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Old Mill Fall Fest
This event gives the public a chance to see the 70 foot Mill which was built in 1872 and view the unique construction inside on the first two floors. Participants will be demonstrating all old time crafts.
Uncork Illinois Wine Festival
Wine aficionados will have a unique opportunity to sample over 150 wines from more than 15 local wineries and taste locally-produced artisan foods at Downtown Oak Park's Uncork Illinois.
CITY: Oak Park
Riverside Arts Weekend
The Riverside Arts Weekend (RAW) features a juried arts fair, theater, music, architecture and other arts-related events. This is a vibrant cultural weekend that brings thousands of visitors and residents together to mingle and walk the streets of historic downtown Riverside. The weekend will be located inside Guthrie Park in Riverside, IL.
Young at Heart Festival - Loves Park
Bring the whole family to the 43rd Young at Heart Festival. Events during the weekend include live music, a beer garden, carnival rides, kids' activities and food concessions. Located on the ground of Loves Park City Hall.
CITY: Loves Park
Wild Game Festival
Head out to the Brown County Fairgrounds for a culinary adventure! Bring your friends for the wild hog roast, join in the poker run, check out the vendor booths, test your luck in the raffle, and don't miss the live music. Did we mention the food? Check the website to see how you can enter your own recipe into the wild game cookoff. Music starts at 2pm, auction at 6:30pm. The band Brushville takes the stage at 8pm. Food and beverages available. There is a $10 cover charge.
CITY: Mount Sterling
Rochelle Cinco de Mayo Celebration
The City of Rochelle is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo event at the Downtown Rochelle Gazebo from 4-10 pm on Saturday May 2nd. The event is open to the public and will include authentic food; arts and crafts; music and dance demonstrations; and a Chihuahua parade and race throughout the evening.
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). Saturday, 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! Sunday's championship hunt boasts the largest cash purse in the nation. Both hunts have limited availability.
Don't miss the queen pageant and free barbecue Friday night in addition to great entertainment all weekend, car show and more.
54th Annual International Carillon Festival
The International Carillon Festival, in beautiful Washington Park, features concerts by some of the world's finest carillonneurs. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Don't miss the Festival fireworks Friday evening. LINCOLN AND THE MUSIC HE LOVED - To kick off this year's 54th International Carillon Festival, Park District carillonneur Robin Austin is joined by soprano Gailyn Draper and tenor Jerry Hicks in a special program of music that Lincoln loved. The program will be narrated by Christian McWhirter, author of the new book, Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music of the Civil War.
Oak Forest Fleadh
The Oak Forest-Crestwood Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Oak Forest, will host the 4th Annual Oak Forest Fleadh (pronounced "flah") on Saturday, March 9 on Cicero Avenue between 151st Street and 159th Street. Oak Forest Fleadh will include customer appreciation parties, a 5K race, an open bike ride, a family parade, and the 5th annual pub and restaurant open house.
CITY: Oak Forest
Sock Monkey Madness Festival - Midway Village Museum
This year's theme is "Fairy Tails & Red Heels." An enchanted event celebrating Rockford's Red Heel Sock! Explore why the popular Sock Monkey is important to Rockford's industrial past in the exhibit featuring the local history of Rockford's knitting industry and the origin of the sock monkey doll. Meet "King" Nelson, the World’s Largest Sock Monkey at 7-feet tall! Get free medical check-ups and minor surgery (patches and repairs) for well-loved sock monkeys at Sockford General Hospital. The Sockford Public Library will issue Rockford Public Library cards to visitors wishing to obtain a local library card. Participate in courtly activities for all ages-- from children's crafts to plenty of monkey business! Affordable food and snacks are available.
Old Capitol Art Fair
Held in historic downtown Springfield, IL, surrounding the Old State Capitol. This Fair has 150 juried artists in a range of mediums, including oil/acrylic, ceramics, photography, jewelry, mixed media, metal, wood, drawing, fibers, glass, sculpture, watercolor, and printmaking. A children's tent for ages 2-15 will be open selling authentic artwork at small prices - a great way for your child to begin a love of art! There will also be a variety of food vendors and musical acts for entertainment.
Midtown Ethnic Parade & Festival
Rockford Midtown District's second 2nd Annual Day of Celebration of all the diverse cultures in Rockford includes a parade of colors and customs and a festival with international foods, performances, information, genealogy, a children's area, a beer garden, and much more.
