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Effingham Artisan Fair
Downtown is transformed into an art gallery with works from over 40 artists, on display for purchase. Artwork for sale includes oil paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculptures. Several artists will demonstrate their craft at the event. As part of the event, the Artisan Fair features wine and beer tasting. There will be approximately ten regional wineries and several different craft beers available for tasting. This event will open from 12 – 5 p.m. Other activities include the 5K Run and Walk, Kids Korner, sidewalk chalk art, “Can Do Art,” food fair (including Gabby Goat, IGA, Sausage Haus, Doris Yoder's Kitchen, The Cookie Jar and Tropical Sno) and live musical entertainment at the gazebo. The Historic Court House Museum will be open for tours.
El Día de los Niños
Traditional Latin American event recognizing the importance of children and endorsing their well-being. Live entertainment and activities.
Essence Of Freedom Run
The Essence Of Freedom Run is an annual event to raise funds that are desperately needed by the brave men and women both active duty and Veterans, who defend our country in the armed forces. Choose from a 5K or 10K race and run through the streets of downtown Deerfield. Active Duty, including Police and Fire Departments, run free. Register before February 15th and save $5.
Fall Festival at New Salem
Typical autumn life on the 1830s Illinois prairie will be demonstrated. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. Demonstrations of meat smoking will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses, and wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes. Visitors can step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.
Fall Foliage River Float
Take in the rich fall colors and enjoy a gentle float down the beautiful Sangamon River. Food, music and entertainment.
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.
Farm Heritage Festival
Check out hundreds of antique tractors, cars and steam engines, and other farm machinery as we celebrate Lake County’s rural roots. Tractor parades, petting zoo, sheep herding demonstrations, scarecrow making, museum exhibits, wagon rides and other activities for kids and families.
Fine Line Arts Festival (formerly Raku Day)
Fri. May 29 Festival opening night! Come socialize, enjoy a catered dinner, participate in a specialty event. There is a fee. Sat. May 30 is a great outdoor fun day for everyone! Bring the kids! Experience a variety of hands-on art experiences including Japanese Raku, etching, welt felting and more. Visit www.fineline.org for details and registration.
First Midwest Bank Half Marathon & 10K
Be a part of the 7th annual First Midwest Bank Half Marathon and enjoy one of the Midwest's finest events of its kind. Proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer and Research, The South West Special Recreation Association and Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens.
Fly the Ford
The Ford Tri-Motor will be back in Lansing at the Municipal Airport. Rides: $40 Children 6-17 yrs.; $80 Adults. See Chicago from a Ford built tough airplane.
Folk Life Festival
Join us for our Annual Folk Life Festival! Stroll the beautiful grounds of the Quincy Museum and enjoy a variety of demonstrators, crafters and activities for children. Bring your appetite for our famous Buffalo Sandwiches, our Bake Sale booth and delicious caramel apples and old fashioned bottled soda. 1601 Maine Street Quincy, IL 62301 (217)224-7669 thequincymuseum.com
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.
Fort LaMotte Days
Step back in time in an authentically reconstructed fort from the early 1800's. Relive history as settlers, militia, traders and craftsmen gather at Fort LaMotte. Friday is set aside for school children. Saturday and Sunday are open to the public.
Join the 5th annual Fort2Base Race. There are two event distances, 10 Nautical Mile or 3 Nautical Mile events (11.5 miles or 3.45 miles). The 10NM event begins at Fort Sheridan in Highland Park, runs along the North Shore Trail and finishes within the confines of Naval Station Great Lakes. The 3NM event is run solely within Naval Station Great Lakes. All registered participants receive a tech shirt and finishers medals. Runners and walkers welcome!
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.
Frankfort Half Marathon
The Frankfort Half Marathon will begin and end in the beautiful historic district of downtown Frankfort. The race will commence right outside the door of Running Excels on the Old Plank Trail and run westward. After 2.7 miles of running on the scenic, tree-lined Old Plank Trail, the racers will turn off into the Hickory Creek Forest Preserve. The rolling hills of the forest preserve will provide a picturesque tour for the runners as they reach the halfway and turn-around point in the race. The runners will then proceed back through the forest preserve and to the Old Plank Trail for their final journey towards the finish line and the post-race party on the Breidert Green. 7AM.
