, bingo, raffles, a culture exhibit, mechanical bull, kids' games and Polish specialty foods.
Annual Black Family Reunion
For the past 20 years, the Rockford Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Inc. has sponsored the Black Family Reunion Celebration. Since its inception, thousands of individuals of every background have enjoyed this fun-filled and informative event. The event will bring individuals, consumers, corporations, communities, and government agencies together to focus on the traditions and strengths of the Black Family and, by extension, families of all ancestries. The Reunion is held at Ellis Elementary School.
Gumbo Ya Ya Mardi Gras in the District
The spirit of New Orleans comes up the Mississippi River with a celebration that includes Cajun food, authentic Southern Louisiana music on two stages, Mardi Gras-themed children’s activities, French Quarter marketplace and beads galore.
CITY: Rock Island
Ya Maka My Weekend
Ya Maka My Weekend is a celebration of Caribbean culture, the festival brings the islands to the Quad Cities. Featuring nationally known, as well as regional, reggae and steel drum bands. Visit the open-air marketplace offering authentic island wares. Enjoy Caribbean foods, sand volleyball tournaments and a children's craft area. The family area, featuring a pirate costume contest, limbo contests and street performers, is another highlight of this summer festival. Event hours are Friday 5:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. and Saturday, 12 noon - 12:30 a.m. Admission Admission Charged. Call (309)788-6311 for more information
CITY: Rock Island
Rock Falls River Chase & Summer Splash
Two Great Events, One Big Weekend! The River Chase features boats racing along the Rock Falls riverfront and Summer Splash will offer a unique menu of alligator, elk, and buffalo, as well as plenty of family friendly entertainment. Expect a full weekend of fun in the sun with lots of free activities for all ages. No, tickets, or admittance fees, free activities for kids, delicious food, easy parking and shuttle service, lots of vendors, arts, crafts, entertainment, and so much more.
CITY: Rock Falls
Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival
The 17th annual Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival promises a fun-filled weekend with plenty of food, games and entertainment for families to enjoy. In addition to the downtown activities, there's the annual Hub City Cruisers car show starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday in downtown Rochelle and on Sunday the parade starts at 3 p.m.
Annual Heath Toffee Harvest Festival and Parade
Celebrating the delicious Heath Candy Bar, created in 1928 by Heath Brothers Confectionary in Robinson. Features Friday night entertainment, street dance, and car show, and Saturday craft show, live entertainment, toffee bake-off, and parade, capped off by a free chili supper.
Avenue of Lights
Avenue of Lights is a two-mile holiday display of animated lights at Moorman/Wavering Park in Quincy. It runs from Thanksgiving until New Years, nightly from 6-9:30pm. A staple attraction of Quincy during the holiday season.
The Great River Tug Fest
This is the only tug-of-war across the mighty Mississippi River. On Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., barge traffic, pleasure boats and paddleboats yield the right of way to a 2,400 foot, 680 pound rope that stretches between LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois. Eleven teams from each side are formed and the side with the most winning teams takes the Alabaster Eagle trophy for that year. Currently the score is tied 10 - 10. A family weekend event filled with carnival rides, live entertainment, a huge parade, scenic 5k run/walk, food, arts and craft vendors and one of the largest fireworks displays (friday night) in the two state area. Admission charged. Festival takes place on the Mississippi River at Port Byron IL Riverfront. Hwy. 67 & Port Byron. Call 309-523-2500 for more information
CITY: Port Byron
Clayville Spring Festival
Imagine it's the 1820's at a stage coach stop and pioneer village. Come see how the early settlers lived, artisan demonstrations, historic tours, crafts & games for kids. Re-enactments throughout the day!
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Clayville Fall Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, reenactments by the 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Regiment, Chris Camp-The Whip Guy and with musical entertainment. This will make a memorable day!
CITY: Pleasant Plains
This festival celebrates the spirit of everyone's favorite super hero!
American Thresherman Show
This steam and antique tractor show features 5 days of great events such as antique tractor pulls, ITPA & Illinois Hot Farm Stock sanctioned tractor pulls, music, a parade and much more!
