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Chicago's Memorial Day Parade
Chicago's Memorial Day Parade honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at 11am at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). The parade will step off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. The Chicago parade is considered one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Since 1870, Memorial Day parades have graced the streets of Chicago. Wreath Laying Ceremony begins at 11 am; Parade begins at 12 Noon
Lake Katherine's Monarch Butterfly Festival
Come to the park to marvel at the free flying butterfly tent, live animal displays, hayrides, crafts, canoe and kayak rentals, and much more!
CITY: Palos Heights
Piatt County 60th Annual Trailblazers Rodeo
Fun for the entire family! IPRA rodeo featuring seven events, arena entertainment, food vendors, family night on Thursday, parade on Saturday, followed by Kids & Clowns event. Featuring Dusty Crain, Trick rider and Roman rider.
Pana Chamber & Pana Elks Open Car Show, Motorcycle Show & Bike Show
Now in it's 59th year, this event is a non-judged car show and a judged motorcycle show. However, several car show awards are given out including "Mayor's Choice", "Pana Elks Choice" and "Chamber Choice". There is also a swap meet for car and truck parts. Located in Kitchell Park on Route 51 South in Pana. Any vehicle welcome to enter. Food and DJ. Pool and playground in the park for the kiddies. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the day with us. Food, Music, and Lots of Fun!
A Touch of Arthur
A day-long display of products and services produced and provided by many of the 400 businesses within the Arthur area. Many country businesses have special promotions during this event. You will have opportunities to interact with the business owners who actually make and sell these products and services. There plenty of activities for children such as camel rides, inflatable games and pony rides. Located in Downtown Arthur and throughout the Arthur area from 9am-4pm.
Arthur Area Freedom Celebration
The event kicks off with a parade followed by a gigantic fireworks display with an exceptional array of shells at Jurgens Park. The 500 ft. long Niagara Falls and the Wall of Fire are some of the crowd favorites. The finale and top crowd favorite is the Rural Patriot on his horse of freedom carrying the American Flag. Activities begin at 4pm and include powered parachute helicopters, WW2 aircraft and skydivers from the Mid-America Parachute Club. Food and drink vendors and handicap parking available.
FrogHops 5k & 10k No. 1 of 4/ & "Bunny Wabbit" Run
Celebrate the warm and beautiful weather in Illinois with us - running through the Des Plaines River Trails (DPRT), enjoying nature, and making new friends! Join us in one of our races at the Independence Grove in Libertyville, IL. The beautiful course features rolling hills, open prairies and lush green forest. 200m Kids Dash starts at 8:15am, 5k and 10k starts at 8:30am. Please visit the website for complete details.
Chandlerville's Annual Burgoo, Fish Fry and Homecoming
Serving traditional burgoo, fried buffalo with all the trimmings on Saturday only. Flea market, carnival, pancake breakfast, other contests. Parade at 10:00 am Saturday; free entertainment and dancing Friday and Saturday evening. Also kids games, softball tournament, and new this year - Burgoo Boogie 5K run/walk on Saturday morning. Held at Elmwood Park.
Arenzville Burgoo & 175th Anniversary - Dodranbicentennial
Family oriented two-day celebration that features the famous burgoo, as well as craft market, games, carnival rides, concessions and contests. Entertainment includes Little Miss & Mr. Burgoo, local talent groups and well-known music acts. Featured act is John Michael Montgomery. Souvenirs available for 175th Celebration. Parade at 10am Saturday.
Hutsonville Community Days
Join in the tradition of this fun family-friendly event that includes a car show, entertainment, parade and food - in Downtown Hutsonville.
Colona Freedom Celebration
Annual celebration at the Hennepin Canal Parkway featuring a breakfast, the Hennepin Hustle 5kRun/Walk, fishing derby for children 5- 15 years, car show, horseshoe and co-ed softball tournaments and lots of food. Visit for the day and stay for the grand finale fireworks show at dusk.
