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Autumn Drive in McHenry County
Welcome to a different kind of fall festival! Spend a leisurely day with family and friends on the country roads of McHenry County. Family farms in rural McHenry County open to the public for three days the third weekend in October. Each stop along the way offers a unique country experience with antiques, arts & crafts, pumpkins, apples, pottery and more. Pick up your map at 16105 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, then start exploring.
48th Annual Fair Diddley® 2016
The 48th Annual Fair Diddley® takes place on on the historic Woodstock Square. The square opens to pedestrian-only traffic as over 300 crafters line the streets, exhibiting their hand-crafted items. Join nearly 10,000 shoppers at this must attended event. Fair Diddley® is an outdoor event and takes place rain or shine.
Annual Wood River Triathlon
Are you physically fit and up for a challenge? Be a part of the annual Wood River Triathlon. The event will begin with a swim at the Aquatic Center, followed by a bike ride and run through the streets of Wood River.
Windsor Harvest Picnic
Come and enjoy this family-friendly festival in its 118th year. Entertainment comes to you in gospel, country and rock. Fountain City Amusements provides a carnival atmosphere with plenty of food as well as the Ice Cream Social. There is also a 5K run/walk, a pedal tractor pull, parade, and a raffle drawing. This year for one show only is Country Legend Marty Stuart.
Warrenville Holly Days
Holly Days, sponsored by the Warrenville Park District is the City's annual holiday celebration that marks Santa's official entry into Warrenville. Guests can enjoy a warm bonfire, raffles, free horse and carriage rides, hot cider and cookies, and, of course, a visit with Santa. Local Park District and school dance troops, singers, and bands entertain attendees during the event. It is at this event that Warrenville officially turns on its holiday lights creating an array of colors for passersby along Route 56 to see. Holly Days, primarily for Warrenville residents, gives the community an opportunity to come together and kick off the holiday season.
Tunnel Hill 50/100 Mile Run
Are you looking for your first 100 mile run? This could very well be the course you're looking for! Flat, fast course on the Tunnel Hill Illinois State trail . Unlike a lot of rails-to-trails, there is nothing "flat" about the scenery. From wildlife inhabited wetlands to gorgeous rock formations, this trail has it all. Smooth crushed limestone covered dirt bed is wide and contains no trip hazards. Best of all is the iconic tunnel... over 600' of thrills you'll always remember. Includes a 50-mile option... all the fun of the 100 miler, except you run the course once instead of twice.
Bald Eagle Trolley Tours
Be mesmerized by the beautiful bald eagles at Starved Rock. Ride the trolley to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center for eagle viewing and an educational program. Includes your selection from our special lunch menu during the week and Brunch on Sunday in our Dining Room. Dress warmly, bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras. Visit the website for prices, times and details.
History Trolley Tour
Take a great adventure every June through December! Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at the Starved Rock State Park and Illinois Waterway Visitor Center where you will see Starved Rock from across the river and watch as the river traffic lock through the locks. You will also travel through the village of Utica and hear about the Illinois and Michigan Canal. While aboard, the driver will narrate the history and legends of the area. For tickets and information please call 815-220-7386.
Eagle Watching at Starved Rock State Park
You don’t have to travel north to see these majestic birds of prey. Thousands of eagles migrate south from Canada during the winter and Illinois is one of the homes of the greatest population of wintering bald eagles. The Starved Rock Lodge in Utica offers a “Bald Eagle Trolley Tour” in January and February on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Viewing birds from the Veranda at the Starved Rock Lodge is good as well. Dress warmly though. This great viewing spot is right outside the doors of the Great Room. If you’d like some exercise, take a hike on one of the trails at the Starved Rock State Park. One trail begins right at the Veranda. For a birds eye view, hike to the top of the Rock. Another popular event is "Eagle Watch Weekend" with activites both at the Starved Rock Lodge and the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center.
