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Homestead Festival is a weekend long event in Princeton with something for all ages. Live music, parade, arts & craft show, helicopter rides, blues concert, tours of the Owen Lovejoy Homestead, window displays, BBQ rib cook off, flea market, pet fest, car show, petting zoo, children’s fun fair, children’s tractor pull, pie baking contest, pancake breakfast, 50/50 and so much more!
This year’s Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival will be held at new locations in Lincoln, Illinois, all of which are located on Historic Route 66 – Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, Postville Park and The Mill. The event is a celebration of the pioneer days that influenced Abraham Lincoln’s early life, including his time as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit. Traditional Saturday festival activities include the Women's Firewood Split, Log Rolling Contest, Cross Cut Saw Competition, Antique Tractor Games, Team Railsplitting Contest, Jr. Railsplitting Contest and the Amateur Railsplitting Contest. Sunday Railsplitting festival activities include a Community Church Service, the Dean Tibbs Tomahawk Throw, the Ray Begolka Corn Shelling Contest, a Stick Horse Rodeo, Water Boil Contest, Outhouse Races, Trick Riding & Drill Team by Rita Coleman, the Re-Christening of the City Lincoln at 3pm and the National Railsplitting Contest at 3:15pm.
Pekin’s biggest festival is a great family friendly event with a carnival, music, festive foods, entertainment, kids events, parade and craft vendors. The weekend event honors Pekin’s favorite son, Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen, and his love for gardening.
Grayville Days celebration will have live band entertainment, lots of food and craft vendors, big parade, activities for all ages, spectacular fireworks show and more!
Everyone is German during Peoria’s Oktoberfest. For 19 years, people have flocked to Peoria to enjoy German food, music, entertainment, beer and culture.
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.
One of Peoria’s biggest holiday traditions returns for the 32nd year - the East Peoria Festival of Lights! Enjoy your favorite light displays; from the Budweiser Clydesdales to the Starship Enterprise, this drive-through event is a holiday season must do!
The 6th Annual Carbondale Rocks Revival will be held September 30 though October 1st. This two day music festival will feature the Woodbox Gang, NIL8, and Houndmouth among others. For ticket and venue information visit Carbondalemusiccoalition.com
The weekend of the Gazebo Art Festival, Western Illinois University will host its annual Al Sears Jazz Festival, sharing Chandler Park and providing a vibrant atmosphere for music and art lovers alike! The Macomb Public Library also hosts one of its annual book sales and food vendors are available. The event will be held on September 24 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, for more info please visit wciarts.org.
The annual Morton Pumpkin Festival returns for the 50th year! This great celebration of everything pumpkin is in downtown Morton. You will find lots of carnival rides, specials displays, and great food. People from across the country come to enjoy the festival!
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.
A River Thru History is a living history reenactment of early American life, as it was on the Illinois frontier prior to 1848, with emphasis on our local history from the fur trade era to the canal era. The goal of this rendezvous is to be the premier event of this type in this area by creating an exciting, entertaining and educational experience for all ages. To this end, we strive to create a better understanding and appreciation of our history by allowing the public and the reenactors to mingle, both as witnesses and participants, in our event.
This festival, on the Historic Woodstock Square, is organized by Off Square Music and features bluegrass bands, fiddle contest and craft show. The Olde Tyme Fiddle Contest offers levels for even the very youngest fiddler to compete. This year's festival will feature Chicken Wire Empire, Don Stiernberg AllStar Bluegrass Pals and Art Stevenson & High Water playing some of the best bluegrass around. Experience this festival in charming Woodstock -- a small town with a personality all it's own, only 47 miles from Chicago.
Celebrate the cool crisp weather and the changing of the seasons in nature! Fall Color Fest at The Morton Arboretum is a festival of activities to entertain the entire family. One of the most anticipated events is the Glass Pumpkin Patch. Each piece is unique and each particular glass pumpkin has been made exclusively for this event at The Morton Arboretum. Don't miss your chance to take home one (or more!) of these exquisite pieces of art. Fun is nestled in a radiant nature show of reds, golds, and oranges. All ages.
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 festival celebrates all things apple – the best fall fruit. This year, the Kahok Dancers will perform along with other entertainment and activities for the whole family.
The Candlelight Walk offers the only opportunity to see the village at night. Period clothed interpreters will be inside many of the log homes and shops in the village to talk about life in 19th century Illinois. Gingerbread and cider will be served in the Rutledge Tavern.
Beginning September 9, look to the skies for Macomb's annual Balloon Rally and Kite Festival! This year's theme will be Day of the Dead and feature an abundance of brightly colored spectacles. The event is free and will be open to the public all day and will end on September 10. For more information, please visit macombballoonrally.blogspot.com.
In its eighth year, the Salt Fork River Art & Music Festival provides a pastoral and relaxed setting for art, music, and wine lovers to shop for fine crafts, folk art, fine art, and more. The fair includes 50 artists (some demonstrating their craft), live music and entertainment, tasty food, and wine slushies. A fun, laid back, friendly, cool and entertaining venue, this event draws an eclectic crowd from nearby cities in both Illinois and Indiana. You’ll find great art from funky to traditional, a broad variety of music (folk, bluegrass, Americana, and maybe a didgeridoo or two), and wine!
The Burgoo Festival is an annual village street party featuring flea marketers, craftsmen, musicians, and other entertainment. More than 250 vendors will present their wares at this craft show and flea market. Sponsored by the non-profit LaSalle County Historical Society, it is the organization’s major fundraiser.
View and purchase hand-crafted art from the Midwest and beyond at dozens of artists booths. Enjoy live music, food vendors, live art demonstrations, and kids activities as you browse amazing artwork. Expand your library at the Michael Victor II Art Library's used book sale. Walk through the newly-restored Edwards Place historic home. Kick off the fall season with this great family event!
Make plans to come out to Vigneto del Bino Winery's annual Harvest Celebration Crush. Enjoy discounts on wines, wine tastings, gift basket raffle, music from 4pm-7pm, food, stomping the grapes and make a T-shirt.
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.
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.