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Mercer County Fair
The Mercer County Fair has been running strong since its first fair in 1853. Today, over 160 years later, the fair is still brings the county and visitors together each July. Enjoy their exhibitions that include livestock, hobbies, antiques, photography, culinary arts, flowers and vegetables. Great family fun!
Established in 1888, the Sandwich Fair is the oldest continuing county fair in the state of Illinois! The Sandwich Fair is a "happening" of old traditions and new surprises where friends and family come together to enjoy national entertainment, motor events, great food, a large carnival midway, exhibits, livestock judging and the list goes on and on. Whether you are a newcomer to the Sandwich Fair or a long-time attendee, you will find this event has something for everyone and deserves a blue ribbon. http://www.sandwichfair.com/
Kids can touch and climb aboard all sorts of heavy equipment, dump trucks, fire engines and more. Free event! Times: 10:30am - 2:30pm, at Dellwood Park, State St. & Woods Dr.
Spring Fashion Show at Reddick Mansion
Featuring clothing and accessories from local boutique clothier, Iconic. Refreshments will be served. William Reddick left his house as a gift to the City of Ottawa for use as a public library and reading room. Reddick's home became known as “Reddick's Library” and opened to the public on September 19, 1888. It served as the public library until 1975 when a combination of endowment and revenue sharing funds enabled construction of a larger facility that could accommodate the library's growing collections. Please contact the Mansion for more information.
The iconic image of Abraham Lincoln appears in various forms among the collections of the Illinois State Museum. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln and his funeral in Springfield, this exhibition will feature rarely seen objects that honor the memory of our 16th president. Highlights include a hair work necklace worn by the wife of Lincoln’s bodyguard on funeral train from Washington D.C. to Springfield, a life-size sculpture of the president by Lorado Taft, and a mysterious painting of the president bearing a cross on his forehead.
A Decade Ago
A reflective look back at the creation of the museum and its dedication. View objects, images and video that tell the story of how this amazing Presidential Museum was created.
"Buy Illinois" Streator Municipal Equipment Expo
"Buy Illinois" Streator Municipal Equipment Expo to be held on May 12th at the Streator Knights of Columbus sponsored by the City of Streator and Streator Chamber of Commerce. Participating companies and expo products include: Cora's truck bodies, FlinkCo. snow plows and salt spreaders, Steril-ALM heavy lift equipment and scissor lifts, Streator Dependable metal fabrication production, U.S. Truck Bodies /Anthony Lift Gates, Teleweld railroad equipment and surveillance systems, Vactor Mfg Guzzlers, and Federal Signal emergency vehicle equipment. For more information, visit http://www.streatorexpo.com..
50th Annual Antique Car Club of America Car Show and Car Corral
The AACA joins forces with Volo Auto Museum to put on the premier summer car show. Known as "The Country Club for Car Shows." Come out and enjoy family fun, a beer and wine garden, awards and the Betty Boop Outdoor grill. Volo's park is beautifully groomed with thousands of trees, restroom facilities and more. Come look at the cars, bring one to sell, parts to sell or buy one!
Earth Day / Arbor Day
Children's activities, crafts, petting zoo and pony rides. More than 80 exhibitors; energy solutions, natural products, eco-vehicles and animal presentations.
A Fiendish Assassination
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum unveils a breathtaking collection of items related to Lincoln’s murder and funeral in an exhibit called “A Fiendish Assassination.” Opening April 2, the exhibit includes many items that have never been seen by the public before, including two medallions that adorned Lincoln’s hearse.
Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo
The 27th Annual Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo returns to Starved Rock Lodge (Great Hall & Starved Rock Room). See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. Last Sunday in September, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Expansive Visions: FUSEDChicago
Please visit this exhibition, curated by Gallery Director Beth Shadur, of works by selected members of the encaustic collective, FUSEDChicago. The works show the rich variety possible in the medium of painting with wax. Artists' reception, June 11, 4:30-7pm M-Th 9AM-3PM; W-Th 4PM-7PM
Old Mill Fall Fest
This event gives the public a chance to see the 70 foot Mill which was built in 1872 and view the unique construction inside on the first two floors. Participants will be demonstrating all old time crafts.
Ever After Bridal Show
Buy a dress, pick out flowers, and find a photographer all in one place. Over 100+ vendors to choose from all under one roof. This annual event is presented by River Radio and held at The Pavilion of the City of Marion.
Creativity Redefined Art Exhibit
The community-wide exhibit, Creativity Redefined, highlights the creative talents of regional artists and celebrates the valued diversity and unique perspectives of individuals in the Southern Illinois region.
