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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, Around the World Cuisine, Taco Night, Addison’s 130th Anniversary, and more. Complete schedule available online.
Country Corner Giant Pumpkin Festival
Jack O’Lantern meets Jack and the Beanstalk! Like Jack’s plant, a pumpkin can grow, and grow, and GROW – until it becomes one of the stars of the annual Giant Pumpkin Festival! See pumpkins weighing over 500 pounds. Most are for sale, so–give yourself the ultimate challenge and wrestle a giant out in our 20-acre pumpkin patch–or just point at one that’s been pre-picked at the farmstand. We’ll help with the wrestling, weighing and toting. Fall fun park, hayrack rides, corn cannons, our famous “Cow Train” barrel train, “Mining for Gems” ,bounce house, and Kids’ Corn Maze. Free admission, ample parking, nominal charge for events. Fall Fun Park open: 10:30am to 6pm.
Country Corner Pumpkin Cannon and Military Appreciation Weekend
Have you ever seen pumpkins fly at the speed of sound? Watch the Q-9 pumpkin cannon – always shooting for a world record, or pick and shoot your own pumpkin. Distance and accuracy competitions are held twice daily. Military weekend appreciation events too.
Great River Road Run
It is time again for the Great River Road Run. Race your way to victory with the choice of a 2 mile route or a 10 mile route out and back on the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, beginning in Alton. It's the most scenic run you'll ever make as you race to the finish along the Mississippi River and the majestic limestone bluffs.
Begin your holiday celebration escaping from the chaos of the season and experiencing the enchantment of Christmas at the "Christmas Wonderland" holiday light display. The "Grandpa Gang" has been at it again transforming Rock Springs Park in Alton, Illinois into a Winter Wonderland. Visitors can drive through the park to view more than 2 million lights, cascading waterfalls of lights, lighted trees and displays, and visit Santa Claus in the Enchanted Forest. Christmas Wonderland 2009 will be open from November 27th through December 27th. The suggested donation is $7 for cars and small vans or $1 per person for vehicles holding more than 10 people. Carriage rides will be available with advanced reservations by calling Greatting Horse Farm at 618-458-6986. For more information about Christmas Wonderland, call 1-866-465-7890.
Challenge of the Bluffs
Beginning in front of the Riverbender.com Community Center, runners will make their way up a scenic and challenging 5-mile route through the Christian Hill and Fairmount neighborhoods and finish on Belle and 4th Street. Walking participants have the option of a 2-mile route to Riverview Park and back on the same course.
20th Annual Galena Triathlon & Duathlon
Ranked by USAT as one of the top 10 sprint distance triathlons in the United States, this challenging multi-sport event offers unique terrain and beautiful scenery, beginning at Nixon Beach on Apple Canyon Lake.
CITY: Apple River
Arcola Broom Corn Festival
Arcola celebrates its heritage as the “Broom Corn Capital of the World” with this renowned festival held in downtown. Visitors can see broom activities, arts/crafts, great food, free entertainment, National Broom Sweeping Contest on Main Street and gigantic parade featuring the famous Lawn Rangers.
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.
Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bike Tour
Hosted by the Decatur Bicycle Club and the Arthur Association of Commerce, riders can choose from up to 100 miles of rides around scenic Illinois Amish Country. Well marked routes with little traffic and Amish country shops along the way and the Great Pumpkin Patch too. Rest stops with snacks, fruit, and drinks along the routes. All routes are sagged. Nearly 600 riders register, making this one of the biggest bicycle tours in Illinois. Starting point is the Arthur Community Building.
Central Illinois Braggin' Rights KCBS BBQ Competition
Some of the top KCBS and backyard BBQ teams in the Midwest compete for $14,000 in cash prizes. Featuring BBQ equipment and BBQ food vendors, kids activities, and close up looks at some of the big time BBQ teams you have seen on the Food Channel.
Arthur Amish Country Christmas Kickoff
The Christmas lighted parade steps off at 5:30pm and will showcase Santa & Mrs. Claus through downtown Arthur. Immediately following the parade, Santa will visit with children and parents in Knights Court downtown to start collecting those early Christmas requests. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be served during his visit. Throughout the day, businesses in the downtown area as well as the countryside will feature early Christmas bargains and host Open Houses.
Beardstown Fall Fun Festival
Plenty of live music, food and fun, including a parade on Saturday morning, Little Miss/Mister contest, car & motorcycle show, garden tractor pull, and carnival rides. Featured act is country recording artist Chase Rice.