Rockford Airfest 2015
Rockford AirFest 2015 at Chicago Rockford International Airport will include a performance by the United States Navy Blue Angels. Preformers will be added as they are confirmed.
The Pembroke Rodeo features one of the largest traveling rodeos in Illinois. The rodeo features bare back riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, relay races, barrel racing, flag races and bull riding.
CITY: St. Anne
Deerfield's Annual Fine Arts Festival
Fun for the whole family featuring art from across the U.S., live music, catered festival food, kid's art activities and more! Artists representing media such as painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, sculpture, mixed media and ceramics hail from 20 states will be exhibiting.
Bishop Hill Honor Flight Benefit
The spirit of giving each year is renewed by the Bishop Hill, The Filling Station Restaurant who organizes the annual fundraiser to send the Quad Cities area veterans to Washington, D.C. part of the Honor Flight Network. A barbeque rib dinner, that’s finger licking good right off the grill starts the festivities. Patriot Guard and Legion Riders ride into town and kick off the festivities with an invocation and presentation of colors. Patriotic music is provided throughout the event as well as unique military exhibits and a military retreat is held promptly at 1800 hours with a 21 gun salute and taps. A live auction of donated items, including, locally made artisan craft to sports memorabilia and more is the highlight of the day, besides the eating that is. Golf cart shuttle service from outlying parking areas will be provided to Village Park by Cambridge Cart Sales. Area veterans are provided with a free trip to visit their memorial with priority given to survivors of World War II, Korean War, and any veteran with a terminal illness. Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals. Representatives from the Honor Flight organization attend the fundraiser. All proceeds from the day’s events are donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, $60,000 and counting. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Midsommar Music Festival
Music and fun for the entire family, participate in musical workshops, jamming sessions and a barn dance with instructions provided. Main stage concerts are held in Village Park. Main Stage Events begin at 11 am, Maypole procession at 4 pm, and Barn Dance at 7 pm.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Red Carpet Corridor Festival
Plan to spend a weekend on this self-guided driving tour of towns and rural areas along the “Mother Road.” Each town will produce its own event. Ninety miles of family fun waiting for you. Enjoy live performances, art show and kids games during this family fun weekend.
Geneseo Music Fest
A Geneseo tradition reinvented. City Park becomes filled on Friday with the annual queen contest and supper to follow. On Saturday family fun begins with music, children and family activities, food and beverage. Activities begin at 5 pm on Friday and 8 am on Saturday.
Hooppole Fun Days
Every kid walks away a winner in this pre-fourth of July celebration. Family floats, antique tractors, children’s games: ring toss, select a sucker and a frog/toad jumping contest (bring your own) are just a few to mention. Visit and enjoy local organizations home cooked delicacies and buy a pie. Fireworks at dusk are sure to please. Activities begin at 10 am.
PaleoFest 2015 - Burpee Museum of Natural History
In association with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, PaleoFest 2015 focuses on the Triassic and Jurassic time periods--"The Beginning of Dinosaurs and the Origin of the Modern World." This year's event is a symposium, presenting over 20 renowned speakers, exclusive programs and activities, and a special dinner and lecture with Dr. Hans-Dieter Sues. The annual PaleoFest is internationally recognized. Highlights for kids and families include PaleoPassport activities, Tooth Sleuths, T.rex: Bones & Beyond, and Walk with the Dinosaurs. Visit the website for a full schedule of events.
Antioch's Summer Arts & Crafts Faire
This newly designed Summer Hand-Crafted Arts and Crafts Faire will feature artisans from around the country. Enjoy more than 140 booths of hand-crafted goods for summer and fall, food and free admission. There will also be plenty of children's free fun including face painting, balloon art and Paint our Town!
Annawan Fun Days
It’s all about the kids! Festivities are held at Howe’s Park and feature kid friendly activities like an obstacle course, pedal tractor pull, water fights, and the Twinkie train! Evenings offer a movie, food, nightly entertainment, and fireworks – first of the season in Henry County! After the Sunday parade, have a slice of pie or buy one to take home from the annual auction.
