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This event will feature food trucks from around the region offering global street food cuisine. In addition, the amphitheater’s concession team will offer beverages of all types to compliment the food trucks. Live music will be showcased on the amphitheater stage with Boogie Chyld as the Food Truck Festival’s headliner. The Alton Food Truck Festival is free to the general public. Each food truck will have a different food offering with a range of prices. A special VIP ticket can be purchased for an upgraded experience that includes parking close to the venue and complimentary drink tickets. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Enjoy the perfect ending to the summer. Orion celebrates Labor Day weekend with a long standing tradition. Friday evening begins the event with a pie auction, carnival rides, and arts and crafts. The pie auction is legendary and encapsulates the best of small-town, Midwesterner living. The fun continues Saturday with a 5K run, a parade, and lots of food and fun. Events wrap up Sunday with a talent show.
The 2016 Hometown Days Festival is a family oriented event that provides entertainment the entire family can enjoy! We are excited to bring back again this year the past favorites such as the Pride and Joy Car Show, the Baby Contest, carnival, and live musical performances. We are also excited to announce the return of a 2015 crowd favorite – The Ultimate Air Dogs Show! Headliner entertainment all three days. For more information contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department.
Celebrating Quincy's German heritage and history. Oktoberfest brings live music, food and specialty beers along with contests and home brewers samplings. All located in the German District between 9th -10th & York Streets. Hosted by the Quincy Rotary Club- held from 4-10pm on the 2nd Sat. in October. For questions call (217)214-3700
Enjoy the annual Grape Festival that features traditional pageants, car shows, live music, food booths and a flea market.
This event will have daily demonstrations and displays of steam and gas engines, draft horses and pony activities, robe making, saw mill, corn shredding and shelling, cider and apple butter making, blacksmithing, steam train rides and much more. This is a family fun weekend!
The 44th annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, sponsored by the Sycamore Music Boosters, is part of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival weekend October 29 & 30, 2016. This event will be held at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are over 250 vendors featuring a wide variety of quality crafts, handmade wood products, specialty items such as wool products, candles, spices, candies, antiques, ceramics and much more.
Step back in time to the days when frontier fur trappers met with fur traders and buyers during this reenactment festival at Pere Marquette State Park. The Second Annual Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous will be a traditional Pre-1840 event with buckskinned re-enactors portraying primitive traders and campers. There will be period demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, camp music and food common to days on the Illinois frontier. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.
Festivities include plowing competition, English and Western horse show, arts and crafts show, children's games, ladies and junior fair auction. Food available from local area vendors and much more. Parking is free.
Skokie's downtown summer street festival is held annually over three days in late August featuring carnival rides, events for all ages and a concert stage with regional and national acts. Since its inception, Skokie's Backlot Bash has presented some of the nation's most eclectic Rock, Blues and R&B artists. This year includes Blue Oyster Cult, Living Colour, Tributosaurus becomes 'The Police' and more!
Enjoy the bounty of Illinois Vintners at the annual Great River Grape Escape. Traditionally held the 4th weekend in September on Quincy's riverfront. New hours this year are Sat. 12-7pm and Sunday 12-5pm. Bring a lawn chair and your own cheese and crackers. Enjoy live music coupled with wine and food pairings. Free admission, tasting tickets and wine glass are available for purchase.
The third annual Day of Celebration of all the diverse cultures in Rockford includes a parade of colors and customs with dancing dragons, bagpipes, ethnic dance troupes, music and more. The festival features international foods, a beer garden, performances, information, genealogy, a children's activity area, and much more. The festival begins at noon, the parade begins at 1:00pm.
A one-of-a-kind festival celebrating craft beer, wings and live music. Benefiting Operation Support our Troops. There are hundreds of craft brew fests to attend every year in and around Chicagoland. Why attend Cock-A-Doodle Brew Fest? Simple, because we will be offering an atmosphere like no other. Equal balance of craft beer that cannot be found elsewhere, a variety of different wings to amaze your taste buds, and a solid lineup of local bands ensure you have a great time. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Operation Support our Troops. Plus, you can upgrade to a VIP experience and share a brew with one of your favorite DJs. This is strictly a 21 and over event – so leave the little ones at home. Everyone entering the fest must present a valid government issued ID.
Mt Carroll Pumpkinfest includes decorated lampposts, food booths selling everything pumpkin, farmers market, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin drag races, celebrated haunted house tours and more. Visit our website for an updated activity list.
