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In conjunction with the Illinois Audubon Society, hummingbirds will be banded and released at the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site. Participants can adopt and release a hummingbird. This event runs from 9 a.m. - Noon only. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.
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.
International SUNday Festival
Get a good look at the sun through special solar telescopes during the first-ever International SUNday Festival at the Confluence Tower. Members of several local astronomical organizations will be on hand to celebrate the Summer Solstice (which falls on Father's Day this year) from Noon to 5 p.m. The first 100 families to visit will receive a pair of free Solar Glasses. There will be food vendors, including "Good Looking Kettle Corn", Eppel's Pantry and Princivalli's Cafe on hand. Representatives will also share information about the sun, our nearest star in the Solar System. Amateur astronomers will provide their own optical equipment to safely view the sun including hydrogen, alpha, calcium and white light views. This event is free, although there is a charge to tour the Tower.
Lewis & Clark Frontier Dog Walk
This event will center on walking your dogs on a two mile course. There will be dog trainers, groomers, and dog adoptions from local societies. At 1:00 p.m. a guest speaker will be hosted within the Interpretive Center's theater. The event is only on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dogs will only be allowed in the theater between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Dogs may be walked through and around Camp River Dubois. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.
Olde English Faire at Wildlife Prairie Park
Here yee, here yee, join us for our annual medieval faire June 25th and 26th. We will have vendors, food, and entertainment such as jousting, sword fighting, falconry, and much much more. It will be fun for the whole family!
44th Annual Gurnee Days Celebration
Gurnee Days returns this week for 4 days of family fun. Activities include a bicycle rodeo, live entertainment, Farmers Market, Gurnee Idol, golf tournament, and amusement rides, a 10K race, baby contest, rib fest and eating contest, fireworks, a pancake breakfast, parade, Scoop the Loop Car Show, petting zoo, pony rides, a talent show, exhibitors, games, food booths and stage events. Please visit the website for times and entertainment schedule.
Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor 2016 Season
Six Flags Great America is fun for the whole family with 14 heart-pounding roller coasters, a free water park with over 30 wild water slides, spectacular shows and parades, family rides and big pint-sized fun for the kids with children's areas and over 35 rides for the little ones. Don't miss Goliath, a triple record breaking roller coaster. It is the world’s fastest wooden coaster with the tallest and steepest drop, plunging riders down 180 feet and rocketing through twists and turns at 72 miles per hour. Don't miss the new ride, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. This new 4D interactive thrill ride coming in 2016 is a full-sensory gaming experience. Also enjoy Hurricane Harbor and Riptide Bay, the water park that boasts more slides and attractions. Catch a wave at the only place to surf on Lake Michigan.
UL International Crown at the Merit Club
The UL International is coming to the Merit Club in Lake County. The golfing competition will take place over four days with 32 players from 8 different countries. It will feature three days of four-ball competition and one day of singles matches on Sunday. Five of the eight countries will advance to the Sunday singles matches based on the outcome of the four-ball matches contested Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are on sale now.
88th Annual Lake County Fair
Come out and enjoy 5 days of fun at the 88th Annual Lake County Fair. Events at the fair include live entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides and games, live animals, motor crossing, banana derby, demolition derby, flower show, expo hall and so much more. Please visit the website for updated information.
Chicago's Women's Mudderella
Mudderella is a 5+ mile obstacle mud run created for women, by women. The 2016 event series features challenging new obstacles, more mud, and even more opportunities to work together with others around you. Rally your friends and head to Grayslake. This is not your average County Fair, located an hour outside of Chicago, expect miles of fun and challenging obstacles. Deep-dish pizza’s, photo ops, and a memory-making adventure that will bond your squad await.
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.
Experience "Life on the Mississippi River" at this annual festival. Take free tours of working towboats. Enjoy live music, special deals, giveaways and much more. For more information, call (618) 786-7678.
Peach Festival at Pere Marquette
Nothing pairs better than a warm, summer day and a ripe, juicy peach! The Peach Festival will feature local farmers displaying their delicious local peaches as well as some of those famous Calhoun Peaches hand picked that morning and still warm from the sunshine. Come on out to the beautiful Pere Marquette Lodge and join us for an afternoon of fun, festivities and peaches. There will be live entertainment, craft vendors, tons of family friendly fun and all the ripe, juicy peaches you can eat!
Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair
Want to learn to fish or become a better angler? The Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair offers fun and information for the entire family. Event includes: trout pond, seminars on fishing and water safety, educational activities, gifts, prizes and lots more! Free. For more information, contact Pere Marquette State Park at (618) 786-3323, ext. 1.
Hakuna Matata River Rambler Cruise
Cruise the river, learn its history and view its geographical features during the River Rambler Tours on the Hakuna Matata, a 49-passenger all-weather tour boat. The first level of the boat is fully enclosed with large windows and is seasonally air-conditioned and heated. The upper deck is a huge open air patio offering 360 degree views of the river and surrounding bluffs. Tours set sail from the Grafton Harbor. Call (618) 786-7678 for tickets and more information.
4th of July Celebration events includes: Freedom Run a 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run; a gospel show; a parade; free concert at the City Park and much more. Capping off the Freedom Fest is one of the largest fireworks display in Southern Illinois.
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.
German Valley Days
This annual hometown festival offers a car show, parade, entertainment, pancake breakfast, pork chop barbecue, kiddie tractor pull, contests, fireworks and more.
Genoa Days & Cogs Run 5K
This years Genoa Days will be the 81st annual! The dates this year will be June 8th-11th, 2016. The Genoa-Kingston Fire Department is a nonprofit organization that hosts Genoa Days as a fundraiser to support the community with new equipment, gear, vehicles, ect. Skinners Amusements will be providing the carnival again this year! There will be King and Queen contest the first night and live music nightly!
Swedish Days Festival
Come fest at one of the Best of the West, Swedish Days, Geneva's Midsommar Festival! The whole family will enjoy fabulous food, carnival rides, live music & entertainment nightly, plus Sweden Vast, our tent that's everything Swedish. Summer doesn't get any sweder than this!
Galva Freedom Fest Celebration
Come and enjoy a hometown filled with pride. 4th of July, events begin at 8am, including a pancake breakfast, 5K/fun run, a parade filled with antique tractors, bands and floats. Stop by the park for an art jam, photo photo show, talent show, food and much more. Stay the for the evening and Join us at the park for professional entertainment and spectacular fireworks fired by International award winners Melrose Pyrotechnics.
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.
Run Galesburg Run
Half Marathon, 5k and 1 Mile options. It starts and ends in downtown Galesburg at 7:00 a.m. Enjoy this wonderful event. Visit the website for more info.
10th Annual Galena Oktoberfest
Annual German celebration featuring live music, kids games, wiener dog races and lots of food and beverages.
Great Galena Balloon Race
A spectacular three-day event with more than 20 hot air balloons. Observe the balloons taking flight in two balloon races and lighting up the night with glow extravaganzas. Stroll through a car show, enjoy live music, and participate in activities for the whole family. The Friday night Alefest boasts more than two hundred varieties of ales and spirits.
Star-Spangled Shenandoah Pro Rodeo and Fireworks
Pro rodeo action featuring bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding. Stay for the free fireworks immediately following the rodeo. For general hillside seating bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Gardens United Garden Walk
Throughout the Freeport Area. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Some of the finest gardens in the Freeport and surrounding area are opened for touring. The gardeners generously present their creative efforts for the pleasure of the public. Walk through the gardens and enjoy the colorful scenery. Each garden will offer additional activities including a silent auction, a mini farmers market, plant sale and more. Rain date is July 10. Adults: $10; Children 10 and Under: $5.
Stephenson County Ag Breakfast
A farm breakfast showcasing Stephenson County agriculture producers with a menu of scrambled eggs, whole hog sausage, beef bacon, cheese, coffee cake, three flavors of ice cream, milk, orange juice and coffee. 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
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.
Stephenson County Fair
Old fashioned county fair, with food, carnival rides, animals, entertainment, tractor pulls, Home Ec displays, youth night, musical entertainment, commercial exhibits, 4-H and more.
