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Wright Ride 2015
Come join us in Oak Park for a family friendly bike ride! Enjoy 10, 30, 50, and 68 mile routes. Experience beautiful tree lined architecturally rich communities, and after the ride dine and shop with us. This leisurely ride is perfect for the novice, casual cyclist, or experienced long-distance rider.
A Festival of family fun. Carnival rides, music & live entertainment, Worth Days parade and fireworks! Bring out your friends and family for a great few days of fun!
Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden
Take a magical trip to a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden when we kick off the holiday season! Outside, 750,000 lights sparkle and welcome you and your family to the Garden's wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls, and through more than 80 mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks. Paul Busse, designer of the Model Railroad Garden, created this amazing exhibition exclusively for the Garden's holiday celebration.
Winter Holiday Hayride
Our annual holiday hayrides will feature the food, fun and traditions from the pioneers of North America. We'll ride on our decorated hay wagon through the streets of Palos Heights singing Christmas carols then return to the Nature Center to enjoy food, crafts and other activities. Registration and payment to be made in person or by mail no later than the Monday before hayride. $8 per person.
Wings Over Waukegan Air Show
The Annual Waukegan Air Show, Wings Over Waukegan, is a great time for the whole family and has been extended to a 2-day show. Enjoy the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team, F-18 Hornet, USN Static Aircraft Displays, Classic Warbirds, Jet Bus and Military Aircraft as they soar through the sky performing exciting stunts and procedures. There will also be food and refreshment booths. Gates open at 9:30am and show begins at noon.
Wine Down Wednesday
Take a break in the middle of the week and enjoy us on the Veranda for wine tasting, plus relaxing Jazz by the Wes Hausken Trio from 6-8 pm. Complimentary appetizers are also part of the fun! Mark your calendars for Wednesdays: June 3, July 1 and August 5. Please stay for dinner and take in the beautiful view with a sunset added at no charge!
Windsor Harvest Picnic
Come and enjoy this family-friendly festival which is in its 118th year. Entertainment comes to you in gospel, country and rock. This year's entertainment includes The Battlecreek Band, David Frizzell and Lorrie Morgan. 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.
Weekly nature education programs for all ages. Each week a guest presenter will introduce participants to a new nature topic. Topics include bees, geology, insects, snakes, butterflies and more! This is a great opportunity to learn something new about the world around us. Every Wednesday at 3pm.
West Fork Encampment
Re-creation of Frontier and Military life of the 18th century nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Lou Yaeger. There will be cannon demonstrations, period food, music and many more historical demonstrations. Located at Picnic Area #4.
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.
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!
Black Vultures and turkey vultures fly and swoop in the skies surrounding Makanda each fall. Local residents await their return each fall as an end to the hot summer and the beginning of cooler fall weather. This event is a celebration of the Vulture’s annual migration with live music and displays by local artists for purchase. Come join the celebration and see this awesome unique event as these birds return.
Village of Robbins Open Air Market
Year round, each Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday. Thinking of going into business? Let us be your testing ground. Become a vendor or shop til you drop. We have new and used merchandise.
Vermilion River Fall Festival
Arts and crafts, live entertainment, concessions, and one of the area's largest car shows will be held at beautiful Ellsworth Park.
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.
United Warriors Xtreme Race
The United Warriors Xtreme Race is a 5K run with 14 extreme obstacles thrown into the mix to provide a rigorous yet fun challenge for all of you thrill seekers out there! Can you handle the sandpit craw, balance beams, hanging tires, dark tunnels, hay bale jumps, rope walk, tire run, mud pit and more?
Union County Colorfest
Enjoy the fall color of the Shawnee National Forest and guided home tours. Shop at local orchards and farm markets and art and craft fairs. Sample wine along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, participate in the fun run or biathlon race.
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, July 16th and 30th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at “Twilight Thursdays” at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. Admission is $5 per person.
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.