Lunch with Santa on Train
Come out for Lunch with Santa on the Train at the Wabash Depot in Monticello, Illinois, a holiday favorite for kids of all ages. Enjoy a train ride, individual visit with Santa, and kid friendly sack lunch. The ride is about 60 minutes per trip. Reservations Recommended.
Pecatonica River Trail Summer Flotilla
Enjoy an early summer that only Northwest Illinois can deliver. Start the morning with a leisurely canoe or kayak paddle down the natural water trail of the Pecatonica River. Paddle from McConnell Bobtown Landing (7.9 miles or 2 1/2 hours) to McNeil's Damascus Landing followed by lunch. 9 am - 12 pm
Piatt County Fair
This fair features livestock and agricultural exhibits, kids activities, a tractor pull, the fair pageant (fair queen and Jr. Miss) and for the adults, a beer garden with live music.
CITY: Cerro Gordo
A festival of strawberry-related activities and events. This includes special sales promotions throughout the Arthur area. A strawberry social is held in conjunction at the Otto Center south of town. Strawberries are available for purchase and there will be limited giveaways during the festival. Lots of entertainment and activities, including the bands Battle Creek, Gunny Sack Revue and Deep Water.
Embrace the Race 10k/5k
The 3rd Annual Embrace the Race 5k/10k will be held on Mother's Day at 8:00am for 10k and 8:15am for 5k. Run or walk in the beautiful streets of Highland Park and experience Highland Park's Famous Beach Hill! Post Race Festivities will include refreshments. Register early and save.
CITY: Highland Park
Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
Chicago Kids and Kites Festival is a fun-filled day to celebrate the joys of being a kid. From running around outdoors, flying free paper kites and enjoying family-focused programming including face painting, balloon artists and crafts. All crafts activities are while supplies last. Families will be able to purchase kites onsite at the Kite Harbor booth and enjoy professional kite flying demonstrations and learn tips on how to fly a kite. Weather permitting, the festival will also include the Big Kite Candy Drop, a piñata-like kite filled with candies that drop from the sky. Kids & Kites festival will run from 10am to 4pm on Cricket Hill, near the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Montrose Ave.
Always held the Wednesday after Labor Day. This large DeKalb County Fair held at the fairgrounds on Illinois Route 34, just south of DeKalb, in Sandwich. There will be a carnival, lots of different food vendors, entertainment for all tastes, horse shows to enjoy, truck and tractor pulls, and so much more.
Sycamore's Turning Back Time Weekend
Saturday is Cruise Night, complete with a free concert by Vintage Vinyl, a classic car cruise, food vendors, beer garden and more. The Classic Car Show is on Sunday featuring over 1,000 cars on display. This event is free to attend.
Monticello Christian Academy's 9th Annual Praise in the Park
Bring lawn chairs and blankets out to Piatt County Forest Preserve Park from Noon-7pm – the grills will be fired up with pork chop sandwiches and hot dogs. There will also be sno-cones, popcorn, fun games, balloons and a bounce house. Schedule to include worship and live contemporary Christian music.
Monticello Railway Museum Fireworks Train
Ride the train from downtown Monticello to museum site to view the aerial fireworks at 8pm. Food tent. Reservations required.
Fort LaMotte Days Rangers Reenactment & Festival
Relive the days of yesterday and witness history portrayed in period costume. See, taste and smell the trades and lifestyle of the early 1800’s. Includes encampment, shooting, cookout, traders, musicians and vendors. Held at Leaverton Park.
Oblong’s Annual Fall Follies
48th Annual event, featuring “Spooktacular” Band Festival, band field competition, craft and food booths, entertainment, Little Miss & Mister contest and Illinois’ largest nighttime parade with approx. 30 marching bands.
Bement Old Glory Festival
Located in the beautiful City Park and lawns of the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site and Historic Bryant Home, the Old Glory Festival celebrates Bement’s patriotic and agricultural heritage by hosting 50+ events the second Saturday of every June. Events include patriotic themed events, live music, food, cricket spittin’ contest, stagecoach rides, camel rides, petting zoo, antique tractor show, classic car show, plus much more. Many events are free throughout the day. Bement’s Old Glory Festival is one small town festival you don’t want to miss. The event is from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Spring Awakening Gathering - Pecatonica River Forest Preserve
Enjoy the celebration of the coming spring season and have fun with the whole family. Activities include hiking, maple tree tapping demonstration, Boot Scootin' Barn Dance, free community supper and a Wild Hope concert.