Union Dairy Family Day
After the Dairy Days Parade, enjoy this free family day with a bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting. All at the Union Dairy in Freeport from 1pm to 5pm.
14th Annual Lincoln Douglas 5K and Fun Run
A series of short distances for children begins at 8 am: ages 8 and under – 100 yards; 9 to 10 – 200 yards; 11 to 12 – 400 yards. All finishers receive ribbons. The boy and girl winners of each age group will run a 100-yard dash following the 5K to determine “The Fasted Kid in Town!”. A One Mile Fun Run begins at 8:15 am. The course consists of one loop around the historic paved road inside Taylor Park. This is an untimed run and all finishers receive ribbons. The 5K begins at 8:35 am. The course consists of three loops around the paved road inside Taylor Park, a 5K (3.1 miles), wheel-measured certified course that is flat and fast designed to help runners achieve a personal best.
9th Annual Pee-Wee Classic Tournament
Up to 16 teams of 8 year old and younger boys from throughout the Midwest play in this annual tournament and the coaches pitch.
Dairy Days Parade
Enjoy this parade celebrating agriculture in Stephenson County which will wind through the streets of downtown Freeport. Sponsored by the Stephenson County Farm Bureau (815)232-3186. Parade starts at 1:30. After the Dairy Days Parade, enjoy this free family day with a bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting at Union Dairy located in downtown Freeport. (815-232-7099).
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.
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)
Funfest for Air-Cooled VW
FunFest for Air-Cooled VW's is MidAmerica Motorworks way of saying "Thank You" to all VW enthusiasts. The three day event is the best Air-Cooled enthusiasts party anywhere. Expect to see more than 1,000 VW's and 8, 000 enthusiasts. Enjoy seminars, races, vendors and more! And don't forget about the concert on Saturday night! It's sure to be a fun event! Stop by our Effingham Tourism tent at the MAM grounds for a free souvenir picture!
Moccasin Creek Festival
Moccasin Creek Festival is an annual 3-day music festival, which typically celebrates other arts and crafts as well. It takes place at beautiful Lake Sara in Summit Township, just west of Effingham, Illinois. The founder of Moccasin Creek Festival is Bill (Poss) Passalacqua, an Effingham native who has built his life around writing, performing and promoting music. Folk, bluegrass, alternative country, roots rock, and blues - "Americana" music. This is what MCF is all about - in an outdoor setting, using a venue with great acoustics, at a beautiful time of year.
Friday night, amateur BBQ enthusiasts will be able to compete in the Hometown Throwdown around the Courthouse Square. You’ll also enjoy BBQ samples, live music, wine & beer tasting and plenty of fun for the whole family. Come back downtown Saturday to see the Kansas City BBQ Society pros square off. You’ll also enjoy live music, food and more fun. Sign up for the Effingham Performance Center’s Cornhole Tournament or enjoy all the fun kids activities planned. It’s sure to be a weekend full of BBQ & fun!
GrapeVine Bluegrass Festival
One of the few true American musical forms, bluegrass - that high, lonesome sound created by Bill Monroe over 50 years ago - has steadily gained in popularity over the years, and for good reason. It's natural. It's organic. We are proud to present a few of the finest bluegrass acts to be found anywhere. Hosted by local bluegrass heroes Firebox, Tuscan Hills Winery will have two days of amazing picking, beautiful bowing and soaring vocal harmonies - we can't think of a more harmonious way to bring the summer to a close! This is a rain or shine event. Bring your lawn chairs! There will be a variety of great food and beverages including water, soda, coffee, tea, beer and wine available for purchase on the festival grounds. Parking is free and within 25 to 100 yards away from the venue & of course handicapped parking is available. All ages are welcome. Be sure to check out the web address for more information on tickets and pricing: http://www.grapevinebluegrass.com.
East Peoria Festival of Lights & Folepi's Winter Wonderland
Light up your night at the East Peoria Festival of Lights (FOLEPI)! The annual Festival of Lights is a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacular. With more than two million lights in the festival, the beauty will be sure to mesmerize you and your family.
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.
