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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.
CITY: Du Quoin
DuQuoin State Fair
The DuQuoin fair is one of the nation's best agricultural events. The fair offers plenty of entertainment, including a carnival, livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, contests, and national acts on the grandstand stage.
CITY: Du Quoin
Dwight Harvest Days
Downtown Dwight is the place to be for crafts, flea markets, carnival and kids games, downtown stage full of entertainment, car show, 5K run, parade and band competition are highlights of the weekend, attracting over 10,000 people each year! Sunday's parade is led by hundreds of basset hounds and their owners from around the world.
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.
Effingham County Fair
The annual County Fair offers a variety of events for residents and visitors alike. 4-H and open shows of agricultural products and animals, Queen pageants, horse racing, talent contests, rodeo, demo derby, tractor pulls, and professional entertainment are some of the events you can enjoy while at the County Fair.
Effingham County Fair 2014
The Effingham County Fair is back!! Come on out and enjoy car shows, tractor pulls, horse racing, live music and much more!! For the kids there will be plenty of games and rides! Drew Baldridge and Tyler Farr will be performing on August 8th at 7 p.m. Check out the web address below for all the details that will be taking place everyday.
Effingham Farmer's Market
Effingham Farmer's Market provides our community with fresh, locally-grown food, art, live music and quality artisan goods, produced right here in downtown Effingham, on the Courthouse Museum lawn. Come on out and support our community and your health! The market will continue every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from April to October. Enjoy our beautiful downtown square with the best live entertainment, artisans and locally grown food right here in Effingham
Elegance in Motion Car Classic Car Show
MB Financial Park at Rosemont (5501 Park Place) proudly presents its inaugural luxury sports car show, “Elegance in Motion Car Classic” this summer. Hosted by Dave Miller of the popular automotive website Drive with Dave, modern and vintage automobiles will be on display for MB Financial Park guests to enjoy at no cost. The show is open to visitors from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Saturday from August 9 through September 27.
Featuring carnival, demo derby, livestock judging, talent show, stock car racing, Red Neck Olympics, live bands and much more. Theme is "Through the Eyes of a Child".
Fall Color Festival
Visit The Morton Arboretum this season and enjoy the beautiful fall color of trees and plants from more than 40 different countries. On select days in October, enjoy a variety of seasonally-themed activities for kids and families. Admire nature-themed scarecrows showcased around Meadow Lake on our Scarecrow Trail, open daily in October from 7am - sunset. The Fall Color 5K Run & Walk will be Sunday, October 5 at 8am. Run under a canopy of brilliant fall color on our rolling, USATF-certified course. Enjoy our Theatre-Hikes at 3pm on weekends in October plus Columbus Day.
Fall Colors Weekend at Starved Rock State Park
Enjoy Starved Rock during the most beautiful time of the year. Guided hikes to view the spectacular colors of fall. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00a.m.& 1:00p.m.
Fall Family Campout
Our annual camp out will include music, games, a face painter & campfire under the stars. Bring a tent or a camper (parking lot). Bring your own food. Grilling will not be allowed. 4PM check in; 10AM check out.
CITY: Hickory Hills
Fall Family Compout
Our annual camp out will include music, games, face painter & campfire under the stars. Bring a tent, camper (parking lot). Bring your own food, grilling will not be allowed 4PM check in; 10AM check oot
CITY: Hickory Hills
Fall Fun Fest
The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn will be hosting its annual Fall Fun Fest on Saturday, September 27th from 10am-3pm.This is an outdoor event. Vendors, activities for kids, food, demonstrations, crafts, fun for the entire family!
CITY: Oak Lawn
Fall on the Green Festival
All inflatables and rides are free. Shuttle bus service near the train station will be available starting at 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission, parking and shuttle buses are free. Food Concessions are available for purchase.
CITY: Oak Lawn
Family Kite Festival
The skies will be alive with kites as Elmhurst welcomes some of the midwest's best professional kite fliers. The day will consist of stunt, trick, and show kite demonstrations, a family fun fly, candy drop and free kite building for children. Bring your own kites to fly during open fly times! Chicago Kite will be on site for all your kite needs.
