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Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their 50th Annual Welcomeburger in Washington Square Park! This is the kick-off for the Riverfest! Everyone is welcome! Enjoy food, drink, and live music! The fee includes a picnic buffet, with drinks and admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Reddick Library, or any local bank. (All RiverFest Events subject to change.) View the website for more information.
Village of Orland Hills Party In the Park
A three day outdoor festival which includes live entertainment, food, children's games, activities, car show / cruise night and fireworks.
Tour de Shawnee Bike ride
Bicyclists meet at the Olive Branch Community Center at 8 AM. Organized bike routes of 15, 30, 45, 62 and 100 mile rides around scenic Horseshoe Lake and area. Entry fee includes: Event bag, chance for attendance prizes. Early registration includes commemorative t shirt.
Historic Trolley Tour
Take a great adventure every June through December! Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center where you will see a short video of the area. You will also travel to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center where you will see Starved Rock from across the river and watch as the river traffic lock through the locks. You will also travel through the village of Utica and hear about the Illinois and Michigan Canal. While aboard, the driver will narrate the history and legends of the area. For tickets and information please call 815-220-7386. $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $8 Child 10 and under. 2014 Dates: JUNE – OCTOBER- Tuesday – 3:00pm, Thursday – 3:00pm, Saturday – 3:00pm, Sunday – 12:00pm & 1:30pm. November & December- Saturday - 12:00pm & 1:30pm, Sunday - 12:00pm & 1:30pm.
Take a Hike & a Lunch - Starved Rock Canyons
Join us for a guided hike from the Lodge to LaSalle and Tonti Canyons. Participants meet in the hotel main lobby of the Lodge to pick up a lunch and a “Starved Rock” backpack. Hikers will stop for lunch once they reach a Canyon. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00pm. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hike will be around 4.5 miles round trip. This hike is classified as strenuous. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or PB&J, bag of chips, homemade granola bar, piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386 Saturday hikes will go to LaSalle Canyon. Depart from Lodge and hikers will stop for lunch once they reach LaSalle Canyon. After lunch, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lover’s Leap. The tour concludes at the Lodge around 2:30 pm. Sunday hikes will go to St. Louis Canyon. The hike will depart from the Lodge and go to the top of Starved Rock then hike to Aurora Canyon. After Aurora Canyon, hikers will go to St. Louis Canyon and stop for lunch. After lunch, the hike continues back to the Lodge and ends around 2:30 pm. Saturday & Sundays through November, 11am-2pm. $17 per person.
Dinner & Evening Cruise on the Belle of the Rock
Tour includes a trolley shuttle to and from the boat. The ride is a relaxing, scenic hour and a half cruise on the Belle of the Rock. It concludes with dinner from our special menu and cheesecake for dessert at Starved Rock Lodge. For more information or to reserve call us at 815-220-7386. $38.50 per person. 5:30p.m.-8:00p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, June through September.
The Amazing Race – Starved Rock Style
Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and getting to know the Starved Rock Lodge area a little more. Try to be the first to uncover the Legend of Starved Rock. Use your wits, energy and sense of adventure as you race against time and your fellow racers. Enjoy a post-race awards ceremony at the finish line. The Amazing Race is fantastic for families, but children under the age of 8 and guests with limited mobility may find this event too strenuous. Teams are of 2-4 people and at least one person must have a valid drivers license and their own transportation as there is driving involved. Check in for the race will be at 11:15 a.m in the Starved Rock Lodge Lobby. Race start time is 11:30 a.m. $50.00 per couple. 2015 Dates for Amazing Race are: May 17 June 14 & 28 July 12 & 26 August 16 & 30 September 13 & 20.
Weekly nature education programs for all ages. Each week a guest presenter will introduce participants to a new nature topic. Topics include bees, geology, insects, snakes, butterflies and more! This is a great opportunity to learn something new about the world around us. Every Wednesday at 3pm.