Trolley Tours - Starved Rock
Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. April & May: Saturday 3-4:30 & Sunday 12-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30. Jun. 1, 2015 - Oct. 31, 2015 , Mon-Sat 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-1:30pm, 1:30pm - 3:00pm, 3:00pm - 4:30pm. June-October: Monday-Saturday 3-4:30 pm, Sundays 12:00-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Swimming in Lake Lou Yeager is the best OWS 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.
Train of Terror
All aboard the Train of Terror for a thrilling and chilling, four-mile ride with a variety of spooky scenes along the route. Buy tickets at the Silver Creek Depot and Freight House. Food and beverages are available. October 10, 17, and 24th. All Tickets: $8.00
Traditional Music Festival
Performers from all over the Midwest will entertain on such instruments as mountain and hammer dulcimers, concertinas, bones, autoharps, fiddles, banjos, and guitars. There will be a large clogging platform provided outside the village, which will be filled with cloggers starting at noon on Sunday.
Tour DeWitt is back! Plans are in the works for a 10 mile, 20 mile, 40 mile and 60 mile ride through beautiful DeWitt County. Watch our websites and facebook pages for more information as the event develops, or contact the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Office.
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.
Torchlight Halloween Hike, Pumpkin Carving and Wiener Roast
Enjoy Lincoln Log Cabin in the dark! We will start at the Visitor Center for a bonfire and wiener roast. Bring out your best carved pumpkin by 4:30 pm and visitors will judge the best carvings and prizes will be awarded. You will also want to hike the paths between our historic farms by torchlight to hear storytellers in the Lincoln Cabin and Sargent House there to entertain guests with seasonal stories. To benefit the educational and interpretation programs of Lincoln Log Cabin, the Foundation will be selling hot dogs and s’mores for you to roast over an open fire.
Thresherman's Bluegrass Festival
Celebrating all things bluegrass. Nationally known entertainers, dancers, and festival food. Bring your lawn chair, settle in and enjoy the music. Held at Threshermen's Park, north of Pontiac on Illinois Route 23.
The Stadium at the Ballpark
The Stadium at the Ballpark at Rosemont is the 2,000-seat home of the Chicago Bandits, the 2011 NPF World Champion women's softball organization, East Leyden High School's girls softball team and the Rosemont School's boys and girls softball team. It is located on the west side of 1-294, and is the first facility of its kind in the nation built expressly for women's professional sports. The team plays 25 home games a year, from June through August.
The Polar Express at Monticello Railway Museum
Held at Monticello Railway Museum. Read along with the story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, surprises and a treat. And, for those who believe, a special gift for each child. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas! Nov 14, Nov 20-21, Nov 27-29 & Dec 4-5. Reservations required. Tickets go on sale June 6th.
The Great River Tug Fest
This is the only tug-of-war across the mighty Mississippi River. On Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., barge traffic, pleasure boats and paddleboats yield the right of way to a 2,400 foot, 680 pound rope that stretches between LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois. Eleven teams from each side are formed and the side with the most winning teams takes the Alabaster Eagle trophy for that year. Currently the score is tied 10 - 10. A family weekend event filled with carnival rides, live entertainment, a huge parade, scenic 5k run/walk, food, arts and craft vendors and one of the largest fireworks displays (friday night) in the two state area. Admission charged. Festival takes place on the Mississippi River at Port Byron IL Riverfront. Hwy. 67 & Port Byron. Call 309-523-2500 for more information
The Art & History of Falconry
Join local falconer Rich Escutia as he discusses the art and history of falconry. Live hawks! Program starts at 12:30 p.m. and lasts one hour. Held at the Visitors Center at Starved Rock on Sunday, August 2nd.
