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Dueling Pianos at Grafton Winery The Vineyards
Dueling Pianos are coming to Grafton Winery The Vineyards. Join us to sing and dance the night away with Spanky Entertainment. Tickets are $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Ticket includes dinner and show. Wine Club members enjoy 10% off. Advanced reservations required 618-786-3001.
Dig out your berets and bowlers, ushankas and sombreros, and celebrate diversity in style! This event is a dancing, eating, creating and learning celebration of Aurora’s diverse cultures, past and present, benefitting Family Focus Aurora, World Relief and the Aurora Historical Society. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 4-8 pm
Rock the Hops 2016
Rock the Hops returns to Downtown Alton, Il. A celebration of music, art and craft beer featuring some of the best purveyors of the goods in the region! Tickets are $15 a person with grants you access to beer sampling at each venue, a souvenir tasting glass, and access to shuttles. Beer sampling not your thing? Come out anyway and enjoy music, art and the venues' normal offerings!
Aurora Historical Society's Independence Day Celebration
Join the Aurora Historical Society Open House at the Museum! Entertainment on the lawn, a picnic, petting zoo, magician, games, crafts, a pie-eating contest, music by Hudson Crossing and of course, the national bell-ringing ceremony at 1 pm. A free family celebration! (11 am - 2 pm)
Carlos Menica at the Genesee Theatre
Known for his brash comedy about politics and race, Carlos Mencia has been winning over audiences with his take-no-prisoners performing style and humorous observations for decades. Mencia’s show pokes fun at everything and everything, from talking about racist road signs to having religious figures wrestle each other. Ticket prices from $38-$48.
Batavia's 4th of July Sky Concert
The City of Batavia is proud to host one of the most celebrated 4th of July fireworks productions in the western suburbs of Chicago, which we proudly call the “Sky Concert.” It has a more than 50-year history of being produced and paid for by local citizens.
MIP Arts & Crafts Fair
Heralded as one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the Midwest, the MIP Arts & Crafts Fair features over 200 vendors - both indoors and outdoors in Milan, Illinois just a few minutes from Rock Island and Moline in the Quad Cities. You are sure to find a treasure to take home with you!
Roodhouse Sesquicentennial Celebration
Come celebrate 150 years of food, family and fun in Roodhouse! Festivities include the "There Is No Place Like Home" parade, car show, youth day, heath fair, demonstrators and craft vendors, quilt show, amusement rides, little miss pageant, historical museum, beer tent, BINGO games, historical play, and community church service. Plenty of food vendors and two stages of free entertainment daily. Free parking and free admission.
DCI Marching Band Tour
The Drum Corps International Tour will march it's way to WIU's Hanson Field on August 2. Show time will begin at 7 PM, and tickets will range from $12-$25. To order tickets in advance, and for official prices, please visit dcitickets.showare.com.
The Fog Lights at Jacoby Arts Center
The Fog Lights have been a long time coming. After a year of playing shows and recording, their album "Manhassett" debuts on July 25th. The first single- "Lead the Way"- features the pair's sweet, high harmonies and dual acoustic guitars, backed with brushed drums and bursts of harmonica. Under it all, gently subversive banjo anchors the folked-ip aesthetic that runs through the album. Loading with chirped strums and warm harmonies. "Manhassett" is minimalist and delicate, sometimes forgoing instruments for punctuated a cappella single lines.For more information, call (618) 462-5222.
Angela Perley and the Howlin Moons at Central Park
Summer is coming to a close so wind down on a Friday evening with the Levitt Amp Music Series in Downtown Jacksonville with Angela Perley and the Howlin Moons. Angela Perley's nostalgic and high-energy rock music tells stories of love, death, railroads and everything in-between.
Waterman Summerfest & Tractor Show
Come join us for a day of affordable family fun in the park. All kinds of kid's entertainment: Live music, Crafter/Flea market, Petting zoo, Train rides, Pedal pull, Tractor pull & Tractor/truck parade, draw down raffle, food concession and many other attractions. Starts at 6 a.m. with breakfast. And ends late evening after a fireworks show and live bands by the beer garden.
