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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.
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...
Celebrate the beginning of Summer German-style the Sport Verein’s annual Sommerfest at Hickory Grove Park. This is a family friendly event. Free admission. Rock, blues and pop music is featured along with Bratwurst, Kraut, German Potato Salad and Bratwurst sandwiches! Entertainment: Cusack Brothers from 12:30pm-3:00 pm. Ed and Judy from 3:30-7:30 pm Soccer will be played on the main field. German beer and wine and other beverages will be available along with sandwiches: Brats, Heidelburgers, and hot dogs and German side dishes.
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.
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.
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.
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
Live on Main - Aaron Kamm & The One Drops/ Nikki Hill
The Carbondale Music Coalition and Carbondale Tourism will be hosting this "concert in the street!" Free live music will be held on Monroe street in Carbondale next to City Hall. Nikki Hill and Aaron Kamm will be performing! Everyone is welcome. Food and beer will be available for purchase.
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.
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.
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.
Now in its 37th year, this festival offers a taste of McHenry County food and music, attracting more than 50,000 people.
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.
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.
Fine Line Arts Festival
Enjoy a variety of artist demonstrations and hands-on explorations: glaze your own raku pottery, try your hand at lampwork bead making, watercolor, blacksmithing, more! Stay for lunch and live entertainment.
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.
Festival of the Fox/Dragon Boat Races
The First Annual "Festival of the Fox" offers two weekend days of Dragon Boat races on the Fox River, a "Picnic in the Park", family activities, a community stage, a Family Movie Night, all in one place-beautiful Pottawatomie Park. A carnival June 9-12 with a special invitation to Special Families on Friday afternoon noon-2pm.
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!
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.
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)
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!
8th Annual Two Brothers Summer Festival
The Best Beer, The Best Bands, For the Best Cause. Two Brothers Summer Festival is an annual music and beer festival with the ultimate goal of raising money for charity and providing a great experience for beer and music fans alike. Two Brothers Summer Festival 2016 (June 3-4) marks the eighth year for this ever growing event with this year’s set to be the best and biggest yet. Hosted at RiverEdge Park in Aurora, IL, Two Brothers Summer Festival 2016 will feature headliners Cold War Kids, Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow and PHOX. It will also be the official release event for Two Brothers Hop Centric Double IPA and Hop Centric Black IPA, with a full lineup of Two Brothers beer and guest beers from breweries across the country to enjoy. Proceeds from Two Brothers Summer Festival 2016 will benefit local charities, including Make-A-Wish Illinois.
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.
Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park
Please join us for our 5th Annual Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park! Celebrating the return of the Alton Muny Band concert season. Join us from 5-6:30 p.m. with the Muny Band Concert at 7 p.m. The Bubble Bus will be returning, our good friends at The Bridge will be providing hot dogs, and there will be free snow cones! Come enjoy an evening of food, fun, music and bubbles!
Meet the Beetles Sunset Tribute Concert
Step back in time to a live Beatles concert as Meet the Beetles recreates the look, sound, and atmosphere of the Beatles with tunes such as She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand. Then travel to the psychedelic sixties with a set of later era Beatle Music, such as Sgt. Pepper and Revolution. This high-energy show includes costumes, accents, Beatle banter, authentic vintage and replica instruments, and all your favorite fab four hits. VIP seats for the over 21 crowd can be purchased in advance for $55 each and includes excellent reserved seats, 3 drink tickets and appetizers. They will be reserved based on when the seats are purchased. Non-VIP guests can take advantage of grass seating on the lawn in front of the Lodge at no charge. Feel free to enjoy the concert from your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase, no outside good or beverages allowed. Show begins at 7 p.m. don't miss it!
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.”
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.
The Great Race
Vintage automobiles find the finish Line on June 26 in Downtown Moline, Ill., as the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race rolls into the Quad Cities. More than 100 antique and vintage automobiles from around the world battle for $150,000 in prize money during the week-long time/speed/distance rally. The vehicles, each with a driver and navigator, are given precise instructions each day and come rolling in within minutes of each other! Catch the finish of the Great Race on Sunday, June 26 in the Quad Cities.
Bluesy Beer Garden at Pere Marquette Lodge
Happy Father's Day! Bring your Dad and meet us on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a Bluesy Beer Garden featuring live blues music, slow cooked BBQ pork steak sandwiches and Shlafly Beer! There is no admission fee and no reservations are needed but seating is limited so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case. The Beer Garden at Pere Marquette is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing day with great beer, a gorgeous view and an ambiance that cannot be found anywhere else in the Midwest. This event is from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. come out and enjoy!
Literacy on the Lawn
Join the NIU Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic for Litracy on the Lawn. The day will be filled with interactive literacy activities, games and fun – All Free of Charge. Carolyn Crimi is our featured author. She has written many books for children such as Where is my Mummy and Tessa’s Tip-Tapping Toes. All children will leave with a new book and a take-home bag
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.
