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Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail
Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail is a once a year shared pottery experience. Everyone is invited to spend some time exploring the Southern Illinois landscape and the diverse group of potters that make this area home. Each potter will be available for answering questions and of course, showing their work. Some potters will have studio tours, while others may have special activities or demonstrations planned. A family friendly event that promises to be a fun and pleasant time for all.
Alton Memorial Day Parade
Celebrate Memorial Day by experiencing the oldest consecutive running parade in the entire nation. This parade began in 1868. Celebrate the history of Pie Town, Upper Alton and those who serve our country.
Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market
There will be an abundance of delicious fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, plants & flowers, locally-raised hormone-free meat, handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, pottery, art demonstrations and more at the Alton Farmer's and Artisans' Market. Admission is free for shoppers and there is plenty of parking at its new permanent location in the city-owned parking lot at the corner of Landmarks and Henry Street. The Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market is every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Miles Davis Jazz Festival
Enjoy an evening of jazz celebrating the music and life of one the true giants of jazz music - Miles Davis. There will be entertainment by Fred Walker, Dilbert Caldwell Band, Me and Bob, and Phil Dunlap Nonet. This event benefits the Alton Museum of History and Art. Admission is $20 per person.
Dicken's Holiday Village
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. The Dickens Holiday Village is back and the handcrafted Dickens characters made by our volunteer artists will bring a Public Art Program that is free for everyone to enjoy! Antioch will proudly displayed 45 Dickens characters for people to tour. Each character has a plaque describing the scene and also serves as an educational tool for students. Take a self-guided tour with one of our Dickens Walking Brochure Maps or reserve a tour guide for groups of 24 or more. Plus there is plenty of Dickens Fun for everyone in November and December. You may enjoy Dickens Teas, an Antioch "Oliver" dog afternoon, Dress like Dickens event, and much more.
Antioch's Summer Arts & Crafts Faire
This newly designed Summer Hand-Crafted Arts and Crafts Faire will feature artisans from around the country. Enjoy more than 140 booths of hand-crafted goods for summer and fall, food and free admission. There will also be plenty of children's free fun including face painting, balloon art and "Paint our Town!"
Back Forty Market
Join The 200 Acres and Hobnob Market as they team up to present the Back Forty Market on Saturday, May 21st at The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur. Back Forty Market will feature homespun goods, artisan foods, hands-on demonstrations, live music and lots more all in a setting that hearkens back to a simpler time.
9th Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
The fun starts Friday night at 7 p.m. Two shows on Saturday and a gospel show on Sunday. Lots of fun and great music. Tickets can be purchased at the door if not camping. Line-up will be announced around March/April 2016. Everyone is welcome!
Two Brothers Summer Festival
The Two Brothers Summer Festival is a growing, weekend long music, food and beer festival focused on charity and community. The idea stems from the ideologies of the Ebel brothers, owners of the Two Brothers Brewing Company. Two Brothers Summer Festival was created to raise money and awareness for a growing list of charities, as well as give back to the local and regional community. Two Brothers Brewing Company is proud to have granted several wishes via the Make-A-Wish Foundation and helped a number of other children’s charities in its 18 years. This year The Two Brothers Brewing Company will donate net proceeds from the festival to Make a Wish Illinois and local charities. Music lineup includes Cold War Kids, Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow and PHOX.
Blues On The Fox
Blues on the Fox is a 20-year Aurora tradition, and this season, it’s bigger than ever. From Friday to Saturday RiverEdge Park becomes home to the hottest blues artists. It’s a weekend of cold beer, smokin’ music and a good time, all while overlooking the gorgeous Fox River.
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.
Fox Valley Irish Festival at RiverEdge Park
No need to fly across the pond to get in on all that Irish fun. With beer and whiskey tastings, vendors offering phenomenal Irish fare, crafts and games for the kids and, of course, the hottest Irish bands around, the 2nd Annual Fox Valley Irish Fest is the biggest Irish party the Chicago suburbs have ever seen. There’s a little Irish in all of us – come celebrate the food, drink, music and spirit of the Emerald Isle at the Park. There’s something for the whole family at Irish Fest. There’s a huge children’s play area filled with crafts and games, Irish beer will be flowing, and tons of cool vendors will be offering authentic Irish food, gifts and more. Then, when the sun starts to go down over the green hills of the Park, to see three of the hottest Irish bands: Brendan Loughrey, The Ploughboys and The Mahones.