DeKalb Corn Fest
Corn Fest is one of the last, free, summer, music 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. Festival areas feature food and business vendor booths, and a beer garden.
Bike MS Tour De Farms
Thousand of cyclists to participate in Bike MS: Tour De Farms in DeKalb. Bike MS: Tour de Farms is one of the largest fundraisers of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter. Children under 12 years old are invited to participate in a special Bike MS course exclusively for junior riders. All children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older and submit a $15 registration fee. Also on Saturday, five Chicago-based bands will perform from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents of DeKalb and the surrounding communities are invited to attend. Registration for Bike MS is open to individual riders, teams, volunteers and virtual riders.
DeKalb County Barn Tour
The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a one-day driving tour of barn sites within DeKalb County hosted by the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association and the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center. Participants will receive a map Guide Book containing hand-drawn sketches of each barn and the barn’s history, style and use. Participants drive to each location in any order for a tour of the barn(s), including many interiors. Purchase your event ticket at any of the seven locations. Admission is $20 per vehicle (buses extra) (Museum members receive a 25% discount). Bus groups are welcome. Call for details on pricing; Marcia Wilson at the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center at (815) 756-7904 or email@example.com.
MS: Tour de Farms Bike Ride
Bike MS: Tour de Farms is a ride that will take you farther than you’ve ever gone before. What makes this ride so special? Escape the city for a weekend with 2,000 cyclists of all ages and cycling abilities for the challenge of your choice. Start and finish at Northern Illinois University. Along the way stop at a local farm rest stop to hang with the animals, enjoy a famous hamburger and egg sandwich for lunch and pedal over rolling hills through the Northern Illinois farmland. At Saturday’s festival, celebrate your accomplishments with a full meal, revel in live music and relax in the beer garden.
Biking with Beanzie
Biking with Beanzie is a recreational ride presented by Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb and sponsored by Kishwaukee Community Hospital.The ride route consists of primarily flat rural roads with some rolling terrain with estimated ride options of 23, 43, 63, 80, or 101 miles. All roads are well-paved, lightly traveled and posted with signs containing ride information and bits of Beanzie humor. This year also includes 3-mile, 5-mile, & 8-mile community bicycle pathway route options.
Ride Like An Egyptian
Join us for a fun and enjoyable bike ride through DeKalb and Kane Counties and support the historic Egyptian Theatre on Satruday, August 20th. Since the ride starts and ends at the Egyptian Theatre, you will have the opportunity to explore this historic landmark. This bike ride offers four mix-n-match 25-mile loops. All participants will be provided with route maps and all routes will be marked with signs. There will be great SAG support on all loops and a well-stocked central rest stop. Bike at your own speed, this is not a race. All ages are welcome, however, those under the age of 16 must ride with a participating parent or guardian. There will be an end-of-ride meal provided for registered riders. Meal will feature soup, sandwiches, and refreshments.
Arts in the Park - Danville
Danville's Art in the Park features over 60 regional artist booths and two full days of continuous on stage performances, festival food, and a children's tent. The "Art of Wheels" classic car show kicks off the event each year on Saturday (June 27) morning.
Danvers Days is fun filled family festivities featuring entertainment, food, raffles, kids games, Bingo and Tug of War. Attendees also enjoy a carnival, craft show, community auction, and one of the biggest parade in Central Illinois. For more details on the schedule of events please visit their website.
Saturday In The Park
Join us on June 4, for "Saturday in the Park" at Dakota Park, Main Street, Dakota. 7 am to Dusk. Enjoy a special day at the park with a car show, parade, pancake breakfast, dinner, and fireworks at dusk. Spectators get in free and vehicle entry for the car show is just $10.00. Plus enjoy the Route 75 garage sales along the Highway from 8 am to 5 pm.
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.
Now in its 37th year, this festival offers a taste of McHenry County food and music, attracting more than 50,000 people.
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.
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.
Cobden Peach Festival
Celebrate the local peach harvest, sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club. Join us for fresh peaches from local orchards, carnival rides and games, crowning of ‘Miss Peach Queen’, homemade food and peach cobbler & pie with a 5K run/walk and parade on Saturday. Free admission.