The Amazing Race – Starved Rock Style
Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and getting to know the Starved Rock Lodge area a little more. Try to be the first to uncover the Legend of Starved Rock. Use your wits, energy and sense of adventure as you race against time and your fellow racers. Enjoy a post-race awards ceremony at the finish line. The Amazing Race is fantastic for families, but children under the age of 8 and guests with limited mobility may find this event too strenuous. Teams are of 2-4 people and at least one person must have a valid drivers license and their own transportation as there is driving involved. Check in for the race will be at 11:15 a.m in the Starved Rock Lodge Lobby. Race start time is 11:30 a.m. $50.00 per couple. 2015 Dates for Amazing Race are: May 17 June 14 & 28 July 12 & 26 August 16 & 30 September 13 & 20.
Taste of Thornton Township
14th Annual Taste of Thornton, featuring top musical talent, free rides for kids, wide variety of food vendors & craft vendors. All are welcome!
Taste of Batavia Block Party
Celebrate Labor Day weekend as Batavia MainStreet hosts a 'Taste of Batavia' sampler party complete with live music, activities and dancing! For kids, there will be plenty of activities and a play area-- River City Church will host a bounce house, face painting, balloons, and a raffle. Lawn games and bags Classic Car Show on River St.
Take a Hike & a Lunch - Starved Rock Canyons
Join us for a guided hike from the Lodge to LaSalle and Tonti Canyons. Participants meet in the hotel main lobby of the Lodge to pick up a lunch and a “Starved Rock” backpack. Hikers will stop for lunch once they reach a Canyon. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00pm. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hike will be around 4.5 miles round trip. This hike is classified as strenuous. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or PB&J, bag of chips, homemade granola bar, piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386 Saturday hikes will go to LaSalle Canyon. Depart from Lodge and hikers will stop for lunch once they reach LaSalle Canyon. After lunch, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lover’s Leap. The tour concludes at the Lodge around 2:30 pm. Sunday hikes will go to St. Louis Canyon. The hike will depart from the Lodge and go to the top of Starved Rock then hike to Aurora Canyon. After Aurora Canyon, hikers will go to St. Louis Canyon and stop for lunch. After lunch, the hike continues back to the Lodge and ends around 2:30 pm. Saturday & Sundays through November, 11am-2pm. $17 per person.
Sycamore's Steam Show and Threshing Bee
The History of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club invites you to their annual Sycamore Steam Show & Threshing Bee August 13th - 16th, 2015. This family friendly event is a great way to step back in time and see many antique machines at work. Threshing using steam engines and gas tractors. Also, a sawmill in operation sawing logs into lumber using Steam Power and Baling Straw using Club's 1900 Sandwich stationary wire-tie baler are just a few of the engaging machine exhibitions that will be presented at the Bee. There will also be Barrel Train rides, rope making, mule team wagon rides and much more to entertain everyone.
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.
Survival Workshop- Native Tracking
Anyone can see tracks in wet soil and snow, but where do they go when they seemingly disappear in to the forest? Get the skills to see tracks and follow trails in the woods others simply cannot see! Learn how to read what an animal is doing – and thinking – from their tracks alone. Discover how and why tracking goes way beyond footprints. Know why people get lost in the woods and how not to yourself. Tracking changes not only what you see, but also opens whole new worlds of how you look at the wild! All classes are held outdoors and you may also want to bring note-taking materials. Class is limited to 10 people, must be 18 years of age or older. Lunch is provided. For more information or to reserve your spot call 815-220-7386.
Survival Workshop- Native Survival
How did native peoples survive comfortably and with ease from what they gathered and made in the wild? Well, it's time to find out! Make rope from local plants. Practice hunting with the oldest technique known to humankind. Craft a bow drill set and try your hand at making fire by friction. See many reproducible tool demonstrations like traps, snares, the hand drill, and native bowls, as well as getting shelter ideas. All classes are held outdoors and limited to 10 people, must be 18 years of age or older. Lunch is provided. For more information or to reserve your spot call 815-220-7386.
If you like fun, food, drinks and winning money then this is the only place for you to be this Saturday night. Each ticket comes with a 2 hour buffet, 2 drinks, a free t-shirt, race program, and live music! Log onto BalmoralPark.com today!
