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1st Annual Midtown Ethnic Parade and Festival
Thel Midtown Ethnic Parade and Festival celebrates Rockford's global culture. The parade features dancing dragons, bagpipes, ethnic dance troupes, music and more. The festival has food, a beer garden, crafts, music and dance performances, a children's activity area with bouncy houses, a climbing wall, a carving booth, a Peace Coalition Shoe Labyrinth, geneaology area, and special guest performer Dennis Warner of "Beads on One String."
Fine Art of Fiber
Viewers will enjoy an exhibition of more than 150 pieces, including quilts, various types of needle arts, knitting, weaving, wearable art, dolls and jewelry. Sales boutiques offer a similarly wide variety of items for sale, including woven and knitted pieces, artwear, traditional and contemporary quilts, handmade holiday gifts, and much more. There will also be fashion shows and lectures. Parking fees apply.
Stroll on State - Downtown Rockford
Stroll on State has carolers, roaming musicians, food from street vendors and downtown restaurants, and holiday shops. Kids can visit with Santa and real reindeer, skate at the Winter Wonderland, and watch the City of Rockford Downtown Christmas tree lighting.
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.
Mt. Carroll Pumpkinfest
Mt. Carroll Pumpkin Fest includes a 5k Ghoulish Gallop, decorated lampposts, food booths selling everything PUMPKIN, farmers market, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin drag races, celebrated haunted house tours and more. Visit our website for an updated activity list.
CITY: Mount Carroll
Home for the Holidays
Start the season of good cheer off right with an old-fashioned holiday feeling in downtown Morris. The nostalgic street lights downtown take on a festive glow with wreaths and lights adorning the lampposts. The celebration features a house walk, a night time lighted parade, carriage rides, trolley rides, a children's winter carnival, the festival of trees, live reindeer and of course, Santa!.
Fall Corn Festival
Come and enjoy a full day of fun at the park that includes an antique tractor and engine exhibit, parade of power, kiddie pedal tractor pull, corn cook-off, the cow train, food, craft vendors, music, corn cook-off and corn-on-the-cob eating contest. Plus, see if you can make it through this year's Great Godfrey Maze.
Lynfred Winery's Oktoberfest
When the grapes begin to arrive at Lynfred and the crush begins we all know what's right around the corner Lynfred 's annual Oktoberfest! The celebration of Oktoberfest at Lynfred began over two decades ago continues to be a festival that is remembered by all. Two days of German sing-a-longs, grape splitting, grape stomping, cork tossing and barrel races! Bring your friends, bring your family and bring your appetite!
Come celebrate 95 years of Smiles Day! Schuyler County’s annual festival, Smiles Day, was first held in September 1919. The celebration began as a way to welcome home the soldiers of World War I. In 1969, Smiles Day on the 19th, is combined with the Rushville High School Homecoming activities on the 20th. Smiles Day has always kept the proud tradition of honoring veterans. The event will feature a grand parade which includes over 100 entries as well as a marching band competition. Food booths and entertainment will be held in the vicinity of downtown Central Park.
Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Geneseo’s fastest growing event gets even better. Join Gen-Air for a fly-in luncheon on Thursday, Cruise the Hennepin Canal by golf carts on Friday. Visit downtown on Saturday as the streets fill up with vintage cars from all eras, train engines, model trains, airplanes, food and festivities.
Johnny Appleseed Festival
Crystal Lake's largest one-day event brings families and the community together to celebrate Fall. Activities for the day will include live music, entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin train, pumpkin bowling, clowns, face painting, story telling, temporary tattoos, wagon rides, craft fair, Farmers Market, and so much more! Meet and greet Johnny Appleseed himself, as he strolls the streets of downtown, telling his story.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Octoberfest in Coal City
The 29th Annual Octoberfest in Coal City includes craft stations, food, entertainment, a parade, children's games, inflatables and a kiddie parade. This Village of Coal City event is a fun time for the whole family!
CITY: Coal City
Ugly Sweater Extravaganza
Ugly Sweater Extravaganza. Located on the historic I & M Canal, Nostalgic Downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals.
Rockford Greek Fest - Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Greek Fest offers authentic Grecian food, pastries and a marketplace with jewelry, clothes, books and a variety of gifts. Friday night is "American Night" featuring entertainment by "Men of our Times." The taverna will be open Friday night through Sunday night. Church tours will be offered and kids' entertainment provided. There will be a live Greek band on Saturday and Sunday.
