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Jersey County Historic Society's Annual Apple Fest
Enjoy this year's Jersey County Historic Society's Annual Apple Fest. Throughout the day, visitors can browse craft booths, demonstrations, quilt raffle, kettle corn and children's games. Pioneer stew, ham & beans with cornbread, and sweet treats will be sold throughout the day. Historic tours of the Cheney Mansion, Log House and Lone Star School are $5 for adults; free for children 6 and under. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the day. All other events are free. For more information, call (618) 498-2811.
The Great Godfrey Triathlon
The Village of Godfrey will host its second annual Great Godfrey Triathlon in the end of August 2016. All athletes are encouraged to participate in this swimming, biking, and running competition. The course will consist of a open swim in the pond at Glazebrook Park, a 14 mile bike race through picturesque Godfrey and a 5K trail run. Early race packet pick up will be available on Friday, August 26 from 3 - 4:30 pm at the Godfrey Village Hall. Packets will also be available for pick up on the day of the race beginning at 5:30 am onsite. Awards will be handed out for the top three male and female finishers in each age division in addition to the top overall male and female finishers. The Great Godfrey Triathlon is participating in the muniTri series in association with Fleet Feet. Entry fee includes a souvenir t-shirt and complimentary lunch. Lunch will be available for purchase for guests and spectators. Please contact the Godfrey Parks and Recreation Department at (618) 466-1483 for additional information. Sponsorship opportunities are still available as well. Please contact the Park and Recreation Department to sponsor the event.
Historic LaSalle Street Auto Show
Historic LaSalle Street (Aurora) comes alive with classic cars. The block of LaSalle Street between Downer Place and Benton Street is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Cars were first sold and serviced in Aurora on LaSalle Street in 1907. LaSalle Street was fondly called "LaSalle Street Auto Row". Food vendors, games, prizes and cars! 9 am - 3 pm
Sugar Grove Corn Boil
Join Sugar Grove for their annual festival commemorating sweet corn. Enjoy live entertainment, carnival, parade crafts, 5K race, fireworks, beer tent and lots of corn!
2017 NCAA National Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms
The 2017 NCAA National Golf Championships will be held at Rich Harvest Farms and hosted for the first time by Northern Illinois University, with play taking place from May 19-24 (women) and May 26-31 (men). Sugar Grove will be only the third Illinois city to host the Division I Golf Championships. Cook County’s Olympia Fields Country Club hosted the men’s championship in 1943, while Conway Farms Golf Club outside of Chicago played host to the men’s as well in 1997.
River Bassin' Tournament
The River Bassin Trail is an affordable tournament trail for river bass fishing anglers of all types. Whether you’re a beginner or a hard core tournament angler there is a reason to come have some fun with us at some of the tour stops. It matters not if you fish out of a kayak or canoe. We just want people to see and respect the beauty of our nation’s rivers so that they’re taken care of and given the attention they deserve for future generations to also enjoy. Trail begins on the Fox River in Batavia and ends at Silver Springs State Park, Yorkville/Plano.
Kewanee Windmont Park Lighting and Parade
Walk through the magical park, listen to caroler and enjoy cookies in the Shelterhouse. Drive and view the lights throughout the city streets and neighborhoods of Edgewood, Prospect and Chestnut.
The Loop! Lansing on Pedals
Enjoy a fun, relaxing bike ride through Lansing, Illinois and surrounding communities. This is not a race, but a family-friendly fun event. This year's route is better than ever! What's really exciting about this year? We have 1 ride that starts at 7:00pm and you can choose to stay on or jump off. Yep, if you prefer to ride a shorter route, you still can and enjoy delicious food at the end! 7PM
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)
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.
Flatland Summer Jam
Flatland Summer Jam is almost here! The jam-packed event will feature many musicians with headliner being Levi Riggs. Taking place on August 27 in Veteran's Park, come and enjoy the live music from 12 to 10 PM. A bags tournament will also be taking place! To sign up or view the official line up, check out the website at flatlandsummerjam.com.
Independence Day 5K Run/Walk
Wear your red, white and blue and show your patriotic spirit at The Independence Day 5K Run! The run will be held on a USATF certified course with chip timing. Walkers are also allowed and welcomed! This is a family friendly event, however, strollers, bikes and dogs are not allowed for safety purposes. Race meeting point is the Hopkins Park Shelter - on site registration will be cash only, early registration is encouraged.