Sheep to Clothing at Lincoln Log Cabin
Follow the process of creating fabric in the 19th century, beginning with raw wool, our volunteers will take you through the entire spectrum of home based manufacturing process; quite literally from sheep to clothing. The Lincoln-Sargent Farm Foundation will kick off their fundraising campaign for the restoration of the Moore Home, scene of Abraham Lincoln’s family farewell before leaving for Washington DC in 1861, with a unique pledge drive. The site manager will be weaving Venetian Carpet throughout the day with pledges for the number of yards woven. Also enjoy the Victory Garden Plant Sale: the Lincoln-Sargent Farm Foundation will again be selling heirloom flowers, plants and herbs to raise funds to support the educational and interpretive programming at Lincoln Log Cabin. All events will run from 10am-4pm.
Hardin County Heritage Festival
The Hardin County Heritage Festival is held the Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and 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)
Smoke on the River
This Illinois state championship BBQ contest features live entertainment and barbecue sampling at Kesler Park on the Riverfront.
Join us at the Art Center for ArtFest on Saturday, September 19 & 20 from 12 to 5 p.m for hands on art projects! There will be a free clay competition for kids & adults, an art exhibit scavenger hunt, a collaborative mural, live figure drawing, and demonstrations & hands on activities by local artists. quincyartcenter.org
The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau's annual MayDays Festival will return to downtown Clinton from May 14 through 17, 2015. Join us for Luehrs' Ideal Rides, food & craft vendors, live music on Mr. Lincoln's Square and lots of fun.
Atkinson Heritage Day
Our heritage is for everyone! A celebration of small town life featuring a fun filled family event that brings us all back in time for a moment to understand our heritage, enjoy the company of others and an opportunity to meet new friends. Activities include 5K/1K mile race, softball and Rolle Bolle Tournaments, children’s games, evening music entertainment. Join in on the meat & soup cook-off featuring, “Hutsepot” a (Belgian Dish). Craft and Food Vendors featured throughout the park and enjoy the Duck Derby at the Village Fountain. Activities begin at 8 am.
Sublette Annual Toy and Antique Tractor Show
Vendors from more than ten Midwestern states fill eight buildings with over 400 tables of farm toys and collectibles. Antique tractor show with over 200 tractors lining the streets. Semi-tractors line up to show off their unique paint jobs. Train show with large operating layout, quilt show, and craft show. Pancake breakfast on Sunday. Free shuttle will transport visitors to the various buildings on Sunday only.
Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Geneseo’s fastest growing event gets even better. Join Gen-Air for a fly-in luncheon on Thursday, Cruise the Hennepin Canal by golf carts on Friday. Visit downtown on Saturday as the streets fill up with vintage cars from all eras, train engines, model trains, airplanes, food and festivities.
Chicago Improv Festival
The 18th annual Chicago Improv Festival takes over the city for a week, showcasing the best local, national and international on-the-spot comedic talent!
More Fun on 81 – 180th Andover Anniversary Celebration
Civil war reenactment will line Lake Andover offering a glimpse into the past. An antique and lawn and farm tractor show will be held at the museum grounds. Gather for the concerts and grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors to choose from. Artisans and craft vendors will be featured throughout the grounds. Kids will enjoy the fishing derby. Remember our veterans and participate in a Salute to Veterans.
Annual Barry Apple Festival
Over 50,000 people join this quaint historic town to celebrate the apple industry. Old-time crafts, specialty food, entertainment, a car show, and a parade are highlights of the weekend of festivities.
Country Corner - Grandparents Day Weekend/Customer Appreciation
Kids, visit Country Corner in Alpha with your Grandparents. Grandparents will be admitted free with a paying grandchild. Activities available include a Hayrack Ride, U-Pick Pumpkins, and Corn Maze. Special Discounts and Concessions in Timber Park. Hours: 9 am to 6 pm. Fall Fun Park Hours:10:30 am to 6 pm.
Country Corner Fall Flea Market
Enjoy a large Flea Market with over 20 vendors each day displaying their wares for sale from 10am to 5pm. Hayrack Rides, U-Pick Pumpkins, Corn Maze. Fall Fun Park Hours: 10:30am to 6pm.
Geneva Film Festival
Celebrate the art of filmmaking by setting the stage for independent filmmakers to showcase their talent to the world. The Geneva Film Festival features workshops with industry professionals providing educational opportunities for filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike.
Fort LaMotte Days
Step back in time in an authentically reconstructed fort from the early 1800's. Relive history as settlers, militia, traders and craftsmen gather at Fort LaMotte. Friday is set aside for school children. Saturday and Sunday are open to the public.