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.
Ride of the Zombies
Ride of the Zombies is a costume-themed cycling and Family Fun Fair charity event designed to benefit Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's Sleep Medicine Department. Cyclists can choose between a 25- or 50-mile route, riding McHenry County's flat to gently rolling country roads, passing beautiful scenic farms. The family members who stay behind can enjoy the Family Fun Fair, games, food, entertainment, and local artist booths. Presented by Bike Connection of Schaumburg and Children's Sleep Advocacy Foundation.
Village of Itasca's Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest will feature music, German food and drinks, and other entertainment for people of all ages.
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin at 10:00am and include the Renaissance Center Fun Fair, activities in the Joliet Historical Museum, Joliet Public Library, Gji's Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-N-Spice, The Red Goose Bakery and more. The Annual Festival of Trees held yearly inside the Rialto Square Theatre also add to the holiday festivities. Tree Lighting begins at 5:15pm in Van Buren Plaza Followed by the Light Up the Holidays Parade at 5:30pm.
Festival of Lights
Smile, laugh, be de-lighted at the East Peoria Festival of Lights! The festival features the fantastic Folepi's Winter Wonderland lighted drive-through display, open from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, and many other events during December including a competitive run, gift show, theatrical productions and more. The Festival of Lights annual Parade of Lights covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown. The parade features floats shaped entirely from lights, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the chopper motorcycle float illuminated with LED lights, a 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon, Frosty the Snowman, the starship Enterprise illuminated with 48,000 LED light bulbs, and the 95-foot-long smoke-spewing China dragon.
CITY: East Peoria
44th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
From the Civil War Ball to the railsplitting, you'll learn about a unique piece of Route 66 and Lincoln, IL history.
Annual Pumpkin Festival
Celebrate the harvest season this fall at Sgt. Means Park for their largest event of the year, the Annual Pumpkin Festival! Enjoy hayrides, face painting, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and much more! This event is loaded with great activities and tons of family fun. You won’t want to miss it!
CITY: Olympia Fields
3rd Annual Kayak Tour & Beach Camp Out
Come on down and camp out with on the sandy wooded beaches of the Illinois River. Primitive only camping at its best right between the I & M Canal and the Illinois River! No noisy RV's to listen to and better yet, there will be fireworks across from the campground area. At 7:30pm guests will be guided over to the state park where there will be a venetian boat parade guided kayak tour and then raft up and watch the fireworks show!
Roscoe Lions Club Annual Fall Festival
The Roscoe Lions Club hosts the village's annual Fall Festival at Leland Park, featuring amusement rides, live music, parades and a raffle. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward supporting the Lions Club. The parade on Sunday starts at 11:00am.
Greenwich Village Art Fair - Rockford Art Museum
Established in 1948, Rockford Art Museum's Greenwich Village Art Fair is one of the oldest continuous art fairs in the area and combines juried artists with family-friendly children's activities, live music, food and an atmosphere that brings the community together in a vibrant and art-filled setting. More than 100 artists are juried into the show by in categories of 3-D Functional, 3-D Non-functional, 2-D Medium, Jewelry, Photography, and Painting.
Berwyn's Oktoberfest 2014
September can only mean one thing in the Chicagoland festival calendar - Berwyn's Oktoberfest! Save the dates and make the trip to Berwyn's Historic Depot District. The event boasts an international food court, carnival and amusement rides, family entertainment pavilion, and crafters and vendors. Live musical performances will be headlined by 1980s sensations Sixteen Candles on Friday night and rock/pop/indie band 7th Heaven on Saturday night. Let's not forget the Beer Garden, which will feature special Oktoberfest seasonal selections among others!
Annual Scarecrow Festival
Ottawa presents the 27th Annual Scarecrow Festival! Bring the kids for free buckboard rides, face painting and a petting zoo! While you're downtown check out the farmer's market as well as the shops, boutiques, and restaurants that will be offering special events inside their facilities! And don't forget what this fest is all about - the "Haunted" themed scarecrows that will once again line the streets! 10:00am - 4:00 PM.
Pike County Color Drive
Every fall, the Pike County Color Drive provides an opportunity for anyone with an interest to do so to see the beauty of rural Pike County bathed in the splendor of autumn. Each community provides a unique roster of events, activities, vendors, crafts, food, and exhibits for the general public to take part in.