Leaverton Park Holiday Lighting Festival
The Friday after Thanksgiving at 5:00 p.m., the park comes alive with over 40,000 lights and displays. Watch the Fireworks and enjoy food and refreshments.
Trail-Glo 5K at Allerton Park
Come experience Allerton After Dark and see the park in a whole new light! 2014 will see the inaugural Trail-Glo 5K race, starting and finishing near the Visitor Center. This unique and brand new event is being hosted by the Allerton Trails Half Marathon & 10K Race. You’ll follow illuminated trail markings under a waxing crescent moon (we checked), accumulating extra glow as you go. You’ll also pass right through the nighttime magic of the Sunken Garden, Chinese Musicians, Rodin’s Adam, and more, as you make your way to a finish area full of surprises, s’mores and music! All proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois.
Monticello Movie Night & Airshow
Held at Eli Field in Monticello. Enjoy a super-fast model jet airshow, followed by Disney's "Planes" on the big screen!
48th Annual Virginia Bar-B-Que
Join the celebration of summer with activities for all on the downtown courthouse lawn. Opening ceremonies begin on Friday evening and events continue through Sunday's final Nashville Country act on the stage. Also enjoy Bar-B-Que lunch and dinner, flea market, carnival rides, continuous entertainment, awards, Queen contest, Karaoke contest. A fund raiser for community needs and projects.
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 14-15, Nov 21-22, Nov 28-30 & Dec 5-6.
Grand Detour Gardening Symposium
The John Deere Historic Site will host three speakers giving sessions on organic gardening, planting potted annuals, and vertical gardening. Door prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served.
CITY: Grand Detour
Throw Momma on the Train at the Monticello Railway Museum
Make this Mother's Day special — treat Mom to a relaxing ride with her family on the vintage train at the wonderful Monticello Railway Museum. Reservations required.
Six Flags Great America Opening Day
Six Flags Great America re-opens Saturday, May 3. Discount Passes & Memberships on sale now!
Midsummer Night’s Swing
Back by popular demand, the Jim Markham Swing band! Bring the family, your lawn chair, enjoy the fun swing music provided by Jim Markham. There will be dancing in the street!
Explore the wonderful world of bugs! Travel the Fox River bike trail from Red Oak to Lippold Park and meet these amazing creatures that live in the ponds, prairies and forests. This stroller-friendly event includes demonstrations, hands-on activities, prizes and giveaways - all bug-inspired.
CITY: North Aurora
3rd Annual Aurora Green Fest
Aurora’s environmentally friendly celebration features a green car show, live entertainment, speakers, demonstrations, recycling extravaganza, 3D art from recycled materials, more than 70 vendors and exhibits and more. It's fun and education combined to talk about sustainable living, building eco-community, and protecting our food, air, water, and soil.
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.
Rockford Melt Fest 2014
Winter is slowly "melting" away and it is time to celebrate the start of Spring! This event is open to all and has something for everyone. Take advantage of complimentary ice skating at the Riverview Ice House, free rides on the Rockford Park District trolley, musical performances by Missing Links and Unity the Band, a variety of food and retail vendors for you to do business with, and the ability to tour the historic Prairie Street Brewhouse. You can also participate in a fun and challenging 5K race taking you through three different downtown wards of Rockford, IL. The event will take place between Prairie Street Brewhouse and Riverview Ice House.
Scott County 4-H Fair
Held at Scott County Fairgrounds in Winchester, this fair includes a 4-H auction and Jr. Agricultural Show. This is a University of Illinois Extension event.