This three day adventure will be approximately 35 miles total. You can purchase each day individually, 3 day package $120.00, or as an overnight package $320.00 single and $440.00 double occupancy. Call 815-220-7386 to make a reservation. Day 1 Buffalo Rock, I & M Canal 4:00p.m.- 10:00p.m. $35.00 You will travel to Buffalo Rock State Park via the Starved Rock Trolley and see the Effigy Tumuli. At this park we also will see the buffalo that call it home. Enjoy a late dinner cookout before traveling to the Illinois Michigan Canal for a 5 mile evening hike. Be sure to bring a flashlight. Day 2 Starved Rock 8:30a.m.- 8:30p.m. $55.00 Begin your 13.4 mile day with our trolley taking you to the furthest East point in Starved Rock. You will hike and see 12 canyons before lunch and visit 6 after lunch. In the evening a well deserved dinner will await you in our Dining Room. Following dinner, at Fox Ridge we will gather to reflect upon the day?s adventure around the firepit, maybe even enjoy a roasted marshmallow or two. Day 3 Matthiessen 8:30a.m. -3:00p.m. $45.00 Start the day with the trolley taking you to Matthiessen State Park where you will traverse through many unusual and beautiful rock formations, consisting of a upper and lower dells area where waterfalls can often be enjoyed. Lunch will be approximately ½ way. After completing about 13 miles the trolley will return you back to Starved Rock.
Afternoon Music at Cattails - Starved Rock Marketplace
Join us for an afternoon of music at Cattails located at the Starved Rock Marketplace at the intersection of US Route 6 and Illinois Route 178. Enjoy a wine tasting along with the music or purchase a glass of wine or bee as you enjoy local musicians in the lovely setting of the patio at Cattails. This event is free and will take place rain or shine. Saturdays from 3:00pm - 6:00pm, May - October. Contact Cattails for more information - call 815-667-4550.
Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons in the park? Well now you can do it in one day. Hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30a.m. & 9:00a.m. both days. Expected time for lunch is 1:00 & 2:00. Finish times are approximately 4:30 & 5:00p.m. You will board a trolley with a pair of guides and be taken to the east end of the park where you will begin your trek. Included is trolley transportation, guides, boxed lunch (1/2 way) and a specially designed performance T-shirt. $37.00 per person. Reservations a must. Dates 4/25 & 26, 9/26 & 9/27. For more information and to make a reservation please call 815-220-7386.
Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo
The 27th Annual Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo returns to Starved Rock Lodge (Great Hall & Starved Rock Room). See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. Last Sunday in September, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Waterfall & Canyon Tour
Experience the fun of outdoors adventure at Starved Rock State Park with a guided walk to 3 spectacular waterfalls and canyons. We will plan to visit French, St. Louis and Ottawa Canyons. The tour will also include hot lunch in Elements Dining Room and a relaxing trolley ride. The 11:00am tour begins with lunch in our dining room followed by the tour and the 9:00am tour will begin with the tour and conclude with lunch. This is a walking tour and not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Waterfalls cannot be guaranteed on this tour. Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Offered: in April & May (Monday & Saturday) Ticket Price: $32 for adults, $27 children (10 and under). Mondays: 11am-3pm. Saturdays: 9am-1pm & 11am-3pm. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Trolley Tours - Starved Rock
Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. April & May: Saturday 3-4:30 & Sunday 12-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30. Jun. 1, 2015 - Oct. 31, 2015 , Mon-Sat 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-1:30pm, 1:30pm - 3:00pm, 3:00pm - 4:30pm. June-October: Monday-Saturday 3-4:30 pm, Sundays 12:00-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
The second annual CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) On-The-Air weekend will be held August 8th and 9th from 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. both days. The Starved Rock Radio Club will be hosting this event at the West Shelter by the Lodge. Starved Rock State Park had 3 camps; 614, 1609 and the 2601. The call sign will be W9MKS. You will be able to talk all over the United States with other Radio Clubs about the CCC's. Stop by anytime during the hours listed (or use the radio). For information call 815-220-7386.
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Join the fun on our weekly, guided hikes! Explore Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, the I & M Canal and a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round, the Starved Rock Walkers Club meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00 am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 4-month period, the group will see the entire park. Make some new friends and learn about wildlife, wildflowers and more. This event is free and open to the public. Please note: We will not hike on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Every Thursday (year round).
