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The Night Market will provide artists, growers and artisan food producers who work 9-5 jobs with an opportunity to sell their wares at a mid-week Market. There are many on-site amenities that will be enjoyed by vendors and shoppers alike, including live bands from 6:00- 9:00 p.m., great food and drinks, restrooms, and electricity for vendor booths. The Night Market place every Wednesday night in the warehouse behind Elijah P's Burgers and Brews.
Sauce Alton Food Truck Festival
This even will feature food trucks from around the region offering global street food cuisine. In addition, the amphitheater's concession team will offer beverages of all types to compliment the food trucks. Live music will be showcased on the amphitheater stage with Boogie Chyld as the Food Truck Festival's headliner. The Alton Food Truck Festival is free to the general public. Each food truck will have a different food offering with a range of prices. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Eagle Meet and Greet & Raptor Awareness Program
This program gives you the opportunity to see multiple species of birds of prey including an American Bald Eagle up close and personal! Ask and learn about their species and habitats. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Frozen at the Tower
It may be hot this summer, but the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower is celebrating all things "Frozen" on Saturday, Aug. 6. Anna and Elsa from the movie "Frozen" will be on the upper two levels of the Tower for a meet and greet event and photos with their fans. Free Frozen souvenir balloon art from Jay "The Balloon Dude". Tower admission is $1 for children and $2 for adults.
Red, White, and Brew
Spend July 3rd the right way in Alton! Old Bakery Beer Co. and Hansen Meat Co. are throwing a fireworks viewing party with live music entertainment from One Take Band starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, call (618) 465-4400. Admission: $5 cover includes chair for the night, and access to concessions!
Shop, Sip Socialize #ProudlyDeKalb
Come Sip, Shop, & Socialize in Downtown DeKalb. Stores will be offering Sidewalk sales and new inventory! The Stage Coach Players and the Garage Orchestra will providing entertainment. Downtown Merchants are also raffling off a basket full of goodies.
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.
Long Hollow Canopy Tours
New attractions in the Galena Territory. Enjoy spectacular views of Northwest Illinois on this 2 1/2 hour guided canopy tour. Ride 6 ziplines, cross a suspended bridge, and rappel off of two platforms. Longest line is 1,250-feet!
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.
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.
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.
Dairy Joy Drive-In
Situated on the historic Lincoln Highway Dairy Joy is much more than an old-fashioned ice cream parlor or hamburger joint. Dairy Joy is a unique one-of-a-kind classic American restaurant. With inside seating, an outside patio, and a walk-up window, Dairy Joy has been a favorite community gathering place for more than 50 years, where appetites are quickly satisfied and memories are formed and perpetuated.
Alton Marina 20th Anniversary Party
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Alton Marina with music by The Boat Drunks, a year-in-review slideshow hosted by Elite Events and Black Iron BBQ will be there for all your BBQ needs! For more information, call (618) 462-9860.
Travis Tritt at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater
More than 27-years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern-rock influenced artist continues to display strong sales activity, sell-out shows, and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. “Country Club,” “Help Me Hold On,” “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” and “Drift Off to Dream” peaked at numbers two and three on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts; all which led for Tritt to win Top New Male Artist award from Billboard and the CMA Horizon Award.
Indian Princess Storytelling at the Confluence Tower
Meet Indian Princesses Pocahontas and Sacajawea during a special storytelling experience Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The two princesses will appear at the Tower's outdoor amphitheater for a storytelling session and meet and greet. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Admission is free although there is a charge to tour the Tower. For more information, call (618) 258-9101.
Peoria Riverfront Market
Saturday mornings all summer long! An outdoor farmers' and artists' market featuring local produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, fresh flowers, baked goods, and more. Plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week.
DuPage County Fair
The DuPage County Fair provides a variety of fun for all ages. Great music and entertainment, food, moto cross shows, demolition derbies, horse and reptile shows, hands-on activities, carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides, and so much more! Come for the Fair food and stay for the fun!