Red, Whites and Brews
Celebrate our country StarView style! We'll be cooking hamburgers & hotdogs throughout the day, enjoy live music on the stage by local favorites King Juba from 4-7 and beer specials all day. A beautiful fireworks show at the end of the night will finish off the day.
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.
Chicago Air and Water Show
This summertime favorite brings approximately two million people to the lakefront each year to witness the many feats that will be attempted and performed both in water and air. Civilian and military air crafts perform at soaring heights, while parachute teams and flying aerobatic acts entertain the audience below.
Chicago Blues Festival
Chicago Legend Buddy Guy will headline the 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues festival in the world. During three days on five stages at Grant Park, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.
Chicago Pride Fest
Get ready for a flamboyant, fun party in Boystown! Show your pride while enjoying an eclectic lineup of crafts, food and entertainment from some of Chicago's finest LGBT performers.
Chicago's Memorial Day Parade
Chicago's Memorial Day Parade honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at 11am at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). The parade will step off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. The Chicago parade is considered one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Since 1870, Memorial Day parades have graced the streets of Chicago. Wreath Laying Ceremony begins at 11 am; Parade begins at 12 Noon
Windy City Smokeout
Windy City Smokeout: BBQ & Country Music Fest presented by Bub City returns for its fourth year! This summer festival brings together the best of live country music, beer and BBQ to our city's popular River North neighborhood. Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy southern-inspired fare from Chicago's BBQ restaurants. Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to interact with chefs and their culinary teams, and enjoy ice cold beers to wash it all down! country fans can also take in performances by country music's biggest stars as well as emerging talent.
Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Calling all movie buffs! Head to Millennium Park on Tuesday evenings this summer to enjoy free movies at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. It's now home to the latest and most sophisticated outdoor screen with sound projected from the Pavilion's state-of-the-art sound system. The images are bright, clear and visible from the front row to the back of the Great Lawn, so there isn't a bad seat in the park! Be sure to grab a blanket and pack a picnic dinner to enjoy with your friends and family.
51st Annual Midsommarfest
Midsommarfest is Andersonville’s annual summer street festival, celebrating its 51st year in 2016! Nearly 50,000 people throng Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for two days and three nights of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region sell their wares to passers-by, local shops and restaurants welcome the warm season with specials and sales, and dance troupes, Djs, and cutting-edge plus longtime favorite bands keep the party going.
Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy
Experience the excitement as teams compete in a fast-paced race along the Chicago River on beautifully decorated dragon boats at the 15th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy. The Chinese Dragon Boat Race dates back to over 2,000 years and is a popular sport amongst Chinese and Asian communities all over the world. Started in 2000, the Chicago Dragon Boat Race is a family-fun activity enjoyed by the residents of Chinatown and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Cherry Valley Festival Days
Great food, carnival, on-site activities, and of course, the bands are what make a summer music festival an event to remember. Valley Days at Bauman Park has proven to be the fun-filled summer music festival your family shouldn't miss.
CU Pride Fest
Come out, come out wherever you are for the second annual CU Pride Fest, brought to you by the Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County! Check out the vendor and community booths, join in the family friendly activities, enjoy performances, and enter the raffle.
Follow the Farmstead
Held June 11 from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., this tour of farms will focus on Urbana, highlighting farms large and small. Whether you want to discover the emerging technology utilized, tour a centennial farm, interact with farm animals or learn more about equipment used on farms from tractors to combines to tillage equipment and more. Follow the Farmstead will provide numerous opportunities to engage with local farmers, all at no cost. Get connected with the farms that sustain us—locally and nationally. Get educated on what it takes to run a successful farm, large and small. Get your questions answered, engage in demonstrations and hands-on activities—it's all available through this unique event.
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!"
Jane Addams Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the birthday of Jane Addams who was born and raised in Cedarville. Begin the day with a 5K run/walk on the Jane Addams Trail and then enjoy lunch at the Cedarville Historical Museum. $17.
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.
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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.
