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Eagle Watching Open House
Visit Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about bald eagles and how to watch for them, then venture out to watch for eagles with a refuge ranger. Experienced eagle watchers will be set up with viewing scopes at various locations at the wildlife refuge. Kids crafts will be available at the visitor center. For more information, call 618-883-2524.
Eagle Watching in Alton
Illinois boasts the largest concentration of wintering American bald eagles in the continental U.S., and the Alton area is a great place to see them. Mingle with a live eagle at the National Great Rivers Museum. Get a bird’s-eye view from eight stories high as majestic eagles soar along the Mississippi River at the adjacent Melvin Price Locks & Dam. Or drive along on an exciting eagle-watching expedition with a nature expert at Pere Marquette State Park during Bald Eagle Days, held from late December through mid-February.
Eagle Watching at Starved Rock State Park
You don’t have to travel north to see these majestic birds of prey. Thousands of eagles migrate south from Canada during the winter and Illinois is one of the homes of the greatest population of wintering bald eagles. The Starved Rock Lodge in Utica offers a “Bald Eagle Trolley Tour” in January and February on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Viewing birds from the Veranda at the Starved Rock Lodge is good as well. Dress warmly though. This great viewing spot is right outside the doors of the Great Room. If you’d like some exercise, take a hike on one of the trails at the Starved Rock State Park. One trail begins right at the Veranda. For a birds eye view, hike to the top of the Rock. Another popular event is "Eagle Watch Weekend" with activites both at the Starved Rock Lodge and the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center.
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.
Downtown Car Show/Cruise Night
Downtown Car Show / Mt. Vernon Cruise Night - The Car Show will be located on 9th Street between Harrison and Jordan. Features cruise night, car, truck, and motorcycle show; entertainment, food, demonstrations, and a 50/50 drawing. The Car Show will have various models from "Classics" to "Modern."
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.
Cowden Pioneer Days
This family friendly festival is set in the city park with plenty of carnival rides, craft vendors, flea market, foods, etc. There is also an IPRA sanctioned rodeo that takes place Friday. A demolition derby takes place on Saturday. You can also enjoy the arm wrestling. There will also be a large parade Saturday morning. Tour the historical cabins set in the park along with collections.
Confluence Tower Wind Festival
Bring your kites to the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower and experience the thrill of kite flying. The Gateway Kite Club of St. Louis will bring a variety of kites and showcase their skills. The public is also invited to bring kites and join in the fun! This event is free and starts at 10:00 a.m. View the kite flying from from the Tower's three levels for great views. There is a charge to tour the Tower.
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.
Clinton MayDays Festival
MayDays Festival on Mr. Lincoln's Square in downtown Clinton. This four day event includes Luehrs Ideal Rides Carnival, food & craft vendors, and lots of free entertainment. Contact the Chamber of Commerce office for information at 217-935-3364 or 866-4-DeWitt.
Chicago Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise - Spirit of Chicago
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? For the perfect way to enjoy Chicago with your sweetheart, come aboard Spirit for a special Valentine’s Day Cruise. Nothing beats the atmosphere of a night on the water with the city as your backdrop. With a beautiful setting, delicious dinner and dancing, this cruise is Cupid approved! Now get sailing, you lovebirds.
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 Flower & Garden Show
The Chicago Flower & Garden Show brings springtime to winter with its 20 lush gardens, beautiful and fragrant flowers, trees and other plants allowing “newbie” gardeners and experts alike to experience the latest the industry has to offer. Top garden builders create fresh designs, while nationally-known presenters teach visitors how to get that professional garden look. It's all happening at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's, Mar. 12-20, 2016 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Be among the first to see new plant varieties for 2016 and experience the newly-redesigned Navy Pier. Enjoy art, free kids activities, wine tastings, cooking demos from noted chefs, and a shopper's paradise of garden gadgets, jewelry, and more. Special rates available for groups. www.chicagoflower.com.
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.
Cedarhurst Craft Fair
More than 160 exhibitors from throughout the country show and sell diverse craft items. Includes continuous entertainment, children's activities, and a variety of food.
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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Cache River Nature Festival
Enjoy the area’s rich bird life and wetland habitat. A 12-minute orientation film gives a wonderful overview and introduction of the watershed, explaining the unique bio-diversity of the flora and fauna that can be experienced here. Visitors can also acquaint themselves with the area by exploring an interactive diorama of a bald cypress-water tupelo swamp, area state champion tree information and changing landscape displays. Activities include guided field trips, canoe tours, live bird demonstrations and various exhibits from 9am to 4pm.
Cache River Days
This fun fest includes a flea market, parade, softball tournament, yard sales, BBQ and music, canoe tours on Saturday.
Brown County Fair
Fun and entertianment for all! Events include Little Mr. & Miss and Queen pageants, horse races, tractor pull, demo derby, food, carnival rides, livestock and expo building displays. The Whistle Stop Depot Museum and Ferguson School will be open each evening.
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.
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.
Blue Carpet Corridor Route 66 Celebration
Enjoy this multi-town scavenger hunt, complete with stops at many famous Route 66 locations. Start your adventure and pick up your passport at the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center.
Blessing of the Bikes
Thousands of motorcyclists travel to Bald Knob Mountain, Southern Illinois’ highest point and the site of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace located just outside of Alto Pass, about 10 miles south of Murphysboro on IL-127.
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.
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.
Big Truck Day at Glazebrook Park
Join the Godfrey Park & Rec Department for its annual Big Truck Day 2016. They will have a grand array of trucks for children to climb on, climb in and explore. There will be a fire truck, a dump truck, a bucket truck, huge tractors and much more. This event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This is a 3 day extravaganza of wild entertainment. Included in this event will be a carnival car, truck & motorcycle show, BBQ competition, bean bag competition and much more!