Enjoy samples or bowls of various chilis with a People's Choice Award competition. Enjoy live music from Fan Fare and Queens Boulevard. Activities include the 4th Annual Chili Chase 5k Run/Walk & Kids Pepper Dash, a children's area, plus the 10th Annual Junior Idol competition!
Family friendly cultural fest, German food and beer available. Music by The Tempos and The John Webber Band. $10; under 16 free. Doors open 1PM; German music 2PM; American music 7PM.
Activities for the entire family will be held all day long on Saturday in downtown Fulton and include inflatable rides, pumpkin painting, games, balloon artist, gunny sack races, face painting, games, a straw bale maze, make n’ take crafts, and more. Heritage Canyon will be open both Saturday and Sunday where you can explore life in the log cabin settlement, blacksmith and woodworking shops, Early American crafters in period clothing, vintage farm machinery, a covered bridge, church, one-room school house & demonstrations of pioneer living. Go to our website for a full listing of events.
Homewood's favorite fall festival features live entertainment, horse-drawn wagon, petting zoo, pony rides, games, craft vendors, pumpkin patch, children's crafts and the scrumptious cuisine prepared by local eateries.
Heralded as one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the Midwest, the MIP Arts & Crafts Fair features over 200 vendors - both indoors and outdoors in Milan, Illinois just a few minutes from Rock Island and Moline in the Quad Cities. You are sure to find a treasure to take home with you!
Join the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce on its eleventh annual Tour de Coal bicycle ride on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Benld City Hall-Civic Center, 201 E. Central Ave. in downtown Benld. Saturday, September 24, will mark the 11th Anniversary of the Tour de Coal. This family oriented bicycle ride is for cyclists of all levels of expertise and is held in conjunction with this year's 17th Annual Coal Country Chamber of Commerce's Fall Festival held at the Benld City Park.
More than 50 craft brews, ciders, music, and snacks will be on hand for your enjoyment! Rain or shine, come out for a fun day.
Come out and enjoy a family oriented event that has something for everyone in Dow, Illinois! A steam, gas and threshing show will feature antique tractors, engines and heritage demonstrations, along with an antique tractor pull. There will be live entertainment both days, with Cowboy Church on Sunday. Shop the large craft & flea market and enjoy lots of good "old-fashioned" food. Admission is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free.
This even will feature food trucks from around the region offering global street food cuisine. In addition, the amphitheater's concession team will offer beverages of all types to compliment the food trucks. Live music will be showcased on the amphitheater stage with Boogie Chyld as the Food Truck Festival's headliner. The Alton Food Truck Festival is free to the general public. Each food truck will have a different food offering with a range of prices. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Come and enjoy a full day of fun at the park that includes an antique tractor and engine exhibit, parade of power, kiddie pedal tractor pull, corn cook-off, the cow train, food, craft vendors, music, corn cook-off and corn-on-the-cob eating contest. Plus, see if you can make it through this year's Great Godfrey Maze.
The Fall Festival of Crafts in Sandwich, Illinois is the oldest and largest craft fair in the state! There will be hundreds of vendors! It will be attended by thousands! Held at three locations in Sandwich: Sandwich Fairgrounds (815.498.9688), Downtown Sandwich on Railroad Street (815.786.9404), Indian Springs Shopping Center on Route 34 (630.330.1202). Always the last Thursday in Sept. 9 am - 5 pm
Crystal Lake's largest one-day event brings families and the community together to celebrate fall. Activities include live music, pony rides, petty zoo, pumpkin train, wagon rides, cider press demos, craft fair, farmers market and the Great Ball Race when thousands of balls race down Brink Street in Downtown Crystal Lake. Meet Johnny Appleseed as he strolls the streets of downtown telling his story.
Migrate to Lakeside Nature Center for a day of activities and education. Adopt a butterfly, butterfly photo booth, butterfly pork chop sandwiches, face painting and so much more.
Come and enjoy hot air balloons as they fly over the area Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday mornings as well as the Balloon Glow at the Shelby County Airport on Saturday night. The glow will have food, DJ, and much more.
The Roscoe Lions Club hosts the village's annual Fall Festival at Leland Park, featuring amusement rides, live music, parades and a raffles. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward supporting the Lions Club.