Village of Homer Glen Earth Day Arbor Day
Children's activities include crafts, petting zoo, jump zone, storytelling, hay rides, and pony rides. Exhibits will feature antique cars, eco-vehicles, tractors, a green market with items for sale, energy solutions and demonstrations. Enjoy a special presentation with Jim Necsi's Cold Blooded Creatures! Free admission and parking.
CITY: Homer Glen
The Birding Blitz is an event held where teams compete to see and hear the most species of birds in a 24-hour period, while raising money for conservation in southernmost Illinois. Teams can search for birds throughout the area. Get in on the Ultimate Illinois Birding Challenge!
Family Fishing Day
Bring the whole family to Lake Katherine for a day of catch and release fishing and no fishing license required, casting lessons, prizes and trophies.
CITY: Palos Heights
Ape Awareness Weekend at Brookfield Zoo
Learn about apes, their plight in the wild, and the need for thier conservation. Join zoo staff for ape-related activities inside Tropic World.
71st Annual National Sweetcorn Festival
Diligence, family, and a whole lot of corn! Each and every Labor Day weekend, for the past 70 years, the Hoopeston Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) hosts the National Sweetcorn Festival. Classic American festival events include a midway full of carnival rides, games, and stands of delicious fried goodness, smashing cars at the demo derby, and a grand parade featuring marching bands, pageant queens, and plenty of candy. Being the National Sweetcorn Capital of the World, Hoopeston has to have their own unique twists to the festival. An antique steam engine cooks more than 50 tons hot buttered sweetcorn and is served up to approximately 20,000 visitors over the course of the weekend free of charge! With a line that wraps around the park, it is clear that Hoopeston really does sweetcorn the right way, the best way.
Grayslake's 23rd Annual Family 5K Run and Walk
Sign up today for the annual 5K run & walk. There will also be a special children's race beginning at 7:30am. Registration begins at 6:30am with the 5k starting at 8am. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the race.
Hobnob Spring Market
A laughter filled gathering with the feel of a festive village fair. Browse creatively displayed mini shops for vintage antiques and handmade goodies from 50+ of the best vendors around. You'll be amazed by the funky/shabby/cool vintage finds plus the handmade jewelry, art and imaginative home accessories. Enjoy some live music, lunch & sweets, a cash bar and raffle prizes.
Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival
The inaugural Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival is set to take place September 11-14, 2014 at the beautiful 3.000 acre Kennekuk County Park. Phases of the Moon is a four-day music, arts and camping event thoughtfully tailored to provide a unique festival experience. It boasts four outdoor stages: two main stages that alternate following each set and two smaller stages. Along with amazing music, attendees will have access to farm-to-table food, craft beer, a farmer's market and a mall of diverse craft vendors featuring an array of original items. Large interactive sculptures, live art, and works from renowned national and local artists will be on display.
Earth Day Celebration
Bring the whole family to Lake Katherine for a day of nature-themed activities, crafts, and educational displays. Free admittance.
CITY: Palos Heights
2nd Annual Marbold Farmstead Antique Show
Located at Historic Marbold Farmstead just south of Greenview on State Hwy. 29 (20 miles north of Springfield). Featuring country primitives, furniture, textiles, pottery, Americana for sale. Dealers from several states, food available. 9am-3pm.
Festival of Lights Drive-Through
Outstanding Christmas light drive through. Experience a festival of lights without ever getting out of your car! Located at Clark County Fair Grounds in Marshall during December.
Iroquois County 4-H & Agricultural Fair
Featuring horse and pony shows, fair queen contest, demo derby, tractor rides, tractor pull, talent show, entertainment. Held at the fairgrounds.
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 Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau and Starved Rock Country.
Red Carpet Corridor Festival- Dwight
Enjoy the Dog Gone Good BBQ competition, Texaco Station Welcome Center, Barn Quilt self tours (maps available), Route 66 wayside exhibits, historic sites, Tour Dogs on parade, historical museum, Junk in the Trunk, and all town garage sales.
Ford County Fair & 4-H Show
Featuring the Fair Queen pageant, demo derby, rodeo, artists, livestock exhibits, talent show, live music, entertainment and carnival by Swyear Amusements. Phone number only active week of the event.