Sunset Soiree Free Summer Concert
The Village of Lemont, along with the Lemont Park District, presents a Free Summer Concert Series. Please join us in historic downtown Lemont at the corner of Stephen Street and Talcott Avenue for the following concerts on Thursdays: June 11, June 25th, July 16th, July 30th, and August 6th.
SUMMER POPS CONCERT
August 2, SUMMER POPS CONCERT. Koenig Theatre, Krape Park, 7 pm. Freeport Choral Society presents this annual summer outdoor pops concert. Rain location: St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Boulevard, Freeport.
Summer Nights On Madison
Join us in Downtown Forest Park June through August! Special shopping events, drink & food specials, live music and much more-every Thursday night through August. Check the Summer Nights Facebook Page for details.
Summer Nights at Brookfield Zoo
Our newest summertime event is back, and it's bigger and better than ever, with more evenings than before! Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine gardens, roaming entertainment, live music, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.
Summer Daze is Warrenville's summer music festival and car show. The event boasts children's rides, a craft show and bazaar, bands and local talent, karaoke, and delicious food and drink from local establishments. Most notably, however, the event features unique cars, motorcycles, and boats.
Summer Country Jam 2015
Nashville Headliner Chris Lane will be the featured performer along with Gina Venier (American Idol Season 15 Top 48 from Dixon, Illinois), Luke Amelang from Nashville, and North Carolina's Dixie Still. The After Party will conclude the day on site from 11pm-1am with a local band Love & Thunder. Join us for Happy Hour featuring samples and giveaways from the Budweiser Montego Sampling Team. Skydiving all-day at the neighboring Chicagoland Skydiving Center. Gates open at 4pm. Kids 10 and under are free with a paid adult. Go to the Summer Country Jam Facebook page for all details.
Steam Weekend at Monticello Railway Museum (October)
Enjoy the unique experience of riding behind our recently restored 1907 Southern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401! The 401 runs once a month during our regular operating season.
Steam Weekend at Monticello Railway Museum (August)
Enjoy the unique experience of riding behind our recently restored 1907 Southern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401! The 401 runs once a month during our regular operating season.
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).
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.
Sreator Labor Day Parade
Streator's Annual Labor Day parade will be held at 12:00 noon beginning at the BNSF train station through the downtown business district to the City Park. For more information go to www.streatorchamber.com or call 815-672-2921.
Spring Equinox Sunrise Observance at Reconstructed Woodhenge
Meet at the reconstructed Woodhenge to hear an explanation of the discovery, form end function of this post-circle sun calendar. Arrive by 6:45 a.m.
Come golfing at our mini golf course with this "spooktacular" set up! Ghosts and gruesome goblins inhabit this golf course for the day to create a unique and fun golfing experience!
Spirit of Peoria - Sights & Sounds of the River
Board the Spirit of Peoria for a rare experience on a genuine paddle wheeler! Go through the locks twice, enjoy lunch and be entertained with music and river lore. You will meet at the Starved Rock State Park boat ramp for boarding. Reservations are required. 11:30am - 2:45pm. $35.00 per person.
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.
Southern Illinois Boat & Fishing Show
A weekend long event sponsored by the Youth Outdoor Education Foundation and the Williamson County Tourism Bureau. The show features boats, trailers, trucks, ATVs, fishing tackle, live entertainment and more. Admission and parking is free. Great fun for all ages.
This festival is to celebrate the spirit of everyone's favorite SuperHero and what he stands for. "Man of Steel" which was released in 2013, was filmed in Plano, IL and appears as "Smallville" in the film.
Skokie's Backlot Bash
Skokie's downtown summer street festival is held annually over three days in late August featuring carnival rides, events for all ages and a concert stage with regional and national acts. Since its inception, Skokie's Backlot Bash has presented some of the nation's most eclectic Rock, Blues and R&B artists. This year includes Fabulous Thunderbirds, Pychedelic Furs and more!
Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor 2015 Season
Six Flags Great America is fun for the whole family with 14 heart-pounding roller coasters, a free water park with over 30 heart pounding 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. 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.
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum Labor Day Celebration
All aboard the antique steam train as a 36 ton, 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, and two passenger flatcars for a four mile ride through farmlands and across a bridge 30 feet above Yellow Creek. 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 Silvercreek 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. The Silvercreek Museum will be serving sandwiches and deserts. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides available inquire at the Depot Freight House. Museum: Adults: $4; Children under 12: Free.
Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum Fall Harvest Demonstrations
All aboard as a 36-ton, 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses for a four-mile ride through farmlands. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts, and browse the Freight House Gift Shop and Silvercreek Museum. Weather permitting, there will be fall harvest demonstrations with horses and tractors. The museum will feature sauerkraut and brats. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: Inquire at the Depot; Museum: Adults: $4; Children under 12: Free.
Shop It Forward
Come out shopping at this special event in beautiful downtown Morris, IL. Brought to you by the merchants that make up Morris Retail Association. Stores will have extended shopping hours. Show your paid receipt from one store to the next and get a discount (participating members only).
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.
The Skydive Chicago® Summerfest is the summer boogie to be at! This coming year will mark the 14th anniversary of Summerfest and will be the host of the 2015 Vertical World Record Attempts, July 28-31. The event continues to grow with each passing year. As always, there will be plenty of aircraft to choose from, world class organizers for all levels, vendors, and parties to keep you moving all day and night. Stay tuned for registration information, events, load organizers, vendors and entertainment. You will not be disappointed!
Scarecrow Fest at Route 66 Park in Braidwood
Check out the 3rd Annual Scarecrow Fest with live music, chili cookoff, and pumpkin decorating for the kids. Participants enter a scarecrow for judging. Top three winners receive a gift card to a local business.
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. Held in conjunction with Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest.
Saturday Night Star Gazing
Bring your family out to Katz Park for a FREE overnight event on Saturday, August 8th. Enjoy learning about the night sky with astronomers from NIU's Observatory who will have telescopes for viewing planets and constellations. Bring some snacks, blankets, and sleeping bags to enjoy watching the night sky change before your eyes. The experts on hand will be available to answer your questions, and education activities will be provided throughout the night by NIU STEM Outreach and Dekalb Park District Staff.
Celebrate the season with this pumpkin patch offering pumpkins, gourds, mums, and straw bales. Plus great photo opportunities. Open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk.
Route 66 Cruisin' 2015
4th Annual Route 66 Cruisin' 2015, Sept 19th, 4-8pm. Classic cars along with car clubs come to celebrate Route 66 and the Polkadot! DJ, Trophies awarded along with dash plaques and goody bags to first 100 cars!
Join the Village of Romeoville Parks & Recreation Department for another exciting RomeoFest from Thursday, August 6 - Sunday, August 9, 2015. Romeofest is a family-oriented event that consists of a variety of entertainment for all ages, great food, bingo, and carnival rides. Activities include fireworks on Friday and Sunday evenings, children's entertainment, food vendors, and bean bag, tennis and softball tournaments. The food booths, beverage garden, bingo, and main stage entertainment will be held on the Municipal Center Grounds, 1050 W. Romeo Rd. Carnival rides and attractions will be held on the Recreation Center Grounds, 900 W. Romeo Rd. Family entertainment and fireworks will be located at Village Park, 900 W. Romeo Rd.
Rockin' in the Park
Rockin' in the Park is a summer-long concert series from May 24 - September 6 starting at 7:00pm. The festival features live bands, fireworks and food and beverage tents from the restaurants located within MB Park. The festival is located on the green lawn activity area in the center of the Park. There are picnic tables available, however we suggest bringing lawn chairs and blankets. Outside food and beverages, and coolers are prohibited. (All concerts/fireworks start at 7:00pm and end by 10:00pm)
Rockford Slide the City
Summer time is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a 1,000-foot slip-and-slide? Slide the City is coming to Rockford on September 4-5 and will be set up along the Morgan Street bridge. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt. Make sure to bring your water buckets, floaties, and squirt guns to spray, splash, and get all attending soaked.