"Gourd"geous Day in the Country
Enjoy a "Gourd"geous day in the country at the 6th Annual Gourd Festival. The Gourd Festival is day of fun for the entire family. For the children there are gourd games, make it and take it crafts, face painting and puppet shows at no charge. For the adults, Gourd Patch member will be selling their gourd art, jewelry, home decor and supplies. There will be demonstrations on gourd carving, collages, and a Q&A all about gourds. Bring your camera and your walking shoes.
Come celebrate Fall at the Manteno Oktoberfest. Attractions include a carnival, craft show, car & motorcycle show, food, beer tent with live entertainment and much, much, more!!
Oktoberfest - German Society of Rockford
The German Society of Rockford is hosting the 50th annual Oktoberfest celebration at Loves Park City Hall, featuring fun activities and entertainment for the entire family, including live traditional German folk music, German Folk Dance Group performances, the "Running of the Wieners," "Bier Barrel race, German food and beer, kids' activities, dance lessons, and Germal language lessons.
CITY: Loves Park
Oswego Christmas Walk
Come hear the sound of Christmas, the natural warmth and ambience that draws thousands to the downtown, Mason Square, and Douglas Square, the first weekend of December. Carolers, cookie walk, crafts, entertainment, and more.
31st Annual Harvest of Talents
On the 4th Saturday of October, HARVEST DAY begins with doors opening promptly at 7 a.m. at Lincoln Christian Church, in Lincoln, IL, with homemade cinnamon and pecan rolls. Carry-outs available. Freshly made vegetable soup cooked in outdoor kettles, homemade pie & bread, lots of tasty snacks and beverages in outdoor tent booths, and handmade items of all kinds (for pets, gardens, Christmas, home decor, shabby chic, quilted, babies, baked goods, jams/jellies, fresh produce, gift baskets, etc.) are sold 7 a.m. til 1 p.m. or til the exciting live auction begins at 2 p.m. There’s something for everyone, inc. live entertainment, souvenir photo booth, hand-lettered pressed-flower bookmarks, craft projects & mission classes for children, silent auctions, Harvest logo wear & souvenirs, monitored coat check room, I.D.E.S. information table, and Harvest Ministry Welcome area. A highlight is the live auction in the afternoon of many unique items, such as original design hand sewn quilts, handcrafted furniture, fine needlework, framed photography and artwork, jewelry, pottery, items from the mission field, refurbished antiques, re-purposed items, and other treasures.
61st Annual American Indian Center POW-WOW
Enjoy a native dance competition with singers. Artisans selling jewelry, photography, dream catchers and more. Native American foods from frybread to an "Indian" taco. Storytelling, archery, fishing, boating, and more! A great affordable family event in a natural setting. Enter through the Route 72 entrance at Route 53.
CITY: Elk Grove
Light the Veltway
Roosevelt Road will light the way to the holiday season with merriment including live music, food and libations. Berwyn's entertainment row will offer festivities for the whole family.
Belleville Bicentennial Oktoberfest
This year Oktoberfest will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the City of Belleville with entertainment by The Beach Boys, Craig Morgan, Roots & Boots Tour, Confederate Railroad and more. In addition to the great music is great food and drinks, craft demonstrations, rides, children's entertainment and citizen's naturalization.
Pretzel City Brewfest
A craft beer tasting in Historic Downtown Freeport, with 42 craft breweries, food vendors and loads of fun. VIP tickets include 1 hour early admission, a free t-shirt, 30 sample tickets, special VIP glass, koozie and drawstring bag; General Admission tickets include 20 sample tickets, and souvenir mason jar. VIP (Not Available at the Door: $50; Advance General Admission: $20; At the Door General Admission: $25; Designated Drivers: $10.
45th Annual Burgoo Festival
LaSalle County Historical Society's 45th Annual Burgoo Festival takes place in downtown Utica. Stroll the main streets of Utica for a day of crafts, shopping food and fun. While you are there be sure to try the pioneer stew (Burgoo). 9:00am - 5:00pm.
The 2014 Berwyn Oktoberfest will boast an international food court, carnival and amusement rides, family entertainment pavilion, and crafters and vendors. Live musical performances will be headlined by 1980s sensations Sixteen Candles on Friday night and rock/pop/indie band 7th Heaven on Saturday Night. And let's not forget the Beer Garden, which will feature special Oktoberfest seasonal selections. On Saturday, the family pavilion welcomes a variety of interactive activities including on-site video gaming, face-painting, a bounce house and obstacle course, bozo buckets, trivia and other games. Live entertainment includes music from The Boogers and Ashneco as well as dance and zumba performances.
