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Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, aardvarks and ales - all at Brookfield Zoo's third annual Zoo Brew! Zoo Brew is a one-of-a-kind, 21 and over, unique beer-tasting event featuring over 60 beers. Enjoy live music, bid on silent auction items including branded beer tenders, specialty brews and more! Ticket prices include free admission to the zoo (all day), and admission to Zoo Brew. Zoo Brew attendees will also receive two ounce samples from over 60+ craft beers, a commemorative beer tasting glass, and more.
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
World Music Festival Chicago
The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago will take place Thursday, September 11 – Sunday, September 21, 2014 and is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day 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.
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.
Wheat Fair & Festival
This three day event has a queen pageant, carnival rides, food and drinks, games, antique tractor pull and a washers tournament. Exhibits include farm and homemaking and 4-H and school projects. There will be a large decorated float parade on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Westmont Street Fair
DuPage County, Chicago's Western Suburbs - Join in the fun in Downtown Westmont on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. The Westmont Street Fair features an Open Market and Cruisin' Nights. The Market will have numerous vendors including farmers, specialty foods, unique products & more. Cruisin' Nights features a different theme each week.
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.
Visit downtown Makanda, Gateway to Giant City State Park, where black vultures and turkey vultures fly and swoop in the skies each fall. This event is a celebration or the vulture's annual migration with live music and displays by local artists for purchase.
Village of Itasca's Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest will feature music, German food and drinks, and other entertainment for people of all ages.
Vermilion River Fall Festival
Arts and crafts, live entertainment, concessions, and one of the area's largest car shows will be held at beautiful Ellsworth Park.
Vermilion County Civil War Days
Kennekuk County Park takes a trip back to the 1800s with Civil War re-enactments, presentations, music, and food. Participants from around the country come to the Danville Area for this one-of-a-kind weekend experience.
Ugly Sweater Extravaganza
Ugly Sweater Extravaganza. Located on the historic I & M Canal, Nostalgic Downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals.
Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Geneseo’s fastest growing event gets even better. Join Gen-Air for a fly-in luncheon on Thursday, Cruise the Hennepin Canal by golf carts on Friday. Visit downtown on Saturday as the streets fill up with vintage cars from all eras, train engines, model trains, airplanes, food and festivities.
Trail of Terror
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
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
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.
Three Rivers Festival
Channahon’s Annual Three Rivers Festival features live music, carnival rides, food vendors, and a wine tasting. There is something for everyone! The festival begins Wednesday, August 6 and runs until Sunday, August 10.
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
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
The City of Highwood is honored to once again transform into Pumpkin Fest headquarters. This event orchestrates fan favorite activities including a pet costume contest, Light Up the Night Parade, 5K Pumpkin Run, Walk & Kids’ Dash, onsite carving, nightly pumpkin wall lighting ceremonies, hay rides, pumpkin bowling, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids crafts, live entertainment, pumpkin beer tasting, and seasonal food and beverage vendors galore.
Take the scenic drive to visit Teutopolis during the Terquasquicentennial Celebration to celebrate 175 years of Faith, Family and Community. Enjoy the historical architecture of over 30 homes and businesses; at least 100 years old, in this quaint little town of 1,600 residents, during the Historical Homes and Businesses self guided tour. Or, gather on Main Street on August 1 for a hilariously good time at the Bed Races starting at 6:00 p.m. The Historical Play is also a must see event and will explain the unique history of Teutopolis and the heritage of its German ancestry. Traditional German music entertain the crowds of festival goers while brats, sauerkraut and beer will be some of the many food and refreshment items available during the celebration. Whether it’s old fashioned youth games, the car show, a trip through the Teutopolis Monastery Museum or the Grand Finale Celebration Parade; there’s something for everyone in Teutopolis during the Terquasquicentennial Celebration.
Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago's beautiful Grant Park on the city's magnificent lakefront has been home to the world's largest food festival.