MSI Summer Brick Party
To celebrate our temporary exhibition Brick by Brick, the Museum of Science and Industry is hosting a Summer Brick Party on Saturday, July 16. Get creative at interactive build stations courtesy of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago. Catch a free screening of “The LEGO Movie.” See impressive brick replicas, like the Chicago skyline, on display. Learn how to build your own podcast, hosted by WBEZ Chicago. Other activities include a performance by musical act Ben and the Tatar Tots, brick character face masks, face painting, and LEGO® Minifigure caricature portraits.
Morris Day at the Genesee
Longtime Prince collaborator and full-time smooth Morris Day is one of the most swaggering and peacockish funk performers to hit the stage since the Purple One himself. As the frontman of the Time, the charismatic Day built a serious name for himself in the ‘80s with his colorful showmanship, introducing international audiences to his slick stage presence in musical films like Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge. Tickets are $29.50-$54.00.
Rapture Ruckus Concert at Central Park
The Levitt Amp Music Series presents Rapture Ruckus in Downtown Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Formerly a Christian hip-hop crew, Rapture Ruckus now infuses multiple musical genres into their sound, creating their own unique brand of Christian rock.
Aaron Kamm and the One Drops at Central Park
Relax for an evening and listen to this band play in Downtown Jacksonville through the Levitt Amp Music Series at 7 p.m. Aaron Kamm and the One Drops merge flavors of roots reggae, Mississippi river blues, improv-laced jams and soulful vocals.
MSI After Hours: Brick Bash
MSI’s first public nighttime event includes exclusive access to MSI’s newest temporary exhibit, Brick by Brick, and other popular exhibitions. Guests ages 21 and older will enjoy a night at the Museum in partnership with WBEZ Chicago. Listen to a live “General Admission” podcast taping with Adam Reed Tucker, LEGO® Certified Professional and builder of the 13 impressive LEGO-built structures in Brick by Brick. Build your own sliders or work with an expert mixologist to build your own cocktail.
Chris Janson Concert at Morgan County Fairgrounds
If your taste is in country music, then Chris Janson at the Morgan County Fairgrounds is where you need to be! Standard tickets are $20 and "Big" Tickets, which put you at front stage, are $30. Opening act Broseph E. Lee begins at 7:30 with Chris Janson to follow at 9. Rain or shine, this concert is sure to be a good time.
Fivefold Concert at Central Park
Along with opening act Inner Outlines, Fivefold is sure to give you an exciting Friday evening in Downtown Jacksonville through the Levitt Amp Music Series. Fivefold has developed a distinctive sound that is powerful, unique and different than what you would expect to hear from a standard heavy rock band.
Garry Allan Concert at Morgan County Fairgrounds
Spend an evening listening to country artist Gary Allan at the Morgan County Fairgrounds! Standard tickets are $20 and "Big" Tickets, which put you at front stage, are $30. Opening act Madhoss Jackson begins at 7:30 with Gary Allan to follow at 9. Rain or shine, this concert is sure to be a good time.
AKC Dog Show
The AKC Dog Show will be held on July 23-24 at the WU Student Recreation Center. All breeds will be welcome for entry. For more information, please visit onofrio.com.
Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival
The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival will be presenting its 2015 festival from July 24 – 31 at AMC Randhurst 12 in Mount Prospect, Illinois. The festival regularly exhibits over 30 films from around the globe that compete for a variety of awards that range in genre, production, performance and audience categories. Each film selected for exhibition and competition is screened in one theater over the course of eight days. Judges experience each film for the first time along with the audience.
Highwood Days & Taco Fest
This year marks the 48th anniversary of Highwood’s oldest festival. Complete with carnival rides, funnel cakes, a beer & margarita garden, live music and tons of food from local vendors – this is the most traditional festival and will not disappoint! To add to the excitement, Highwood debuts the First Annual North Shore Taco Fest where we will bring together the region’s best taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks to offer a wide range of mouth watering taco creations.
Mannheim Steamroller at U.S. Cellular Coliseum
The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller all with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Performance begins at 8pm