Fine Line Arts Festival (formerly Raku Day)
Fri. May 29 Festival opening night! Come socialize, enjoy a catered dinner, participate in a specialty event. There is a fee. Sat. May 30 is a great outdoor fun day for everyone! Bring the kids! Experience a variety of hands-on art experiences including Japanese Raku, etching, welt felting and more. Visit www.fineline.org for details and registration.
CITY: St. Charles
Buzz the Gut Cruise Night & Car Show
"Let's Buzz the Gut"- A common term used by the youth of many generations for cruising the downtown and outlying areas of Dwight. Enjoy classic cars on display, food vendors, displays, music. Car awards at 8pm. Over 100 cars entered.
Strawberry Jam Festival
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.
Port Clinton Art Festival
Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most successful juried art festivals and attracts more than 250,000 art enthusiasts from places near and far. More than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists come together to showcase their work over the course of the weekend, creating an atmosphere brimming with renowned creativity. Alongside established artists, a youth art division celebrates the talents of young artists ages 18 and under, offering them the opportunity to participate, exhibit, and experience the inner workings of an art festival.
CITY: Highland Park
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.
Cinco de Mayo
A festive Sycamore celebration with games, prizes, crafts, food, petting zoo, live music and family entertainment.
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: $5; Children 5 and under: Free; 6 am to 10 am
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.
Cache River Days
This fun fest includes a flea market, parade, softball tournament, yard sales, BBQ and music.
Bishop Hill Clay and Fiber Fest
Interact with skilled potters and a variety of fiber artists during this two day event. Artists are featured in an indoor/outdoor classroom at Bishop Hill's Prairie Arts Center. Potters of all levels will demonstrate wheel throwing and hand building techniques, the Native American art of horse hair pottery, pit and raku firing processes and more. Learn weaving, spinning, rug hooking and broom making. Make and take activities will be conducted both days. Jansson 5, a Bishop Hill-based group, will entertain with their diverse musical style in the village park Saturday afternoon, and an old-fashioned pie and ice cream social will be held there, too. Saturday evening, a soup supper takes place in the Bishop Hill Colony School. For $10, attendees can pick out a hand-thrown bowl, fill it with homemade soup, and take the bowl home afterward.
CITY: Bishop Hill
KCBS sanctioned barbecue championship that features great food vendors and live entertainment.
CITY: Mount Carmel
Highland Park's Art Center's Festival of Fine Arts
Situated on the beautiful tree-lined streets surrounding TAC, the revamped festival will showcase original works from 120 juried artists. Exceptional examples of fine arts and fine craft, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, wood and more will be featured at the festival. The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Arts will offer activities for children and families, as well as live entertainment and tasty festival treats throughout the weekend. Art enthusiasts will get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making these original works of art with live art demos taking place at the festival.
CITY: Highland Park
10th Annual Music & Wine Festival
The 11th Annual Music & Wine Festival at Hill Prairie Winery is a popular event that features fresh grilled BBQ, two great bands each day and of course; locally produced wine. Relax in a natural setting overlooking a pond and the vineyard in the rolling hills of Hill Prairie Winery, just south of Oakford, Illinois and approximately 10 minutes north of Lincoln’s New Salem in Petersburg.
Gazebo Art Festival
The Gazebo Art Festival is held on the outdoor grounds of Chandler Park in downtown Macomb! This setting is a wonderful place for the public to view art, chat with artist and enjoy live performances and music from the Al Sears Jazz Music Festival. There will also be activities and fun for children!
ARTumn Harvest Art Festival
Come out and discover Deer Park Town Center's 4th Annual ARTumn Harvest Art Festival. Approximately 70 artists come from across the U.S. to participate in our juried art show held around the gazebo. In addition to fantastic fine artists, enjoy the live music, hands on kids art fun and food.
CITY: Deer Park
Momence Gladiolus Festival
On the agenda for the Gladiolus Festival are the Coronation of the Princess and Queen, plus numerous parades, carnival and giant flea, swap, and craft market.
Colona Memorial Day Celebration
Fun begins Thursday on Hennepin Canal Parkway with carnival children’s activities, horseshoe contest, nightly live entertainment in the beer garden and don’t miss the 42nd annual parade starting at 2 p.m on Sunday.