Taste of Champaign-Urbana
Find your new favorite restaurant. The one that would make you willingly wait in a long line, travel miles and miles, and create special occasions just to visit. The Taste of Champaign-Urbana will aid you on your adventure to culinary discovery with 25 food vendors to tempt your taste buds. More than that, “Taste of C-U” will entertain you with free live music. It will expand your knowledge of hidden artistry within the Champaign-Urbana community. Be sure to also check out the various arts and craft vendors, enjoy plenty of activities with the entire family and run in the 2nd Annual Pie Run.
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.
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.
Sumner Fall Festival
This 3 day family fun event includes food, nightly entertainment, children's games, corn-hole tournament and a parade on Saturday.
Stroll on State - Downtown Rockford
Stroll on State has carolers, roaming musicians, food from street vendors and downtown restaurants, and holiday shops. Kids can visit with Santa and real reindeer, skate at the Winter Wonderland, and watch the City of Rockford Downtown Christmas tree lighting.
Strange Folk Festival
Strange Folk is well-known for its eclectic showcase of talented indie crafters and designers from all over the country. This festival is a Riverfront Times "Best of St. Louis" and St. Louis Magazine "A-List" award winner for Best Festival in St. Louis. The festival features 150 indie vendors selling affordable handmade, up-cycled and vintage wares. In addition to the great crafts and wares there's live music, DIY activities for kids and adults, food and a 5K.
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.
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
Southern Illinois Irish Festival
This Festival began in 1997 and continued to grow and expand with new events and excitement for participants of all ages. A Celtic cultural celebration with special concerts, fairs with music, dance workshops & demonstrations, Celtic arts & crafts, and merchandise, children’s activities. The new events added include ancient athletics highland games, Bags or “Baggs” tournaments, medieval combat society demonstrations, soccer matches, and more.
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.
Come celebrate 95 years of Smiles Day! Schuyler County’s annual festival, Smiles Day, was first held in September 1919. The celebration began as a way to welcome home the soldiers of World War I. In 1969, Smiles Day on the 19th, is combined with the Rushville High School Homecoming activities on the 20th. Smiles Day has always kept the proud tradition of honoring veterans. The event will feature a grand parade which includes over 100 entries as well as a marching band competition. Food booths and entertainment will be held in the vicinity of downtown Central Park.
This festival celebrates the spirit of everyone's favorite super hero! Site of the 2013 Warner Brothers movie "Man of Steel" Plano is teaming with super hero wares and activities. Zip line, live music and super-vendors.
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum Labor Day Celebration
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: $15; Museum: Adults: $3; Children under 12: Free.
Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum Fall Harvest Demonstrations
All aboard as a 36-ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses for a four-mile ride through farmlands. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts, and browse the Freight House Gift Shop and Silvercreek Museum. Weather permitting, there will be fall harvest demonstrations with horses and tractors. The museum will feature sauerkraut, brats, hot dogs, chili and dessert. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: $15; Museum: Adults: $3; 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 for purchase. Helicopter, & carriage rides, music & entertainment, beer & wine tent and lots more.
Savoy Orchard Days
The Savoy Orchard Days Festival is fun for the entire family! This small town festival hosts a variety or food vendors, features fine arts & crafts displays, offers flea market stands for the daily consumer, carnival rides for the kids, and live local bands.
Roscoe Lions Club Annual Fall Festival
The Roscoe Lions Club hosts the village's annual Fall Festival at Leland Park, featuring amusement rides, live music, parades and a raffle. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward supporting the Lions Club. The parade on Sunday starts at 11:00am.
Rockford Greek Fest - Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Greek Fest offers authentic Grecian food, pastries and a marketplace with jewelry, clothes, books and a variety of gifts. Friday night is "American Night" featuring entertainment by "Men of our Times." The taverna will be open Friday night through Sunday night. Church tours will be offered and kids' entertainment provided. There will be a live Greek band on Saturday and Sunday.