Starved Rock Photography Club
Whether you are just beginning in photography, are an advanced amateur or a professional, you are welcome to the Starved Rock Photography Club. Monthly photography walks at Starved Rock State Park’s Lodge with club leader, Jacki Pienta. The Photography Club will meet each month throughout the year for guided walks to planned sites for photography opportunities. Members will informally exchange ideas and tips for quality nature and wildlife photos. We will meet the 4th Saturday of every month at 9am in the back of the Large Parking Lot at Starved Rock Lodge. All meetings will consist of a hike to an area of either Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park or Buffalo Rock. Please be prepared to carpool if necessary. $25.00 annual fee to join which will include a club t-shirt and an annual cookout! Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 4th Saturday of each month. For more information, call 815-220-7386.
Sled Dog Demos
Sled Dog Demos at Starved Rock Lodge hosted by Free Spirit Siberian Rescue. Free Seminars will be held in the LaSalle Room at 10:30am & 1:30pm. Sled Demos will be held at the Visitor Center West Lot at 9:30am, 12:00pm, and 3:00pm.
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Join the fun on our weekly, guided hikes! Explore Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, the I & M Canal and a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round, the Starved Rock Walkers Club meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00 am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 4-month period, the group will see the entire park. Make some new friends and learn about wildlife, wildflowers and more. This event is free and open to the public. Please note: We will not hike on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Every Thursday (year round).
Earth Day Hike
Celebrate Mother Nature at Starved Rock! Join the park naturalist for a hike to the top of Starved Rock and into French Canyon. Learn about the history and geology of Starved Rock State Park. Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 11:00 a.m. Hike lasts 1.5 hours.
Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage
Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to overlooks and canyons throughout the park enjoying the variety of spring wildflowers and sparkling waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park. Learn about the history and geology of the park. Guided hikes leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:00 a. m. & 1:00 p.m. each day.
Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons in the park? Well now you can do it in one day. Hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30, 9:00 & 9:30a.m. both days. Expected time for lunch is 1:00, 1:30 & 2:00p.m. Finish times are approximately 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30p.m. You will board a trolley with a pair of guides and be taken to the east end of the park where you will begin your trek. Included is trolley transportation, guides, boxed lunch (1/2 way) and a specially designed performance T-shirt. Cost: $37.00 per person. Reservations required. For more information and to make a reservation please call 815-220-7386
Cache River Days
This fun fest includes a flea market, parade, softball tournament, yard sales, BBQ and music, canoe tours on Saturday.
Sweet Autumn Clematis Festival
See and smell hundreds of feet of walls covered in Autumn Clematis; followed by punch served in Luther Hall. The event runs from 10:00am- 5:00pm.
"Thrilla at Marilla" Mountain Bike Race
"Thrilla at Marilla" Mountain Bike Race. The second round of the IL State Championship XC Race Series on the newly established trail at Marilla Park. Contact Bob Sandy 815/674-7666.
Kane County Flea Market - June
Browse the wares of hundreds of dealers at the Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles, held the first weekend of each month (rain or shine) at the Kane County Fairgrounds.
Maple Syrup Time
For 4 weekends in February and early March, you're invited to walk with us into the Garden's sugar bush as we tap our maples. Help us collect the sap as it flows from the trees and cook it down to pure maple syrup. A great way to shake the winter blues!
Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
Run where Lincoln walked. The Midwest's premier half marathon takes participants past Springfield's major Lincoln sites, including his home and tomb. Registration information is available online.
Join us as we celebrate freedom, family, and country with our historical Underground Railroad program. Enjoy history displays, interactive interpretive hikes, traditional music, wild edibles, crafts and much more. 10AM-3PM.
Shelby County 4H & Jr. Fair
One of only a few fairs that still highlight their 4H and Juniors. The fair includes dog care and obedience, judging in livestock, poultry, rabbits, lambs, produce, flowers, plants, and many other subjects. The Food Shack serves plenty of great food each day of the fair manned by the various 4H Clubs in Shelby County. The fair wraps up with the popular livestock auction and team penning.