Donny & Marie at the Paramount Theatre
From recording artists to television stars to Vegas headliners, Donny & Marie are the epitome of entertainment superstars. Just ask any of the thousands of people who saw them light up the Paramount last summer. Now, this duo is back at it in Aurora, and they’re bringing the songs, the choreography and, of course, the charm. With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing their catalog of chart-toppers like “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll” and countless more to the stage. Add in their fun-loving personalities, high-energy style and serious dance skills, and this is one production that’s a total blast for the young and young at heart. Get in on all the Osmond fun, and come see for yourself why, year-after-year, Donny & Marie are voted the best of Vegas.
The Rat Pack at the Paramount Theatre
World-renowned actor and comedian Buddy Hackett was a lifelong friend of the Rat Pack. Together, those five guys were the epitome of cool, ruling the Las Vegas strip and creating a smooth style that’s still emulated today. Now, years later, Buddy’s son, Sandy Hackett, and his crew of crooners are bringing the boys’ timeless Vegas show to the Paramount stage, reminding everyone that the Rat Pack is still one of the hottest acts around. Critics have been saying it for years; with Sandy’s personal connection to Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey, this show is the closest you’ll ever get to seeing the boys back under the stage lights.
Kool and the Gang at RiverEdge Park
In over 4 decades, Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, won 2 Grammys and 7 AMAs, racked up 31 gold and platinum albums and scored a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This June, they’re bringing their funky jams to RiverEdge Park. You won’t be able to stay in your seat when these guys roll out hits including “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down On It.” And to add to the good times, Motown icon and founder of the Commodores Thomas McClary is bringing his legendary Motown sound along. $30 before June 1, $45 starting June 1. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs.
Genius of Shubert by Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus & AU Chorale
Enjoy classics by Schubert performed live by the Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus and the Aurora University Chorale: Stephen Alltop - Conductor, Lisa Fredenburgh - Chorus Master, Michelle Areyzaga - Soprano, Martha Kasten - Mezzo, Stephen Cannon - Tenor, Aaron Wardell - Bass. Schubert - Symphony No. 3 in D major; Schubert - Mass No. 5 in A-flat major.
Beach Boys & The Temptations: Surf & Soul Tour
There’s no better way to celebrate the summer than experiencing the band that literally created the beach rock sound live. And there’s no better place to do it than right on the banks of the Fox River. Calling The Beach Boys “legends” is an understatement. Their multi-layer harmonies, unmistakable 1960s surf rock sound and laid-back style launched them into worldwide fame, while simultaneously shaping the future of pop music forever. We like our surf with a side of soul, so joining The Beach Boys are the smooth, the soulful, and the funky Temptations. Known for their Motown smash hits “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” Gates open at 5:30 pm - show starts at 7:00 pm. Bring your lawn chair and be early!
Hollywood Vampires at RiverEdge Park
Three years ago, Alice Cooper and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again. An environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. The Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Gates open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm.
Barrington Art Festival
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at the Barrington Art Festival. The festival offers the work of 125 juried artists from around the country in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, photography, watercolors and wood. Live music, great food and fun activities for kids make the Barrington Art Festival a perfect family experience!
Cristina Pato Quartet
Cristina Pato has opened historical new paths for the Gaita (Galician bagpipe). In 1998 she became the first female Gaita player to release a solo album and since then has collaborated with many high profile world music, jazz, classical and experimental artists including the Chicago Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, The Chieftains, Arturo O'Farril, World Symphony Orchestra and Paquito D'Rivera. Her powerful style of passionate playing has been acclaimed by The New York Times as "a virtuosic burst of energy" while the BBC crowned her "the Galician bagpipe diva." Show starts at 8 pm.
Art on the Square
The #1 Art Show in the Nation 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.
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.
This annual craft show features the works of more than 300 crafters and artists displayed in booths, buildings and tents at the Boone County Fairgrounds. This show has a reputation for featuring hand-crafted, quality, original work. Vendors go through a juried application process, enabling us to provide you with an outstanding display of folk art, wood carving, dried florals, pottery, painted and appliqued clothing, jewelry, fine art and much more.