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
Raging Waves Waterpark
Illinois' Largest Waterpark, featuring 20 slides, quarter-mile long lazy river, wave pool, two kiddie areas and more.
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.
Great River Road in Illinois National Scenic Byway
Explore the heart of America! Follow the Mississippi River as it winds its way along Illinois' western border from Galena to Cairo. Experience over 550 miles of small towns, big cities, historic sites, recreational areas, cultural attractions and museums. Follow the green and white paddle wheel signs as they guide your next adventure!
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.
Alton Muny Band: Haskell Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Sunday evening June 12- August 7 all starting at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Bishop Hill Folk Music Festival
Bishop Hill village park is the center for the best eclectic gathering of folk/ethnic musicians of the Midwest. Featured performers will be Chiris Vallillo, Joel Mabus, Bahola, Chicago Spemanslag, Bill Robinson and more. Public is invited to attend this free festival offering live music, hands-on learning opportunities and workshops offered both days. Musicians performing on Saturday July 30, 2016 from noon to 6 p.m.: • Bohola (Celtic) • Paul Wilson & Mary Abendroth (Swedish) • Joel Mabus (old time and original Midwest Music) • Los Condenados Haustecos (Mexican) • Chicago Slemanslag (Swedish) • Volo Bogtrotters (old time string band) Musicians performing on Sunday July 31, 2016 from noon to 5 p.m.: • Holy Cross Immaculate Heart of May Marimba (Hispanic) • Chris Vallillo (Illinois root music) • Folk Nordland Band (Swedish) • Catfish Keith (Blues) • Bill Robinson; hammered dulcimer (Folk/Bluegrass)
Art at the Glen Town Center
Art at the Glen Town Center: One of the TOP 15 shows in the country! Enjoy this free street festival flooded with the work of the 175 juried artists participating. Glen Town Center is home to some of the finest stores in the Midwest and is an enduring reminder of the community's role in aviation history.
Glencoe Festival of Art
Free and open to the public, the Glencoe Festival of Art will showcase the work of more than 110-juried artists from across the country in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and wood. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats. Kids also have the opportunity to participate in art scavenger hunts throughout the weekend. Location: Vernon Ave. & Park Ave.
Alton Fireworks Spectacular
Watch one of the few places in the country where fireworks are shot over the Mississippi River in downtown Alton. The Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats are scheduled to perform before the fireworks show. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
The Charlie Daniels Band at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater
WIL welcomes The Charlie Daniels Band to Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. The Charlie Daniels Band was formed in 1972 and is known for its No. 1 hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia. The band has won five CMA awards including Single of the Year (1979), Group of the Year (1979 & 1980) and Founding Presidents Award (1980). It has also won two Grammy Awards for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Album (1996) and for Best Performance by a Group or Duo (1979). The band also has multiple Platinum and Gold albums. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Francis Park 4th of July Celebration
The festival features annual pancake breakfast, ethnic food fair, arts and craft show, classic car show, steam engine display, antique tractors, a kiddies’ tractor pull, entertainment and tours of Woodland Palace. Stay for the evening and at dusk the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce hosts a fireworks spectacular at Northeast Park in Kewanee. Events begin at 6 am.
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.
Illinois State Fair
Enjoy 10 days of thrills and excitement at this family-friendly fair featuring world renowned concert artists, food, carnival rides, livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, contests, educational displays, free entertainment, harness racing, auto racing and much more.
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!
Red, White & BOOM!
The largest fireworks display hits Central Illinois for its 30th anniversary in 2016! Set to music, over the Illinois River, the cities of East Peoria and Peoria throw an amazing riverfront party...
Carbondale Grand Fest!
Saturday August 13 Come and Enjoy Free Live Music in the heart of Carbondale! The festival will be held on Grand Ave between Wall St and Washington St. There will be a variety of musical performances along with food and beer vendors. This event is hosted by the Carbondale Tourism Bureau and the City of Carbondale. Everyone is Welcome!