Shelbyville Festival of Lights
Come to Shelbyville and take a drive through Forest Park as it is lit up for the Holiday season. These lights are put in place each year by volunteers and new lights and themed areas are also added. Candy Cane lane is to honor loved ones. The Historical Chautauqua Building becomes a huge carousel. Come enjoy the Victorian Village, Santa's Shop, the North Pole, Bethlehem, and others.
Scarecrow Daze Festival
During the Annual Scarecrow Daze Festival, the entire city of Shelbyville is decorated with scarecrows. With a different theme every year, entrants decorate their homes and businesses to the theme. There is also a large parade on Saturday, kids' games, a beer tent, music, a quilt show, and plenty of food and crafts, in downtown Shelbyville.
Rosiclare Car Show
16th Annual Fluorspar Festival car, truck, and motorcycle show - City Park Rosiclare, Illinois, Overlooking the Ohio River Registration 8:00a.m. -11:45a.m. Judging at Noon Trophies at 3:30p.m. Entry Fee: $10.00 Dash Plaques to the first 50 registered.
Frozemont at MB Financial Park
Winter fun in Rosemont! Complete with winter tubing, ice skating, hockey games and more. Free holiday fun for the whole family!
Nicholas Conservatory - In Full Bloom: Orchid Exhibit
It may be the depth of winter, but Nicholas Conservatory is teeming with color! Our annual orchid display is sure to impress, with hundreds of tropical orchids creatively displayed in the warm, tropical exhibition area. Orchid sales and orchid vendors, presentations and workshops, and our annual family Winter Warm-Up event - there's something for everyone. Included with Nicholas Conservatory admission.
Nicholas Conservatory - Simply Spring: Butterfly Exhibit
Celebrate the arrival of spring at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens as you experience the magical world of native and tropical butterflies! Enjoy being surrounded by live butterflies in the tropical conservatory, and see the whole butterfly lifecycle in action as you view butterflies emerging from thier chrysalis in the emergence area. Included with Nicholas Conservatory admission.
Rockford Meltfest 2016
The first Saturday in spring, join in the celebration of the melting away of winter and the melting together of the community in this third annual fun family festival. Many of the popular items from 2015 will return, including live music, 5K run/walk, kids fun run, group bike ride, indoor venue, market vendors, kids activities, ice skating, and trolley rides (weather permitting).
QCCA Flower & Garden Show
Beautiful garden displays are served up with a great shopping experience. Great ideas for landscaping, decks, fences, sun rooms, and more. A variety of vendors will be on site selling garden items, specialty items, gifts and services.
Walking Tour of Historic Riverside
The Frederick Law Olmsted Society is pleased to offer great opportunities to learn about our historic landmark village. Discover the winding roads, delightful parks, beautiful landscapes, varied architecture and much more!
Pana Tri-County Fair
Come out to the Tri-County fair! The fair is here to bring together both urban and rural people in a setting that provides entertainment as well as education for all and to help show-case all that the surrounding counties have to offer. Grandstand events include tractor pulls, demo derby, entertainment, a huge parade on Labor Day, and more. Carnival and events for the family.
Southwest Half Marathon & 10k
Be a part of the 9th annual Southwest Half Marathon & 10k and enjoy one of the Midwest's finest events of its kind. Proceeds will benefit The South West Special Recreation Association and other local charities.
Riverfest Taste of Ottawa
Let's rock on the river! LaSalle County’s largest festival, Ottawa’s Annual Riverfest, celebrates summer with a bang! Carnival rides, art shows, craft and flea markets, kids activities, sidewalk sales, music and the now famous Taste of Ottawa all come together at the fest. You are sure to find something for everyone! Visit their website for everything this fest has to offer.