Little Hershey Swap Meet and Car Show
Annual swap meet and car show held at the Boone County Fairgrounds, both inside and outside displays of all makes and models of cars from the Model T, street machines and present-day models. Held rain or shine.
August 20th Cruise Nite in Berwyn
Come down to the Depot District and enjoy Cruise Nites with other families, residents and car enthusiasts. Learn more about Berwyn's proud classic car culture and historical automotive heritage. Cruise Nites are free! Just show up and have a great time!
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Event fundraiser features: *King & Queen voting *Groove to the DJ mix *Raffles & Prizes *Finger foods & desserts from local restaurants *A Local Celebrity Lip Sync Battle General Ticket $75: includes open bar, appetizers & desserts and coat check.
Midsommar Music Festival
Music and fun for the entire family, participate in musical workshops, jamming sessions and a barn dance with instructions provided. Main stage concerts are held in Village Park. Main Stage events begin at 11 am, Maypole procession at 4 pm, and Barn Dance at 7 pm.
Bishop Hill Clay and Fiber Fest
Interact with skilled potters and a variety of fiber artists during this two day event. Artists are featured in an indoor/outdoor classroom at Bishop Hill's Prairie Arts Center. Potters of all levels will demonstrate wheel throwing and hand building techniques, the Native American art of horse hair pottery, pit and raku firing processes and more. Learn weaving, spinning, rug hooking and broom making. Make and take activities will be conducted both days. Local musicians will entertain you with their diverse musical style in the village park Saturday afternoon, and an old-fashioned pie and ice cream social will be held there, too. Saturday evening, a soup supper takes place in the Bishop Hill Colony School. For $10, attendees can pick out a hand-thrown bowl, fill it with homemade soup, and take the bowl home afterward.
Jordbruksdagarna – Agriculture days
Celebrate Bishop Hill’s agrarian heritage, this event features traditional 19th century harvest activities and demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, farm produce, and Colony stew. Hours: 10am to 5pm.
Lattice, Landscape and Leaves ~ Bishop Hill Quilt Show
The annual quilt show is like a needle and thread as it joins together family members and friends to create something memorable. This event continues to grow and over 100 quilts and quilted pieces are entered in this judged show at the Colony School. Be sure to visit the Village Smithy and VagnHall Galleri to see additional quilts on display.
The Bishop Hill Chatquaqua
We invite you to spend the day in an enchanting village. The park is the center of this small town and will be filled with story telling and music. What is a Chautauqua anyway? President Teddy Roosevelt once called the Chautauqua “the most uniquely American thing in America.” Pronounced shuh-TAW-kwuh, this traditional form of entertainment is a exploration of American life and liberty. Hear the true tales of what shaped us as a nation from the people who lived it. Humor and a deeply personal perspective mean that history has never been this much fun! Join us for the historical re-enactment, a family oriented event sharing true tales of what makes us uniquely American.
Glorious Garden Festival
The Glorious Garden Festival offers self-guided tours through eight incredibly diverse, high-quality private gardens in the Bloomington-Normal community, along with guided tours of Sarah Davis’s heirloom garden at the David Davis Mansion. These gardens provide solitude and sanctuary, where one can soothe the spirit while enjoying the quiet pleasures of an outdoor retreat. The walk begins on the grounds of the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site where walkers pick up their maps and programs. The Garden Walk is held rain or shine.
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival exemplifies a long-established tradition of professional theatre devoted to performing the plays of William Shakespeare. The festival has been named one of the ten best theatre festivals anywhere by National Geographic. In addition to the mainstage show, theatre-goers can also enjoy behind the scenes tours, live jazz music, nightly Green Shows, fine art fairs and ice cream socials with the cast and crew. Spend a pleasant summer’s evening on the grassy lawn of the Festival grounds with a picnic basket, bottle of wine and great friends before the show.
Area Artist Showcase
The annual Area Artist Showcase will feature over 100 artists on view in various formats at dozens of Downtown Bloomington venues. The Area Artist Showcase debuted in 2010 and has grown each year. Special entertainment with visual art, musical performances, demonstrations, hands on activities and much more!
25th Annual Champagne British Car Festival
Each summer the Annual British Car Festival presentation by the well-known, highly respected Flatlanders British Car Club takes place on the lawn of the Historic David Davis Mansion. This popular event features all vehicles of British make, displayed in all their unique and varied glory. Tours will be given of the mansion and during the lunch hour a special Bag pipe concert performed by the Prairie Thistle Pipes and Drums group.
Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center One Year Anniversary Celebration
Join us on the Museum Square to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center on Monday, April 25 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy refreshments and a Route 66 performance from the Sound of Illinois Chorus on the plaza at 12:15 p.m. The Museum will also offer free admission to the new permanent exhibit gallery, Making a Home, which explores the experience of living, working, farming, and creating community in McLean County.
Paula Poundstone at the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts
Comedienne Paula Poundstone will be at The Bloomington Center for Performing Arts. She is Emmy Award-winning comedian, author and humorist, Paula Poundstone, is currently a regular panelist on NPR’s widely popular weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me, where her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy is heard by 5 million homes across the country, internationally on NPR Worldwide, and on the Internet via podcast.
Jonny Lang at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Sixteen years ago, at the age of 16, Jonny Lang found incredible success with the release of his major label debut album Lie To Me as a blues and gospel guitar player. The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to interact with some of the most respected legends in music. See him perform his newest album Fight for My Soul at the BCPA.
St. Donatus Feast & Carnival
107th Annual Feast & Carnival. All food homemade, no vendors; pizza, beef, clams, Italian, Mexican, and of course, carnival, rides & bingo. 6-10PM.
The Annual Buffalo Grove Art Festival
Currently rated as one of the top 100 art festivals in the country, the festival hosts more than 100 juried artists from around the globe. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to watch the masters at work with art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long! In addition to the work of the 100 juried artists, festival-goers will have the opportunity to view and purchase works from young artists, ages 18 and under, who participate in the Youth Art Division of the festival taking place on Sunday. In addition to the artwork, festival-goers will enjoy live performances from a variety of musical acts, great food and art activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art at the festival and much more!
Southern Illinois Music Festival
The Southern Illinois Music Festival, now in its 12th season, is presenting Rossini's final opera, William Tell, sung in French with projected English supertitles, 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 Festival Orchestra will also perform a grand orchestral program of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, including the “Eroica” Symphony and the Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, featuring violinist, Michael Barta and cellist, Eric Lenz. The Festival will also present music by Mozart from 1776, including his three great violin concerti, the concerto for three pianos, the Serenata Notturno and the “Paris” Symphony. Mark your calendars for May 27 through June 13, 2016. The Southern Illinois Music Festival presents three-dozen professional performances of classical music and jazz in two dozen venues throughout Southern Illinois each June.
Christmas in Carterville
This annual Christmas celebration encompasses the entire downtown area of Carterville. Santa and his helpers will be on hand for photos. There will be hot chocolate and cookies, caroling, chili supper, gingerbread contest, festival of trees, Sugar Plum Dance Fairies, face painting, Candy Land Path, horse and carriage rides and much much more. This event is held in downtown Carterville.
Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago's beautiful Grant Park on the city's magnificent lakefront has been home to the world's largest food festival.
Chicago Blues Festival
Chicago Legend Buddy Guy will headline the 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues festival in the world. During three days on five stages at Grant Park, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.
Chicago Pride Fest
Get ready for a flamboyant, fun party in Boystown! Show your pride while enjoying an eclectic lineup of crafts, food and entertainment from some of Chicago's finest LGBT performers.
Chicago 47th Annual Pride Parade
Celebrate Chicago's LGBT community at the annual Pride Parade, now in its 47th year! The parade will feature floats, decorated vehicles and marching groups representing organizations, groups, businesses, elected government officials and individuals. Be sure to arrive early to get a good spot!
Chicago Gospel Music Festival
Held in Chicago's Ellis Park, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers.
Chicago Jazz Festival
Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.
Chicago Palestine Film Festival
From April 16 through May 5, the Gene Siskel Film Center collaborates with the Chicago Palestine Film Festival to present the fourteenth annual festival representing the spirit and mood of contemporary Palestinian life. This festival is dedicated to exhibiting film and video work that is open, critical, and reflective of the culture, experience, and vision of the artists.
Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Calling all movie buffs! Head to Millennium Park on Tuesday evenings this summer to enjoy free movies at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. It's now home to the latest and most sophisticated outdoor screen with sound projected from the Pavilion's state-of-the-art sound system. The images are bright, clear and visible from the front row to the back of the Great Lawn, so there isn't a bad seat in the park! Be sure to grab a blanket and pack a picnic dinner to enjoy with your friends and family.