Ride of the Zombies
Ride of the Zombies is a costume-themed cycling and Family Fun Fair charity event designed to benefit Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's Sleep Medicine Department. Cyclists can choose between a 25- or 50-mile route, riding McHenry County's flat to gently rolling country roads, passing beautiful scenic farms. The family members who stay behind can enjoy the Family Fun Fair, games, food, entertainment, and local artist booths. Presented by Bike Connection of Schaumburg and Children's Sleep Advocacy Foundation.
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.
Ravinia Festival 2014
Another exciting year of entertainment at the Ravinia Festival. With a variety of performances, there is something for everyone. Choose from artists like Heart, Carrie Underwood, OneRepublic, Counting Crows, Sarah McLachlan, Tony Bennett and many more. Please visit the website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. Bring a picnic or pick up a complete picnic spread at one of the on-site restaurants or kiosks and sit back and enjoy the show.
CITY: Highland Park
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.
Quad City Balloon Festival
Join in on the fun during the Quad Cities Balloon Festival in September. Featuring beautiful and colorful hot air balloons, the festivities take place at Kennedy Square in East Moline, Illinois. Admission to attend the Quad Cities Balloon Festival is free, although a free will donation of non-perishable food items is appreciated. Schedule of Events includes and art fair, car show, balloon launch and balloon glow. All activities are weather dependent.
CITY: East Moline
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.
Pygmalion Music Festival
Celebrating its tenth year, Pygmalion Music Festival returns with a vengeance to Champaign-Urbana taking over multiple venues, SXSW style. You can revel in tunes from CHVRCHES, American Football, Panda Bear, Real Estate, Tycho and dozens more. Coinciding with this unbeatable lineup, you’ve got the Made Fest, a two-day curated marketplace featuring handmade and vintage sellers, and the Literature Fest with authors and poets Peter Orner, Audrey Petty, Jamaal May and more. Sounds like a perfectly indie weekend.
Pumpkin Fest 2014
Pumpkin Fest features over 20 attractions included in general admission! Siegel's Cottonwood Farm is "The Place" to Harvest your Family Memories on 40 Acres of "Affordable Family Fun®." Siegel's corn maze, Zach's Petting Zoo and Farmer Frank's Haunted Barn are just several activities Siegel's Cottonwood Farm has to offer. Admission Weekday $10 with coupon; Weekends and Columbus Day $12 with online coupon. Children 2 and under enter FREE! Open Daily 10am - 6pm.
Pretzel City Brewfest
A craft beer tasting in Historic Downtown Freeport, with 42 craft breweries, food vendors and loads of fun. VIP tickets include 1 hour early admission, a free t-shirt, 30 sample tickets, special VIP glass, koozie and drawstring bag; General Admission tickets include 20 sample tickets, and souvenir mason jar. VIP (Not Available at the Door: $50; Advance General Admission: $20; At the Door General Admission: $25; Designated Drivers: $10.
Join Popeye and his friends for the 5K Run/Walk, parade, rides, games, music, food and more at this annual event.
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.
Oktoberfest features authentic German bands, a beer wagon with real German beers and wine, authentic traditional German food - Schnitzel, Roast Pork, Kassler Rippchen, Bratwurst, Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Strudel and more!
Pike County Color Drive
Every fall, the Pike County Color Drive provides an opportunity for anyone with an interest to do so to see the beauty of rural Pike County bathed in the splendor of autumn. Each community provides a unique roster of events, activities, vendors, crafts, food, and exhibits for the general public to take part in.
Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival
The inaugural Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival is set to take place September 11-14, 2014 at the beautiful 3.000 acre Kennekuk County Park. Phases of the Moon is a four-day music, arts and camping event thoughtfully tailored to provide a unique festival experience. It boasts four outdoor stages: two main stages that alternate following each set and two smaller stages. Along with amazing music, attendees will have access to farm-to-table food, craft beer, a farmer's market and a mall of diverse craft vendors featuring an array of original items. Large interactive sculptures, live art, and works from renowned national and local artists will be on display.
