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God Save the Queen at the Paramount Theatre
These guys are packing Queen’s biggest hits like “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Somebody to Love” into one huge set, and they’re doing it with all that over-the-top theatricality that made Queen one of the best-known bands in music history. From the incredible lighting to the epic anthems to lead singer Pablo Padin’s spot-on resemblance (both in voice and looks) to the late, great Freddie Mercury, God Save the Queen will rock you.
Grafton Riverside Flea Market
You won't want to miss this fabulous flea market on the river. There will be over 50+ dealers with all types of goods, antiques glassware, tools, candles, furniture and good old-fashioned junk! Join the fun the fourth weekend of every month from April through October in Grafton.
Grape Nuts Wine Education: Italian Food Wines
An expert staff of sommeliers at Ginger + Soul will teach you to build your wine knowledge. In this class you will explore various expressions of popular grapes. Ginger + Soul will provide delicious bites for a great evening out. In this class you will walk away with knowledge of Italy’s regions and methods – paired with delicious appetizers.
Hairspray: The Broadway Musical
What gives a girl power and punch? Tracy Turnblad is a plus-size teen with plus-size hair, and she has one big plus-size dream – to dance her way onto Baltimore’s smash hit TV show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Based on the John Waters hit movie, Hairspray is a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rockin’ tunes and explosively colorful costumes – plus some really cool hairdos. More importantly, under all the glitz, Hairspray reminds us of the importance of individuality and the acceptance of one another: a wonderful message to share with everyone. Performances run from January 20 through February 21, 2016.
Hardin County Heritage Festival
The Hardin County Heritage Festival and Duck Race on the Ohio river celebrates the county’s rich heritage and history. The event includes exceptional period entertainment and activities to fill your weekend, including; 1800’s outdoor play, Civil War reenactment, pageant, quilt show, duck race, area craft and food vendors. Festivities also include a period ball, a Regal Women’s Tea and live entertainment throughout. Events are held in Elizabethtown (Saturday) and at the Hardin County K-12 School located East of Elizabethtown on 146. (Friday night pageant)
Herman's Hermits & The Buckinghams at the Genesee
British beat band Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone is known for some of the world's most beloved 1960's hits. The Buckinghams are one of the most respected Chicago bands to ever explode onto the national scene. This should be a great night of music not to be missed.
“Ciao” on delicious Italian food and delight in a grand parade. This week long festival will include midway rides and games, live music from award winning artists, a bocce tournament, a grape stomp, a pasta cook-off, a kids pet and bike parade, a road race and an art contest.
Hickory Hills Street Fair
The Hickory Hills Street Fair is an annual event in town for over 25 years. It has a beer tent with entertainment; food booths and craft fair. There is also bingo and rides for the kids - something for everyone.
Highland Park's Art Center's Festival of Fine Arts
Situated on the beautiful tree-lined streets, the festival will showcase original works from 100 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.
Historical H.A. Rathje Windmill Fall Festival
Explore three floors of the largest Illinois Windmill built in 1872, the demonstrations of old time crafts as well as expanded children activities - and it’s free.
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues: A Salute to Ella, Judy & Patsy
You can’t say “Ella Fitzgerald,” “Judy Garland” or “Patsy Cline” without thinking the word “powerful.” Ella brought a sultry swing to jazz. Judy pumped each and every performance full with heart-wrenching emotion. Patsy’s tenderness brought an element of sweet soul to country. And all three changed the American musical landscape forever. Join the Paramount for a tribute concert honoring the legacies these amazing artists left behind. Featuring performances of beloved songs like “Cry Me a River,” “Crazy” “The Man That Got Away” and tons more, you’ll be taken on a passionate, soulful and inspiring trip through the spirit of American music. Performance at 3 pm.
Illinois College Fine Art Series: Made in America - Homer Ferguson
Homer Ashton Ferguson III, a 2000 graduate of Illinois College, will return to the Hilltop for a wonderful evening of organ music. Ferguson is currently a doctoral candidate in keyboard performance at Arizona State University from which he received a Master's degree in 2002.
Illinois Historical Music at the Jefferson County Historical Village
Nationally acclaimed award-willing singer/songwriter, Chris Vallillo will perform a concert of Illinois Historical Music. Chris has an avid following in the Southern Illinois area. He will entertain the audience with a lively performance and teach them about the history of Illinois music. Free admission but donations are welcome.
Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit - Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936
Coinciding with the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Games, Nazi Olympics tells an important historical story. Given that sports play a powerful developmental role in the lives of so many youth and adult athletes, this exhibition expands on many important themes—racism and discrimination, propaganda, fair play, and ethical decision making—allowing the public to personally connect to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and relate them to present day Olympics and human rights issues.
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Spring Pops: Gershwin Celebration
Catfish Row springs to life when the IPO's esteemed Conductor Laureate Maestro Carmon DeLeone brings to the stage an all-Gershwin pops program. From the opening notes of the rumba-inspired Cuban Overture to the treasured and touching ballads of Porgy and Bess, listeners will be enchanted by Gershwin's musical genius and his ability to blend sophisticated structures with audience-appealing styles. The evening features acclaimed soloists: Alfreda Burke (soprano), Michael Preacely (baritone) and Michael Chertock (piano). "...just the ticket to lure classical music buffs away from their customary downtown-Chicago migration patterns." ~Chicago Tribune on the IPO
Jacksonville Main Street’s Fine Arts Festival
Arts, food and fun all in downtown Jacksonville. Exhibits for show or sale include oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, pencil art, photography, and mixed media.
James Lumber Center Presents The Tempest
Marooned on a distant island with his daughter Miranda, Prospero has spent 12 years perfecting his magic and plotting his revenge. When he learns that a ship bearing his old enemies is sailing near the island, with the help of the spirit Ariel, he raises a torrential storm, bringing within his grasp those who robbed him of his dukedom. Shakespeare’s last great masterpiece, The Tempest is an enchanted tale filled with romance, humor and adventure.
Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration at Ravinia
Celebrate the songs of and career of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead with this groundbreaking orchestral project featuring Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) plus a live orchestra. Relive Garcia’s storied original compositions as well as classic interpretations of timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia and the Grateful Dead’s shows with this incredible collaboration!
Jethro Tull - Written and Performed by Ian Anderson at the Genesee Theatre
Ian Anderson, known throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull, celebrates his 47th year as an international recording and performing musician. Since forming in 1968, Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies.
Jim Brickman at the James Lumber Center
Music lovers will experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year. With four of his albums certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, Brickman has become the most commercially successful instrumental pop pianist of the last three decades. Overall, he’s sold more than 7 million albums.
Jim Witter's The Piano Man at the James Lumber Center
This “must see” multi-media musical journey through the ‘70s featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel should be at the top of any Baby Boomer’s bucket list! Jim’s versatility as an artist has allowed him the opportunity to reach out and share his music and his infectious personality with audiences of all ages across Canada and the United States. His rich powerful voice and ease of manner at the piano, make him a favorite with theatre goers everywhere.
John Anderson at the Effingham Performance Center
See country chart-topper John Anderson sing his hits on his tour throughout America at the EPC at 8 p.m.
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.
Join us as we celebrate freedom, family, and country with our historical Underground Railroad program. Enjoy history displays, interactive interpretive hikes, traditional music, wild edibles, crafts and much more. 10AM-3PM.
Junie B. Jones' Essential Survival Guide to School at the Effingham Performance Center
Come see an all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book at 10 a.m.
Kool and the Gang at RiverEdge Park
In over 4 decades, Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, won 2 Grammys and 7 AMAs, racked up 31 gold and platinum albums and scored a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This June, they’re bringing their funky jams to RiverEdge Park. You won’t be able to stay in your seat when these guys roll out hits including “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down On It.” And to add to the good times, Motown icon and founder of the Commodores Thomas McClary is bringing his legendary Motown sound along. $30 before June 1, $45 starting June 1. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs.
Kuba and Rebecca at the Sandwich Opera House
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming Rebecca, singer of country, Broadway, pops, jazz and gospel with Kuba playing vibraphone, drums, guitar, violin, theramin and the kalimba.
Lady - A Women's Expo
This event features dozens of vendor booths, a fashion show, cooking demos, speaker sessions, shopping, photo booth and free gift bags to first 500 attendees! 9AM-2PM.
Lilac Time Festival
A stunning 8.5-acre horticultural display with 800 breathtaking lilacs & 25,000 eye-catching tulips! Take tours, shop the art and craft fair, and enjoy food, drinks & sports. Enjoy the old-fashioned hospitality, free concerts and attractions that will be provided in Lilacia Park during Lilac Time!