Shakespeare 400 Chicago
Shakespeare 400 Chicago is a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City through 850 events.
51st Annual Midsommarfest
Midsommarfest is Andersonville’s annual summer street festival, celebrating its 51st year in 2016! Nearly 50,000 people throng Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for two days and three nights of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region sell their wares to passers-by, local shops and restaurants welcome the warm season with specials and sales, and dance troupes, Djs, and cutting-edge plus longtime favorite bands keep the party going.
Brick by Brick at the Museum of Science and Industry
Explore the power of play at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago’s new temporary exhibition, Brick by Brick, opening March 10. Brick by Brick features a spectacular collection of more than a dozen LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, Roman Colosseum, the Burj Khalifa and more. These models are constructed by LEGO Certified Professional and Chicago native, Adam Reed Tucker. Guests will also experience hands-on building challenges that reinforce key principles of engineering, construction and architecture—and encourage creativity. Throughout the exhibit, guests learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; and learn how building beautifully uplifts us all.
Wired Fridays - Chicago Cultural Center
Wired Fridays feature original Chicago House music along with various other electronic dance music (EDM) genres from local, world-famous DJs in a mid-day dance party setting. Every first and third Friday of each month from noon to 1:00pm.
Andersonville City Made Fest
Chicago lovers, join us for Andersonville’s celebration of local businesses, brewers, performers, and makers from all across our city at City Made Fest, the only street festival that exclusively features Chicago-made craft beers, original Chicago music, distinctive Chicago food, and an unparalleled Chicago-made artisan marketplace to support and showcase all things local.
Andersonville Arts Weekend
Get your creative juices flowing by celebrating Andersonville’s artistic community and fabulous array of locally-owned businesses. Features original artwork by dozens of local artists and designers showcased in businesses throughout the neighborhood, plus a variety of live shows and performances.
Lake FX Summit + Expo
Immerse yourself in the 2nd annual Lake FX Summit + Expo – the Midwest’s largest free convening of artists and creative entrepreneurs. Join national leaders in the arts and creative industries for conversations, panels and workshops. Connect with expo resources. Discover new talent at evening showcases – and shop our marketplace. Featuring Charles Adler, Nick Cave, Graham Elliot, Rodney Jerkins, Ramsey Lewis, Maria Pinto, Tanya Saracho, Regina Taylor—and Others.
Millennium Park Summer Music Series
The 2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series will offer an exciting line-up of 18 FREE outdoor concerts every Monday and Thursday June 6 – August 25, 2016 (except where noted) at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The Millennium Park Music Series has been reimagined to feature a wider variety of genre-defying music from top local, national and international artists – both established and emerging.
Annual Festival with national bands and acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts. Also, special guest and Super Sunday Family Fun Day.
American Indian and Ethnographic Show
Historic artifacts on display.
Colona Memorial Day Celebration
The Hennepin Canal is home for three days of fun, Colona style. rides, games, and food vendors line the parkway for all to enjoy. Children’s activities, a horseshoe contest, beer and food tent with nightly entertainment. Sunday showcases the annual parade held at 2 p.m.!
Arts in the Park - Danville
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 27) morning.
More than a music and art festival. It's a three day celebration of the area's culture, rich with arts and entertainment. Music, arts, food, vendors, retail and vintage, Comic Con, street performers, magic, craft beer, car & motorcycle shows, hair Show, flow artists and more!
Each August, hundreds of thousands of people come to Central Illinois to experience all the entertainment and excitement that the Decatur Celebration has to offer. Headliners cap off a weekend full of family fun with unique food vendors, 3 blocks of arts and crafts, a carnival, and something exciting around every corner. Please visit the website for a full list of performances.
Jazz Patio and Wine Festival
All that Jazz. Join us on Saturday, August 6 from 12-5:00 PM for a one-day jazz & wine festival. Enjoy free face painting and balloon art for kids. Plus, visit participating stores for extra savings. Please visit the website for schedule of entertainment.
Deer Park Art Show
This new outdoor show will feature fine art and fine craft for show and sale. In addition to the artwork, festival-goers will enjoy live performances from a variety of musical acts on the music stage, great food and art activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt & spin art at the festival and much more.
