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Winter Horseback Riding
With all the foliage gone from the trees, winter offers some great views of bluffs and rock formations in the Shawnee National Forest area. Enjoy the beautiful countryside, with no bugs in the cooler weather. Due to milder winters, several Southern Illinois stables offer year round riding, with or without guide service.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Union Dairy Family Day
After the Dairy Days Parade, enjoy this free family day with a bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting. All at the Union Dairy in Freeport from 1pm to 5pm.
Union County Colorfest
Enjoy the fall color of the Shawnee National Forest and guided home tours. Shop at local orchards, farm markets and art and craft fairs. Sample wine along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, participate in the fun run or biathlon race.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See tractors of all shapes, sizes and ages. Held along with a Farmer's Market in downtown Golconda.
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.
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.
Thee Old Time Farm Show
There's fun for the whole family, and if you would like the collection of David Bradley tractors this is the place to come. Along with the tractors there's farm demonstrations, children activities, tractor pulls, weed wacker pulls, a flea and crafts market, plus for a fun filled experience you don't want to miss the tractor square dancing show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Star-Spangled Shenandoah Pro Rodeo and Fireworks
Pro rodeo action featuring bareback riding steer wrestling cowgirls barrel racing and bull riding. Stay for the free fireworks immediately following the rodeo. For general hillside seating bring a blanket or lawn chair.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shamrock Shimmy 5K and Kids' Fun Run
Start your morning off right with the Galena Elks' 1st Annual Shamrock Shimmy 5K and Kid's Fun Run! The route takes you down Galena's historic Main Street and into the quaint neighborhood! $25 entry fee includes a t-shirt, run # with chip timer, 1 drink ticket at the Galena Elks Lodge, 1 drink ticket at Fried Green Tomatoes restaurant and 1 raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket. Prizes for best dressed & more!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
Ride the Ups & Downs Bicycle Ride
This bicycle ride is a one-day tour of beautiful Jo Daviess County, Illinois. It features hilly terrain, spectacular ridge top panoramas and long valley views. Choose one of four clearly marked routes on rolling, low traffic, paved roads throughout our rural setting: 26 miles, 32 miles (50 km), 52 miles and 63 miles (100 km) Rain or shine! Registration Fee: $20 in advance, $25 day of event Fee Includes: Map & cue sheets, Marked routes, SAG support, Food & drink at rest stops *Including freshly-baked, homemade cookies by local bakers! Register Online ($20 + small handling fee) Visit: signmeup.com/106729 Most credit cards accepted. Mail in Registration Form ($20) Mail registration form and check or money order to: G.O.A.T.S. Cycling Club P.O. Box 6024 Galena, Illinois 61036 Register Day of Event ($25) * Event will take place rain or shine. Sorry, no refunds. Check-in time: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Masters of the Sky
Witness the "Masters of the Sky" birds of prey demonstration. Come see eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey at this educational and informational program. Show times at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The National Great Rivers Museum will be full of crafts and activities for the kids, opportunities for photos with "Eric the Eagle", and more!
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!
Lynwood annual fest is for all to enjoy. It features food vendors, beer tent, kids games and a spectacular fireworks display. 3PM-2AM.
Live Bald Eagle at TreeHouse Wildlife Center
There will be live bald eagles on display every weekend in January and February at the TreeHouse Wildlife Center. Free admission. Donations are appreciated.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Illinois High School Shrine Game
The 42nd Annual Illinois High School Shrine Game is scheduled for June 18, 2016 at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. The goal of the Illinois High School Shrine Game is to have 88 all-star football players play in this annual event to represent the Illinois Coaches Association and to help support the mission Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Home Garden & Business Expo
Annual Home Garden & Business Expo featuring over 40 exhibitors and 2 full days of "How To" demonstrations. Breakfast and lunch available, hourly door prizes, blood screenings on site and register for the "Grand Prize!"
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.
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.
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)
Great Galena Balloon Race
A spectacular three-day event with more than 20 hot air balloons. Observe the balloons taking flight in two balloon races and lighting up the night with glow extravaganzas. Stroll through a car show, enjoy live music, and participate in activities for the whole family. The Friday night Alefest boasts more than two hundred varieties of ales and spirits.
Grand Illinois Trail and Parks Bike Tour
The 14th annual GITAP bicycle tour provides a fully-supported, bicycle-based vacation for up to 225 registrants. This year’s ride starts and ends at Coal City High School, with overnight stays in Oglesby, Washington, Bloomington-Normal (two nights), and Pontiac. Participants average 50 miles per day on quiet country roads and some off-road trails, while their luggage is transported to the next overnight destination. Riders choose between camping at designated in-town locations or staying in nearby motels. The event is not a race. Individuals ride at their own pace touring the countryside and visiting towns, restaurants, and convenience stores along the way. Breakfasts and dinners are provided. Registration costs $460 (extra for motel option) with no pledge fundraising involved.
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.
Gem & Mineral Show
Annual Gem and Mineral Show showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more.
Galva Freedom Fest Celebration
Come and enjoy a hometown filled with pride. 4th of July, events begin at 8am, including a pancake breakfast, 5K/fun run, a parade filled with antique tractors, bands and floats. Stop by the park for an art jam, photo photo show, talent show, food and much more. Stay the for the evening and Join us at the park for professional entertainment and spectacular fireworks fired by International award winners Melrose Pyrotechnics.
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!
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.
4th of July Celebration events includes: Freedom Run a 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run; a gospel show; a parade; free concert at the City Park and much more. Capping off the Freedom Fest is one of the largest fireworks display in Southern Illinois.
Frankfort Half Marathon
The Frankfort Half Marathon will begin and end in the beautiful historic district of downtown Frankfort. The race will commence right outside the door of Running Excels on the Old Plank Trail and run westward. After 2.7 miles of running on the scenic, tree-lined Old Plank Trail, the racers will turn off into the Hickory Creek Forest Preserve. The rolling hills of the forest preserve will provide a picturesque tour for the runners as they reach the halfway and turn-around point in the race. The runners will then proceed back through the forest preserve and to the Old Plank Trail for their final journey towards the finish line and the post-race party on the Breidert Green. 7AM.
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.
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!
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.
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).
Egg-Streme Night Hunt
Hop on over to Prairie Bluff for a fun-filled night with the Easter Bunny and much more! The night will feature a family entertainer, pizza & drinks, an egg hunt outside. Don't forget your flashlight! In case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be inside. Pre-registration is required for each person attending. 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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
East Peoria Festival of Lights & Folepi's Winter Wonderland
Light up your night at the East Peoria Festival of Lights (FOLEPI)! The annual Festival of Lights is a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacular. With more than two million lights in the festival, the beauty will be sure to mesmerize you and your family.
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.
Earth Day 50K
Celebrate Earth Day by running through the woods, enjoying nature, and making new friends! Join MUDD for our 5th annual race at the hidden gems of Veteran Acres and Sternes Woods in Crystal Lake, IL. The beautiful course features winding single track, rolling hills, blossoming spring flowers, open prairie, and pine forest. The Earth Day trail races make a perfect goal race or last long run before Ice Age 50 & 50k.
Eagle Watching with Ranger
Join refuge rangers from Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge for a morning of eagle watching. Visit multiple areas at the wildlife refuge that are known for eagles. A personal vehicle will be needed. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather. Open to all ages. Space is limited, call 618-883-2524 to register in advance. This program will be on December 5th & 19th, January 2nd & 16th, February 6th & 20th, and March 5th & 19th at 9 am to 10 am each day.