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
10th Anniversary Celebration at Grafton Harbor
Drop Anchor and start the celebrations! This fun filled day starts in the parking lot with Boat Part Swap Meet. Followed by Blessing of the Boats and Marina. The Tipsy Mermaid Cruise sets sail at 4 p.m. with the Pirate's Love Potion Sunset Cruise to follow. For more information, call (618) 786-7678.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Malta Days Festival! Come share the family fun in downtown Malta. You'll find something for everyone, including a carnival, food booths, crafters, business booths, sound stage, pancake breakfast, a car show, 5K walk/run, auction and a beer garden. Free stage entertainment all weekend!
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!
Sunrise Rotary 10th Annual Garden Walk
At the 10th Annual Garden Walk, discover beautiful gardens in and around Ottawa! Get ideas for your own garden plus enjoy a day of appreciating the outdoors. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ottawa Sunrise
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.
Harvard Milk Days
Illinois' longest-running festival. Includes a carnival, food, petting zoo, races, fireworks, parade and much more.
Taste of Grayslake Family Picnic & Fireworks
Fun and entertainment for the whole family. Featuring the "Taste of Grayslake", and live entertainment. Also enjoy a moonwalks, carnival rides, face painting, obstacle course, climbing wall and much more. Plenty of fun activities to keep everyone happy. Fireworks at dusk. Held at Century Park, 250 Library Lane.
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.
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.
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.
Tour De Cure
Join over 1,000 cyclists, in the fight to stop diabetes at the Alton Riverfront Amphitheater. Choose to ride 10, 30, 50, 62, or 100 miles on routes that will take you through beautiful rural Illinois with various terrains, from flat to moderate rolling hills. Cyclists of all ages can find a route in this well-supported ride. Rest stops are located approximately every 10 miles and are stocked with water, snacks, beverages and first aid. Support vehicles patrol the routes for you assistance and safety. Following your ride enjoy an extraordinary post-event party that includes live music, great food and free admission into Raging Rivers Water Park in Grafton! The race starts at 6:00 a.m. Registration fee is $15. For more information, call (888)-Diabetes.
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.
Haunted America Conference
America's Original Ghost Conference (Founded in 1997 and often imitated, but never equaled) is back for our 20th year and will be held over the weekend of June 24-25, 2016, at the Atrium Hotel in Haunted Alton, Illinois. Join us as we return to "one of the most haunted small towns in America" and present new and returning favorite speakers on ghosts, hauntings, monsters, the supernatural, and the unexplained. The 2016 event will include lectures and presentations, a speaker's panel, haunted tours, ghost hunts, "strange stuff", the Haunted America Masquerade Party and much more! Admission is $50/person for General Admission.
Bodeans With Martin Sexton at Ravinia
Since forming in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1983, the BoDeans has been bringing American Rock music to fans across the nation and has recently taken new directions into country & soul. They have had several singles in the top 40 Mainstream Rock charts and two top 10 songs in the Adult Contemporary charts. Along with Martin Sexton this is a show not to be missed.
Saturday In The Park
Join us on June 4, for "Saturday in the Park" at Dakota Park, Main Street, Dakota. 7 am to Dusk. Enjoy a special day at the park with a car show, parade, pancake breakfast, dinner, and fireworks at dusk. Spectators get in free and vehicle entry for the car show is just $10.00. Plus enjoy the Route 75 garage sales along the Highway from 8 am to 5 pm.
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.
Rockin' for Reptiles
Rock out at the Museum’s annual outdoor event! Don’t miss out on delicious food tents, fun games, crafts, live music, and of course, live reptiles! This event is great for families! All proceeds go towards supporting the Museum’s live animal collection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fountain Square Art Festival
Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 150 juried artists, a popular children's art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup. Location: Church & Sherman in Downtown Evanston.
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.
The Hummingbird Festival at Pere Marquette has been a crowd pleaser for years, and this year will be no exception. Join the Lodge in celebrating a creature full of mystery and beauty – the hummingbird. Live entertainment, presentations from naturalists on the hummingbird, catching and banding, plus craft vendors and activities. The event is free. For more information, call (618) 786-2331, or go to www.PMLodge.net.
MS: Tour de Farms Bike Ride
Bike MS: Tour de Farms is a ride that will take you farther than you’ve ever gone before. What makes this ride so special? Escape the city for a weekend with 2,000 cyclists of all ages and cycling abilities for the challenge of your choice. Start and finish at Northern Illinois University. Along the way stop at a local farm rest stop to hang with the animals, enjoy a famous hamburger and egg sandwich for lunch and pedal over rolling hills through the Northern Illinois farmland. At Saturday’s festival, celebrate your accomplishments with a full meal, revel in live music and relax in the beer garden.
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!
Genoa Days & Cogs Run 5K
This years Genoa Days will be the 81st annual! The dates this year will be June 8th-11th, 2016. The Genoa-Kingston Fire Department is a nonprofit organization that hosts Genoa Days as a fundraiser to support the community with new equipment, gear, vehicles, ect. Skinners Amusements will be providing the carnival again this year! There will be King and Queen contest the first night and live music nightly!