Oglesby Summer Fun Fest
A four day weekend jam packed with fun! Huge carnival midway, fireworks display, large variety of food and drink vendors, high quality and all free! Musical entertainment, beer tent, Kids Party in the Park, Art Sarver Memorial 5K race, pony rides, bags tournament, water fights, reptile show, acrobatic show, craft and vendor show,and so much more. Musical acts range from country to rock to Irish, to "The Buddy Holly Experience." For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.oglesbyfunfest.com.
Crawford County Fair
Featuring Queen & Little Miss Pageant, gospel show, demo derby, truck & tractor pulls, crafts, 4-H livestock exhibits and auction, carnival rides, food booths.
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!
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.
Shop Outdoor Sale
Join us in Downtown Oak Park July 16th (10am-9pm), 17th (10am-8pm), and 18th (10am-5pm) for our shop outdoor sale. Browse tables and racks to find the best deals of the season.
Sample craft beer from Midwestern microbreweries at this zero-waste event presented by Seven Generations Ahead. Join us in Downtown Oak Park August 15th from 3-7 p.m.
Celebrate fall at this free two day music festival offering a premier line-up, seasonal food, microbrews, wine and Kids' Root Beer Garden. September 18th 4-10 p.m. & September 19th 12-10 p.m.
Follow the Green Pumpkin Trail to collect healthy treats from local businesses and participate in kids' activities including pumpkin painting and costume swap. Join us October 17th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Home for the Holidays in Downtown Oak Park
Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit with free horse-drawn sleigh rides and a visit from Santa!
Wright Ride 2015
Come join us in Oak Park for a family friendly bike ride! Enjoy 10, 30, 50, and 68 mile routes. Experience beautiful tree lined architecturally rich communities, and after the ride dine and shop with us. This leisurely ride is perfect for the novice, casual cyclist, or experienced long-distance rider.
Fall on the Green Festival
Our annual Fall on the Green Festival is a great event. It begins Friday night September 11th and ends Sunday at 8PM on September 13th. There is a food tent, beer tent, bands, activities for children! It's a great event!
Family Camp Out
Enjoy a summer night camping under the stars. Scavenger hung, a late night campfire, hot dog and S'Mores roast is included. Must bring own tent, sleeping bag and camping equipment.
StoryWalk Grand Opening
This nationally recognized program encourages literacy and promotes physical activity.
Movies on the Green
Movies on the Green are held on our Village Green. The event is free. Bring a blanket or lawn chair! Enjoy a movie under the stars! Begins at Dusk.
Summer Concert Series
Summer Concert Series kicks off on Sunday, May 31 on the Village Green. BAND TBD visit website www.oaklawn-il.gov for more information.
Lagoon Fire on the Water
Bring your blanket and cards and relax. We will have fires going in the lagoon for everyone to come and see. We will also have balloon artists (free) and refreshments for purchase. A great night for the whole family!
Come golfing at our mini golf course with this "spooktacular" set up! Ghosts and gruesome goblins inhabit this golf course for the day to create a unique and fun golfing experience!
Naperville Park District Frontier Kite Fly Festival
Enjoy gigantic kites, exciting demonstrations, stunts and hands-on activities. Plus live music, games and giveaways! Enjoy live performances by Neuqua Valley High School Steel Band, Andrew Huber and Élan Dance Company! This is a free event for the whole family. Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Meatheads Burgers & Fries and Eye Level are the proud sponsors. Location: Frontier Park; Time: 10:00am-4:00pm.
Murphysboro Apple Festival
The Murphysboro Apple Festival is the oldest and largest, alcohol-free festival in Southern Illinois. Over 45,000 people attend the festival each year. During the five days of the Apple Festival, there are numerous activities drawing large crowds such as evening stage shows, carnival/concessions, Queen Contest, Prince and Princess Contest, contests from apple pie eating to apple core throwing, firefighters' water fights, marching band competition, car shows, Appletime 5K Walk/Run and much more. In addition, the festival's Grand Parade is one of the largest parade in Southern Illinois. The parade features an average of about 160 total units, 25 of those marching bands, and a variety of groups and organizations.