Celebrate the pepper harvest from 11am to 5pm, A favorite gathering for all chile heads and hot pepper fans. Walk the pepper field and see many varieties of hot peppers in bloom, meet the vendors and see who makes the best hot/spicy food, visit the Pepper Farm Store and select your favorite salsa, jellies, spices and pepper products, relax, visit with friends, enjoy great local music and soak in great southern Illinois pepper heat. 618-893-1443. www.darnhotpeppers.com
Peotone Mill Fall Festival
Explore three floors of this German Windmill built in 1872, filled with antiques, exhibits, and demonstrations of old time crafts.
Pekin Marigold Festival
The Pekin Marigold Festival has been one of the great community festivals of Central Illinois. The festival includes a carnival, entertainment, an arts and crafts fair, parade, food, and much, much more. Special guest this year is Mountain Man from A&E's Duck Dynasty.
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.
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.
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.
Oktoberfest - German Society of Rockford
The German Society of Rockford is hosting the 50th annual Oktoberfest celebration at Loves Park City Hall, featuring fun activities and entertainment for the entire family, including live traditional German folk music, German Folk Dance Group performances, the "Running of the Wieners," "Bier Barrel race, German food and beer, kids' activities, dance lessons, and Germal language lessons.
CITY: Loves Park
The Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society are pleased to welcome back the annual German Festival! This 3-day event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and much more. This year promises to be better than ever, so be sure to put this on your calendar! Don't miss the talented German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors, and much more! Put on your authentic German attire and head down to the RiverFront for a true cultural experience. Visit the websites for more information and schedules.
Octoberfest in Coal City
The 29th Annual Octoberfest in Coal City includes craft stations, food, entertainment, a parade, children's games, inflatables and a kiddie parade. This Village of Coal City event is a fun time for the whole family!
CITY: Coal City
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.
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.
Come to Downtown Oak Park Friday and celebrate Oaktoberfest! Celebrate the coming of fall at Downtown Oak Park's 23rd annual music festival. This free two-day event will offer seasonal food, microbrews, wine and live music. Kids can enjoy zucchini races and a root beer garden Saturday on Marion Street.
CITY: Oak Park
Celebrate the coming of fall at Downtown Oak Park's 23rd annual music festival. This free two-day event will offer seasonal food, microbrews, wine and live music. Kids can enjoy zucchini races and a root beer garden Saturday on Marion Street.
CITY: Oak Park
Oak Park Micro Brew Review
Join us on Saturday, August 16th from 3-7pm in Downtown Oak Park for the Micro Brew Review! Over 150 craft brews from 70 of the Midwest's finest breweries will be showcased and paired with live music and small plates from popular local restaurants at the 7th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review. Hosted by Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild this event is notable for being 'the Midwest's largest zero-waste craft beer festival.' Hence, while you are enjoying a local brew you'll know you are participating in not only one of the Midwest's most innovative craft beer festivals, but you are doing your part to being green! 2014 Oak Park Micro Brew Review tickets launch Sunday, June 1st. There will be three ticket levels available: VIP $100, ReplicAle $60, MicroBrew $50.
CITY: Oak Park
Nouveau Wine Weekend
Downtown Galena comes alive with the release of Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery's Nouveau Wine. A traditional French stew, paired with Nouveau wine is served at most local restaurants, followed by horse-drawn wagon deliveries down Main Street. Take your choice of various downtown locations for one of the afternoon wine and cheese parties or plan to celebrate with all of them.
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.
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
Mt. Sterling Fall Festival
Enjoy the fall scenery as you head to Mt. Sterling for the annual Fall Festival. Bring the whole family for food, kids games/activities, vendors, entertainment, talent contest,a bake off, and much more!
