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Fall Festival of Crafts
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
Fall Festival - Golconda
Celebrate the fall season with a farmers market, arts and craft vendors and local musical entertainment.
Fall Fest - Homewood
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.
Elmhurst Craft Beer Festival
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.
East Peoria Festival of Lights & Folepi's Winter Wonderland
Light up your night at the East Peoria Festival of Lights (FOLEPI)! The annual Festival of Lights is a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacular. With more than two million lights in the festival, the beauty will be sure to mesmerize you and your family.
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.
DuPage County Fair
The DuPage County Fair provides a variety of fun for all ages. Great music and entertainment, food, moto cross shows, demolition derbies, horse and reptile shows, hands-on activities, carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides, and so much more! Come for the Fair food and stay for the fun!
Du Quoin Annual Holiday Lights Fair
Starting the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through the month of December. Come experience Du Quoin Tourism’s transformation of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds into a magical place with lights and decorations. The event features a 1 1/2-mile drive through over $250,000 worth of lighted displays as well as decorated trees, entertainment, food, crafts and visits with Santa in the Expo Hall. The light trail opens nightly from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., and the Expo Hall will be open on the second and third weekends in December from 5:30 — 9:30 p.m. The Expo Hall features Santa’s train ride and Santa’s Workshop.
Downtown Car Show/Cruise Night
Downtown Car Show / Mt. Vernon Cruise Night - The Car Show will be located on 9th Street between Harrison and Jordan. Features cruise night, car, truck, and motorcycle show; entertainment, food, demonstrations, and a 50/50 drawing. The Car Show will have various models from "Classics" to "Modern."
Didier Farms' Pumpkinfest
Pumpkinfest will be held September 24-October 31, 2016. Includes tractor drawn hayrides, corn maze, New this year are the Buffalo Creek Mining Co, pony & camel rides, Animal Land, Pumpkin Playland, kiddie rides, Parakeet Encounter, Pig Races (Sat, Sun & Mon) Pumpkin Patch Café, homemade apple cider & pumpkin donuts made daily. Antique tractor display, fall produce, birthday parties and school groups by reservation only.
DeKalb Corn Fest
Corn Fest is one of the last, free, summer, music festivals in Illinois. Well over 100,000 people from around Illinois and the Midwest attend the music festival over a three day weekend. This festival features a carnival complete with rides and games, food booths, free live music, kiddie korner with large inflatables, family entertainment and much more. Festival areas feature food and business vendor booths, and a beer garden.
Deer Park Art Show
This new outdoor show will feature fine art and fine craft for show and sale. In addition to the artwork, festival-goers will enjoy live performances from a variety of musical acts on the music stage, great food and art activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt & spin art at the festival and much more.
Each August, hundreds of thousands of people come to Central Illinois to experience all the entertainment and excitement that the Decatur Celebration has to offer. Headliners cap off a weekend full of family fun with unique food vendors, 3 blocks of arts and crafts, a carnival, and something exciting around every corner. Please visit the website for a full list of performances.
Cowden Pioneer Days
This family friendly festival is set in the city park with plenty of carnival rides, craft vendors, flea market, foods, etc. There is also an IPRA sanctioned rodeo that takes place Friday. A demolition derby takes place on Saturday. You can also enjoy the arm wrestling. There will also be a large parade Saturday morning. Tour the historical cabins set in the park.
Country Corner Fall Flea Market
Enjoy a large Flea Market with over 20 vendors each day displaying their wares for sale from 10am to 5pm. Hayrack Rides, U-Pick Pumpkins, Corn Maze. Fall Fun Park Hours: 10:30am to 6pm.
Country Corner - Grandparents Day Weekend/Customer Appreciation
Kids, visit Country Corner in Alpha with your Grandparents. Grandparents will be admitted free with a paying grandchild. Activities available include a Hayrack Ride, U-Pick Pumpkins, and Corn Maze. Special Discounts and Concessions in Timber Park. Hours: 9 am to 6 pm. Fall Fun Park Hours:10:30 am to 6 pm.
