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DeKalb Farmers' Market 20th Anniversary Celebration
The DeKalb Farmers' Market is celebrating its 20th Anniversary! Join us for a special market day of celebration on August 20th from 10 am - 2 pm in Van Buer Plaza in Downtown DeKalb! There will be a Live Lunch Music Series presented by the Egyptian Theatre featuring the Kishwaukee Brass Quintet and drawings throughout the day for a chance to win $20 to use at any market vendor!
House Concert with Mary Flower at the McCord Gallery and Cultural Center
An intimate evening of jazz and blues with acoustic guitar picker, singer and songwriter Mary Flower. Seating is limited. Call for reservations.
Military Tribute & Concert featuring USAF Band of Mid-America “Shades of Blue”
The military tribute will honor local first responders, military members and veterans. There will be a presentation a to honor local first responders and a Flag Honor Program with Honor Guard and Taps. There will also be a display of local fire and police equipment and K-9 unit. The evening concludes with a performance by the USAF Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble playing a free concert.
Greenwich Village Art Fair - Rockford Art Museum
Held rain or shine on the second weekend after Labor Day every year, Greenwich Village Art Fair is the longest-running art fair of its kind in the Midwest. The annual two-day event features up to 155 juried artists, live music by local musicians, a gourmet marketplace, children's art activities and food and drink.
Mosaic World Film Festival
Mark your calendar! The 8th annual Mosaic World Film Festival will be held at the J.R. Sullivan Theatre, which is located in the Nordlof Center (118 North Main St. Rockford, IL 61101) on Friday, August 28th, Saturday August 29th, and Sunday August 30th, 2015. Founded in 2008, the Mosaic World Film Festival aims to unite and promote filmmakers from all over the world through the creative and powerful medium of film. The event was started by students from the Rockford, IL area who desired to create an event that would empower young people to creatively express themselves, while providing them with the means to affect their community in a positive way.
Memorial’s Festival of Trees
A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 trees and wreaths decorated with exquisite creativity. Features an elaborate hand-crafted Gingerbread Village and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. Please visit website for prices ~ www.MemorialsFestivalofTrees.com. Event is held at the Orr building in the IL State Fairgrounds.
Coronado Performing Arts Center - Bill Engvall
Comedian Bill Engvall will be performing and filming his new special at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. The thing that makes any entertainer successful is the ability to connect with an audience. It's the quality of sharing the humor in everyday situations that has made Bill Engvall one of the top comedians today. In addition to stand-up comedy, Bill has hosted numerous television shows, starred in and executive produced his own self-titled sitcom for TBS, and has appeared in several films. Bill is also the only comedian to make it to the semi-finals of Dancing With The Stars.
Clayville Fall Festival
Tour the early 19th century Broadwell Inn, listen to period music and watch artisans demonstrate pioneer crafts at this former stage coach stop on the Illinois prairie.
Darlene Love at the Genesee Theatre
Get ready for an unforgettable concert experience full of brilliant music and mesmerizing entertainment. Named one the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone, Darlene Love brings Love for the Holidays featuring “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” a song she performs annually.
Gazebo Art Festival
In coordination with the Al Sears Jazz Festival, this event in Macomb's Chandler Park provides a vibrant atmosphere for music and art lovers alike! The Macomb Public Library will also host one of its annual book sales, and food vendors are available. The festival will take place September 19, 9 am to 5 pm.
2015 Fall Cruise-In & Concert
Cruise down to Macomb, Illinois on September 13 to enjoy a day of raffles, prizes, food vendors, and live entertainment by Tanya Tucker. This event is hosted by Texas Tranzplants to help local veterans and their children. Tickets for this event are $25. Doors open at 12:30 pm, and the concert ends at 5 pm. To register your classic car for a chance to win $100, stop by registration at 8 am.
Guided Walking Tour - Somonauk Street
Join Steven Bigolin as he leads guided walking tours of Sycamore’s History District – featuring the beautiful homes along Somonauk Street. Meet at the statue of Wally’ Thurow, at Somonauk and Elm Street. Bigolin will lead a tour highlighting the architecture and local history connected to Sycamore. The tour will last about an hour and a half, wear comfortable shoes. Location: Wally Thurow statue (near corner of Somonauk and Elm) Time: 1:00 p.m. Cost: $5 Per Person.
Macomb Kite Festival
In Conjunction with the Macomb Balloon Rally, this event will feature a professional kite team, and several show kites. Macomb's vibrant kite festival will include activities for all ages and will be happening all day long!
27th Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Shop the fine art and ware of artists from around the region. Enjoy a park-like atmosphere on the grounds of this restored Antebellum mansion while perusing artists’ booths. Includes a children’s area, live music, food, and tours of the home as well as a used book sale.