Alton Muny Band: Riverview Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Thursday evening June 9 - August 11 all starting at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival
Come see the world's fastest growing water sport at Lake Arlington. Twenty paddlers move in unison, combining strength with teamwork in a boat whose elaborate design originates in ancient China.
Jane Addams Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the birthday of Jane Addams who was born and raised in Cedarville. Begin the day with a 5K run/walk on the Jane Addams Trail and then enjoy lunch at the Cedarville Historical Museum. $17.
Capital City Celebration
Includes a beauty pageant for children ages 0 to 10 years, giant inflatable obstacle courses and a 25-foot tall inflatable rock wall will be available for families free of charge on Sunday, July 3rd from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. Bags Tournament on Saturday afternoon and a CrossFit competition. This year’s entertainment lineup includes Hipbone Sam and FUN DMC on Saturday, July 2nd, and New City Road and the Shenanigans on Sunday, July 3rd. Before the fireworks, the Springfield Municipal Band will set the tone by performing patriotic music on Sunday, July 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. The Fireworks Extravaganza will begin at dusk on Sunday, July 3rd.
Drum Corps "Tour of Champions"
Northern Illinois University and Huskie Stadium will once again play host to the Drum Corps "Tour of Champions”. This show will feature 8 of the World's Top Drum & Bugle Corps.
Rent at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center
The Rock Musical that defined a generation and won 4 Tony awards is filled with iconic songs including Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me, and more. The story centers around a group of artists trying to make it in New York during the height of the AIDS epidemic and the struggles they face, both professionally and personally. Hailed by The New York Times as an “Exhilarating, landmark rock opera…can be integrated into a character-driven story for the stage with wildly affecting success.”
Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Concert Series
Enjoy a different band each week. Food is available beginning at 5:15 pm. Music begins at 6:30 pm. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and in case of inclement weather concerts will be at the Boss Community Building, 221 W. 1st Street. Held Thursdays: June 16,23, 30, July 7,14,21,28 August 4,11,18
Now in its 37th year, this festival offers a taste of McHenry County food and music, attracting more than 50,000 people.
DeKalb County Farm Stroll
The Illinois Extension office for Boon, DeKalb and Ogle Counties is hosting a DeKalb County Farm Stroll on Sunday, July 24th from 12 - 5 pm. Wondering where to find local food & farm products in DeKalb County? Satisfy your local food cravings and curiosities on the DeKalb County Farm Stroll! A free self-guided tour of more than a dozen diversified family farms. Each location will have different events going on, but the stroll will allow participants to meet local farmers, get farm tours and demonstrations, sampling of fresh local products, and more. There is no starting location for the stroll, guests are welcome to visit as many or as few as they would like and in whatever order they would like. The address on this listing is one of the farms participating, please visit the stroll's Facebook page for a complete list of farms and for more information on the event.
14th Annual Lincoln Douglas 5K and Fun Run
A series of short distances for children begins at 8 am: ages 8 and under – 100 yards; 9 to 10 – 200 yards; 11 to 12 – 400 yards. All finishers receive ribbons. The boy and girl winners of each age group will run a 100-yard dash following the 5K to determine “The Fasted Kid in Town!”. A One Mile Fun Run begins at 8:15 am. The course consists of one loop around the historic paved road inside Taylor Park. This is an untimed run and all finishers receive ribbons. The 5K begins at 8:35 am. The course consists of three loops around the paved road inside Taylor Park, a 5K (3.1 miles), wheel-measured certified course that is flat and fast designed to help runners achieve a personal best.
Green Fair on the Fox
Green Fair on the Fox features an eco-marketplace, local businesses, physical fitness and sustainable, healthy living. There will be food, live music, demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family! Over 65 vendors and exhibitors will be on hand showcasing their green product or service. Fun activities for kids and adults alike will be going on all throughout the fair. Musical entertainment on the Peg Bond Stage. Green Fair on the Fox will be held rain or shine.