Cobden Peach Festival
Celebrate the local peach harvest, sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club. Join us for fresh peaches from local orchards, carnival rides and games, crowning of ‘Miss Peach Queen’, homemade food and peach cobbler & pie with a 5K run/walk and parade on Saturday. Free admission.
Clayville Spring Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstration, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, with food and refreshments. Enjoy period music and audience participation entertainment throughout the weekend in an 1820's pioneer village.
Clayville Historic Site
The centerpiece of Clayville is the Broadwell Inn, the oldest brick building in Sangamon County, built in 1824 by the Broadwell family as a stage coach stop between Springfield and Beardstown. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is surrounded by numerous other historic buildings from Central Illinois moved to Clayville in the 1960s to recreate an early frontier pioneer village. Come see a unique piece of Illinois history.
Christmas Market "Julmarknad"
The holiday festivities in Bishop Hill begin with Julmarknad, or Christmas Market. This event is based on Scandinavian customs dating back to the Middle Ages when farmers and artisans would gather in the village squares to sell their wares. Bishop Hill businesses will be offering unique gifts, handmade wares, antiques, quilts, collectibles, baked goods, delicious foods, and Swedish imports. Businesses will be open from 10-5pm. Scandinavian foods such as herring, lutfisk, and rye bread are also in abundance. Select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday.
Christmas in Carterville
This annual Christmas celebration encompasses the entire downtown area of Carterville. Santa and his helpers will be on hand for photos. There will be hot chocolate and cookies, caroling, chili supper, gingerbread contest, festival of trees, Sugar Plum Dance Fairies, face painting, Candy Land Path, horse and carriage rides and much much more. This event is held in downtown Carterville.
Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival
The dragons are coming to Blue Island for the inaugural Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival. Watch these long 20-seat boats with a dragon decoration on the outside mimic the old war canoes of ancient Asian past. This ancient Chinese sport has become one of the fierce competitions throughout the world, and is growing rapidly in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. 9AM-3PM.
Chicago Jazz Festival
Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.
Chicago Bears 7UPTraining Camp
Whether you're a hardcore football nut, or you just want to give the family a Bears experience they'll never forget, Bears training camp in Bourbonnais is the place to be! Every summer the Chicago Bears descend on Olivet Nazarene University for training camp, where fans can attend free family events and meet the players. Please visit the Bears website for dates and times. No open practices on July 29, Aug. 2, 3, 7, 8 & 9.
Chicago Air and Water Show
This summertime favorite brings approximately two million people to the lakefront each year to witness the many feats that will be attempted and performed both in water and air. Civilian and military air crafts perform at soaring heights, while parachute teams and flying aerobatic acts entertain the audience below.
Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival
The 4th Annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festivall will be held at The Great Pumpkin Patch this year. Headliners include Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Blue Mafia. The combination of talent from award winning nationally known groups to local entertainment is sure to please all attendees. All the bands will perform a mixture of traditional and bluegrass/gospel music.
Cherry Valley Festival Days
Great food, carnival, on-site activities, and of course, the bands are what make a summer music festival an event to remember. Valley Days at Bauman Park has proven to be the fun-filled summer music festival your family shouldn't miss.
Cedarhurst Craft Fair
More than 160 exhibitors from throughout the country show and sell diverse craft items. Includes continuous entertainment, children's activities, and a variety of food.
Cave-In-Rock Frontier Day
Cave-In-Rock Frontier Festival is held on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River. The festival, which commemorates the extensive and colorful history connected to Cave-In-Rock and the surrounding community, is an entertaining and fun filled community event. First held in the 1960’s, the celebration includes a parade, carnival, various entertainment held in the Old Opry House, food and craft vendors. A Little Miss and Mister Frontier Days and Frontier Queen pageant is a highlight as well as various other activities. Come join the festivities for a weekend of fun and entertainment.
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Carbondale Grand Fest!
Saturday August 13 Come and Enjoy Free Live Music in the heart of Carbondale! The festival will be held on Grand Ave between Wall St and Washington St. There will be a variety of musical performances along with food and beer vendors. This event is hosted by the Carbondale Tourism Bureau and the City of Carbondale. Everyone is Welcome!
Cache River Days
This fun fest includes a flea market, parade, softball tournament, yard sales, BBQ and music, canoe tours on Saturday.
