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The 2016 Hometown Days Festival is a family oriented event that provides entertainment the entire family can enjoy! We are excited to bring back again this year the past favorites such as the Pride and Joy Car Show, the Baby Contest, carnival, and live musical performances. We are also excited to announce the return of a 2015 crowd favorite – The Ultimate Air Dogs Show! Headliner entertainment all three days. For more information contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department.
The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago is a city-wide, multi-venue, festival has attracted over 600,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 600 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.
Head out to the Brown County Fairgrounds for a culinary adventure! Bring your friends for the wild hog roast, check out the vendor booths, be a part of the archery event, test your luck in the raffle, and kids enjoy activities just for them! Did we mention the food? Check the website to see how you can enter your own recipe into the wild game cook off. Live music starts at 2pm, auction at 6:30pm. Food and beverages available. There is a $10 cover charge.
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.
Genoa is thrilled to announce the first ever VolksFest, a weekend-long festival! There will be something for everyone including a Volksmarch, a Craft Beverage Festival, live music at the Lion’s Club Sound Stage and the Great Genoa Duck Race. Everything will take place at Carroll Memorial Park in Genoa.
Taste wines from 28 Illinois wineries, including your favorites from August Hill Winery and Illinois Sparkling Co., while listening to live music in this beautiful Matthiessen Park setting. Visit vintageillinois.com for additional information or to order your tickets.
Don't miss one of McHenry County's biggest celebrations, now in its 34th year. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Parkside Pub in Huntley comes alive with revelers celebrating this nutty occasion. Featuring bands, beer and lots of turkey testicles, thousands of visitors from around the region kick off the holiday season under a huge heated tent just 3 miles north of I-90. Shuttle service is available from many locations around the area. And hotel rooms are available, if needed. This is a 21 and older event -- valid ID required.
Geneseo’s fastest growing event gets even better. Visit downtown on Saturday as the streets fill up with over 300 vintage cars from all eras, train engines, model trains, airplanes, food and festivities.
Tucked among the charming small towns, lush scenery and hassle-free motoring in Northern Illinois is the Trail of Terror, a self-guided tour of the area's finest haunted houses, cemetery walks, pumpkin patches, wineries, festivals and other spook-tacular seasonal sensations. The fun begins in September and continues through all of October across Carroll, DeKalb, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson & Whiteside counties. For all the details & more information on all of the cool creepiness, visit www.illinoistrailofterror.com
Join the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce on its eleventh annual Tour de Coal bicycle ride on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Benld City Hall-Civic Center, 201 E. Central Ave. in downtown Benld. Saturday, September 24, will mark the 11th Anniversary of the Tour de Coal. This family oriented bicycle ride is for cyclists of all levels of expertise and is held in conjunction with this year's 17th Annual Coal Country Chamber of Commerce's Fall Festival held at the Benld City Park.
Come and enjoy hot air balloons as they fly over the area Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday mornings as well as the Balloon Glow at the Shelby County Airport on Saturday night. The glow will have food, DJ, and much more.
2016 marks the 12th year of the Pygmalion Festival in Champaign-Urbana, which takes place over the course of eight days between components: Music, Literature, Made Technology, and the newest piece-Food. This year's festival is anchored by two weekends September 16-17, celebrating restaurants in C-U with the Food Festival, and September 22-24 featuring internationally renowned music headliners Future Islanders, Vince Staples, Wolf Parade, Louis the Child, Frightened Rabbit and dozens more. Coinciding with this unbeatable lineup, is the Made Fest, a two-day curated marketplace featuring handmade and vintage sellers; the Literature Fest with authors, poets and a book fair. The tech Fest enters its second year with speakers, panels, demonstrations and more.
An ideal family outing for fall! We deeply cherish family, so we have loaded our farm with as many fun things for you and your family as we can fit (and we have a big farm!). With all of our attractions, when you come to The Pumpkin Patch, you can be sure that that special day out with your family will be a day you will always hold dear.
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest will boast fan favorites including all you can carve pumpkins, Trick or Treating, costume contests, Pumpkin Parade, hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids crafts, two stages jam packed with solid entertainment, food and beverage vendors galore and a Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk. As always, all lit jack-o-lanterns will be placed on pumpkin walls throughout the Festival grounds, with ceremonial wall lightings Friday and Saturday nights, and the grand lighting on Sunday evening.
The Coal Country Fall Festival is a family oriented event which has features that appeal to all ages. Many parts of the festival are free and entertaining and educational. This year’s outstanding display is a free display of dinosaurs including a life-size dinosaur. Free and live are exotic animals in a petting zoo, including Alaskan reindeer, pygmy goats, two-hump camels, and buffalo. A live reptile display is also a part of the day. There are free rides of the CCCC Choo Choo Train around and in the park. Over 8 hours of free, live entertainment! Over 80 vendors, including local businesses from the Coal Country area which encompasses 8 communities, sell 100’s of products in their booths.
Celebrate Labor Day weekend as Batavia MainStreet hosts a 'Taste of Batavia' sampler party complete with live music, activities and dancing! For kids, there will be plenty of activities and a play area-- River City Church will host a bounce house, face painting, balloons, and a raffle. Lawn games and bags Classic Car Show on River St. Sept. 4, 4 pm - 9 pm.
2016 is the 55th Annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival downtown. What started out as an idea by Wally Thurow in 1956 to offer something creative for the students of Sycamore, has grown from a neighborhood display on his front yard into the towns biggest city wide event beginning on Wednesday with the Opening Ceremony and cake cutting. The festival begins with over 1000 entries in the Lions Decorated Pumpkin Display, 2 carnivals, 2 large indoor craft shows, many non-profit vendors, and culminating with an hour and a half long parade on Sunday.
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.
Meet your favorite Super Hero during the Super Hero Shuffle 5K/10K Run & Walk and Family Festival at the Confluence Tower Saturday, Sept. 10. This event is sponsored by and benefits Isaac's Rays of Hope, a non-profit organization supporting children with cancer and their families. Join forces with Isaac's Rays of Hope as we honor our smallest but mightiest Super Heroes, kids fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses! Dress in your favorite super hero costume (not required) and enjoy a scenic stroll or run down the Madison County Confluence Trail near the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower passing the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site and the meeting of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers! Course is primarily flat with a few minor inclines. Strollers and wagons welcome.
Guten Tag from Strasburg as they celebrate those quaint little garden gnomes. This festival has scavenger hunts for kids and adults, a large hog roast, pageants, entertainment, softball tournament, beer garden, +a parade and much more. Located just 13 miles from Lake Shelbyville.
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.
All aboard the antique steam train as a 36 ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses and two passenger flatcars for a four mile ride through farmlands and across a bridge 30 feet above Yellow Creek. 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 Silvercreek 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. The Silvercreek Museum will be serving sandwiches and deserts. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides available inquire at the Depot Freight House. Museum: Adults: $4; Children under 12: Free.
This is a shrimp cook-off with fresh Southern Illinois shrimp cooked more ways than you can imagine! Locally grown prawns will be available for purchase. Helicopter, & carriage rides, music & entertainment, beer & wine tent and lots more.
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.