David Adler 35th Festival of the Arts
The David Adler Music and Arts Center is proud to present its 35th Annual Festival of the Arts in beautiful Cook Park located in historic downtown Libertyville, Illinois. Over the last several years, Festival of the Arts has hosted some of the finest work of artists exhibiting in the country. To supplement this fine artistry the festival also presents a variety of children’s activities.
Arts in the Park
Danville's Art in the Park features over 60 regional artist booths and two full days of continuous on stage performances, festival food, and a children's tent. The "Art of Wheels" classic car show kicks off the event each year on Saturday (June 21) morning.
47th Annual Fair Diddley® 2015
The 47th Annual Fair Diddley® will take place on on the historic Woodstock Square! Over 300 crafters will exhibit their hand-crafted items! Join nearly 10,000 shoppers at this must attended event! Fair Diddley® will take place RAIN or SHINE!
Cruisin Into Lockport Car Show & Concert
Sponsored by the City of Lockport, Lockport Township Park District, and Lockport Township Government, the Cruisin’ Into Lockport Classic Car Show will return for another great season on Central Square. Come see the finest classic cars of not only Lockport, but from a tri-county area. There will be a different featured car every week (although all makes and models are welcome). Every Monday night 6:30pm-8:30pm - come out for a car show and a different live band each week. Enjoy food vendors, face painting and lots for the kids to do. Free event!
33rd Annual Midwest Heritage Quilt Show
Beautiful quilts, some nearly 100 years old, will be on display at the Vermilion County Museum throughout the month of July. Awards will be given in 9 categories including bed quilts, purses and clothing, and wall hangings.
Antique and Collectible Markets
Join us for 25,000 sq. ft. of quality antiques and collectibles. The best and largest selection of collectibles anywhere. Sat. 11am-5pm; Sun. 10am-4pm. Admission $6.
Effingham Artisan Fair
Downtown is transformed into an art gallery with works from over 40 artists, on display for purchase. Artwork for sale includes oil paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculptures. Several artists will demonstrate their craft at the event. As part of the event, the Artisan Fair features wine and beer tasting. There will be approximately ten regional wineries and several different craft beers available for tasting. This event will open from 12 – 5 p.m. Other activities include the 5K Run and Walk, Kids Korner, sidewalk chalk art, “Can Do Art,” food fair (including Gabby Goat, IGA, Sausage Haus, Doris Yoder's Kitchen, The Cookie Jar and Tropical Sno) and live musical entertainment at the gazebo. The Historic Court House Museum will be open for tours.
Port Clinton Art Festival
Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most successful juried art festivals and attracts more than 250,000 art enthusiasts from places near and far. More than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists come together to showcase their work over the course of the weekend, creating an atmosphere brimming with renowned creativity. Alongside established artists, a youth art division celebrates the talents of young artists ages 18 and under, offering them the opportunity to participate, exhibit, and experience the inner workings of an art festival.
DeKalb County Barn Tour
The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a one-day driving tour of barn sites within DeKalb County hosted by the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association and the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center. Participants will receive a map Guide Book containing hand-drawn sketches of each barn and the barn’s history, style and use. Participants drive to each location in any order for a tour of the barn(s), including many interiors. Purchase your event ticket at any of the seven locations. Admission is $20 per vehicle (buses extra) (Museum members receive a 25% discount). Bus groups are welcome.
Maple City Fine Art Exhibition
Area artists display their artwork at the Geneseo Art League and the Cellar Restaurant and compete for top honors during this exhibit.
Central States Threshermen's Reunion
Step back in time at the Central States Thresherman’s Reunion, held annually over Labor Day weekend. Come see and experience traditional events including rock crushing, threshing, sheep shearing, tractor pulls, and a variety of country music shows. Daily attractions include the General Store, 1900 Country School House, Singer Saw Mill, 1910 Era Blacksmith Shop, 1920 Conoco Gas Station, Craft Show, and Flea Market.
11th Annual River Country Quilt Show
Quilters throughout the area exhibit an impressive number of quilts, wall-hangings, antique quilts and much more.
Christmas on the Fox/Art and Craft Show
Quality, hand-made arts and crafts. No commercial or manufactured items. Come and experience the delights of the season.
Joliet Public Library's 6th Annual Star Wars Days
Visit Downtown Joliet for a weekend filled with family fun & Star Wars! The 501st Legion and Rebel Legion will be there in costume. They are international fan-based Star Wars™ organizations dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate costumes. Held at Joliet Main Library from 11am - 4pm. Prize giveaways, kids games, costumed characters, live music, food vendors, artists, exhibitors, movie prop exhibits and more! Claim your spot along Ottawa, Cass or Chicago Street for the kickoff parade at 11am - Don't miss additional activities inside the Library, inside the Museum, and outside on Clinton and Chicago Streets.