Little River Band at the Effingham Performance Center
As one of the great vocal bands of the 70s and 80s, Little River Band performs their hits at the EPC to perform live at 7:30 p.m.
Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano at the McAninch Arts Center
See a unique collaboration between Grammy-Award Winners Los Lobos and dancers from Ballet Folklorico Mexicano. This is a celebration of Mexican American culture through a spectacular display of song, dance, music and film.
Luma - Art in Darkness at the James Lumber Center
Take the giant leap into a surreal world of light, color and motion where thinking stops and astonishment begins. This exhilarating light spectacle uses the dark as the canvas and light as the brush to create colorful illusions. It is an experience that will leave you mesmerized and full of wonder.
Magic Made Me Do It - Daniel Martin
Join Waubonsee Community College at the Sugar Grove Campus Auditorium: Chicago's own Daniel Martin will entertain you and your family with his high energy blend of incredible magic, exhilarating escapes, and sarcastic improv. His magic and comedy have been featured on CBS, NBC, WGN, VH!, ESPN, and at thousands of live events. Show starts at 7 pm.
Man of La Manchal at the Marriott Theatre
Man of La Mancha is a 1964 musical that tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. This will be a poignant story of one man's ultimate quest.
Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray at the James Lumber Center
Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Using overhead projectors, multiple screens, paper puppets, actors live feed cameras and a live band, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and instills it with liveness, ingenuity and theatricality.
Mariachi Divas at the James Lumber Center
Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. Winners of two Grammy® Awards, this all-female Mariachi group brings new meaning to the genre with their multi-cultural, eclectic and innovative sound.
Meat Loaf at the Genesee
For the past 40 years, Meat Loaf has been a towering monument on the musical landscape. His legendary 1977 album Bat Out of Hell transformed this former stage actor into one of the great American rock ‘n’ roll icons. That record, with its staggering operatic sound and impassioned vocals, has sold more than 44 million albums worldwide and remains one of the best-selling albums in the world to date.
Memorial Day Tribute at the Effingham Performance Center
Three Chicks & A Stage present a Memorial Day musical tribute to our local veterans and military.
Memory, an exhibit of portraits
Memory is an exhibition of portraits that reflect less the "sitter's" likeness than their psychological state. Works include paintings, colored pencil drawings, prints and pastels by Judith Roth, Ellen Holtzblatt, John Smolko and Joseph Taylor.
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live at the Effingham Performance Center
Based on the best-selling book, this hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. The show starts at 8 p.m.
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.
Mickey Gilley at the Effingham Performance Center
Country chart-topper Mickey Gilley will perform his hits live at the EPC at 7 p.m.
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.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
Through the foursome’s extraordinary abilities, audiences experience performances with beautifully distinct voicing, interwoven clarity of lines and laser-like purity. Minneapolis Guitar Quartet is one of the very few guitar ensembles performing the majority of its repertoire from memory. The MGQ presents original works and commissions as well as its own brilliant arrangements of music.
Miss Illinois Scholarship Pageant
The Miss Illinois Scholarship Association is a duly-accredited state preliminary scholarship association in the Miss America Organization - the world’s largest provider of scholarship and cash assistance to young women. For four nights, the Marion Cultural and Civic Center will host preliminaries, Outstanding Teen and Pre-Teen pageants, and overall finals.
Mod Rod Stewart & The Piano Man
The Sandwich Opera House presents classic rock n roll with Cliff Tartaglia in a tribute to Rod Stewart and Nick Psyhogios as the Piano Man.
Mt. Carroll Mayfest
The Mt. Carroll Mayfest will be held on the campus of Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies. There will be continuous headline music on the main stage, juried art show, classic car show, unique art vendors, antique appraisal fair, kids activities & more!
Mt. Vernon Fall Festival
This three day October festival in downtown Mt. Vernon includes a beer tent with live entertainment, parade, children's area, food, fun, car show, band competition, pumpkin competition, carnival, pet parade and so much more!
Muriel Anderson at the Prairie Center for the Arts
A journey around the world in photos and stunning visuals by award winning photo-artist Bryan Allen with original music and arrangements by Muriel Anderson on harp guitar, flamenco/classic guitars. A new concept in music presentation.
