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2015 Dog Days of Summer - Red Dog Grill
Red Dog Grill is Heritage Harbor Ottawa's new full service restaurant. Saturday Evenings 8-11pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day, is music under the tent. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Outdoor bar will be open. See website for full schedule.
GrapeVine Bluegrass Festival
One of the few true American musical forms, bluegrass - that high, lonesome sound created by Bill Monroe over 50 years ago - has steadily gained in popularity over the years, and for good reason. It's natural. It's organic. We are proud to present a few of the finest bluegrass acts to be found anywhere. Hosted by local bluegrass heroes Firebox, Tuscan Hills Winery will have two days of amazing picking, beautiful bowing and soaring vocal harmonies - we can't think of a more harmonious way to bring the summer to a close! This is a rain or shine event. Bring your lawn chairs! There will be a variety of great food and beverages including water, soda, coffee, tea, beer and wine available for purchase on the festival grounds. Parking is free and within 25 to 100 yards away from the venue & of course handicapped parking is available. All ages are welcome. Be sure to check out the web address for more information on tickets and pricing: http://www.grapevinebluegrass.com.
Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market
The Market is open from 7:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday morning from May through October. Located on the historic downtown square, the Farmers’ Market is managed by the Downtown Bloomington Association. Not only does the market give customers a colorful venue to buy locally grown farm products, it also puts them in touch with local artisans of prepared goods and fine arts, musicians, and community organizations. The Downtown Bloomington Association Farmers’ Market is a producer-only market offering a wide array of farm products — including vegetables, fruits, cheeses, pork, beef, free-range poultry and eggs, flowers, plants, herbs, and more grown and produced by the individual selling these items! The market features different musical performances each week. Cooking demos are offered regularly, and the Kids’ Zone has sponsors that offer weekly hands-on activities for all ages.
Lakelights Arts & Music Festival
One magical day, one magical night, synchronizing, amplifying, enjoying the light! Head over to The Stage at Lake Sara on July 18 for a day filled with great entertainment and fun. Doors open at 10 a.m. Enjoy live musical performances by Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, ClusterPluck, The Thinga-Ma Jug Band, and Garrett Burris and the Bathtub Hooch Band. Community events will take place throughout the day, including the LakeLights 5K at 7 a.m., great local food and drinks, morning flow yoga, face painting, the Effminster dog show, raffles and prizes, dance performances, a bounce house, a community drum circle, Hooping 101, live art demonstrations, evening meditation, and a kids' village from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fetching Market at Ford Hangar
Quality vintage and handcrafted wares, all within an historic atmosphere at the Lansing Municipal Airport Ford Hangar! Barn finds, old doors, old windows, silver, ironstone, vintage glassware, collections, skilled craftsmanship, talent, project finds, pieces of stuff, tables, old, new, painted, chairs, old, new, recovered, re-purposed, lighting, chippy rusty stuff, garden items, beautiful jewelry, great food, great craft beers, great cocktails, great live music, great cause! Friday: 5-9 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their 50th Annual Welcomeburger in Washington Square Park! This is the kick-off for the Riverfest! Everyone is welcome! Enjoy food, drink, and live music! The fee includes a picnic buffet, with drinks and admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Reddick Library, or any local bank. (All RiverFest Events subject to change.) View the website for more information.
Pluto Polka Party - Streator
Pluto Polka Party with Eddie Korosa Jr, Chicago's #1 Polka band Featuring "Big Bang Brew", Home brew tasting and Star BQ (BBQ) from a galaxy near you. At Streator City Park, Plumb Pavilion.
Lockrocks Summer Concert Series
Come out for some of the area's best live entertainment at this free concert series. Beer garden and food available for purchase. Please call for band playing. Location: Dellwood Park, State St. & Woods Dr., Dellwood Band Shell State St. & Woods Dr., Lockport. Brass Buckle Band, July 17th; Suburban Cowboys, Aug 14th; Raise Your Glass, Sept 12th.
Music in the Park
The City of Ottawa proudly presents their “Music in the Park” Series every Saturday evening at the historic Washington Square Park on Jackson Street. This family friendly event offers a variety of live music for all ages! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, 6pm show time. Rain Location: 807 LaSalle Street.
Buffalo Grove Days 2015
This annual festival has fun for everyone. The festival will include the chamber beer garden, a business and craft fair, free entertainment all day long, a carnival, games, special events, a parade and fireworks on Sunday. Please visit the website for more information.