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 of Morris Concerts on the Courthouse Lawn
The Neverly Brothers kick off the 2015 season! Join this popular event every other Thursday this summer for a concert on the Grundy County Courthouse Lawn. Every concert will feature a different performance from the area. Admission is free! Season runs from June 4 through August 13.
Annual Gus Macker Three on Three Basketball Tournament
Gus Macker teams up with nostalgia, history in Morris, IL, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. This will be the 13th year of Gus Macker 3-on-3 in Morris, IL, which is a nostalgic slice of America nestled along the 96-mile I and M Canal that connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. Gus likes to think the I and M mean Incredible Macker site, though it really means Illinois and Michigan Canal. In essence, both are true. It is a tremendous and welcoming stop along the historic canal, as well as an incredible Macker site. Abraham Lincoln reportedly received a haircut during a visit to Morris, but that's just a footnote or maybe headnote in the history of the nostalgic downtown atmosphere that greets Macker players each year. Registration is right on the Grunday County Courthouse lawn. The courts branch out from there on city streets named for great competition, and all together it presents a basketball festival for gamily and friends. Come on over on June 7 and 8. Morris is located just a little over an hour's drive from downtown Chicago, a lot closer from all the suburbs and that's a short trip to find fun, beautiful parks, quaint shops and wonderful restaurants. Oh, and basketball. A dunk contest, 3-point shooting contest, free-throw contest and a Dream Court for those young dreamers are annual parts of the fun brought to you by the Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Inc., as well as gracious sponsor partners. All age groups and levels of experience are welcome. Just put 111 East Washington in your GPS application. Hey, you could probably get a haircut like Honest Abe. He was tall, and we figure he probably played center or power forward. Registration will be available soon at www.macker.com. Even if you don't play basketball, you can be involved!
Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival
The Festival Operates from 9 am till 6 pm. Your generous donations are one of the main sources of financial support for the festival. The festival provides all day entertainment at concerts and unlimited instruction from nationally recognized musicians. Suggested Donations: Individual Adult: $15 - Day or $25 - weekend Family: $30 - Day or $45 - weekend Seniors (60 & older): $12 - Day or $22 - weekend This donation includes admission to the Saturday Night Old-Time Dance at Immaculate Conception School. The festival provides all day entertainment at concerts and unlimited instruction from nationally recognized musicians. Because the festival is held in a state park, there is no charge for admission. Your generous donations are one of the main sources of financial support for the festival. Goold Park, 9:00am - 6:00pm.
Help support the firemen by attending this 4-day fun family event, including a full carnival with rides and carnival food and a fun time for the kids.
Cruise Night in Morris
Years ago, there was a tradition in Morris called "Buzzing the Gut", a simple way of saying cruising Liberty Street. Morris is bringing that tradition back to downtown. Any Classic car owners are invited to participate. For a minimal registration fee of $10.00, car owners can display their cars on Liberty Street starting at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Entry closes at 8:00 p.m. No rain dates. The public is invited to walk around and enjoy these classic cars at no cost! Proceeds go to Grundy Community Hospice. Second Saturdays through October 10.
Father's Day Weekend Kayak Tour & Beach Campout
Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. A potluck dinner on the beach will be followed by a movie, via a pico projector, under the stars. There will be campfires on the beach to enjoy! This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for around 2 hours. This trip will explore either the Mazon River or the Illinois River and the wildlife along the way!
5th Annual Liberty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run
Kid-friendly fun run and 5k is Friday, July 3, at 7:30pm in Downtown Morris. Proceeds to benefit: Patriots 4 Heroes Local Military Men, Women & Veterans. Liberty 5K is a chip timed race on a certified course. Features: Free Race Entry to any 1st Place overall male or female winner at a certified race in 2014, Cash payouts to the first 4 male and female finishers. For more information visit www.liberty5k.com
4th of July Weekend Kayak Tour & Beach Campout
Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. A potluck dinner on the beach will be followed by a movie, via a pico projector, under the stars. There will be campfires on the beach to enjoy! This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for approx. 2 hours. This trip will explore either the Mazon River or the Illinois River and the wildlife along the way!