Boone County Fair
Come to one of the finest fairs in the state, where you'll enjoy animal shows, antique tractors, tractor pulls, entertainment, a carnival, food and much more.
Boo! at the Zoo
Halloween fun awaits families at Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration. The popular daytime event, presented by Fisher-Price, features a Costume Parade, Costume Showcase, professional pumpkin-carving demonstrations, not-so-scary games and activities, special animal Zoo Chats, and haunted hayrides. For more information, visit www.CZS.org or call (708) 688-8000.
Bluegill Music Festival
March 16, 2015 - Bluegill Music Festival will lunch its inaugural event on July 4, 2015 for a one-day festival packed with some of country music's hottest acts. The all-day festival will be complete with Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display, along the shores of the Rend Lake Dam, in Benton, IL. The lineup includes Eli Young Band, LoCash, Clayton Anderson and more exciting acts to be announced. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 20th and can be purchased at www.bluegillfest.com and at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. Drawing fans from around the country, including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, the festival is at the intersection of some of the nation's most dedicated country music fans. Bluegill Music Festival will feature nationally recognized BBQ vendors from around the country. Interactive entertainment for fans will also include activations, like: bags, washers, bubble soccer, Illinois longest slip n' slide, helicopter rides from Black Diamond Harley Davidson, a mechanical bull, a kids area with a large inflatable slide and the "Bluegill Lagoon", featuring a 60 x 100' VIP beach, with cabanas, private wading pools & lounge area. Additionally, Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, and is free for all guest.
Bling: The Jewelry & Gift Show
It’s time to get your bling on! Amdur Productions is proud to launch a new holiday shopping festival: Bling, The Jewelry & Gift Show. Sending out some love to all of the jewelers and jewelry lovers with this Highland Park, Illinois indoor festival November 18, 19 and 20; located at the Highland Park Country Club. This event is a free admission, free parking for the public.
Bishop Hill Folk Music Festival
Bishop Hill village park is the center for the best eclectic gathering of folk/ethnic musicians of the Midwest. Featured performers will be Chiris Vallillo, Joel Mabus, Bahola, Chicago Spemanslag, Bill Robinson and more. Public is invited to attend this free festival offering live music, hands-on learning opportunities and workshops offered both days. Musicians performing on Saturday July 30, 2016 from noon to 6 p.m.: • Bohola (Celtic) • Paul Wilson & Mary Abendroth (Swedish) • Joel Mabus (old time and original Midwest Music) • Los Condenados Haustecos (Mexican) • Chicago Slemanslag (Swedish) • Volo Bogtrotters (old time string band) Musicians performing on Sunday July 31, 2016 from noon to 5 p.m.: • Holy Cross Immaculate Heart of May Marimba (Hispanic) • Chris Vallillo (Illinois root music) • Folk Nordland Band (Swedish) • Catfish Keith (Blues) • Bill Robinson; hammered dulcimer (Folk/Bluegrass)
Bishop Hill Clay and Fiber Fest
Interact with skilled potters and a variety of fiber artists during this two day event. Artists are featured in an indoor/outdoor classroom at Bishop Hill's Prairie Arts Center. Potters of all levels will demonstrate wheel throwing and hand building techniques, the Native American art of horse hair pottery, pit and raku firing processes and more. Learn weaving, spinning, rug hooking and broom making. Make and take activities will be conducted both days. Local musicians will entertain you with their diverse musical style in the village park Saturday afternoon, and an old-fashioned pie and ice cream social will be held there, too. Saturday evening, a soup supper takes place in the Bishop Hill Colony School. For $10, attendees can pick out a hand-thrown bowl, fill it with homemade soup, and take the bowl home afterward.
Big Rock Plowing Match
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.
Belvidere Mopar Happening
Illinois' best car club show! Family-friendly activities include the car show, a swap meet and car sale corral. Car display and swap meet Saturday; car-show and swap Sunday. Enjoy music all weekend with food vendors to fill you up. Held at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Beer Garden and Fish Fry at Pere Marquette Lodge
Featuring live bluegrass music, delicious fried fish and Green Jack Ales. Green Jack Ales are well-known for their "hoppy character". With malted wheat and barley, traditional English cone hops are blended with hops from the New World in generous proportions to give the ales floral, citrus and fruity aromas. No entry fees or reservations are taken for this event but seating is limited so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case. Come spend a relaxing day filled with entertainment, a gorgeous view, tasty beer, awesome food and an ambiance that cannot be found anywhere else. Check it out from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call (618)786-2331.
The Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival features 40 hot air balloons, races, glows, tethered balloon rides, main stage entertainment, craft fair, free children's activity area and games, cardboard boat races, car show, fireworks and much more.
Autumn Drive in McHenry County
Welcome to a different kind of fall festival! Spend a leisurely day with family and friends on the country roads of McHenry County. Family farms in rural McHenry County open to the public for three days the third weekend in October. Each stop along the way offers a unique country experience with antiques, arts & crafts, pumpkins, apples, pottery and more. Pick up your map at 16105 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, then start exploring.
Autumn Craft & Treasures Market
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.
Atlanta Fall Festival
A small town festival has carnival rides, a petting zoo, car show, pie and cake baking contest/auction, bingo and bands nightly that are sure to entertain the whole family!
Atkinson Heritage Day
Our heritage is for everyone! A celebration of small town life featuring a fun filled family event that brings us all back in time for a moment to understand our heritage, enjoy the company of others and an opportunity to meet new friends. Activities include 5K/1K mile race, softball and Rolle Bolle Tournaments, children’s games, evening music entertainment. Join in on the meat & soup cook-off featuring, “Hutsepot” a (Belgian Dish). Craft and food vendors featured throughout the park and enjoy the Duck Derby at the village fountain. Activities begin at 8 am.
Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival
From the flip of that first pancake at the Firehouse Saturday morning to the last bit of cheese is given away Labor Day afternoon the residents of the Arthur area, along with our mascots Artie Mouse and Miss Slice, invite you to come enjoy the weekend of festivities. We want you to enjoy the main festival area downtown, our businesses along Route 133 as well as the surrounding Amish community and businesses in the beautiful countryside – we are Illinois’ Longest Main Street and we’d love you to visit! See you at the 44th Annual Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival Labor Day weekend, Saturday September 3 through Monday, September 5.
Art on Harrison
Seeking a way to announce the emerging Arts District, galleries and building owners in partnership with the Oak Park Arts Council inaugurated Art on Harrison in 1995. Conceived of as an informal Friday evening gallery walk, the event has continued each September since its inception, expanding to include entertainment and performances at participating galleries. Come out and see what the area has to offer in a convivial atmosphere, a celebration of what the creative spirits of this community have accomplished.
Art Dans La Rue
Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 12-9pm for Downtown Oak Park's authentic urban French Street Festival! Featuring: art exhibits by local artists, special showing of a French film, Can-Can dancers, French music by "Paris La Nuit," Poodle Parade, French lessons, Fresh made crepes, Wine tastings, Sidewalk chalk contest, Bike Rentals, and much more!
Arrival at Camp River Dubois
Come celebrate the arrival of Lewis and Clark at Camp River Dubois. This annual event commemorates December 12, the day William Clark and the men of the detachment arrived at the confluence of the "Riviere a Dubois," Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The event will include members of the detachment portraying military life, re-enactors recreating the civilian population and demonstrations. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.
The Arlington Million brings together horses, owners, trainers, jockeys and fans from every corner of the world. Immerse yourself in the Arlington Million experience... history and tradition, special performances, fashionable apparel, and delectable cuisine.
Anderson Japanese Gardens - Japanese Summer Festival
The Japanese Summer Festival features exhibits, demonstrations and unique performances that appeal to all age groups and helps foster a better understanding of the Japanese culture. Most Festival activities are included with Garden Admission, with a small fee required for tea ceremony participation. 2016 Activities & Performances Include: Ho Etsu Taiko Drum Performance - Japanese drum ensemble Candyman Performance - Japanese street performer Raku Pottery - Demonstration and displays Origami - Hands-on demonstrations of Japanese art of paper folding Awi-odori Dance - Traditional Japanese Dance Japanese Doll Collection Display Koi Whisperer Demonstrations Falconry Display - with live falcons Bujinkan performances - Traditional Japanese martial arts Fukuwari Activity - Traditional Japanese holiday game
American Thresherman Show
This steam and antique tractor show features 5 days of great events such as antique tractor pulls, ITPA & Illinois Hot Farm Stock sanctioned tractor pulls, music, a parade and much more! Featured this year is Rumely Products Collectors 24th Annual Expo and the Allis-Chalmers Triple A Tractor Club.
