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Luau at Blue Sky Vineyard
Enjoy a tropical getaway at our annual Blue Sky Vineyard LUAU, complete with fire dancers, best dressed & limbo competitions and more!
New Year's Eve at Maya del Sol
Join us and make reservations for New Year's Eve, when the Steve Edwards Orchestra performs. We are featuring a very special New Year's Even menu by Chef Ruben Beltran (pre-fixe menu is available but not required). Complimentary champagne toast at midnight!
CITY: Oak Park
Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off
They come from miles around and from out of state for the fish fry, for the barbeque, for dancing and fun at this annual event, which is held at 17th & Pine Streets. Thursday the Fish Fry buffet is at 5:30pm – 8pm, $16 at the door. DJ starts at 8pm. Fish Fry & Wing Contest awards at 9pm. On Friday, the Grand Champion Buffet is at 5:30pm – 8pm, $22 at the door, and Band & Street Dance 8pm-12 midnight. A new event for Friday evening is the People’s Choice BBQ & Sauce Contest judging from 5:30 to 8pm. Saturday the judging begins at 10am. KCBS Great American BBQ Tour demos throughout the day. All judges are MBN & KCBS certified. The Awards Ceremony is at 6pm. Sponsored by 17th Street Bar & Grill. For further information call, (618) 684-8902 and ask for Lisa or Becky or check out their web site for all information. http://www.17thstreetbarbecue.com
Black Vultures and turkey vultures fly and swoop in the skies surrounding Makanda each fall. Local residents await their return each fall as an end to the hot summer and the beginning of cooler fall weather. This event is a celebration of the Vulture’s annual migration with live music and displays by local artists for purchase. Come join the celebration and see this awesome unique event as these birds return.
Breakfast with Santa
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet in the Brookfield Zoo's Discover Center with a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus along with some special zoo costumed characters. Photo opportunities will be available with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Musical entertainment will make for an uplifting fun time for your entire family to enjoy. Reservations are required. Dates include December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22.
Reds, Whites & Blues Festival
Anchoring the eastern end of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Blue Sky offers a taste of Tuscany in the hills of Southern Illinois. Sample red & white wines, while enjoying live blues music. $6.00 Admission - Includes glass & sampling. A variety of hearty sandwiches, pizzas, and snacks, as well as wine-alternatives such as beer and mixed drinks are offered, while you enjoy large indoor seating area and two beautiful outdoor terraces that overlook the vineyard and rolling countryside.
Cajun Fest at Alto Vineyards
Enjoy a day with canjun food and music.
CITY: Alto Pass
Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
The Dinner Detective is the largest, award-winning, interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show in the Chicagoland area. We are now running public and private shows in 34 cities across the country every week. The shows are set in the present day. Unlike other murder mystery dinner shows, here you will find no cheesy costumes, no recited campy dialogue and no hokey song and dance. Our performers are dressed just like everyone else, leaving all of the guests to suspect who is a part of the show and who is not. In many instances, guests are seated with the performers and don't even realize it until they die...the performers, that is! Our Detectives proceed to interrogate everyone and find clues as more people die. At the end of the night, prizes are awarded to the Top Sleuth who solves the crime. Each ticket includes a reception with tray passed appetizers, mixed green salad, choice of entree (beef, chicken or pasta), dessert, award winning interactive Murder Mystery show, prizes and so much more.
Legacy Girls Christmas
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center presents Legacy Girls Christmas. The Legacy Girls humor, choreography and three part harmonies will help you welcome the holiday season in this matinee performance that includes the Lodge’s signature buffet lunch. Call 815-220-7386 for more information and to book your seats. Matinee Performances: 11:30am – $32.00 – includes lunch buffet & show.
Blues In The District
Regional and local blues bands provide outdoor free concerts in Quincy's historic Washington Park. Concerts are held from 5-9:30pm and food from local venders is typically available. Dates of concerts: June 12 June 26 July 10 July 24 August 14 August 28 September 11 Bring a chair!
Shrimp & Crawfish Boil
Hopewell Winery near Pittsfield, IL hosts the annual Shrimp & Crawfish boil from noon-5pm at the winery. This event is a tradition to locals and visitors alike. Enjoy wine tastings from Hopewell Winery partnered with all of the shrimp and crawfish you can eat.