Starved Rock Country Marathon
Inaugural marathon and half marathon in central Illinois. Be one of the first people to run through and around Starved Rock Country. The course will encompass the scenery of the Illinois River and the rolling landscapes in and around Starved Rock State Park. Runners will experience a course that is not a flat fast course as other courses advertise, the course has characteristics that will inspire you with scenic beauty and experience the highs and lows of the hills created by the Illinois River thousands of years ago. Presented by Starved Rock Country Community Foundation.
Midwest Morel Fest
Learn, hunt and buy morel mushrooms during Ottawa’s Annual Midwest Morel Fest. This unique festival offers everything mushrooms for the morel enthusiast to the curious observer! All events take place at Jordon Block Park (Main & Rt 23/71N). One day, two hunts, enjoy a large variety of handcrafted vendors, home brewers tasting tent and competition, food and music. And don’t forget Morel University where you can learn to identify morels then take off for a guided hunt. We have set aside land just for you! The championship hunt boasts the largest cash purse in the nation. Both hunts have limited availability.
Easter Egg Hunt
Inaugural Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Safe House Animal Rescue. Over 3000 to 5000 Easter Eggs. A Visit with the Easter Bunny. All eggs filled with Candy, toys, with a possibility of larger prizes. Raffle Baskets, Baked Goods. Hunt free for all, age divided. Lunch will also be provided for $5. Starts at Noon
18th Annual Cruise Night
Come to Ottawa and check out the antique and custom cars during the city’s 17th Annual Cruise Night! Over 100 different models of cars will line the streets! It’s every car buff’s dream! LaSalle Street will be closed down for this event. Hosted by The LaSalle County Cruisers and the City of Ottawa.
Fine Art Fair
The 5th Annual Fine Art Fair offers more than 50 artists with art for purchase, musical entertainment, vendor booths, community art project, raffle, food, drinks and fun! 11AM-5PM.
US Log Rolling Open
The opening of the 2016 Professional Log Rolling season kicks off June 11. The event will include the worlds top ranked rollers & be televised on CSN Chicago.
Tour de Shawnee Bike ride
Bicyclists meet at the Olive Branch Community Center at 8 AM. Organized bike routes of 15, 30, 45, 62 and 100 mile rides around scenic Horseshoe Lake and area. Entry fee includes: Event bag, chance for attendance prizes. Early registration includes commemorative t shirt.
Odell Illinois "Get Your Kicks On Route 66" Car Show
Come Join Us at the Standard Oil Gas Station and “Get Your Kicks” in Odell with vintage cars and family fun... all celebrating the "Mother Road."
Art Dans La Rue
Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 12-9pm for Downtown Oak Park's authentic urban French Street Festival! Featuring: art exhibits by local artists, special showing of a French film, Can-Can dancers, French music by "Paris La Nuit," Poodle Parade, French lessons, Fresh made crepes, Wine tastings, Sidewalk chalk contest, Bike Rentals, and much more!
Murphysboro Apple Festival
The Murphysboro Apple Festival is the oldest and largest, alcohol-free festival in Southern Illinois. Over 45,000 people attend the festival each year. During the five days of the Apple Festival, there are numerous activities drawing large crowds such as evening stage shows, carnival/concessions, Queen Contest, Prince and Princess Contest, contests from apple pie eating to apple core throwing, firefighters' water fights, marching band competition, car shows, Appletime 5K Walk/Run and much more. In addition, the festival's Grand Parade is one of the largest parade in Southern Illinois. The parade features an average of about 160 total units, 25 of those marching bands, and a variety of groups and organizations.
St. Patrick's Day Festival
Start the day with the 5K run/walk race at 9 a.m. Watch the parade at 11am, enjoy corned beef & cabbage at the 17th Street Bar and Grill Warehouse. The Irish Kids’ Fest will feature arts and crafts, games and story telling at the Murphysboro Youth Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Grab a shillelagh and pour a green beer, or sample local craft beers while listening to the Irish music, and try your hand in the dart tournament or the Leprechaun Classic Bocce Tournament to be held at Riverside Park.
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!