Mushroom Festival at Pere Marquette
It's back! The Mushroom Festival is returning to Pere Marquette Lodge and will be bigger than ever before. Come listen to live music, browse vendors, grab lunch in the restaurant, taste local wines and learn all there is to know about mushrooms. The Great Morel Hunt will be held at 1:00 p.m. (weather and morel permitting). Join fellow hunters from all over the areas as they scan the grounds for these delicious delicacies. Then bring your finds back to The Lodge and you can win a great prize! Find the smallest morel, the largest morel or the most morels and you just might go home with a free nights stay. Festival is from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial invitational exhibition
The 2015 – 2016 Faculty Biennial exhibition features new work and current research of faculty from all divisions of the NIU School of Art and Design. Every two years the biennial emphasizes the caliber of the faculty and the breadth and strength of the arts programs offered at NIU from various disciplines including fibers, time arts, visual communication and illustration, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking, metals and jewelry, and art history, and art education.
NW IL Art Fest
Juried art fest showcasing more than 30 area artists in the following categories: ceramics, clay/porcelain, jewelry, photography, drawing, glass, metal, painting, wood, printmaking, fiber/textiles, leather, mixed media, lawn art, paper, graphics & wood.Local food, craft beer, wineries and distilleries. BBQ competition and new this year, live jazz!
Oak Forest Fleadh
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Oak Forest Fleadh! This festive event includes a 5K, open bike ride, parade and pub & restaurant open house. 5K at 8:30AM; Open Bike ride, 10AM; Parade, 11AM; Pub & Restaurant open house, 5PM-3AM.
Off Square Music - Open Mic Nights
Off Square Music is an organization of volunteers who wish to share the folk music art with others in many different ways. We invite the public to be a part of the experience during Open Mic Nights on the second and fourth Fridays of every month* beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Stage Left Café in the Historic Woodstock Square. *Open Mic Nights will be held on the first and third Friday in August.
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.
Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Festival
Wine, food, lobster and the sweet sounds of jazz…all at the Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest. Join us for great food, fun and remember, the music is always free! Visit our website for up-to-date announcements, music lineup and food list. From imported cheese and fruit plates to fresh grilled lobster with real butter, there is something for everyone. And don’t forget over 100+ great wines to sample from the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association. All tasting under one giant tent. Rain or shine…we will keep you dry! Lobster cost is $30 in advance, and $35 at the door. Limited supply at the door. Lobster will be served Friday 5-9 Saturday 1-9 and Sunday 1-5 Tickets sales for Lobster will end at 5pm Thursday, June 9!!
Parachute Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Will Anderson, Kit French, and Johnny Stubblefield, also known as Parachute, will be rocking the Egyptian Theatre stage. This American pop rock band is from Charlottesville, Virginia. Hit songs include: She is Love, Something to Believe In, Kiss Me Slowly, and Can’t Help. They are about to release their fourth album, “Wide Awake,” March 11, 2016. Come be the first to see them before they kick off their Nationwide tour next month. Look for special guests to join Parachute on stage, making this a jammed packed night of amazing music.
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.
Petals & Paintings at the Krannert Art Museum
Krannert Art Museum celebrates University of Illinois Moms Weekend by opening its doors to world-class floral designers who create one-of-a-kind arrangements inspired by works of art on display at KAM. The 24th annual Petals & Paintings exhibition will be open to the public from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, April 9 and from 12 noon – 5 pm on Sunday, April 10, 2014. Special docent-led tours will be available free of charge from 10 am – 4 pm Saturday. The exhibition is free and open to the public. It is curated by Rick Orr, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers.
Polly Launay Performance
If you have never heard Polly play, this is the time. She is an accomplished violinist who will amaze you with her talent. In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Polly will be performing Celtic music selections. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
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.
Prairie Brass Band
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming this 25-piece brass band from Arlington Heights performing traditional British brass band instrumentation.
Prairie on State Wine Cellars
Visit Prairie on State Wine Cellars, a Prairie State Winery tasting room, in downtown Sycamore. The tasting room invites you to sample many of the award-winning wines from PSW, shop for unique gifts or enjoy a glass of wine with a Nosh plate that you create yourself. Also features a weekend music schedule.
Pride of the Prairie Marble Show
The Pride of the Prairie Marble Show takes place twice a year in the winter and fall. Free and open to the public all three days, you can experience buying, selling, and trading among some of the nation's greatest marble collectors. Have marbles of your own? Feel free to bring some along for free identifications and appraisals!