Annual Valentine's Dinner/Dance
Join the Jacksonville Rotary Club for their 13th Annual Valentine's Dinner/Dance. Cocktails (cash bar): 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Vegetarian meal available upon request (advance notice required) Exit 52 Band: 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. (Exit 52 delivers high energy classic rock, 80s and Country. They tour extensively throughout Central Illinois. Find out more at www.exit52music.com). Live Auction at 8:30 p.m. and Silent Auction throughout the evening. ADVANCED RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! $35.00 Per person – reserved seating for tables of 8
December Tea at Lock 16
Start the holiday season with a gift for you & your best friends. This tea will feature delectable scones with Devonshire cream & jam, tasty sandwiches, and other handcrafted treats! Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 2-4pm, reservations required.
The community of White Hall invites you to come home this holiday season and join in the celebration from 10am to 2pm. Whiteside Park will be transformed into a wonderland of craft vendors offering an array of handmade items for purchase. Take a break from shopping by grabbing a bite to eat at the food booths, then sit back and enjoy the local entertainment.
CITY: White Hall
Sample savory hotwings from the talented chefs of area restaurants. Sponsored by the Great River Restaurant Association and held at the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center in downtown Quincy. Held annually the day before Superbowl Sunday. For more information contact 217-223-1000.
Shamrockin St. Pat's Weekend Party
Weekend of St. Pats Festivities- 4 Days of Irish Entertainment, Irish Fare, Raffles, St. Pats Day Gear and South Side Irish Parade bus trip. Family friendly all weekend. Family owned and operated for 27 years. 12PM-close.
Folk Life Festival
Join us for our Annual Folk Life Festival! Stroll the beautiful grounds of the Quincy Museum and enjoy a variety of demonstrators, crafters and activities for children. Bring your appetite for our famous Buffalo Sandwiches, our Bake Sale booth and delicious caramel apples and old fashioned bottled soda. 1601 Maine Street Quincy, IL 62301 (217)224-7669 thequincymuseum.com
Smoke on the River
This Illinois state championship BBQ contest features live entertainment and barbecue sampling at Kesler Park on the Riverfront.
Annual Barry Apple Festival
Over 50,000 people join this quaint historic town to celebrate the apple industry. Old-time crafts, specialty food, entertainment, a car show, and a parade are highlights of the weekend of festivities.
Governor Duncan Christmas Gala
Governor Duncan Christmas Gala at Hamiltons’s. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Gala features silent and live auctions. Tables of 8 are available for $320.00, single tickets are $40.00 each. Entertainment will be provided by Sherri Mitchell, vocalist, accompanying herself at the piano, a holiday sing-along and a special appearance by Dr. E.C. Bone.
Deerfield's 4th Annual Winter Celebration
The Village of Deerfield will be celebrating the holidays with festive holiday activities for every age. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, roasted chestnuts, carolers, warm treats, live animals and more. In addition Saturday will include the big man, Santa Claus to offer photo opportunities for children of all ages, holiday games, including dreidel games, petting zoo, pony rides, gingerbread house decorating and much more.
Hometown Holiday in Lemont
A traditional welcome to the Christmas season with tree decorating throughout town, an ice sculpting demonstration, horsedrawn wagon rides, face painting, caroling, visits with Santa, a variety of children's activities and our official tree lighting.
Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour
Over 100,000 tickets were sold for the Food Network star Alton Brown's show, featuring a pinch of comedy, talk show antics, a multimedia lecture, live music (he sings!) and a dash of "extreme" food experimentation (ponchos are provided for those in the first few rows), and of course...puppets. Enthusiastic fans and critics have raved about the interactive component where Brown invites audience members on stage to serve as his assistant.
Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard
Come visit the Quad Cities during its annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard weekend. While many local residents take advantage of this annual promotion, it is also a great time to explore the Quad Cities as a visitor. Enjoy discounts on lodging, attractions, dining and shopping during the Martin Luther King Day weekend. Go online to take advantage of the discounts or pick up a coupon booklet at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau visitor center - Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.