The 12th Annual Buffalo Grove Invitational Art Festival
Currently rated as one of the top 100 art festivals in the country, the festival hosts more than 100 juried artists from around the globe. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to watch the masters at work with art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long! In addition to the work of the 100 juried artists, festival-goers will have the opportunity to view and purchase works from young artists, ages 18 and under, who participate in the Youth Art Division of the festival taking place on Sunday. In addition to the artwork, festival-goers will enjoy live performances from a variety of musical acts, great food and art activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art at the festival and much more!
CITY: Buffalo Grove
Pioneer City Rodeo and Labor Day Celebration
Say goodbye to summer in the Pioneer City. Activities include three professional rodeo performances, free entertainment, a carnival, street fair and town-wide yard sales, parade and much more for the whole family. Weekend camping packages available on site.
Annual Jasper County Strawberryfest
This two day festival celebrates strawberries in Jasper County. Free family entertainment, music, games, food and crafts provide fun for everyone on the square in Newton!
Southern Illinois Irish Festival
This Festival began in 1997 and continued to grow and expand with new events and excitement for participants of all ages. A Celtic cultural celebration with special concerts, fairs with music, dance workshops & demonstrations, Celtic arts & crafts, and merchandise, children’s activities. This year's Southern Illinois Irish Festival will be hosted by Walkers Bluff. This new venue provides a picturesque location just northwest of Carterville, Illinois.
Grayslake Summer Days
Family music festival with activities for the entire family. Music, carnival games, food vendors, business booth area and "Grayslake's Got Talent" Contest. Bike and Pet Parade - 12 noon Saturday. Summer Days Parade kickoffs at 7pm Saturday evening. Festivities will be held downtown Grayslake. Visit the website for complete festival activities. Friday: 5pm-12am, Saturday: 11am-12am.
Barrington Art Festival
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at the Barrington Art Festival. The festival offers the work of 125 juried artists from around the country in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, photography, watercolors and wood. Live music, great food and fun activities for kids make the Barrington Art Festival a perfect family experience!
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.
Celebrate the fall season with a farmers market, arts and craft vendors and local musical entertainment.
Traditional Music Festival
Early 19th century music and dancing will occur throughout the pioneer village at New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg. Impromptu demonstrations and performances of music and dancing are featured. The park sets up straw bales for jam sessions, and there is a great deal of bluegrass, old-time, and other music going on. Camping is available and there are evening concerts.
The 18th Annual Lincolnshire Art Festival
The festival hosts 100 juried artists from around the country in the Village Green of Lincolnshire and offers extraordinary examples of fine art and fine craft in a variety of mediums and price points. Take in the tranquility of Lincolnshire with a wonderful weekend that combines the fun of art with the art of fun. Live music on the music stage, great food and fun activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art, make the festival a perfect family experience. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the masters at work with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long! Festival-goers of all ages will have an opportunity to get into the “art-filled” action by contributing to a mural on-site at the festival.
Visit the Museum Campus at Small Memorial Park from 10-4 for grounds filled with vendors, music, contests, pies, and lovely gardens. The one room school house and the memorial home of Dr. A.L. Small, built in 1855 and boyhood home of Lennington Small, Governor of Illinois from 1921-1929, will be open.
Historic National Landmark, Bishop Hill, glows with luminary lit sidewalks and candle lit windows in honor of St. Lucy, a celebration of lights. Musical entertainment abounds throughout the village. Musicians will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the air will be filled with musical melodies. The village specialty shops and dining establishments stay open late for an enchanted evening to remember. Feel like dancing? Experience the Old Colony School barn dance serenaded by the Rusty String Pickup Band. Experience a utopia on the prairie holiday experience this season.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Merchant Street Music Festival
Merchant Street MusicFest brings together an eclectic range of music, artists, food and people to celebrate diversity throughout the community. Merchant Street MusicFest is a FREE two-day music and arts festival at the historic downtown train depot located at 199 South East Avenue in Kankakee, IL. The event is a community celebration featuring local, regional, and national musical talent on 3 stages, fine and folk art vendors and great food and drink. Tempt your tastebuds with our local food vendors' best offerings or just sit back with a cold one and let the melodic sounds wash over you.
5th Annual Downtown Celebration
Plan to be part of the Downtown Celebration, a festive day of music, food and fun in the heart of Historic Downtown Jacksonville.