4 Rivers Kayak Tour
The 4 Rivers Kayak Tour takes in the I&M Canal, Dupage, Des Plaines and Illinois rivers. People join the scenic kayak tours as an alternate fitness activity, an alternate social activity and to learn about nature/kayaking. If you have never kayaked before, try the guided tour. This is a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking. Held May 17th & June 28.
Memorial Day Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Gourmet Potluck Campout Glamping-style with movie and a full hot breakfast. We bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax! If you have never kayaked before try the guided tour also. They are a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking. The trips are approximately 2 hours in length.
Kayak Float Trip
Wanna be lazy? Grab some fresh air and be one with nature with our all new Floatastic Kayak Trip. You get a pontoon boat ride upstream and then you jump into your kayak and float (or paddle) back to the campground! A great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking.
Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Bring the whole family to the gourmet potluck campout to kick back and relax! Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for around 2 hours. This trip will explore area rivers and the wildlife along the way!
Come ride the vintage passenger and freight trains on the former Illinois Central and Illinois terminal trackage. Experience the rails just like the maintenance crew did on a motorcar. All-day-tickets! - As many rides as you want! Also, enjoy the food tent.
Lunch with Santa on the Train
Come out for Lunch with Santa on the Train at the Wabash Depot in Monticello, Illinois, a holiday favorite for kids of all ages. Enjoy a train ride, individual visit with Santa, and kid friendly sack lunch. The ride is about 60 minutes per trip. Reservations required. Tickets go on sale online Saturday, June 6th.
Piatt County Annual Trailblazers Rodeo
Fun for the entire family! IPRA rodeo featuring seven events, arena entertainment, food vendors, family night on Thursday, parade on Saturday, followed by Kids & Clowns event.
Come and enjoy the live music, kid's activities, food vendors, games, craft booths and more! This features the Paint the Town activity and pet parade. Monticello's premier quality, hometown festival. Many new attractions will be featured this year.
Monticello Railway Museum Fireworks Special
Ride the train from downtown Monticello to museum site to view the aerial fireworks at 8pm. Food tent. Reservations required. Tickets on sale now!
The Polar Express at Monticello Railway Museum
Held at Monticello Railway Museum. Read along with the story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, surprises and a treat. And, for those who believe, a special gift for each child. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas! Nov 14, Nov 20-21, Nov 27-29 & Dec 4-5. Reservations required. Tickets go on sale June 6th.
Steam Weekend at Monticello Railway Museum (June)
Enjoy the unique experience of riding behind our recently restored 1907 Southern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401! The 401 runs once a month during our regular operating season.
Steam Weekend at Monticello Railway Museum (July)
Enjoy the unique experience of riding behind our recently restored 1907 Southern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401! The 401 runs once a month during our regular operating season.
Steam Weekend at Monticello Railway Museum (August)
Enjoy the unique experience of riding behind our recently restored 1907 Southern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401! The 401 runs once a month during our regular operating season.
Steam Weekend at Monticello Railway Museum (October)
Each summer, Montgomery Fest brings together neighbors and friends from throughout the area to enjoy a weekend of old-fashioned family fun. Held the second weekend in August along the banks of the Fox River, highlights of the Fest include musical performances, carnival rides, a wide range of food vendors, free pony rides and petting zoo, a fishing derby, a car show and a parade.
Blossoms at Butterworth - Deere Family Mansions
Each June, visitors enjoy the splendor of the Butterworth Center's impressive gardens while participating in several exciting activities; including old-fashioned music, games of the 1800s, jugglers, a scavenger hunt, an antique auto show, tours and refreshments. Come and see these Deere family home gardens at the Butterworth Center & Deere Wiman House.
Quad Cities Marathon
This marathon offers beautiful views of the Mississippi River, entertainment and more. 5 Races to choose from including: Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Person Relay, 1 Mile Walk, 5K Run/Walk, and kids runs.
Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail
This catfish tournement will be held at Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis. Bring a rod & reel and enter to win prizes and cash. A $500 big fish award will be given. A kids tournament is also planned.
ASA Pro/Am Archery Tournament
Archery Shooters Association's Illinois Championship 3-D Archery Tournament for men, women and Children. Archers from all over North America visit Metropolis for one week in June to compete for cash and prizes and the title of Illinois Champion.
Mendota Sweet Corn Festival
Tons of free, hot, buttered, delicious Del Monte sweet corn will be the highlight of the 68th annual Sweet Corn Festival to be held in Mendota, Illinois on August 6-9. The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the gigantic undertaking of hosting over 60,000 visitors, who consume nearly 50 tons of sweet corn during the festival weekend. Don't miss the excitement for the festival offers a variety of entertainment events for the entire family. The events take place primarily in the downtown area, and with the exception of the beer garden, have no admission fees or parking fees. Free musical entertainment is in abundance. The Crafters Market Place and flea market features over 200 dealers in hand made crafts and unique merchandise. There is a Queen Pageant, beer garden with live bands, grand parade and a carnival with rides and games for both adults and children, plus much more. The midways are lined with food booths, featuring a multitude of ethnic, regional and festival foods, but the "BIG EVENT" is the serving of the free Del Monte sweet corn on Sunday afternoon. For over 65 years, it has been cooked to its golden goodness with the help of a vintage steam engine. If you would like to take some of the memories of Mendota's Sweet Corn Festival home with you, the Mendota Chamber will be selling fresh Del Monte sweet corn by the bag on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the festival. The good times are waiting, the welcome mat is out, come to Mendota for one of the Midwest's oldest and largest harvest festivals, the 67th annual Sweet Corn Festival.
Adams County Fair
Held annually at the Mendon Fairgrounds outside of Quincy, IL. 2014 dates are from July 29-Aug 4th. For more information, contact the office at 217-936-2230. The County Fair includes a carnival, grandstand events, and horse shows every day. Livestock exhibitors and domestic arts exhibits. Admission: $7 Thurs, Fri, Sun, & Tues. $10 Sat, Mon, & Wed.
Ford County Fair & 4-H Show
Featuring the Fair Queen pageant, demo derby, rodeo, artists, livestock exhibits, talent show, live music, entertainment and carnival by Swyear Amusements. Phone number only active week of the event.
Bagelfest is a 29 year old festival in Mattoon that began on the idea of hospitality. When the Lender’s Bagel Factory moved to Mattoon, not everyone in town knew about bagels. So Murray Lender introduced his product to the community with a free bagel breakfast held in downtown Mattoon. And then a festival was born. Through many changes and additions now the festival is more than three days of activities including three nights of nationally known musicians, carnival, food and craft vendors, dog show and baby contest and of course there is still a free bagel breakfast to celebrate the hospitality and generosity of Murray Lender.
Clark County Fair
The 118th annual Clark County Fair features beauty pageants, harness racing, running races, tractor/truck pulls, motocross, demolition derby, horse shows, alpaca and llama show, livestock exhibits, C Bar rodeo, carnival rides and family fun. $5 all you can ride. Free to enter the gates.
Marshall Autumn Fest
Located on the Courthouse Square and featuring a variety of events, amazing food, live entertainment, vendors and so much family fun. Includes a car/truck/motorcycle show and a large parade on Saturday at 11am.
Mill Creek Mayhem
Toughest trail race in the Midwest. Extreme 12K trail run and 1 mile mini mayhem. The footing (What footing?) is hilly, muddy (several water crossings), and loose in places. The trail is not maintained (non-existent) in some places. Expect to be scratched and bruised. Located in the beautiful Mill Creek Park in Marshall Illinois.
Open Water Swim at Lincoln Trail State Park
A rectangular 1.2 and 2.4 mile loop course marked by buoys, lifeguards, rowboats, kayaks and other safety officials. Finish with a brief run of beach sand through finish chute.