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!
Southern Illinois Irish Festival
This Festival began in 1997 and continued to grow and expand with new events and excitement for participants of all ages. A Celtic cultural celebration with special concerts, fairs with music, dance workshops & demonstrations, Celtic arts & crafts, and merchandise, children’s activities. This year's Southern Illinois Irish Festival will be hosted by Walkers Bluff. This new venue provides a picturesque location just northwest of Carterville, Illinois.
Pumpkin Fest 2014
Pumpkin Fest features over 20 attractions included in general admission! Siegel's Cottonwood Farm is "The Place" to Harvest your Family Memories on 40 Acres of "Affordable Family Fun®." Siegel's corn maze, Zach's Petting Zoo and Farmer Frank's Haunted Barn are just several activities Siegel's Cottonwood Farm has to offer. Admission Weekday $10 with coupon; Weekends and Columbus Day $12 with online coupon. Children 2 and under enter FREE! Open Daily 10am - 6pm.
Lyon Farm Halloween Festival
Old-fashioned games, trick-or-treating, a costume parade, hayrides and prizes will be available at the two Halloween parties at the Lyon Farm. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Takes place on Sunday, October 19 and Sunday, October 26.
Deck the Depot
Saunter over to Berwyn's Depot District for Deck the Depot, a brisk holiday walk through Berwyn's downtown Winter Wonderland complete with lights, live reindeer and a petting zoo at the Municipal Parking Facility. Let Santa know what's on your wish list and then get a complimentary photo with the Big Man in Red at Bounce Sports. Snuggle up on a horse-drawn sleigh ride or a hayride (Windsor & Grove Ave.). Relax to the sounds of Carolers. For those who prefer a traditional chauffeur, a heated trolley will also make stops at all of the Open Houses. Best of all, even the "naughty" will be treated like the "nice" as all of the event's aforementioned features are family-friendly and free. Opening Ceremony will take place at 5:15pm at the "Berwyn" Train Depot at Windsor & Grove. Pick up an event punch card and enter our event raffle by visiting Bounce Sports. Depot District merchants will stay open late to offer complimentary goodies, holiday specials and cheer to all who visit. Don't forget that holiday shopping list! As an extra incentive, the event will feature a special drawing for adults 21+ who spend $10 in the Depot District and have the event passport "punched" by all of the participating open houses for a chance to win a basket worth over $200!
Live music, native dancing and authentic food are all part of this traditional Mexican and Central American independence celebrations. Enjoy the costumes and flare of Erandi folkloric and Aztec dancers, mariachi and marimba music, soccer games and more.
CITY: North Chicago
Historic National Landmark, Bishop Hill, glows with luminary lit sidewalks and candle lit windows in honor of St. Lucy, a celebration of lights. Musical entertainment abounds throughout the village. Musicians will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the air will be filled with musical melodies. The village specialty shops and dining establishments stay open late for an enchanted evening to remember. Feel like dancing? Experience the Old Colony School barn dance serenaded by the Rusty String Pickup Band. Experience a utopia on the prairie holiday experience this season.
CITY: Bishop Hill
29th Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Festival
Fri-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-6pm. More than 100 hand-crafted Scarecrows on display. View and vote for your favorites. Huge juried craft show, carnival, great food, continuous free live entertainment, many free children's activities.
CITY: St. Charles
Celebrate the coming of fall at Downtown Oak Park's 23rd annual music festival. This free two-day event will offer seasonal food, microbrews, wine and live music. Kids can enjoy zucchini races and a root beer garden Saturday on Marion Street.
CITY: Oak Park
Lyon Farm Fall Festival
Quilting, wood sawing, butter churning, plowing, blacksmithing, hay baling and sheep shearing with all the trimmings that include hay rides, exhibits, crafts, classic cars and food. $5 adults, $2 children 7 and older, free 6 and younger.
Leaverton Park Holiday Lighting Festival
The Friday after Thanksgiving at 5:00 p.m., the park comes alive with over 40,000 lights and displays. Watch the Fireworks and enjoy food and refreshments.
