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Grab the kids, put on your jacket and come on down to Klehm Arboretum for a memory filled day of free outdoor activities. The crisp fall air and beautiful autumn foliage is sure to put you in the mood for horse drawn wagon rides, scarecrow building and other fun activities for kids of all ages. Bring your camera for all the great family photo opportunities.
Ribtober Fest downtown Geneseo will feature a rib cook-off contest, bags tournament and outdoor concert all in one! The competition begins with fifteen competitors. Ribs will be smoked, cured and possible other treatments, all ribs will be cooked on site. Limited VIP tasting passes at $10 will go fast. Passes include 1 Pint of Beer and one rib tasting from four different competitors. Vote for your favorite. Winner is determined by most votes received. All ages are welcome and FREE admission for all. Music provided during the day and the evening is Live with the Roy Krunk Trio beginning at 7 p.m until 10 p.m.
Dan St. Paul has been chronicling his life on stage for 30 years. After turning fifty, he discovered his body changing (“I’m a cylinder now. I can wear a belt anywhere on my body.”), his memory faulty (“I have eight pair of reading glasses and I have no idea where they are.”), and dealing with a teenager more challenging (“I have a bumper sticker that says ‘My Son’s Just Getting By At Hillsdale High’.”). Instead of moaning about it, Dan developed it into a show that leaves baby boomers and more rolling in the aisles. Dan has been a national headlining comedian at some of the top comedy clubs in the country. His “The First Baseball Game” is one of the most requested comedy pieces on the syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show.
One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. Gill achieved his big breakthrough in 1990 with “When I Call Your Name,” which won both the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the Year award as well as a Grammy. Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
The Matt Poss Band is a Midwestern group that sounds like the Mississippi Flyway they grew up in. Twang collides with soulful Blues and Rock to create an explosion that is at once fresh and familiar. The listener can hear hints of Mellencamp and Springsteen, yet there is also Bluegrass, Southern rock and Outlaw Country, constantly laying down the backdrop for all those blue collar, hard knock and hard luck story songs. MPB is always on tour, and they come home to the EPC once a year for their annual "Holiday Homecoming". The Chicago Tribune says MPB is a "High octane Americana show with the grit of a Texas roadhouse and the soul of a Southern tent revival."
The Prodigal Tour is designed to be an innovative and immersive concert experience hosted by Sidewalk Prophets. The 2010 Dove Award Winners for New Artist Of The Year will perform their new single “To Live Is Christ” currently impacting radio. Join the band as they play the the hit songs you love along with brand new songs from their critically acclaimed new album Something Different. This is a night like no other... full of great music, unforgettable memories and some surprises too.
The museum opens its doors for haunted tours of some of it scariest artifacts. If you are interested in more details visit the Western Illinois Museum’s website at http://www.westernillinoismuseum.org/
Come celebrate Halloween at the EPC with the film screening of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This bizarre comedy developed its famous cult following at the Waverly Theater in New York, where the fans began to dress as the characters and recite dialogue with the film, turning the show into what it is today: an offbeat, interactive show bringing the audience into the film and inviting them to play a part themselves.
200 indoor booths of quality hand-crafted items by exhibitors from 7 states. Holiday decor, oil paintings, water colors, yard art, metal work, mosaic art, purses, home decor. A quality show.
Surely you've seen the hit television show "Top Chef"? Well a similar concept is coming to Champaign! The Artisan Cup & Fork will bring together 8 locally acclaimed chefs, 8 produce farmers, 8 protein farmers, and several brewers and vintners from as far south as Cobden, IL and as far North as Geneva, IL in a food competition! Each chef will prepare a signature dish from the ingredients provided from their paired produce and protein farmer. What's a signature dish without a signature artisan brew or cider? Every detail has been thought out with this food competition meant to champion local farmers and artisan creations, all the while enveloping local taste buds!
Bring the family for a beautiful day at the Lodge and enjoy the stunning fall scenery of the River Bend. Enjoy live music in the Great Room and then join us for our traditional everything you could possibly want to eat super buffet. We accept reservations for parties of six or more. Children 0-3: Free Children 4-11: $9.95 Adults 12 & Up: $19.95 For more information, call (618) 786-2331 ext. 502.
The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show from Plinko™, to Cliffhangers™, to The Big Wheel™, and even the fabulous Showcase. If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live.
Timber Terror, a bone chilling experience that recreates and relives the Witter Hills Asylum. Patients experienced a macabre, sadistic torment while housed at the facility. A patient revolt took place and the Witter Hill Asylum was burnt to the ground. Survivors had not where to go and hid in the woods for years. The patient's spirits lurk in the woods and become vocal each October with unsettling noises and vibes coming from the area which once was the Witter Hills Asylum. Hours: 7pm to 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays. Admission: $10
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.
In a new Halloween event called Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Replacing HallowFest, Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, and find seasonal light food and drink, such as apple doughnuts, cider, and ale, for sale.
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.
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.
Watch as intricate rod puppets perform A Halloween Spooktacular. Featuring a collection of haunting classics from musicals. Reservations are required.
The Night Market will provide artists, growers and artisan food producers who work 9-5 jobs with an opportunity to sell their wares at a mid-week Market. There are many on-site amenities that will be enjoyed by vendors and shoppers alike, including live bands from 6:00- 9:00 p.m., great food and drinks, restrooms, and electricity for vendor booths. The Night Market place every Wednesday night in the warehouse behind Elijah P's Burgers and Brews.
Come and enjoy the thrill of watching a movie under the stars in historic downtown Alton at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. Don't forget to bring your blanket or chair! The movie will begin at dusk. Concession stands will be open. For more information, call (618) 463-3580. Schedule of Movies Aug. 19: Zootopia Sept. 23: TBA Oct. 21: TBA
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
Now in its 39th year, this festival hosted by the McHenry County Historical Society and Museum features Civil War re-enactors along with live music, old-fashioned cider making and barn-raising demo. Bakery items, kettle corn, antique clothing and white elephant items will also be available for purchase. During the festival, the museum, the Gannon 1843 log cabin and the 1895 West Harmony one-room school will be open and free.
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 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