Rock 'N Wheels
Join us on Thursday evenings in June, July and August for themed food fests, music and Bike & Car Cruise Nights. Themed nights include All American Night, Italian Night, Taco Night, and more. Complete schedule available online.
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.
Ride Like An Egyptian
Join us for a fun and enjoyable bike ride through DeKalb and Kane Counties and support the historic Egyptian Theatre on Satruday, August 22nd. Since the ride starts and ends at the Egyptian Theatre, you will have the opportunity to explore this historic landmark. This bike ride offers four mix-n-match 25-mile loops. All participants will be provided with route maps and all routes will be marked with signs. There will be great SAG support on all loops and a well-stocked central rest stop. Bike at your own speed, this is not a race. All ages are welcome, however, those under the age of 16 must ride with a participating parent or guardian. There will be an end-of-ride meal provided for registered riders. Meal will feature soup, sandwiches, and refreshments.
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.
Quincy Five Miler & Bear Creek Grunt Rowing Races
The Quincy Five Miler is a 5.4 mile head race on the Mississippi River and Quincy Bay from Hogback Island along the Illinois Shore, through the cut and into the Quincy Bay. Utilizing the same course of the 1st Quincy Boat Race in 1872, the race will begin from the Knapheide Landing. Bring anything you can row, pedal or paddle. $25 per race www.quincy5miler.com or 503-704-2133
Quincy Classic Boat Show
Quincy Classic Boat Show! Join us at Kessler Park! Classic boats will be making a 17 mile Mississippi River Run from Mark Twain’s home town of Hannibal, MO to Quincy, IL. FREE registration for participants - Also during the event is the self-powered boat sale and swap meet in Kesler Park. For anyone wanting to buy or sell a row boat. For more information or to register your classic boat visit www.quincyboatshow.com
Quad Cities Marathon
This marathon offers beautiful views of the Mississippi River, entertainment and more. 5 Races to choose from including: Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Person Relay, 1 Mile Walk, 5K Run/Walk, and kids runs.
Pumpkin Fest 2015 At Siegel's Cottonwood Farm
Pumpkin Fest is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Over 20+ attractions included in your general admission. Challenge yourself in the 15 acre American Sniper corn maze or the 2 acre Spookley the Square Pumpkin corn maze. Take a hayrack ride to the U-Pick Pumpkin field or feed a pixie goat at the petting zoo. An array of food will be available from smoked turkey legs to fresh baked pie slices. Visit www.ourpumpkinfarm.com to see special events and guest appearances. Pumpkin Fest is "Affordable Family Fun" on the Farm. Open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. including Columbus Day, Sept. 26th through Nov. 1st. Come to the farm and Harvest Your Family Memories. Call 815-741-2693 for more information.
Rides, games, music, face painting & balloon animals. Pony Rides, candy and much more at our annual Pumpkin Fest in Hickory Hills. Don't forget to bring your camera!
Pioneer City Rodeo and Labor Day Celebration
Say goodbye to summer in the Pioneer City. Activities include three professional rodeo performances, free entertainment, a carnival, street fair and town-wide yard sales, parade and much more for the whole family. Weekend camping packages available on site.
Phoenix Family Festival
An outdoor festival which includes a carnival, basketball tournament, live entertainment, food/arts & crafts vendors & much more. Something for everyone. Bring the entire family! Th 5-10PM; F 8AM-10PM; Sa 8AM-11PM; Su 8AM-10PM.
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 and more. Carnival and events for the family.