CITY: Mount Sterling
Mt. Carroll Pumpkinfest
Mt. Carroll Pumpkin Fest includes a 5k Ghoulish Gallop, decorated lampposts, food booths selling everything PUMPKIN, farmers market, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin drag races, celebrated haunted house tours and more. Visit our website for an updated activity list.
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".
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.
Mendota Sweet Corn Festival
Tons of free, hot, buttered, delicious Del Monte sweet corn will be the highlight of the 67th annual Sweet Corn Festival to be held in Mendota, Illinois on August 7, 8, 9, 10. The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the gigantic undertaking of hosting over 60,000 visitors, who consume nearly 50 tons of sweet corn during the festival weekend. Don't miss the excitement for the festival offers a variety of entertainment events for the entire family. The events take place primarily in the downtown area, and with the exception of the beer garden, have no admission fees or parking fees. Free musical entertainment is in abundance. The Crafters Market Place and flea market features over 200 dealers in hand made crafts and unique merchandise. There is a Queen Pageant, beer garden with live bands, grand parade and a carnival with rides and games for both adults and children, plus much more. The midways are lined with food booths, featuring a multitude of ethnic, regional and festival foods, but the "BIG EVENT" is the serving of the free Del Monte sweet corn on Sunday afternoon. For over 65 years, it has been cooked to its golden goodness with the help of a vintage steam engine. If you would like to take some of the memories of Mendota's Sweet Corn Festival home with you, the Mendota Chamber will be selling fresh Del Monte sweet corn by the bag on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the festival. The good times are waiting, the welcome mat is out, come to Mendota for one of the Midwest's oldest and largest harvest festivals, the 67th annual Sweet Corn Festival.
Memorial Day Parade
Remember those who gave their lives to our country with a ceremony and parade. 11:15 a.m.
Marshall Autumn Fest
Located on the Courthouse Square and featuring a variety of events, amazing food, live entertainment, vendors and so much family fun. Includes a car/truck/motorcycle show and a large parade on Saturday at 11am.
Come and enjoy the Markham Summer Festival. Bring the entire family for a weekend of Delectable Food, a Myriad of Vendors, Live Music, Games, Live Entertainment, ... Jazz, Blues, R&B and Gospel; and Fireworks. Fun for the entire family. Free Admission.
Market Days Flea Market & Vendor Fair
Held the first Saturday of every month, this farmers market and flea market features crafts, antiques, furniture, household items, baby furniture, produce, collectibles, art, food booths, and live entertainment!
CITY: Mount Vernon
Marion Main Street Hubfest
All day event featuring car show, food vendors, and live entertainment. Lots of activities for kids including bounce houses, face painting and games. Street fair all day long.
All the events are family friendly from the flea market and craft fair to the entertainment and kids’ games. Don’t miss the evening lighted parade or the area’s largest end of season car show. Be sure to buy into the huge 50/50 drawing (past winners have taken as much as home $12,307).
Come celebrate Fall at the Manteno Oktoberfest. Attractions include a carnival, craft show, car & motorcycle show, food, beer tent with live entertainment and much, much, more!!
Family fun for all ages! Manteno goes all out for this annual fest that features live music, games, crafts, food vendors and a lighted parade. The whole town joins in with city wide garage sales, contests, a 5K run and fabulous fall decorations throughout.
Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival
The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard is all about celebrating the world-class Magnificent Mile shopping experience. Shopping Festival attendees receive VIP treatment with exclusive in-store offers and events, celebrity appearances, fashion shows, culinary celebrations, outdoor concerts, fabulous hotel packages, special perks for MasterCard cardholders and much more. The Shopping Festival is the perfect opportunity to book an end-of-summer getaway to The Magnificent Mile to enjoy an unforgettable lineup of events.