Annual Harvest Fest - Downtown Petersburg
Harvest Fest is a major fall festival in the heart of Petersburg, IL on the historic square and features a huge parade, street vendors, live music, a large antique car show, games, contests, children’s attractions, fresh food and BBQ and much more.
Steamboat Days Festival
Taking place on the Riverfront in downtown Peoria, the 43rd annual Steamboat Days Festival combines a bigger, better carnival, delicious food and drinks, great musical entertainment and more in a family-friendly atmosphere! Don't miss the return of the All American Lumberjack Show, great regional and local bands, and many other activities and attractions! To kickoff the festival, the carnival opens on Thursday, June 12. Also on Thursday, June 12, PACE proudly presents the Steamboat Days Kickoff Cruise aboard the Spirit of Peoria, featuring The New Imposters. Guests must be at least 21 for this event. For more information about the Steamboat Days Kickoff Cruise and to reserve tickets, please visit the Spirit of Peoria website at http://www.spiritofpeoria.com/cruises/themed/steamboat-days. Come join the fun at Steamboat Days!
2014 Country Life Music Festival
The 2014 Country Life Music Festival will be one of Central Illinois’ largest country music festivals. It is a 3 day event just outside of Peoria, IL at Ravina On The Lakes, with some of the biggest names in country music and campgrounds for staying over for the weekend. Performers include Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, Big and Rich, and many more! Ticket options include a three day pass, and a single day pass and may be purchased online at http://www.countrylifemusicfestival.com/. For more information visit http://www.countrylifemusicfestival.com/, or call (309) 268-1202.
Taste of Park Ridge
Taste of Park Ridge. Community festival complete with live entertainment, plenty of food vendors, activities for the entire family, and so much more. Held at various locations in downtown Park Ridge near the Metra Station and the Library. Visit the website for more details about specific performers that include Evolution, Your Villain My Hero, and 7th Heaven.
CITY: Park Ridge
Park Forest Youth Commission's 1st Annual Carnival
This summer, downtown Park Forest will be the site of carnival rides, food, entertainment, and family fun sponsored by the Park Forest Youth Commission.
CITY: Park Forest
Christmas in Paris
Come join us for a magical night in Paris, Illinois - full of games, crafts, laughter and fun for the entire family. Most storefronts will be open for shopping or hosting an activity. Most activities are free. All are invited. Visit our facebook page to learn more.
Pana Days Chautauqua
Carnival rides, life stage entertainment, Baby and little Miss & Mr. Contests, games, pony rides, kiddie tractor pull, lots of vendors and food! Located at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Pana’s historical Kitchell Park on South Route 51.
Blacksmith Hammer In & Old Tyme Antique Tractor Show
Watch live demonstrations of the art of blacksmithing and view the antique tractors. Located at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Pana’s historical Kitchell Park on South Route 51.
Palestine Labor Day Festival & PRCA Rodeo
61st annual Labor Day Festival for the community. There will be three rodeo performances Aug 29-31 at Pioneer City Professional Rodeo Arena (admission fee). Enjoy women’s barrel racing, Chuckwagon Breakfast, Parade, Camping, Junior-sized Tractor Pull, Remote Control Airplanes, Lunch with Clowns, Flea Market, Mechanical Bull Rides, Free Entertainment at the Band shell, Town-Wide Garage Sales, Antique Gas Engine Exhibit & Swap Meet, Parade on Labor Day.
12th Annual Wabash Valley Wine and Art Festival
Festival goers will be able to sample wines from approximately a dozen wineries as they stroll among the various artists booths. There will be artwork on display and for sale, live entertainment and food booths. Sat 11:30-6:30 & Sun Noon-5pm.
Fort LaMotte Days Rangers Reenactment & Festival
Relive the days of yesterday and witness history portrayed in period costume. See, taste and smell the trades and lifestyle of the early 1800’s. Includes encampment, shooting, cookout, traders, musicians and vendors. Held at Leaverton Park.