Farm & Barn Fest
The 10th Annual Farm & Barn Fest is an event held annually in the heart of Mokena at Yunker Farm that celebrates the significance of farming in Illinois? history. This unique event gives all ages the opportunity to see and experience farm life through entertaining demonstrations such as sheep shearing, blacksmithing, woodworking and more from 10am-5pm. A delicious spread of food from local restaurants will catch the taste buds of festival goers, while entertained with music, dancing and old fashioned contests. We will be hosting the Country Concert from 5:30pm to 11:00pm geared towards 21 and over featuring Slamabama!
Farm Heritage Festival
This two-day event celebrates farm life from the turn of the century to the present. Entertainment includes Border Collie sheep herding, wagon and barrel train rides, rope and scarecrow making, a tractor and antique vehicle parade, live music, quilting and heritage crafts, and a large model train display.
Festival of Lights
Smile, laugh, be de-lighted at the East Peoria Festival of Lights! The festival features the fantastic Folepi's Winter Wonderland lighted drive-through display, open from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, and many other events during December including a competitive run, gift show, theatrical productions and more. The Festival of Lights annual Parade of Lights covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown. The parade features floats shaped entirely from lights, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the chopper motorcycle float illuminated with LED lights, a 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon, Frosty the Snowman, the starship Enterprise illuminated with 48,000 LED light bulbs, and the 95-foot-long smoke-spewing China dragon.
CITY: East Peoria
Festival of Lights Drive-Through
Outstanding Christmas light drive through. Experience a festival of lights without ever getting out of your car! Located at Clark County Fair Grounds in Marshall during December.
Fort LaMotte Days Rangers Reenactment & Festival
Relive the days of yesterday and witness history portrayed in period costume. See, taste and smell the trades and lifestyle of the early 1800’s. Includes encampment, shooting, cookout, traders, musicians and vendors. Held at Leaverton Park.
Frank Lloyd Wright Races
Now in our 38th year! Bring your racing and running season to a close in historic Oak Park with the flat, fast, and scenic route of the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Races. The races feature a 5k Run/Walk, 10k Run, and a Youth Mile for ages 7-14. All events are on Sunday, October 19th and start just east of the Oak Park River Forest High School at Scoville and Ontario Streets, and finish on Scoville in front of the school.
CITY: Oak Park
Frankfort Fall Fest
Labor Day Weekend! 300 artisans with arts & crafts; 30 civic organizations providing food & festival services; Carnival Wednesday - Monday & parade Sunday.
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.
Genoa Pioneer Day
The Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society presents "Genoa Pioneer Day." This event will bring the experience of old time tradesman and crafters by providing a demonstration of skills, stagecoach rides, hands on activities, silent auction, fresh churned butter, fresh made cornbread, Lion's Club pork chops, kids games, music, old time pretend gun fights, President and Mrs Lincoln will be there. Bring your kids, Bring your friends! Bring your grandma and your grandpa!!! A fun and educational event right in your own hometown!! Activities start at 11:00 AM and Finish at 4:00 PM. For more information call 815-784-5559 or 815-784-5498, or visit www.genoamainstreet.com. Sponsored by Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society.
Join us for the return of the Grafton Rendezvous on the banks of the Illinois River. See pre-1840 history come to life and experience what a busy river port was like during that period. Traders will demonstrate candle and rope making, bead working, wood carving, metal working and leather crafting. There will be tomahawk and knife throwing and much more. Bring the family and enjoy the fun.
Grand Levee and Harvest Festival
The Grande Levee is a celebration of the grand receptions held during the 1800s to honor government dignitaries and important visitors. Friday evening the event kicks-off with a ham and bean dinner on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds along with musical entertainment. Saturday brings a day full of events at the Statehouse grounds for the Ground Levee. The Harvest Festival, which is held on Gallatin Street, will have vendors, sidewalk sales, bingo, kids' activities, inflatables, RC race car exhibition and more!
Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race
The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race is a simple concept---take a carved pumpkin, decorate it and insert two independent axles through it and attach wheels, then race your pumpkin down a hill to victory! This event is great family fun and a safe, enjoyable way to celebrate fall. Plus, if you craft a winning pumpkin you get to advance to the championship where you can win prizes!
Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race
Folks from all over literally take pumpkins and creatively engineer them into race cars. Participants race their pumpkins down the streets of downtown Carbondale, competing with one another, and hope theirs crosses the finish line first! Pumpkins race in a series of categories (largest, fastest, most creative, etc.), and must travel unassisted on wheels inserted onto axles that penetrate completely through the melon (no caster wheels and no support frame or chassis will be allowed). This family-friendly competition is both challenging and fun.