Mt. Vernon Fall Festival
This three day October festival in downtown Mt. Vernon includes a beer tent with live entertainment, parade, children's area, food, fun, car show, band competition, pumpkin competition, carnival, pet parade and so much more!
Cedarhurst Craft Fair
More than 160 exhibitors from throughout the country show and sell diverse craft items. Includes continuous entertainment, children's activities, and a variety of food.
Downtown Car Show/Cruise Night
Downtown Car Show / Mt. Vernon Cruise Night - The Car Show will be located on 9th Street between Harrison and Jordan. Features cruise night, car, truck, and motorcycle show; entertainment, food, demonstrations, and a 50/50 drawing. The Car Show will have various models from "Classics" to "Modern."
Brown County Fair
Fun and entertianment for all! Events include Little Mr. & Miss and Queen pageants, horse races, tractor pull, demo derby, food, carnival rides, livestock and expo building displays. The Whistle Stop Depot Museum and Ferguson School will be open each evening.
Barn to Barn Classic
Shake off those winter blues, by getting out for a drive and testing your putter! The Brown County Deer Classic presents the First Annual Barn to Barn Classic. Gather your friends and family, all you need is a four person team to sign up. This putt putt contest will take you to holes designed by locals located inside barns, shops and machine sheds around the area. Dinner and live entertainment following for all paid participants at Ridgeview Winery. Entry fee is $150 per team.
From Vine to Wine
This fun and educational weekend offers a comprehensive overview of the wine-making process, along with plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting! “From Vine to Wine” will bring those interested in beginning or expanding their personal wine knowledge, guest vintners, and University educators to breathtaking Allerton Park & Retreat Center for a unique wining and dining experience. Seminars will cover grape production, turning grapes into wine, and a wine tasting course. Evening dinners will include specially prepared meals and wine pairings selected by the guest vintners.
Spring at the Farm
Dickson-Murst Farm is turned into an antique truck and tractor show with petting zoo, hayrides, crafts and music the ole' time way!
Monee Fall Fest
There is no place like Monee for fun. Free admission & parking. Great bands, food & beer garden. Parade carnival and family entertainment. Spectacular fireworks display.
79th Annual Gladiolus Festival
On the agenda for the Gladiolus Festival are the Coronation of the Princess and Queen, plus numerous parades, a carnival and giant flea, swap, and craft market.
Super Car Show
Cars and trucks are polished to perfection and fill Fort Massac State Park for a popular summer show. Winners are determined in various classes, including Mayor's choice and Superman's Choice.
McHenry Open Air Market - Opening Day
Spend the evening in Downtown McHenry and find great deals, new items, and entertainment from local shops and restaurants. All participating businesses will be open the duration of the event. Begins Thursday, May 19. 4 - 7 p.m.
Gem & Mineral Show
Annual Gem and Mineral Show showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more.
Crappie USA Super Tournament
Crappie USA will hold one of the 2015 Super Tournaments on Lake of Egypt in Marion, IL. This will be a guaranteed payout of $10,000 and prizes. The tournament starts at 6:30am and will run until 3pm with a weigh-in at 4pm.
Festival of the Sugar Maples
Just an hour's drive northwest of Chicago, the McHenry County Conservation District's annual "Festival of the Sugar Maples" makes it possible for you and your family to discover how maple syrup is made. The Festival takes place at the Coral Woods Conservation Area near Marengo over two weekends, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday March 5-6 and 12-13.One hour tours leave every 15 minutes and feature the cultural history of the century-old maple grove and stories of how maple syrup was made hundreds of years ago. End your tour with a taste of fresh Coral Woods maple syrup, some hot cocoa and sweet maple treats! The Festival is free and registration is not required. All ages are welcome, but children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Patrons are urged to dress for the weather and to wear shoes appropriate for hiking to the maple grove (about ½ mile, or six blocks).
Lynwood annual fest is for all to enjoy. It features food vendors, beer tent, kids games and a spectacular fireworks display. 3PM-2AM.