Paddock Hills Equestrian Center
Imagine a golden ball of Midwestern sun breaking on the horizon. As the night dew still clings to the vines and the grass in the pastures, a farm comes to life with the sights and sounds of morning. Hot coffee steeps in the pot. Hard-working farm-hands begin the daily chores. Horses whinny as the cool rush of morning air fills their lungs. The gently rolling hills are aglow with another new day. This is the beauty of horses and the magic of a vineyard. Paddock Hills Equestrian Center is located with Prairie Orchard Farm vineyard in the majestic countryside of Union, IL, and is minutes from the I-90 expressway, but miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city and suburbs. Whether, attending one of our many horse shows, riding lessons, clinics, or programs, we are sure that your time with us will be well spent.
Celebrate fall at this free two day music festival offering a premier line-up, seasonal food, microbrews, wine and Kids' Root Beer Garden. September 18th 4-10 p.m. & September 19th 12-10 p.m.
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their 50th Annual Welcomeburger in Washington Square Park! This is the kick-off for the Riverfest! Everyone is welcome! Enjoy food, drink, and live music! The fee includes a picnic buffet, with drinks and admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Reddick Library, or any local bank. (All RiverFest Events subject to change.) View the website for more information.
NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing
The biggest battle of street-legal style race cars in the country are coming to compete at Route 66 Raceway! All-American door-slammer drag racing, massive manufacturer’s Midway, car show and swap meet. Come check it out or test your skills on the drag strip with Sportsman & Street classes offered. Subject to change.
Nearly Sane Trail Half Marathon
The Nearly Sane Trail Half Marathon will be 13.1 miles through the trails of Half Day Forest Preserve (permit pending), onto the trails of the Des Plaines River trail and back to the festival area where you can enjoy your well-deserved beer and hot dog! The start/finish area will be located at Shelter C of Half Day Forest Preserve in Lake County and take place on the beautiful trails of Lake County, which are some of the best that Chicagoland has to offer!
Nature Photography Contest
The 9th annual Nature Photography Contest on August 16-23, 2015 offers budding photographers a chance to display the best photographs from their many trips to State Parks in Illinois this past year. See the website for details. All activities are in the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Visitor's Center, 12:00pm- 3:00pm
National Stearman Fly-in Days
Total Stearman! The 43rd consecutive National Stearman Fly-In will celebrate America’s iconic biplane, and you're invited to join the fun Sept. 1-6, 2014, at Galesburg, IL, Municipal Airport. The must-attend event of the year for Stearman enthusiasts will offer a generous mix of flying events, technical seminars, entertainment and food. Best of all, it’s an opportunity to fly and relax with friends.
National Farmers Market Day
Celebrate National Farmers Market Week in Streator. Whether you want to participate by selling goods or simply shop & visit, we encourage you! Educational classes, a petting zoo, Art in the Park and bluegrass music for everyone to enjoy. Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm, Aug. 8. For more information call 815-257-6807.
NASCAR Tripleheader Chase Weekend
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Starts Here for the 5th consecutive year! The weekend kicks off Friday night with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Then the NASCAR XFINITY Series takes to the track for the second time of the season. Finally, it all leads up to the start of NASCAR’s playoffs with the MyAFibStory.com 400 on Sunday! Subject to change.
Mutt Strut 5K Run/Walk-A-Thon & Fun Fest
Mutt Strut is a 5K run/walk-a-thon benefiting TAILS Humane Society. Come out and enjoy a beautiful path through Hopkins Park and then spend the afternoon with us at the Fun Fest. This portion of the event will feature dog contest, dog demonstrations, great food, local vendors, kids activities and mores. The walk/run costs $25 per adult and $10 per youth and the fun fest is free. And don't forget fido, this a dog friendly event!
Music in the Park
The City of Ottawa proudly presents their “Music in the Park” Series every Saturday evening July-Aug at the historic Washington Square Park on Jackson Street. This family friendly event offers a variety of live music for all ages! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, 6pm show time. Rain Location: 807 LaSalle Street.
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.