Marshall's Halloween Frolic
This family-friendly one-day event features Halloween games, stories, hayrides and hot chocolate, & parade of costumes with costume judging at the gazebo. Games for kids of all ages, trunk or treat in a safe family friendly environment, and then join in the parade around the courthouse and then enter in the costume contest. Each contestant receives $1 just for entering. Located at Courthouse Square lawn in downtown Marshall on the National Road.
Stephenson County Ag Breakfast
A farm breakfast showcasing Stephenson County agriculture producers with a menu of orange juice, coffee cake, scrambled eggs, whole hog sausage, beef bacon, cheese, milk, coffee and ice cream. Additional activities include entertainment, a petting zoo, craft show, games and more as we salute and share the story of Stephenson County agriculture. Adults: $4; Children 5 and under: Free
Wine, Jazz, Art in the Barn
Enjoy Jazz & wine tasting, art from local artisans. Bring your own picnic. Our own mini Ravinia. 6:30-10PM.
CITY: Olympia Fields
Deer Park St. Paddy’s 5k Run/Walk
The Deer Park St. Paddy’s 5k features live Irish music to get everyone in the spirit, pucker up as you run beneath the "kiss me I'm Irish" arch. At the finish enjoy green soda pop, chocolate gold coins and more Irish inspired treats. The course weaves through the Deer Park Town Center and then onto the streets of the Village of Deer Park. The USATF certified 5k (3.1 mile) course is completely paved. All miles will be marked with a water stop along the way. Awards go to to the top 3 of each age category. For more information or to register, please visit the website. Register before March 14th and save.
CITY: Deer Park
Pana Days Chautauqua
Carnival rides, life stage entertainment, Baby and little Miss & Mr. Contests, games, pony rides, kiddie tractor pull, lots of vendors and food! Located at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Pana’s historical Kitchell Park on South Route 51.
Blacksmith Hammer In & Old Tyme Antique Tractor Show
Watch live demonstrations of the art of blacksmithing and view the antique tractors. Located at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Pana’s historical Kitchell Park on South Route 51.
Casey Corner Car Show
This 10th annual event is presented by car enthusiast Bobby Staley and features Best of Show, Best Paint and Best Engine categories. Over 100 entries in 19 categories. Local charitable groups will have food stands. The is a vehicle registration fee (proceeds to local charities) but admission is free. Located at corner of US 40 and IL 49.
Pause for Patriotism
In celebration of the tremendous effort our military service members makes every day, Pause for Patriotism exposes everyday citizens to several aspects of life in our armed forces. An action packed day provides thousands of children, scouts and schools from all over Illinois to meet Armed Forces personnel, view jet flyovers, climb in helicopters, view tons of military equipment, enjoy demonstrations, entertainment and crafts.
Palestine Labor Day Festival & PRCA Rodeo
61st annual Labor Day Festival for the community. There will be three rodeo performances Aug 29-31 at Pioneer City Professional Rodeo Arena (admission fee). Enjoy women’s barrel racing, Chuckwagon Breakfast, Parade, Camping, Junior-sized Tractor Pull, Remote Control Airplanes, Lunch with Clowns, Flea Market, Mechanical Bull Rides, Free Entertainment at the Band shell, Town-Wide Garage Sales, Antique Gas Engine Exhibit & Swap Meet, Parade on Labor Day.
20th Annual Historic Cemetery Walk
Follow a guide through one of Galena's oldest cemeteries while costumed re-enactors bring to life some of the most interesting residents in this historic cemetery. Being portrayed this year are various notable Galenians. The last portion of the presentation will be titled “The Widows of Galena” and will highlight the lives of four Galena widows as they discuss the social conventions and attitudes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Chicago Fire vs. NY Red Bulls
Be a part of the excitement of Major League Soccer in Chicago. Join us for the home opener vs. NY Red Bulls!