Rockin' with Robert Concert Series
Enjoy a variety of music at the Robert Wadlow statue. Stop by the statue for a summer of monthly concerts. All concerts are free and open to the public. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs or a blanket. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. 2016 concerts will be held on June 21, July 19 and August 16 starting at 7 p.m. For more information please contact the Upper Alton Association at 618-465-6303 or 618-466-0100.
Join us for Itasca Fest featuring tasty festival food, live entertainment, bingo and more. You'll find fun and games for all ages including carnival rides, an antique flea market, a classic car show, children's entertainment, and nightly musical performances.
Cruisin’ to Genoa Car Show
Visit Downtown Genoa for the 3rd Annual Cruisin' to Genoa Car show. See 150 cars, enjoy family fun, music, free movie and more!
Godfrey Family Fun Fest with Fireworks
Come and let your colors burst with an evening full of fun and fireworks! Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and continue through to the fireworks display around 9 p.m. Vendors, inflatables, climbing wall, zip line, cow train, games, concessions and much more to celebrate Independence Day. Free and open to the public. The 2016 Great Godfrey Maze theme will be revealed to the public at this event. For more information, call (618) 466-1483.
Happy Together Tour 2016 at the Paramount Theatre
Take a trip through the golden age of rock-and-roll with the artists behind all those 1960’s and 70’s favorites, right before your eyes. In one rockin’ night, the Happy Together Tour 2016 is bringing your radio to life with Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Chicago’s own The Cowsills, Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Spencer Davis Group starring (you guessed it) Spencer Davis himself and, of course, Flo & Eddie from The Turtles, all live on the Paramount stage. This show is stacked with what the kids are calling “oldies, but goodies,” and you don’t want to miss it. General Public On-Sale: June 30 at 10 a.m.
DeKalb Farmers Market
The DeKalb Farmers Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. Live music is presented each week by the Egyptian Theatre. It's a great way to enjoy an afternoon. Open Thursday's from 10-2 June through September.
Midwest Garlic Festival
Join us for a celebration of garlic, food, family and music. Lots of kid-friendly fun and activities, a great variety of food and garlic, garlic, garlic!
Grafton Music in the park
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a free concert at The Grove Memorial Park in Grafton. There will be a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Jersey Community High School bands. For more information, call (618) 535-9922 or check the website for the 2016 concert lineup.
Kane County Flea Market/June 2017
"The Best in the Midwest or Anywhere"--Up to 1,000 dealers display and sell antiques, collectibles, & Fancy Junque. Food is served both days.
Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit
Butterflies & Blooms is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America, and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the lawn of the Learning Campus. Weather permitting.
Taste of Oak Brook
Join us for food, fun, and fireworks! The Taste of Oak Brook will feature live entertainment, delicious food from some of Oak Brook's finest restaurants, beer & wine, kids activities, and more. The fireworks show will begin at dusk.
Rock Island County Fair
The Rock Island County Fair has been celebrated for over 140 years. The fair consists of events like livestock show, arts and craft shows, rides, and live entertainment. More than 40,000 people attend the fair each year.
Urbana Sweetcorn Festival
The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is Champaign County’s largest free festival. Urbana’s signature summer event is a two-day celebration of food, live music, arts and crafts and of course - all the delicious, locally grown sweet corn you can eat. Taking place in the heart of downtown Urbana, the 2016 festival will run Friday, August 26 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Arlington Million brings together horses, owners, trainers, jockeys and fans from every corner of the world. Immerse yourself in the Arlington Million experience... history and tradition, special performances, fashionable apparel, and delectable cuisine.
Wiffle Fest is an annual wiffle ball tournament held in Homewood. Teams compete in two divisions, fast pitch & recreational, in a round-robin format. Come join us and have a ball!
North Shore Festival of Art
This festival has a long and rich history in the North Shore. Located in the Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie, the North Shore Festival of Art is a free, three-day fine art festival showcasing approximately 140 juried artists from all across the United States and Canada. The artists display stunning works in a large variety of mediums, including painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, glass, wood and more for sale at the festival.