Kane County Fair
Family fun. Carnival, bands, demo derby, bull riding, commercial expo, 4-H. Fun for everyone during this 5 day celebration.
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.
MainSweet Dessert Walk
Stroll around Downtown Libertyville and sample some wonderful tasting-sized portions of desserts at participating shops and restaurants.
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.
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.
Geneseo Music Fest
A fun vibrant weekend in historic downtown Geneseo. Friday evening, the famous Doo-Dah Parade kicks off the weekend at 6 p.m. for the family weekend event. Gather in City Park to enjoy the community supper and watch the queen contest. Saturday, run with dad in the Maple City 4, a 4K race. Roam the farmer’s market and City Park, filled with arts and crafts, antique tractors, family activities, food, and music! Sunday dine on pancakes, peruse the arts and craft vendors while listening to melodies all day long. Your invited to stay the weekend and enjoy a friendly community with heart!
Hooppole Fun Days
Every kid walks away a winner in this pre-fourth of July celebration. Family floats, antique tractors, children’s games: ring toss, select a sucker and a frog/toad jumping contest (bring your own) are just a few to mention. Visit and enjoy local organizations home cooked delicacies and buy a pie. Fireworks at dusk are sure to please. Activities begin at 10 am.
Stephenson County Ag Breakfast
A farm breakfast showcasing Stephenson County agriculture producers with a menu of scrambled eggs, whole hog sausage, beef bacon, cheese, coffee cake, three flavors of ice cream, milk, orange juice and coffee. Additional activities include entertainment, a petting zoo, craft show, games and more as we salute and share the story of Stephenson County agriculture. Adults: $5; Children 5 and Under: 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.
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.
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!
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!
Zion's Annual Nostalgia Days
Come out and enjoy the Annual Nostalgia Days Car Show and Cruize. Live music on Friday night and on Saturday. Also enjoy the antique and custom car show on and cruise on Saturday, food vendors, kid's activities, DJ's and fun for everyone. Car show and cruize will be held on Sheridan Road in Downtown Zion.
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.
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.
Southern Illinois Music Festival
The Southern Illinois Music Festival, now in its 12th season, is presenting Rossini's final opera, William Tell, at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center June 7, 8, 10 and 11. This opera has only been produced in the United States three times in the last century, so this is an historic event. The Southern Illinois Music Festival presents three-dozen professional performances of classical music and jazz in two dozen venues throughout Southern Illinois each June. The Festival has been nationally recognized in Symphony magazine, the premiere publication for American orchestras; by the Chicago Tribune Travel section as one of 24 top summer activities (musical and otherwise) in an eight-state region; and by AAA Midwest magazine as a Midwest Travel Treasure. The majority of the Festival performances are free. Admission for other performances are noted on the schedule. Go to www.SIFest.com for the latest schedule updates or email email@example.com. Tickets for the festival are always available at the event, or by calling the Marion Civic Center box office during business hours at 618-997-4030, or online at www.MarionCCC.com. Please join us for our 11th season of great music!
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
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.
1st Annual Semi-Truck Cruise In
All truck makes, models and years are welcome. Join this year’s cruise in and let the truck shine. This is a free family friendly event. At the Sandburg Mall.
Corkless in Galena
An outdoor wine festival in Galena's picturesque Depot Park along the Galena River. Elegant wines produced by family owned Northern Illinois wineries will be showcased, complimented by local artists' exhibits, and performances by various local musical ensembles.
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.
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)
Quad Cities Museum Week
Explore museums across the Quad Cities during their annual Quad Cities Museum Week. Exhibits, special events, tours and more can be found during this fun filled week.
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.
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.
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.
Bishop Hill Honor Flight Benefit
A barbeque rib dinner, that’s finger licking good right off the grill starts the festivities. Patriot Guard and Legion Riders ride into town and kick off the festivities with an invocation and presentation of colors. Patriotic music is provided throughout the event as well as unique military exhibits and a military retreat is held promptly at 1800 hours with a 21 gun salute and taps. A live auction of donated items, including, locally made artisan craft to sports memorabilia and more is the highlight of the day, besides the eating that is. Area veterans are provided with a free trip to visit their memorial. All proceeds from the day’s events are donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, $60,000 and counting. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Moccasin Creek Festival
Moccasin Creek Festival is an annual 3-day music festival, which typically celebrates other arts and crafts as well. It takes place at beautiful Lake Sara in Summit Township, just west of Effingham, Illinois. The founder of Moccasin Creek Festival is Bill (Poss) Passalacqua, an Effingham native who has built his life around writing, performing and promoting music. Folk, bluegrass, alternative country, roots rock, and blues - "Americana" music. This is what MCF is all about - in an outdoor setting, using a venue with great acoustics, at a beautiful time of year.
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.