Belvidere Mopar Happening
Illinois' best car club show! Family-friendly activities include the car show, a swap meet and car sale corral. Car display and swap meet Saturday; car-show and swap Sunday. Enjoy music all weekend with food vendors to fill you up. Held at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Alton/Godfrey Fireworks on the Mississippi
Alton's spectacular fireworks display are a must see! With the Clark Bridge as a backdrop over the Mississippi River, this fireworks show is always a crowd pleaser. For more information, call (618) 465-6676.
Thursday Night Out in Downtown Oak Park
Start your weekends early at Thursday Night Out, beginning in May. Purchase a dine-around booklet at the kiosk on Lake & Marion for $12 and enjoy dining al fresco, free outdoor entertainment and live music under the stars!
CITY: Oak Park
Christmas in Paris
Come join us for a magical night in Paris, Illinois - full of games, crafts, laughter and fun for the entire family. Most storefronts will be open for shopping or hosting an activity. Most activities are free. All are invited. Visit our facebook page to learn more.
Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest & 175th Celebration
This Two day sanctioned ICS Chili Cookoff event features the finest chili around, live entertainment, craft vendors, food, fun and of course, lots of chili or chilli - however you wish to spell it! Held in the downtown square. Chili tasting, Chili vendors, and Chamber Chili tent. Winners quality for 2015 World Championships. Also features Annual Pumpkin Cart Race, Lil Miss & Lil Mister contest, longest ponytail contest, cutest baby contest, children’s activities and local musical entertainment. Grand Parade 10:30am Saturday.
Cass County Fair
Held at the fairgrounds in Virginia, IL, and featuring a queen pageant, tractor pull, demo derby, antique tractors, livestock exhibits, livestock auction and kids games and activities.
Oblong Annual Antique Tractor & Engine Show
Continuing to this day at the show are the many exhibits of antique tractors and engines with several running for display and performing chores for every one to watch. Antique and pedal tractor pulls, farm toy show, and a Flea Market on Sat and Sun. View actual working antique tractors and engines. Held at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, in Oblong, Illinois.
Crawford County Fair
Featuring Queen & Little Miss Pageant, gospel show, demo derby, truck & tractor pulls, crafts, 4-H livestock exhibits and auction, carnival rides, food booths.
Marshall Autumn Fest
Located on the Courthouse Square and featuring a variety of events, amazing food, live entertainment, vendors and so much family fun. Includes a car/truck/motorcycle show and a large parade on Saturday at 11am.
Arrival at Camp DuBois
Come celebrate the arrival of Lewis and Clark at Camp River Dubois. This annual event commemorates the day William Clark and the men of the detachment arrived at the confluence of the Riviere a Dubois, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The event will include members of the detachment portraying military life, re-enactors recreating the civilian population and demonstrators. Site admission is free. For more information, call (618) 251-5811 or go to www.campdubois.com.
6th Annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
Take part in one of the flattest and fastest courses in the country! Take a beautiful, scenic tour of the revitalized downtown streets, tree-lined residential neighborhoods and awesome, paved park trails. This first-class race, with a 5K, 10K, half, full and relay marathon, provides race shirts, medals, food, fanfare and plenty of midwest hospitality!
Lilac Time Festival 2014
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!
Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail
This catfish tournement will be held at Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis. Bring a rod & reel and enter to win prizes and cash. A $500 big fish award will be given. A kids tournament is also planned.
Lewis & Clark Music Festival
Join us for the annual Lewis & Clark Music Festival. Traditional music of the late 1700s and early 1800s will be performed by musicians playing fiddles, dulcimers and flutes. Watch, listen, and participate in this wonderful dance and music festival. Admission is free. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.
QCCA Flower & Garden Show
Beautiful garden displays are served up with a great shopping experience where the public can view breathtaking displays and shop for garden items, outdoor landscaping, decks, fences, sun rooms and more.
CITY: Rock Island
Palos Hills Friendship Festival & Carnival
Friendship Festival offers free parking, admission, entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo and family fun. Enjoy great food, popular bands, crafts, classic cars and tons of fun.