Rockford Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show - Indoor Sports Center
The 2016 Rockford Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show will continue to be your one stop shop. Whether you are interested in buying a fishing boat, pontoon, runabout, personal watercraft, looking for the perfect charters, guides, lodging, or just needing to buy the right fishing tackle the show will have exactly what you are looking for. We have some of the most experienced Illinois anglers and guides giving seminars. They will be talking to you about what baits and lures to use, teaching you different fishing techniques, and much more. Bring the whole family and take advantage of the trout pond, Hawg Trough, and much more!
Landro Productions - RV, Camping and Travel Show
The 2016 Rockford RV, Camping & Vacation Show offers the best brands, best deals and prices, and best place to buy. Come take a look at the new 2016 RV models and who knows, you may find the best fit for you and your family. The show will have fifth wheels, travel trailers, class A, B & C motorhomes, pop-ups, toy haulers, and even 4 wheelers. You can also have one on one time with campground and lodging representatives to help you plan your next exciting trip. Come alone or with your whole family and enjoy the show. Location: MercyRockford Indoor Sports Center
Lilac Time Festival
A stunning 8.5-acre horticultural display with 800 breathtaking lilacs & 25,000 eye-catching tulips! Take tours, shop the art and craft fair, and enjoy food, drinks & sports. Enjoy the old-fashioned hospitality, free concerts and attractions that will be provided in Lilacia Park during Lilac Time!
West Fork Encampment
This event will take you back in time with a historic re-enactment of military life from 1750-1820. Military and camping demonstrations will be provided daily. Both campers and public are welcome.
Try your hand at the Litchfield TriathLou at Lake Lou Yaeger. Swimming in Lake Lou Yaeger is the best open water swim you will have in the Midwest. There really is no comparison to this large beach with pristine flat racing water. The bike course is flat and fast with some great curves to keep you entertained the whole ride. Both the 5k and 10k runs see very honest mile paces with plenty of flats, and a couple hills throughout. Sprint and Olympic distances are available.
RC Jet Rally
This remote control jet rally gathers some of the best scale model jets in the country. Live stunts and performances will be available to the public.
Blue Carpet Corridor Route 66 Celebration
Enjoy this multi-town scavenger hunt, complete with stops at many famous Route 66 locations. Start your adventure and pick up your passport at the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center.
2012 Libertyville Days Festival
Bring out the family and enjoy carnival rides and game, delicious food, a beer tent, arts & crafts, a great line-up of live entertainment, the Libertyville Days Parade, activities and much, much more. Pirates of the 'Ville is the theme for this year's festival. Entertainment schedule to be announced soon, please visit the website for updates.
Lambs Farm Famous Farmyard
The Lambs Farm Farmyard will open daily March 25th through October 30, 2016. Meet Miss Wiggles, the 450-pound pig with an affinity for Bavarian Crème donuts and Oreo Cookies®, and meet all of the new miniature animals, including Levi the miniature horse. Climb into the petting zoo with goats, sheep and lambs. Check out the llamas, alpacas, cows, horses, ducks and more. Enjoy a ride on the old-fashion carousel or the train. Then challenge friends and family to a round of mini golf! Farmyard memberships are available. Day passes for all activities available for $8 for adults and $12 for children 2-12.
Twilight Shuffle 5K Run
Run through the historic neighborhoods of the east side of Libertyville. Professional timing. Families are encouraged (no children under 9) to run. After finishing the course, all participants are invited to join their fellow racers for a fabulous post-race party (including light dinner and non-alcoholic drinks for all registered participants) at the new Mickey Finn's Brewery. No registrations will be accepted or processed after 12pm on race day.
25th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival
Line-up 12:30 p.m. at Lemont Safety Village. Parade starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. Route: South on Stephen to Main, West to VFW Hall. Plenty of parking at the Metra Lot. Featuring: Lemont's own Irish Queen, The Chicago Stockyard Kilty Band and Hughes Academy of Irish Dance. Bring your family and friends and join the parade! Visit the VFW Hall, 15780 New Avenue following the parade for refreshments and entertainment.