Deerfield's Annual Fine Arts Festival
Fun for the whole family featuring art from across the U.S., live music, catered festival food, kid's art activities and more! Artists representing media such as painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, sculpture, mixed media and ceramics from 20 states will be exhibiting.
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. Call for details on pricing; Marcia Wilson at the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center at (815) 756-7904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Harvest of Quilts and Textile Art Show
The DeKalb County Quilter's Guild invites you to our biennial quilt show, October 1-2, 2016. Enjoy this year's expanding our offerings to other textile and fiber arts, such as weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, wearable art and more. The featured artist will be Lorraine Torrence, who makes wearable art and quilts, and will be presenting three lectures, "Design Principles for Quilters," "Finding Your Voice," and "Creative Clothing for Everybody." In addition to 300+ quilts on display, there will be exhibits in other disciplines and special exhibits including the Hoffman Challenge and a trunk show by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates.) There will be demonstrations, workshops, lectures, and a vendors mall with new and longtime favorites. Food will also be available to purchase.
STORYTelling: Hmong American Voices Exhibit
This collaborative exhibit explores what it means to be Hmong American. How has Hmong life changed since refugees first entered the U.S. in the 1970s? What does it mean to be Hmong American today? Through objects, audio recordings and personal stories of Hmong Americans, this exhibit immerses visitors in the material culture and social issues of Hmong American communities. The exhibition is now open and will run through December 2016. A special opening reception featuring refreshments and live music will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the museum, located in Cole Hall on the NIU campus. The event is free and open to the public. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Presented by NIU and the City of DeKalb, ARTigras is a Celebration of the Arts. The event will consist of an arts parade, a post-parade party featuring music, crafts and games, Art Gallery shows and receptions, evening concerts and…new this year…an opening night “March to Bourbon Street” event at the Egyptian Theater featuring dance and theatrical performances, live music and an art exhibit.
Effingham Artisan Fair
The 11th Annual Effingham Artisan Fair kicks off Friday, so come out and join the Effingham community for the “Arts & Hearts” celebration. This year, we are again expanding to include an “Artist Soft Opening,” where over 30 artists will display their art for the community one day early. A variety of events will be held to raise awareness for the arts in the community, including a live art auction benefiting A.R.C., not-for-profit community informational booths, and along with TREC Big Wheel races. In addition, we’ve brought back beer tasting to the ever-popular wine tasting event.
Memorial Day Tribute at the Effingham Performance Center
Three Chicks & A Stage present a Memorial Day musical tribute to our local veterans and military.
The Fab Four at the Effingham Performance Center
Experience the best Beatles tribute ever by The Fab Four at 8 p.m. Hear your favorite timeless classics and relive the sixties with their uncanny recreation.
Crystal Gayle at the Effingham Performance Center
Classical, country and spiritual artist Crystal Gayle performs her hits live at the EPC - Mother's Day weekend at 7 p.m.
Little River Band at the Effingham Performance Center
As one of the great vocal bands of the 70s and 80s, Little River Band performs their hits at the EPC to perform live at 7:30 p.m.
2015 Elgin Short Film Festival
The 7th Annual Elgin Short Film Festival promises to be an entertaining evening of some of the very best in short films by some of the very best up-and-coming filmmakers.You are invited to the award ceremony and screening of finalists taking place in Elgin, IL on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
Hardin County Heritage Festival
The Hardin County Heritage Festival and Duck Race on the Ohio river celebrates the county’s rich heritage and history. The event includes exceptional period entertainment and activities to fill your weekend, including; 1800’s outdoor play, Civil War reenactment, pageant, quilt show, duck race, area craft and food vendors. Festivities also include a period ball, a Regal Women’s Tea and live entertainment throughout. Events are held in Elizabethtown (Saturday) and at the Hardin County K-12 School located East of Elizabethtown on 146. (Friday night pageant)
20th Annual Art in the Park
The 20th Annual Art in the Park is a juried show of fine art, craft, and design. The show features over 100 artists from the Midwest displaying works of ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, and more. Food vendors will be on site selling delicious snacks and treats. Elmhurst Art Museum will be open 10-5 both days of the show with free admission.
Now celebrating its 34th year, 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 225 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like "cosmopolitan” and "sophistication." The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. It also features a popular children's art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food, and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup.