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum Labor Day Celebration
All aboard the antique steam train as a 36 ton, 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, and two passenger flatcars for a four mile ride through farmlands and across a bridge 30 feet above Yellow Creek. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts. Browse for novelties in the Freight House and visit the Silvercreek Museum which offers 25 rooms of early Americana, a display of antique machinery, Henney Motor Company vehicles which were manufactured in Freeport, and the operating Cooper-Corliss engine, a giant 130 ton steam engine. The Silvercreek Museum will be serving sandwiches and deserts. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides available inquire at the Depot Freight House. Museum: Adults: $4; Children under 12: Free.
Jordbruksdagarna – Agriculture days
Celebrate Bishop Hill’s agrarian heritage, this event features traditional 19th century harvest activities and demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, farm produce, and Colony stew. Hours: 10am to 5pm.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Celebrating Quincy's German heritage and history. Oktoberfest brings live music, food and specialty beers along with contests and home brewers samplings. All located in the German District between 9th -10th & York Streets. Hosted by the Quincy Rotary Club- held from 4-10pm on the 2nd Sat. in October.
Christmas Market "Julmarknad"
The holiday festivities in Bishop Hill begin with Julmarknad, or Christmas Market. This event is based on Scandinavian customs dating back to the Middle Ages when farmers and artisans would gather in the village squares to sell their wares. Bishop Hill businesses will be offering unique gifts, handmade wares, antiques, quilts, collectibles, baked goods, delicious foods, and Swedish imports. Scandinavian foods such as herring, lutfisk, and rye bread are also in abundance. Select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday.
CITY: Bishop Hill
This is a shrimp cook-off with fresh Southern Illinois shrimp cooked more ways than you can imagine! Locally grown prawns will be available for purchase. Helicopter, & carriage rides, music & entertainment, beer & wine tent and lots more.
Fulton Dutch Days Festival
Many events celebrating Dutch heritage. Windmill tours, quilt show, 5 K walk/run, traditional street scrubbing, Dutch dancing, a fashion show of traditional Dutch costumes and parade Sunday at 3 PM.
Farm Heritage Festival
Check out hundreds of antique tractors, cars and steam engines, and other farm machinery as we celebrate Lake County’s rural roots. Tractor parades, petting zoo, sheep herding demonstrations, scarecrow making, museum exhibits, wagon rides and other activities for kids and families.
Atlanta Fall Festival
A small town festival has carnival rides, a petting zoo, car show, pie and cake baking contest/auction, bingo and bands nightly that are sure to entertain the whole family!
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.
Art on Harrison
Seeking a way to announce the emerging Arts District, galleries and building owners in partnership with the Oak Park Arts Council inaugurated Art on Harrison in 1995. Conceived of as an informal Friday evening gallery walk, the event has continued each September since its inception, expanding to include entertainment and performances at participating galleries. Come out and see what the area has to offer in a convivial atmosphere, a celebration of what the creative spirits of this community have accomplished.
CITY: Oak Park
Annual Wabash Valley Wine and Art Festival
Stroll up and down Palestine's Historic Main Street lined with fine arts, crafts and food. Enjoy free entertainment as you sample wines from more than a dozen central and southern Illinois wineries. Enjoy a relaxing weekend in Illinois' oldest town.
Wine on the Fox
Don’t miss the opportunity to sample award-winning Illinois wines while enjoying live entertainment and delicious local fare. Free & Open to the Public. Wine Tasting is $15 per day for a souvenir wine glass, a wristband and 5 tasting tickets. An Advanced Two-Day Pass may be purchased for $25 which includes 1 souvenir wine glass and 20 tasting tickets (10 per day). Advanced Two-Day Passes are non-refundable. Additional tasting tickets are $1 each. Must be 21 with proper identification to taste wines.
Red, White, & BBQ
Red, White, & BBQ is a competition dedicated to tasty barbecue, music, and fun at Ty Warner Park in Westmont. Start off the summer with great food, live music, and an all-ages carnival. Observe some of the best BBQ experts compete to win prize money, learn BBQ tips, and enjoy Ty Warner Park.
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
Known as C2E2, this convention spans the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Bringing the best of popular culture to downtown Chicago, C2E2’s show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors, panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen!
This festival is attended by approximately 50,000 during the course of the weekend. PrairieFest events are held throughout Oswego with the main festival grounds located at PrairieFest Park, 91 Plank Road. The event features main stage entertainment, children's performers, expo village, petting zoos, pony rides, camel rides, children's activities, parade, bed races, touch a truck event and more. The event is free, compliments of our generous business sponsors.