Great Godfrey Maze
Get your kicks at the Great Godfrey Maze! It’s time to go cruising to the finish line as you race your way through two separate mazes cut into a 7-acre cornfield. You may have to yield to oncoming traffic or hit a few detours along the way, but everyone gets a little lost sometimes. Plus, ride on the car train, check out the zip line or play around in the corn crib. Go to www.GodfreyIL.org and check the calendar for special movie nights, festivities and the haunted maze! In October, the ghosts and goblins will come out after dark. Admission is $6 for 12 and up, $4 for ages 6 through 11 and children 5 and under are free. For more information, call (618) 466-1483.
Great River Road Run
It is time again for the Great River Road Run. Race your way to victory with the choice of a 2 mile route or a 10 mile route out and back on the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, beginning in Alton. It's the most scenic run you'll ever make as you race to the finish along the Mississippi River and the majestic limestone bluffs.
Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest & 175th Celebration
This Two day sanctioned ICS Chili Cookoff event features the finest chili around, live entertainment, craft vendors, food, fun and of course, lots of chili or chilli - however you wish to spell it! Held in the downtown square. Chili tasting, Chili vendors, and Chamber Chili tent. Winners quality for 2015 World Championships. Also features Annual Pumpkin Cart Race, Lil Miss & Lil Mister contest, longest ponytail contest, cutest baby contest, children’s activities and local musical entertainment. Grand Parade 10:30am Saturday.
Grundy County Corn Festival
66th annual Grundy County Corn Festival will be held September 24-28. The event celebrates the rich agricultural history in Grundy County and offers everything from a farm fair, craft shows, carnival, music and food, food, food. Entertainment of all kinds, food vendors, water fights and a parade on Sunday.
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.
H2O 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Walk
Get your exercise in October! This fun fitness event features a USATF and CARA certified 5K Run and a non-competitive 1 Mile "Fun Walk" starting outside Bar Louie at the Promenade Bolingbrook mall. There will be music, vendors, awards, giveaways, and more! All proceeds benefit Heart Haven OutReach, which provides support and mentoring to local high school teens.
Harvest Frolic Fall Celebration
Celebrate the arrival of autumn with Lincoln Log Cabin’s annual Harvest Frolic on Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28 from 10am to 4pm daily. Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms including children’s games, doll making and hearth cooking. There will also be a three-legged race, a cast iron skillet toss, two-man saw contest and a “dipping cup race” and a special scavenger hunt will be open to children 12 years of age or younger. Visitors are encouraged to take part in these period games and activities. Demonstrations, food, period music and entertainment along with our featured visiting artisans will round out the weekend programing.
Fun for the whole family including roasting hot dogs on an open fire, haunted trail rides and a kid's activity tent.
Hike into History
This hiking tour is offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights every month (excluding July and October). There's nothing better than a guided hike to see the best parts of the park and learn its rich history. Reserve your room or cabin at Starved Rock Lodge on Tuesday or Wednesday night and take a guided hike on Wednesday or Thursday morning at 9:00 am from the Lobby. When you get back from your hike, you'll enjoy lunch in the Dining Room. The hike on Tuesday and Wednesday will go to Starved Rock and French Canyon unless otherwise requested. On Thursday you will join the weekly Walkers Club and go along with them on their pre-scheduled, weekly hike. Family Cabins are excluded from packages.
Historic Trolley Tour
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.
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 at Bunker Hill Historic Area
The historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's Bunker Hill Historic Area will be decorated for the holidays and thousands of lights illuminated Friday - Sunday 5:00 - 8:00 PM through the holiday season.
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!
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
December 18th & 19th December 26th - 31st January 1st 4-9pm Start a new family tradition at Chicagoland's largest light festival featuring over 120 animated light displays and million twinkling lights. Come celebrate the holiday season with family and friends during Brookfield Zoos 29th annual Holiday Magic. Enjoy live entertainment, amazing animals, model trains and a train ride, special Dolphin Show, Sing to the Animals and professional ice carvers. Call or visit website for more info.