Tony Bennett at Ravinia
Tony Bennett has released over 70 albums and has received 16 Grammys for his music. This music icon will put on a show that will not be forgotten. This concert will be featuring Tony's 90th Birthday celebration.
Kid'Cation Scavenger Hunt at the Tower
Take part in the Kid'Cation Confluence Tower Scavenger Hunt July 29 through Aug. 7 and earn fun prizes! All children who tour the Tower can participate. Tour guides will provide a special Scavenger Hunt activity sheet and give clues throughout the tour. At the end of the tour, children will receive a special gift. For this event, the Tower is offering reduced tour rates of $1 per child and $2 for adults.
Steve Miller Band at Ravinia
The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band best known for a string of (mainly) mid-1970s hit singles that are staples of classic rock radio, as well as several earlier acid rock albums. Don't miss this great show.
This family oriented event will bring back all the things people love. There will be well-known bands, events, carnival rides, water fights and activities for the young patrons. In addition to the entertainment there will be some of the best food in Lake County. Enjoy the Alpine Fest Parade downtown Lake Zurich. Admission is free. Please visit website for more details.
Each summer, Montgomery Fest brings together neighbors and friends from throughout the area to enjoy a weekend of old-fashioned family fun. Held the second weekend in August along the banks of the Fox River, highlights of the Fest include musical performances, carnival rides, a wide range of food vendors, free pony rides and petting zoo, a fishing derby, a car show and a parade.
Windmill City Festival
The Windmill City Festival has long been a staple of the community and has become a tradition for many families. Come participate in the festivities that every family member is sure to enjoy. Hours: Thurs. at 6 pm, Fri. carnival opens at 12 noon and booths/beer tent open at 5 pm, Sat. festivities begin at 9 am, and Sun. at 11 am.
Vladimir Feltsman at Ravinia
Come out for Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" classical show with Vladimir Feltsman on the piano under the stars at Ravinia.
Fiestas Patrias at RiverEdge Park
Celebrate the sound, culture and taste of Mexico at Fiestas Patrias. From the delicious food to the variety of musical acts to the children’s play area, there’s something for everyone at this fun festival right on the Fox River.
NW IL Art Fest
Juried art fest showcasing more than 30 area artists in the following categories: ceramics, clay/porcelain, jewelry, photography, drawing, glass, metal, painting, wood, printmaking, fiber/textiles, leather, mixed media, lawn art, paper, graphics & wood.Local food, craft beer, wineries and distilleries. BBQ competition and new this year, live jazz!
Freedom Fest Car Show
Wiley Parks’ beautiful trees provide shade to view a wide variety of cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. Bring your lawn chair, sit back and enjoy the 50’s and 60’s music, raffles, and food tent. The Silver Streak driven by the Gypsy Coeds will be on display during the car show. Stay for the presentation below. Gypsy Coeds Presentation: Long before Thelma & Louise rode off in their ’66 Thunderbird convertible, there were the Gypsy Coeds. In the mid 1930s and early 40s, this group of fiercely independent young ladies would pack themselves and a few belongings into Darlene Dorgan’s silver 1926 Model T Touring Car (dubbed the Silver Streak) and set off during the summers in search of adventure. “Gypsy Coeds Ride the Silver Streak” will be shared right after the Galva Freedom Fest Car Show, August 13 at the Galva United Methodist Church. John Butte will tell the stories of how the girls’ traveled through 44 states, Mexico and Canada at a top speed of about 45 miles an hour. Refreshments will be provided by PEO Chapter BR.
MainSweet Dessert Walk
Stroll around Downtown Libertyville and sample some wonderful tasting-sized portions of desserts at participating shops and restaurants.
Kane County Fair
Family fun. Carnival, bands, demo derby, bull riding, commercial expo, 4-H. Fun for everyone during this 5 day celebration.