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.
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!
Galesburg Great Balloon Race
Since 2000 The Great Balloon Race has called Galesburg, Illinois it's home. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Storey, it has played host to more than 30 majestic hot air balloons each year. Pilots from across the country have traveled to this event to compete in the balloon competition and to share their balloons and stories with families from around the region.
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.
Gardens United Garden Walk
Some of the finest gardens in the Freeport 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. Plus a silent auction and a large variety of garden art items will be offered at one garden. Gardeners will be on site to answer questions and to talk about plants and their gardens.
German Valley Days
This 41st annual hometown festival offers a Car Show, 5KRun/Walk, Parade, Stage Entertainment,Contests, Lil Miss and Mister Pageant, Punt, Pass and Kick Contest, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Pork Chop Barbecue, Pancake Breakfast, Water Fights, Fireworks, Concession and more! Friday: 5 pm - 10 pm; Saturday: 6 am - 10 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm.
Goodenow Grove Fall Fest
An estimated 3,500 guests attended Goodenow Grove Fall Fest in Beecher in 2014. This free, annual event features family-friendly fun including music, entertainment, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, childrens activities and hayrack rides.
Great Egyptian Omnium Bicycle Race
The Great Egyptian Omnium is a bicycle race that promotes the region of “Egypt” or Southern Illinois to the rest of the cycling world and encourages visitors to one of the best biking destinations in the Midwest. The region is like none other, with hills and bluffs that will make a challenging course filled with natural beauty.
Great Northwest Illinois Bike Tour For Cancer
Ride to fight cancer and enjoy a generous helping of northwest Illinois hospitality. Ride some of the most beautiful roads in Illinois and choose from our 105, 75, 30 and 20 miles routes. Maps are provided, and roads are clearly marked. Start and finish at the YMCA of Northwest Illinois in the Highland Community College campus. Start time 7-9 am. Don't forget your helmet, water bottles and sun block. In lieu of a registration fee, they welcome your gracious donation to the FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center.
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.
Guardian Angel Bassett Bash & Waddle
Join in for two days of fun, friends and fundraising to help our favorite four-legged friends. This event, held at the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue Park in Dwight, will raise money for the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue to help Basset Hounds in need of a home. The 'Largest Basset gathering in the World' includes a picnic, 'bassetball' and waddle. A weekend filled with Bassett’s, games, contests, entertainment & the huge finale of the Bassett Waddle with hundreds of Bassett’s leading off the Harvest Day’s Parade.
Guided Kayak Tour
People join the kayak tours as an alternate fitness activity, an alternate social activity and to learn about nature/kayaking - to learn about a new area. 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.
Gus Macker Basketball
Macker in May means summer starts in Quincy. Gus Macker basketball takes to the streets around Washington Park Central Square for the 27th year May 23-24, which will mean summer has arrived. And once again the family oriented festival of fun celebrates the passion for basketball in this wonderful community. Quincy loves hoops. http://www.macker.com/macker-tournament
Halloween Casket Races
The Annual Casket Race is back! The Casket Race features trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, plus the most frightfully funny and creepy designs. Cheer on your favorite team - or join the race!
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.
Fun for the whole family including roasting hot dogs on an open fire, haunted trail rides and a kid's activity tent.
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.
Historic Marbold Second Sunday Summer Series
Special programs in the farmstead kitchen: 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Enjoy a lesson in history, tours of the house and grounds along with period craftsmen on site. This Sunday features Dick Lyons, a native of Montgomery County and fourth-generation farmer growing corn, soybeans, and wheat with cover crops, will share his knowledge of farming practices dating from the 1800's to today's technological world of modern agriculture. A special added feature at the June Second Sunday will be Heart Strings, a dulcimer group from Petersburg.