Goodenow Grove Fall Fest
Celebrate autumn during the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Goodenow Grove Fall Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher. This free event features a day of enjoyment for the entire family. Scheduled activities include: pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, hayrack rides, live music, a climbing wall, an inflatable obstacle challenge, an 80-foot fun slide, a wind jammer swing ride and a berry-go-round ride. Also available will be America's Children's Museum on Wheels: StoryBus. Visit the creatures at Plum Creek Nature Center or check out the vendors selling fresh produce, flowers, green cleaning products, recycled garden art and more. Food also will be available for purchase, including sandwiches, popcorn and roasted nuts. No registration is required for this event. Goodenow Grove and Plum Creek Nature Center are located along Dutton Road, north of Goodenow Road. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.
Autumn Pioneer Festival
Travel back to the 1800’s and learn about the lifestyles and crafts of the day. Watch a blacksmith working at his forge, talk to voyageurs, settlers and buckskinners. Explore a wigwam in the Native American area, visit two authentic 1800’s log cabins, a one room schoolhouse and 5 ethnic gardens. Enjoy the sights as you tour the grounds on a horse drawn wagon. Learn to throw a tomahawk, use a cross cut saw and play old time games. Listen to live music throughout the day. Sample apple butter and bean soup cooked over an open fire. Food vendor offerings include prairie chicken, pioneer fries, buffalo stew, pie and ice cream, doughnuts, popcorn, old fashioned root beer and lemonade. These are just a few of the many fun activities offered at the festival.
Rt 66 Car Show
Plan to make your trip to Route 66 a weekend getaway! Join in for a pre-show cook-out before the big Berwyn Rt66 Car Show. Come out to Paisans Pizzeria & Bar on Friday from 7-10pm for music, food, fun and to get a taste of modern-day Route 66. On Saturday, the Berwyn Rt66 Car Show starts taking in registered cars at 7am. The event offers tons of fun awards, t-shirts and dash plaques for all pre-registered participants!
H2O 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Walk
Get your exercise in October! This fun fitness event features a USATF and CARA certified 5K Run and a non-competitive 1 Mile "Fun Walk" starting outside Bar Louie at the Promenade Bolingbrook mall. There will be music, vendors, awards, giveaways, and more! All proceeds benefit Heart Haven OutReach, which provides support and mentoring to local high school teens.
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
December 18th & 19th December 26th - 31st January 1st 4-9pm Start a new family tradition at Chicagoland's largest light festival featuring over 120 animated light displays and million twinkling lights. Come celebrate the holiday season with family and friends during Brookfield Zoos 29th annual Holiday Magic. Enjoy live entertainment, amazing animals, model trains and a train ride, special Dolphin Show, Sing to the Animals and professional ice carvers. Call or visit website for more info.
The oldest footrace in Southern IL. is held the 2nd Saturday in November each year on the Mississippi River levee in Cairo. A long sleeve t-shirt is given to each participant in the 5000 & 10,000 meter run and awards will be presented to winners
Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race
The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race is a simple concept---take a carved pumpkin, decorate it and insert two independent axles through it and attach wheels, then race your pumpkin down a hill to victory! This event is great family fun and a safe, enjoyable way to celebrate fall. Plus, if you craft a winning pumpkin you get to advance to the championship where you can win prizes!
Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race
Folks from all over literally take pumpkins and creatively engineer them into race cars. Participants race their pumpkins down the streets of downtown Carbondale, competing with one another, and hope theirs crosses the finish line first! Pumpkins race in a series of categories (largest, fastest, most creative, etc.), and must travel unassisted on wheels inserted onto axles that penetrate completely through the melon (no caster wheels and no support frame or chassis will be allowed). This family-friendly competition is both challenging and fun.
CSBarks Dog Festival
The CSBarks Dog Festival is a great place for you to come with your dog to socialize and take part in activities such as agility, dock diving, off leash areas, a parade of breeds, and much much more. Shop over 80 vendors offering canine related products and services. If you and your pup get tired, take a break in the Rover Rest Area.
CITY: Carol Stream
Annual Casey Popcorn Festival
Some call it an end-of-summer festival; others think of it as the beginning of the fall season. Casey residents will tell you the Casey Popcorn Festival is just good old-fashioned family fun! Located in the century-old Fairview Park, the Casey Popcorn Festival has earned its reputation as the Premier Family Festival in a two-state area. Music fills the air almost continuously as live bands offer oldies, classic rock, country, and southern Gospel. Kids entertainers such as magicians and animal shows are featured, as well as a huge carnival, more than 60 craft booths, a car show, festival food, and free popcorn, the official snack food of Illinois.