Plano will be celebrating in super-style. This family-friendly festival commemorates the summer of 2011 when Superman’s enemies came to town and destroyed it during filming of the blockbuster movie, “Man of Steel.” Popular events include the Superman Zipline, the Villian’s Jail, live bands throughout the weekend, old-fashioned children’s games, rock climbing wall, inflatables for the kids and several contests. The Smallville Museum where many different movie and Superman artifacts are housed will be open during the festival. Take advantage of the photo opportunity with the full size statue of Henry Cavill as Superman. See also the cool cars of Cruise Night, live bands and beer tent.
Windy City Smokeout
Windy City Smokeout: BBQ & Country Music Fest presented by Bub City returns for its fourth year! This summer festival brings together the best of live country music, beer and BBQ to our city's popular River North neighborhood. Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy southern-inspired fare from Chicago's BBQ restaurants. Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to interact with chefs and their culinary teams, and enjoy ice cold beers to wash it all down! country fans can also take in performances by country music's biggest stars as well as emerging talent.
Set in McHenry's Petersen Park (4300 Petersen Park Road) and throughout the town, this wildly popular, 10-day July fest features great food, a beer tent, theater, contests, fun for all ages, midway rides, games and more.
Quad Cities Marathon
This marathon offers beautiful views of the Mississippi River, entertainment and more. 5 Races to choose from including: Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Person Relay, 1 Mile Walk, 5K Run/Walk, and kids runs.
Join in an old-fashioned cruise through downtown, sponsored by J.H. Barkau & Sons. There will be music, food, car contests, and lots more. Cruise Parking Lots open for parking at 3 pm for those with pre-reserved spots and at 4 pm for non-reserved spots. Reserved Parking: $12; Non-Reserved Parking: $10; Cruise Only: Free.
North Aurora Days
The Village of North Aurora is proud to continue the North Aurora Days tradition of providing a fun-filled weekend of activities and entertainment for the whole family in our great community. The sponsors, volunteers, and participants of North Aurora Days have been working hard to plan and provide a great celebration filled with fun for the entire family.
Lena Farmer's Market
Enjoy this seasonal farmers market featuring a large variety of fresh, locally grown produce and locally made baked goods. Saturday: 8am to 11am May 21 thru October 8, 2016
Salute to Freedom
Come to the huge fireworks display at the Mt. Vernon Airport for July 4th. This event also includes live entertainment, children's area, food vendors, and much more!
Biking with Beanzie
Biking with Beanzie is a recreational ride presented by Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb and sponsored by Kishwaukee Community Hospital.The ride route consists of primarily flat rural roads with some rolling terrain with estimated ride options of 23, 43, 63, 80, or 101 miles. All roads are well-paved, lightly traveled and posted with signs containing ride information and bits of Beanzie humor. This year also includes 3-mile, 5-mile, & 8-mile community bicycle pathway route options.
Friday night, amateur BBQ enthusiasts will be able to compete in the Hometown Throwdown around the Courthouse Square. You’ll also enjoy BBQ samples, live music, wine & beer tasting and plenty of fun for the whole family. Come back downtown Saturday to see the Kansas City BBQ Society pros square off. You’ll also enjoy live music, food and more fun. Sign up for the Effingham Performance Center’s Cornhole Tournament or enjoy all the fun kids activities planned. It’s sure to be a weekend full of BBQ & fun!
Woodland Palace at Francis Park
A must-see attraction in Kewanee is the Woodland Palace at Francis Park, the first “green” home in Illinois. This unusual home was built way ahead of its time and is filled with engineering wonders. Learn about the quirky and eccentric man who built and lived in the home. Fred Francis was an artist, poet, inventor, builder, mathematician, engineer, and a naturist. Francis started to build the home in 1890 and worked on it for the next thirty-six years. It features hand-carved molding, a water purification system, and is the first house in the state of Illinois to have air-conditioning without the aid of electricity. View the sophisticated achievements of disappearing windows, doors, and more. Visit a home where everything seems to work in harmony. Woodland Palace is open seven days a week from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. April through October 1.