Historic Marbold Second Sunday Summer Series
Special programs in the farmstead kitchen: 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Enjoy lessons in history, tours of house and grounds and period craftsmen on site. July 12 features Eastern Illinois University Associate Professor, Dr. Chris Laingen, will share data from the Census of Agriculture from 1925 to 2012 and will illustrate the changes in crops, livestock, and land use that have occurred in the Corn Belt. A special added feature at the July Second Sunday will be the Menard County Vintage Ag Association on site with some of their collection of farm implements.
Historic Marbold Second Sunday Summer Series
The Farmstead will offer tours of the house and grounds, history of the Marbold family and light refreshments. The Stier Trolley will be available to take visitors through Greenview where a guide will provide details of the Marbold's influence and impact on the community.Exclusive for August: "One Grand Old Lady" Readers' Theatre.
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.
Historical Walk on Ridge Road
Lansing Historical Society President Paul Schultz will lead a walking tour along Lansing's main street, pointing out sites of historical, geological and architectural interest.
History Comes Alive
Daily Living History Programs at the Lincoln historic sites and throughout downtown Springfield. Most programs are free. For a complete schedule, go to visitspringfieldillinois.com
Hobnob Spring Market
A laughter filled gathering with the feel of a festive village fair. Browse creatively displayed mini shops for vintage antiques and handmade goodies from 50+ of the best vendors around. You'll be amazed by the funky/shabby/cool vintage finds plus the handmade jewelry, art and imaginative home accessories. Enjoy some live music, lunch & sweets, a cash bar and raffle prizes.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill
Historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's "Bunker Hill Historic Area" will be lit for the occasion and decorated for the holidays. Continuing throughout the holiday season, the holiday lights will be displayed weekends from 5-8 p.m.
Holiday Lights Train
The Holiday Light Train is Pete's biggest event of the year. The park is decorated for the Holidays. See over 250,000 lights in various displays. Giant toy soldiers, candy canes, cascading snow flakes, flying reindeer, and swans swimming, just to name a few of Pete's displays!
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!
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!"
Homer Community Festival
Homerfest! 4 Days of Family Fun! Huge Carnival. Live Bands. Family friendly beer tent and fireworks. Thursday will be the biggest show yet. Music choreographed ground and air show set to your favorite movie themes.
IHSA State Bassing Fishing Finals
Illinois is the first state in the Nation to have its high school sports association sanction high school largemouth bass fishing. High school fishermen from all over the state descend on Carlyle to show their fishing skills, catching bass at Carlyle. The city sponsors a food/vendor event to coincide with the Bass Finals. Sanctioned by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Professional style weigh-ins are conducted by FLW Outdoors and Wired2Fish.com.
Illinois State Open
The Illinois State Open is a five-round miniature golf tournament sanctioned by the USPMGA and held at the championship-level Ball Fore Miniature Golf Course.
Jacksonville Main Street's Pumpkin Fest
Join them for free family fun! Children and adult costume contest, pet costume contest, pumpkin decorating, food, games and entertainment.
JC Whitney Car Show
JC Whitney's annual Car Show. Come and celebrate JC Whitney's 100th year in business. 31 participant judged car classes including Original/Restored, Street Machines, Street Rods, Motorcycle, Jeep, Special Interest, Corvettes, and many more to choose from. Trophies to the top three in each class. A six foot trophy and cash prize for the Best of Show. This is a free event for participants and spectators. 3D Sound will be providing the music for this event. Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Kane County Fair
Affordable family fun - carnival, entertainment, thrill events, farm animals, kids events, food, fun & more! Wed. 3pm-11pm; Thurs. noon-11pm; Fri. & Sat. noon-midnight; Sun. noon-10pm. For information visit www.kanecountyfair.com. Follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Kankakee County Fair
Let's spend a day at the fair. Go to the time-honored livestock shows, play some games, enter contests, enjoy the exciting live entertainment, be brave and ride on the carnival rides, or feast on the fair food; but don't forget to see the demolition derby or rodeo.
Kankakee River Fishing Derby
Come out for the Annual Kankakee River Valley Fishing Derby! The Kankakee is a clean river that is a popular destination for recreational canoeing and fishing for warm-water species such as smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye and northern pike. Our fishing derby is a ten-day event providing exciting fun for the whole family and cash prizes are awarded for tagged fish.