Alton Food Truck Festival
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.
Alley Art Festival
This free, family-friendly event celebrates the Aurora community and its burgeoning arts and cultural scene. The art festival turns Water Street Mall, the brick alleyway between Downer Place and Galena Boulevard, into a vibrant city center featuring more than sixty local artists, crafters, and artisans. Free music on the lawn, a creative children’s booth, delicious food, and so much more is offered to create a fun and exciting day for everyone.This outdoor, grassroots art festival is from noon to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday in August.
88th Annual Lake County Fair
Come out and enjoy 5 days of fun at the 88th Annual Lake County Fair. Events at the fair include live entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides and games, live animals, motor crossing, banana derby, demolition derby, flower show, expo hall and so much more. Please visit the website for updated information.
7th Annual Bloody Mary Fest
Judged by a host of celebrity experts and real people, professional and amateur mixologists compete for the title of Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest. In it’s seventh year, the festival includes the very popular 5K Buddy Challenge, live entertainment, plenty of food vendors, beverages, and more! This event is held at Everts Park from 10am-5pm.
79th Annual Gladiolus Festival
On the agenda for the Gladiolus Festival are the Coronation of the Princess and Queen, plus numerous parades, a carnival and giant flea, swap, and craft market.
47th Annual Threshing Show and Antique Show
The Stephenson County Antique Engine Club proudly presents this annual event, “The Freeport Show”. It offers over 300 antique steam and horse-powered engines and equipment, and gas engines. This year’s feature is John Deere tractors and equipment. There will be a huge parade daily at 1:00 pm, a large flea market, a large display building offering antique transportation displays, home antiques, crafts, demonstrations, and farm miniatures, Gasoline Alley featuring gas powered engines, sawmill, and blacksmith shop. Also ride the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad antique steam train A Midwest Championship Antique Tractor Pull will be held on Saturday.
44th Annual Gurnee Days Celebration
Gurnee Days returns this week for 4 days of family fun. Activities include a bicycle rodeo, live entertainment, Farmers Market, Gurnee Idol, golf tournament, and amusement rides, a 10K race, baby contest, rib fest and eating contest, fireworks, a pancake breakfast, parade, Scoop the Loop Car Show, petting zoo, pony rides, a talent show, exhibitors, games, food booths and stage events. Please visit the website for times and entertainment schedule.
35th Annual Polish Fest
The annual Polish Fest at the St. Stanislaus Parish grounds features Polish food, beer, dancers, bingo, pull tabs, dancing all day (two different bands), culture center, children games, and much, much more.
2nd Annual Pietown Gospel Music Festival & Ron Dunning Memorial Car Cruise
We are very excited to welcome you, your friends, and your family to the second annual Pietown Gospel Music Festival Have a pork steak, enjoy an ear of corn, chill with some refreshments, stroll through our classic cars, let your kids play in the Kidzone and enjoy the music. For more information, call (618) 550-9291 or email Greg@bluffcitytours.com
23rd Annual Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow
The Potawatomi Trails Pow-Wow is the only event of its kind in this area. This celebration of the Native-American heritage heightens the awareness of the history, traditions and customs of the heritage. Specific activities include demonstrations, music and dance presentations, educational sessions and a trader area.
139th Annual Summer Festival Oktoberfest in August
Fun times for all ages at the annual Octoberfest held at the Schwaben Center. German Food, 800 seat beer tent, live music, dancing, arcades, giant slide and free baggo. Friday night is rock and roll night, Saturday music by Amazing Mike, One Man Band, German music and dancers performing throughout the day. Sunday its traditional German music, Amazing Mike will perform again, dancing, games and more fun. Please visit the website for more information! Admission is a donation of $10 and children under 12 are free.