American Farm Heritage Days
Heritage Days include tractor displays featuring Case and Leader tractors, as well as makes and models of tractors for viewing. Includes 4-corners tractorade, parade, car show, games, Hill’s Fort, crafts, food, train ride, plowing demonstrations, blacksmith, kids’ pedal pull, petting zoo, live music and more.
Skokie's Backlot Bash
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 Fabulous Thunderbirds, Pychedelic Furs and more!
Multicultural Palooza - Joliet Area Historical Museum - 2015 Free Days!
The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau will be sponsoring Free Days at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Multicultural Palooza celebrates the diverse cultures of Joliet during this one day interactive festival featuring cultural exhibits and demonstrations, music and dance performances. Times: 8:00am - 5:00pm.
Summer Fest - Braidwood
Annual Event sponsored by the Lions Club at Old Smokey Park First & Center Streets - includes carnival, flea market, parade, beer garden, baby contest, pie eating contest, musical entertainment nightly, fireworks on last evening and much much more! Times: Thurs. 4pm-11pm Fri 4pm-midnight Sat. 8am-midnight Sun. 8am-10pm.
Our Comic Convention will feature fun for the whole family. Visit with over 25 vendors and artists from the Comic World. Face painters, a photo booth, and special attractions will abound when our library is turned into a Comicoplis for the day! Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm.
An Evening of Wine Tasting at the Mansion
Enjoy the wonderful Evening of Wine Tasting at the Reddick Mansion! One of Ottawa's greatest treasures. Built in 1858, this three story, 22-room Italianate mansion was possibly the most expensive private home in Illinois at that time.
Old Canal Days Wine Bar
Main Street Lockport's Old Canal Days Wine Bar will be held Friday through Sunday, June 19-21, 2015 in Downtown Lockport. This is a great opportunity to visit this vibrant community and take part in the libations and fun!
Big Band Concert by the Del Bergeson Orchestra
Saturday's Big Band Concert will feature the Del Bergeson Orchestra. This event will be held at Campbell's Park, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Grundy County Chamber of Commerce/Coal City event.
Taste of Joliet 2015
Be a part of the fun in 2015! With 25 food vendors, carnival, kids zone and headline entertainment, the Taste of Joliet is the highlight of the summer.
Donny & Marie at the Paramount Theatre
From recording artists to television stars to Vegas headliners, Donny & Marie are the epitome of entertainment superstars. Just ask any of the thousands of people who saw them light up the Paramount last summer. Now, this duo is back at it in Aurora, and they’re bringing the songs, the choreography and, of course, the charm. With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing their catalog of chart-toppers like “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll” and countless more to the stage. Add in their fun-loving personalities, high-energy style and serious dance skills, and this is one production that’s a total blast for the young and young at heart. Get in on all the Osmond fun, and come see for yourself why, year-after-year, Donny & Marie are voted the best of Vegas.
Battle of the Bands
Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park hosts Battle of the Bands - a two night event. Local bands compete for prizes, 7:00-10:00pm. Free show - catch all the hot local music! July 17-18, July 24-25.
Enjoy your bingo at Jackpot Bingo in Peru, IL. Tuesday & Thursday Matinee: Doors open at 11:30 am. Play starts at 12:30 pm. Low $22 buy-in includes lunch. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings: Doors open at 4:30 pm. Play starts at 6:15. Nightly prices range from $20 to $70 - paper, computer and combo packages.
Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
19 communities from Chatham to Collinsville celebrate Route 66. The first annual Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor weekend festival showcases unique sections of Route 66 is characterized by its rich mining history and Mother Road charm. A variety of activities along the road festivals, car shows, live entertainment, children’s activities, historic tours and more. Souvenir passports will be available at the various cities and villages. Towns on the Blue Carpet Corridor include Chatham, Auburn, Thayer, Virden, Girard, Nilwood, Carlinville, Gillespie, Benld, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Litchfield, Mt.Olive, Williamson, Livingston, Glen Carbon, Troy and Collinsville.
10th Annual "Let's Dance" Big Band Weekend
The event provides a venue and 'live' dance bands ( 10 - 17 pieces) for fans and social ballroom dancers to enjoy. Catered food - healthy, delicious, recommended by dancers. Floor - 13,000 sq. ft. smooth hardwood, well maintained. Advance package deals are available. 'At door' registration will be accepted 30 minutes prior to each scheduled dance.