Free family fun in a beautiful and inspiring location. Join the Forest Foundation of Kendall County at their Annual Fall Fest. This family-friendly event will feature live animal interactions and demonstrations, kids' activity areas, live music, concessions sponsored by the Kendall County Pork Producers, and more! Bring chairs to relax in while you enjoy the entertainment. Food will be available for purchase throughout the day. 11 am - 5 pm
Enjoy this year's Jersey County Historic Society's Annual Apple Fest. Throughout the day, visitors can browse craft booths, demonstrations, quilt raffle, kettle corn and children's games. Pioneer stew, ham & beans with cornbread, and sweet treats will be sold throughout the day. Historic tours of the Cheney Mansion, Log House and Lone Star School are $5 for adults; free for children 6 and under. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the day. All other events are free. For more information, call (618) 498-2811.
Alley Art Festival is a unique, fun-filled afternoon in downtown Aurora that highlights the local, creative community and brings out all ages to enjoy a day of art, music, and spectacle. More than 65 artists will be part of this year’s festivities along Water Street Mall, a tree-lined walkway sandwiched between Aurora’s City Hall on Downer Place and Culture Stock on Galena Boulevard. Artists set up tables along Water Street Mall to sell their art. Artisans and makers are also part of the festival. Everything from original paintings, hand-crafted drums, pottery, jewelry, and plastic monster figurines can be found at the festival.
Over 1,100 cool cars and 85,000 spectators, hot music and free entertainment will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown for this Route 66 celebration! Non-stop free musical entertainment on the Hot Rod stage all weekend!
Taste wines from 28 Illinois wineries, including your favorites from August Hill Winery and Illinois Sparkling Co., while listening to live music in this beautiful Matthiessen Park setting. Visit vintageillinois.com for additional information or to order your tickets.
Join us for the 7th Annual Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival for Charity. This event has raised over $30,000 for area charities! Sample 100 of more fine craft beers and ciders from local, Midwest and national breweries. Tantalize your taste buds with a variety of oyster dishes and fare from several food vendors while listening to live bands. Having a good time is much easier when it's for a great cause.
Make plans to come out to Vigneto del Bino Winery's annual Harvest Celebration Crush. Enjoy discounts on wines, wine tastings, gift basket raffle, music from 4pm-7pm, food, stomping the grapes and make a T-shirt.
View and purchase hand-crafted art from the Midwest and beyond at dozens of artists booths. Enjoy live music, food vendors, live art demonstrations, and kids activities as you browse amazing artwork. Expand your library at the Michael Victor II Art Library's used book sale. Walk through the newly-restored Edwards Place historic home. Kick off the fall season with this great family event!
The Burgoo Festival is an annual village street party featuring flea marketers, craftsmen, musicians, and other entertainment. More than 250 vendors will present their wares at this craft show and flea market. Sponsored by the non-profit LaSalle County Historical Society, it is the organization’s major fundraiser.
Celebrate the cool crisp weather and the changing of the seasons in nature! Fall Color Fest at The Morton Arboretum is a festival of activities to entertain the entire family. One of the most anticipated events is the Glass Pumpkin Patch. Each piece is unique and each particular glass pumpkin has been made exclusively for this event at The Morton Arboretum. Don't miss your chance to take home one (or more!) of these exquisite pieces of art. Fun is nestled in a radiant nature show of reds, golds, and oranges. All ages.
Beginning September 9, look to the skies for Macomb's annual Balloon Rally and Kite Festival! This year's theme will be Day of the Dead and feature an abundance of brightly colored spectacles. The event is free and will be open to the public all day and will end on September 10. For more information, please visit macombballoonrally.blogspot.com.
This festival, on the Historic Woodstock Square, is organized by Off Square Music and features bluegrass bands, fiddle contest and craft show. The Olde Tyme Fiddle Contest offers levels for even the very youngest fiddler to compete. This year's festival will feature Chicken Wire Empire, Don Stiernberg AllStar Bluegrass Pals and Art Stevenson & High Water playing some of the best bluegrass around. Experience this festival in charming Woodstock -- a small town with a personality all it's own, only 47 miles from Chicago.
In its eighth year, the Salt Fork River Art & Music Festival provides a pastoral and relaxed setting for art, music, and wine lovers to shop for fine crafts, folk art, fine art, and more. The fair includes 50 artists (some demonstrating their craft), live music and entertainment, tasty food, and wine slushies. A fun, laid back, friendly, cool and entertaining venue, this event draws an eclectic crowd from nearby cities in both Illinois and Indiana. You’ll find great art from funky to traditional, a broad variety of music (folk, bluegrass, Americana, and maybe a didgeridoo or two), and wine!
Guten Tag from Strasburg as they celebrate those quaint little garden gnomes. This festival has scavenger hunts for kids and adults, a large hog roast, pageants, entertainment, softball tournament, beer garden, +a parade and much more. Located just 13 miles from Lake Shelbyville.