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Kick off the holiday season and create your special memories on The Magnificent Mile in 2014! The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, jump starts the holiday season on Saturday, November 22 with a full day of family friendly activities, concerts by top musical artists and the best holiday shopping. The day’s excitement culminates with a grand evening parade down Michigan Avenue marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, illuminating one million lights on 200 trees. The parade concludes with a grand finale fireworks show over the Chicago River.
Lyon Farm Halloween Festival
Old-fashioned games, trick-or-treating, a costume parade, hayrides and prizes will be available at the two Halloween parties at the Lyon Farm. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Takes place on Sunday, October 19 and Sunday, October 26.
Lyon Farm Fall Festival
Quilting, wood sawing, butter churning, plowing, blacksmithing, hay baling and sheep shearing with all the trimmings that include hay rides, exhibits, crafts, classic cars and food. $5 adults, $2 children 7 and older, free 6 and younger.
Lynwood Fest offers kid games, a canine demonstration, food vendors, a beer tent and the most spectacular firework display in the south suburbs.
Lynfred Winery's Oktoberfest
When the grapes begin to arrive at Lynfred and the crush begins we all know what's right around the corner Lynfred 's annual Oktoberfest! The celebration of Oktoberfest at Lynfred began over two decades ago continues to be a festival that is remembered by all. Two days of German sing-a-longs, grape splitting, grape stomping, cork tossing and barrel races! Bring your friends, bring your family and bring your appetite!
Historic National Landmark, Bishop Hill, glows with luminary lit sidewalks and candle lit windows in honor of St. Lucy, a celebration of lights. Musical entertainment abounds throughout the village. Musicians will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the air will be filled with musical melodies. The village specialty shops and dining establishments stay open late for an enchanted evening to remember. Feel like dancing? Experience the Old Colony School barn dance serenaded by the Rusty String Pickup Band. Experience a utopia on the prairie holiday experience this season.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Long Grove's Arts Festival
More than 100 local artists will captivate guests at the Long Grove Art Festival with distinctive, original pieces including oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, wood, fiber, glass, paper, metal, and mixed media. This vibrant scene will also give emerging artists the chance to show off their wares during this two day celebration. In addition, find creative collectibles within the artistic shops of charming, historic Downtown Long Grove.
CITY: Long Grove
Long Grove's 21st Annual Apple Festival
More than 50 distinctive Long Grove shops and restaurants help celebrate the Apple Festival with unique seasonal gifts and foods, including cider donuts, caramel apples and the Long Grove Apple Haus’ famous brown bag apple pie. Live toe-tapping music, carriage rides, hayrides and children’s activities round out the fest.
CITY: Long Grove
Look up the word "lollapalooza" and you'll find this definition: an extraordinary thing; an outstanding example. You won't find any other music festival with a more fitting moniker than Lollapalooza, Chicago's grandest stage for music legends from across the globe. Each year in August, some of the top names in alternative, hip hop, punk and pop join more than 100 bands and musicians in Grant Park to bring you one loud, heart-stopping 3-day event.
Lincoln Park ZooLights
Enter a winter wonderland illuminated by the laughter of children and more than one million lights at Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One. This holiday classic has become one of the Windy City’s must-see seasonal events. Watch live ice carving then escape Jack Frost with an exotic trip past crocodiles, pygmy hippos and meerkats at the Regenstein African Journey. Animal exhibits stay open late as guests roam taking in the lights, music and taking photos with Santa. Prepare holiday crafts and enjoy the zoo’s incredible animals immersed in an atmosphere unlike any other.
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.
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin at 10:00am and include the Renaissance Center Fun Fair, activities in the Joliet Historical Museum, Joliet Public Library, Gji's Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-N-Spice, The Red Goose Bakery and more. The Annual Festival of Trees held yearly inside the Rialto Square Theatre also add to the holiday festivities. Tree Lighting begins at 5:15pm in Van Buren Plaza Followed by the Light Up the Holidays Parade at 5:30pm.