Barn Quilts of DeWitt County: "Red,Wine, & Blues Tour"
The Barn Quilts of DeWitt County program will be holding their second Red, Wine & Blues Tour. Unlike our traditional tour, this event will showcase individual barns that are a part of our Barn Quilts of DeWitt County Trail with a night of good food, good music and good times. Contact the Chamber & Tourism Office for ticket and tour time information.
Gazebo Art Festival
The Gazebo Art Festival is held on the outdoor grounds of Chandler Park in downtown Macomb! This setting is a wonderful place for the public to view art, chat with artist and enjoy live performances and music from the Al Sears Jazz Music Festival. There will also be activities and fun for children!
61st Art Fair on the Square
Art fair consisting of selected exhibitors' work in a variety of disciplines including: ceramics, digital art, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, graphics/printmaking, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture & wood. Silhouetted against classical architecture and stately mature trees, the artists set up their outdoor galleries around historic Market Square. There will also be a children's art tent for the creative little ones.
Old House New House Home Show/Fall 2015
Explore 300 deluxe displays with the latest in kitchens, baths, building, remodeling and landscaping. Meet award-winning contractors and creative craftsmen to improve your home and surroundings.
Lake Katherine's Monarch Butterfly Festival
Join Lake Katherine for a celebration of the Monarch migration down to Mexico plus, all things harvest.
Undying Words 1858-1865
A powerful look at Lincoln’s greatest words and how they helped end slavery in America. “Undying Words” explores the most important speeches of Lincoln’s career, showing how his views on slavery evolved as he sought to hold the country together. One hundred fifty years after the Civil War ended and Lincoln died, this exhibit shows what was at stake for the slaves, soldiers and families caught up in the crisis Lincoln devoted himself to ending.
Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days
The 26th Annual Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days will be held at John A Logan College. It is the largest celebration of Hunting and Fishing Day in the country. This 200+ vendor show offers something for the whole family. Bass Fishing and Crappie seminars, catfish contest, Goose calling contests, Dock Dogs competitions, retriever demonstrations and a kids fishing hole are just a few of the activities throughout the weekend.
17th Annual Chicago Drum Show
World's largest, longest running vintage and custom drum show. Exhibits, clinics, classes, demonstrations, entertainment, celebrity guests. Admission: $15; children 5-12 $10.
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum July 4th Celebration
All aboard the antique steam train as a 36 ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses and two passenger flat cars for a four mile ride through farmland and across a bridge 30 feet above Yellow Creek and view the fireworks in the night sky from the train. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts. Browse for novelties in the Freight House and visit the Silver Creek Museum which offers 25 rooms of early Americana, a display of antique machinery, Henney Motor Company vehicles which were manufactured in Freeport, and the operating Cooper-Corliss engine, a giant 130 ton steam engine. Sandwiches, drinks and deserts served at the Museum. Train: Adults: $7; Children Under 12: $3; Cab Rides: $15; Museum: Adults: $4; Children Under 12: Free.
Civil War Weekend
Friday, Sep 18: 7 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation. Saturday, Sep 19: 9:30 am to 4 pm – Speakers, exhibits, & Re-enactors. Exhibits Include Civil War Era guns and quilts, Civil War Re-enactors, Civil War Era Memorabilia, Music, Exhibit Contest, Kirkpatrick Pottery, and Children Activities. It is FREE! Saturday, Sep 19, 7 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation. Sunday, Sep 20: 1 pm - Historical Bus Tour: Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro. Call 618- 833-8745 for $10 reservation. 2-4 pm - Open House at the PAST Heritage House, It is Free! 2:30 pm - Recognize All Exhibit Contest Winners, and 2:35 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation.
Art on the Square
The #1 Art Show in the Nation (2008, 2010 & 2011) features 100 juried artists from all over the world. Come and shop for fabulous works in a perfectly beautiful setting of Belleville's Public Square. The show also features a high school exhibit from over 25 Southern Illinois schools, outstanding main stage performances, gourmet food and wine courts, artists' demonstrations, and an art activity area for children.
Come ride the vintage passenger and freight trains on the former Illinois Central and Illinois terminal trackage. Experience the rails just like the maintenance crew did on a motorcar. All-day-tickets! - As many rides as you want! Also, enjoy the food tent.