Kansas City BBQ State Championship
Legacy's Kansas City BBQ Championship is back! Be sure to bring out the family and bring along friends for some good ol' BBQ! For a change of scenery, this event will be held in downtown Effingham on Friday night.
All ages are welcome to come and create a kite and enjoy a day of fun! Concessions will be available to purchase for a picnic lunch with your friends and family!
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!
Lake Katherine's Monarch Butterfly Festival
Join Lake Katherine for a celebration of the Monarch migration down to Mexico plus, all things harvest.
Lake Zurich Area Triathlon
The area's premier USAT sanctioned Olympic distance triathlon continues its' tradition in Lake Zurich with the Lake Zurich Area Triathlon at Paulus Park. In addition to the one loop swim, the event will feature an updated bike and run course that will primarily be flat and fast. Register now through 11:59pm July 10. There will be No race day registration.
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.
Lansing Autumn Festival
The annual three-day Lansing Autumn Fest returns for its 4th year. The family friendly event includes musical entertainment, food vendors, vendor Market Place and craft fair, vintage baseball game, kids zone with second entertainment stage and kids games, chili cook-off, military recognition day, pancake breakfast, 5K Hero Walk/Run, $10,000 Pumpkin Cash Raffle. For more information or to be a sponsor or vendor, visit www.lansingautumfest.org or call 708-646-5606.
LaSalle Canal Boat - Opening Weekend
The Canal Corridor Association, which manages the LaSalle Canal Boat, is delighted to announce the Opening Weekend of our 2015 LaSalle Canal Season, April 24th-26th. This season is particularly special, as we will be introducing the newest member of our team; an energetic, 12 year-old mule we've come to call "Larry Jr." Larry was born in Windsor, IL, (just north of Galesburg) and has spent the last 3 years right here in LaSalle. He is incredibly friendly, loves apples, and is very fond of children. Larry will be joining veteran mule "Moe" this summer and fall as they delight visitors and locals alike, re-enacting Illinois history, canal boat in tow. In order to make sure everyone has a chance to meet Larry Jr. and experience the canal boat ride, the Canal Corridor Association is proud to announce that all kids under ten ride free with the purchase of an adult ticket all opening weekend! The Canal Corridor Association preserves history, protects nature and open space, and creates destinations where people can learn and have fun in the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, from Lake Michigan in Chicago to the Illinois River in LaSalle-Peru.
The oldest footrace in Southern IL. is held the 2nd Saturday in November each year on the Mississippi River levee in Cairo. A long sleeve t-shirt is given to each participant in the 5,000 & 10,000 meter run and awards will be presented to the winners.
Lilac Time Festival
A stunning 8.5-acre horticultural display with 800 breathtaking lilacs & 25,000 eye-catching tulips! Take tours, shop the art and craft fair, and enjoy food, drinks & sports. Enjoy the old-fashioned hospitality, free concerts and attractions that will be provided in Lilacia Park during Lilac Time!
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.
Livingston County Ag Fair
Since 1930 this volunteer-run agricultural fair has provided fun family entertainment. Activities include a chainsaw carving auction, cake auction for Ag scholarships, the Broken Horn Rodeo, and the Ramer Demo Derby. Also included are livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, horse show, kiddie tractor pull and pig races.
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.
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.
Macoupin County Fair
Come out to visit the oldest County Fair in Illinois! The 2014 Fair is sure to be exciting with lots of entertainment and agricultural displays for the entire family. New to the 2014 fair will be a Meat Goat Show. There will be a variety of attractions and entertainment for the whole family, including a tractor pull, mud drag, demolition derby, exhibits, livestock shows and auctions and children’s activities.
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Kick off the holiday season and create your special memories on The Magnificent Mile in 2014! The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, jump starts the holiday season on Saturday, November 22 with a full day of family friendly activities, concerts by top musical artists and the best holiday shopping. The day’s excitement culminates with a grand evening parade down Michigan Avenue marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, illuminating one million lights on 200 trees. The parade concludes with a grand finale fireworks show over the Chicago River.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Memorial Day Boogie
Memorial Day Boogie at Skydive Chicago! No registration fee. Take advantage of awesome organizing and entertainment to kick off the Summer season! Skydive Chicago offers the best entertainment in the Midwest. The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite. Stop by today.