Leaverton Park Holiday Lighting Festival
The Friday after Thanksgiving at 5:00 p.m., the park comes alive with over 40,000 lights and displays. Watch the Fireworks and enjoy food and refreshments.
Ottawa 2Rivers Wine and Jazz Fest
It’s one of Illinois’ biggest and best, featuring wines from over 20 wineries from across the state. Enjoy the best of Illinois wine while listening to outstanding jazz. And this year once again fresh grilled lobster will be available. Charge for Wine tasting and lobster but music is free! Located along the Illinois River at the corner of Route 23 and Main Street.
This festival is attended by approximately 50,000 during the course of the weekend. PrairieFest events are held throughout Oswego with the main festival grounds located at PrairieFest Park, 91 Plank Road. The event features main stage entertainment, children's performers, expo village, petting zoos, pony rides, camel rides, children's activities, parade, bed races, touch a truck event and more. There is no gate admission. The event is free, compliments of our generous business sponsors.
Wine on the Fox
Don’t miss the opportunity to sample award-winning Illinois wines while enjoying live entertainment and delicious local fare. Free & Open to the Public. Wine Tasting is $15 per day for a souvenir wine glass, a wristband and 5 tasting tickets. An Advanced Two-Day Pass may be purchased for $25 which includes 1 souvenir wine glass and 20 tasting tickets (10 per day). Advanced Two-Day Passes are non-refundable. Additional tasting tickets are $1 each. Must be 21 with proper identification to taste wines.
Midwest Wizard Of Oz Festival
Join us for the largest Wizard of Oz Festival in the country with costumed characters, carnival, Wizard of Oz and craft vendors, children and adults costume contest, petting zoo, children's attractions, special events and more. See website for event hours - See more at: http://www.midwestozfest.com/
CITY: Orland Park
Oregon Trail Days
A celebration of the area's American Indian and Cowboy culture featuring a drum circle and music with American Indians in full regalia. The Cowboy arena is full of all manner of cowboy entertainment, gun slinging, whip snapping, cowboys on horseback and more. There are Pioneer and Mountain Men encampments as well as food and merchant vendors. Food booths, children's activities and more.
Oblong Annual Antique Tractor & Engine Show
Continuing to this day at the show are the many exhibits of antique tractors and engines with several running for display and performing chores for every one to watch. Antique and pedal tractor pulls, farm toy show, and a Flea Market on Sat and Sun. View actual working antique tractors and engines. Held at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, in Oblong, Illinois.
Oblong’s Annual Fall Follies
48th Annual event, featuring “Spooktacular” Band Festival, band field competition, craft and food booths, entertainment, Little Miss & Mister contest and Illinois’ largest nighttime parade with approx. 30 marching bands.
10th Annual Music & Wine Festival
The 10th Annual Music & Wine Festival at Hill Prairie Winery is a popular event that features fresh grilled BBQ, two great bands each day and of course locally produced wine. Relax in a natural setting overlooking a pond and the vineyard in the rolling hills of Hill Prairie Winery, just south of Oakford, Illinois and approximately 10 minutes north of Lincoln’s New Salem in Petersburg.
Annual Chicken Wing Contest
The Annual Chicken Wing Cookoff at Hill Prairie Winery is a large festival that features competing chefs preparing their favorite (and often unique) wing flavors. Visitors can purchase wings and vote for their favorites. The music of Dueling Pianos is back by popular demand, so enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon in the rolling hills of beautiful Hill Prairie Winery in Oakford, Illinois. And be sure to try some terrific, and award winning, wines from grapes grown on site.
The Annual Rib Festival is a time to wrap up another great summer season and enjoy fresh grilled ribs, along with live entertainment. Add your favorite wines and drinks to the mix and you’ll have a great afternoon of fun in the sun at Hill Prairie Winery.
Cheeseburgers in Paradise with Wine Margaritas & Jimmy Buffet Music
The Annual Cheeseburgers in Paradise Festival is always a big hit with Wine Margaritas & a Jimmy Buffet Cover Band. The music is fantastic, the Cheeseburgers are the best and don’t forget our famous Wine Margaritas! Bring your friends and enjoy the summer sounds of Jimmy Buffet music along with your favorite drinks in the natural setting of Hill Prairie Winery.