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Event fundraiser features: *King & Queen voting *Groove to the DJ mix *Raffles & Prizes *Finger foods & desserts from local restaurants *A Local Celebrity Lip Sync Battle General Ticket $75: includes open bar, appetizers & desserts and coat check.
Rhonda Vincent & Gene Watson at Effingham Performance Center
See the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, and her band, the Rage, with duet specials from the masterful country stylist, Gene Watson at 7 p.m.
Annual Festival with national bands and acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts. Also, special guest and Super Sunday Family Fun Day.
Riverbend Earth Day Festival
The Nature Institute is excited to host the annual Riverbend Earth Day Festival. The event will be held, rain or shine, at Piasa Harbor in Godfrey, IL. Let's celebrate Earth Day together for this celebration of nature, music, food and the arts. Guests can participate in organized hiking, paddling, enjoy fresh, local foods, and peruse unique goods by local vendors and artists. Other features will include live music, children activities, hands-on informational booths, and more!
Riverside Art, Wine & Blues Festival
Enjoy a day of blues music with live bands at the historic band shell in Riverside park. Food & beverages available. All tickets $10, gates open at 11am. Always the first Saturday after Labor Day with multiple Illinois wineries, dozens of fine arts vendors, food and music.
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.
Rock Falls Percussion Palooza
Percussion Palooza, an educational and entertainment event featuring a solo and ensemble competition for snare drum, melodic percussion, multi-percussion and drum set for middle and high school students and post-secondary level percussionists, will be held Feb 28th from noon to 7pm at Rock Falls High School. Also performing at the Premier Showcase are percussion ensembles and drum lines from throughout Northern Illinois and Eastern Iowa. The annual Louie Bellson Inspiration Award will also be given to honor the heritage of Rock Falls own Louie Bellson, the world renown & legendary percussionist who was born in Rock Falls.
Rock Star 2016 at Starved Rock
Who will be Starved Rock's Rock Star in 2016? Join us on February 18, February 25, March 3 and March 10 and see who wins this annual karaoke contest! Enter if you want a change at the title of 2016 Rock Star. This contest starts on Thursday, February 18 at 7pm in the Main Dining Room at Starved Rock Lodge. Come early and join us for dinner. Rock Star is sponsored by Starved Rock Lodge, WLPO, WAJK and WOLF radio stations. Contact Starved Rock Lodge at 815-220-7375 for more information.
Roger Hoover Folk & Blues
Roger Hoover’s plaintive, original brand of arcane folk and blues seem to come from some unknown time and place. These are timeless laments and rambles of an Ohio guitarist and banjo player who performs with equal parts impassioned vocals and honest lyricism. Summoning the spirits of a forgotten time, “his settings are a combination of words and music that evokes thought and action with the cinematic imagination of Tom Waits and Gillian Welch, crafting songs with a lyrical complexity seldom attained by artists in the Americana genre.” Hosted by Three Angels Brewing, Summer Solstice and Rogue Barrister Records.
Rootabaga Jazz Festival
Internationally recognized jazz artists will entertaining at various venues, plus regional bands and the award-winning Knox College Jazz Ensemble. 36th Annual Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival featuring Matuto and Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band. See website for a full schedule.
Shakespeare 400 Chicago
Shakespeare 400 Chicago is a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City through 850 events.
Shakespeare's First Folio Exhibition
The Lake County Discovery Museum has been selected as the host site for the state of Illinois for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities. During the exhibition, the Lake County Discovery Museum is planning numerous programs for the public and families around the First Folio exhibition.
Sister Act at the Marriott Theater
Kicking off the 2016 Season, Sister Act will be a show not to be missed. This divine musical comedy is based on the hit 1992 film. Follow Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence through her journey while taking refuge in a convent.
Skokie Festival of Cultures
Since its inception in 1991, the Skokie Festival of Cultures has become one of the premier ethnic festivals in Illinois, attracting more than 450,000 visitors and dozens of cultures, all representing Skokie's tremendous diversity. Attendees will take their free 'Tour of the World,' enjoying two days of ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food, unique arts and crafts, beer tasting, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays.
Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show
The Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show is an annual event put on by Southern Illinois Productions, a Not-for-Profit Organization. The show features some of the best steel guitar players in the world as well as amateur players. Come to the next show and mingle with your favorite steel guitar players.
Special Consensus Bluegrass Band
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming Special Consensus Bluegrass Band to the stage. This four person acoustic Bluegrass band has attitude!