Oktoberfest features authentic German bands, a beer wagon with real German beers and wine, authentic traditional German food - Schnitzel, Roast Pork, Kassler Rippchen, Bratwurst, Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Strudel and more!
Winter Lights Holiday Walk
Usher in the holiday season with a family event featuring the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, Miss Merry Christmas and Jack Frost, music, lights, refreshments and the lighting of the City's official tree. Top it off with a Winter Holiday Market, parade and fireworks and you have an event to remember!
Gazebo Art Festival
The Gazebo Art Festival is held on the outdoor grounds of Chandler Park in downtown Macomb! This setting is a wonderful place for the public to view art, chat with artist and enjoy live performances and music from the Al Sears Jazz Music Festival. There will also be activities and fun for children!
Annual Downtown Celebration
Plan to be part of the Downtown Celebration, a festive day of music, food and fun in the heart of Historic Downtown Jacksonville.
Peotone Mill Fall Festival
Explore three floors of this German Windmill built in 1872, filled with antiques, exhibits, and demonstrations of old time crafts.
Aurora's Holiday Festival of Lights
Enjoy the sparkle, shimmer and shine of the 2014 Festival of Lights. One of the largest free outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois. Dazzling displays that will delight both adults and children. A winter wonderland of animated visual arts, lighted tunnels, a forest full of lights and more! Open from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday starting Nov. 28 through Dec. 28, 2014. Donations accepted.
Harvest Moon Festival
The finest emerging musical artists from around the country coupled with craft beer from local and national breweries makes for a very enjoyable weekend.
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
The City of Highwood is honored to once again transform into Pumpkin Fest headquarters. This event orchestrates fan favorite activities including a pet costume contest, Light Up the Night Parade, 5K Pumpkin Run, Walk & Kids’ Dash, onsite carving, nightly pumpkin wall lighting ceremonies, hay rides, pumpkin bowling, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids crafts, live entertainment, pumpkin beer tasting, and seasonal food and beverage vendors galore.
Oblong’s Annual Fall Follies
48th Annual event, featuring “Spooktacular” Band Festival, band field competition, craft and food booths, entertainment, Little Miss & Mister contest and Illinois’ largest nighttime parade with approx. 30 marching bands.
Fall Festival & Fish Fry at Hill Prairie Winery
The Fall Festival & Fish Fry is the perfect way to kick off fall in the beautiful rolling hills of Hill Prairie Winery. Enjoy the spectacular fall colors while enjoying fresh fried fish along with your favorite wines. Two great bands play each day. Check out their website for a full calendar of festivals and live music on Sundays at Hill Prairie Winery.
Trail of Terror
Tucked among the charming small towns, lush scenery and hassle-free motoring in Northern Illinois is the Trail of Terror, a self-guided tour of the area's finest haunted houses, cemetery walks, pumpkin patches, wineries, festivals and other spook-tacular seasonal sensations. The fun begins in September and continues through all of October across Carroll, DeKalb, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson & Whiteside counties. For all the details & more information on all of the cool creepiness, visit www.illinoistrailofterror.com
Festival of Trees
Annually, more than 14,000 visitors stream through the David S. Palmer Arena to see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, participate in activities and entertainment, special events, and the sounds and tastes of the holidays at the Danville Festival of Trees. Proceeds from the Festival of Trees fund outreach programs that give back to the greater Danville community.
Back for it’s second year, the C-U Oktoberfest features locally brewed beer, food by locally owned restaurants and authentic German festival music from Die Musikmeisters, The Polkaholics and the Bolzen Beer Band. Come dressed in your lederhosen or dirndl and enjoy a specially brewed “bier”, C-U Oktoberfest, just for the occasion!
Christmas at the Mill Holiday Boutique
The Mill and the Graue House will be open for a special holiday shopping event to get you in the Christmas spirit! Talented local artists will be selling handcrafted Christmas decorations, unique jewelry, stained glass, pottery, and handwoven and knitted items. Specially selected ornaments, other great decorative items, and stocking stuffers will be for sale in the Mill's gift shop. Decorated Christmas trees and strolling carolers add to the fun. Sale hours are 10 am to 4 pm, and Santa will stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CITY: Oak Brook
Fiestas Patrias brings the vibrant sounds, culture, and taste of Mexico to Aurora. The music festival showcases a variety of local and international music acts performing various genres of music, including banda, mariachi, cumbia, tejano, norteno, and rock. Along with music, Fiestas Patrias will host food and merchandise vendors, a parade, and a children’s amusement area featuring carnival rides and games.