Fall Festival & Fish Fry at Hill Prairie Winery
The Fall Festival & Fish Fry is the perfect way to kick off fall in the beautiful rolling hills of Hill Prairie Winery. Enjoy the spectacular fall colors while enjoying fresh fried fish along with your favorite wines. Two great bands play each day. Check out their website for a full calendar of festivals and live music on Sundays at Hill Prairie Winery.
Art on Harrison
Seeking a way to announce the emerging Arts District, galleries and building owners in partnership with the Oak Park Arts Council inaugurated Art on Harrison in 1995. Conceived of as an informal Friday evening gallery walk, the event has continued each September since its inception, expanding to include entertainment and performances at participating galleries. Come out and see what the area has to offer in a convivial atmosphere, a celebration of what the creative spirits of this community have accomplished.
CITY: Oak Park
Art Dans La Rue
Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 12-9pm for Downtown Oak Park's authentic urban French Street Festival! Featuring: art exhibits by local artists, special showing of a French film, Can-Can dancers, French music by "Paris La Nuit," Poodle Parade, French lessons, Fresh made crepes, Wine tastings, Sidewalk chalk contest, Bike Rentals, and much more!
CITY: Oak Park
Uncork Illinois in Downtown Oak Park
Raise a glass of Illinois wine and sample locally crafted gourmet goodies. Enjoy live jazz while strolling, shopping and dining in charming Downtown Oak Park.
CITY: Oak Park
UnCork Illinois in Downtown Oak Park
Raise a glass of Illinois wine and sample locally crafted gourmet goodies on May 31st, from 1-9pm at UnCork Illinois. Enjoy live jazz while strolling, shopping and dining in charming Downtown Oak Park. Admission is $20 at the gate (cash only) or $15 advance tickets and includes a free souvenir glass and 7 tastings (while supplies last). *Advance ticket purchase is available until noon on Friday, May 30th. *Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1. In addition to tastings, vineyards will sell wines by the glass or bottle. *Some of the proceeds will benefit Prevail-our community's compassionate advocate for neighbors facing financial crisis and seeking a path to stability.
CITY: Oak Park
Gaelic Park Irish Fest
Irish Fest brings together the best in Irish music from America, Canada and Europe. In addition to all of the music, there will be Irish sports, dancing, theater & story-telling, a petting zoo, Irish dogs and ponies, and Irish import stories. For the little people, there are magicians, puppets, jugglers, and clowns, and most importantly, unlimited carnival rides are included in the admission price in addition to free parking.
CITY: Oak Forest
Celebrate the Great Lakes Naval Station's 103th Birthday
Come and celebrate the Naval Station's 103th Birthday in a "BIG" way! Enjoy two full days of "fire-cracking" festival fun at one of the biggest celebrations in the region! Each day, the celebration will include three stages of exciting live music and family entertainment, a bingo tent with thousands of dollars worth of prizes, a craft fair with handmade items, the Gridiron. Experience with interactive football activities including a "Kicks for Cash" competition, the Kid's Zone with plenty to do for children of all ages, roving entertainment/costumed characters, thrilling carnival rides and games, a 5K Twilight Run, delicious festival food and beverage booths all available from local area vendors, and lots and lots more! Then enjoy the amazing firework displays that will take place this year on both July 3rd and 4th! Free admission. Thursday hours 3pm-11:30pm and Friday hours 12pm-10pm.
CITY: North Chicago
20th Annual Jasper County Strawberryfest
This two day festival celebrates strawberries in Jasper County. Free family entertainment, music, games, food and crafts provide fun for everyone on the square in Newton!
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.
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.
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, and so much more!
CITY: Mount Vernon
Cedarhurst Craft Fair
More than 160 exhibitors from throughout the country show and sell diverse craft items. Includes continuous entertainment, children's activities, and a variety of food.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Downtown Car Show/Cruise Night
Downtown Car Show / Mt. Vernon Cruise Night - The Car Show will be located on 9th Street between Harrison and Jordan. Features cruise night, car, truck, and motorcycle show; entertainment, food, demonstrations, and a 50/50 drawing. The Car Show will have various models from "Classics" to "Modern".