Outdoor Explorers Day Camp at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
For one last adventure before school starts, an Outdoor Explorers Day Camp will be help from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. August 2-4 at the refuge visitor center. This free three day, day-camp will introduce children entering grades 3-5 to various outdoors activities including hiking, geocaching, canoeing, bird watching, and much more. Space is limited, register by July 15. Children should bring their own lunch and snacks and dress to be outside most of the day.
Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
As monarch butterflies begin migrating south in late summer, Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to become citizen scientists and report monarch butterfly sightings and seasonal changes in the environment during the Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 13. Participants should register by August 12, At this program, participants will learn the stages of a monarch butterfly's life cycle, how to watch for and report these stages, and how to attract monarch butterflies to their backyards. Then participants will have the opportunity to register to become a citizen scientist with Journey North and share monarch butterfly sightings.
Boo! at the Zoo
Halloween fun awaits families at Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration. The popular daytime event, presented by Fisher-Price, features a Costume Parade, Costume Showcase, professional pumpkin-carving demonstrations, not-so-scary games and activities, special animal Zoo Chats, and haunted hayrides. For more information, visit www.CZS.org or call (708) 688-8000.
Chicago Open Air Music Festival
Bridgeview and Toyota Park will host the three-day debut of the Chicago Open Air music festival, which will feature performances by more than 60 rock music artists, an outdoor Gourmet Man Food and craft beer village and other entertainment.
Thee Olde Time Farm Show
There's fun for the whole family, and if you would like the collection of David Bradley tractors this is the place to come. Along with the tractors there's farm demonstrations, children activities, tractor pulls, weed wacker pulls, a flea and crafts market, plus for a fun filled experience you don't want to miss the tractor square dancing show.
Drivin' the Dixie Blue Island
Discover America's Greatest Rolling Car Show! Follow the route along the historic Dixie Highway and uncover points of interest and new destinations. Great fun for everyone! Enjoy all day tour celebrating Historic Dixie Highway's Contennial visiting historic sites, car shows and community events with your vintage car or contemporary vehicle. Along Dixie Highway from Blue Island to Momence!
Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival
The dragons are coming to Blue Island for the inaugural Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival. Watch these long 20-seat boats with a dragon decoration on the outside mimic the old war canoes of ancient Asian past. This ancient Chinese sport has become one of the fierce competitions throughout the world, and is growing rapidly in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. 9AM-3PM.
Glorious Garden Festival
The Glorious Garden Festival offers self-guided tours through eight incredibly diverse, high-quality private gardens in the Bloomington-Normal community, along with guided tours of Sarah Davis’s heirloom garden at the David Davis Mansion. These gardens provide solitude and sanctuary, where one can soothe the spirit while enjoying the quiet pleasures of an outdoor retreat. The walk begins on the grounds of the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site where walkers pick up their maps and programs. The Garden Walk is held rain or shine.
Grand Illinois Trail and Parks Bike Tour
The 14th annual GITAP bicycle tour provides a fully-supported, bicycle-based vacation for up to 225 registrants. This year’s ride starts and ends at Coal City High School, with overnight stays in Oglesby, Washington, Bloomington-Normal (two nights), and Pontiac. Participants average 50 miles per day on quiet country roads and some off-road trails, while their luggage is transported to the next overnight destination. Riders choose between camping at designated in-town locations or staying in nearby motels. The event is not a race. Individuals ride at their own pace touring the countryside and visiting towns, restaurants, and convenience stores along the way. Breakfasts and dinners are provided. Registration costs $460 (extra for motel option) with no pledge fundraising involved.
Illinois High School Shrine Game
The 42nd Annual Illinois High School Shrine Game is scheduled for June 18, 2016 at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. The goal of the Illinois High School Shrine Game is to have 88 all-star football players play in this annual event to represent the Illinois Coaches Association and to help support the mission Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Bluegill Music Festival
March 16, 2015 - Bluegill Music Festival will lunch its inaugural event on July 4, 2015 for a one-day festival packed with some of country music's hottest acts. The all-day festival will be complete with Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display, along the shores of the Rend Lake Dam, in Benton, IL. The lineup includes Eli Young Band, LoCash, Clayton Anderson and more exciting acts to be announced. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 20th and can be purchased at www.bluegillfest.com and at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. Drawing fans from around the country, including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, the festival is at the intersection of some of the nation's most dedicated country music fans. Bluegill Music Festival will feature nationally recognized BBQ vendors from around the country. Interactive entertainment for fans will also include activations, like: bags, washers, bubble soccer, Illinois longest slip n' slide, helicopter rides from Black Diamond Harley Davidson, a mechanical bull, a kids area with a large inflatable slide and the "Bluegill Lagoon", featuring a 60 x 100' VIP beach, with cabanas, private wading pools & lounge area. Additionally, Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, and is free for all guest.
