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Whole Hog Festival- Custom Car and Bike Show
The First Annual Whole Hog Festival is a new City of Lockport event that's fun for the whole family. The event celebrates custom cars and bikes by inviting owners in the region to show off their rides. Enjoy BBQ from variety of vendors and live music during the event. Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm.
Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo
The 27th Annual Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo returns to Starved Rock Lodge (Great Hall & Starved Rock Room). See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. Last Sunday in September, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Undying Words 1858-1865
A powerful look at Lincoln’s greatest words and how they helped end slavery in America. “Undying Words” explores the most important speeches of Lincoln’s career, showing how his views on slavery evolved as he sought to hold the country together. One hundred fifty years after the Civil War ended and Lincoln died, this exhibit shows what was at stake for the slaves, soldiers and families caught up in the crisis Lincoln devoted himself to ending.
Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours
Learn about local, Underground Railroad sites on a shuttle tour with J.E. Robinson Tours and the Alton Regional CVB on the last Saturday of each month (10 a.m. to noon). The two-hour guided shuttle tours will stop at some of the sites that were part of the Underground Railroad system including the Old Rock House, Rocky Fork Church and more. Alton’s riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to the freedom of the northern states. Buried beneath the streets of Alton and Godfrey, remnants of this period in history still exist.
Kids can touch and climb aboard all sorts of heavy equipment, dump trucks, fire engines and more. Free event! Times: 10:30am - 2:30pm, at Dellwood Park, State St. & Woods Dr.
Sycamore's Steam Show and Threshing Bee
The History of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club invites you to their annual Sycamore Steam Show & Threshing Bee August 13th - 16th, 2015. This family friendly event is a great way to step back in time and see many antique machines at work. Threshing using steam engines and gas tractors. Also, a sawmill in operation sawing logs into lumber using Steam Power and Baling Straw using Club's 1900 Sandwich stationary wire-tie baler are just a few of the engaging machine exhibitions that will be presented at the Bee. There will also be Barrel Train rides, rope making, mule team wagon rides and much more to entertain everyone.
Streator AG Day
At Streator City Park - Antique tractor show, Clyde Pride Tractor Ride (parade) 2:00 pm, pony rides, barnyard discovery display, farmer's market, blacksmith display, flea market, music & entertainment. Food by the LaSalle County Cattleman (Lunch & Dinner).
Staunton Art and Music Festival
The Staunton Art & Music Festival consists of the 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. Held at Duda Park and sponsored by the Staunton Art Council and the Staunton Tourism Committee.
Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days
The 26th Annual Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days will be held at John A Logan College. It is the largest celebration of Hunting and Fishing Day in the country. This 200+ vendor show offers something for the whole family. Bass Fishing and Crappie seminars, catfish contest, Goose calling contests, Dock Dogs competitions, retriever demonstrations and a kids fishing hole are just a few of the activities throughout the weekend.
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum July 4th Celebration
All aboard the antique steam train as a 36 ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses and two passenger flat cars for a four mile ride through farmland and across a bridge 30 feet above Yellow Creek and view the fireworks in the night sky from the train. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts. Browse for novelties in the Freight House and visit the Silver Creek Museum which offers 25 rooms of early Americana, a display of antique machinery, Henney Motor Company vehicles which were manufactured in Freeport, and the operating Cooper-Corliss engine, a giant 130 ton steam engine. Sandwiches, drinks and deserts served at the Museum. Train: Adults: $7; Children Under 12: $3; Cab Rides: $15; Museum: Adults: $4; Children Under 12: Free.
Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
19 communities from Chatham to Collinsville celebrate Route 66. The first annual Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor weekend festival showcases unique sections of Route 66 is characterized by its rich mining history and Mother Road charm. A variety of activities along the road festivals, car shows, live entertainment, children’s activities, historic tours and more. Souvenir passports will be available at the various cities and villages. Towns on the Blue Carpet Corridor include Chatham, Auburn, Thayer, Virden, Girard, Nilwood, Carlinville, Gillespie, Benld, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Litchfield, Mt.Olive, Williamson, Livingston, Glen Carbon, Troy and Collinsville.
The iconic image of Abraham Lincoln appears in various forms among the collections of the Illinois State Museum. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln and his funeral in Springfield, this exhibition will feature rarely seen objects that honor the memory of our 16th president. Highlights include a hair work necklace worn by the wife of Lincoln’s bodyguard on funeral train from Washington D.C. to Springfield, a life-size sculpture of the president by Lorado Taft, and a mysterious painting of the president bearing a cross on his forehead.
Come ride the vintage passenger and freight trains on the former Illinois Central and Illinois terminal trackage. 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.
Quad Cities Museum Week
Explore over 20 museums across the Quad Cities during the first annual Quad Cities Museum Week. Exhibits, special events, tours and more can be found during this fun filled week.
Fly-In or Drive-In and join A&M Airsports and the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce as they host PreOsh Wingfest at the Rochelle Municipal Airport. There will be live music, food, trikes, gliders and airplanes on display and activities for the whole family. The fun begins at 11am.
Port Clinton Art Festival
Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most successful juried art festivals and attracts more than 250,000 art enthusiasts from places near and far. More than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists come together to showcase their work over the course of the weekend, creating an atmosphere brimming with renowned creativity. Alongside established artists, a youth art division celebrates the talents of young artists ages 18 and under, offering them the opportunity to participate, exhibit, and experience the inner workings of an art festival.
Old Mill Fall Fest
This event gives the public a chance to see the 70 foot Mill which was built in 1872 and view the unique construction inside on the first two floors. Participants will be demonstrating all old time crafts.
Old House New House Home Show/Fall 2015
Explore 300 deluxe displays with the latest in kitchens, baths, building, remodeling and landscaping. Meet award-winning contractors and creative craftsmen to improve your home and surroundings.
Multicultural Palooza - Joliet Area Historical Museum - 2015 Free Days!
The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau will be sponsoring Free Days at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Multicultural Palooza celebrates the diverse cultures of Joliet during this one day interactive festival featuring cultural exhibits and demonstrations, music and dance performances. Times: 8:00am - 5:00pm.
Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
The 7,500-square-foot “Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America” exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden features trains running on 1,600 feet of track, for train and garden enthusiasts to enjoy the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges and around buildings.
Mercer County Fair
The Mercer County Fair has been running strong since its first fair in 1853. Today, over 160 years later, the fair is still brings the county and visitors together each July. Enjoy their exhibitions that include livestock, hobbies, antiques, photography, culinary arts, flowers and vegetables. Great family fun!
Maple City Fine Art Exhibition
Area artists display their artwork at the Geneseo Art League and the Cellar Restaurant and compete for top honors during this exhibit.
Lake Katherine's Monarch Butterfly Festival
Join Lake Katherine for a celebration of the Monarch migration down to Mexico plus, all things harvest.
Joliet Public Library's 6th Annual Star Wars Days
Visit Downtown Joliet for a weekend filled with family fun & Star Wars! The 501st Legion and Rebel Legion will be there in costume. They are international fan-based Star Wars™ organizations dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate costumes. Held at Joliet Main Library from 11am - 4pm. Prize giveaways, kids games, costumed characters, live music, food vendors, artists, exhibitors, movie prop exhibits and more! Claim your spot along Ottawa, Cass or Chicago Street for the kickoff parade at 11am - Don't miss additional activities inside the Library, inside the Museum, and outside on Clinton and Chicago Streets.