Cave-In-Rock Frontier Day
Cave-In-Rock Frontier Festival is held on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River. The festival, which commemorates the extensive and colorful history connected to Cave-In-Rock and the surrounding community, is an entertaining and fun filled community event. First held in the 1960’s, the celebration includes a parade, carnival, various entertainment held in the Old Opry House, food and craft vendors. A Little Miss and Mister Frontier Days and Frontier Queen pageant is a highlight as well as various other activities. Come join the festivities for a weekend of fun and entertainment.
CITY: Cave In Rock
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!"
7th Annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
The annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is one of the most popular spring running events in the Midwest… and, arguably, the country with its fast and flat course, ideal for qualifying for the Boston Marathon. With over 20,000 participants expected in the 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, relay and the youth run, the Illinois Marathon is a destination race for people from all over! From flat and fast courses to the Memorial Stadium 50-yard line finish to the rockin’ State Farm 27th Mile Celebrate Victory Bash, this has all the makings for the perfect spring getaway. 217-351-4133
Parade of Lights
Join the Champaign Center Partnership as they officially launch the holiday season with a Parade of Lights. Marching bands and lighted floats weave their way through the streets of Downtown Champaign with Santa making his grand appearance just in time to light the City Christmas Tree.
C-U Pride Festival
The UP Center of Champaign County brings its fifth annual festival to Downtown Champaign. Celebrate with a parade and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Downtown bars will have dedicated entertainment for the LGBT community.
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.
Navy Pier Fireworks
Every Wednesday and Saturday evening, join the crowds at Navy Pier this summer to view the amazing and colorful fireworks of Navy Pier in Chicago!
Lincoln Park ZooLights
Enter a winter wonderland illuminated by the laughter of children and more than one million lights at Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One. This holiday classic has become one of the Windy City’s must-see seasonal events. Watch live ice carving then escape Jack Frost with an exotic trip past crocodiles, pygmy hippos and meerkats at the Regenstein African Journey. Animal exhibits stay open late as guests roam taking in the lights, music and taking photos with Santa. Prepare holiday crafts and enjoy the zoo’s incredible animals immersed in an atmosphere unlike any other.
Mercury's Canine Cruise
Dogs on boats? Yes! Bring your pooch on a leash and enjoy quality time with your dog while cruising on Chicago's waterways. This tour highlights dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, dog parks and fire hydrants. Enjoy the cool breeze in your hair (and fur!) aboard the Skyline Queen which offers plenty of safe outdoor-seating. Dogs may choose to sit on your lap, in a seat or on the deck. Don't worry, we have one-restroom for humans and one lined with newspapers for your pet. Water bowls are also onboard. Buy online or at the ticket office open daily at 8:30am.
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Kick off the holiday season and create your special memories on The Magnificent Mile in 2014! The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, jump starts the holiday season on Saturday, November 22 with a full day of family friendly activities, concerts by top musical artists and the best holiday shopping. The day’s excitement culminates with a grand evening parade down Michigan Avenue marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, illuminating one million lights on 200 trees. The parade concludes with a grand finale fireworks show over the Chicago River.
Wrigley Field's 100th Anniversary Celebration
As we celebrate 100 years of Wrigley Field history, Cubs fans are invited to join the "Party of the Century," a season dedicated to the storied past of this great ballpark. The 2014 season will honor 10 decades of Wrigley Field history with 10 unique decade-themed, throwback homestands complete with special guests, events, food, promotions and more.
For more than 30 years, triathletes have gathered on the shores of Lake Michigan for one of the largest triathlons in the world. The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon presented by Toyota is an action-packed tour through one of America’s signature metropolises.
15th Annual Chicago Lakefront 50/50
View the Chicago skyline as you run in either a 50m or 50k race along Chicago's lakefront paved paths. Run for fun or beat the record that was set in 1984! Show off your 50/50 tech shirt and your medal or belt buckles to all of your friends!
Rugby: USA Eagles vs. New Zealand All Blacks at Soldier Field
The reigning IRB Rugby World Cup Champion New Zealand All Blacks will play their first match in the United States since 1980. Fun fact: The match at Soldier Field will be the seventh time Chicago has hosted the Eagles since 1976.
Centennial Celebration Weekend
Chicago Ridge is celebrating it's 100th Anniversary in 2014. Come celebrate the momentous occasion.