Home for the Holidays
Start the season of good cheer off right with an old-fashioned holiday feeling in downtown Morris. The nostalgic street lights downtown take on a festive glow with wreaths and lights adorning the lampposts. The celebration features a house walk, a night time lighted parade, carriage rides, trolley rides, a children's winter carnival, the festival of trees, live reindeer and of course, Santa!.
Home for the Holidays in Downtown Oak Park
Catch the old fashioned holiday spirit in Downtown Oak Park! Celebrate the season with free horse-drawn sleigh rides and a visit from Santa!
CITY: Oak Park
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!"
Hutsonville Community Days
Join in the tradition of this fun family-friendly event that includes a car show, entertainment, parade and food - in Downtown Hutsonville.
I&M Canal Mule-Pulled Boat Rides
Your 90-min, round trip journey on the mule-pulled, full-size replica canal boat will take you on the same hand-dug waterway that 19th century pioneers traveled. Your guides, dressed as Canal Era crew and passengers, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois prairie. Meet our mules, Larry and Moe, and learn how mules and horses powered the boats in the last century. Seating on open-air deck and in enclosed cabin. Plenty of seating for inclement weather - boat runs rain and shine. Handicapped Accessible except motorized wheelchairs. Parking is free. All tickets must be picked up at the Lock 16 Center, 754 First Street, LaSalle, IL. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before scheduled departure. Call 815-220-1848 for questions, special requests & additional days and times, other than Friday through Sunday, LaSalle Canal Boat.
ILBA Pub Crawl for Food Pantry
This charity event starts with Breakfast and Bloody Mary's at Ninth Street Pub and Ride Bikes to six other bar sponsors in a Poker Run Style and return to the Pub for door prizes and smokehouse food and music at 5pm. $15 donation - pub crawls through October 4th. Call 9th St. for details.
Illinois Renaissance Festival
Welcome everyone to merry old England! Step back in time, a midst the pageantry of the day, and explore our kingdom full of musicians, artisans, eateries, and knights. Test your skills as you attempt to walk across the rope bridge or hit the catapult target with a water balloon. Feast like a King on hearty food and drink. Shop and barter for fine handcrafted treasures in the bazaar, listen to the sounds of performers entertaining the villagers. Fun for the whole family!
Illinois State Fair
Make plans now to bring the entire family for adventure, thrills, top name entertainment and the best agriculture exhibition in the country! Each August, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Springfield for the Illinois State Fair. Enjoy 10 days of Illinois excitement and entertainment, with everything from top name stars to carnival rides, food, contests, concerts, livestock shows and auto racing.
It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life. Located on the historic I & M Canal, Nostalgic Downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals. For more information visit www.shopmorrisil.com.
Jacksonville Main Street's Pumpkin Fest
Join them for a weekend of free family fun! Children and adult costume contest, pet costume contest, pumpkin decorating, food, games and entertainment.
Jonamac Orchard Opening Weekend!
Come and enjoy a day in the country! Pick your own apples. Get lost in the corn maze. Visit the petting zoo. Enjoy the freshly baked pies and apple cider donuts and much more!
Jonamac Orchard's Haunted Maze
This 10-acre cornfield and 3-miles of winding pathways will take on a Halloween makeover! Adventure seekers should prepare to be scared when they challenge the maze during the Haunting! Open on Fridays and Saturdays from October 3 - 31, 2014
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.
There's so much to see and do - All Free - All for kids! Come Check out Kidzfest! The event includes many types of interactive, educational and fun activities sponsored by a variety of food and entertainment vendors. Presented by Lewis University, this event runs from 10:00am until 3:00pm.
Labor Day Weekend Kayak Tour and 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!
Lake Katherine's Monarch Butterfly Festival
Come to the park to marvel at the free flying butterfly tent, live animal displays, hayrides, crafts, canoe and kayak rentals, and much more!
CITY: Palos Heights
Lambs Farm Famous Farmyard
The Lambs Farm Farmyard will open daily March 22nd through October and weekends only through November 16th. 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
Join us for this annual event where we bring the "hometown back to downtown!" Invite your family & friends! Oktoberfest: A family-friendly event. Friday: brats, burgers, beer & bands; Saturday & Sunday: arts & crafts, bands, bingo, car show, children's activities, food vendors, hayrides & more. For more information or to be a sponsor or vendor, contact: Lansing autumn fest committee, P.O. Box 176, Lansing, IL 60438; firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawrence County Fall Festival
This is the 52nd year for the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Annual Fall Festival. Amusement rides for all ages, as well as dozens of food vendors serving up tasty carnival treats. Don't miss Lawrence County's biggest and most popular 4 day event!