Ham City Jam
The Effingham skate park will be home to this year's Ham City Jam. Open skate will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and the competition starts at 1 p.m. $10 pays to enter all of the competitive events for the day including intermediate and advanced levels, best trick and more.The first twenty skaters to register will receive a free t-shirt. Music and food will be at this event as well as decks for sale.
120th Big Rock Plowing Match Festival
This festival brings to you a plowing competition, horse show, arts and crafts show, children’s games, Junior and Ladies Fair auction, food, and much more! Make sure to bring your kids Friday night for kid's night with rides and attractions!
CITY: Big Rock
Fort LaMotte Days Rangers Reenactment & Festival
Relive the days of yesterday and witness history portrayed in period costume. See, taste and smell the trades and lifestyle of the early 1800’s. Includes encampment, shooting, cookout, traders, musicians and vendors. Held at Leaverton Park.
Join Popeye and his friends for the 5K Run/Walk, parade, rides, games, music, food and more at this annual event.
Wheat Fair & Festival
This three day event has a queen pageant, carnival rides, food and drinks, games, antique tractor pull and a washers tournament. Exhibits include farm and homemaking and 4-H and school projects. There will be a large decorated float parade on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
The Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society are pleased to welcome back the annual German Festival! This 3-day event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and much more. This year promises to be better than ever, so be sure to put this on your calendar! Don't miss the talented German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors, and much more! Put on your authentic German attire and head down to the RiverFront for a true cultural experience. Visit the websites for more information and schedules.
C-U Pride Festival
The UP Center of Champaign County brings its fifth annual festival to Downtown Champaign. Celebrate with a parade and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Downtown bars will have dedicated entertainment for the LGBT community.
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. Scandinavian foods such as herring, lutfisk, and rye bread are also in abundance. You can also participate in the Chocolate Walk, located at the Steeple Building, where you can choose from a variety of chocolate delicacies.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Vermilion County Civil War Days
Kennekuk County Park takes a trip back to the 1800s with Civil War re-enactments, presentations, music, and food. Participants from around the country come to the Danville Area for this one-of-a-kind weekend experience.
Mt. Sterling Fall Festival
Enjoy the fall scenery as you head to Mt. Sterling for the annual Fall Festival. Bring the whole family for food, kids games/activities, vendors, entertainment, talent contest,a bake off, and much more!
CITY: Mount Sterling
Art in the Park
The vibrant colors of autumn provide the perfect canvas to paint a relaxing weekend filled with fine art, mouthwatering food and superb entertainment. Lindendale Park offers a tranquil setting where nearly 70 professional artists display their works of fine art. Festival attendees can shop for works of art in twelve categories. Children, too, can shop for just $5.00 at a special art gallery of work donated by the artists.
Annual Traditional Music Festival
Early 19th century music and dancing will occur throughout the pioneer village at New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg. Impromptu demonstrations and performances of music and dancing are featured. The park sets up straw bales for jam sessions, and there is a great deal of bluegrass, old-time, and other music going on. Camping is available and there are evening concerts.
Arenzville Burgoo & 175th Anniversary - Dodranbicentennial
Family oriented two-day celebration that features the famous burgoo, as well as craft market, games, carnival rides, concessions and contests. Entertainment includes Little Miss & Mr. Burgoo, local talent groups and well-known music acts. Featured act is John Michael Montgomery. Souvenirs available for 175th Celebration. Parade at 10am Saturday.
ARTumn Harvest Art Festival
Come out and discover Deer Park Town Center's 3rd Annual ARTumn Harvest Art Festival. Enjoy handmade treasures and fine art from local artisans. Also don't miss the interactive kids art area and live entertainment.
CITY: Deer Park
Taste the fruit from the apple orchards, enjoy the craft and flea market, live music and children's activities.
Scarecrow Harvest Festival - Midway Village Museum
Enjoy the ambiance of Midway Village and the fall colors as you make and take a Scarecrow. The museum will provide the straw for free. Purchase a cloth head, hat, shirt, pants and other traditional scarecrow accessories on site or bring your old clothes from home to make as many scarecrows as you can carry. When you are here, take the time to explore the charming Victorian-era village and gardens at one of the most scenic times of the year when the leaves are in full color and the traditional harvest activities are in full swing.