CITY: Chicago Ridge
Apple and Pork Festival
Since 1968, the Apple N' Pork Festival with its delightful aroma of smoked ham and spicy apple butter, has ushered in autumn for Dewitt County. From its beginning as a modest event, centered around a kettle of soup and stack of sandwiches, the festival has grown to one of the state's favorite fall festivals. Wear comfortable shoes and stroll through booths offering foods, crafts, antiques, entertainment, and more! Be sure to tour the museum. Plan to spend the day! Tram and bus service to various locations available for a small fee. Located at C. H. Moore Homestead & throughout Clinton.
Barn Quilts of DeWitt County Bus Tour
Gearing up for our fourth year of creating barn quilt magic in DeWitt County. Throughout the county, vibrant, hand-painted 8’X8’ quilt blocks on ‘wooden canvases’ adorn numerous barns, making a drive through the countryside all the more enjoyable. Bus tours are on the first Saturday in June and October from 9am - 1pm.
Octoberfest in Coal City
The 29th Annual Octoberfest in Coal City includes craft stations, food, entertainment, a parade, children's games, inflatables and a kiddie parade. This Village of Coal City event is a fun time for the whole family!
CITY: Coal City
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.
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. A demolition derby takes place on Saturday. You can also enjoy the arm wrestling. There will also be a large parade Saturday morning. Tour the historical cabins set in the park along with collections.
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!
Cache River Nature Festival
Enjoy the area’s rich bird life and wetland habitat. A 12-minute orientation film gives a wonderful overview and introduction of the watershed, explaining the unique bio-diversity of the flora and fauna that can be experienced here. Visitors can also acquaint themselves with the area by exploring an interactive diorama of a bald cypress-water tupelo swamp, area state champion tree information and changing landscape displays. Activities include guided field trips, canoe tours, live bird demonstrations and various exhibits from 8am to 4pm.
Bald Eagle Watching in the Cache River Wetlands
The Cache River Wetlands offers great opportunities for eagle watching, as well as spotting other birds. The Cache River Wetland Center provides resource and identification materials to help you spot eagles and other birds in the area and along the rivers. They will provide maps and directions to the viewing station for the nest just off Illinois Route 37 off Perks road and south of the visitor's center.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill
Historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's "Bunker Hill Historic Area" will be lit for the occasion and decorated for the holidays. Continuing throughout the holiday season, the holiday lights will be displayed weekends from 5-8 p.m.
Fun for the whole family including roasting hot dogs on an open fire, haunted trail rides and a kid's activity tent.
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.
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.
Vermilion County Civil War Days
Kennekuk County Park takes a trip back to the 1800s with Civil War re-enactments, presentations, music, and food. Participants from around the country come to the Danville Area for this one-of-a-kind weekend experience.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill Historic Area
The historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's Bunker Hill Historic Area will be decorated for the holidays and thousands of lights illuminated Friday - Sunday 5:00 - 8:00 PM through the holiday season.
Illinois Renaissance Festival
Welcome everyone to merry old England! Step back in time, a midst the pageantry of the day, and explore our kingdom full of musicians, artisans, eateries, and knights. Test your skills as you attempt to walk across the rope bridge or hit the catapult target with a water balloon. Feast like a King on hearty food and drink. Shop and barter for fine handcrafted treasures in the bazaar, listen to the sounds of performers entertaining the villagers. Fun for the whole family!
DeKalb Corn Fest
Corn Fest is one of the last, free, summer, music festivals among Illinois music and summer festivals in Illinois. Well over 100,000 people from around Illinois and the Midwest attend the music festival over a three day weekend. This festival features a carnival complete with rides and games, food booths, free live music, kiddie korner with large inflatables, family entertainment and much more. Friday night is carnival wristband nights for the kids with unlimited rides from 6-10pm. Festival areas feature food and business vendor booths, and a beer garden
DeKalb Kite Fest
Looking for a fun family day out? The DeKalb Kite Fest is great fun for the whole family whether you choose to make, fly, or just watch the kites fly. There are lots of large beautiful kites that fill the sky.
NIU Opening Football Game
NIU Opening Football Game! Come and cheer on the Huskies as they take on Presbyterian College! 6:00pm Kick-off
Meadows Monster - "Dual at Dawn"
Meadows Monster - "Dual At Dawn" race offers the runner/cyclist the opportunity to enjoy the cool fall temperatures and beauty of the season.