Leaverton Park Holiday Lighting Festival
The Friday after Thanksgiving at 5:00 p.m., the park comes alive with over 40,000 lights and displays. Watch the Fireworks and enjoy food and refreshments.
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 5000 & 10,000 meter run and awards will be presented to winners
Lewis & Clark Music Festival
Join us for the annual Lewis & Clark Music Festival. Traditional music of the late 1700s and early 1800s will be performed by musicians playing fiddles, dulcimers and flutes. Watch, listen, and participate in this wonderful dance and music festival. Admission is free. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.
Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival
The 17th annual Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival promises a fun-filled weekend with plenty of food, games and entertainment for families to enjoy. In addition to the downtown activities, there's the annual Hub City Cruisers car show starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday in downtown Rochelle and on Sunday the parade starts at 3 p.m.
Lincoln Park ZooLights
Enter a winter wonderland illuminated by the laughter of children and more than one million lights at Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One. This holiday classic has become one of the Windy City’s must-see seasonal events. Watch live ice carving then escape Jack Frost with an exotic trip past crocodiles, pygmy hippos and meerkats at the Regenstein African Journey. Animal exhibits stay open late as guests roam taking in the lights, music and taking photos with Santa. Prepare holiday crafts and enjoy the zoo’s incredible animals immersed in an atmosphere unlike any other.
Little Egypt Fly-In & Veterans Reunion
War birds and aircrafts will fill the runways of the Mt. Vernon Airport, along with many other prestigious models. There will also be field activities, including entertainment and concessions throughout the day.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Look up the word "lollapalooza" and you'll find this definition: an extraordinary thing; an outstanding example. You won't find any other music festival with a more fitting moniker than Lollapalooza, Chicago's grandest stage for music legends from across the globe. Each year in August, some of the top names in alternative, hip hop, punk and pop join more than 100 bands and musicians in Grant Park to bring you one loud, heart-stopping 3-day event.
Long Grove's 21st Annual Apple Festival
More than 50 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.
CITY: Long Grove
Luminary Night On Stephenson and Lincoln Streets
Enjoy the beauty of the soft light of luminaries and the architecture of these historic homes as you stroll this lovely residential neighborhood. Also, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. Stephenson Street and Lincoln Boulevard from West Street to Park Boulevard.
Lunch with Santa on 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 Recommended.
Macomb Balloon Rally
It's a fantastic world of color in the sky! Enjoy 30 hot air balloons at the Macomb Balloon Rally, an annual spectacle since 1987! The Macomb Balloon Rally festivities take place at Vince Grady Field on University Drive on the campus of WIU. There is a mass ascension on Friday evening, a fly-in to Vince Grady Field Saturday morning, another flight Saturday evening, topped with the very popular balloon glow at dusk! Bring your cameras and lawn chairs or blankets! .
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.
All the events are family friendly from the flea market and craft fair to the entertainment and kids’ games. Don’t miss the evening lighted parade or the area’s largest end of season car show. Be sure to buy into the huge 50/50 drawing (past winners have taken as much as home $12,307).
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: Mount Vernon
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.
Marshall's Halloween Frolic
This family-friendly one-day event features Halloween games, stories, hayrides and hot chocolate, & parade of costumes with costume judging at the gazebo. Games for kids of all ages, trunk or treat in a safe family friendly environment, and then join in the parade around the courthouse and then enter in the costume contest. Each contestant receives $1 just for entering. Located at Courthouse Square lawn in downtown Marshall on the National Road.
Meadows Monster - "Dual at Dawn"
Meadows Monster - "Dual At Dawn" race offers the runner/cyclist the opportunity to enjoy the cool fall temperatures and beauty of the season.
Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons in the park? Well now you can do it in one day. Board a trolley with a pair of guides and to begin your trek at the east end of the park. Hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30a.m. & 9:00a.m. and return at approximately 4:30 & 5:00p.m. Included is trolley transportation, guides, boxed lunch (1/2 way) and a specially designed T-shirt. Reservations are required. $35.00 per person.