Frankfort Fall Festival
The Frankfort Fall Festival is ranked in the top 15 shows to visit by Sunshine Artist. There are 300 artisan from 30 states selling hand-crafted items at our show which includes local civic organizations selling food items, a carnival, entertainment and a community parade.
Art in the Park - Freeport
Join the Freeport Park District and the Freeport Art Museum as they welcome back the 9th annual, award winning Art in the Park. Come to Krape Park and enjoy the sights and sounds at this free community event. Stroll the walks and view the fine art on display by local and regional artists. Purchase a wonderful new piece of artwork to take home with you! Listen as local performing artists take the stage throughout the day. Partake in creative hands-on activities with the kids, and celebrate with some great food. Co-sponsored by the Freeport Art Museum and the Freeport Park District.10 am to 5 pm.
Spencer Tracy Film Festival
Spencer Tracy, one of Hollywood’s most cherished actors, comes home to Freeport where his parents lived and where he enjoyed many happy times as a child. Four prized films will be presented on the historic Lindo Theatre’s big screen. Films: TBA. Movie Ticket Per Movie: $5.
Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists, 1940-1960
This exhibition, curated by Channey Lyons with assistance from the Peoria Riverfront Museum, explores a period in Illinois art history through artworks that are often overlooked. These works, created by women artists during the 1940s and 1950s are highly personal, subjective, and occasionally visionary or politically charged in ways that both resonate with the familiar currents of Chicago modernism and offer new dimensions to that story. Making Their Mark features sixty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by forty artists.
Fulton Dutch Days Festival
The Fulton Dutch Days Festival feature many events celebrating Dutch heritage. Windmill tours, quilt show, 5K walk/run, traditional street scrubbing, Dutch dancing, a fashion show of traditional Dutch costumes and parade Sunday at 3 PM.
Galesburg Railroad Days
The 38th annual celebration of railroad history in downtown Galesburg. This event returns to Main Street. It marks the 160th year of the Railroad in Galesburg. Come by auto via I-74 or by rail via Amtrak. Galesburg is the gateway to the west and leading Amtrak Depot on the corridor to Quincy.
Carl Sandburg Days Festival
An annual festival celebrating the life and legacy of Galesburg native, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer--Carl Sandburg. Includes three days of literary, history, sporting, and children's events held at Carl Sandburg College.
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.
Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Geneseo’s fastest growing event gets even better. Visit downtown on Saturday as the streets fill up with over 300 vintage cars from all eras, train engines, model trains, airplanes, food and festivities.
Geneva Arts Fair
Express your originality with the artwork you discover at Geneva’s nationally-acclaimed outdoor gallery of juried art. More than 140 artists will show their work; from drawing, painting and sculpture to ceramics, glass, textiles and jewelry. All art is available for sale. Come for the day or stay for the weekend. We hope to see you.
Prairie State Winery Wine Downs
Enjoy live music & locally made Prairie State Wine during their Friday Night Wine Downs. The event is BYO "Nosh", so order in, bring your favorite wine snack and wine down Friday nights. See website for listing of performers and the weekly location (switches between Genoa and Sycamore Tasting Rooms) - May 6, 13 & 27 - special member events on May 20 & 21st
Sunday Blues at Prairie State Winery
Bloody Mary Sundays in Genoa! Kick your Sunday Blues at our Genoa Tasting Room! We will be serving up wine bloody marys complete with all the fixin's all day long. Kick back and enjoy the live music from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Pack a picnic from home or order in from a local restaurant. Reservations for music events always open the Monday before and will be held until 15 minutes before music starts. No outside alcoholic beverages. Must be 21 to enter. Held May 15 & 29
Paint, Drink and be Merry at Prairie State Winery
Join Prairie State Winery for their latest event with with "Vino Van Gogh!" Come for a fun afternoon of wine and painting. Starts at 2pm and pre-registration is required. Fore (16x20 Canvas) will be the featured painting. Don't forget to use promo code "PRAIRIE" for $5 off!
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!
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.
Death of a Blackheart Mystery Dinner Theater
We’re talkin’ Captain Jack Blackheart! Gee. I hope no one kills him off. Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at our Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show! Tickets for the show are $45 per person and include dinner, taxes and gratuity. Choose to stay the night and add two tickets to your room reservation for an additional $80. Does not include room taxes or room reservations. Call (618) 786-2331 for details and to make your reservations.