The Candlelight Walk offers the only opportunity to see the village at night. Period clothed interpreters will be inside many of the log homes and shops in the village to talk about life in 19th century Illinois. Gingerbread and cider will be served in the Rutledge Tavern.
The weekend of the Gazebo Art Festival, Western Illinois University will host its annual Al Sears Jazz Festival, sharing Chandler Park and providing a vibrant atmosphere for music and art lovers alike! The Macomb Public Library also hosts one of its annual book sales and food vendors are available. The event will be held on September 24 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, for more info please visit wciarts.org.
Meet your favorite Super Hero during the Super Hero Shuffle 5K/10K Run & Walk and Family Festival at the Confluence Tower Saturday, Sept. 10. This event is sponsored by and benefits Isaac's Rays of Hope, a non-profit organization supporting children with cancer and their families. Join forces with Isaac's Rays of Hope as we honor our smallest but mightiest Super Heroes, kids fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses! Dress in your favorite super hero costume (not required) and enjoy a scenic stroll or run down the Madison County Confluence Trail near the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower passing the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site and the meeting of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers! Course is primarily flat with a few minor inclines. Strollers and wagons welcome.
The 6th Annual Carbondale Rocks Revival will be held September 30 though October 1st. This two day music festival will feature the Woodbox Gang, NIL8, and Houndmouth among others. For ticket and venue information visit Carbondalemusiccoalition.com
A River Thru History is a living history reenactment of early American life, as it was on the Illinois frontier prior to 1848, with emphasis on our local history from the fur trade era to the canal era. The goal of this rendezvous is to be the premier event of this type in this area by creating an exciting, entertaining and educational experience for all ages. To this end, we strive to create a better understanding and appreciation of our history by allowing the public and the reenactors to mingle, both as witnesses and participants, in our event.
The annual Morton Pumpkin Festival returns for the 50th year! This great celebration of everything pumpkin is in downtown Morton. You will find lots of carnival rides, specials displays, and great food. People from across the country come to enjoy the festival!
One of Peoria’s biggest holiday traditions returns for the 32nd year - the East Peoria Festival of Lights! Enjoy your favorite light displays; from the Budweiser Clydesdales to the Starship Enterprise, this drive-through event is a holiday season must do!
The festival celebrates all things apple – the best fall fruit. This year, the Kahok Dancers will perform along with other entertainment and activities for the whole family.
Pekin’s biggest festival is a great family friendly event with a carnival, music, festive foods, entertainment, kids events, parade and craft vendors. The weekend event honors Pekin’s favorite son, Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen, and his love for gardening.
Everyone is German during Peoria’s Oktoberfest. For 19 years, people have flocked to Peoria to enjoy German food, music, entertainment, beer and culture.
The Coal Country Fall Festival is a family oriented event which has features that appeal to all ages. Many parts of the festival are free and entertaining and educational. This year’s outstanding display is a free display of dinosaurs including a life-size dinosaur. Free and live are exotic animals in a petting zoo, including Alaskan reindeer, pygmy goats, two-hump camels, and buffalo. A live reptile display is also a part of the day. There are free rides of the CCCC Choo Choo Train around and in the park. Over 8 hours of free, live entertainment! Over 80 vendors, including local businesses from the Coal Country area which encompasses 8 communities, sell 100’s of products in their booths.
Homestead Festival is a weekend long event in Princeton with something for all ages. Live music, parade, arts & craft show, helicopter rides, blues concert, tours of the Owen Lovejoy Homestead, window displays, BBQ rib cook off, flea market, pet fest, car show, petting zoo, children’s fun fair, children’s tractor pull, pie baking contest, pancake breakfast, 50/50 and so much more!
This year’s Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival will be held at new locations in Lincoln, Illinois, all of which are located on Historic Route 66 – Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, Postville Park and The Mill. The event is a celebration of the pioneer days that influenced Abraham Lincoln’s early life, including his time as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit. Traditional Saturday festival activities include the Women's Firewood Split, Log Rolling Contest, Cross Cut Saw Competition, Antique Tractor Games, Team Railsplitting Contest, Jr. Railsplitting Contest and the Amateur Railsplitting Contest. Sunday Railsplitting festival activities include a Community Church Service, the Dean Tibbs Tomahawk Throw, the Ray Begolka Corn Shelling Contest, a Stick Horse Rodeo, Water Boil Contest, Outhouse Races, Trick Riding & Drill Team by Rita Coleman, the Re-Christening of the City Lincoln at 3pm and the National Railsplitting Contest at 3:15pm.