Sumner Fall Festival
This 3 day family fun event includes food, nightly entertainment, children's games, corn-hole tournament and a parade on Saturday.
Greene County Days
Come out to Greene County this September 6 and 7 and see history come to life! The James J. Eldred House will be open and there will be live period music, food vendors, guest speakers, as well as a Civil War encampment., vendors, and demonstrations and much more! Carrollton will have live music, crafts, baked goods and demonstrations on the courthouse lawn. The Historical Society will have artisan demonstrations along with arts and crafts. Eldred hosts the Baptist Church salad luncheon. Rockbridge, Hillview, Haypress, Roodhouse and White Hall will also be serving up great food and entertainment!
CSBarks Dog Festival
The CSBarks Dog Festival is a great place for you to come with your dog to socialize and take part in activities such as agility, dock diving, off leash areas, a parade of breeds, and much much more. Shop over 80 vendors offering canine related products and services. If you and your pup get tired, take a break in the Rover Rest Area.
CITY: Carol Stream
Come to Downtown Oak Park Friday and celebrate Oaktoberfest! Celebrate the coming of fall at Downtown Oak Park's 23rd annual music festival. This free two-day event will offer seasonal food, microbrews, wine and live music. Kids can enjoy zucchini races and a root beer garden Saturday on Marion Street.
CITY: Oak Park
Grant Park Oktoberfest
For a memorable week-end, join in the fun at the "Spooktacula" for great food, craft show, carnival, games and music. Be sure you don't miss the lighted parade on Saturday and the fireworks following the parade.
CITY: Grant Park
All the events are family friendly from the flea market and craft fair to the entertainment and kids’ games. Don’t miss the evening lighted parade or the area’s largest end of season car show. Be sure to buy into the huge 50/50 drawing (past winners have taken as much as home $12,307).
Nearly two dozen businesses will host either a complimentary chili tasting stop or other treats and refreshments throughout the evening. Festival goers will be given ballets to vote for their favorite chili. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the night.
Quad City Balloon Festival
Join in on the fun during the Quad Cities Balloon Festival in September. Featuring beautiful and colorful hot air balloons, the festivities take place at the Rock Island County Fair Grounds in East Moline, Illinois. Admission to attend the Quad Cities Balloon Festival is free, although a free will donation of non-perishable food items is appreciated. Schedule of Events includes and art fair, car show, balloon launch and balloon glow. All activities are weather dependent.
CITY: East Moline
Savoy Orchard Days
The Savoy Orchard Days Festival is fun for the entire family! This small town festival hosts a variety or food vendors, features fine arts & crafts displays, offers flea market stands for the daily consumer, carnival rides for the kids, and live local bands.
This is a shrimp cook-off with fresh Southern Illinois shrimp cooked more ways than you can imagine! Locally grown prawns for purchase. Helicopter, & carriage rides, music & entertainment, beer & wine tent and lots more.
Homer Harvest Days 2014
The 7th annual Homer Harvest Days features food, live music, old-fashioned entertainment and games, children's activities, living history and pioneer demonstrations, a petting zoo, pony rides, antique tractors, hay rides, artisan and unique craft vendors, and other amusements and diversions from a simpler and more rural era. The Trantina Farm is conveniently located near I-355 and 159th St, east of Gougar Road.
CITY: Homer Glen
Fall Festival - Greenup
Shop the crafts and flea market and enjoy the entertainment and festival food. Don't miss the large car show on Sunday!
Pekin Marigold Festival
The Pekin Marigold Festival has been one of the great community festivals of Central Illinois. The festival includes a carnival, entertainment, an arts and crafts fair, parade, food, and much, much more. Special guest this year is Mountain Man from A&E's Duck Dynasty.
Vermilion River Fall Festival
Arts and crafts, live entertainment, concessions, and one of the area's largest car shows will be held at beautiful Ellsworth Park.
Jordbruksdagarna – Agriculture days
Celebrate Bishop Hill’s agrarian heritage, this event features traditional 19th century harvest activities and demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, farm produce, and Colony stew. Hours: 10am to 5pm.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Staunton Art and Music Festival
Held at Duda Park and sponsored by the Staunton Art Council and the Staunton Tourism Committee. 5th Annual Art & Music Festival consists of exhibition and sale of fine art, live music, food and fun for the entire family. This event takes place in a relaxing and beautifully landscaped park.