Marseilles Fun Days
This is a week long summer family festival celebration. Marseilles Fun Days Committee decided to bring the festival back centered around one of the city's premier annual events, The Marseilles Fireman's Car Cruise. The cruise will be part of a busy Saturday, July 18. Fun Days itself will take place Monday, July 13, through Sunday, July 19. Additional festival information is available at the Marseilles Fun Days Facebook page.
Markham 90th Anniversary Celebration & Festival
Come and enjoy the Markham Summer Festival. Bring the entire family for a weekend of Delectable Food, a myriad of vendors, live music, games, live entertainment, ... Jazz, Blues, R&B and Gospel; and fireworks. Fun for the entire family. Free Admission.
Southern Illinois Boat & Fishing Show
A weekend long event sponsored by the Youth Outdoor Education Foundation and the Williamson County Tourism Bureau. The show features boats, trailers, trucks, ATVs, fishing tackle, live entertainment and more. Admission and parking is free. Great fun for all ages.
Bald Eagle Tours at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Crab Orchard is home to six nesting pairs of resident bald eagles and their offspring. A few nesting sites are visible from public roads throughout the Refuge and eagles are spotted daily. Guided tours visit eagle nests and areas of the Refuge where eagles may be spotted. The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth under the age of 12, and reservations are required.
Crappie USA Super Tournament
Crappie USA will hold one of the 2015 Super Tournaments on Lake of Egypt in Marion, IL. This will be a guaranteed payout of $10,000 and prizes. The tournament starts at 6:30am and will run until 3pm with a weigh-in at 4pm.
Black Vultures and turkey vultures fly and swoop in the skies surrounding Makanda each fall. Local residents await their return each fall as an end to the hot summer and the beginning of cooler fall weather. This event is a celebration of the Vulture’s annual migration with live music and displays by local artists for purchase. Come join the celebration and see this awesome unique event as these birds return.
Long Grove's Annual Apple Festival
The distinctive Long Grove shops and restaurants help celebrate the Apple Festival with unique seasonal gifts and foods, including cider donuts, caramel apples and the Long Grove Apple Haus’ famous brown bag apple pie. Live toe-tapping music, carriage rides, hayrides and children’s activities round out the fest.
Bike and Dine Lockport
Meet in Lockport at the South Public Landing Parking Lot (10th Street and the Canal) at 9:45 a.m. Ride with guides starts at 10:00 a.m. 2 - 10 mile loops or 2 - 15 mile loops (rider preference). Admission cost is $45. Sign up at Trails for Illinois or http://www.visitlockport.com. Main Street Lockport will sponsor three Bike and Dine Events on Saturdays, June 6, August 1 and September 12, 2015.
Kids can touch and climb aboard all sorts of heavy equipment, dump trucks, fire engines and more. Free event! Times: 10:30am - 2:30pm, at Dellwood Park, State St. & Woods Dr.
44th Annual Old Canal Days - Arts and Crafts Show
Join us in 2015 for this annual summer tradition! This year’s Arts & Crafts Show will be bigger and better than ever before with more Fine Arts and more Fine Crafts. Show hours will be Satuday, June 13, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Public admission is free! Artists and Crafters who are interested in participating in this juried event should submit the 2015 Arts & Crafts Show Application, call 815.838.9400 or email to email@example.com for additional information.
Old Canal Days Wine Bar
Main Street Lockport's Old Canal Days Wine Bar will be held Friday through Sunday, June 19-21, 2015 in Downtown Lockport. This is a great opportunity to visit this vibrant community and take part in the libations and fun!
Whole Hog Festival- Custom Car and Bike Show
The First Annual Whole Hog Festival is a new City of Lockport event that's fun for the whole family. The event celebrates custom cars and bikes by inviting owners in the region to show off their rides. Enjoy BBQ from variety of vendors and live music during the event. Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm.
Lockrocks Summer Concert Series
Come out for some of the area's best live entertainment at this free concert series. Beer garden and food available for purchase. Please call for band playing. Location: Dellwood Park, State St. & Woods Dr., Dellwood Band Shell State St. & Woods Dr., Lockport. Brass Buckle Band, July 17th; Suburban Cowboys, Aug 14th; Raise Your Glass, Sept 12th.