Art Dans La Rue
Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 12-9pm for Downtown Oak Park's authentic urban French Street Festival! Featuring: art exhibits by local artists, special showing of a French film, Can-Can dancers, French music by "Paris La Nuit," Poodle Parade, French lessons, Fresh made crepes, Wine tastings, Sidewalk chalk contest, Bike Rentals, and much more!
CITY: Oak Park
Hatch: A Creative Re-Use Art Festival
What happens when you mix artists with unwanted materials destined for the landfill? You get Hatch, a Creative Re-Use Art Festival from the I.D.E.A. Store in Champaign, a marketplace of ideas from recycled materials. In its third year, the event will kick off with a “Trashion” Show, where designers use only recycled materials to make the latest in fashion. An exhibit filled with inspired, recycled pieces follows and concludes with an art fair where you can purchase the artwork that you just can’t live without.
Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum Fall Harvest Demonstrations
All aboard as a 36-ton, 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses for a four-mile ride through farmlands. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts, and browse the Freight House Gift Shop and Silvercreek Museum. Weather permitting, there will be fall harvest demonstrations with horses and tractors. The museum will feature sauerkraut and brats. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: Inquire at the Depot; Museum: Adults: $4; Children under 12: Free.
Galesburg Railroad Days
The 38th annual celebration of railroad history in downtown Galesburg. This event returns to Main Street. It marks the 160th year of the Railroad in Galesburg. Come by auto via I-74 or by rail via Amtrak. Galesburg is the gateway to the west and leading Amtrak Depot on the corridor to Quincy.
Market Days Flea Market & Vendor Fair
Held the first Saturday of every month, this farmers market and flea market features crafts, antiques, furniture, household items, baby furniture, produce, collectibles, art, food booths, and live entertainment!
CITY: Mount Vernon
46th Annual Threshing Show and Antique Show
The Stephenson County Antique Engine Club proudly presents this annual event, "The Freeport Show". It offers over 300 antique steam and horse-powered engines, equipment, and gas engines. This year's feature is Allis-Chalmers. There will be a huge parade daily at 1 pm, a large flea market, a large display building offering home antiques, crafts, demonstrations, and farm miniatures, Gasoline Alley featuring The Rawleigh gas engines, sawmill, and blacksmith shop. There will be threshing demonstrations with both steam and gas tractors, and working demonstrations throughout the show grounds. Also, ride the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad antique steam train. Great food is offered. Don't miss the Farmer's Hitch Class, Horse Pull or the Midwest Championship Antique Tractor Pull.
Homer Soda Festival
The Homer Soda Festival is genuine and unique. We bring together family owned bottlers from all across the country to one place where you can enjoy their family traditions of flavor and fizz. We create an environment where you can not only taste the unique sodas, but meet many of the actual bottlers themselves. The food is high quality and unique, the vendors are all hand crafted, genuine artistic creations, reclaimed relics, and antiques. The music is Americana bluegrass/roots that has stood the test of time much like the bottlers. Everything works to bring generations together to make memories with each other and take them all back to the Main Street USA of yesteryear.
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival
The festival showcases the work of 95 unique artists in a pristine setting overlooking a lake, spectacular gardens and 385 acres of majesty. All of the artwork embodies a botanic theme, use or material. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to see the masters at work, with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long!
American Thresherman Show
This steam and antique tractor show features 5 days of great events such as antique tractor pulls, ITPA & Illinois Hot Farm Stock sanctioned tractor pulls, music, a parade and much more!
Mid America Morel Mushroom Fest & Hunt
Learn all about the morel in the heart of prime & proven morel habitat. Participate in the hunt, see cooking demonstrations, exchange recipes, come to buy or sell in the mushroom auction, and enter your best morel dish in the morel cook-off. Fun for the whole family, and trophies in many categories.
Sponsored by Jacksonville Rotary Club at the Morgan County Fairgrounds. Come out for children and adult games, weenier dog race, wine and beer tasting, washers tournament, entertainment by The Waterloo German Band and The Heidelberg German Band as they perform music in the tradition of the German Beer Hall playing polkas, waltzes and big band music from the 1920's to 1980's pop music. DJ music will play through the rest of the day.