Spring Art Festival
The Second Annual Spring Festival of Fine Craft at Oakbrook Center will showcase the work of about 70 juried artists from across the country, featuring painting, photography and fine crafts including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, and wood. Find one-of-a-kind works of art, watch demonstrations, and engage with artists!
Spring Bloom Arts Festival
Presented by the McLean County Arts Center, one of the oldest community arts organizations in the Midwest. Held at Illinois State University’s Brown Ballroom, The Spring Bloom Arts Festival is a juried show of fine art and fine craft featuring 70 exhibitors from across the nation.
St. Charles Fine Art Show
Located along the banks of the Fox River, this juried art show features 100 fine artists, live music, demonstrations and artists’ awards.
St. Donatus Feast & Carnival
107th Annual Feast & Carnival. All food homemade, no vendors; pizza, beef, clams, Italian, Mexican, and of course, carnival, rides & bingo. 6-10PM.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Rock Island
The Quad Cities Grand Parade travels through downtown Rock Island, Illinois, and features bands, Irish dancers, floats, groups and family clans. The annual parade, organized by the St. Patrick Society of the Quad Cities, starts at 11:30 a.m.
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.
Stars of Dance Chicago
This Fermilab tradition returns to Ramsey Auditorium! Curator John Schmitz of the Dance Chicago Festival always pulls together an extraordinary variety to bring The Best of Dance Chicago to Fermilab. With a slate of more than 10 dance companies, there is always something for everyone.
Starved Rock Photography Club
Whether you are just beginning in photography, are an advanced amateur or a professional, you are welcome to the Starved Rock Photography Club. Monthly photography walks at Starved Rock State Park’s Lodge with club leader, Jacki Pienta. The Photography Club will meet each month throughout the year for guided walks to planned sites for photography opportunities. Members will informally exchange ideas and tips for quality nature and wildlife photos. We will meet the 4th Saturday of every month at 9am in the back of the Large Parking Lot at Starved Rock Lodge. All meetings will consist of a hike to an area of either Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park or Buffalo Rock. Please be prepared to carpool if necessary. $25.00 annual fee to join which will include a club t-shirt and an annual cookout! Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 4th Saturday of each month. For more information, call 815-220-7386.
Stomp at the Paramount Theatre
There’s a reason Stomp sold out every single show they played at the Paramount last time they were in town. Now’s your chance to experience the most successful off-Broadway creation of all time, back in Aurora. Stomp is an inventive, energizing and downright electrifying spectacle that blends dance, music, percussion and theatricals into one gigantic rhythm that will have your heart pounding. After these guys come through town, you’ll never look at paint cans, plumbing fixtures or even the kitchen sink the same. Get ready to get Stomp’d.
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.
Metropolis, Home of Superman, holds a celebration the second weekend in June each year celebrating the 'Man of Steel'. A Superman Drama kicks off the weekend of contests, music, food and fun, as well as a comic book & artist show, fan films, street vendors, a carnival, costume contest and a Super Car Show.
Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King
Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King faithfully recreates the glorious sound of a Carole King concert, leaving you with memories of the great music she wrote and recorded, including "You've Got a Friend", "Natural Woman", "It's Too Late", "So Far Away", "I Feel the Earth Move" and "Beautiful." Starts at 8:00 pm.
Taste of Home Cooking School Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Drop your whisks, grab your friends, and join us for a night of fun at the Taste of Home Cooking School's brand new show! During this interactive two-hour event, you’ll watch a top culinary expert demonstrate ten new recipes you can easily recreate in your home. Armed with new culinary tips and techniques, you’ll be sure to impress your family and friends with these sophisticated yet surprisingly easy-to-make dishes. Not only will you leave the event with new recipe ideas, you’ll also go home with a valuable gift bag. Our ever-popular gift bags include an assortment of products and coupons, including two Taste of Home magazines. And while you’re there, remember to enter for a chance to win one of many exciting door prizes. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 5th! (on sale now to Threatre Members)
Tempel Lipizzan's 2016 Performances
Witness artistry and history come to life as the Tempel Lipizzan stallions enchant audiences with their power, intelligence and grace. From the play of newborn foals to the leaps of athletic stallions, the Tempel Lipizzans are an experience for the entire family. This unique performance set to music has become a Lake County favorite. Come early and enjoy a lunch or dinner in the cafe. Please visit the website for performance schedule.
The 19th 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.
The Annual Buffalo Grove 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!