Art on Harrison
Seeking a way to announce the emerging Arts District, galleries and building owners in partnership with the Oak Park Arts Council inaugurated Art on Harrison in 1995. Conceived of as an informal Friday evening gallery walk, the event has continued each September since its inception, expanding to include entertainment and performances at participating galleries. Come out and see what the area has to offer in a convivial atmosphere, a celebration of what the creative spirits of this community have accomplished.
Fever River Railroad Fall Open House
For model railroad aficionados-and everyone else who ever enjoyed model trains-this is something to see. The Fever River Railroad is a 103 by 24 foot HO scale model of a hypothetical railroad. The railroad intersects with models of "real" railroads, each of which can be operated independently. Up to 20 trains can be operating at one time. Industries along the railroad right-of-way duplicate either actual facilities or are typically correct of the industries that would be found in the Upper Midwest. The scenery represents the geographical area as well. A collection of railroad memorabilia and pictures are on display.
John A. Logan College Autumn Fest
This annual event features over 100 original, handmade arts and crafts, great food, free admission, and free parking. For more information call 1-800-851-4720, extension 8287.
46th Annual Threshing Show and Antique Show
The Stephenson County Antique Engine Club proudly presents this annual event, "The Freeport Show". It offers over 300 antique steam and horse-powered engines, equipment, and gas engines. This year's feature is Allis-Chalmers. There will be a huge parade daily at 1 pm, a large flea market, a large display building offering home antiques, crafts, demonstrations, and farm miniatures, Gasoline Alley featuring The Rawleigh gas engines, sawmill, and blacksmith shop. There will be threshing demonstrations with both steam and gas tractors, and working demonstrations throughout the show grounds. Also, ride the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad antique steam train. Great food is offered. Don't miss the Farmer's Hitch Class, Horse Pull or the Midwest Championship Antique Tractor Pull.
American Thresherman Show
This steam and antique tractor show features 5 days of great events such as antique tractor pulls, ITPA & Illinois Hot Farm Stock sanctioned tractor pulls, music, a parade and much more!
Home Garden & Business Expo
Annual Home Garden & Business Expo featuring over 40 exhibitors and 2 full days of "How To" demonstrations. Breakfast and lunch available, hourly door prizes, blood screenings on site and register for the "Grand Prize!"
4th Annual Prairie Land Heritage Steam Show & Fall Festival Days
View antique tractors, period demonstrations from blacksmiths, plowing, threshing, baling, grinding and molasses production. Enjoy train rides, tractor pulls, great food and a HUGE flea market.
2nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Walk
Take a self-guided tour of public art from June 2 to September 2 as part of the 2nd annual Sculpture Walk in downtown Oak Park. The walk features 12 world-class sculptures prominently placed among Oak Park's many shops and restaurants.
Burpee Museum Traveling Exhibit - Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep!
Take the plunge into the deep, dark, Savage Ancient Seas! It is the world of the late Cretaceous period-over 70 million years ago! Filled with huge carnivorous marine reptiles with double-hinged jaws and teeth in the middle of their palates, gigantic flesh-eating fish big enough to swallow an adult human being whole, flying reptiles with 3-foot skulls, and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived! Exhibit opens to the public January 17, 2015, and is here until September 7, 2015.
Hobnob Spring Market
A laughter filled gathering with the feel of a festive village fair. Browse creatively displayed mini shops for vintage antiques and handmade goodies from 50+ of the best vendors around. You'll be amazed by the funky/shabby/cool vintage finds plus the handmade jewelry, art and imaginative home accessories. Enjoy some live music, lunch & sweets, a cash bar and raffle prizes.
American Indian and Ethnographic Show
Historic artifacts on display.
St. Charles Fine Art Show
Located along the banks of the Fox River, this juried art show features 100 fine artists, live music, demonstrations and artists’ awards.
Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours
Learn about local, Underground Railroad sites on a shuttle tour with J.E. Robinson Tours and the Alton Regional CVB on the last Saturday of each month (10 a.m. to noon). The two-hour guided shuttle tours will stop at some of the sites that were part of the Underground Railroad system including the Old Rock House, Rocky Fork Church and more. Alton’s riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to the freedom of the northern states. Buried beneath the streets of Alton and Godfrey, remnants of this period in history still exist.
East Peoria Festival of Lights & Folepi's Winter Wonderland
Light up your night at the East Peoria Festival of Lights (FOLEPI)! The annual Festival of Lights is a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacular. With more than two million lights in the festival, the beauty will be sure to mesmerize you and your family.
Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
The 7,500-square-foot “Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America” exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden features trains running on 1,600 feet of track, for train and garden enthusiasts to enjoy the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges and around buildings.