Litchfield Party in the Park
This Litchfield Chamber of Commerce event is held at Library Park, and features annual summer carnival, complete with food, vendors and live entertainment.
West Fork Encampment
Re-creation of Frontier and Military life of the 18th century nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Lou Yaeger. There will be cannon demonstrations, period food, music and many more historical demonstrations. Located at Picnic Area #4.
Big Dawg Dare
I double dawg dare you to try this Extreme 5K run at Litchfield’s Big Dawg Dare. You will run over obstacles that will challenge the biggest of the Dawgs
Swimming in Lake Lou Yeager is the best OWS you will have in the Midwest. There really is no comparison to this large beach with pristine flat racing water. The bike course is flat and fast with some great curves to keep you entertained the whole ride. Both the 5k and 10k runs see very honest mile paces with plenty of flats, and a couple hills throughout.
Lambs Farm Famous Farmyard
The Lambs Farm Farmyard will open daily March 30th through November 1, 2015. Come and enjoy Lambs Farm's famous Farmyard. Meet Miss Wiggles, the 450-pound pig with an affinity for Bavarian Crème donuts and Oreo Cookies®, and meet all of the new miniature animals, including Levi the miniature horse. Climb into the petting zoo with goats, sheep and lambs. Check out the llamas, alpacas, cows, horses, ducks and more. Enjoy a ride on the old-fashion carousel or the train. Then challenge friends and family to a round of mini golf! Farmyard memberships are available. Day passes for all activities available for $8 for adults and $12 for children 2-12.
Twilight Shuffle 5K Run
Run through the historic neighborhoods of the east side of Libertyville. Professional timing. Families are encouraged (no children under 9) to run. After finishing the course, all participants are invited to join their fellow racers for a fabulous post-race party (including light dinner and non-alcoholic drinks for all registered participants) at the new Mickey Finn's Brewery. No registrations will be accepted or processed after 12pm on race day.
Harvest Frolic Fall Celebration
Don't miss experiencing 19th century life on the farm! Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms and will include children's games, craft and doll making, and hearth cooking. Visitors are encouraged to take part in period games and activities. Volunteers will demonstrate apple cider pressing, and food preservation. A number of artisans will be on site demonstrating their crafts including, woodcarving, flax processing, soap making, embroidery, pottery, basket weaving, blacksmithing, wheat weaving, and tatting. Gerry Barker will bring his oxen, the Unreconstructed Civil War Band will perform, and be sure to catch the puppet show. Don't miss the Frolic 5K! A 5k run and mile walk to kick off the festivities on Saturday.
Torchlight Halloween Hike, Pumpkin Carving and Wiener Roast
Enjoy Lincoln Log Cabin in the dark! We will start at the Visitor Center for a bonfire and wiener roast. Bring out your best carved pumpkin by 4:30 pm and visitors will judge the best carvings and prizes will be awarded. You will also want to hike the paths between our historic farms by torchlight to hear storytellers in the Lincoln Cabin and Sargent House there to entertain guests with seasonal stories. To benefit the educational and interpretation programs of Lincoln Log Cabin, the Foundation will be selling hot dogs and s’mores for you to roast over an open fire.
Lemont's 25th Annual Heritage Fest
Outdoor street festival held in historic downtown Lemont with food, music and family fun for all ages! Most activities are free thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Hours: 3:00pm- 11:00pm. No admission charge - most activities are free!
Lemont Legends Cruise Nights
Every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in historic downtown Lemont. 3 Cool Car Trophies are awarded each week in the featured car category.
Sunset Soiree Free Summer Concert
The Village of Lemont, along with the Lemont Park District, presents a Free Summer Concert Series. Please join us in historic downtown Lemont at the corner of Stephen Street and Talcott Avenue for the following concerts on Thursdays: June 11, June 25th, July 16th, July 30th, and August 6th.
Independence Day Extravaganza
Don't miss Independence Day Extravaganza at Lemont's Centennial Park. Fireworks at dusk, live band, food court, beer garden, children's games and inflatables. Great family fun! Starts at 4pm.