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.
32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show
The 32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show will feature over 40 wooden and classic fiberglass boats in-water for the public to view. Owners will eagerly share their boat's history while docked at Famous Freddies piers in Fox Lake. The classics range in age from the 1930's to the 1970's. It's a great opportunity for people of all ages to experience something they may have only seen in movies.
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.
8th Annual Miles for Meso 5K Race
The annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 2K Fun Run/Walk will take place in downtown Alton. The race begins at the Simmons Hanly Conroy Law Firm building, across from Marquette High School, and winds through the historic, brick streets of downtown Alton. Cash prizes awarded. All registration fees benefit research from Mesothelioma, one of the most aggressive types of cancer. For additional information, call (877) 304-MESO(6376)
Liberty 5k Run/Walk
Start your Independence Day festivities early this year with some good fun and exercise! On July 3rd, the Morris Downtown Development Partnership (MDDP) will be bringing the 7th annual Liberty 5K Run/Walk back to downtown Morris! The Liberty Run 5K Run/Walk will take place at 7:15 p.m. in downtown Morris. Beginning at Liberty and Jefferson streets, the course will take you through Nostalgic Downtown Morris, area parks, neighborhoods and returns downtown on Liberty Street. The course is completely paved, primarily flat, with some slight hills for a fast and enjoyable race. The Liberty 5K is a chip timed race on a certified course. The event honors, supports and recognizes our military personnel. The race is free to attend. To participate, sign up by June 26 for only $25. (Later entries are $30). Your kids can have fun as well in our kids runs! Only $5 per child (registration on Race Day only).
2nd Annual Pietown Gospel Music Festival & Ron Dunning Memorial Car Cruise
We are very excited to welcome you, your friends, and your family to the second annual Pietown Gospel Music Festival Have a pork steak, enjoy an ear of corn, chill with some refreshments, stroll through our classic cars, let your kids play in the Kidzone and enjoy the music. For more information, call (618) 550-9291 or email Greg@bluffcitytours.com
Morton Downtown Super Cruise In
Morton Downtown Super Cruise July 9, 2016 Since 2004 the Village of Morton has been the location for 1-day Vintage Car Cruise. Over 500 cars manufactured from 1930 to 2013 converge upon the village for the 6 hour event, which draws about 1200 visitors. 1950`s music fills the streets and great “All American” food is served in the local restaurants. No entry fee for cars or people.
Outdoor Explorers Day Camp at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
For one last adventure before school starts, an Outdoor Explorers Day Camp will be help from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. August 2-4 at the refuge visitor center. This free three day, day-camp will introduce children entering grades 3-5 to various outdoors activities including hiking, geocaching, canoeing, bird watching, and much more. Space is limited, register by July 15. Children should bring their own lunch and snacks and dress to be outside most of the day.
Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
As monarch butterflies begin migrating south in late summer, Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to become citizen scientists and report monarch butterfly sightings and seasonal changes in the environment during the Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 13. Participants should register by August 12, At this program, participants will learn the stages of a monarch butterfly's life cycle, how to watch for and report these stages, and how to attract monarch butterflies to their backyards. Then participants will have the opportunity to register to become a citizen scientist with Journey North and share monarch butterfly sightings.
McHenry County Fair
The McHenry County Fair is a 68 year tradition held in Woodstock, Illinois. At the fair you can see 4-H, Open, and Junior Open livestock and non-livestock shows, educational displays revolving around conservation and agriculture, various vendors from different businesses and organizations across the county, a carnival, and a variety of ground and grandstand entertainment. It is an event for families to come to create summertime memories that last a lifetime.
Dozens of hummingbirds should be present to "wow" the observers. After the birds are captured and banded (through special permits), visitors may wish to adopt one (for a $5 donation to the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, sponsor of the event) and have the privilege of releasing it back to the wild. Those who adopt birds will receive an attractive signed certificate and will be notified if their bird is ever recaptured. Held at the Trail of Tears State Forest pavilion, Jonesboro, 9:00 am to noon. There is no charge for the event.
Skokie's Backlot Bash
Skokie's downtown summer street festival is held annually over three days in late August featuring carnival rides, events for all ages and a concert stage with regional and national acts. Since its inception, Skokie's Backlot Bash has presented some of the nation's most eclectic Rock, Blues and R&B artists. This year includes Blue Oyster Cult, Living Colour, Tributosaurus becomes 'The Police' and more!