Barn to Barn Classic
Shake off those winter blues, by getting out for a drive and testing your putter! The Brown County Deer Classic presents the First Annual Barn to Barn Classic. Gather your friends and family, all you need is a four person team to sign up. This putt putt contest will take you to holes designed by locals located inside barns, shops and machine sheds around the area. Dinner and live entertainment following for all paid participants at Ridgeview Winery. Entry fee is $150 per team.
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.
Bald Eagle Trolley Tours
Be mesmerized by the beautiful bald eagles at Starved Rock. Ride the trolley to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center for eagle viewing and an educational program. Includes your selection from our special lunch menu during the week and Brunch on Sunday in our Dining Room. Dress warmly, bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras. Visit the website for prices, times and details.
Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
A site interpreter at Pere Marquette State Park, will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles this winter. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature bald eagles, what eagles eat, why they spend winter months in the area and much more. All programs will begin at the park's visitor center at 8:30 a.m. Reservations are required. There will be a short video presentation followed by an observational drive to view the wintering bald eagles. Please dress warmly and have a full tank of gas.
Bald Eagle Bus Tour
Guided, four-hour tours of bald eagle, wintering communities. View and learn about the bald eagle's habits, life history, preservation efforts and threats to its future. Reservations required. Bus departs from Stoney Creek Inn.
Autumn Drive in McHenry County
Welcome to a different kind of fall festival! Spend a leisurely day with family and friends on the country roads of McHenry County. Family farms in rural McHenry County open to the public for three days the third weekend in October. Each stop along the way offers a unique country experience with antiques, arts & crafts, pumpkins, apples, pottery and more. Pick up your map at 16105 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, then start exploring.
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!
Annual Wood River Triathlon
Are you physically fit and up for a challenge? Be a part of the annual Wood River Triathlon. The event will begin with a swim at the Aquatic Center, followed by a bike ride and run through the streets of Wood River.
Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage
Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to overlooks and canyons throughout the park enjoying the variety of spring wildflowers and sparkling waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park. Learn about the history and geology of the park. Guided hikes leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:00 a. m. & 1:00 p.m. each day.
All Wheels Drive In Car Show
Classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles will be displayed on West 3rd, State and Belle streets for the 16th Annual All-Wheels Drive-In Car Show. Come out for the autos and stay for the music. There will be a great DJ all morning and a live blues band in the afternoon. You won’t want to miss the incredible food, merchant sidewalk sale and 50-50 drawing.
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!
8th Annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
A Boston Marathon qualifier, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is the premier running event in the area. With over 20,000 runners from 48 states and 10 countries participating in the 5k, 10k, half and full marathon, relay and youth run, you’ll see why Runner’s World name is one of “Ten Fun, Feature-Filled Marathons Launched in the Past Five Years”.
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.
79th Annual Gladiolus Festival
On the agenda for the Gladiolus Festival are the Coronation of the Princess and Queen, plus numerous parades, a carnival and giant flea, swap, and craft market.
69th Annual Morgan County Fair
Five fun filled days where families can enjoy live entertainment from bands, a talent show, queen & princess pageants, live stock exhibits, home economics building; a variety of foods, exciting carnival rides, demolition derbies, tractor pulls and so much more! Come and "Explore the Excitement!"
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.
4th of July Celebration & Parade
Two day Celebration at Nichols Park beginning at 6 p.m. July 3rd and ending after fireworks on July 4th. Parade, concessions, kid’s events, live entertainment, fireworks and more!
48th Annual Fair Diddley® 2016
The 48th Annual Fair Diddley® takes place on on the historic Woodstock Square. The square opens to pedestrian-only traffic as over 300 crafters line the streets, exhibiting their hand-crafted items. Join nearly 10,000 shoppers at this must attended event. Fair Diddley® is an outdoor event and takes place rain or shine.
32nd Annual Cruise Nite and Classic Car Show
One of the largest Cruise Nites in Illinois. This event brings in classic and antique autos for a full day and night of fun for the whole family. Attend the car show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cruise that evening from 5-9 p.m.
25th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival
Line-up 12:30 p.m. at Lemont Safety Village. Parade starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. Route: South on Stephen to Main, West to VFW Hall. Plenty of parking at the Metra Lot. Featuring: Lemont's own Irish Queen, The Chicago Stockyard Kilty Band and Hughes Academy of Irish Dance. Bring your family and friends and join the parade! Visit the VFW Hall, 15780 New Avenue following the parade for refreshments and entertainment.
2012 Libertyville Days Festival
Bring out the family and enjoy carnival rides and game, delicious food, a beer tent, arts & crafts, a great line-up of live entertainment, the Libertyville Days Parade, activities and much, much more. Pirates of the 'Ville is the theme for this year's festival. Entertainment schedule to be announced soon, please visit the website for updates.
18th Annual Cruise Night
Come to Ottawa and check out the antique and custom cars during the city’s 17th Annual Cruise Night! Over 100 different models of cars will line the streets! It’s every car buff’s dream! LaSalle Street will be closed down for this event. Hosted by The LaSalle County Cruisers and the City of Ottawa.
17th Annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Bass Tournament
17th Annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Bass Fishing Tournament at Lake Jacksonville. People come from all the surrounding areas to compete in this tournament. Prizes are awarded. If you enjoy fishing and like competition, this event is for you. Register early... only 40 boats allowed in the tournament.
10th Annual Galena Oktoberfest
Annual German celebration featuring live music, kids games, wiener dog races and lots of food and beverages.
"Thrilla at Marilla" Mountain Bike Race
"Thrilla at Marilla" Mountain Bike Race. The second round of the IL State Championship XC Race Series on the newly established trail at Marilla Park. Contact Bob Sandy 815/674-7666.