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The sparkling splendor of over 2,000 hand-carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns will surround the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon at Washington Park at this annual Halloween festival.
Clayville Fall Festival
Tour the early 19th century Broadwell Inn, listen to period music and watch artisans demonstrate pioneer crafts at this former stage coach stop on the Illinois prairie.
Candle lanterns illuminate the 1830s village while fireplaces entice visitors to step inside many of the log buildings along Main Street during the annual Candlelight Walk at Lincoln's New Salem pioneer village.
Memorial’s Festival of Trees
A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 trees and wreaths decorated with exquisite creativity. Features an elaborate hand-crafted Gingerbread Village and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. Please visit website for prices ~ www.MemorialsFestivalofTrees.com. Event is held at the Orr building in the IL State Fairgrounds.
Fall Festival at Lincoln’s New Salem
Come and see what a typical autumn life was like on the 1830's Illinois prairie. There will be costumed interpreters demonstrating daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. As well as a demonstration of meat smoking that will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses. Wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes and you are also welcome to step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.
Old Capitol Blues and BBQ
Live Blues from regional and national acts, a BBQ competition, vendors and other entertainment make this street festival one fun party.
Traditional Music Festival
Listen to bluegrass and folk music played on traditional instruments as you stroll among the log cabins and garden paths of the reconstructed pioneer village where Abraham Lincoln lived and worked as a young man.
Indian Summer Festival
Enjoy peak fall colors at this lakeside garden and nature area while listening to music, enjoying refreshments and participating in family friendly crafts and activities.
27th Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Shop the fine art and ware of artists from around the region. Enjoy a park-like atmosphere on the grounds of this restored Antebellum mansion while perusing artists’ booths. Includes a children’s area, live music, food, and tours of the home as well as a used book sale.
6th Annual Springfield Oyster & Beer Festival
Join us for the 6th Annual Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival for Charity. In the first 5 years, the event has raised over $30,000 for area charities! Sample upwards of 100 fine craft beers and ciders from local, midwest, and even some national breweries. Tantalize your taste buds on a variety of oyster dishes as well as several food vendors while listening to live bands. Having a good time is that much easier when it's for a great cause! For more information, visit sobfestival.com or facebook.com/sobfestival.
World famous donuts!
Lincoln Theater 4
Built in 1922, the theater built by Steve Bennis opened in 1923 showing "John Quincy Adams Sawyer." It was originally a single screen featuring an organ and live stage shows as well. The number of screens was doubled in 1985 and then again in the mid nineties. Downtown Lincoln is a great place to grab dinner and a movie while exploring the Mother Road.
By the Bean
Clayville Spring Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstration, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, with food and refreshments. Enjoy period music and audience participation entertainment throughout the weekend in an 1820's pioneer village.
Wild Hare Cafe
Don't be surprised by the Alice-in-Wonderland nature of the Wild Hare Café's décor, which incongruously proves to be a nice complement to its simple but eclectic menu. Serves lunch Tuesday to Saturday and dinner service on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The Barn Restaurant
Fall Foliage River Float
Take in the rich fall colors and enjoy a gentle float down the beautiful Sangamon River. Food, music and entertainment.
Hudson's Talk of the Town
Lunch & Dinner
The Award Shop
-trophies -plaques -signs -office accesories
Log Cabin Quilt Shop
-quilt fabric -notion patterns -books -gifts
Bar & Grill
Blue Dog Inn
Blue Dog Inn has been serving up good food in Lincoln, Illinois since 1979. Aside from their highly acclaimed burgers, Blue Dog Inn also serves up horse shoes, unique sandwiches, specialty drinks, desserts and more.