Reptile Rampage is a great opportunity for the whole family to spend the day getting up close and personal to some amazing and unique reptiles. Visitors can meet over 150 animals including “Bubba” the famous American Alligator, the Wildlife Discovery Center's celebrated rattlesnake collection, lizards, snakes of all shapes and sizes, turtles and tortoises, crocodiles, an assortment of frogs, and so much more. Visitors will also have the chance to talk with some of the Midwest’s most knowledgeable reptile enthusiasts from local zoos, universities, museums, nature centers, and private collections. In addition to the many reptiles on display, there will be children’s arts-and-crafts activities, face painting, a Scout patch challenge and a fabulous auction.
Pause for Patriotism
The Mission of the "Pause for Patriotism" Committee is: to instill a Love of our country, demonstrate an attachment to the land and people, an admiration for our customs and traditions, and a devotion to the welfare of our country in our children and their families through the annual "Armed Forces Day" celebration and other activities throughout the year. There will also be great entertainment, food, and beverages for people all ages.
Kankakee County Fair
Let's spend a day at the fair. Go to the time-honored livestock shows, play some games, enter contests, enjoy the exciting live entertainment, be brave and ride on the carnival rides, or feast on the fair food; but don't forget to see the demolition derby or rodeo.
This is a 3 day extravaganza of wild entertainment. Included in this event will be a carnival car, truck & motorcycle show, BBQ competition, bean bag competition and much more!
KVPD Ultimate Outdoor Show
For the avid hunter and fisherman you'll be pleased to see the great fishing demos, games, vendors, food, live concerts, archery, demos, boat show, RV's and camping.
Jersey County Fair
Food, merchandise, vendors and more. A week-long annual county fair offering rare glimpses of livestock, agriculture competitions mixed with nightly entertainment. Don't miss the NTPA tractor and truck pulls, a monster truck challenge, demolition derby and Queen competitions. General admission is $2 per person, children under 13 free. Separate pricing for grandstand events.
69th Annual Morgan County Fair
Five fun filled days where families can enjoy live entertainment from bands, a talent show, queen & princess pageants, live stock exhibits, home economics building; a variety of foods, exciting carnival rides, demolition derbies, tractor pulls and so much more! Come and "Explore the Excitement!"
32nd Annual Cruise Nite and Classic Car Show
One of the largest Cruise Nites in Illinois. This event brings in classic and antique autos for a full day and night of fun for the whole family. Attend the car show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cruise that evening from 5-9 p.m.
Jacksonville Main Street's Pumpkin Fest
The Jacksonville Main Street Pumpkin Festival Celebrates everything fall with this fun family pumpkin festival. Pumpkins, food, and fall vendors create a festive atmosphere while the kids enjoy Pumpkin Playland, inflatables, pumpkin drops, costume parade and contests... plus a pumpkin pie eating contest, pet costume contest, trunk and treating and much more!
4th of July Celebration & Parade
Two day Celebration at Nichols Park beginning at 6 p.m. July 3rd and ending after fireworks on July 4th. Parade, concessions, kid’s events, live entertainment, fireworks and more!
17th Annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Bass Tournament
17th Annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Bass Fishing Tournament at Lake Jacksonville. People come from all the surrounding areas to compete in this tournament. Prizes are awarded. If you enjoy fishing and like competition, this event is for you. Register early... only 40 boats allowed in the tournament.
Join the 6th annual Fort2Base Race. There are two event distances, 10 Nautical Mile or 3 Nautical Mile events (11.5 miles or 3.45 miles). The 10NM event begins at Fort Sheridan in Highland Park, runs along the North Shore Trail and finishes within the confines of Naval Station Great Lakes. The 3NM event is run solely within Naval Station Great Lakes. All registered participants receive a tech shirt and finishers medals. Runners and walkers welcome!