Boone County Fair
Come to one of the finest fairs in the state, where you'll enjoy animal shows, antique tractors, tractor pulls, entertainment, a carnival, food and much more.
Belvidere Mopar Happening
Illinois' best car club show! Family-friendly activities include the car show, a swap meet and car sale corral. Car display and swap meet Saturday; car-show and swap Sunday. Enjoy music all weekend with food vendors to fill you up. Held at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race
Famously fun times! This historic, amateur canoe/kayak race is for paddlers of all ages and abilities, featuring 11 canoe divisions, 8 kayak divisions and 1 open (non-competitive) division. From the ultra-competitive to young families and newbies just wanting to enjoy a memorable paddling experience – it’s all here! Two race options are available, 10 miles from St. Charles and 6 miles from Batavia. Lunch, T-shirt, shuttle and goodie bag included. Post-race party and awards ceremony, too!
9th Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
The fun starts Friday night at 7 p.m. Two shows on Saturday and a gospel show on Sunday. Lots of fun and great music. Tickets can be purchased at the door if not camping. Line-up will be announced around March/April 2016. Everyone is welcome!
Moultrie-Douglas County Fair
The sights – neon lights from the carnival, the prize winning painting in the Fine Arts Show, a grand champion steer; the tastes – cotton candy melting in your mouth, a cheeseburger from the Woman’s Club stand, an ice cold beverage to cool down. The smells – the sawdust in the show ring, the smoke from the tractor pull, deep fried “anything.” The sounds – the crash of the cars in the demo derby, the cheering for the winners in the Queen pageants, great bands live in concert: Carrollton on Wednesday, July 13; Confederate Railroad on Friday, July 15/ Aaron Tippin headlining Saturday, July 16.. The biggest decision to make? Do you want vinegar on your French fries? The 86th Annual Moultrie-Douglas County Fair will be held Sunday, July 10 to Saturday, July 16.
Strawberry Jam Festival
Roll out the strawberry red carpet in the Arthur area as it is the start of festival and fair season in the Heart of Illinois Amish Country Friday ans Saturday, June 3 and 4. What better way to celebrate late spring and early summer than with America’s favorite fruit, the strawberry, kid’s activities, contests, crafts, strawberry pie, an old fashioned strawberry social along with a multitude of vendors and some great music all mixed together to create Arthur Amish Country’s Strawberry Jam.
Arthur Area Freedom Celebration
Parades, food, helicopter rides, sky divers, aerial show and one of the largest fireworks displays in central Illinois will make for an All-American day at Arthur's Freedom Celebration held Saturday, June 25. Put on your red, white and blue then bring your entire family for some old-fashioned patriotic fun.
Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival
The 4th Annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festivall will be held at The Great Pumpkin Patch this year. Headliners include Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Blue Mafia. The combination of talent from award winning nationally known groups to local entertainment is sure to please all attendees. All the bands will perform a mixture of traditional and bluegrass/gospel music.
Antioch's Taste of Summer Festival
4 Days of fun in Downtown Antioch. Carnival rides, delectable foods, and top entertainment. Enjoy live music, Antioch Idol and kids activities. Enjoy the sidewalk sales and find craft booths too. Visit AntiochChamber.org for an updated entertainment schedule.
Annawan Canal Ambush Mini Tri-Atholon and 5K
Experience the stunning Hennepin Canal on a beautiful autumn day. Run on the multi-purpose trail, bike along Patriot Way and paddle down the Hennepin canal to victory! Single and duo entries are encouraged. Location is Hennepin Canal Bridge, Rte. 78 ~ North of Annawan, IL