Mendota Sweet Corn Festival
Tons of free, hot, buttered, delicious Del Monte sweet corn will be the highlight of the 67th annual Sweet Corn Festival to be held in Mendota, Illinois on August 7, 8, 9, 10. 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.
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.
Midsummer Night’s Swing
Back by popular demand, the Jim Markham Swing band! Bring the family, your lawn chair, enjoy the fun swing music provided by Jim Markham. There will be dancing in the street!
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.
Monster Truck Mayhem
Love monster trucks? Then this is one event you don’t want to miss! The Monster Truck Mayhem at Route 66 Raceway will electrify crowds with high-powered, car-crushing action for the entire family. It's All Things Trucks! Meet the drivers, get autographs and take photos up-close with the monster trucks at the free tailgate party. The night of mayhem begins at 7 p.m. with monster trucks freestyling and racing for a great night of fun for everyone!
Morton Pumpkin Festival
"Home of the Nestlé Libby's Pumpkin Canning Operations, Morton is proud to say that over 80% of the world's canned pumpkin is processed right here. Each September, in celebration of the pumpkin canning season, Morton hosts the Morton Pumpkin Festival. This year's event will be the festival's 48th year. Our theme is Pumpkins of the West. From our opening day Balloon Release to the Pumpkin Festival Parade, the Morton Pumpkin Festival is a Central Illinois attraction. In fact, the festival draws over 70,000 people each year to downtown Morton. The Morton Pumpkin Festival includes daily live entertainment, a carnival with over 30 rides, the Pumpkin Craft Faire, Pumpkin Expo, Pumpkin Grille, Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe, Pumpkin Classic Run/Walk and over 20 special events and activities that range from pageants to sporting events. Many of our visitors come to taste our homemade foods. You will find a wide variety of high-quality and homemade items to sample at the Pumpkin Grille including our famous butterfly pork chops, ribeye sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, pumpkin baked beans, and pumpkin chili. Our Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe is a popular location to try homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin donuts. The lines are always worth the wait! You won't want to miss this year's Morton Pumpkin Festival, the premier hometown festival of Central Illinois! You will enjoy every minute...and every mouthful!" This year's theme is "Pumpkins of the West".
Movie in the Park at Campbell Park
Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a night in the park where the smell of popcorn will fill the air, and you can watch a free movie under the stars. Concessions and free popcorn are available. Movie starts at 8:00pm at the Campbell Park Gazebo.
CITY: Coal City
Movie Under the Stars - 1D - This is Us
Bring the family to Deer Crossing Park, 1050 W. Romeo Road for a Free movie under the Stars! Pre-movie activities begin at 8:00pm and the movies start at dusk.
Mt. Vernon Fall Festival
This three day October festival in downtown Mt. Vernon includes a beer tent with live entertainment, parade, children's area, food, fun, car show, band competition, pumpkin competition, and so much more!
CITY: Mount Vernon
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.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Night Race!
Do you love night racing? Don't miss the exciting NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 night race! The night race kicks off the triple-header Chase weekend! In 2013, Kyle Busch gave a dominating performance and finished the night in Gatorade Victory Lane. Who will win this year? Find out live and in person!
NASCAR Nationwide Series
The NASCAR Nationwide Series makes its second stop at Chicagoland Speedway of the year with the Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 as part of the triple-header Chase weekend! Last year, Kyle Busch led the majority of the race and ended up in Gatorade Victory Lane for the second time during the weekend. Who will win this year? Come see the race live and experience all the action first-hand!
National Public Lands Day
National Public Lands Day is an annual nation-wide event to raise awareness of the value of our public lands, e.g. nature preserves, parks, forests, etc. as an environmental refuge, an economic resources and recreational paradise. Getting people out into their public lands helps them understand their importance in their community and the environment as a whole.
National Stearman Fly-in Days
Total Stearman! The 43rd consecutive National Stearman Fly-In will celebrate America’s iconic biplane, and you're invited to join the fun Sept. 1-6, 2014, at Galesburg, IL, Municipal Airport. The must-attend event of the year for Stearman enthusiasts will offer a generous mix of flying events, technical seminars, entertainment and food. Best of all, it’s an opportunity to fly and relax with friends.
Navy Pier Fireworks
Every Wednesday and Saturday evening, join the crowds at Navy Pier this summer to view the amazing and colorful fireworks of Navy Pier in Chicago!