Du Quoin Annual Holiday Lights Fair
Starting the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through the month of December. Come experience Du Quoin Tourism’s transformation of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds into a magical place with lights and decorations. The event features a 1 1/2-mile drive through over $250,000 worth of lighted displays as well as decorated trees, entertainment, food, crafts and visits with Santa in the Expo Hall. The light trail opens nightly from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., and the Expo Hall will be open on the second and third weekends in December from 5:30 — 9:30 p.m. The Expo Hall features Santa’s train ride and Santa’s Workshop.
CITY: Du Quoin
DuQuoin State Fair
The DuQuoin fair is one of the nation's best agricultural events. The fair offers plenty of entertainment, including a carnival, livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, contests, and national acts on the grandstand stage.
CITY: Du Quoin
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.
Guardian Angel Bassett Bash & 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. A weekend filled with Bassett’s, games, contests, entertainment & the huge finale of the Bassett Waddle with hundreds of Bassett’s leading off the Harvest Day’s Parade.
Festival of Lights
Smile, laugh, be de-lighted at the East Peoria Festival of Lights! The festival features the fantastic Folepi's Winter Wonderland lighted drive-through display, open from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, and many other events during December including a competitive run, gift show, theatrical productions and more. The Festival of Lights annual Parade of Lights covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown. The parade features floats shaped entirely from lights, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the chopper motorcycle float illuminated with LED lights, a 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon, Frosty the Snowman, the starship Enterprise illuminated with 48,000 LED light bulbs, and the 95-foot-long smoke-spewing China dragon.
CITY: East Peoria
Join Corvette enthusiasts at one of the largest car shows in the nation! Over 14,000 Corvettes are expected to be on display at this event hosted by Mid America Motorworks. Activities include a live Corvette auction, burn-out competitions, technical seminars, live musical entertainment, celebrity autographs and much more! Saturday's concert at the Funfest Amphitheater will feature 38 Special.
Effingham Farmer's Market
Effingham Farmer's Market provides our community with fresh, locally-grown food, art, live music and quality artisan goods, produced right here in downtown Effingham, on the Courthouse Museum lawn. Come on out and support our community and your health! The market will continue every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from April to October. Enjoy our beautiful downtown square with the best live entertainment, artisans and locally grown food right here in Effingham
Ham City Jam
The Effingham skate park will be home to this year's Ham City Jam. Open skate will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and the competition starts at 1 p.m. $10 pays to enter all of the competitive events for the day including intermediate and advanced levels, best trick and more.The first twenty skaters to register will receive a free t-shirt. Music and food will be at this event as well as decks for sale.
Frankfort Fall Fest
Labor Day Weekend! 300 artisans with arts & crafts; 30 civic organizations providing food & festival services; Carnival Wednesday - Monday & parade Sunday.
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.
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: $15; Museum: Adults: $3; Children under 12: Free.
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 11, 18, and 25th. All Tickets: $8.00
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, brats, hot dogs, chili and dessert. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: $15; Museum: Adults: $3; Children under 12: Free.
Luminary Night On Stephenson and Lincoln Streets
Enjoy the beauty of the soft light of luminaries and the architecture of these historic homes as you stroll this lovely residential neighborhood. Also, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. Stephenson Street and Lincoln Boulevard from West Street to Park Boulevard.
8th Annual Galena Oktoberfest
Annual German celebration featuring live music, kids games, wiener dog races and lots of food and beverage.
2014 Bald Eagle Bus Tours
Guided, four-hour tours of bald eagle, wintering communities. View and learn about the bald eagle's habits, life history, preservation efforts and threats to its future. Reservations required. Bus departs from Stoney Creek Inn.
Chestnut Mountain Open House & Ski Swap
This ski resort's open house includes hayrides, chairlift rides, resort tours, refreshments, and a ski swap with both new and used equipment available.
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.
Genoa Pioneer Day
The Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society presents "Genoa Pioneer Day." This event will bring the experience of old time tradesman and crafters by providing a demonstration of skills, stagecoach rides, hands on activities, silent auction, fresh churned butter, fresh made cornbread, Lion's Club pork chops, kids games, music, old time pretend gun fights, President and Mrs Lincoln will be there. Bring your kids, Bring your friends! Bring your grandma and your grandpa!!! A fun and educational event right in your own hometown!! Activities start at 11:00 AM and Finish at 4:00 PM. For more information call 815-784-5559 or 815-784-5498, or visit www.genoamainstreet.com. Sponsored by Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society.
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.
Chicago Botanic Garden- Weekend Family Classes
Together, adults and children can explore cool things about how plants connect to science, art, history, and culture. Each program includes a variety of hands-on activities and projects, as well as opportunities to bring the Garden home. Programs run from November through April on Saturdays.
Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
The 7,500-square-foot “Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America” exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden features trains running on 1,600 feet of track, for train and garden enthusiasts to enjoy the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges and around buildings.
Great Godfrey Maze
Get your kicks at the Great Godfrey Maze! It’s time to go cruising to the finish line as you race your way through two separate mazes cut into a 7-acre cornfield. You may have to yield to oncoming traffic or hit a few detours along the way, but everyone gets a little lost sometimes. Plus, ride on the car train, check out the zip line or play around in the corn crib. Go to www.GodfreyIL.org and check the calendar for special movie nights, festivities and the haunted maze! In October, the ghosts and goblins will come out after dark. Admission is $6 for 12 and up, $4 for ages 6 through 11 and children 5 and under are free. For more information, call (618) 466-1483.
Join us for the return of the Grafton Rendezvous on the banks of the Illinois River. See pre-1840 history come to life and experience what a busy river port was like during that period. Traders will demonstrate candle and rope making, bead working, wood carving, metal working and leather crafting. There will be tomahawk and knife throwing and much more. Bring the family and enjoy the fun.
Boggio's Orchard and Produce Pumpkin Harvest Craft Show
Boggio's Pumpkin Harvest Craft Show features new crafts from over 130 crafters. There's food, music, hay and pony rides, an animal barn, pedal cars, pig races, and a corn maze to keep the kids entertained! The bakery sells delicious cider donuts, award-winning apple cider, fudge, canned jellies honey and fresh vegetables picked daily. Your family will enjoy the option of picking their own apples and pumpkins in the orchard and patch! Open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a $3.00 entry to the craft show.
2nd Annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival
Bring the family out for this exciting new event held at Central Park in Grayslake. The Color Aloft Festival will begin with hot air balloons being inflated and compete in a "Fox and Hounds" contest in which competing balloons seek to land closest to the 'Fox'. Balloons will be retrieved and return to the park. After dark they will be internally illuminated by their burners and glow. Enjoy family activities, live music and food vendors.
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, Thursdays in September from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at “Twilight Thursdays” at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call (618) 251-9101 or go to www.ConfluenceTower.com.
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.
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.
Summer Jam Festival
Summer Jam Festival is a 1 day event of relaxation and fun that will bring communities together. Adults can come to the park and have a great time listening to some of their favorite stepping songs. Live entertainment, a wide assortment of food vendors and interactions with community leaders set on bringing exposure, so that the parents have the chance to view what is being offered to their young adults.
CITY: Hazel Crest
Fall Family Compout
Our annual camp out will include music, games, face painter & campfire under the stars. Bring a tent, camper (parking lot). Bring your own food, grilling will not be allowed 4PM check in; 10AM check oot
CITY: Hickory Hills
Fall Family Campout
Our annual camp out will include music, games, a face painter & campfire under the stars. Bring a tent or a camper (parking lot). Bring your own food. Grilling will not be allowed. 4PM check in; 10AM check out.
CITY: Hickory Hills
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.
Jacksonville Main Street's Pumpkin Fest
Join them for a weekend of free family fun! Children and adult costume contest, pet costume contest, pumpkin decorating, food, games and entertainment.
Team Demolition Derby
The action heats up this summer when Team Demolition Derby encourages you to Light up the Night in your best brights and neons. Cub Scouts are encouraged to participate in this night of fun featuring an Amateur Demo. Come take part in Team Demolition Derby's bone-crushing events at Route 66 Raceway’s Dirt Oval.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Night Race!
Do you love night racing? Don't miss the exciting NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 night race! The night race kicks off the triple-header Chase weekend! In 2013, Kyle Busch gave a dominating performance and finished the night in Gatorade Victory Lane. Who will win this year? Find out live and in person!
NASCAR Nationwide Series
The NASCAR Nationwide Series makes its second stop at Chicagoland Speedway of the year with the Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 as part of the triple-header Chase weekend! Last year, Kyle Busch led the majority of the race and ended up in Gatorade Victory Lane for the second time during the weekend. Who will win this year? Come see the race live and experience all the action first-hand!
Route 66 Swap Meet
Route 66 Swap Meet & Show 'n Shine is the event for racers, rodders, restorers and collectors! There's a wide selection for any automotive enthusiast.
Ultimate Outdoor Show
For the avid hunter and fisherman you'll be pleased to see the great fishing demos-games-vendors-food-live concert-archery demos-boat show-RVs- and camping.