CITY: Mount Vernon
Mt. Carroll Mayfest
Held on campus of Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies. Continuous headline music on main stage, juried art show, classic car show, unique art vendors, antique appraisal fair, kids activities & more!
CITY: Mount Carroll
Morton Pumpkin Festival
"Home of the Nestlé Libby's Pumpkin Canning Operations, Morton is proud to say that over 80% of the world's canned pumpkin is processed right here. Each September, in celebration of the pumpkin canning season, Morton hosts the Morton Pumpkin Festival. This year's event will be the festival's 48th year. Our theme is Pumpkins of the West. From our opening day Balloon Release to the Pumpkin Festival Parade, the Morton Pumpkin Festival is a Central Illinois attraction. In fact, the festival draws over 70,000 people each year to downtown Morton. The Morton Pumpkin Festival includes daily live entertainment, a carnival with over 30 rides, the Pumpkin Craft Faire, Pumpkin Expo, Pumpkin Grille, Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe, Pumpkin Classic Run/Walk and over 20 special events and activities that range from pageants to sporting events. Many of our visitors come to taste our homemade foods. You will find a wide variety of high-quality and homemade items to sample at the Pumpkin Grille including our famous butterfly pork chops, ribeye sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, pumpkin baked beans, and pumpkin chili. Our Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe is a popular location to try homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin donuts. The lines are always worth the wait! You won't want to miss this year's Morton Pumpkin Festival, the premier hometown festival of Central Illinois! You will enjoy every minute...and every mouthful!" This year's theme is "Pumpkins of the West".
Come ride the vintage passenger and freight trains on the former Illinois Central and Illinois terminal trackage. One of the trains will feature the steam locomotive #401. Experience the rails just like the maintenance crew did on a motorcar. All-day-tickets! - As many rides as you want! Also enjoy the food tent.
13th Annual Monticellobration
Come and enjoy the live music, kid's activities, food vendors, games, craft booths and more! This features the Paint the Town activity and pet parade. Monticello's premier quality, hometown festival. Many new attractions will be featured this year.
Momence Gladiolus Festival
On the agenda for the Gladiolus Festival are the Coronation of the Princess and Queen, plus numerous parades, carnival and giant flea, swap, and craft market.
Blossoms at Butterworth - Deere Family Mansions
Each June visitors enjoy the splendor of the Butterworth Center's impressive gardens while participating in several exciting activities; including old-fashioned music, games of the 1800s, jugglers, a scavenger hunt, an antique auto show, tours and refreshments. Come and see these Deere family home gardens at the Butterworth Center & Deere Wiman House.
19th Century Christmas at Deere-Wiman House & Butterworth Center
Don't miss these two beautifully decorated Deere family mansions during the holiday season. The 19th Century Christmas features the interiors of the homes decorated for the holidays; along with living-history volunteers, Choir performances, Santa Claus, music, and make-and-take activities for the children. These homes once belonged to the John Deere family and are now operated by the William Butterworth Memorial Trust. Open noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.
Quad Cities Hot Air Balloon Fest
Red, yellow and orange-hued leaves aren’t the only colors to view in Western Illinois’ skies this fall. At Moline’s annual Quad Cities Hot Air Balloon Fest, a myriad of hot air balloons take off throughout the weekend and glow high above the town after dark.
Super City Blues & Ques
Friday night is the "anything but" competition, with open entries for entrees, sides, sauces, and sweets. Each entry is $25, and monetary prizes up to $75 are awarded in each category. Vendors start selling at lunchtime, and live music starts in the afternoon. The beer garden will open in the late afternoon, and will be located next to the stage. Saturday is the Kansas City BBQ Society competition, with the grand champion winning $1000 plus a 6' trophy. Vendors will be selling all day and bands will start in the afternoon and play until 10:00 PM. Also on Saturday, there will be "touch a tractor" for the kids, and an arts and crafts fair for everyone.