Herrick Lions Club 4th of July Celebration
Independence Day Celebration with a flag ceremony to kick things off. There are bands, entertainment, a parade, raffle , free carnival, and fireworks.
Twilight Thursdays at the Tower
Watch the sunset over the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers from 150 feet in the air at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. Experience the breathtaking view of the landscape during the twilight hours, April 21st and May 26th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at “Twilight Thursdays” at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. Admission is $5 per person.
International SUNday Festival
Get a good look at the sun through special solar telescopes during the first-ever International SUNday Festival at the Confluence Tower. Members of several local astronomical organizations will be on hand to celebrate the Summer Solstice (which falls on Father's Day this year) from Noon to 5 p.m. The first 100 families to visit will receive a pair of free Solar Glasses. There will be food vendors, including "Good Looking Kettle Corn", Eppel's Pantry and Princivalli's Cafe on hand. Representatives will also share information about the sun, our nearest star in the Solar System. Amateur astronomers will provide their own optical equipment to safely view the sun including hydrogen, alpha, calcium and white light views. This event is free, although there is a charge to tour the Tower.
Confluence Tower Wind Festival
Bring your kites to the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower and experience the thrill of kite flying. The Gateway Kite Club of St. Louis will bring a variety of kites and showcase their skills. The public is also invited to bring kites and join in the fun! This event is free and starts at 10:00 a.m. View the kite flying from from the Tower's three levels for great views. There is a charge to tour the Tower.
Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor 2016 Season
Six Flags Great America is fun for the whole family with 14 heart-pounding roller coasters, a free water park with over 30 wild water slides, spectacular shows and parades, family rides and big pint-sized fun for the kids with children's areas and over 35 rides for the little ones. Don't miss Goliath, a triple record breaking roller coaster. It is the world’s fastest wooden coaster with the tallest and steepest drop, plunging riders down 180 feet and rocketing through twists and turns at 72 miles per hour. Don't miss the new ride, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. This new 4D interactive thrill ride coming in 2016 is a full-sensory gaming experience. Also enjoy Hurricane Harbor and Riptide Bay, the water park that boasts more slides and attractions. Catch a wave at the only place to surf on Lake Michigan.
88th Annual Lake County Fair
Come out and enjoy 5 days of fun at the 88th Annual Lake County Fair. Events at the fair include live entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides and games, live animals, motor crossing, banana derby, demolition derby, flower show, expo hall and so much more. Please visit the website for updated information.
Northern Illinois Boat Show & Sale
Come see the latest pontoons, family runabouts, ski boats, jet boats, fishing boats and products by: Lund boats, Yamaha outboards, Bayliner boats, Alumacraft boats, Mercury outboards, Sea Ray boats and many more brands of boats, parts, trailers and boating accessories, docks and more!
Experience "Life on the Mississippi River" at this annual festival. Take free tours of working towboats. Enjoy live music, special deals, giveaways and much more.
Peach Festival at Pere Marquette
Nothing pairs better than a warm, summer day and a ripe, juicy peach! The Peach Festival will feature local farmers displaying their delicious local peaches as well as some of those famous Calhoun Peaches hand picked that morning and still warm from the sunshine. Come on out to the beautiful Pere Marquette Lodge and join us for an afternoon of fun, festivities and peaches. There will be live entertainment, craft vendors, tons of family friendly fun and all the ripe, juicy peaches you can eat!
Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
A site interpreter at Pere Marquette State Park, will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles this winter. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature bald eagles, what eagles eat, why they spend winter months in the area and much more. All programs will begin at the park's visitor center at 8:30 a.m. Reservations are required. There will be a short video presentation followed by an observational drive to view the wintering bald eagles. Please dress warmly and have a full tank of gas.
Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair
Want to learn to fish or become a better angler? The Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair offers fun and information for the entire family. Event includes: trout pond, seminars on fishing and water safety, educational activities, gifts, prizes and lots more! Free. 1.