Guided Walking Tour - Downtown Sycamore
Join Steven Bigolin as he leads a guided walking tours of Downtown Sycamore, He will lead a tour highlighting the architecture and local history connected to Sycamore’s downtown. The tour will last about an hour and a half, wear comfortable shoes.Location: Meet at 308 W. State Street, City Center. Time: 1:00 p.m. Cost: $5 Per Person
Rocky Horror Picture Show with Live Shadow Cast
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an outrageous assemblage of the most stereo-typed science fiction movies, Marvel comics, Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello outings and rock 'n' roll of every vintage. Rated R. Featuring the live shadow cast of "Irrational Masters". Props that are not allowed are: lighters, candles or flames of any kind, large water guns, toast, hot dogs, or prunes. Prop kits will be available for purchase in the lobby before the show. Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm.
Kishwaukee Valley Art League Holiday Arts & Crafts Market
Experience the Kishwaukee Valley Art League (KVAL) second annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Market being held at the beautifully refurbished “Old Train Depot” in Sycamore, IL. Enjoy the nostalgia and holiday ambiance that are to be found at this event which promises a little bit of something for everyone and every taste. Local artisans have created one of a kind finds that are sure to add to family traditions and start new ones. Some of the items that will be available for purchase are handcrafted jewelry and soaps, pottery, wood work, digital photography, bottle art, glass painting, purses, fine art pieces, note cards and holiday ornaments. Refreshments will also be served.
Flatland Summer Jam
Brian Davis is the featured headliner for the Flatland Summer Jam 2015. The event will be held on August 22nd at Veteran's Park in Macomb, Illinois. Opening acts will play from 12:45-8:00 pm, and Brian Davis will play from 8:30-10:00 pm. Enjoy a day of live entertainment and fun with the whole family at Flatland Summer Jam 2015!
NIU Convocation Center Presents: The Second City "Fully Loaded"
Chicago’s legendary sketch and improve comedy theater returns to the NIU Convocation Center with “The Second City: Fully Loaded.” This irresistible new show features classic material made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv straight from their sold out shows in Chicago and Toronto. This must-see evening of comedy features some of Chicago’s best and brightest in a special one night only engagement. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and continues to launch the careers of comedy superstars. Tickets for The Second City go on sale Friday, July 17th at 10:00am and range from $15.00 - $35.00. Tickets can be purchased at the Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information, please call 815-752-6800 or visit www.niuconvo.com.
Guided Walking Tour - Main Street
Join Steven Bigolin as he leads a guided walking tours of Sycamore’s Main Street. Bigolin will lead a tour highlighting the architecture and local history connected to the homes along Main Street. Stops on the walk will include, the Townsend House (currently the Paper Doll House) and carriage house (Willow’s Hometown Cafe), the Boyton House, the DeKalb County Court House, Library, Post Office and Rick Turner’s Law office. Meet at the Courthouse lawn. The tour will last about an hour, wear comfortable shoes.Location: Courthouse lawn. Time: 1:00 p.m. Cost: $5 Per Person
Guilded Walking Tour - Somonauk Street - Sycamore
Meet at the Wally Thurow statue (corner of Somonauk and Elm). Join Steven Bigolin as the guided walking tours of Sycamore’s History District continue throughout the summer. Bigolin will lead a tour highlighting the architecture and local history connected to the homes along Somonauk Street. The tour will last about an hour and a half, wear comfortable shoes. Time: 1:00 p.m. Cost: $5 Per Person
Al Sears Jazz Festival
The weekend of the Gazebo Art Festival, Macomb’s Western Illinois University hosts the 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. Art Media Categories include 2-D such as drawing, photography/digital photography, digital art, printmaking, mixed media, painting, fiber arts and 3-D such as clay, jewelry, sculpture, wood and glass.
Labor Day Celebration
From flea markets to entertainment and food, this event has it all. Come and join the fun on September 5-7. Entertainment and sales will be happening all day around the town of Colchester. Every family member is bound to find something exciting to do at the Labor Day Celebration!
Art, Music & Ice Cream at the Ellwood House
Enjoy a day of fun with art, music, history, and good food on the grounds of the historic Ellwood Mansion at the Ellwood House Museum’s annual summer event, the Art Fair & Ice Cream Social. Thirty artists from the Midwest will exhibit and sell their work on the front lawn of the mansion in such media as paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and fiber arts. Folk rock duo Patchouli will entertain during the first part of the day and at 2:30 P.M., the DeKalb Municipal Band will take over for its annual concert on the terrace. First-floor tours of the Ellwood Mansion and the Ellwood-Nehring House will be offered from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The DeKalb Area Garden Club will present garden vignettes in the Visitor Center throughout the day.