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.
Mennonite Relief Sale
This two day auction features locally handcrafted furniture, quilts, and other handmade items. There will also be a children's auction and train ride. Bake sales and food vendors help round out the event. Proceeds from the two day event go to help those in need in the community and around the world.
Mercury's Canine Cruise
Dogs on boats? Yes! Bring your pooch on a leash and enjoy quality time with your dog while cruising on Chicago's waterways. This tour highlights dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, dog parks and fire hydrants. Enjoy the cool breeze in your hair (and fur!) aboard the Skyline Queen which offers plenty of safe outdoor-seating. Dogs may choose to sit on your lap, in a seat or on the deck. Don't worry, we have one-restroom for humans and one lined with newspapers for your pet. Water bowls are also onboard. Buy online or at the ticket office open daily at 8:30am.
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.
Mid American Junior Golf Tour Event
This is a Junior Golf Tournament hosted by the Mid American Junior Golf Tour. Any young golfers interested must join through the MAJGT website.
Mid-American Canoe and 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!
Sprint : 1/4 mile swim, 13 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. Out and back on the bike and run. A few rolling hills on the bike, but the run is completely flat. Fast course on Lake Sara! $100 Cash Prize to Overall Male and Female. $75 Cash Prize to 2nd Overall Male and Female. $50 Cash Prize to 3rd Overall Male and Female
Midwest Morel Fest
Learn, hunt and buy morel mushrooms during Ottawa’s Annual Midwest Morel Fest. This unique festival offers ‘everything mushrooms for the morel enthusiast to the curious observer! All events take place at Jordon Block Park (Main & Rt 23/71N). Saturday, enjoy a large variety of handcrafted Vendors, Home Brewers Tasting Tent and Competition, Food and Music. And don’t forget Morel University where you can learn to identify morels then take off for a guided hunt. We have set aside land just for you! Sunday's championship hunt boasts the largest cash purse in the nation. Both hunts have limited availability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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100+ miles of yard sales through seven counties from Sandwich to Galesburg, IL. Great fun, entertainment, demonstrations, historic sites. Great sales, bargains, treasures, unique collectibles, antiques. Great time, food, lodging, attractions, shopping. Begin or end your journey in Galesburg at the Galesburg Christian School, 1881 E. Fremont Street Friday & Saturday from 8:00 am - 5:00 PM. Many treasures for you to pick from, find wonderful items for yourself, friends and family. Large selection to choose from, come and check us out.
Morgan Horse Demonstration
Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Club (MVMHC) will present historic demonstrations of the Morgan Horse, "America's first breed," Also included will be demonstrations of modern uses of the Morgan horse, including trail riding, dressage, driving and society horse shows. There will be ongoing horse activities to observe between sessions, a large variety of free educational and promotional materials for adults and kids, and an opportunity to visit with MVMHC members and get up close to the beautiful Morgan horses.
Mothers Day Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Gourmet Potluck Campout Glamping-style with movie and breakfast. We bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax! 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.
Mother's Day Swim at Challenge Fitness Pool
Challenge Fitness Pool in Lockport will offer Mother's Day Swim at Challenge Fitness for all ages, Sun., May 10 from 1pm-4pm. All mom's swim free. Regular admission applies to other swimmers. For more info., visit www.lockportpark.org or call 815-838-3621, ext. 0.
Mother's Day Weekend at the Monticello Railway Museum
Make this Mother's Day special — treat Mom to a relaxing ride with her family on the vintage train at the wonderful Monticello Railway Museum. Reservations required.
Moultrie-Douglas County Fair
Enjoy a week of mud, beauty and entertainment. This year will feature tractor pulls, demo derby and mud racing. Along with beauty pageants, we will have live entertainment.
Movie in the Park
Family-oriented movies on the big screen at South Holland's premier park, Veterans Memorial Park. Full concession available at Home Plate Grill.
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.
MS: Tour de Farms Bike Ride
NIU Convocation Center - 1525 West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL (map) For more information please visit www.niuconvo.com.