CITY: Palos Hills
Somonauk Summer Fest
The Somonauk Summer Fest will have a parade, cruise night, top entertainment, beer garden, 5K run, ISP truck pull, bingo, Texas hold'em and much more!
Clark County Fair
The 118th annual Clark County Fair features beauty pageants, harness racing, running races, tractor/truck pulls, motocross, demolition derby, horse shows, alpaca and llama show, livestock exhibits, C Bar rodeo, carnival rides and family fun. $5 all you can ride. Free to enter the gates. Grandstand acts $5-$10 per person.
Super City Blues & Ques
Friday night is the "anything but" competition, with open entries for entrees, sides, sauces, and sweets. Each entry is $25, and monetary prizes up to $75 are awarded in each category. Vendors start selling at lunchtime, and live music starts in the afternoon. The beer garden will open in the late afternoon, and will be located next to the stage. Saturday is the Kansas City BBQ Society competition, with the grand champion winning $1000 plus a 6' trophy. Vendors will be selling all day and bands will start in the afternoon and play until 10:00 PM. Also on Saturday, there will be "touch a tractor" for the kids, and an arts and crafts fair for everyone.
Gardens United Garden Walk
Some of the finest gardens in the Freeport area are opened for touring. The gardeners generously present their creative efforts for the pleasure of the public. Walk through the gardens and enjoy the colorful scenery. Plus a silent auction and a large variety of garden art items will be offered at one garden. Gardeners will be on site to answer questions and to talk about plants and their gardens. Master Gardeners will also be available to advise on garden questions. Gardens United benefits the Assault and Abuse Services of Stephenson County. Call for tickets and map, or drop by the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Route 20 East, Freeport) to purchase your ticket.
Farm Heritage Festival
This two-day event celebrates farm life from the turn of the century to the present. Entertainment includes Border Collie sheep herding, wagon and barrel train rides, rope and scarecrow making, a tractor and antique vehicle parade, live music, quilting and heritage crafts, and a large model train display.
Illinois Basset Waddle
Join in for two days of fun, friends and fundraising to help our favorite four-legged friends. This event, held at the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue Park in Dwight, will raise money for the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue to help Basset Hounds in need of a home. The 'Largest Basset gathering in the World' includes a picnic, 'bassetball' and waddle.
In conjunction with the Illinois Audubon Society, hummingbirds will be banded and released at the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site. Participants can adopt and release a hummingbird. This event runs from 9 a.m. - Noon only. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.
Kansas City Barbeque Society Cook-Off
This fun state-sanctioned cook-off has now become a great annual event! The BBQ Pros will compete for a $6,000 pay out. Come and enjoy great BBQ, drinks and live music every night!!
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.
Quincy’s spring event opener includes a parade, an annual tradition held the first weekend in May when traditionally the dogwood trees that line Maine street are in their glory. The parade travels from 24th to 4th & Maine beginning at 9:30am Saturday. Washington Park brings vendors, contests for children and carnival rides both Saturday and Sunday.
Dwight Harvest Days
Downtown Dwight is the place to be for crafts, flea markets, carnival and kids games, downtown stage full of entertainment, car show, 5K run, parade and band competition are highlights of the weekend, attracting over 10,000 people each year! Sunday's parade is led by hundreds of basset hounds and their owners from around the world.
86th Annual Lake County Fair
Come out and enjoy 5 days of fun at the 86th 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.
Cowden Pioneer Days
This family friendly festival is set in the city park with plenty of carnival rides, craft vendors, flea market, foods, etc. There is also an IPRA sanctioned rodeo that takes place Friday and Saturday. A demolition derby takes place on Sunday. You can also enjoy the Horseshoe tournament or the arm wrestling. There will also be a large parade Saturday morning. Tour the historical cabins set in the park along with collections.
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.
12th Annual Wabash Valley Wine and Art Festival
Festival goers will be able to sample wines from approximately a dozen wineries as they stroll among the various artists booths. There will be artwork on display and for sale, live entertainment and food booths. Sat 11:30-6:30 & Sun Noon-5pm.