Village of Kampsville Campground
Enjoy the beauty and serenity of Calhoun County while camping! The Village of Kampsville Campground, located near the Illinois River, offers electric service, water, sewer and has a shower house.
Gardens United Garden Walk
Throughout the Freeport Area. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Some of the finest gardens in the Freeport and surrounding area are opened for touring. The gardeners generously present their creative efforts for the pleasure of the public. Walk through the gardens and enjoy the colorful scenery. Each garden will offer additional activities including a silent auction, a mini farmers market, plant sale and more. Rain date is July 10. Adults: $10; Children 10 and Under: $5.
Forest Park is a municipal park with the Chautauqua Auditorium, Vietnam Memorial, Family Aquatic Center, picnic areas, pavilions, baseball & softball diamonds, fishing lagoon (Crystal Lake), skateboard park, soccer fields, a youth athletic center, and more. There is an entrance to the General Dacey trail at the back of the park and the Memorial Sunken Gardens have been revitalized. The park is also home to the Festival of Lights.
Music On Chicago
Enjoy Freeport’s historic downtown with this music fest featuring two bands, great food and a beer garden. The June concert features “Laura Rae and the Backroads Trio” and “Back Country Roads”. The July concert features “The Funnies”, playing the whole night, and the August concert features “Guitar Ronnie” and “Cash Box Kings”. The first band starts at 6 pm and the second band at 8 pm. Also enjoy the Open Air Market on Chicago Avenue, adjacent to Music on Chicago – open 4 pm to Dusk. Adults: $5; Children Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. (815-232-9000)
Belvidere Mopar Happening
Illinois' best car club show! Family-friendly activities include the car show, a swap meet and car sale corral. Car display and swap meet Saturday; car-show and swap Sunday. Enjoy music all weekend with food vendors to fill you up. Held at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
44th Annual Gurnee Days Celebration
Gurnee Days returns this week for 4 days of family fun. Activities include a bicycle rodeo, live entertainment, Farmers Market, Gurnee Idol, golf tournament, and amusement rides, a 10K race, baby contest, rib fest and eating contest, fireworks, a pancake breakfast, parade, Scoop the Loop Car Show, petting zoo, pony rides, a talent show, exhibitors, games, food booths and stage events. Please visit the website for times and entertainment schedule.
Fairways Golf Course
The Fairways Golf Course is a serene 18-hole golf course designed by Perry Maxwell, ASGCA, which is open to the public and cherished by those in the Rochelle area since 1929. We are host to immaculate tree-lined fairways and an exceptional restaurant, Beacon on The Green, for lunch, dinners and banquets.
Puerto Rican Heritage Festival
It’s a two-day festival celebrating the rich heritage of Puerto Rico. Put on by the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council, the weekend features endless food vendors offering wonderful cuisine; domino competitions; traditional folk music; other Puerto Rican bands; a kids’ play area; novelty vendors; Puerto Rican craftsmanship vendors and non-stop fun. And don’t forget to take in the sights and sounds of the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday.
The Frosty Mug Bar & Grill is a great place to bring the whole family for lunch or dinner. Located in Mt Vernon, IL, the Frosty is a restaurant and bar with daily lunch specials at affordable prices. Stop in for a great meal served by a friendly staff and see what you've been missing!
One More Time Antiques
Repurposed furnishings, antiques, and primitives fill this unique shop in historic downtown Freeport. Open: Sunday (October thru Christmas Only): Noon to 5 pm; Tuesday thru Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
Hantverk Galleri celebrates handmade every day! Colorful porcelain, wedding cake stands, custom pottery, artisan chocolate from the Bishop Hill Chocolate Company and workshops to discover your inner artist. Open year round.
Batavia Farmers' Market
Come enjoy different vendors offering a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheese, herbs, flowers, music and more. Along with weekly pop up vendors, check the website weekly for who will be in attendance, special features, like the Artisan Collective or free yoga. Shop for handmade items from your favorite artists and designers. There will be fun kids activities such as a "make and take art project", a dress up photo shoot, face painting and more!